Last weekend saw a pleasing set of results for Carniny Youth, capped by the under-15s progressing in the NIBFA Cup.
Davy Leetch’s boys claiming a spot in the semi finals after a 2-1 win over St Mary’s.
The Under 13s earned themselves a valuable three points in the premier section of the U13 National League with a 3-0 win Magherafelt Sky Blues. The U12s won their game with East Antrim side Barn Utd with a 2-1 scoreline. The Under14s were unlucky to come away with only a point in their National League tie with Ballinamallard, the Fermanagh boys scoring a late goal to share the spoils.
Up in the North West Youth League the U10 Amateurs saw off Dungiven Celtic whilst their Youth counterparts drew 1-1 with Portrush.
The Under 11 Amateurs lost out by a single goal to Ballycastle Utd with their Youth team having no fixture this week.
The U17s were up against it right from keep with no regular keeper available losing out to Dungannon Swifts on the road on Friday night.
NIGHT AT RACES
The club will be holding a fundraising event, a ‘Night at the Races’ on Saturday 21st March at Michelin Athletic Club, Woodside Road, Ballymena. Horses are available for purchase from all team staff members. The night is open to all, parents, coaches, friends and supporters.
Former Player Matthew Shevlin kept in touch with his former club last week, updating club officials on his selection to the N Ireland U17 squad for the small UEFA tournament currently in progress. Matthew made a substitute appearance in their first match with Belgium, that unfortunately they lost 0-4. In the next game against Holland,
Matthew was in the starting line up and played 70 mins of the 80 min game. The N Ireland boys put in a good performance to draw with the Netherlands 1-1. Matthew will be hoping for another start in their last group game against Georgia.
The club were also pleased to see another former player make the Ballymena United first team squad last Saturday. Jason Johnston was an unused substitute in their game with Crusaders at the weekend.
Carniny Youth 1, Portrush 1: Carniny led 1-0 at the break after Moody slotted home, but Portrush equalised in the second half.
Carniny: Strange, Murray, Tweed (c), Scott, McMullan, Moody, Kennedy, Courtney, White
Carniny AMateurs 5, Dungiven Celtic 1: Carniny rorared to victory with gaols from Leon Graham 2, Anthony Greer 2 and Lewis McKee.
Carniny: McQuillan, Douglas, McMullan, Greer, Magee, Graham, McKee, Wylie
Other result: Carniny Amateurs 1, Ballycastle United 2.
Carniny Youth 2, Barn United 1: Carniny came from a goal down to claim a South Belfast League victory after goals from Adger and Gregg.
Carniny: Cathiness, McMullan, Dennison (c), Telford, Pogue, Buick, Reid, Johnston, Adger, Gregg, McAuley.
Carniny Youth 3, Magherafelt Sky Blues 0: Carniny claimed three vital National League points after a double strike from Lee Lynn and a further goal from Anderson.
Carniny: McNicholl, Young, Simpson, Holland, Hamilton, White, Hunter, Anderson, Lynn, Graffin, Magee
Carniny 2, Ballinamallard 2: Carniny recovered from being a goal down to lead 2-1 at the break after goals from Thomas McKettrick and Gordon but the Fermanagh side grabbed a second half equaliser.
Carniny: Parker, Winter, Clyde, Kirk, Fleming, Close, Campbell, McKettrick, Moag, Courtney, Hemphill, Gordon, McAllister, McDonald, Woodin and Kelly.
Carniny Youth 2, St Mary’s 1: Elliott scored his 10th goal in four games to put Carniny ahead and Eodhan Daly doubled the lead.
Carniny keeper Shea O’Brien saved a second half penalty before St Mary’s pulled a goal back but Carniny held on to reach the semi-final.
Carniny: O’Brien, Downey, Henderson, McDonnell, Young, Marshall, Scullion, Carley, Elliott, Daly, McCann, Leetch, Little, Evans.
Carniny Youth 2, Dungannon Swifts 6: Carniny struggled without a recognised keeper. Their goals came from Camryn Millar and Tyrone Balmer.
Carniny: O’Mullan, Calderwood, Webb, McComb, Burns, Price, Jaworski, Millar, McManus, Balmer, McKernan, Letters.