The Gerard McErlean Memorial Shield made its way to Lisburn Distillery
following the Under 15's final win over Bloomfield on New Years Day. The Wee Whites
ran out 2-1 winners to continue on from last season's fantastic League, Cup and Shield wins
in a treble of their very own.
u14s in Action for more photos see Gallery.
Weekend Roundup 27/04/13
With the regular season drawing to a close the Academy sides have been kept busy trying to fulfil all their fixtures. First half goals from Carson Elliot (2) and Adam Hamilton saw the U-11s race into a 3-1 lead against derby rivals Hillsborough but the boys couldn't hold on eventually losing 6-3, it has been a rebuilding job for Colin Scott in this age group but there has been definate signs of progress and with a few new players lined up i'm sure they will be much more competitive next season. Another team whose form from Christmas onwards has been outstanding is the U-14s and they finished their season with a 2-2 draw in another game with local rivals Hillsborough, Matty Fegan and Tyler Guy getting the goals. After denying Shankill Juniors the title in a midweek 3-3 draw the U-12s held another of the top sides Ballymena to a 1-1 soreline Jamie Hamilton scoring the decisive goal, a top five finish beckons for Arty Storeys side and it won't take too much to turn this promising side into title contenders. The U-13s lost narrowly 3-2 to top of the League Annagh Utd but they were another side who showed great form in the second half of the season. Sam Allens U-16s went down 1-0 to champions Glentoran in a game they were unlucky not to get something from but a runners up spot in the league and two cup semi-finals bodes well for 2013-14. The title chase is hotting up in the U-15 section with the wee whites still right in the mix thanks to a couple of 1-0 victories over Shankill and Banbridge and a 1-1 draw with Glentoran, Mark Smith, Adam Hewitt and Cameron Scates the names on the scoresheet. The U-17s lost 3-0 to Hillsborough but again a couple of good cup runs will give this group of players hope as they move onto the youth team for next season. Although mini-soccer isn't about the scoreline its hard not to mention it in he U-9s game with Aquinas, an excellent display saw Aquinas race into a 5-0 lead before the very wee whites came storming back with four goals from Calum Ashby, defender Michael Rocks then struck from 25 yards to make it 5-5 with the last kick of the game. In the same age-group Ross White got a hat-trick in a tight encounter with North Belfast.
Weekend Roundup 20/04/13
Top billing this week at The Academy went to the U-15s and the wee whites kept a five point difference between themselves and Glentoran at the top of the league by drawing 1-1 with the East Belfast side, Mark Smith getting the goal. The U-13s bounced back from the disappointment of losing the cup semi-final by putting four goals past fifth placed Sunnyside although there was no such luck for the U-11s as they lost 6-1 to Glentoran with Jason Scott scoring the solitarty goal. Lurgan were dispatched 2-1 by the ever improving U-14s, the names on the scoresheet Tyler Guy and Leon Young in this one. The U-17s lost narrowly 2-1 against Carrick but a 4-0 victory over Hillsborough was a welcome return to form for the U-16s, Chris Walsmsley and Rhys Grainger with two apiece the goalscorers. A 3-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Lewis Parker, Elliot Hagan and Jamie Hamilton should have been enough for three points for the U-12s but a lack of concentration allowed opponents Greenisland to snatch a 3-3 draw. At mini-soccer level Jonathan McCullough and Conall Cunningham were amongst the numerous goalscorers in a match with Shankill Juniors but it was in another game with Albion Star that the very wee whites produced an excellent comeback, after starting poorly they stormed back with Louis McKinney and Noah Perry getting goals.
Midweek & Weekend Roundup
With the midweek games well under way it is a busy time for all at
The Academy, the title chasing U-15s had four games in eight days and three
wins against Dromara, Lurgan and Willowbank coulpled with a draw against
Lower Maze was a welcome return from such a challenging schedule, Peter
Freeland, Cameron Scates, Taylor Evans and Mark Smith were all among the
goals. The U-14s fine form continued with victories over high-flying Comber
and Lurgan and their week ended with an amazing 7-6 victory over Banbridge,
Tyler Guy was the star of the show with two hat-tricks but Matty McIvor,
Leon Young and Jamie McCarroll also found the net. It was two defeats for
the U-11s when up against Ballymena and Sunnyside and a bad week for the
U-16s ended with a disappointing 2-1 defeat by Ridgeway, Danny Hawe getting
the goal. It took an extra-time goal from Linfield to beat the U-17s 1-0
and the U-13s lost narrowly 2-1 to Donegal Celtic. Calum Ashby, Lennox
Young were on target for the U-9s in a game with St. Oliver Plunkett and in
the same age-group Jake Donaghy had a superb game in a fantastic encounter
with Newington in which Ross White got his name on the scoresheet.
