Academy: Girls take part in Bangor tournament

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The Coleraine FC Academy Young Ladies Under 10 and Under 13 squads traveled to Holywood this weekend to take part in the annual Bangor Ladies Junior Football Tournament.

The Under 10 side faced a strong Shankill United Youth team in their opening game before a bright start to their following game against Crusaders Strikers in which the team demonstrated confidence in their play attacking well through Chloe Peden and Katie Miskimmon.

Maddison McVicker was comfortable in the goals and made several top-drawer saves from the opposition in a one-on-one opportunity. Their final game against Lisburn Ladies was another close game as the ladies in blue edged out the Coleraine team for a spot in the semi-finals.

The Under 13 squad kicked off their start in the competition in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 victory over St Oliver Plunkets. The Coleraine Young Ladies played sublime football as three of the goals came as a result of some clever passing plays and team build up from all players on the pitch, Abbey Alexander and Sam Miskimmin were in excellent form during the tournament with several goals of a high standard. Megan Alexander performed

well during a very close game against an in-form Lisburn Ladies team who later edged out a result against the Young Ladies form Coleraine.

Katie McLaughlin opened the scoring in their final game against Crusaders Strikers with a well placed finished following some neat build up play. Crusaders Strikers slowly edged their way back into the game with a thunderous free kick, however the Coleraine Ladies held on for a well-deserved victory.

U13 Young Ladies vs Portrush Youth FC: ‘Super Sam The Hat-Trick Hero!’

The Young Ladies braved the poor weather conditions to put in a hard working performance against a well disciplined Portrush side. Portrush started the game well while the ladies took time to settle into the game. Cara Lockhart put in yet another dazzling performance in the goals displaying her versatility as a player of immense quality in all areas of the pitch. Leah McVicker played with confidence in the defensive line as Portrush piled on the early pressure. Allana Pollock came close to opening the goal-scoring account for the young ladies with several opportunities as Portrush failed to clear the lines only for the post to come to their rescue on four separate occasions.

The second half saw an increase of effort and determination from the young ladies as they put together some well worked pieces of passing play through Katie McLaughlin and Sam Miskimmin. Sam was able to bag the perfect hat-trick during the game after three perfect crosses from Abbey.MVP Champion Award: The hat-trick hero Sam Miskimmin

Under 9 Academy Team

Coleraine Academy 2006s came up against Ballymoney 2005s today at a cold and windy Ballysally this morning. With the wind behind them in the first half, Coleraine passed the ball well finding good positions on the pitch and launching numerous attacks on the Ballymoney goal, hitting the woodwork twice before Alfie showed exceptional technique, pivoting and scoring with the outside of his boot. In the second half,

Ballymoney capitalized on the advantage of the strong wind putting the Coleraine defence under a lot of pressure however Kelvin scored another for the Bannsiders with a well taken goal. Overall a good performance from the team in very difficult conditions.

Under 9 Alexandra & Olympic Teams

Alexandra and Olympic played Portrush in a three way blitz.

Olympic were up first against Portrush and played very well, passing the ball nicely, but were caught by a couple of wind assisted sucker punches. Alexandra then took on Portrush and produced a tremendous display full of pride and determination with a well taken goal to show for their endeavours, while Anna was performing heroics in goal. The final game pitted good friends and club mates against one another. In what was a fiercely contested game, both sides played some good football creating lots of goal scoring opportunities. Travis and Lee caught the eye for Alexandra today, while Ben performed well for Olympic, as did Sean who played a blinder in the second match. Well done to both 06 teams for competing so well in such terrible conditions and playing in the true spirit of the game.

Under 10 Academy Team

On a cold and windy morning at Ballysally we all needed something to warm us, so up stepped Coleraine Academy 05 and Magherafelt Sky Blues who gave us everything ,end to end football, great play and some outstanding goals. Magherafelt started much quicker and were in front in the first five minutes. Coleraine did take time to settle but it wasn’t long till they created a few chances and if it wasn’t for the Magherafelt keeper they should have been leading. They did eventually did score, some neat play in midfield, the ball was passed back to Aaron Campbell who thumped the ball into the back of net to leave it all square at half time. Second half began with Coleraine on top but a great counter attack by Magherafelt and Coleraine were behind again. Coleraine heads could have gone down but the boys now have a great attitude of not giving up and getting their sleeves rolled up. With great determination they pegged the opposition back and when

Jake Scott found himself clear of Magherafelt defence, he calmly took it past the keeper and from a tight angle and on his weaker foot he slid the ball into the net. Coleraine were not finished yet and went all out for the winner, with five minutes left Alfy Matthews found himself in the right place at the right time, again good passing play left Alfy with the goal at his mercy and he did not let us down. Again this score line does not reflect how well the boys played as a team, and with the chances created the score line could have been a lot different, every boy in the team played their part and should be very proud with their performances.

Under 10 Alexandra Team

The Alexandra 05 also got their sleeves rolled up for a very good Carniny team on Saturday, again they got off to a slow start and were behind after few minutes. Coleraine started to get their passing going and it wasn’t long before they got the equaliser, with the great vision of Toby McKeary, he picked out Luke Kelly to slot the ball home, this combination worked again for Coleraine’s second, again Toby picked out Luke who easily sided footed it past the keeper .The passing throughout this team was a joy to watch and this led to the next goal, Peter Leighton finishing off a great move to get thethird. Carniny did pull one back late on but Coleraine defended well to finish game off.

This was also a great team performance by the lads and each player should be proud of their performances.

Under 10 Olympic Team

Coleraine Olympic 05s hosted institute at a cold Ballysally. Coleraine Olympic started off to a good start with plenty of chances as the boys moving the ball about the pitch it was an end to end game with both teams having their chances. Then Institute broke free with a breakdown in defence to make it 1 - 0. Not to be outdone Coleraine Olympic came back within minutes to make it 1 - 1 with a beautiful strike from Adam Parke. The young boys from Institute kept up there performance and put the pressure on Coleraine Olympic who were playing fantastic football by passing and movement but the second half came and Coleraine Olympic seemed to lose heart with being 2-1 down and Institute took full advantage to take the game 5 – 1. Both teams played outstanding football. The Coleraine Olympic played well man of the match Ben Carson.

Under 11 Olympic Team