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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.
Tuesday 25th March MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP – This final workshop will focus on adults and especially parents as we look at the different aspects of mental health. It will also look at some stats on children’s mental health and explain what signs to look out for if children have mental health issues.
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.
SATURDAY 3rd 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 9th 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 24th MAY UNDER 16s & 17s AWARDS NIGHT - Awards night for our under 16s and 17s in the clubhouse.
St. Patricks Day Schools Cup Final
La Salle and St. Marys will compete in this year's eagerly anticipated BDSSFA Final at New Grosvenor. Kick-off is at 12-30 on Monday 17th March and as always everyone is welcome to take in one of the highlights of the local youth football calendar. Lisburn Distillery are delighted to host the showpiece event and continue our close relationship with both the Belfast and District Secondary Schools FA (BDSSFA) and the Northern Ireland Schools FA (NISFA).
It was back to league action for the Distillery Academy sides this week and turned out to be a poor return in the way of results. The U-13s are going to find it hard to win their section after going down 3-1 to fellow title challengers Loughgall Youth and the U-14s also had a setback losing 4-2 to Annagh Utd. Dale Monroe got the whites goal in a 1-0 victory for the U-17s as they edged closer to the inevitable league success. The U-12s put up a superb performance before going down 6-4 to second place Windmill but the U-15s lost out 2-1 in a tight encounter with Shankill. It's close at the top of the U-16 section but the wee whites are still bang in the hunt after a 6-0 victory over Banbridge. There were goals and outstanding performances aplenty at mini-soccer, the U-8s got a number of goals against Glentoran and the U-9s also got a few in a game with St. Oliver Plunkett. The U-10s produced two excellent displays against Cliftonville, the U-10 whites were involved in a super game with The Reds were Matthew Moore scored and Ross White, Calum Ashby, Conall Cunningham and Jonathan McCullough got goals for the U-10s in another game with the North Belfast premiership academy side.
U15s photos and match report now online
Club Chairty for 2014
LDFC's club charity for the 2014/15 season is Lagan Valley Diabetes Fund.
The club is supporting The Mayor of Lisburn Margaret Tolerton, who has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. This weekend on Saturday 15th March, we are asking all Academy players and staff at the club to bring £1 each to their match as a donation. We hope as many people as possible can contribute to this good cause.
LISBURN DISTILLERY BIG SPRING CLEAN
Lisburn Distillery Football Club is delighted to announce it will take part in The Big Spring Clean organized by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. 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.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday 30th March starting at 10am. As with previous years the cleanup will be in and around the ground into McIlroy Park and along the Lagan towpath.
Last year we had around 50 people taking part in the spring clean and would love to see even more this year. As normal tea/coffee and juice will be available to everyone taking part.
Academy Quiz Night
As part of their fund raising efforts Lisburn Distillery Academy are holding a special quiz night this Saturday, 8th March. The event will take place in the Lisburn Distillery social club starting at 6:30 Pm and everyone will be made welcome. A well as the usual quiz there will also be food and music so all in all it promises to be a great night.
Admission is £5 per person so why not make a point and come along and support the boys
MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
Lisburn Distillery will hold the 3rd and final Mental Health workshop on Tuesday 25th March starting at 7pm. After holding two workshops for the Academy players this Workshop is aimed at parents, coaches and adult supporters.
The workshop will be held by Action Mental Health through the Men’s Sana programme. One in four people in the United Kingdom will suffer with some form of mental health issues in their life. This workshop will teach you about various forms of mental health issues including stress, bipolar, depression and anxiety.
The workshop is open to everyone. If you wish to attend please contact Ged on 07730505190 to register your name and allow us to gauge numbers or turn up on the night.
A big well done to Daniel Wilson and Reece Kane who have returned from their weeklong trial at Dundee United. Both have impressed that much that they have been asked to return for a further trial at the Tannadice club. All at the academy would like to thank the boys on all the hard work they have put in and for representing the club impeccably.
Cup fever gripped the academy at Lisburn Distillery this week as all the teams tried to make the semi-finals but it turned out to be slightly disappointing with only two out of the six teams making it through. After their 100% season record ended last week the U-17s saw their chance of making it a Lisburn League clean sweep disappear when they were beaten 3-2 by Hillsborough, for the second week in a row the whites lost 3-2 after having a man sent off, conceding two penalties didn't help the cause. The two teams to successfully navigate their way through their quarter finals were the Dundee Utd bound U-15s and U-16s who had 6-0 and 1-0 wins over Apex and Shankill respectively. The U-14s narrowly lost 3-2 to unbeaten local rivals Lisburn Youth and the U-13s 4-1 loss to Shankill didn't reflect the close nature of the game. Finally the U-12s good cup run came to an end with a 6-1 defeat. At mini soccer the U-9s played really well against St. Oliver Plunkett while the U-8s and U-10s came up against excellent Ardoyne teams were Jack Bonar and Noah Kelly got goals.
