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Well done to the under 17s who reached the next round of the NIBFA Cup with a 4-2 win over Knockbreda. Goals from Tyler, Calvin, Kane and John Patterson with the his 1st goal for the Whites saw the 17s join the under 16s in the next round.
Not so good for the 14s as they lost their home tie to Limavady
More positive news for the Academy as the 1st team continue to struggle in Championship One.
Having looked at some of the Youth Team players in the midweek friendly against a Cliftonville XI the new 1st team coaches give a starting debut at left back to Taylor Evans with Rhys Grainger coming off the bench to make his debut in the 2-0 defeat by Knockbreda.
The new players had a familiar face in goal as Reece Kane continued in goal, with Reece saving a 2nd half penalty.
Well done, the future's bright the future's White
With the Lisburn League programme wiped out because of the weather the focus was on the under 16s as they travelled to Drumahoe to play Institute from the national league team in the NIBFA Cup.
The long journey up seemed to take its toll on the young Distillery players as they found themselves 2-0 down at half time. A half time team talk and a totally different team in the 2nd half as goals from Ryan Hoey, Matthew Devlin and Ryan Weatherhead seen the Whites come away with a fantastic 3-2 victory.
Well done to players,coaches and parents who made the trip up to the North West. On the downside parents are hopefull of a home draw in the next round as we can't publish their thoughts on the choice of music the players played on the bus home
As an Academy we were delighted to see Reece Kane make his 1st team début in yesterday's Championship One game against Dergview.
17 year old Reece who joined the Academy 4 years ago made his début in goals due to the suspension of Ryan McBride another player who came through the Academy.
New 1st team coaches Sean Paul Murray and Eamonn McCarthy have already stated the Youth Team and Academy will be important to the future plans of the club. With the new coaches this is an opportunity for more Academy/Youth team players to join Ryan, Reece Jordan Morrison, Mikey Withers and Michael Fegan who all feature for the 1st team.
Saturday 7th November
It's the Quarter Final of the Shield for most of the Lisburn League teams this weekend. The 17s have a local derby against Hillsborough Boys, The Whites are 3rd with Hillsborough only a point and 2 places behind so it has the makings of a good game. The 16s will hope to book a semi final place against 2nd from bottom Ballyclare. The 15s have a tough task as they play table toppers Portadown, the Ports winning the opening game of the season 6-0 against the Whites. The under 14s also have a tough task as they play 3rd placed TTBS. The under 13s have a free week and will hold a training session at Ballyskeagh.
In the mini soccer our under 11s play Lurgan while in Belfast the under 10s play Shankill while the 9s face Newington and the 8s play Crusaders.
Enjoy your football
Saturday 24th October
After some disappointing results last week the academy teams are back in league action as some of our teams try to kick start their season. The 17s have a free week and will hope results don't go against them and see them drop as low as 5th in the league. The 16s take on 3rd placed Donegal Celtic and will look to maintain their 100% record. A defeat will see the them knocked off top spot for the 1st time this season. The 15s who are trying to establish their season after a lot of changes to the team over the summer will find it tough against 3rd placed Downpatrick.
Our 14s have a derby against Hillsborough Boys and the 13s also are facing local opposition as they play Lisburn Youth.
Mini soccer will see the under 11s play Oxford Sunnyside while in Belfast the under 8s play St Oliver Plunket the 9s face Ballynahinch and 10s St Mary's Boys.
The draw for the 1st two rounds of the NIBFA cup took place this week and some of the Academy teams have a bit of travelling to do.
The under 17s have a home draw against Knockbreda who play in the Premier division of the National league. The 16s travel to another Nation League team as they are drawn against Institute.
The 14s make it a hat trick of National League opponents as they are drawn at home to Limavady Youth.
The under 15s had a bye in the 1st round and are drawn away from home but have the short trip out the Glenavy Road to play Crewe Utd in the 2nd round.
The 13s are on the road as the make the long track to Enniskillen Rangers
In the 9 a side our under 11s have a home draw against Castlecaulfield.
P6 CUP 2015
The 7th annual Primary 6 Cup took place at Ballyskeagh on Wednesday 23rd September with St Anne's, Tonagh, Central, Finaghy, Holy Evangelists, Ballymacash, Killowen and St Joseph all taking part.
After early morning rain the skies cleared to leave a mainly dry day as the football started on time at 11am. The 8 schools split into 2 groups of 4 with Ballymacash topping group A and Tonagh coming out on top of group B.
After lunch it was down to the knockout stage and after quarter finals and semi-finals last year’s winners Ballymacash came face to face with Holy Evengelists who they beat 1-0 in the morning group stage. As with 3 out of the previous 4 years there was no stopping Ballymacash as they won a very competitive match 2-0 to make it 3 in a row.
Player of the Tournament went to Kris Kelly from Ballymacash.
