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  • Mr D Donaldson
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U15 Football


Hard working Year 11s loose out to talented Dunclug - Thursday 2nd February

The Year 11 footballers produced a hard working performance against a talented Dunclug side in their bid to make the Mid Antrim Cup final. Playing into the wind in the first half caused plenty of problems for Jamie Neeson’s men, and they soon paid the price when goalkeeper Jack McAtamney was beaten after fifteen minutes. One became two when an outrageous kick from the right wing looped into the top corner, one that even Mr Surgenor would have been proud of. This left an uphill struggle in the second half. Despite a truly spirited and disciplined performance, in particular Calan McFall and Thomas McAuley, the lads could not take any of their chances and in the closing stages Dunclug finished the game with a great individual goal.

Year 11 succumb to Slemish defeat - Wednesday 16th November

It was a case of so near yet so far for our Year 11 football team against Slemish College. Despite a very commanding and encourgaing display by Jamie Neeson's team they could not finish their chances of hwich they had plenty. A rasping effort by Adam Steele struck the cross bar in the first half whilst Neeson, Kyle McGrath and Tori-Lee Jackson all missed guilt edged opportunities throughout. At 1-0 down at half time the boys put in another superb shift in the second half. Despite going down to another goal, the boys kept their cool and dug deep, eventually converting through vice-captain Jackson, a reward for the teams hard work. Man of the match: Calan McFall.

Year 11 unstuck in first match of season - Monday 26th September

The Year 11 football team took to the pitch against a talented St Patrick's team in the first match of the new academic year. With a fresh approach to games this year it was hoped to start with a positive result. Unfortunately, despite a very disciplined display, Jamie Neeson’s team could not find a way to stop St Pat's who ran out 5-1 winners in the end.

Regi Donnelly began in goals for the Pottinger Street men and put in a spirited display, making a number of well-timed stops to fend off the energetic and pacey opposition. Coming out in the second half two goals down, the locals knew that the next goal was crucial. Neeson and McAuley rallied up front and chances were created, with Neeson missing a guilt edged opportunity to pull a goal back. Eduardo was introduced in the second half to add some creativity, whilst Calan McFall pushed further forward in search of goal. Two quick counter attacks saw St Pat's go four goals ahead before some neat work by Cameron Marks allowed Captain Neeson to slide home a consolation.

Plenty of positives from a game which just slipped away from them in the second half. With continued efforts their work should bring rewards in the next game against Slemish College. Man of the match versus St Patrick's was Aaron McPeake.


St Killian's (Thursday 25th February) - cup semi-final

Cullybackey College Year 11 football team took to the 3G surface at “The Cliff” in Larne on Thursday 25th February hoping to seal a place in the Mid-Antrim Schools final.

The game against St Killian's turned out to be a tighter affair than the 3-0 scoreline suggests, with Cullybackey just lacking that extra firepower up front  to punish the opposition defence.

Missing the influential Daniel Bell who was unavailable, Cullybackey, led by captain Scott Marcus, displayed a mature and determined attitude much to the delight of Mr Cowan. Debuts were made by Callum Neeson and Brandon Cahoon whilst Rhys Williams took his place in goal again.

The locals found themselves 2-0 down after only ten minutes and despite a brave fightback, conceded another goal in the second half which sealed the win for St Killian's.

Strong performances on the day were put in by Josh Mitchell, Chris Jamison and Herbie Balmer with Man of the Match going to Scott Marcus. Year 11 will complete their season with their final league game against Slemish College just before Easter.

Year 11 footballers reach semi final of Mid Antrim Cup

St Patrick's (Tuesday 2nd February) - Year 11 seal cup semi-final berth

The eagerly anticipated Mid Antrim Cup quarter final took place on Tuesday 2nd February against St Patrick's College. Rain had prevented this game from being played on two occasions since Christmas so both teams were keen to get into action. Cullybackey edged the league game by the odd goal in five before Christmas so the cup game was always going to be a close affair. Cullybackey were the strongest team in the first half but couldn't take advantage of some opportunities inside the penalty box. Robbie McGaughey, playing arguably his best game in a maroon shirt, was  key to everything good about the team, driving forward, strong in the air and committed in his challenges.

It wasn't until the second half that Daniel Bell broke the deadlock, finishing a flowing move with a breath taking shot into the top left corner. This gave the team further confidence and they were able to hold on to this lead. Excellent work by Joshua Mitchell, as the holding midfield player allowed Cullybackey to continue their pressure and they were rewarded when Tory-Lee Jackson nipped into the penalty area and was bundled over for a penalty. The 'wee man' stepped up to dispatch the penalty and send his team mates wild knowing that this goal sealed their semi-final place. Well done to all - competition will be rife for places in the team for the semi-final which will be against either Sperrin Integrated or St Killian's.

