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Girls' Football

Cullybackey pupils star with the All Stars (05/10/16)

Three of our footballers have been enjoying success with Ballymena United All Stars U13s. Shannon Law, Chardonnay Caulfield and Levi Greer have been displaying their footballing talent on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, helping the Ballymena outfit to some success.

Shannon has secured her position as 'goalie' while Levi and Chardonnay play as wide midfielders in a team that has only been beaten once this season. The girls are looking forward to a visit from the NI team selectors soon and we wish them well and hope that they impress!

Ballymena United All Stars U13

Girls begin training with past pupil Kara McCartney (11/05/16)

The girls enjoyed some sunny weather on their first training session with past pupil and current Ballymena United footballer Kara McCartney. After a good warm-up the girls were given time to develop some skills that could be used in match situations. Thanks to Kara for giving up her time.

Girls' football training with ex pupil Kara McCartney

Girls' Indoor Football Tournament (23/10/13)

Click to enlargeYear 8/9 Girls and Year 10/11 Girls competed in the Northern Ireland Indoor Football Tournament at the Valley Leisure Centre (23/10/13). This was an all-day tournament with 28 teams participating. Year 8/9 were drawn in Section A against Larne A, Newtownabbey A, Dominican and Hunterhouse.

The first match against Dominican resulted in a 3-0 defeat. The opponents were strong and had a great goal scorer, however the girls fought hard.

The second match was against Hunterhouse and this game saw us win our first point with a 1-1 draw. It was an end to end game, with Shania Balmer scoring a goal to secure the vital point. The girls were more organised and determined.

The third match which was against Larne A was an unfortunate 1-0 defeat. The girls dealt well with the pressure applied and only conceded one goal.

The final match was against Newtownabbey B and the girls went into the match with nothing to lose. They were confident and played an excellent game resulting in a 1-0 win. It was Jade Millar that secured the win with an individual effort. This was a well-deserved win against the team sitting top of the group with no other defeats.

The Year 8/9 girls show individual skill and determination throughout the tournament. Each player played their role and they worked well as a team. A special mention should be given to Amy Falls who made some outstanding saves in various matches.

Year 10/11 were drawn in Section A against Dominican, Larne A, Mercy and Glengormley.

Click to enlargeThe first match was against Dominican and ended with a 3-3 draw. This was a hard fought opening match. The girls started off slow and conceded 2 goals in the first 3 minutes. This was a wake-up call for the girls who then decided to work hard to recover the game. There was some amazing links in play between Paige Henry, Nikki Blaney and Celine Mitchell. After many efforts and two penalties the final whistle was blown to finish the game on a draw. It was Paige Henry who sealed the draw with a hat trick resulting from the team effort.

The second match was against Mercy and the girls dominated the game from the start. Again there was some great links in play and every player made an important contribution to the 4-1 win. The goal scorers were Nikki Blaney (1), Celine Mitchell (1) and Paige Henry (2).
The third match was against Larne A. The girls played well and had many shots, unfortunately all efforts were either saved or just wide of the post. The result of this game meant that the girls had to win the next game to seal a place in the semi-final.

The final game of their section was against Glengormley. The girls fought really hard and had many chances, unfortunately none were converted. The opposition were awarded a penalty which resulted in our first defeat and left Cullybackey runners up in their section.

As the girls finished runners up they had to play a penalty shoot out against the runners up of the other sections to try and secure a place in the semi-finals. There was a draw made which resulted in Cullybackey having to compete in two penalty shoot outs. The girls were calm and confident in the first round of penalties, winning through well-taken penalties and saves. Unfortunately it was not our day and the next round of penalties saw the girls lose out in sudden death. This was an unfortunate exit from the tournament; however each player worked hard and made a great contribution which they should be proud of.

The girls in both teams were determined and gave it there all in each match.

Overall it was a pleasing performance and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the tournament.

Year 8/9 Girls: Coleraine High School Tournament (18/06/13)

The school was host to 24 Teams, Cullybackey were drawn in Section C against Magherafelt, Loreto, Rainey, Sperrin and Coleraine.

The first match against Loreto resulted in a 0-0 Draw.

The second match was against Magherafelt - the girls were more organised and very quickly they scored 2 goals.( Celine Mitchell and Rachael Murdock)

The third match was against Sperrin, they girls were confident and played an excellent game to score 2 goals.(Rachael Murdock and Shania Balmer)

The fourth game against the hosts ended 0-0.

The final game of their section was against Rainey - the girls were very nervous and they lost all structure on the pitch and were beaten 2-0.

