New Academy Facebook page HERE
Photos of u14s v Hillsborough Boys now in Photo Gallery HERE
The Under 14's play their final league game of the 2013/14 season this evening (Thursday) at the Rec with a 6.30pm ko against Hillsborough.
The 2014 Home Nations U19 Learning Disability Championship took place over three days this week at the Billy Neill Complex, Dundonald. The Northern Ireland squad had links with the Lisburn Distillery Academy in goalkeeper Brice Campbell, Josh Harwood (the youngest player in the tournament) and physiotherapist Andy Harwood who is also the Academy Director and assistant manager at the Whites.
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Photos of u16s v Lower Maze now in Photo Gallery HERE
2014 End of Season Awards
As the season comes to a close, we have been working hard as ever behind the scenes to prepare for our annual end of season Awards Events, which will be held at the Lisburn Distillery’s social club at Ballyskeagh.
It’s an opportunity to formally thank our coaching staff, parents, players and supporters for the season and to give out our player awards for each age group. The events are always well attended and great fun so we would as ever encourage as many people to come along.
We will be having a Mini-Soccer Day at the ground on Sunday 4th May were the Under 8s, Under 9s and Under 10s teams will play games out on the pitch against our guest opponents Greenisland FC. We then have our presentations and food in the social club after. Times will be confirmed soon and there are prizes for ALL mini-soccer players.
For our teams that play in the Lisburn Junior Invitational League we have four awards for each age group. These are:
Lisburn Distillery Youth team scored a great result on Tuesday night when they defated Portadown Thirds 1-0 in a tight game at New Grosvenor. The result leaves the guys two points off the second promotion place in the division with a game in hand over second placed Carrick Rangers.
Current league standings are now available to view here
Youth Team & u15s photos now in Photo Gallery HERE
The Youth teams next game is tonight Tuesday 15th April when they play hosts to Portadown Thirds, that game taking place at New Grosvenor, kick off 6:45 Pm. So if you’re looking a mid week football fix then why not come along to the game and support the boys.
The current league standings are now available to view HERE
U15s photos from Saturday now in Photo Gallery HERE
Another busy week at the Academy
It's another busy week of fixtures at the Academy with the end of the 2013/14 campaign firmly on the horizon. On Monday evening the Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 15s are in league action against Lurgan Town, Loughgall and Lisburn Rangers respectively.
Tuesday evening sees the Youth Team (Under 19s) take on Portadown, this season's Harry Cavan Youth Cup Winners with that game taking place at Ballyskeagh at the clubs home ground. Wednesday night sees the LJIL Cup Semi-Final take place at Ballymacoss (Knockmore Road) as the Under 16s take on Bloomfield for a place in the final on the 10th of May.
There are no LJIL or Mini-Soccer fixtures this Saturday due to the Easter Break but the first team take on Bangor at Ballyskeagh in the NIFL Championship One. Admission for Academy players and Under 16's is free so we hope to see you there.
Enjoy your football (and your Easter eggs!)
Lisburn Distillery U-16s are only two wins away from making it two LJIL titles for the club after a narrow 1-0 win over Ridgeway Rovers, the wee whites will be hoping to make it a league and cup double with a semi-final to come against Bloomfield. The U-12s put up a creditable performance before losing 6-3 to top of the league Lisburn Youth and the U-14s had a good 4-1 win over Willowbank. Newmill were seen off 3-0 by the U-15s who kept up their good record ahead of their big cup semi-final. The U-8s and U-9s both played well in high scoring games against Springfield Star and Albert Foundry respectively but the U-10s drew a blank in what was a very disappointing display against what it must be said was a superb SOPYC team, the U-10 whites didn't fare much better in a game with Shankill Juniors but at least Jack Bonar managed to add to his goal tally in this one.
Diet and Nutrition Workshop
The next Player education workshop will take place this Sunday 13th April. After the Bullying and Mental Health workshops this latest workshop will focus on a young player’s diet and what they should eat before and after a game.
The workshop will take place at Ballyskeagh and is split into two age groups with the mini soccer, under 12s and 13s starting at 10.30am and finishing at 11.30am. Then from 11.45am it’s the under 14s, 15s 16s 17s and Youth team. The older age groups workshop will finish around 1pm.
Players and parents are invited to attend and to allow for full attendance no training will take place on Sunday morning.
