Wet weather puts paid to Carniny Youth matches

Carniny Youth FC.
Carniny Youth FC.

CARNINY Youth players hoping to get their last game in before Christmas were left disappointed last Saturday when all three of the club’s scheduled games were unfortunately called off due to waterlogged pitches.

However the Under 11s will be looking forward to a festive derby match against BUFC YA on home soil when the pair meet this Saturday in the Lisburn Youth League.

January will see four teams from the club in NIBFA Cup action with the Under 11s playing Oxford Utd Stars, the 12s playing Glentoran, 13s Rathfriland Youth and the 14s playing Ballymoor.

The Christmas break will give time for the club to look back on the first half of the season which has been relatively successful for the club.

The Under 11s currently playing in the Lisburn Youth League, are sitting well up the table keeping pressure on their league leaders, Lisburn Youth. The Under 12s are sitting top of their division in the George Best Youth League, unbeaten in all their games to date.

The Under 13s are relishing the weekly challenges in playing in the top division of their age group in the National League. The Under 14s and 15s are also enjoying playing in their respective divisions in the National League.

The National League has become more interesting for local clubs this year with three teams from Ballymena now playing in the Leagues with BUFC YA and North End following Carniny by introducing their teams to the league, exposing their players to some of the best teams in the Province which can only be good for the development of all Ballymena based players.


The club are excited to receive news that they have secured significant funding for an exciting new project.

Carniny Youth, who are always looking to introduce new football initiatives within the Borough will hopefully be able to provide footballing opportunities for older youth players and young adults. Details will be available on the club’s website - www.carninyyouthfc.co.uk and local press.


With January fast approaching the transfer window opens again. Anyone interested in joining the club in this window should use the following contact numbers.

2004 - Davy Hanna 07791297755, 2003 - Davy Boyd 07803974402, 2002 - Jason Hunter, 2001-Davy Parker 07835020446, 2000 - Davy Leetch 07732808858, 1999 - Andy McClean 07814038368, 1998 - Billy O’Flaherty 07850669666.


The club’s two senior teams will keep themselves occupied over the Christmas break by playing a friendly match on Saturday 29th December.

The Amateurs are currently playing in the Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate league whilst the ‘Seconds’ play in Junior Div 2 in the Saturday afternoon league.

The club are always on the look out for quality players who would like to play in the Intermediate league. Any senior players out there who are interested in playing Intermediate/Junior football with the club should contact manager Anthony McCartney on 07708822793 or Stephen Armstrong 07836689548. Coaching staff enquiries should contact Billy O’Flaherty 07850669666.


All at Carniny Amateur and Youth FC would like to wish all their players, supporters, sponsors and friends a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.