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It was a pretty good weekend for the Academy except for the Under 17s.
The 17s played their NIBFA cup game against a very good Institute side from the National League and unfortunately our boys came up a little short but were very unlucky. Having scored with 3 minutes to go in normal time it looked like the Whites would go through but with the very last kick of the game Institute scored to take it to extra time. With the game looking like it was going to penalties Institute came up with the winning goal with only a couple of minutes left on the clock to knock out the Whites.
The 13s probably had the result of the day in a 3-3 draw with to half of the table team Willowbank. The game was an excellent advertisement for how far the boys have come and shows that great football can be played by kids as young as 12.
The 14s who played fellow title hopefuls Downpatrick had an emphatic 4-1 victory that puts them within 4 points of the leaders. The 14s have continued their great form from last season and in the process knock the ball about with some confidence and will look to build on that over the rest of the season.
The 15s after being 4-0 up and coasting endured a nervy last 10 minutes of their match against Windmill after conceding 3 goals to finish the match 4-3. Their strength and power added with their excellent passing ability really has put them in with a chance of clinching the league this season and are knocking on the Lisburn Youth door.
The 16s like the 14s had an emphatic 4-1 win over local rivals Lisburn Youth but this match could have seen a few goals more. Coaches Gary and Davy won't be disappointed with the boys as they have had an excellent start to the season which sees them siting proud at the top of the table.
There have been some changes to the fixtures over the past hour due to the bad weather. Those changes are as follows:
U14s v Downpatrick moved to
Glenmore 1 at 11:15
U16s v Lisburn Youth moved to
Moira 2 at 9:30
U17s v Institute moved to
Coss 3 at 11:15
There is another round of tests for the Under 11 boys so again no match this weekend but GOOD LUCK to everyone taking the tests.
The Under 17s have a tricky NIBFA cup tie against National League side Institute. The Whites will be hoping to maintain their 100% winning start to the season and they will be slight favourites as the opposition have a long journey from County Londonderry to contend with before kicking a ball.
For the other teams its league action (weather permitting again). The 13s take on a strong Willowbank team but will by buoyed by their good showing in last weekend’s 4-3 defeat to Ards Academy. The Wee Whites having been 4-1 down at one point managed to get to within a goal of taking it to extra time but unfortunately the clock just ran out.
The 14s take on Downpatrick who are just ahead of them in the league. With our boys sitting in 4th they can leapfrog their opponents and show that they are real title contenders this season.
The 15s take on Windmill and like the 14s they can cement their place as title contenders with a win. The 15s have a couple games in hand and if they win those they will be within a point of the leaders.
The 16s take on mid-table Lisburn Youth. With the 16s sitting top of the league and having won their NIBFA cup game last weekend against Coleraine 1-0 will hope that their confidence and excellent football stays with them and get them the victory.
We would like to thank Coleraine Football Club for their excellent hospitality that they gave our 16s last weekend. After the cup game the boys were treated to a buffet lunch and were also able to take in the Coleraine v Dungannon game.
Mini Soccer Fixtures Saturday 22nd November
Under 8s Play Albion Star 10:00 at Stormont.
Undar 9s play SOPFC 11:00 at St Malachys.
Under 10s play Springfield Star 11:30 at Strandtown.
On Saturday 22nd November, the final week of the Programme before the Winter Break and the Belfast GDP are holding another Silent Side-lines Weekend. The idea is that coaches and spectators should remain 'Silent' and not shout instructions to players on the pitch, allowing our young players to play with freedom and make their own decisions more info can be found on: www.belfastgdp.weebly.com
Lisburn Distillery Youth v Ballymena Utd Thirds
With the first team not having a game tomorrow why not make your way down to Ballymacoss to cheer on the Lisburn Distillery Youth team who are in action against Ballymena United Thirds.
The Youth kept up their fine start to the season with a superb 3-2 away win over Coleraine Colts last Saturday, this despite having to play most of the game with only 10 men following a red card incident. Goals from Morrison, Pierce & Hunter were enough to secure three points which leaves the young Whites in fifth place in Section A of the NIFL youth league.
Kick off tomorrow is at 14:00 and is obviously subject to pitch clearance on the day so keep an eye on the clubs Facebook page.
Sponsored Walk Winners
Thanks to those who supported our sponsored walk in October and congratulations to Bradley Quinn from the Under 8s who wins a £50 gift card for JD Sports as our top fundraiser.
Our top three fundraisers were:
1st: Bradley Quinn (Under 8s)
2nd: Jamie Bunting (Under 14s)
3rd: Calvin Jess (Under 16s)
Jamie wins a gift card for £30 and Calvin also picks up a gift card for £20 for finishing second and third respectively. We’ll be in touch over the next few days to hand these over to the players.
Well done guys.
Unfortunately all LJIL games have been called off this weekend due to the bad weather but the NIBFA cup games are still on at present.
With that in mind these are the 2 games left on:
Under 13s v Ards Academy
Barbour 3 @ 11:15
Under 16s v Coleraine Academy
Coleraine University @ 12:00
Mini-soccer fixture for Saturday 15th November
Under 8s vs SOPYC White
Stormont @ 10:00
It was a bit of a mixed bag this weekend with 2 wins, 2 draws and a defeat for LJIL teams.
