Ballymoney U-11s win Foyle Cup as U-10 Colts lift the Foyle Vase

BALLYMONEY United Youth Academy Under-11s are the Foyle Cup champions and there was also success for the Ballymoney Colts Under-10 team which won the Foyle Vase.

* BUYA U11’s - BALLYMONEY U11 2 CULMORE 1 - After the parade in the morning the boys had to hang about to 6pm for their game. It definately had an effect on their game as chance after chance went abegging. Finally the goal came in the second half when Chad O’Neill powerful drive found the net, Culmore responded straight away, when Ballymoney failed to clear the ball and from the resulting scramble the ball found the net.Ballymoney were almost punished again only for the post to save them. This gave them the wake-up call they needed and it wasn’t long before Conall Doherty popped up to score the winner.

BALLYMONEY 3 INISHOWEN COLTS 0 - This was probably Ballymoney’s best performance, their passing and moving at pace was a joy to watch. Two goals from Shaw Fleck and one from Conall Doherty was enough.

BALLYMONEY 2 OXFORD COLTS 2 - Ballymoney needed something from this game to qualify as group winners, if they slipped up Oxford would go through. Ballymoney soon took the lead through PJ Mc Aleese well taken goal and held it to half time. Second half Oxford gave it everything and scored two quick goals to take the lead,this left Ballymoney going out,  Oxford had a player dismissed, this gave Ballymoney the advantage and they pounced late on to grab a well deserved draw to take them through.

BALLYMONEY 1 CARNINY 1 (Ballymoney won 4-3 on penalties) - This quarter final clash was always going to be tense but Ballymoney made all the running and found themselves one up early on when Conall Doherty forced the ball over the line.

Carniny forced their way into the game in the second half and they got their equaliser five minutes from time to force the game to penalties. Ballymoney held their nerve to win 4-3 on penalties and claim a semi-final slot against Coleraine.

BALLYMONEY 2 COLERAINE 0 - In the local derby Ballymoney started slowly but were always in control and went in at half-time one up. The second half Ballymoney set about getting the second goal to make the game safe and it came when Mathew Knight scored his first goal of the tournament slotting coolly past the keeper.

BALLYMONEY 1 DERRY COLTS 0 - With warm temperatures this was going to be a test of stamina as well, Ballymoney could hardly believe their start going one up after only two minutes when Shaw Fleck scored a powerful header. From this point Ballymoney fought for everything chasing every ball,and thowing bodies at everything,the defence of James Drain and Chad O’Neill stood firm and they were awesome. Half-time came and the boys new they were fifteen minutes away from being crowned Foyle Cup champions.The second half went the same way as the first, with Derry throwing everything at them and Ballymoney hitting on the counter. Mathew Knight had a great chance to seal it but his shot just went over the bar. With only minutes remaining Alistair Gardiner made the right decision to come of his line and beat the forward to the ball. The boys remained focused and saw out the remaining minutes to be crowned FOYLE CUP CHAMPIONS!

Congratulations to all the boys on this wonderful achievement, this is something they will always treasure.

* BUYA U10 Colts - Group Stage - Ballymoney Colts found themselves in the group with Glentoran, Killea Nixon Corner and Corinthians. The Colts gave a great account of themselves against all three teams.

The 1st day ended in defeat against a strong Glentoran team. Ruairi O’Boyle pulled off several fine saves in the match but for all the Colts efforts they couldn’t get into the game. 3-0.

The 2nd day saw two games, the 1st against Corinthians this was a very hard fought close game that could have went either way but for all the boys hard work they lost the game 2-1. The 2nd game of the day against Killea was 1-1.

Ballymoney Colts were now in the Foyle Vase Quarter Final and were up against Eglinton Eagles. The Colts won 1-0 and beat Newbuildings 4-0 in the semi fefore defeating Tristar 1-0 in the Vase Final with Cathal Darragh getting the goal.

Ballymoney United Colts U10 Foyle Vase Winners 2013 - Ruairi O’Boyle, Declan Convery, Joshua Morrison, Jude Bolton, Finn McLaughlin, Cathal Darragh, Daniel Beckett, Matthew Drain, and Joshua Stockman.

Congratulations boys on a super achievement.