Weekend Roundup 16/02/13
The weekends fixtures saw a mixed bag of results for The Academy sides, Sam Allen and Dickie Evans U-16s saw their title challenge stutter after being held to a 0-0 draw by Solway Star but the U-15s stayed top of the league with a 5-1 victory over Oxford Sunnyside, Kyle McCreery helped himself to a hat-trick with Peter Freeland and Daniel Larmour also on target. The U-13s held Shankill Juniors to a 2-2 draw, Ub Otong marked his return to the club with a goal, on fire striker Keaton Hamilton also getting his name on the scoresheet. The U-11s lost 6-1 to high flying Ballymena the whites goal in this one was an og. In the cup the U-17s needed extra-time to see off Carrick Rangers 2-1. In the mini-soccer Calum Ashby and Kenzie Bradley were got well deserved goals against Coiln Valley and against North Belfast Jake Donaghy and Noah Kelly combined to set up Bradley Ingram for an excellant team goal.
Lisburn Distillery Youth Academy are currently recruiting new coaches for their Mini-Soccer teams. The new teams at Under 11 and Under 9 will play in small sided games next season with a view on player development.
Any enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Simon Wragg on: 07747379372 (Mini-Soccer Co-Oridinator)
Weekend Roundup 09/02/13
With none of The Lisburn League sides in action in what was left to The Mini-Soccer to carry the flag for The Academy at the weeekend. The start of The Belfast GDC saw the U-9s compete in two games. Ross White got a couple of cracking goals with Jake Donaghy and Bradley Ingram being hugely influential against Shankill Juniors. In the second game Kenzie Bradley and Lennox Young got their names on the scoresheet and in defence Matthew Moore was unbeatable in a great team performance versus Aquinas.
has been appointed as the clubs new Mini-Soccer Co-Ordinator.
Simon is a familiar face at Lisburn Distillery having previously worked as a Development Coach at the Academy
and more recently was coaching at Mickleover Sports FC in England.
His first aim is to concentrate on helping the club develop new mini soccer teams at the Under 11 and Under 9 age groups for the 2013/14 season to play small-sided games.
In addition, Simon has also agreed to join the clubs Academy Committee to assist in the daily management of the clubs youth set-up and is looking forward to the new role.
In the Irish Youth League Cup, Lisburn Distillery have been drawn away to eith Glentoran or Ards Youth.
The game will take place on Saturday 23rd February , kick-off time and venue TBC.
Blast from the past!
Academy Co-Ordinator Billy Sinclair was previously manager of Linfield, Cliftonville and Sligo Rovers. Heres Billy in 1977 when Sligo won
the League of Ireland. The club would have to wait
until 2012 to lift the title again.
Following the success of last year's project, PlayBall Street Striker is back again this year, only it's bigger and better, widening its scope from East Belfast to include the whole of the capital.
Running for five weeks, the programme is targeting budding footballers from the ages of 14 to 17, with the aim of encouraging the city's youth from right across the political and religious spectrum to build relationships.
Street Striker is the first of its kind in Belfast and will provide young footballers with the opportunity to showcase their skills with street soccer type challenges, including football freestyle, target shooting using tyres/boxes and obstacle courses. The participants also have the opportunity to play 5-a-side matches and are allocated to mixed community teams.
The winner will earn a week's trial at Swansea City.
Street Striker 2013 is now open for everyone to get involved. You can now enter via youtube with the best freestyle videos being selected for a place in the Street Striker final at PlayBall on the 8th March. For further details please see the project flyer by clicking the following link: http://www.playball.net/fs/img/events/Flyer_(final)_web.JPG
pre-match photo taken by Gary Hancock (from IFA Website)
LDFC Youth Team bowed out of the Harry Cavan Cup in the quarter finals at the weekend
following a 3-1 defeat vs Glentoran at Ballymacoss.