The u11s had a free weekend due to the transfer test but are back in action this weekend before taking another 2 weeks off for more tests.
The u15s finally got to play their shield quarter final against Sunnyside and what a game that was. With the Whites being 2-0 up at half time it was a bit of a surprise that the game ended 3-3 and resulted in extra time. With Sunnyside taking a quick lead straight after the restart the Whites showed their fight and determination with 2 quick goals of their own and finally running out 5-4 winners after extra time. That win puts 3 teams into the semi-finals now along with the 14s and 17s.
The u17s continue to march on with their 100% winning record with a convincing 4-2 win over Bloomfield who are themselves strong title contenders this season. Credit has to go to the boys and the Shannon family who have been doing a stellar job with the team for the past number of seasons.
The 13s showed their improvements with a 1st half performance to be proud of and somehow managed to only come in at 2-2 at half time. Unfortunately Greenisland stepped up their game and scored 3 quick goals early in the 2nd half to kill the tie and eventually finish the game at 6-2.
The 14s were playing table toppers Downpatrick and will probably feel like they dropped 2 points after leading twice and finishing the game at 2-2. Even though it was yet another excellent display from the 14s decisions from the referee didn't go their way and ultimately cost them the points.
The u16s also finished 2-2 but this time against Willowbank. A decent performance from the whites was not enough against a determined and hardworking Willowbank side with the Whites missing a few chances to take all 3 points.
ACADEMY STRUCTURE CHANGES
It’s been a busy few weeks at the Academy as some major changes have been implemented within the Academy’s structure.
It is with regret we announce Ashley Wragg has left his role within the Academy. Ashley has played a major role at the Academy over the last few years and it was with his help we have developed so much in recent years. Ash will be missed but we look forward to seeing him at Academy events and games in the future.
On a more positive note Andy Harwood will take up the new role of Academy Director with Alan Craig rejoining the club as Academy Co-ordinator for the whole of the Academy. Alan was Reserve Team Manager up until a few seasons ago before he became manager of Kilroot F.C. We welcome Alan back to the club and feel his experience will benefit the Academy as he works alongside Andy.
Simon Wragg is stepping down as mini soccer co-ordinator and David Irwin will leave his role as Academy Secretary. This is to allow David and Simon who are both experienced coaches to set up our under 13 (2003) team to compete in the Lisburn League next season. On a footnote if you know any player born in 2003 and they would like to join the academy please speak to David or Simon ASAP.
David will stay on as the Academy’s Lisburn League representative with Peter Mills joining the Academy as Secretary. We welcome Peter to the academy and knowing Peter from his work within the Senior Team he will be an asset to the Academy. Dawn Gregory will take on the role of Mini Soccer Administrator. This is a role Dawn has been helping Simon Wragg with recently so has experience of the duties involved.
A very positive time for the Academy and look forward to a positive future.
This Weeks Results
The Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League
Greenisland 6 - 2 U13s
Downpatrick 2 - 2 U14s
U15s 5 - 4 Oxford Sunnyside (Cup)
Willowbank 2 - 2 U16s
Bloomfield 2 - 4 U17s
Postponed due to the inclement weather new date to be advised in due course.
Mini Soccer Fixtures for Saturday 8th November
8s V Rosario Blue Sox at Stormont 11:00
9s V Creagh Wanderers at St Malachys 09:00
10s V Greenisland at Ballysillian 11:00
U16s photo from Saturday 1/11/14 now in Photo Gallery HERE
Its back to league action for most of our teams this weekend with the 15s to play their rearranged shield tie and if results go our way we can have 4 team top of their respective tables.
The u11s have a free weekend to take some transfer tests and good luck to all our boys who are taking their tests this weekend.
The 13s are up against a Greenisland side that are only a few points ahead our boys but having played a couple games more. This one should be tight well contested game.
The 14s are up against top of the table side Downpatrick and a win would see our boys move into at least 3rd.
The 15s will attempt to replay their quarter final tie against Sunnyside and if they win that will make 3 LJIL teams in a semi-final.
The 16s face Willowbank and will hope to keep their good run of form going that would see them stay top of the league.
The 17s will be up against Bloomfield, these matches are traditionally hard fought and an excellent advert for junior football. A win could see the boys extend their lead at the top of the league and keep their 100% record going.
Good luck to all the boys!!!!
11s - FREE WEEK
13s - Greenisland - Glenmore 2 @ 09:30
14s - Downpatrick - Coss 2 @ 09:30
15s - Sunnyside - Wallace 1 @ 09:30 - SHIELD
16s - Willowbank - Coss 2 @ 11:15
17s - Bloomfield - Orangefield @ 09:00
Changes at board level
It is with much sadness that the club wish to announce that director Ashley Wragg has tendered his resignation from the board of directors and as member of the Academy committee.
