Carniny U-14s weather storm to reach last eight in NIBFA Cup

Carniny U-14 player David Leetch stops his St. Andrews opponent from crossing to a team mate. INBT08-291ACCarniny U-14 player David Leetch stops his St. Andrews opponent from crossing to a team mate. INBT08-291AC
Carniny U-14 player David Leetch stops his St. Andrews opponent from crossing to a team mate. INBT08-291AC
Only two Carniny Youth games survived the atrocious weather conditions last week with both the Under 12s and 14s in action.

Wisely the North West and Coleraine district Youth League called off all their fixtures leaving the Under 9s, 10s and 11s all without games.

In the National League and NIBFA Cup both the 16s and 13s were also called off.

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The Under 14s were guaranteed their match, playing with a late kick off on the Showgrounds 3G in the NIBFA Cup.

The Carniny ‘All Blacks’ booked themselves a place in the Northern Ireland Boys FA Cup Quarter Finals with a 2-1 win over St Andrews with a skillful goal from Seaan Elliott and a wonder strike from Ronnie Marshall.

The Under 12s were not so lucky, taking a depleted squad on the long trip to Ballinamallard and losing to strong opponents.

The football Development Centre continued out at the indoor 3G Sportshut facility.

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Those interested in the Centre (years of birth 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009) should contact Davy Boyd on 07803974402 for further information.


Carniny Youth 1, Ballinamallard Youth 5: Carniny were looking to add to their good form of 4 straight wins but they came up against a very strong Ballinamallard side.

The long trip down had an effect on the wee reds and they found in most cases in the first half they were out muscled.

Carniny did have chances from Mearns and Graffin but failed to convert to goals.

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After 15 minutes Ballinamallard scored their first when the striker scored with a glancing header.

Another three soft goals followed to make it 4-0 at half time. Carniny didn’t play that badly in the first half but had nothing to show for their efforts.

The second half Carniny showed much more fight with Anderson and Hamilton starting to win more tackles in midfield. Things also improved in wide positions from White and Moore.

It was Jake White that gave Carniny hope when he cut inside from the right and squeezed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.

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Carniny then started to pile the pressure on Ballinamallard for the next 15 minutes with Mearns and Graffin raising their game.

The back four of Young, Farquhar, Robinson and Lamont were also doing better the second half until Ballinamallard hit Carniny on the break to make it 5-1 and effectively killed the game.

With a depleted squad and having only 11 players available it was just too much to ask from the players.

Carniny now look forward to entertaining Glentoran at Ballykeel on Saturday and hope to get back to winning ways.

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Carniny: McNicholl, Robinson, Lamont, Young, Anderson, Hamilton, White, Moore, Graffin, Mearns and Farquhar


Carniny Youth 2, St Andrews 1: Carniny put in a strong performance against a physical St Andrews.

The Ballymena boys fell behind on 20 minutes after Shea O’Brien stopped a shot only for the ball to spin loose and a St Andrews player poked the ball home from close range and injuring the Carniny keeper in the process.

Cory Little took over from O’Brien and kept Carniny in the game with several good stops.

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Carniny drew level in the 38th minute with a superb finish from Seaan Elliott who was torturing the St Andrews defence. Carniny deserved to be at least level at the interval.

Carniny took charge in the second half in the midfield and again Seaan Elliott was causing the St Andrews defence problems and had to be substituted early in the second half after being caught badly on the right knee.

Just after the hour mark Carniny took the lead through Ronnie Marshall who drove into space and struck a unstoppable shot above the St Andrews keeper.

Carniny continued to dominate the midfield and Seaan Elliott had a fantastic opportunity to extend Carniny’s lead only to lift the ball just over the bar.

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A fantastic team performance from the Carniny boys but a special mention must go to Corry Little who filled in brilliantly for O’Brien in nets. Final score Carniny 2 St Andrews 1, with Carniny booking themselves a quarter final slot against Limavady Youth.

Carniny: O’Brien, Houston, Henderson, Downey, Scullion, Marshall, McGarry, Young, Daly, Elliott, McDonnell, Leetch, Little, Lemon, Crawford.


Carniny matches scheduled for this Saturday, February 22, are:

Under 9s, 10s and 11s - to be confirmed, NWCDYL

Under 12 v Glentoran (h), National League

Under 13 v Glendowan (h), National League

Under 14 v Derry Colts (a), National League Knockout Cup

Under 15 v Cliftonville (h), National League Knockout Cup

Under 16 v Glenavon (h), National League


2006 and above (Football Development Centre) - Davy 07803974402; 2005- Niall Greer 07920095385; 2004 - Davy Hanna 07791297755; 2003 - Jonny Wilson 07704550454; 2002 - Jason Hunter 07885899290; 2001 - Davy Parker 07835020446; 2000 - Davy Leetch 0773280858; 1999 – Darren McGall 07812604932; 1998 and coaching opportunities - Billy O’Flaherty 07850669666; Seniors Anthony 07708822793.

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Further information on the club can be found on the club’s website - or the club’s Facebook page or by following on Twitter @Carninyyouthfc


Carniny Amateur & Youth FC are also currently seeking expressions of interest for management, coaching and playing staff at U19 level within the club for the 2014/15 season.

Manager must have or have attended and started the first part of the UEFA B coaching diploma and be working towards completion in a reasonable time frame.

Assistant Coaching staff enquiries are also welcome. Interested players are also welcome to make contact. Ideally 1996 and 1997 players.

Coaching enquiries at any level in the club are also welcome. For further information please contact;

Billy O’Flaherty 07850669666 - [email protected]