Reds sides get National League season underway

Carniny Amateur & Youth FC.
Carniny Amateur & Youth FC.

Last Saturday saw Carniny Youth teams in action in the opening games of the NIBFA Subway National Youth league.

With the League opening day held at Mallusk, David Parker’s new look U14 squad got off to a winning start with a brace from Joshua Courtney and one from Thomas McKitterick to see them win 3-2, and get themselves off to a great start.

The newly formed Under 17s took a large squad to Mallusk also, where they fought out a 1-1 draw with Belfast side St Oliver Plunketts with a goal from new boy, Thomas Bunting.

The Under 13s were in action in the Premier Section of their respective league up in the North West against Limavady Youth. Unfortunately for Jason Hunter’s side there would be no opening day win as they lost out by three goals to nil.

The club’s younger small games sides will have to wait a couple more weeks to start their league games up in the North West and Coleraine District Youth league.

The club is still welcoming enquiries from any local youth age players (96/97/) players born in 1996 and 1997 and anyone interested will be invited to open training sessions. With the NIFL Youth League commencing Sat 13th September, anyone interested in playing for the team please contact Jimmy Gilchrist 07754049484 or Billy O’Flaherty 07850669666.


The club’s Football Development Centre’s latest session, commencing 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 Youth 0, Limavady Youth 3: Carniny’s first game of the Subway Premier section was found to be difficult from the start. The boys looked sluggish and were second to every ball.

Limavady’s first came from a long range effort when the Carniny defence failed to close down the Limavady effort.

Carniny went out for the second half with more fight and drive. Their efforts were dampened though when Limavady got there second after the ball was spilled in the box leaving a simple tap in. Limavady’s third came from a tame looking free kick that Carniny’s defence failed to clear that ended Carniny’s hopes of any result.

The young Carniny side can only improve after this display and with a few more training sessions under their belt they will be back to winning ways.

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


Carniny Youth 3, Warrenpoint Town 2: This was the new look Carniny’s first league game and they were determined to hit the ground running.

Carniny opened the scoring with a nice move between McKitterick and Hemphill laid on Joshua Courtney who fired home from a tight angle.

Warrenpoint were hungry to get back into the game and their equaliser came when a mix up between defence and keeper resulting in the ball being tucked home.

Carniny had to regroup and start get back into their rhythm. After a number of corners Carniny took the lead again when a goal mouth scrap the ball fell to Thomas McKitterick who tapped the ball home.

Warrenpoint equalised against the run of play in the second half but Carniny’s winner came with a deep floated ball from Cameron Moag to the back post and Joshua Courtney made no mistake with a powerful header.

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


Carniny Youth 1, SOPFC 1: Carniny started well and opened the scoring when a Thomas Johnston shot was pushed onto the bar by the Plunkett goalkeeper and Thomas Bunting was on hand to knock in the rebound.

Carniny were playing well and were having a lot of possession but against the run of play they lost the ball in midfield and a Plunkett forward was allowed to run and shoot past Owen Marquess in the Carniny goal. Although Carniny created the more clear-cut chances, a draw was probably a fair result on the day.

Carniny: Owen Marquess, Matthew McComb, Krystian Jaworski, Owen Macartney, Thomas Bunting, Thomas Johnston, Caolan Hart, Rhys O’Mullan, Jamie Killough, James Price, Josh Graham, Calvin Letters, Conor Doherty, Luke Calderwood, Shane Kernan.