Ashley first got involved at board level some five years ago when the club was facing its darkest hour following the surfacing of the financial problems within the club. At the time Ashley had no hesitation in opting to help the club work its way through the monumental issues that it faced at that time and he was very much to the fore when it came to representing the club in numerous meetings with the IFA, CVA related matters and the eventual forced ground sale as the club fought to secure its very existence.
Ashley has also been the main person in relation to club licensing which is essential for the club to continue to play its football within the Northern Ireland Football league over the last number of years and his departure leaves a large gap to be filled in that capacity.
Ash feels at this time he has contributed as much as he can to the club over the last five years although he is intending to continue to attend games so he certainly wont be a stranger around the club.
On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Ashley for all his hard work around the club over the last five years, work which was vital in ensuring the ongoing existence and stability of the club.
Thank you Ashley.
Lisburn Distillery Under 11s and 13s still have spaces available in their squads. If you are not currently playing for a team or are not enjoying your football as much as you should, why not come and join our academy. You will be getting 2 nights of top class training a week as well as matches on a Saturday. So if your interested contact John Kelly (u11) 07971263860 or Colin Scott (u13) 07791486497 or alternatively private message the academy Facebook page or via the Contact Us button here on the academy website.
2014/15 NIBFA cup.
U11 - R2 Shankill Junoirs
U13 - R2 Ards Academy - Home
U14 - R2 Rosario or St Oliver Plunkett - Home
U15 - R1 Glentoran - Away
U16 - R1 Coleraine - Away
U17 - R1 Institute FC - Home
Weekend round up
Cup fever gripped the academy again this weekend with 4 teams competing in the LJIL Shield and the Youth Team playing in the Harry Cavan Cup.
The 13s faced the most difficult task of all the teams again in the form of a Lisburn Youth side that has barely been beaten in over 2 years. Unfortunately the whites lost 6-1 in the end but it was made harder when their captain Lewis Smylie went off injured after only a few minutes.
The 14s coasted into the semi-finals with an excellent 4-0 win over Armagh City making it 5 wins in a row now for Arty and Collin's boys. They play Sunnyside in their semi-final.
The 15s will have to replay their cup game after it was called off due to the pitch being unplayable. This game is now on 8/11 at the Wallace park 11:15 ko
The 17s had to face a strong Willowbank side and eventually came away with a hard fought 1-0 booking their place in the semis as well and play local rivals Hillsborough Boys
The u19s took on a strong Glentoran side and with the 2 sides unable to be split after extra time, the whites eventually came away 4-3 winners on penalties making it 5 wins from 6 for the youth team.
The u16s had to settle for league action this weekend against Lisburn Rangers. A 2-0 win over them helped secure the whites to the top spot in the league.
The 11s were back to friendly action this weekend after their knockout in the shield last month but showed that they are coming to terms with the 9 a side format nicely with an excellent performance against TW Braga.
Lisburn Distillery Youth turned in a superb performance to defeat Glentoran Colts 4-3 on penalties in the second round of the Harry Cavan Youth Cup. The match finished 0-0 and the young Whites held their head to deliver a great result even more so when one recalls that Glentoran Colts defeated our Youth team 8-0 in the same competition last season.
You can read a full report on the game on our Youth team page which you can find Here
Next up for the Whites is a home league game against Ballinamallard Youth next Saturday. Kick off in that one at Ballymacoss is at 14:00
This weeks Results from Lisburn Distillery FC
The Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League
U13s 1 -6 Lisburn Youth
Armagh City 0 - 4 U14s
U16s 2 - 0 Lisburn Rangers
U17s 1 - 0 Willow Bank
Harry Cavan Youth Cup
Youth Team 0 - 0 Glentoran Colts
Lisburn Distillery win 4-3 penalties
It was the perfect weekend for all the teams competing in the LJIL. It was a great boost to all involved at Lisburn Distillery with manager Tommy Kincaid telling the 1st team players that the pressure was on them to get a win now and they surely did coming away with a 2-1 win over Ballyclare.
But back to the academy. The u11s continued to improve their passing game when they played Ardoyne. A special mention has to go to Ben White who go player of the month of the 11s
The 13s also continued their revival beating Chimney Corner 4-3 and had to do it without a recognised goalkeeper this weekend and a big thank you has to go to Rhys Lawson
The 14s made it a perfect month winning all 4 of their games with their latest coming in the way of a 4-1 win over Bloomfield. Tommy Kincaid and Andy Harwood were watching this match this weekend and were so impressed they spoke to the boys in the changing room after the game and couldn't speak highly enough of the boys.
The 15s bounced back from their defeat last weekend with a 3-1 win over Donegal Celtic but the game had to be abandoned midway through the 2nd half because of some "monkeying" around by the opposition touchline.
The 16s like the u15s made the perfect reply after last weekend’s defeat with an emphatic6-1 win over local rivals Hillsborough Boys getting back to their slick passing football.
The 17s continued their 100% winning record with a 3-2 victory over Banbridge. The game was more comfortable than the score line sounds though with the boys taking the foot of the pedal in the closing moments and conceding 2 penalties in the last 5 minutes.
