As the season draws to a close Carniny Youth Under 10s took the opportunity for some Tournament practice at the weekend.
The boys did very well and lost out to a strong Bertie Peacock side in the final, gaining plaudits fro their style of football along the way.
The tournament will give the boys some ideas when they compete in the Foyle Cup in the summer. The Under 15s had a pleasing away win against Irish league Academy side, Glenavon, whilst the Under-17s played out a draw with North West outfit Institute in their last game of the season.
The club were delighted to receive sponsorship for the club’s Football Development Centre last week from Robinson’s Nisa Extra Supermarket. Robinson’s have been a long term supporter of the club, a company who believes in supporting grassroots initiatives such as Carniny Amateur and Youth FC.
As an established business Robinsons Nisa Extra on the Cullybackey Rd are involved with many projects and schools across the Ballymena borough and are proud to be involved as an ongoing sponsor of Carniny Amateur and Youth FC.
Gary Olphert, store manager, said: “It is encouraging to see the work that those associated with the team put in, the time and the passion involved. It is this dedication that needs support from the business community and we are delighted to be of help.”
Carniny U10s were invited to play a tournament in Belfast by Colin Valley FC. The Reds opened their group campaign with a scoreless draw against Roe Valley, while in the next game, against St Mary’s, Anthony Greer hit a hat-trick, while Cameron Moody was on target twice.
After overcoming Crumlin United in their final group game, Carniny defeated TW Braga 3-0 with Moody, Graham and McMullan firing the goals.
Despite tiring legs, Carniny came through their semi-final against Hillsborough boys thanks to goals from Graham, Moody and Greer in a 3-1 win.
Unfortunately Bertie Peacock’s proved to be one step too far for Carniny in the final but they can feel proud of getting to the final.
Carniny Youth 3, Glenavon 0: A well deserved three points for Carniny in County Armagh, after goals from McKernan (pen), Marshall and Little.
Carniny Youth 2, Institute 2: Tyrone Balmer fired Carniny ahead from the penalty spot after James Price had been fouled and Balmer doubled his side’s lead when he cut inside from the left and fired home.
Institute pulled a goal back before half-time and then scored an equaliser in the second half.
This was Carniny U17s final league game of the season and they will be taking a short break before they prepare for the Foyle cup tournament at the end of July.
Carniny: McWilliams, Calderwood, Bunting, O’Mullan, Hagan, Price, Jaworski, McKernan, Doherty, Balmer, McComb, McManus.