The girls were runners up in their section and qualified to play in the quarter finals against local rivals Dunclug College. It started confidently but unfortunately Dunclug scored 2 minutes into the game. Cullybackey girls fought back and quickly the game was equalised. The sidelines were tense with both teachers shouting instructions and tactics. Dunclug made a break and scored the final goal on the whistle to make it 2-1.

The Girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the Tournament.

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Vauxhall 7-a-side Football Tournament NI Finals (18/06/13)

Well done to this up-and-coming team for their efforts in this competition. The girls found it tough in the finals competing against some very strong teams but still managed to put in some good performances. Well done girls!

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Vauxhall 7-a-side Football Tournament (30/05/13)

Click to enlargeOn the 30th May, the Year 10/11 Girls' Football team took part in the Antrim Heat of the Vauxhall 7-a-side tournament. This was organised by the IFA and held at Mallusk playing fields. Cullybackey and 4 other teams competed in the tournament in a league format with the winner being the team with the most points at the end of the matches.

The first match proved to be the most difficult match with a 1-1 draw against a strong Ballee team. This turned out to be the only goal the Cullybackey girls would concede all day. The following 3 matches brought wins of 3-0 against Lisnagarvey, 2-0 against Dunclug and 2-0 against Coleraine in their final match. Goal scorers in the matches were Nikki Blaney (1), Celine Mitchell (1), Rebecca Logan (3) and Paige Henry (3).

The final match of the tournament between Ballee and Dunclug would decide whether the Cullybackey girls would win the tournament or whether a penalty shootout would be needed to decide the winner. A win for Ballee would result in a penalty shootout between Ballee and Cullybackey to decide the winner however a loss or a draw would be enough to see Cullybackey crowned champions. After a very tense final match the score was 2-2 which saw the Cullybackey girls crowned champions of the Antrim heat. The team played exceptionally well throughout their matches and scored some great team goals.

This win sees the team progress through to the Northern Ireland finals which will be held at Mid Ulster on the 19th June. A big well done to all the girls involved!

Year 10/11 team- Rebecca Logan, Paige Henry, Lauren McGall, Nikki Blaney, Lisa Foster, Celine Mitchell, Shania Balmer, Amy Falls, Rachael Lennox, Amy-Leigh Percy, Katie Morrow, Kiera Launder.

Indoor Cup Regional Qualifying Heats 18th October, 2012, at Valley Leisure Centre

On 18th October a year 8/9 and a year 10/11 girls football team went to the Valley Leisure centre to take part in the regional qualifying heats of the Indoor Cup run by the Northern Ireland FA. Both teams played exceptionally well with the Year 10/11 team coming 2nd in their group and the Year 8/9 team coming third in their group. Unfortunately this did not allow the girls to progress through to the finals.

Year8/9 Team: Shania Balmer, Amy Falls, Celine Mitchell, Rachael Lennox, Katie Morrow, Kiera Launder
Year 10/11 Team: Rebecca Logan, Paige Henry, Simone Lyle, Lauren McGall, Nikki Blaney, Sophie McKay, Lisa Foster

Congratulations to Paige Henry Year 10 and Rebecca Logan Year 11 who were scouted by the officials and invited to come to train with the Northern Ireland County squad.


NEBSSA 5-A-Side Football 13th April 2011

On Wednesday 13th April the Girls' Football Team travelled to Ballee for the first indoor tournament of the season.

We ended up playing 5 games back-to-back - winning 3 and drawing one, to reach the final. Our opponents, in the final, were the hosts, Ballee High School, whom we had played earlier in the competition resulting in a 1-1 draw.

We took the lead in the first minute, with a goal from Paige Henry, however, the girls ended up being 2-1 down as the clock approached half-time. Rebecca Logan drove in a hard, low shot past the keeper to level it at 2 a piece. Cullybackey then had the opportunity to finish the game off but failed to find the finishing touch. Consequently, against the run of play and in the last minute of the game, Ballee got the winner! A hard fought game with both sides deserving praise. A big, 'well done' to all the girls involved.

1. Rebecca Logan (Captain)
2. Casey Balmer
3. Julie McIlmoyle
4. Hannah Bell
5. Sophie McKay
6. Lois Stevenson
7. Paige Henry
8. Nikki Blaney

Coleraine HS Football Tournament

17th June 2010

This year the Year 8-9 Football Team was made up of Esther Blair, Erin Browne, Alana Duff, Rebecca Logan, Victoria Hughes, Hannah Bell, Casey Balmer, Rachel McAlonan and Lois Stevenson.

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We met every Monday after school to play a few games and have a good time.

We competed in many tournaments including some around Belfast. We narrowly missed out on a quarter-final place in our last tournament at Coleraine High School. Rebecca and Erin were top scorers with 2 each.

By Esther Blair (Year 9) & Kara McCartney (Year 10)