Lisburn Distillery Academy would like to wish one our excellent Under 9 players Ben Bonar a speedy recovery. Ben was rushed into hospital for an operation late on Friday. His Coaches Ryan and Simon both went to visit him today and can report back that he is doing well and will hopefully be back in the near future playing his excellent football. More on our Facebook page.
Today's Results from the Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League
U13s 4 - 3 Chimney Conner
U14s 4 - 1 Bloomfield
U15s 3 - 0 Donegal Celtic
U16s 6 -1 Hilsborough
U17s 3 - 2 Banbridge Town
U16s & U15s Photos HERE
Mini-Soccer Fixtures: Saturday 25th October
All three age groups have games this weekend, with the Under 9s returning with a game against Aquinas Rockets. The Under 8s take on a new team at Stormont in the name of John Paul YC while the Under 10s return to the Hammer Complex to play Ardoyne.
Enjoy your football!
Under 8s v John Paul YC @ Stormont @11:00
Under 9s v Aquinas Rockets @ St Malachys, North Belfast @ 11:00
Under 10s v Ardoyne @ The Hammer Complex, Shankill @ 10:00
Saturday 25th October: LJIL & NIFL Youth League Fixtures
All our teams are in action tomorrow from top to bottom in a busy day of games. The U11’s take on Ardoyne while the u13s will hope to repeat their recent Shield win over Antrim side Chimney Corner. The U14s take on Bloomfield in a tricky tie in East Belfast. The U15s play neighbours Donegal Celtic while another local derby sees the U16s pitted against Hillsborough Boys. The U17s are at Wallace Park against Banbridge looking to keep up their winning streak while the Youth Team (U19s) will enjoy taking on Linfield at Mallusk hoping to make it four wins out of four.
Enjoy your football.
Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League Fixtures
U11s (9-a-side) v Ardoyne @ The Rec @ 11:00
U13s v Chimney Corner @ Moira Demesne @ 09:30
U14s v Bloomfield @ Orangefield, East Belfast @ 11:00
U15s v Donegal Celtic @ Suffolk @ 11:15
U16s v Hillsborough @ Barbour PF @ 11:15
U17s v Banbridge @ Wallace Park @ 11:15
NIFL Youth League Section A:
Youth Team (Under 19s) v Linfield Rangers @ Blanchflower Stadium @14:00
U16s photo from Saturday 18/10/14 HERE
NIBFA Cup Draw
The first round draw of the 2014/15 NIBFA Cup takes place on Tuesday 4th November and all our LJIL teams from Under 11 to Under 17 will await their respective ties. You can get more info and the list of teams entered at:
Well done to the under 10s who made the semi-final of the Glentoran Cup before losing out to St Mary's. The whites played group stage matches against Glentoran, Doyle, Ards and Barn United. All the boys played great with goals from Jake hull, Michael rocks, Dee Dee Rafferty and Jacob Walker. Special mention to Reece McKeown in goals who made a string of fine saves. Well done again to all the boys for a great day’s football.
A video of the boys walking out ahead of their semi-final can be found on the Academy Facebook page.
Mini Soccer weekend round up HERE
This week’s results from the Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League.
U13s Free Week
Warrenpoint Town 3 - 5 U14s
Carrick Rangers 3 - 0 U15s
Greenisland 1 - 0 U16s
Newry City AFC 2 - 4 U17s
NIFL Youth League
Youth Team 2 - 1 Crusaders
The Youth Team maintain their 100% start to NIFL Youth league Section "A" and in doing so move into third place in the table.
Full table HERE
The u14s game has been moved to Barbour 3 at 11:15, also U15s match in the morning moved to Coss 3 time remains unchanged at 09:30.
Mini-Soccer Fixtures: Saturday 18th October
The Under 9s have a free week, whilst the Under 8s take on Grove United from North Belfast while the Under 10s take on Ardoyne. Please note the venue for the Under 10s game is at Strandtown.
Enjoy your football folks!
Under 8s vs Grove Utd @ Stormont @ 9.00am
Saturday 18th October: LJIL & NIFL Youth League Fixtures
Our old friends Crusaders are in town to take on the Youth Team this weekend at Ballymacoss, while the table topping Under 17s take on Newry City at the same venue. There are big games for the 15s & 16s as they face Carrick and Greenisland respectively. The Under 14s make another return to one of their favourite venues as they play Warrenpoint at Fullerton Park while back at the Rec the Under 11’s take on the Belfast side Ardoyne Youth. The Under 13s have a free week this time round but return to action next weekend.
11s (9-a-side) v Ardoyne @ Rec 2A @ 09:00am
13s - FREE WEEK
14s v Warrenpoint @ Fullerton Park, Dunmurry @ 11:15am
15s v Carrick @ Drumbo @ 09:30am
16s v Greenisland @ Orangefield, East Belfast @ 11:00am
17s v Newry City @ Ballymacoss @ 11:15am
NIFL Youth League Section A:
Youth Team (Under 19s) v Crusaders Colts @ Ballymacoss @2.00pm
Mini Soccer weekend review in Mini Soccer section
Weekend Review 11th October
The 11s took on yet another strong side in Sunnyside this weekend and continued their improvement with another performance their parents and club can be proud of.
