Academy teams shine at Easter tournament in Larne

Coleraine Academy U8's at the Larne tournament
Coleraine Academy U8's at the Larne tournament

The U10 Young Ladies squad made their exciting debut at the NWDCYL mini-soccer centre at Ballysally on Saturday, when they took on Ballymoney Youth Academy.

The squad included a recent graduate of the Coleraine FC Soccer School - Mia Turner, who made an exciting debut to the seven-a-side programme.

The 2002 Olympic team who took part in a tournament in Larne

The 2002 Olympic team who took part in a tournament in Larne

Lauren Quinn, Ella Marcon and Tabitha Sweeney added confidence to the defence with some good stops to well worked attacks from Ballymoney.

Head-coach Roisin Brown was pleased with the display, and looks forward to the exciting training sessions that lie ahead.

Most Valuable Player Champion Award: Katie Miskimmon

Coleraine FC Young Ladies U13 vs Northend Youth

The nine-a-side team came up against Northend in the NWCDYL mini-soccer centre at Ballysally.

Abbey Alexander once again put in a magical performance in the midfield as she left several defenders astonished as she went past them with ease to create some early chances.

The defensive team of Leah McVicker and Rebecca Warke were full of confidence in their short passing from the back with several well worked pieces of play to the midfield playmaker Lizzi McNaugher.

Scoring goals is never a problem for the young ladies and they continued this record with some fantastic goals. Goal scorers were: Sam Miskimmon and Megan Alexander

Most Valuable Player Champion Award: Cara Lockhart

Under 8 Academy Team

The 2007’s had an early start on Easter Monday, heading to their first Larne Youth Soccer 7’s tournament.

In the group stages they came up against St Oliver Plunkett Youth, Oxford United Stars, Carrick Rangers and Northend Utd. Although the results didn’t all go their way, they were the only team to score against and take points from the eventual winners.

Under 11 Academy Team: Coleraine Academy 04’s 3-1 Ballymena Utd 04’s

A local derby at a sunny Ballysally, saw the 04 Academy do something the firsts couldn’t - beat Ballymena!

Coleraine started brightly, with some lovely pass and move football causing the sky blues defence all sorts of problems.

The young bannsiders went one up when Rafferty MacKay prodded home from 6 yards out through a crowded area.

Ballymena pressed hard but couldn’t find a way pass Peter Nevin and the impressive Jack McClure in top form.

Early into the second half Coleraine extended their lead, with Reece Watton and Ross Irwin controlling the midfield, the ball broke to Lewis Tosh, whose pinpoint cross from the left found Ryan Donnell who lifted the ball over the hands of the on rushing Ballymena

keeper. Ballymena pulled one back, but the youngsters never let their heads drop and pressed for a third, this coming when a corner from another debutant Conor Lundy was directed into the net from the head of Rafferty MacKay.

MOM - Ross Irwin

Under 11 Olympic Team: 04 Olympic 3 Carniny 1.

After a scrappy first half it was Coleraine who had the lead at the break thanks to a good finish from the impressive Milosz Miros. The talented Conor Lundy capitalised on Coleraine’s good play when he finished well from inside the box.

With 5 minutes left Conor doubled his goal tally when he finished a Beckham like cross from the hard working Noah Donaghey after superb play from the impressive Donny Moore and man of match Jack Collins. MoM Jack Collins, super all round display.

Other results:

Enniskillen 3-1 Coleraine FC Academy U13’s;

Coleraine Olympic U13 2 Bertie Peacock U13 2