The Carniny Youth weekend kicked off on Friday night when the Under 17s had a pleasing home win against Ballymoney United.
The Under 10s were in fine scoring form again with the Youths quickly getting to grips with the new 9 a side format, racking up eight goals on their way to a win, with their Amateur counterparts involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw.
The Under 13s bowed out of the NIBFA Cup at the hands of Irish league Academy side Glentoran. The Under 14s battled hard against their league leaders Limavady but lost out 2-4 in the end.
Carniny Youth 8, Coleraine Olympic 4: In preparation for next year, Carniny had an opportunity to play the nine-a-side format for the first time and the bigger pitch and goals produced a high scoring encounter.
Jack Kennedy led the way with five goals, with Cameron Moody, Leon Graham and an own goal completing the scoring.
Carniny Youth: Strange, McMullan, Murray, Francey, Magee, Greer, Moody, Graham, Kennedy, Scott, McQuillan, McKee.
Carniny Amateurs 3, Institute 3: The Amateurs staged a great comeback from 3-1 down to grab a draw, with Cormac McMullan netting a double, either side of a Kenzie McMullan header.
Carniny Amateurs: McQuillan, Courtney, Douglas, Reynolds, Wylie, Scott, McMullan C, White, McMullan K .
Carniny Youth 1, Glentoran 4: Carniny have nejoyed good success in the NIBFA Cup having reached the semi and quarter final in recent years but they met their match in a strong Glentoran side.
It all looked good for the Ballymena boys when Aiden Graffin’s hard work and persistence gained Carniny a penalty. Lynn stepped up and placed it into the corner to make it 1-0.
But Glentoran levelled soon after and the equaliser prompted a spell of four goals in 15 minutes for the east Belfast side in a game in which, otherwise, Carniny gave a good account of themselves and they will feel confident for their next game.
Carniny: McNicholl, Young, Simpson, Lamont, Robinson, Holland, Lynn, Hunter, Anderson, Hamilton, Graffin, McNally, Adger, White.
Carniny Youth 2, Limavady Youth 4: After falling behind on 15 minutes, Carniny levelled when Rhys Hemphill converted following a Cameron Moag cross.
Limavady scored twice in the second half to take control and although Hemphill scored again, a fourth Limavady goal late on put the game beyond Alex Rainey’s side.
Carniny: McAllister, Clyde, Kirk, Winter, Close, Moag, Campbell, McKitterick, Hemphill, Kelly, Woodin, Courtney, Fleming, Parker.
Carniny Youth 4, Ballymoney United YA 1: Carniny were set on the way to their first home win in the National League when Tyrone Balmer rose highest to power home a header from a free kick.
Carniny then suffered a blow when their centre back, captain and former Ballymoney player Frankie Cochrane left the field with a serious injury and was replaced by Rhys O’Mullan.
Ballymoney punished Carniny for squandering chances when they scored an equaliser in the second half.
Carniny pushed forward and Tyrone Balmer was able to get his head on a ball and score his second of the evening to restore Carniny’s lead.
Balmer duly completed his hat trick after he was able to place a shot into the Ballymoney net.
The impressive Rhys O’Mullan, playing in midfield, scored Carniny’s fourth when after a goal mouth scramble he was able to get a shot in.
Carniny Youth: Marquess, Calderwood, Weir, Cochrane, McComb, Price, Jaworski, Killough, Hagan, Balmer, Millar, Graham, Letters, O’Mullan, Doherty.