The 13s took on a strong Ballymena side and would have come away with all 3 points if it wasn't for 2 Ballymena goals in the last 2 minutes of the game, but their performance and attitude has delighted their coach Colin Scott who couldn't ask for anymore.
The 14s were in Moria to face a new challenge in Armagh and they took to the task very well with a 6-3 victory to maintain their challenge for the title.
The 15s continued their 100% record with and emphatic 6-0 victory over Ballyclare but will come up against their toughest task to date next weekend when they face Carrick Rangers who are a point better off but have played a game more.
The 16s had a free week to other commitments for their coaches but will be back at it this weekend against a struggling Greenisland side.
The 17s like the 15s continued their 100% start to the season and have now coasted to a 2 point gap at the top and a game in hand.
So an excellent weekend all round for the academy. Keep up the good work and enjoy your football.
Harry Cavan Cup Second Round Draw
Lisburn Distillery Youth have been given a home second round draw against Glentroan Colts in the second round of this seasons Harry Cavan Youth Cup. The game will be played at Ballymacoss Playing fields on Saturday November 1st, kick off at 1:30 Pm.
The Youth team also beat Annagh United Youth 2-0 in a friendly on Saturday, the goals coming from Rhys Grainger & Danny Hawe.
This week’s results from the Daily Mirror Lisburn Junior Invitational League.
U13s 2 - 2 Ballymena United
U14s 6 - 3 Armagh City
U15s 6 - 0 Ballyclare Colts
U16s Free Week
U17s 4 - 1 Lurgan Town
The u17s are playing in Moria tomorrow now not ballymacoss, time unchanged.
Lisburn Distillery Youth have been drawn at home to Glentoran Colts in the second round of this seasons Harry Cavan Youth Cup.
Match to be played on Saturday November 1st @ 13:30 with the venue tbc.
Saturday 11th October Mini-Soccer Fixtures
Our new Under 8 team seem to be settling well into the GDP while the Under 9s and Under 10s are both building on last season’s efforts. Training for all three age groups has now moved indoors for the autumn and winter months but remember to wrap up warm if you’re going along to support our teams because it’s getting a bit chilly!
Under 8s v Doyle @ Stormont Playball @ 10:00
Under9s v St Patricks @ St.Malachys, North Belfast @ 10:00
Under 10s v Shankill Juniors @ The Hammer Complex @ 10:00
Saturday 11th October LJIL Fixtures
Ballymacoss is the venue for the Under 17s who play Lurgan Town our Under 17s looking to keep their winning record intact. The Under 15s also have a 100% record and take on East Antrim side Ballyclare. There’s a double header at Moira Demesne as the Under 13s play Ballymena and the Under 14s take on Armagh. The Under 11’s return after an impressive display against Linfield last weekend with Sunnyside the opposition in the 9-a-side section. The Under 16s have a free weekend.
Enjoy your football!
C’mon The Wee Whites!
U11s (9-a-side) v Sunnyside @ Rec 1A @ 09:00
U13s v Ballymena @ Moira Demesne @ 09:30
U14s v Armagh @ Moira Demesne @ 11:15
U15s v Ballyclare @ Fullerton Park, Dunmurry @ 09:30
U16s - Free Week
U17s v Lurgan Town @ Ballymacoss @ 09:30
Mini Soccer report for Saturday 4/10/14 now in Mini Soccer section, photos for U16s also in photo gallery.
LJIL Shield Quarter Final Draw
LJIL Quarter Final Fixtures:
U13s v Lisburn Youth
U14s v Armagh
U15s v Sunnyside
U17s v Willowbank
Weekend review - LJIL Shield Round 1
The U11s faced the toughest task of all the Lisburn league teams this weekend when they took their first foray into competitive football and to make it even harder they came up against Irish League big boys in Linfield. The young whites eventually went down 5-1 but the score line somewhat deceived how the game went with the wee whites playing their usual excellent football but just could get the ball to go in.
The U13's looked to the shield for a bit of rest bite from the league having had a difficult start to the season. And the boys found it in an excellent 1-0 win over new team Chimney Corner. With the boys continuing to play their football on the deck it’s only a matter of time before this team starts moving up the table where their football deserves them to be.
The U14's were able to avenge their 3-2 defeat to Shankill a couple of weeks ago with a 2-0 win but it came at a loss with Sam Smith hurting his knee and will be put out for a number of weeks.
The U15's came up against local team Hillsborough Boys who have been struggling in the league of late but always put up a tough fight and the wee whites had to come from behind to secure a nervy hard fought 2-1 win to maintain their 100% win rate this season so far.
The U16's finally came to their 1st defeat of season by losing on penalties to Lurgan Town. With the game finishing at 2-2 the whites couldn't find the killer touch from 12 yards to secure a 2nd round spot.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Sponsored Walk on Sunday. We appreciate that not everyone was able to attend on the day, but we would ask that all players who have not returned their sponsor forms and money do so this week at training or at their game on Saturday at the latest. This weekend will be the deadline to hand them in as we will be announcing on Sunday afternoon who has won the prizes for our being top fundraisers. 1st Prize is a £50 gift card for JD Sports, whilst 2nd place wins a £30 gift card and finally a £20 gift card for 3rd place. Thanks again for your support.
