Carniny Youth under-12s shine under floodlights

Carniny Under 19's Luke Calderwood in action during his team's opening league game of the season against Knockbreda at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT 38-183CS
Carniny Under 19's Luke Calderwood in action during his team's opening league game of the season against Knockbreda at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT 38-183CS

The Under 12s were the team on form last weekend when they won their first match under floodlights in the South Belfast Youth league against Ardoyne with the help of a hat trick from Jamie Reid.

The 2007/8s team along with the 2006s enjoyed their first taste of competitive football at the Andrew Eakin Tournament in Coleraine as did the two Under 10 teams with the Amateurs reaching the Plate Final.

It may not look like it by Carniny U19's Kyle Beggs has just scored his team's opening goal during their league game with Knockbreda at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT 38-185CS

It may not look like it by Carniny U19's Kyle Beggs has just scored his team's opening goal during their league game with Knockbreda at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT 38-185CS

The Under 11s lost out to Portadown Youth in the Lisburn League whilst there was to be no joy for the all the National League teams playing on Saturday.


The club’s Football Development Centre’s latest session, commences this Saturday, 20th September is now accepting players born in the years 2006 – 2010. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact centre coordinator Davy on 07803974402

Carniny Amateur & Youth 2006 & 2007 FDC teams took part in their first outing of the season at the Andrew Eakin Tournament. It was good to see both teams do well against some very strong opposition with both the teams reaching a Semi Final.


Carniny entered 2 teams into this tournament played in Coleraine and all games were a straight 15mins.

Carniny Amateurs 0, Ballymoney Utd 1: With the emphasis on fun in this competition the intention was to rotate the squad so they all could experience different positions and hone their own skills.

The decisive goal came when a clearance from Ballymoney found their striker out wide who hit a fantastic shot first time from a tight angle to leave Greer helpless.

Carniny Amateurs 0, Roe Valley 2: From a corner, a clever move from Roe allowed their forward to pass the ball in to the net when the Carniny defence switched off momentarily.

With so many committed to attack a long clearance allowed Roe forward to run through and he was taken down for a penalty. The same player duly stepped up and fired home to make it 2-0.

Carniny Amateurs 1, Dungiven Celtic 0: Carniny won their final group game by a single goal margin when a Francey cross from the left was touched on by Adams to Graham who coolly slot home from six yards.

Carniny Amateurs 4, Roe Valley Colts 1: In the Plate semi-final, Carniny started brightly and when McKee hit the post, Greer followed up to slide the ball home within minutes of kick off.

A quick throw in from McMullan saw Greer turn his man and run the length of the pitch to pass the ball into the net past the stranded Roe keeper.

Good work from Wylie in midfield saw him pass the ball to Greer who hit a left foot shot in to the goal for his hat trick and make it 3-0. Straight from the centre, Carrniny were still celebrating and a high ball caused havoc in the defence and the Roe player stabbed the ball past Magee in nets to give them a lifeline.

Bringing Francey on for the injured Greer and Graham into defence steadied the ship and good work from Douglas found McMullan who scored to finish the game 4-1.

Carniny Amateurs 0, Roe Valley 2: After a long day, Carniny fell behind when a long ball saw their striker shoot across the goal into the corner for 1-0. With the boys fatigued from the long day, Wylie & Adams came on but it was Roe who again got 3 players vs Carniny’s two and put the ball away for the game to end 2-0.

Carniny Amateurs: Greer, Douglas, Graham, Magee, Wylie, McMullan, Francey, McKee, Adams.


Carniny Youth 2, Portadown Youth 6: Carniny started well and matched the Ports in every department but the County Armagh side scored first after 11 minutes.

Carniny came back at them and equalised on 17 minutes when Diego Fletcher scored it was nip and tuck and Carniny nearly scored a second but Foster’s effort hit the post, Portadown made it 2-1 just before half -time in a tight game.

The second half saw Portadown hit Carniny with two quick goals to make the score 4-1 but Credit to all the Carniny boys they fought hard but had no luck as they hit the cross bar twice from a Harry Foster effort then Ryan Clarke did likewise the Ports scored two more and Carniny once more from Foster.

Carniny: McGrath, O’Boyle, Condron, McPeake, Balmer, Foster, Clarke, Farenden, Patton, Fletcher.


Carniny Youth 4, Ardoyne 0: The wee Reds started brightly‎ under the floodlights, and after a couple of near misses, the reds went in front from a superb bullet header from Jamie Reid, who rose highest from a corner.

