Defences on top as Carniny U-17s battle out ‘derby’ stalemate

Carniny U-17 team who played Ballymena in the National League. INBT40-231AC
Carniny U-17 team who played Ballymena in the National League. INBT40-231AC

The under-17s kicked off the weekend action for Carniny Youth last Friday night when they played out a local derby against Ballymena Utd U17s under the floodlights on the 3G.

With defences on top, the two sides battled out a scoreless stalemate.

The U14s also played out a draw, but with goals in a 3-3 match against Bertie Peacocks. The Under 15s were unlucky when they lost out to Linfield.

The U12s’ good start to their South Belfast league came to an end losing out to Glentoran by two goals.


The Carniny Amateur and Youth FC Football Development Centre continued with its latest 8 week session at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday in Great weather for the children.

It’s still not too late to enrol though and anyone with children born in the years 2010 to 2006 are welcome to make contact with the club through co ordinator Davy Boyd on 07803974402.


Carniny Amateurs 2, Dungiven Celtic 4: From a Dungiven corner, keeper McKee punched the ball away to Magee and his early pass found Greer who finished first time with his left into the corner.

Good driving from midfield saw Magee’s cross cleared for desperate defending by Dungiven as Carniny hit the post twice!

Magee then passed to McMullan who cut back and crossed for Francey’s shot to be blocked but Greer following up fired home for 2-0.

It was all Carniny and a Francey free kick was headed on to the bar by Greer and the Dungiven clearance saw their striker 1-on-1 and despite being forced wide fired a strong shot past the helpless McKee as the half ended 2-1.

Magee came off injured allowing run outs for Ben Adams and Adam Douglas and during this reorganisation Dungiven equalised from a quickly-taken free kick.

This shocked Carniny and a mix up in defence allowed them to get in front. Straight after, Dungiven put a long ball into the box and a Carniny leg stuck out to divert it into their own net.

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

Result: Carniny Youth 1, Coleraine Academy 7.

Carniny Youth: Strange, Courtney, McMullan, Scott, Murray, Moody, Kennedy, McGreevey, McQuillan.


Carniny Youth 4, Newhill 5: Carniny started on the front foot and Joshua Balmer slid a pass through to Harry Foster who put Carniny up 1-0.

A few chances came and went until Ryan McGrath’s clearance from his own box travelled into the Newhill box and a defender put into his own net.

Harry Foster made it 3-0 soon after before Newhillill scored to make it 3-1. Carniny were wasteful in the chances and Newhill took advantage to grab two quick goals to make it 3-3 at half time.

The second half started as the first ended with Newhill on top and five minutes into the second half they scored a fourth a few chances came and went for Harry Foster before Newhill scored again to go up 5-3 Harry Foster completed his hat-trick to make it 5-4 with 3 minutes remaining.

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

Other result: Carniny Amateurs 3, Magherafelt Colts 5.


Carniny Youth 0, Glentoran 2: Glentoran scored a goal in each half to end Carniny’s good league form in South Belfast on Friday night.

Carniny showed the Irish league outfit too much respect early on and the Glens deservedly took the lead in the 5th minute.

Carniny came out for the second half with more purpose, worked harder, and pressured the Glens into mistakes but ‎despite their best efforts they just couldn’t find the net. Glentoran scored again in stoppage time with a towering header to secure a deserved win.


Carniny Youth 3, Bertie Peacock 3: Berties took the lead against the run of play but Carniny refused to lay down and equalised after good pressure Rhys Hemphill received the ball and turned to hit a fine strike that gave the keeper no chance.

Berties took the lead again from a corner kick which Carniny failed to deal with and the Ballymena side had to work hard before the equaliser came with a nice move between Hemphill and Courtney who found Cameron Moag unmarked who then fired a left foot strike from the edge of the box past the keeper.

Carniny took the lead just on the stroke of half time when Berties failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Moag who calmly tucked it away.

Mid way through the second half Carniny conceded a penalty. The striker stepped up and hit a hard low shot which Jake Parker brilliantly saved and pushed the ball to safety.

With the game in dying moments Berties equalised with a high looping shot.

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


Carniny Youth 1, Linfield 2: Ronnie Marshall went closest when he chipped the keeper only to watch his effort hit the post as the first half ended goalless.

Linfield took the lead 20 mins into the second half when the ball fell kindly in the six yard box after rebounding off a Carniny player.

Carniny were still very much in the game and got their reward when man of the match Eoghan Daly finally got the ball in the net after several blocked shots.

Carniny continued to press looking for the winner but they were dealt a raw blow when Shea O’Brien in goals appeared to be fouled in the air as Linfield grabbed their second and what proved to be winner.

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


Carniny Youth 0, Ballymena United 0: Both teams had half chances but Gibson in the Ballymena goal and Marquess in the Carniny goal were able to deal with anything that came their way.

In the second half, Carniny’s midfielder Frankie Cochrane saw his volley strike the Ballymena goal post and bounce to safety. At the other end a Ballymena player hit a free kick against the Carniny crossbar.

Carniny wish their player Luke Calderwood a speedy recovery after he received an injury during this game.

Carniny: Marquess, Calderwood, Bunting, McCartney, McComb, Price, Cochrane, Killough, O’Mullan, Balmer, Millar, Graham, Jaworski, Webb, Doherty, Letters.