Academy Sponsored Walk
A great turnout today for the Academy sponsored walk in McIlroy Park. Starting at 12 o’clock today the walk saw a crowd around 70 people including players, parents, friends and supporters kitted out and ready for brisk autumn walk. Many sponsorship forms and funds have already been returned and the support has been brilliant, if you were unable to make it today or have a sponsorship form to return these can be given to the coaches at training.
Academy Sponsored Walk: Sunday 5th October
This Sunday (5th October) is our annual LDFC Academy Sponsored Walk. All players are requested to take part and meet at our ground at Ballyskeagh from 11.30am onwards for a prompt start at 12 noon. We are walking along the Lagan Towpath to Lady Dixons Park and back. Remember that family members are welcome to join with us during the walk. Please return your sponsor forms and collected money on the day itself. We have prizes for our top fundraisers with 1st Prize being a £50 gift card for JD Sports as well as some fun spot prizes on the day. Drinks and snacks will be provided for those taking part so please make sure you support this event as much as possible. Many thanks and see you there!
u16s photos HERE
Saturday 4th October: LJIL Fixtures
It’s the First Round of the LJIL Shield this weekend and all our teams are in action hoping to progress to the Quarter Finals and beyond. Tie of the Round sees our Under 11’s take on Linfield and even though there is no league table for this age group, the shield and cup competitions will be knockout as normal. Elsewhere the Under 15s, 16s and 17s will hope to continue their unbeaten league form into games against Hillsborough, Lurgan & Dromara respectively. The Under 13’s play Chimney Corner and the Under 14s will try to avenge their only defeat so far this season when they play Shankill Juniors at Fullerton Park.
The full fixture list.
Under 11s (9-a-side) v Linfield @ Rec 2 A @ 09:00
Under 13s v Chimney Corner – Moira Demesne @ 09:30
Under 14s v Shankill @ Fullerton Park, Dunmurry @ 09:30
Under 15s v Hillsborough @ Drumbo @ 11:15
Under 16s v Lurgan @ Ballymacoss PF @ 09:30
Under 17s v Dromara @ Suffolk 1 @ 11:15
C’mon The Whites!
Match Day fixtures for October now online.
Mini-Soccer September Review
We have three age groups playing mini-soccer this season. Our Under 9’s & Under 10’s have been Joined by a new Under 8 age group who were recruited over the summer. We also have some new faces in our coaching set up with Chris Moulden taking charge of the new Under 8’s and Nigel Crawford joining us to run the Under 10s. Ryan Meneary continues to run the Under 9’s assisted by Kevin Bermingham, while Adam Hull is assisting Nigel with the Under 10s.
The Under 8s team play their games at Stormont Playball and there are always plenty of goals and excitement at this age group and the team are certainly starting to come together with a few games under their belt. The Under 9s are now in their second year and progressing with every game while the Under 10s have found their feet again with some good individual and team performances. The focus on mini-soccer is the player’s development in a fun environment and we are pleased to be part of the IFA’s GDP (Grassroots Development Programme) and how it is ran by the respective IFA staff. We must also thank the other teams we have come up against so far this season for the spirit in which the small sided games have been played in. In addition to the coaching staff we must thank Simon Wragg who oversees the Mini-Soccer at the Academy and also Dawn Gregory who has recently taken on a role with the Mini-Soccer in addition to her other committee member duties and her weekly round ups of the games which feature on our website, Facebook page and in the Ulster Star.
Wee Whites Review: September 2014
There’s no denying it’s been a great start to the season for all our teams at the Academy. They really are a credit to Lisburn Distillery so a huge well done to all our players and staff for a fantastic September after a very busy summer.
The Youth Team (Under 19’s) have recorded victories in both their league games following up a 3-0 win over Institute with a 2-1 win away to Glenavon at the weekend. The new coaching team of Sam Allen and Dickie Evans along with the players seem to be settling in well to Section A of the NIFL Youth League and can look forward to games against Crusaders and Linfield in October.
In the LJIL, the Under 11’s are playing their first season of 9-a-side and have impressed in their opening games against Ballymoney, Ridgeway, Warrenpoint and Dungoyne. The players are learning more about patterns of play and their own roles within the team and we have been very encouraged by their games so far.
The Under 13’s are gelling well as a team and playing some great football. They continue to develop individually and as a team and can count themselves unlucky not to be higher up the le ague table. The highlight for the u13s so far was a 6-3 win over Warrenpoint and they will expect to give another good account of themselves this weekend when they take on Chimney Corner in the LJIL Shield and hope to be ‘in the hat’ for the quarter finals.
After five games, the Under 14s sit only two points off top spot with three wins, one draw and only a single defeat so far. They will look to avenge that single defeat when they take on Shankill Juniors again this weekend, in the LJIL Cup First Round. Victories over Lisburn Youth, Oxford Sunnyside and Windmill show the team are holding their own again this season and will hope for a high finish in the League again.