Year 11 footballers reach semi final of Mid Antrim Cup

St Patrick's (Tuesday 29th September) - Jackson the hero in Year 11 win

The Year 11 football team kick started their Mid Antrim league campaign against St Patrick's College and put in a spirited performance to win by three goals to two. A rejuvenated team from last season, they took an early lead when the impressive Robbie McGaughey latched onto a through ball and calmed placed the ball into the bottom corner. This score remained until half time and the message from Mr Cowan was to remain positive, don't react to decisions and do not become frustrated, play football the way it should and the game will be won.

However, it wasn't long after half time that St Patrick's upset the boys in maroon, a defensive error allowing their midfielder the opportunity to blast a terrific shot past a stunned Daniel Bell in goal. However, the lead was soon restored when Joshua Russell, who had an injury hit season last year, carved out a brilliant goal literally ten seconds after the re-start. Surely this was the catalyst for a momentous victory?

With six minutes to go the home defence were caught sleeping again as a serious of well worked passes allowed the St Patrick's players to waltz through the centre of defence and strike home what seemed like the last goal of the game. Cullybackey threw everything but the kitchen sink in the last five minutes to find the winner, with Scott Marcus and James Henry at the heart of everything. Indeed it was substitute Tori-Lee Jackson who came up with the winning goal, a terrific lob from the edge of the box which sealed the victory.


St Joseph's (Tuesday 4th March)

After two back to back wins the Under 15s were held to a draw by St Joseph's with the final score being 2-2. Goals scored by Ryan Mills and Camryn Millar.

Coleraine College (Tuesday 25th February)

Well done again - another victory for the U15 team, defeating Coleraine College 2-1. Goals scored by Camryn Millar and Kyle Kenny.

Magherafelt High School (Tuesday 11th February)

Well done to the boys, who having been 3-1 down at half-time turned this game around to win 6-4. Goals were scored by Ryan Mills (3) Camryn Millar (2) and Simon Evans.

Dominican College (Thursday 30th January)

A strong Dominican side won this very competitive match 3-1.

Dunluce (Thursday 23rd January)

Under 15s lost 5-1 to a very strong Dunluce side. We found it hard to adjust to the very fast pace of their play and found ourselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes. Playing against the gale force wind on the North Coast didn't help matters either. But then we pulled one back through Camryn Millar and had the majority of possession for the rest of the game. Unfortunately we couldn't turn this into goals and they scored three more, two from corners and another from a fast counter-attack. Our next game is on Thursday 30th January, away to Dominican College.


Loreto (Tuesday 19th February)

Well done to the U15 team who defeated Loreto 3-1 and have qualified for the semi-final of the Irish Society Shield.

Coleraine College (Tuesday 12th February)

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Well done to the Under 15 football team who beat Coleraine College 5-0 on Tuesday 12th February in their first game of the season. Goal scorers were David Calderwood (3), Luke McGall and Kyle Jackson. Click to enlarge the team picture, which includes Tommy Moffett, David Watt, Jordan Kirk, Ryan Nesbitt, Chris Rock, Kyle Jackson, Colin Marshall, Adam Mairs, Bailie McDowell, David Calderwood, Luke McGall, Tommy McGuckin and Mark Stirling.


Loreto - U15 Irish Society Shield Final (Tuesday 24th April)

Loreto - 2
Cullybackey High School - 3

The result of the Under 15 Irish Society Shield Final was CHS 3 – 2 Loreto. It was held at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre pitches on Tuesday 24th April. Goals were scored by Jason Johnston, Ryan Kennedy (11A1) and Kyle Crawford.

St Pius X (Thursday 9th February)

St Pius X - 3
Cullybackey High School - 3

On Thursday 9th February the U15 team travelled to Moyola Park to face St Pius X in their final game of the league. Footballing conditions were not great - both teams failed to play to their full potential. A score of 3-3 was enough for Cullybackey to progress to the next stage.

Dunluce (Tuesday 17th January)

Cullybackey High School - 9
Dunluce - 0

The Under 15 Football team got off to a flying start in this year's Coleraine and District Schools' Football League. We beat Dunluce 9 – 0 at Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday 17th Jan. Scorers: Dale Mitchell (3), Ryan Kennedy (3), Kyle Crawford, David Woods and Jason Johnston.

Magherafelt (Monday 28th March)

Magherafelt - 1
Cullybackey High School - 0

Dalriada (Tuesday 22nd March)

Dalriada - 0
Cullybackey High School - 3

St Joseph's (Tuesday 15th March)

St Joseph's - 5
Cullybackey High School - 1

Dominican College (Friday 11th March)

Cullybackey High School - 3
Dominican College - 1

Dunluce (Tuesday 1st March)

Cullybackey High School - 0
Dunluce - 4