Keys hits four as Ballymoney U-9s slam in ten goals

Youth football action in Ballymoney.
Youth football action in Ballymoney.

RHYS Keys hit four to help Ballymoney Youth United Academy to a ten-two mauling of Northend.

Oisin Casey also grabbed a hat-trick and Holmes got two and Archibald was also on the scoresheet.Ballymoney continued their recent winning run this week with another fantastic display.  The boys started this game full of confidence and it showed it their play moving and passing the ball quickly and accurately threatening the North End goal with every attack and it wasn’t long before they opened the scoring.   The first half ended with Ballymoney 7 - 0 up with four goals from Rhys Keys, two from Logan Holmes and one from Oisin Casey.   

 Ballymoney started the second half on the front foot and scored two goals early on when Oisin Casey completed his hat-trick. 

  North End settled into the game and scored two good goals of their own before Aaron Archibald scored for the Toon to round off another excellent team performance from the boys. 

* BUYA Colts U11’s v Carniny

Draw 1-1 (Darragh)

This turned out to be another great game from Ballymoney showing some great touches and team play throughout. The first half ended 0-0 through some strong defending by Padraig Kelly, Kofi Blair and Conall McGothigan, with Jude Bolton working tirelessly in front of them and an excellent Ruairi O’Boyle in goals stopping anything that came his way. Money were unlucky not to go in one to the good with some slick passing from Daniel Beckett, Joshua Stockman and Cathal Darragh putting Declan Convery in on goal, Declan’s composure was great as he slotted the ball past an oncoming keeper but with the change on the offside rule coming in to play this week it was disallowed.

The second half saw Money introduce fresh legs in the shape of Matthew Drain and Joshua Gray with both lads working hard on the flanks. The Money pressure was showing with Convery getting in on goal but a block from the Carniny defence gave United a corner. Drain took the corner and an alert Darragh nipped in at the front post to knock the ball into the net 1-0. A few minutes later and a dubious decision gave Carniny a free kick on the edge of the box from which they drew level and this is how the game ended. Man of the match this week has to go to Ruairi O’Boyle for some brilliant saves throughout the game.

Man of Match: Ruairi O’Boyle

* BUYA U11’s v Roe Valley

Won 3-0 ( Morrison, Milliken, Christie )

This week the U11’s faced Roe Valley U12’s. As it was a team Ballymoney had never came up against before the lads were asked to concentrate on their own strengths and play their own game. Ballymoney started the game with real vigour and within 10 minutes opened the scoring when Money won a corner and from the delivery Joshua Morrison hammered a superb left foot effort past a stunned Roe Valley keeper. Money not willing to settle at 1-0 kept their opponents on the back foot and won a free-kick which Joel Christie dipped under with amazing accuracy only to be denied by the referee’s misinterpretation of the offside rule which had been implemented this week. At half time with the score remaining at 1-0 the lads still had work to do. In the 2nd half the weather got progressively worse and with Roe Valley using their extra strength to good effect the boys had to dig deep, but everyone showed a terrific team ethic and with the work rate of Stuart Rowe and Scott Gardiner at the back Roe Valleys chances were greatly limited. Moneys second goal came when Adam McComb went rampaging down the right flank and passed to Cameron Milliken on the by-line who from an impossible angle somehow managed to hook the ball high over the keeper and into the back of the net. Ballymoney now with a two goal advantage could relax but despite the horrendous weather the boys continued to work hard and struck for a third time when Christie was on hand to net a well deserved goal from the edge of the box. Well done boys on another hard fought win in difficult conditions.

Man of Match: Scott Gardiner.