After going a goal down, George Douglas levelled for the Wee Whites
before the Glens wrapped up the win late on. Photos and write up
on the IFA website (link above)
After the recent break, Justin and Paddy's team return to league action this weekend
at home to Carrick Rangers at Ballymacoss. ko is 2.00pm
Cup fever gripped The Academy this weekend and the optimism wasn't misplaced as all the participating teams progressed to next round of their respective competitions. The U-16s efforts to make the final of the cup after unluckily losing out in the Shield semi-final started with a 3-1 victory over Grosvenor, Rhys Grainger with two and Chris Walmsey getting the goals. The U-11s defeated Craigavon City 2-1 Jordan Tait and Jason Scott the goalscorers in this one. In their bid to make it a second succesive Lisburn League treble the U-15s had a narrow 2-1 win over Greenisland, Peter Freelands brace was enough to see The Wee Whites through to the next round. In the U-14 section two Leon Young goals and a strike from man-of-the-match Tyler Guy was enough to see Distillery progress at the expense of local rivals Hillsborough, the U-13s also beat Hillsborough 6-0. Arty storeys U-12s were down to the bare minimum eleven players due to injuries but still had too much in the locker for National League side Glendowan, Michael Upritchard and Jamie Hamilton with two apiece getting the goals in a 4-1 victory in the N.I.B.F.A cup.
It was a bad weekend for the Academys two title chasing teams. The U-16s lost a six-pointer against nearest rivals Glentoran, Chris Walmsey scored from the penalty spot in narrow 2-1 defeat, meanwhile the U-15s surprisingly lost 4-2 to Carrick, Daniel Larmour and Reece Kane were the goalscorers. Jack Boreland was excellant as the U-14s fine form continued with a 3-2 victory over Ridgeway Rovers, Tyler Guy, Matty Fegan and Sam Mulligean getting the goals. Greenisland defeated the U-11s 3-2 but it was another battling display from the wee whites as they continue improving, Carson Elliot and Adam Hamilton were the names on the scoresheet. In the mini-soccer Jonathan McCullough (3) and Matthew Moore (2) were among the goals in games with St.Marys and Crusaders.
Saturdays results for The Academy sides were slightly mixed. The U-16s had an emphatic
8-0 win over Glenstar, Rhys Grainger, Chris Walmsey, Ryan Campbell and Ben White had Sam Allens team 4-0 up at half-time and the second half was a carbon copy with Neil Patton getting a goal before an Aaron Martin penalty and a brace from Danny Hawe completed the scoring. The U-11s improved form continued as they were narrowly edged out 4-3 by Carrick Rangers, Jason Scott (2) and Adam Hamilton the goalscorers. In the U-12 section the wee whites just can't seem to get the measure of league leaders Loughgall, after losing narrowly 1-0 a few weeks ago in the cup Arty Storeys boys lost another tight encounter against the County Armagh boys 2-0 the scoreline this time. The U15s suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Lower Maze in the cup which put an end to their treble aspirations but in the quarter-final of the U-13 cup Steven Nutts team continued their superb recent form running out comfortable 5-0 winners against Shankill Juniors, Jordan Emery (2), Ub Ottong (2) and Stewart Morrison were the names on the scoresheet. The U-15s were involved in yet another nailbiting game coming back from 4-2 down to defeat Comber 5-4, Sam Mulligean (2) and Tyler Guy (2) were on target before Lee Davidson got the the winner but although he never got his name on the scoresheet a mention must go to Corey Geddis who put in a man-of-the-match performance. Cliftonville narrowly defeated the U-17s 1-0 in the remaining Lisburn League game. In the Belfast GDC the U-9s had two exciting encounters with Carnmoney and Willowbank in which Ross White got a couple excellant goals and Ben Gilliland continued his goalscoring run when smashing home from distance.
The Maxol Direct Under 16 Senior Schools Cup Final will take place
at New Grosvenor Stadium on Monday 18th March.
This years final sees OLSPCK (Our Lady and St. Patrick's College Knock) take on St Malachys. Kick off is at 12 Noon and Lisburn Distillery FC are proud to host the final on behalf of the BDSSFA
(Belfast and District Secondary Schools FA)
Both schools are making a return to Ballyskeagh in a repeat of
last years final which OLSPCK ran out winners in a fantastic game.
The U-15s and U-12s had mixed fortunes after arduous journeys to Londonderry to play in the N.I.B,F.A cup, Billy Shannons U-15s bid to reach a second successive final in the nationwide competition ended with a narrow 1-0 defeat by Maiden City but the boys did the Lisburn League proud at a venue which is notoriously difficult to leave with any sort of result. The U-12s had better luck on their visit to The Creggan beating Ballymoor 3-1 after extra time, Jamie Hamilton with two and Lewis Parker getting the goals. Also in the N.I.B.F.A cup the U-13s matched National League leaders Ridgeway Rovers for long periods but lost 2-0 after conceding two second half goals. The U-14s five game unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Oxford Sunnyside Sam Mulligean and Tyler Guy scoring in a game which could have went either way. Hillsborough were seen off 5-0 by the U-17s, Ryan Hanna helped himself to a hat-trick, Bobbie Crowe and Jackson Touhey were the other names on the scoresheet. Colin Scotts U-11s lost 6-0 to league leaders Carniny in the second round of the Lisburn League Cup but the U-16s reached the semi-final with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Banbridge, Rhys Grainger and Ben White were the scorers of two superb goals in a game were Neil Patton was outstanding. The U-9s had two separate games against Ardoyne, in the first goalkeeper Xander Power and defender Michael Rocks were on top of their games against very strong opponents but the wee whites dominated the second game in which Jake Donaghy and Bradley Ingram were in imperious form.