The Under 15s, Under 16s and Under 17s can all boast perfect starts to the new league campaign with all teams recording maximum points so far. The Under 15s are in joint top alongside Lisburn Youth with four wins from four games. The Under 16s also share pole position with Downpatrick FC with fifteen points from five games whilst the Under 17s are the only team in their age group still unbeaten as they sit top of the tree with four wins from four games.
So all in all it’s been an impressive month for all concerned. Keep up the good work everyone and thanks for your continued support. We’ll have a full list of Saturday’s LJIL Cup First Round fixtures and a Mini-Soccer review for September online later in the week. Don’t forget our Sponsored Walk along the Lagan Towpath this Sunday (5th October).
The Futures Bright! The Futures White!
Lisburn Distillery Youth today beat their Glenavon counterparts 2-1 in the NIFL Youth league Section A, both goals coming from Danny Hawe, league table HERE.
Sainsbury's P6 Cup action photos HERE
LISBURN DISTILLERY FC
IN THE COMMUNITY
SAINSBURY’S PRIMARY 6 CUP 2014
Lisburn Distillery held its 6th annual Primary 6 cup on Wednesday 24th September and as with previous years the sun came out to greet players from St Anne’s, St Luke’s, Tonagh, Central, St Joseph’s, Killowen, St Mark’s and last year’s winners Ballymacash.
Split into two groups of four all the games in the group stage were close with Ballymacash and St Anne’s eventually finishing top of their respective groups. After lunch the tournament turned into an exciting knockout competition with 2 matches including the final decided on penalties. The eventual winners for the 2nd year in a row were Ballymacash who defeated Tonagh in a close final.
We must commend all the schools for their behaviour throughout the day with a special mention to Central who won the Fair Play award. Player of the Tournament went to Jake Donaghy from Ballymacash.
This year we were able to award all players with medals thanks to the generous sponsorship from Sainsbury’s at Sprucefield. Along with the medals Sainsbury’s also supplied fruit and juice for all players between games. Thanks also goes to the community Policing teams from Lisburn and Dunmurry who were on hand to transport the schools to and from New Grosvenor.
Last but not least a big thank you must go Academy coach Ryan Meneary who helped organise the running of the games on the day along with Ashley, Colin, Raymond and Marline from the club.
Community Relations Officer
Saturday 27th September: LJIL & NIFL Youth League Fixtures
All our teams are in action again this weekend in another full league programme.
In the NIFL Youth League Section A, our Youth Team take on Glenavon while the pick of this weekend’s LJIL fixtures see the Under 17’s take on Lower Maze FC at Barbour PF. This game will also feature in this Tuesday’s (30th September) Daily Mirror Junior Soccer Magazine with photos and a match report. Elsewhere the u11’s take on Ballymoney, the u13’s and u14’s take on teams from Windmill, the u15’s take on Sunnyside and the u16’s are up against Banbridge.
Under 11 (9-a-side) V Ballymoney - Rec @ 11:00.
Under 13 V Windmill - Moira Demesne @ 09:30.
Under 14 V Windmill – Ballymacoss @ 11:15.
Under 15 V Sunnyside - Moira Demesne @ 11:15.
Under 16 V Banbridge – Ballymacoss @ 11:15.
Under 17 V Lower Maze – Barbour PF @ 09:30.
Youth Team (Under 19s) V Glenavon @ Gordon PF, Lurgan @ 14:00
Saturday 27th September: Mini-Soccer Fixtures
All three teams are back in action this Saturday at Playball, The Hammer Complex & St.Malachy’s respectively.
The whole mini-soccer section have been impressive at training recently so we’re looking forward to seeing them show their skills again this weekend. Enjoy your football!
Under 8s v SOPYC @ Stormont Playball @ 11:00.
Under 9s vs Aquinas Stars @ St. Malachys, North Belfast @ 09:00.
Under 10s vs Aquinas @ The Hammer Complex, Shankill @ 11:00.
Lagan Towpath Sponsored Walk: Sunday 5th October
Our annual sponsored walk fundraiser takes place on Sunday 5th October and all players are requested to take part. This year’s walk will go from our ground at Ballyskeagh, along the Lagan Towpath to Lady Dixon Park and back. Meet at the ground from 11.30am onwards to start walking at 12 noon. Drinks and snacks will be provided at Lady Dixons before our return leg home. The sponsored walk is a family event so we would appreciate parents and family members joining us for the journey. Bring along your dog or push a pram alongside us on what is always a fun event.
Sponsor forms have been handed out & we ask players to return their sponsor forms on the day. We will also have prizes for the top three players who collect the most sponsorship.
The Academy costs several thousands of pound to run every season including pitch fees, referee costs, training venues, insurance, league and cup entry fees, tournament entry, training equipment such as bibs, balls, cones and this is our only fundraising event we hold every year. It’s important that we get a good response as we have done in previous years so please support the event and ultimately our players as best you can.
Under16s V Ridgeway photo's now in photo gallery
Sainsbury’s P6 Cup this Wednesday
The ever popular annual P6 Lisburn Primary Schools cup returns to New Grosvenor this Wednesday (24th September) with the great news that this seasons event is being sponsored by Sainsbury’s Supermarkets and in particular their store at Sprucefield.