ACADEMY PREVIEW Saturday 12th April
This week’s preview starts with the under 16s who are looking to take another step towards the League title with another 3 points, this time they take on Ridgeway where a win will keep them 11 points clear with only 5 games left. The under 15s will hope to record only their 2nd win in 5 games when they face Newhill. The under 14s have a tough task as they take on League leaders Windmill. With the 13s and 17s having a free week the only other Lisburn League team in action is the under 12s who like the 14s take on the league leaders which at under 12s is Lisburn Youth.
At the mini soccer the under 8s play Springfield while the 9s take on Albert Foundry. Lisburn Distillery under 10s play SOPYC and Lisburn Distillery Whites face Shankill.
Enjoy your Football
League & Cup Double still on the cards for Under 16's
The Academy's Under 16 team have been in fine form all season and this was clearly evident as they defeated Dundee United's Under 16s last Saturday at St. Andrews in Scotland. On the back of their fantastic 5-2 win, the Wee Whites defeated Shankill Juniors 3-1 on Wednesday evening and go into tomorrow's game vs Ridgeway knowing a win will go some way to helping lift the league title for the second time in three seasons.
There are however other games left to play, including an LJIL Cup Semi-Final vs Bloomfield on Wednesday 16th April meaning a potential league and cup double is still very much on the cards for Lisburn Distillery.
We wish the Under 16s and all our Academy teams well for this weekend and also pay tribute to the team's coaching staff: Billy, Philip, Michael and James for the great work they continue to put into the academy and have done for several seasons.
ACADEMY RESULTS Wednesday 9th April
After their fantastic result in Scotland at the weekend it was back to league action for the under 16s. The trip didn’t seem to affect them too much as the recorded a 3-1 victory over Shankill. With nearest challengers Bloomfield only drawing with Dromara the Whites now has an eleven points lead at the top. 8 points from the remaining 5 games will see them claim the league title. The under 15s were beaten 1-0 by Ridgeway which could see them drop out of the top 3. Better news for the 14s as a 2-1 win over Sunnyside moves them into the top half of the table. League Champions the under 17s recorded their 19th win of the season with a 3-2 win over Donegal Celtic.
Photos of u15s & u16s in Photo Gallery HERE
Coaching Role Available
Lisburn Distillery FC’s expanding Academy are currently seeking applications from interested parties for the vacant coaching post for next seasons Under 12 team (players born 2003).
Applicants are required to hold a Minimum requirement of an IFA Level One Award.
All applications for this voluntary post can be made via
Academy Co-Ordinator Andy Harwood : 07588 825573
or Mini-Soccer Co-Ordinator Simon Wragg : firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a quiet week at on the home front at the Lisburn Distillery Academy but the U-15s and the U-16s did the club proud on their trip to Dundee Utd, the 15s put up a creditable display before going down 4-0 to their Scottish counterparts, Billy Shannon’s 16s fared even better winning 5-2. A great opportunity for the boys who certainly showed our friends at the Scottish Premiership club the talent at our own academy. On the league front a 1-1 draw for the U-13s against Sunnyside means it looks like either a 2nd or 3rd place finish for the wee whites. The U-14s had a high scoring 4-4 draw with Donegal Celtic. At mini soccer the U-8s had another high scoring game with Crusaders and for the U-10s Ross White and Jack Bonar were on target in games with St. Marys and SOPYC.
It has been a fantastic trip so far for the Academy's Under 15 and 16 squads. The Under 15s put up a fantastic display against a very strong and experienced Dundee United team going down 4-0 in the end. The Under 16s fared much better though with a fantastic 5-2 win over Dundee United's Under 16s.
They then were bussed to the game at Tannadice where they watched the game between Dundee United and Celtic but it was after the game that they will remember most when they were given a tour of the ground and got to meet the players and officials from Dundee United but also a couple of celeb's in Lorraine Kelly and Timmy Mallett.
Photos in the Photo Gallery HERE.
ACADEMY PREVIEW Saturday 5th April
A depleted Lisburn League programme for the Academy this week as the under 15s and 16s are in Scotland to play Dundee Utd and the under 12s and 17s have free weeks. The only two teams in action will be the 13s who take on Sunnyside where a win will secure at least 3rd place. The under 14s play Donegal Celtic who are one place above the Whites in the League.
At Mini Soccer the under 8s take on Crusaders while the under 9s have a free week. At under than 10s Lisburn Distillery plays St Mary’s and The Whites play SOPYC.
The Youth team will hope to break the home jinks as they look for the 1st home win of the season after 1 draw and 4 defeats so far. Compare this to seven wins out of seven away from Ballymacoss. This weekend the visitors to Ballymacoss will be Ballyclare.