ACADEMY PREVIEW Saturday 1st March
Cup fever grips the Academy this weekend as all 6 Lisburn League team look to progress to the semi finals.
The under 17s have tough game against Hillsborough Boys, who they beat in the Shield Final. The under 16s will hope to progress against mid table Shankill. Our under 15s will be big favourites against bottom of the table Apex. The under 14s face the toughest task of all Distillery teams as they face a Lisburn Youth team with 13 wins and a draw in their 14 league games. The 13s who are 2nd in the league face 3rd placed Shankill in one of the games of the day. The 12s also have a tough task as they face high flying Ballymena.
At mini soccer the under 10s play Ardoyne Youth Club while the under 10 whites play Ardoyne youth. At under 9s the wee Whites take on St Oliver Plunkett.
The Youth team are at home to Coleraine in the League Cup.
Dundee United Update
It was smiles all round on Saturday as Lisburn Distillery Academy Director Andy Harwood wished defender Daniel Wilson (pictured below right) and goalkeeper Reece Kane all the very best for their weeklong trial at Tannadice with Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.
“At the moment it’s a great plus” said the Lisburn Distillery Academy Director, “the Academy is really going through an exciting time at present. The two lads set off Monday and after arriving were straight into training; Reece is working with the first team goalkeepers. I work closely with Dundee United and I can honestly say the guys have a great chance. This morning I spoke with Dundee United Youth Director Stevie Campbell and they have done well so far.
It is also a learning curve for them and it will let them see how professional players train, live and eat – it will be a culture shock for them but it’s a nice one of course and hopefully in the next year or so there will be many more players heading over from our Academy. I have been over twice, it is superb over there and they are looking to link up with us.”
Andy also revealed that both lads will also get playing for Dundee United’s Academy side at the end of the week as he outlined their programme. He said; “They arrived on Monday and they are going to watch the U20 team play against Hibs U20 at the Excelsior Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. They will then train on Wednesday and Thursday, play against Hibs U18 on Friday and then they will go as guests to the Scottish Championship game between Dundee and Morton at Dens Park, Dundee on Saturday. They will be in doing gym work and stuff like that on Sunday before coming home. I hope they do well.”
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Academy starlets off to Tannadice
Hopefully Monday 24th February 2014 is a day that Lisburn Distillery Academy players Daniel Wilson and Reece Kane will remember for a long time. The two teenagers head off on Monday morning to Tannadice, home of Dundee United for a weeklong trial with the Scottish Premiership side.
Both players were at New Grosvenor on Saturday and are looking forward to this great opportunity.
Defender Daniel Wilson, studying for his A-levels at De La Salle College Belfast, who recently captained the Northern Ireland U18 Schoolboy team said; “To score ten goals and keep two clean sheets with the NI U18s was fantastic, but I have always wanted to play professional football and it’s the main thing I have wanted to do since I was a child and this is an opportunity I have to grab with both hands.”
And when it comes to both hands, 15 year-old goalkeeper Reece Kane was equally enthusiastic. The Ashfield Boys High School pupil who is doing GCSEs at the moment added; “Hopefully I can get a contract with them. I want to be a professional footballer. I played for the counties for many years and then I was in the Elite squad and it’s a great opportunity.”
They leave for Dundee United with the best wishes of everyone at Lisburn Distillery, especially their coaches and friends at the Academy and later this week Academy Director Andy Harwood will give some more insight on-line here about this great opportunity for both players.
Picture caption - Reece Kane (left) and Daniel Wilson looking forward to their trial with Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.
Article and pictures copyright David Hunter and may not be used copied or reproduced in whole or part without permission.