The event which kicks off at 11:00 am will feature teams from Ballymacash, Killowen, Central, St Marks, St Luke's, Tonagh, St Joseph's and St Anne's and as ever there will be medals for all taking part and trophy for winning school.
The club would welcome volunteers to help on the day from 9:30 am and if you can help please contact Ged Irwin on 07730 505190 or via the "Contact us" button.
Youth team win opening game
Youth Team off to a flyer Lisburn Distillery’s Youth got off to a flyer on Saturday when they defeated Institute Colts 3-0 in the opening league game thanks to goals from Hunter, Pierce and Mitchell. You can read a full report on the game at our Youth team page HERE
Lisburn Junior Invitational League Weekend Review
The Under 11s continue to make improvements in what is a very difficult group of teams playing some excellent football and showing that they are a great bunch of friends as well as team mates.
The Under 13s lost 3 players to injury during the week and then lost their captain Lewis minutes into the game. With an uphill battle already on their hands they fought bravely and managed to score 2 excellent goals with their 2nd which was the goal of the day with some magnificent 1 and 2 touch football.
The 14s fell to their 1st defeat of the season with a 3-2 defeat to Shankill and will hope to pick up again against Windmill next weekend.
The 15s continued their 100% record with an emphatic 6-0 win over North End to stay top of the league. Their excellent run is mainly down to their persistence in playing football on the ground.
Like the 15s, the Under 16s maintain a 100% record and are top of the league. Their 3-1 win over Ridgeway helping to cement their title as early season favourites for the league.
The 17s are in the same boat as the 15s and 16s with a 100% record and top of the league. They maintained this with a hard fought 4-0 win over last season runner-up Willowbank.
Why not come and watch one of our teams play on Saturday. You can be guaranteed goals and non-stop football from start to finish.
Youth Team season ready to kick off
Lisburn Distillery’s Youth start their League campaign this Saturday afternoon with a home game against fellow promoted side Institute Colts.
Now under the management of Sam Allen the Youth team will be hoping to kick off their season with a win. The match is at Ballymacoss Playing Fields, kick off 2:00 Pm.
Mini-Soccer Fixtures Saturday 20th September
Only two of our Mini-Soccer teams are in action this weekend as the Under 8’s have a free week.
The Under 9’s play Shankill Juniors while the Under 10s take on Crusaders.
Enjoy your football folks!
Under 8s: Free Week
Under 9s v Shankill Juniors @ St Malachys, North Belfast @ 09:00
Under 10s v Crusaders @ The Hammer Complex, Shankill @ 11:00
This weekend has a full programme in the LJIL for the Wee Whites. The Under 13s & Under 17s both take on Willowbank while the Under 11s & Under 16s face Ridgeway. Elsewhere the Under 14s are up against Shankill Juniors at Fullerton Park and the Under 15s play North End at Wallace Park.
Under 11 (9-a-side) V Ridgeway - Rec 1A @ 09:00
Under 13 V Willowbank - Barbour PF @ 09:30
Under 14 V Shankill - Fullerton Park, Dunmurry @ 09:30
Under 15 V North End - Wallace Park @ 11:15
Under 16 V Ridgeway – Orangefield, East Belfast @ 11:00
Under 17 V Willowbank - Barbour PF @ 09:30
NIFL YOUTH SECTION A
Youth Team vs Institute Cts 14:00
Under 11s, 13s & 16s Photos HERE
With the 15s and 17s having a free weekend it was down to the rest of the academy to keep up the excellent start to the season.
The Under 11s played their 2nd game in the 9v9 league against Warrenpoint and continued to show their improvements with some excellent 1 and 2 touch football at times and some great team spirit.
The Under 13s gave their coach Jonny Scott a great send off as he goes to University in Preston for a year with a great 6-3 win over Warrenpoint and also their 1st win of the season. Here's hoping this will give the boys the confidence they deserve and kick them on for the rest of e season.
The Under 14s dropped their 1st points of the season when they drew 1-1 with Portadown. It was a hard battling draw that still sees them unbeaten so far in the league.
The Under 16s continued their astonishing run with another 6-1 win over North End. Yes that is 3 6-1 wins in a row now. The 16s are playing some of the best football in the league currently and hopefully that will continue on as the season progresses.
The Academy would like to wish Jonny Scott all the best for the year ahead and thank him for all his work that he has done for the academy.
We would also wish our Under 16 player Ryan Adair a speedy recovery as he recovers from a broken wrist.
Our relaunched Lisburn Distillery Academy Facebook page has crept over the 350 ‘likes’ this weekend. Remember to like, share and invite your friends and family to follow us.
Your Academy Needs You!
To all parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.
Would you like to become a guest contributor on our website and Facebook? Lisburn Distillery Academy would like volunteers to help out the academy by writing match reports on our team’s performances, don't worry we are not expecting newspaper quality reports, just something short on how the game went, main talking points and scorers.
If you would like to help us out please contact us through Facebook or via the "contact us" button on our website.