Carniny Youth saddened by death of Bob
TRIBUTES have been paid to Carniny Amateur and Youth Football Club Development Officer Bob Mullan, who died last week at his home in Galgorm.
A club statement said: "In the short time Bob was with the club the energy and enthusiasm he showed put many a younger man to shame and his love of football and the way it should be played was evident for all to see.
"Although a direct and straightforward man he will be remembered for his sense of humour and even though he was not always in the best of health, never missed a club meeting and was always available to give help and advice.
"Bob was a legend in footballing circles and the messages of sympathy received by the club from Liverpool, Leeds Utd, Port Vale, Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Kettering Town and many footballing celebrities was evident for all to see.
"Bob will be sorely missed by us all and our thoughts are with his wife Chris and his family at this time," the statement added.
On the playing side, meanwhile, the 17s' two midweek league victories over Larne and Carryduff keeps them in title contention as both the 14s and 15s lost narrow National League Cup semis to Linfield and Maiden City respectively on Tuesday night.
The 13s completed their league programme going down 5-4 to Oxford United in a thrilling National League tie at Ballykeel whilst the only remaining club fixture is the 10s cup final encounter with Aquinas or Glentoran.
Carniny 4, Oxford Utd Stars 5: Oxford opened the scoring but Carniny were rewarded with a goal form Dylan Graham, then David Calderwood made it 2-1. Stewart Nixon then struck to make it 3-1 to Carniny at half-time.
The Ballymena boys gave the ball away in the midfield too easily and Oxford scored.
Jonathan Cummings scored to increase the score to 4-2 but Oxford then stunned Carniny with three goals to clinch the game.
Carniny: Gillespie, McClean, Kirk, A Graham, McNiece, Nixon, D Graham, Bonnes, Lemon, Calderwood, Cummings, Barr.
Carniny 2, Linfield 6: Carniny conceded two early goals, one a penalty, in the first ten minutes of the match.
Linfield scored again to make it three, but good reactions from Watson made it 3-1, when he followed in after Beggs hit the bar.
Linfield scored again from a penalty, then from open play to progress in the cup, although Beggs scored for Carniny after some good work from Dunlop.
Carniny: Holmes, Henry, Graham, McClure, Rainey, Beggs, McCartney, Galloway, Dunlop, C Douglas, McComb, Watson, Kinney,
Carniny 2, Maiden City Academy 3: Carniny started brightly, and two minutes in an excellent move involving Jake Carson, Lee Apsley and Mark McKelvey saw the big Kells lad fire home from just inside the box to give the Ballymena boys the lead.
Shortly after Maiden City got their equaliser when a looping header went over keeper Jordan Dunlop.
The Derry boys scored again to put Carniny one behind. Minutes later, Carniny got their equaliser as Jordan Hood made it two apiece at the break.
On one of the Maiden City attacks Jordan Dunlop made a save on the ground only to see a City forward kick the ball from his hands to make it 3-2 despite the protests from the Carniny players.
Carniny: Dunlop, White, McAllister, Greene C, Todd, Carson, Hood, McKelvey, Black, Greene G, Barr, Apsley, Wright, Taylor.
Carniny 4, Larne Youth 1: Paddy Deboys latched onto it and struck an unstoppable shot into the goal on the 21st minute.
Deboys then wrong footed the centre back and hit an excellent shot into the left hand corner of the net to make the score 2-0. Michael O'Mullan hit an unstoppable shot from 35 yards to make the score 3-0. Larne got a goal back on the 45th minute with an excellent free kick giving the keeper no chance.
Paddy Deboys rounded off the game with his hat trick and 28th goal of the season to end the game 4-1.
Carniny: Quigley, Millar, Thompson, Sands, McGarry, McCartney, O'Mullan, Gilmore, Dillon, Deboys, Reece, Cubitt, Moore, Friel, Cassidy, Scroggie.
Carniny 5, Carryduff 3: Carniny rounded of the season with an enjoyable win with goals from Reece Kernohan 2, Paddy Deboys, John Cassidy and Ryan McCartney to send them two points clear at the top of the league.
Second place Aquinas have two games in hand and the Ballymena Reds need Larne and Rosario to do them a favour.
Carniny: Quigley, McGarry, Sands, Thompson, Friel, Cassidy, O'Mullan, McCartney, Gilmore, Deboys, Kernohan, Armstrong, Cubitt, Moore, Scroggie, McCloskey, Moore