YOUTH SOCCER: Barn conquer Carnmoney Colts

SATURDAY proved to be a disappointing day for Carnmoney Colts under-14s but a pleasing one for their Barn United counterparts.

The Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League match had barely started when Carnmoney found themselves two goals down and struggling to deal with the windy conditions.

After the shock of the two very quick goals by the opposition, Carnmoney slowly worked themselves back into the game and had numerous chances to pull a couple of goals back through Carruthers, McKeown and McCoubrey.

McGuinness also came very close to capitalising on the pressure, when he saw a header go narrowly go wide from a corner. The Colts were causing Barn all sorts of trouble all over the pitch, with Knox and Press winning the midfield battles, but even after numerous corners and free-kicks they still went in at half-time 2-0 down.

The second half saw McFarlane replace Beattie in Carnmoney goal and Burns move over to the right to replace Bainbridge to enable Logan to slot into left back.

Carnmoney threw everything at Barn but their keeper was in great form and again dealt with any danger coming from even more free kicks and corners.

The sucker punch for Carnmoney came when a high ball over Totten and Goodyear found a Barn striker, who fired home to make it 3-0. There was no way back from this for Carnmoney but they did get a late consolation goal when Carruthers blasted home from 10 yards.

Carnmoney: Beattie, McGuinness, Totten, Goodyear, Burns, Knox, Press, Carruthers, Bainbridge, McKeown, McCoubrey.

Subs: McFarlane, Logan, Keatley. Referee’s Man of the Match: Thomas McCoubrey

result: Barn United U14 3 v Carnmoney Colts U14 1