Minutes later, he conjured up a piece of magic, flicking the ball into the air before unleashing a stunning volley over the helpless Ardoyne keeper, and into the net for 2-0.

The flowing moves continued, with Adger and Gregg going close, but moments later Adger latched onto a through ball, and calmly side-footed the ball home to give Carniny a 3-0 cushion at half time.

Carniny finished the match in spectacular style, when Reid skillfully turned his marker, wriggled past another defender, before striking the ball crisply across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner via the post to complete a magnificent hat-trick.

Carniny: Friel, Dennison (c), McMullan, French, Johnston, McGall, Pajaczek, Reid, Gregg, McAuley, Pogue, Adger, Telford.


Carniny Youth 2, Cliftonville 3: Thing didn’t go Carniny’s way early on when from a corner the Cliftonville midfielder had a free header to make it 1-0.

Carniny were punished again when the Carniny right back was out paced, the ball then played into the box for a simple tap in to make it 2-0.

To Carniny’s credit they kept going and were rewarded from a Lynn corner it was a rare goal from Lamont when he powered his header into the net to make it 2-1.

Carniny started the second half well but missed great openings.

Just when it looked it wasn’t going to be their day Carniny got the equaliser through a Holland goal to make it 2-2. Carniny pushed for the winner the last 10 minutes but were hit with a sucker punch when the Cliftonville striker raced through and slipped it past the keeper to make it 3-2.

Carniny: McNicholl, Lamont, Young, Lynn, Robinson, White, Anderson, Hunter, Hamilton, Graffin, Mark, Holland, Simpson.


Carniny Youth 0, Maiden City 4: City took the lead against the run of play. Carniny looked startled and conceded again. Carniny couldn’t get back into their rhythm and just before half time conceded a penalty which was scored.

With a difficult task ahead Carniny battled to get back into the game. A couple more chances went begging before City scored from a free kick which gave Parker no chance.

Carniny: Parker, Clyde, Winter, Fleming, Campbell, Gordon, Moag, McKitterick, Hemphill, Courtney, Wilson, Kirk, McAllister.


Carniny Youth 0, Dungannon United Youth 3: The first half was edged by Carniny who created the better chances but went in at half time two goals behind.

Dungannon came out sharper in the second half and moved the ball quickly and they added a third before the final whistle.

Carniny: O’Brien, Houston, Little, Downey, Lemon, Carley, Marshall, Henderson, Leetch, McDonnell, Daly, Lowry.


Carniny Youth 0, Glentoran 3: Glentoran took the lead on fifteen minutes when one of their players was allowed to run through before he hit a shot high into the Carniny net.

Carniny conceded a second on twenty five minutes when Glentoran were awarded a free kick just outside the Carniny penalty area and one of their players hit a shot into the corner of the Carniny net.

Carniny played a lot better at the start of the second half but with five minutes to go Glentoran added a third goal when a cross from the Glentoran right finished up in the Carniny net when it looked that Travis McWilliams in the Carniny goal had been fouled but the goal was allowed to stand.

Carniny: Travis McWilliams, Luke Calderwood, Owen McCartney, Barry Webb, Matthew McComb, Jamie Killough, Eoin Campbell, Rhys O’Mullan, Krystian Jaworski, Camryn Millar, James Price, Calvin Letters, Conor Doherty, Aaron Johnston.


Carniny Amateurs Youth 3, Knockbreda Youth 4: In the opening league fixture for the newly formed Carniny Under 19 side the Ballymena ‘reds’ fought out a thrilling seven goal encounter before going down to a late winner from the Belfast opposition.

A mix up in the Carniny defence on 18 minutes allowed ‘Breda to take the lead but on 25 minutes the home side drew level when the lively Beggs intercepted a poor back pass before rounding the advancing keeper to score.

On 43 minutes Waring put Beggs through to give Amateurs an interval lead which was well deserved.

Into the second half and Knockbreda drew level with a headed goal from a corner kick and on 65 minutes the visitors took the lead when a long ball fell nicely to their winger who fired home.

On 77 minutes Carniny brought the scores level for a third time when Beggs was upended in the box and took the spot kick himself for his and Carniny’s third.

Just when it looked like there would be a share of the points Carniny were hit a sucker punch when poor defending from a corner kick allowed ‘Breda to score what proved to be the winning goal.

Carniny will be looking forward to competing in this Northern Ireland Football League which offers young people born on or after 1st January, 1996 the opportunity of playing in this highest standard of youth football. Any young players who consider themselves of the standard required should contact team coach, Jimmy Gilchrist on 07754049484 or Billy on 07850669666 for details of training.