Wilson gears up for England game
On Friday evening, Northern Ireland Schools Under 18's take on England at Comber Rec (KO 5.00pm) in the third and penultimate game of the Centenary Shield.
Libsurn Distillery's Daniel Wilson is again expected to captain the side after last month's 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Northern Ireland are currently top of the group with four points from two games, and victories in their remaining two games vs England and Wales would mean Northern Ireland would retain the Centenary Shield. The game vs Wales takes place at Knockbreda on Wednesday 16th April (KO 3.00pm)
We extend our best wishes to Daniel and the rest of the Northern Ireland teamand their coaches Frankie Wilson and Conor Marlin ahead of tomorrow's important match.
April fixtures now online. A few evening fixtures so keep an eye on the website as well as Facebook and keep in touch with your coaches for any updates thanks.
The only place to start this week’s round up at the Lisburn Distillery Academy is with the first team to secure a LJIL 2013-14 title, our excellent U-17 side, a Danny Hawe double and a goal for Chris Walmsley saw the whites defeat Sunnyside 3-2 and start the celebrations. A super achievement for the boys who clinched the title with 18 wins out of 18 and six games to spare, some of the victorious team have already featured for the youth team and let’s hope they can go on and force their way into the first team and help get the whites back where they belong in the top tier of the local game. A great amount of credit must go to the coaching team of Richard Evans and Sam Allen who after winning the NIBFA cup in 2011 with the then U-17s took over the team as an average U-15 side and turned them into League Champions. The U-16s are still on course to be crowned champions in their own age group after a 3-2 win over Dromara kept them five points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. A 1-1 draw with Greenisland consolidated their place in the top three for the U-15s with a cup semi-final to come and second place Ballymena had to be at their best to see off the ever improving U-12s 3-1. Jake Hull scored a great goal for the U-9s against Crusaders and the U8s worked extremely hard when up against a good SOPYC team at Stormont. Both U-10 teams produced super displays in games with St. Marys and Springfield Star were Jack Bonar, Ross White, Conall Cunningham and Calum Ashby got their names on the score sheet.
LISBURN DISTILLERY FOOTBALL CLUB
BIG SPRING CLEAN 2014
Lisburn Distillery through In the Community programme was delighted to take part in The Big Spring Clean organised Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. This is the 3rd year the club has joined with other groups in Northern Ireland to clear litter and rubbish around their local area.
This year supporters along with Academy players and parents were joined by brothers James and Jonathan McMurray who are both standing in the forthcoming local elections with the Green Party. After the much needed coffee break before we started the volunteers spread out to all parts of Ballyskeagh and in around one hour 25 bags of rubbish was collected.
Thanks must go to everyone who turned up to support the Clean up. Many thanks to James and Jonathan and to Lisburn City Council for their help.
Photos on Facebook page
DATE’S FOR YOUR DIARY
As all Academy teams enter the final weeks of the season, we have so many events coming up over the next few months we thought it was the right time to compile as list of dates for your diary.
Sunday 30th March THE BIG SPRING CLEAN - This will be the 3rd year the Football Club through the help of supporters, Academy players and their parents have taken part in this province wide event. As with previous years the cleanup will be in and around the ground into McIlroy Park and along the Lagan towpath.
4th to 6th APRIL DUNDEE UNITED TRIP- Our under 15s and 16s will be in Scotland as guests of Dundee United.
SUNDAY 13th APRIL DIET AND NUTRITION WORKSHOP – This workshop is open to all players and parents as we look at a footballer’s diet. Times to follow.
SUNDAY 4th MAY – MINI SOCCER AWARDS – Under 8s, 9s and 10s will play matches on the pitch then presentation of awards in the club house after.
FRIDAY 9th MAY UNDER 12s and 13s AWARDS – Awards night for our under 12s and 13s in the clubhouse.
SATURDAY 10th MAY LISBURN LEAGUE CUP FINAL’S
SATURDAY 17th & SUNDAY 18th MAY ACADEMY TRIP TO DUBLIN – Six Academy teams will travel to Dublin to play matches against Mount Merrion
FRIDAY 23rd MAY UNDER 14s & 15s AWARDS NIGHT - Awards night for our under 14s and 15s in the clubhouse.SATURDAY 31th MAY UNDER 16s & 17s AWARDS NIGHT - Awards night for our under 16s and 17s in the clubhouse.