Weekend round up
It was a busy week of action at the Lisburn Distillery Academy and it turned out to be a pretty successful one with four out of the five teams in action gaining valuable wins, the only surprise was to find that it was the all-conquering U-17s who lost their 100% season record when going out of the NIBFA cup in controversial circumstances to Killeen Rangers. The Whites lost 3-2 despite having a man red-carded after three minutes and having a big penalty shout turned down in the last minute, Andy Hewitt and Danny Hawe got the Distillery goals. The U-16s are only a point of the top of the table with two games in hand after beating Solway Stars 4-0 and the U-12s continued their improvement with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Greenisland. A 3-1 victory over Donegal Celtic was enough to keep Gary Boreland's U-15s in second place in the league. Local rivals Hillsborough were defeated 6-0 by the U-14s which saw the wee whites move into the top five. As usual there were plenty of goals in the mini soccer, the U-8s scored a few in a difficult game with a strong Shankill Juniors side and Dee Dee Rafferty and Jake Hull both got a brace for the U-9s against St. Marys. Lewis Doyle was in superb form in goal for the U-10 whites and he needed to be when the boys came up against an excellent Immaculata team. Jonathan McCullough scored twice (one of them a super individual effort) for the U-10s in a game with Aquinas but there was no doubting the goal of the day at the Academy, in the same game Ross White brought a long ball down on his chest, lifted it over the defenders head and volleyed it into the top corner from twenty yards without the ball touching the ground, superb technique for an U-10 and a goal that would have graced any stage.
Weekend match reports plus some exciting Academy news will be published on Tuesday 25/2/14.
Match day fixtures updated changes have been made at all age groups except u12s so please check the fixture calender page for the latest information.
Lisburn Distillery Academy is pleased to announce details of a residential weekend in Dublin as guests of Mount Merrion Youths FC.
The 'Wee Whites' Under 10s, 12s, 13s and 14s will be staying for the full weekend over the 17th & 18th May whilst the Mini-Soccer's Under 8s and Under 9s team will head down for the Saturday only.
All our teams will take part in organised friendlies against the South County Dublin club
and we extend our thanks to them in making the trip possible. More information for players and parents will follow shortly.
St. Patricks Day Final
New Grosvenor, home of Lisburn Distillery FC will again host the BDSSFA Schools Under 16 Cup Final on St. Patrick’s Day (Monday 17th March) kick off-time TBC
The showpiece event of local schools football has been played at Ballyskeagh for several years, despite having to move to Solitude last season due to the inclement weather.
The Semi Finals take place on Wednesday 26th February where De La Salle take on Corpus Christi College whilst in the other game St Mary's take on Col Feirste.
On behalf of Lisburn Distillery we are keen to support both the Belfast and District Secondary Schools FA and the Northern Ireland Schools FA and continue to have strong links with them both.
Kevin gets Ready to Rumble for AMH
Academy coach Kevin Bermingham is getting 'ready to rumble' on Sunday 16th March as he prepares to take part in a charity boxing event to help raise funds and awareness for Action Mental Health (AMH)
The local charity already have a strong link with the Wee Whites, delivering a workshop through the Men’s Sana Programme for our Under 15, 16, 17 and Youth Team players and coaching staff recently before Christmas.
The big fight takes place in St. Patricks Parish Hall, Lisburn and Kevin who coaches in our mini-soccer section, is training hard to prepare for his bout. On behalf of everyone at Lisburn Distillery we extend our best regards to Kevin and would encourage as many as possible to support him and AMH ahead of the event.
More information on Action Mental Health can be found on http://www.amh.org.uk/ or on the Men’s Sana programme at http://www.menssanaproject.org.uk/
After a two week break due to the weather it was back to action for the Lisburn League teams at the Lisburn Distillery Academy and it was also a return to the IFA SSG centres for the mini-soccer sides after their winter break. The U-14s, U-15s and U-16s all progressed to the next round of the cup, Loughgall were seen off 2-1 by the U-14s, Ryan Hoey and John Ewing with the goals. The U-15s needed extra time to see off Greenisland 2-1, the wee whites had goals from Tyler Guy and an OG plus a penalty save by Billy Campbell to thank for making the second round. Dromara were on the wrong end of a 6-4 score line against the U-16s. The two teams in League action had contrasting fortunes, the U-17s juggernaut rolls on as they had a 2-0 victory over Hillsborough, Ben White and Lee Newell the names on the score sheet, but the U-13s title challenge stuttered as they went down 2-0 to Loughgall Youth. The U-8s were back at Playball and Reece Taggart, Ryan Cressey, Brandon Wright and Dawson Jackson all got goals against Ardoyne. St. Malachys was the venue for the U-9s game with Aquinas and again there were plenty of goal scorers in white, Jake Hull, Dee Dee Rafferty, Charlie Davidson and Jackson Browne their names. Both U-10 teams were playing at The Hammer against North Belfast and Lisburn Utd respectively and the very wee whites goals in these games were scored by Jake Donaghy, Ross White, Conall Cunningham, Matthew Moore and Ben Gilliland.