Saturdays games were full of drama for the Academy sides non more so than the U-14s dramatic extra time victory over Carrick Colts in the N.I.B.F.A cup. 2-0 down at half-time the whites recovered to draw level with goals from Ryan Adair and Gerard McAllister, the second period of extra time saw the boys fall behind again before Sam Mulligean made it 3-3, just when the game looked to be heading to penalties Leon Young popped up with the winner. The U-12s were on the wrong end of another dramatic finish, when after spurning numerous chances to win the game they conceded a last minute goal to lose 1-0 to top of the league Loughgall in the Lisburn League cup. The U-16s beat Bandridge 4-0 with goals from Conor Moore, Corey Ranaghan, Rhys Grainger and Chris Walmsey. A hard working display wasn't enough as the U-11s lost 6-0 to Loughgall but there was more luck for the U-17s as they recorded a 4-3 victory over Banbridge, Jordan Morrison with two, Dan Wilson and Cian Feehan the names on the scoresheet here. The U-13s set up a mouthwatering tie with National League highflers Ridgeway Rovers in the N.I.B.F.A CUP after beating Camlough Rovers 3-0 with goals from Kirk Bowes, Nathan Hamilton and Richard Kennedy. In the mini-soccer the U-9s produced two excellant displays against Aquinas and Crusaders, Calum Ashby with a hat trick, Kenzie Bradley (2), Lennox Young (2), Spencer Maxwell and Conal Cunningham were among the many names on the scoresheet.
Player Profile - Noah Kelly u9s
Ballinamallard United Youth v. Woodvale Youth
Limavady United Youth v. Crusaders Colts
Linfield Rangers v. Cliftonville Strollers
Lisburn Distillery Youth Academy is delighted that Hutton Tiles are sponsoring the U9 team through kit sponsorship this season.
Pictured at New Grosvenor on Saturday are Michael Rocks from Hutton Tiles (back left) and John Kelly, the Under 9’s coach (back right).Also pictured are Academy players Michael and Noah.
"A big part of what we do is involving the parents, educating them so that we can have maximum impact on the development of the kids. This is our first parent day under the new programme and everyone is welcome"
The Playing for the Future Technical Skills Academy which is sponsored by HSS Hire and KIT Teamwear will also announce new exciting developments in the programme aimed to benefit everyone involved from the kids, parents and coaches.
Dawn Gregory has been appointed as Lisburn Distillery FC's new Player Welfare/Child Protection Officer.
With the club's large number of academy teams and players, this is an important role in an area
the club have always been very pro-active. We welcome Dawn to Lisburn Distillery.
New Macron Training Packs
Our next fitting session at the ground will be on Sunday 7th October from 1pm to 3pm.
New and existing players who need to order the new Macron training packs for the new season Packs are available for £125 for adults sizes (Small up to XXL) and for£100 for boys sizes (upto XL Boys)
This season's training packs include one each of the following items:
Please take the opportunity to come down and ensure you order the correct size(s) Anyone who needs to order a pack must pay the full amount upfront on the day (cash or cheque) and packs will be available for collection in approx two weeks.
If you have ordered a pack at our previous fitting, please contact Stevie Nutt as these are now available for collection.
LDFC Academy seeks new secretary
Lisburn Distillery FC is seeking to appoint someone to the role of Academy Secretary to assist in the running of the clubs youth programme.
This is a voluntary position and main roles include:
· Maintenance of player-database
· Liaising with academy coaching staff
· Attending and representing the club at Lisburn Junior Invitational League meetings (once per month during season)
· Attending meetings of the LDFC Academy Committee (approx once per month)
· Liaising with club secretary and Finance officer on any relevant business
· Being a point of contact for all academy enquiries by email and telephone
· carrying out any other general admin duties
If you would like to express an interest in the position, please contact club secretary Ashley Wragg via email at email@example.com or by phone on 07525156889
Please take the opportunity to come down and ensure you order the correct size(s) Anyone
who needs to order a pack must pay the full amount upfront on the day (cash or cheque)
and packs will be available for collection in approx two weeks.
