With the season almost at an end for most Carniny Youth FC teams, it proved to be quite a rewarding weekend for the club.
The Under 15s got the weekend off to a good start on Friday night with a 3-2 away win at Loughgall Youth.
The good results continued on Saturday with all three teams in the Lisburn League wrapping up wins with the 11s taking on Colin Valley, the two U12 teams recording wins against Newhill and Hillsborough Colts.
There were mixed fortunes in the Coleraine Cup games with the Under10s racking up a comfortable win with no less than three players scoring hat tricks.
The U9s weren’t so fortunate, exiting their cup against a good Dungiven Celtic side.
The U14s exited the National League Plate in the semi finals in a tight match against Derry Colts and the 19s lost out to Carrick rangers Colts in the NIFL Youth League.
The latest teams to come from the Carniny ‘stables’ at under seven ( 2009 ) age group took part in the IFA small sided games programme on Friday night at the 3g pitch at Ballymena Showgrounds.
Carniny had enough players to field two teams joining teams from Ballymena Youth Academy for a fun night of football.
This has been such a success Carniny hope to field three teams at this age group for this Friday’s event.
Carniny: McCarroll, McDonald, Shields, Porter, McClunney, Scullion, Watt, McCreath, Kernohan, Fisher, McCrickard, Stirling, Patnall.
Carniny Youth 0, Dungiven Celtic 2: Carniny never recovered from conceding two early long-range strikes.
Carniny; Evan Andrews, Reuben Burnett, Charlie Gregg, Callum McDonald, Billy Wylie, Adam Wharry, Harry Lamont, Conor Scullion, Kyal Rainey.
Carniny Youth 12, Institute 1: The Under 10s were in fine form in this NWCDYL Cup match. Goal scorers were J Wylie (4), Bell (4), T.Wylie (3) and an Institute og
Carniny: C.McCorriston, Young, Brogan, J.Wylie, T.Wylie, McPeake, L. McCorriston, Bell, Adger.
Carniny Youth 3, Colin Valley 1: Carniny went in front when Jack Kennedy’s cross fell to Sam Magee to smash home from eight yards.
Carniny doubled their lead when Magee took advantage from a poor clearance by the goalkeeper but almost immediately it was 2-1, with Carniny still celebrating their goal.
But in the second half, Jack Kennedy’s strong run and assured finish put the game beyond the reach of COlin Valley.
An enjoyable game for the lads against a top youth team from Belfast, with promising signs they are developing into a strong squad of players which bodes well for the future.
Carniny: Tweed, Murray, K McMullan, Greer, Scott, C McMullan, Thompson, McKee, Kennedy, Magee.
Carniny Youth under-12 produced a brace of wins last week, beating Newhill 3-1 and Hillsborough Colts 3-2.
Against Newhill, Carniny started in positive fashion and were rewarded with an early goal from Fletcher.
The second goal came after Farrenden’s shot was parried by the keeper and only cleared as far as Ruddy, who found the top left hand corner from the edge of the box. In the second half, Larkin rounded the keeper to score Carniny’s third before Newhill pulled one back.
Carniny: N Hanna, Devine, O’Boyle, Murray, Farrenden, Larkin, Ruddy, Fletcher, Porter, D Hanna
Carniny Youth 3, Hillsborough Colts 2: After conceding a goal in the opening minutes, Carniny replied with an equaliser from Dael. In the second half, Carniny saw the game out thanks to further strikes from Kelly and Kennedy.
Carniny: Hanna, Dael, Duddy, Andrews, Hanna, Kennedy, Kelly, Young, Condron, McMeekin, Tuff
Carniny Youth 2, Derry Colts 3: In a cracking game, goals from Lynn and Robinson weren’t enough to prevent defeat for Carniny in this NIBFA League Plate tie.
Carniny: McNicholl, Young, Robinson, Simpson, Holba, White, Butler, Magee, Lynn , Hamilton, Groocock, Hunter, Conner-Steele
Carniny Youth 3, Loughgall 2: Carniny raced into a two-goal lead through Lorimer and although Loughgall pulled a goal back, Parker sealed the win for Carniny with a third goal.
Carniny: Fry Fleming Clyde McDonald Kirk Campbell Patchett Brady Parker Lorimer O’Boyle O’Neill Shaw McAllister Kelly Oueslati.
NIFL YOUTH LEAGUE
Carniny Youth 0, Carrick Rangers Colts 3: Carniny proved poor starters and conceded in the opening minutes of both halves.
Carniny: Shannon, Calderwood, McComb, Armstrong, Hull, Johnston, Doherty, McVeigh, Jaworski, Agnew, Price.
IFA CLUB EXCELLENCE MARK AWARD
Carniny Amateur and Youth FC officials were guests of the Irish FA last week when they attended the inaugural IFA Club and Volunteer recognition Awards evening in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Carniny Club Secretary Billy O’Flaherty and Chair Lee Barry were there to represent the club as they were officially presented their Club Excellence Mark certificate from N Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill. The pair also met with IFA CEO Patrick Nelson and IFA President Jim Shaw.
Also receiving an award on the night was club member Gail Kernohan who was receiving an award for her services as an IFA Volunteer.