Six teams from Carniny Amateur & Youth FC age groups descended on Michelin Athletic Club for the second of the club’s prize nights.
Secretary, Billy O’Flaherty opened proceedings by naming the seven different leagues the club’s 13 teams participate in both at home and the various locations this year the teams participated in such as Portugal, Scotland, Ireland and England.
He thanked those who supported the club’s fundraising events through the ‘Night at the Races’, the Golf Event and the Sponsored Walks. For the club to continue he mentioned the importance of the support of the sponsorship of the long relationship the club has enjoyed from Hulls Sausages, McDonalds Restaurant - who have agreed an extension to their current sponsorship of the club strips - Frankie & Benny’s, NISA and Karl Airport Parking.
The secretary mentioned the highlights of the club this season where undoubtedly the Youth International Recognition of players Matthew Shevlin and Shane McKernan, the Club Excellence Mark Accreditation due to the good work of club official Stephen Armstrong and the Xmas fundraising event between Ballymena United and Carniny A& YFC.
The secretary highlighted the fact that a boys’ club such as Carniny were able to compete in the highest standards of youth football and in particular the 13s, 15s and 17s in the top flight of Youth Football.
In closing, Billy thanked the following, Players, for their commitment during the season, Coaches for the personal time given, Parents for having their child being on time at events, Management Committee, for the time they give voluntary to the club, Council Staff for use of their facilities as well as private facilities, Officials of the various leagues for their support.
He went on to introduce current Coleraine player and former Carniny Youth player Rodney Brown to present the awards. Rodney played for Carniny from P1 age before joining the professional ranks and was part of the long list of boys who have played for Carniny before progressing to first team Irish League football and beyond such as Josh Carson (York City), Samuel McIlveen (Glenavon/Ballyclare), Chris Rodgers (BUFC), Darren McKnight (Barnsley), Matthew Shevlin (BUFC), Jason Johnston (BUFC), Jake Carson (BUFC), Nicky Black (BUFC), Stewart Nixon (BUFC), Leroy Miller (BUFC), Jack Graham (BUFC).
Prize Winners on the night were as follows;
Under 10s Amateurs - PPOY- Sam Magee, Under 10s Youth, PPOY – Kenzie McMullan,
Under 12s - Under 12 Leading Goal scorer Runner up – Jamie Reid, Under 12 Leading Goal scorer - Taylor Adger, Under 12 Sportsperson of the Year – Aaron Buick, Under 12 Players Player of the Year Runner Up – Niall Pogue, Under 12 Players Player of the Year – Joel Telford, Under 12 Player of the Year Runner up – Matthew Gregg, Under 12 Player of the Year – Oran McMullan
Under 13s - Under 13 Leading Goal scorer Runner up – Lee Lynn, Under 13 Leading Goal scorer – Aiden Graffin , Under 13 Sportsperson of the Year - Scott Hunter, Under 13 Players Player of the Year Runner Up - Aiden Graffin, Under 13 Players Player of the Year – Craig Simpson, Under 13 Player of the Year Runner up – Kyle Robinson, Under 13 Player of the Year – James Holland
Under 14s - Under 14 Leading Goal scorer Runner up – Rhys Hemphill, Under 14 Leading Goal scorer – Thomas , McKettrick, Under 14 Sportsperson of the Year – Eamon McAllister, Under 14 Players Player of the Year Runner up – Sammy Clyde, Under 14 Players Player of the Year – Jordan Campbell, Under 14 Player of the Year Runner up – Sammy Clyde, Under 14 Player of the Year – Jordan Campbell
Under 15s - Under 15 Leading Goal scorer – Seaan Elliott, Under 15 Sportsperson of the Year James McDonnell, Under 15 Players Player of the Year Runner Up - Shea O’Brien, Under 15 Players Player of the Year – Cory Little, Under 15 Player of the Year Runner up - Cory Little, Under 15 Player of the Year – Shea O’Brien.