Sending out a big invitation to all academy players, family members and friends.
Lisburn DIstillery are proud to announce details of our Fun Day on
Saturday 4th August
Please come along and help support the event
The day will be held at New Grosvenor will see a variety of fun events take place; here are the latest details -
Mini- Soccer Competition - 10.30 to 1.30pm
Penalty kick Competition - Bouncy Obstacle course - Cross-bar Challenge
Face painting - DVD/CD/Book stall – Basketball - Keepy-up
Burger van – Tuck Shop - Tea/Coffee + Tray bakes - Soup
3.00 pm – Friendly football game
Lisburn Distillery v Queens University Belfast
Plus the new home & away kits and season tickets will also be on sale
Admission to the ground is free on the day.
Lisburn Distillery Awards Night 2011 / 2012
The Academy Awards Night at the Ramada Hotel was a huge success, and we would like to thank all Players, Parents and Coaches for attending. A special thanks goes to Tim McCann who took time out from a busy schedule to present the academy awards which was greatly appreciated, and also to Stanley Shepard Chairman Lisburn Junior Invitational League for presenting the awards to the U14s on winning the treble within the Lisburn League.
I would also like to thank the Ramada for the meal and the service they provided, to Richard Bell for saying grace and to all those who contributed gifts to the Academy Ballot and to Fiona Monroe and Beverley White for organizing the ballot.
Congratulations to all teams on an excellent 2011/2012 season and as we have had a short break and pre- season training has commenced we look forward to a successful 2012/2013 season.
Trials for 1997s will take place on Thursday 19th July at Laurelhill grass pitches from 7.00pm.
Contact Sam Allen 07977108918
Trials for 2002s will take place on Tuesday 10th July at Laurelhill grass pitches from 7.00pm and also on Wednesday 18th July at 7,00pm.
Contact John Kennedy 07545768934
Lisburn league Shield, Cup and League has been won by the U14s
Congratulations to the Coaches and Players from the U14s on winning the treble in the Lisburn league and not forgetting Monday 7th May when they came runners –up in the NIBFA Tesco Cup Final.
Lisburn Distillery 1996’s Trials
Lisburn Distillery Academy will be holding trials for players born in 1996 on Sunday 20th May 11am-1pm and Wednesday 23rd May 6.30pm-8.00pm at Wedderburn Playing Fields, Orpen Park, Finaghy.
Players should bring football boots, shin guards and a drink.
For any further information contact manager Justin Sheppard on 07515172264.
THE BIG SPRING CLEAN
IN THE COMMUNITY
THE BIG SPRING CLEAN
Lisburn Distillery Football Club in conjunction with Tidy Northern Ireland and Lisburn City Council are delighted to participate in this years Big Spring Clean which runs throughout April.
Community relations officer Ged Irwin explains. At a recent Community Relations meeting the IFA brought this event to our attention and the club will be involved on two fronts.
Ged explained “Our Academy teams during the month of April will be issued with bin bags and after their games they will collect all their rubbish and depose of it properly. Some of our teams already tidy up after every match but with all our teams clearing up and some other Lisburn League teams also joining the Big Spring Clean we hope the image of junior football will improve.
The main event for the Football club is planned for Sunday 22nd April. Starting at 10am we plan to clear the litter from in and around the football ground. Our plans also include clearing the litter from McIlroy Park and along the Lagan towpath at the bridge across to Seymour Hill.
Ged went on to say “ This is a way for the Football Club to put something back into to the local community. As a club with a small fan base we need to promote both the Club and the Irish League in a better light to try and attract new supporters.”
The Academy's Under 14 team reached the LJIL Shield Final with a 6-0 win over Lurgan Town in their recent Semi-Final
The team who currently top their table with 11 league wins in 11 games have notched up 14 back to back wins in all competitions.
All support for the Wee Whites is most welcome on Monday 2nd January at 'The Brambles' (Ballyamacoss Playing Fields) Knockmore Road, Lisburn for the final where they take on Ridgeway at 11-15am (ko tbc) looking to land our first trophy of the season
We hope to see as many of our supporters, academy player's, family and friends on the day coming down to cheer on the team and coaches Billy, Philip and Michael.
u15s Development coach Sam Allen winner of the Coaches Christmas Poker Trophy presented by last years winner Billy Shannon.
Special thanks to Terry for organising the event & Marleen for hospitality.
Lisburn Distillerys Andy Stevenson and John Kelly pictured with Ruth Gorman (UTV) and ex Southampton and England Legend Matthew le Tissier at last nights Umbro Player of the year Awards.
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