We would like to commend all the young players for their behaviour throughout the day and say you were a credit to your schools.
We would also like to thank Tesco Bentrim Road for sponsoring the fruit and juice for the players and also to the PSNI for helping out with the transport. Big thanks also go to Academy coaches Ryan, Stevie, Cameron, Thomas and Ged for their help throughout the day.
SATURDAY 26th September
This weekend will see all Lisburn League teams in action. The under 17s face a tough game against 2nd place Greenisland, the 17s are a point behind in 4th with a game in hand. The under 16s will look to make it 4 out of 4 when they take on Ballyclare Colts. The under 15s after last weeks 5-0 win have a derby match against Hillsborough Boys who are on the same number of points as the Wee Whites. The under 14s are the latest team to play at Ballyskeagh when the face Tullymore while the under 13s will hope to get their 2nd win of the season against Northend.
In the Lisburn League mini soccer the under 11s take on Carrick Rangers.
In the Belfast Development League our under 8s and 9s will play Springfield Star while the 10s play Cregagh Wanderers.
Enjoy your Football.
Weekend Round up
The 3rd week of Lisburn League fixtures seen all Academy teams in action. The under 17s struggled to a 4-3 win over Newry City it took goals from Matt, Tyler and a brace from Calvin to make it 2 wins from their 1st 2 games. The 16s made it 3 out of 3 with a 6-0 win over Wakehurst, goal scorers were Peter, Matthew, Gregg, Caolan, Ryan and Brandon. Great team game with 6 different goal scorers.
After a heavy defeat to Portadown the 15s bounced back with a 5-0 win over Northend. Goal scorers were Sam, Reuben and a hat trick from Kyle. With so many changes at this age group over the summer it will take a few games for them to gel.
The under 14s suffered their 1st defeat of the season after going down 5-3 to league leaders Willowbank, Michael, Jason and Ewan with the goals. The under 13s loss of the 2nd week in a row, plenty of goals in the team but the very young defence is conceding a few goals. Top marksman for the Academy was Connor who scored all 4 goals in the 6-4 defeat.
The Mini Soccer continued both in the Lisburn League and the Belfast Development Centres.
ACADEMY REVIEW Week Two
Round 2 of the Lisburn League held yesterday seen the under 17s in action for the 1st time and last season's league champions continued their winning way with a 3-0 win over Downshire, goal scorers for the Whites were Jack, Steven and Matty.
The under 16s came from 1-0 down to beat Newry 5-1 with goals from Matthew, Caolan, Peter, Ryan and Jonny. Our under 15s had a free week while the 14s were in goal scoring mood with Adam and Michael both scoring twice and Callum going one better with the Academy's 1st hat trick of the season as they had a comfortable win over North End.
After last week’s win in their 1st ever competitive match the under 13s came back to earth with a bang as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Blackstaff. Adam was the only Distillery player to score.
Mini soccer continued with Josh, Alistair, Zach Jay, Reece, Ross, Cameron, Max, Ben, Harry, Zac and Charley all scoring for their relevant teams.
Week two of the new season will see the under 17s play their 1st match of the season when they play Downshire at Wallace Park, the 16s will hope to build on last week’s win when they play Newry City at Fullerton Pk. The under 15s have a free week while the under 14s take on North End at Barbour. Our new under 13s team play Blackstaff at Ballyskeagh, it is our hope all our Lisburn league teams will play at the ground throughout the season.
In the Lisburn League small sided games the under 11s start their season against Windmill. In the Belfast Games programme our 08s play Crusaders, the 07s play Newington and the 06s play Cliftonville.
Enjoy your football.
The new season is up and running for most of the Academy teams with a mixed bag of results out of week 1.
The under 16s started with a 4-2 win over local rivals Hillsborough Boys with goals from Brandon, Caolan and 2 from Peter. The under 15s suffered a heavy defeat to Portadown while the under 14s played some brilliant football in their 1-1 draw with Chimney corner, the Whites goal coming from Michael.
Best result of the day was from the newly formed 13s playing their 1st competitive match. After taking a 1-0 lead they had to fight back in the 2nd half from 2-1 down to win 4-2. Goal scorers for the wee Whites were Ryan, Oscar and two from Connor, The under 17s and 11s had free weeks and will start their season next week.
At mini soccer all 3 teams were involved the Belfast development league games, in the under 8s game Ben, Cameron and Max all found the net as did Jay and Kiaren in the under 10s match
Lisburn Distillery is recruiting coaches to help run next seasons new under 8s. The team will train in Lisburn with matches played at Stormont.
Lisburn distillery academy provides a great environment for coaches to improve and learn whilst getting hands on experience of coaching and running a team.
For more details about this exciting position please contact Academy Co-ordinatior Alan Craig on : 07850 206366.