On the 22nd May C4C Carrickfergus finished their season with their prize night held in Carrick Baptist. It was a great night and well attended not only by our own players and families but also the congregation of Carrick Baptist Church.
The night consisted of prayer, videos on the work of C4C, an epilogue and the giving out of certificates and trophies. The night was finished with a supper provided by the church who we want to thank for this and for all their support throughout the year.
Well done to all the players for their hard work and commitment to the team throughout the season. A big thank you to all who attended and we look forward to next season.
Super Soccer Awards:
Most Improved: Jayden Hamilton
Player of the Year: Corey Yohanis
Junior Championship Awards:
Top Goalscorer: David Peden
Most Improved: Lewis Martin
Player of the Year: Matthew Allen
It was with great joy toward the end of April we received the delivery of 10,000 special New
Testaments for us to distribute among all we work with.
With a specially designed cover and 7 pages of our own material inserted into the front of the NT
we are excited with what God is going to do through them in the future.
For this special NT edition to be produced we want to thank all who have given so generously
towards it. Without your generosity this would not have been possible. Thank you so much.
Over a period of 6 Tuesday nights in March and April we hosted a “Summer Camp Football Ministry Training Course” in the Coaching4Christ Centre, Ahoghill.
A major part of our work is training others to do the work themselves. This includes churches hosting their own Summer Camps without ourselves being there, and over the 6 weeks of the course over 20 Christians from various churches attended.
The course was very practical minded. There was a focus on theory but this was with the goal of each person being able to deliver a Bible Talk for children and coaching football drills. We also looked at the practicalities of leading and running a Summer Camp discussing how everything is done.
Each week time was also given to looking at the life of Jesus Christ and His example to us.
We want to thank all who attended the course and congratulations to all who successfully completed it. We trust you have a great summer in serving the Lord.
It was a sunny evening in Ballyclare to mark the final night of our P4/5 Super Soccer development centre. Excitement was building as we awaited our World Cup to go underway. The first whistle blew and off we went for the remainder of the night. Each child put their all into every game hoping to clinch victory.
By the end of the evening, parents were gathered up to watch the last few matches take place. After a close final it was the green team who claimed victory.
Next up was our prize giving. These included a Player of The Year and the Most Improved Player for both ages. After many discussions and hard decisions we were able to pick our final four.
P5 Player of The Year was Tom Fleming.
P5 Most Improved Player was Isaac Millar.
P4 Player of The Year was Nathaniel Ireland.
P4 Most Improved Player was Luca Moisevici.
On behalf of Coaching For Christ and the Ballyclare team we would like to say a massive thank you to all the parents and kids who came to us throughout the year. We really enjoyed it and hope to see you all very soon.
God bless from the C4C team.
Many thanks, Jess.
This was the final game of the season for the Ballyclare 1st year squad and they were still searching for their first win of the season. Ahoghill had been on a good run of form coming into this match.
The game started with Ballyclare enjoying the majority of possession with Jamie Murphy controlling the midfield. They created plenty of chances but couldn’t find a way past the excellent Samuel Aitcheson in the Ahoghill goal.
Ahoghill started to come into the game as the half went on but Sam Hamilton and Bobby Haggan were defending heroically for Ballyclare.
Ahoghill got the first goal of the game through the impressive Charlie Knowles who finished well. Ahoghill made it 2 nil before half time when Aston Thompson found space in the box and smashed the ball into the top corner.
Half Time: Ballyclare 0 Ahoghill 2
Ballyclare took kick off in the second half and scored straight away. After five five passes the ball arrived at the feet of Daryl Cardy who smashed the ball into the top corner. Daryl had been a real threat all match and got the goal his effort deserved.
The match was end to end from here on. Ballyclare goalkeeper Tom McAlister pulled of a great reflex save to keep the score 2-1.
With three minutes left Ballyclare equalised through Robbie Boyd and in the final minute Jake Woods got the winner to the delight of the Ballyclare players.
This was a very entertaining and closely contested match, both teams deserving a lot of credit for their performances.
Man of Match:
Ballyclare: Daryl Cardy
Ahoghill: Sam Aitcheson
This was the penultimate game of season for these two Ballymena teams. Defending champions Clonavon needing nothing less than a victory to take the title to a play off, while current league leaders Hill Street knew a draw, or better would give them the title.
In front of a big crowd referee Russell Wallace got the game started at 2:30pm sharp. It was the current league leaders Hill Street who got on top of the midfield battle and started to find the very dangerous James McClean with some delightful passes.
It was indeed a wonderful through ball from Tim Bailie that allowed James to ghost past the Clonavon defence before picking his spot from ten yards.
Clonavon were far from out of this match and a delightful passage of play between Jacob Logan and Sam Millar allowed Taylor Adger to hit a rasping drive just off target.
Half Time: Hill Street. 1-0 Clonavon.
After a well earned rest the second half kicked off and it was the home side who settled first with two quick goals from James McClean and a Connor Louw penalty put Hill Street in a very strong position.
Clonavon made a few tactical changes and this allowed danger men Taylor Adger and Ben Logan more clear cut opportunities in front of goal. It was indeed Ben who fed his strike partner Taylor with a great knockdown from a free kick, to pull one back for Clonavon.
This goal galvanised the Clonavon team and from the restart they pressured the Hill Street team in giving the ball away. Jacob Logan whipped in a wonderful cross for Taylor Adger to drive just wide. This frantic pace wasn’t letting up and from a Diego Fletcher corner James McClean took advantage of Clonavon being unable to clear the ball to stab it into the net to make it 4-1 to Hill Street.
With ten minutes to go a terrific diagonal pass from Blake Douglas from all of forty yards released goal machine Taylor Adger, who hit an unstoppable shot past young James Currie between the Hill Street sticks.
Diego Fletcher finished the match off as a contest with a wonderful mazy run, beating three players on the way before calmly side footing his shot wide of the advancing keeper to make his team senior premiership Champions!!!
Full Time: Hill Street. 5-2 Clonavon.
Man of the Match.
Hill Street: Jordan McMullan & James McClean.
Clonavon: Blake Douglas.
We were in for a 6 goal thriller at Cullybackey as Ahoghill hosted Ballyclare in this the final senior premiership match of the 2015/16 season. Both teams had steadily improved throughout the season, and Ahoghill coach Rodney Weir stated before the game ‘this contest is going to be 50/50’ and so it turned out to be.
Ahoghill took the lead just 10 minutes into the game with a Charlie Knowles cheeky goal (Similar to Jamie Vardy v Germany) after exceptional wing play from Ben Turtle. It wasn’t to last long though, as a surging run from Craig Boston saw him 1 on 1 with the Ahoghill goalkeeper and he calmly finished to the bottom-right corner. Boston was having a lot of joy penetrating the Ahoghill defence and duly grabbed his second goal a few moments later.
Initially, Ahoghill looked discouraged but after some neat build up play they grabbed another goal courtesy of 2015/16 leading scorer Charlie Knowles – his second of the game. Who would get their hat trick first?
It was Craig Boston’s day, as he scored an impressive third goal and completed his hat trick. The Ballyclare team were putting on a great performance, with a strong defence and swift counter-attacking play. Ahoghill were not finished however, as Callum McKibbon came straight off the bench to score the equalising goal – a sweet half-volley!
Would there be any late drama? You bet! The referee adjudged an Ahoghill defender to have handed the ball in the penalty box, and he pointed to the spot. Despite being hit low and hard, Calvin Boyd made a great save to earn Ahoghill a point in this enthralling match.
After a long season, both teams can be pleased at how they have developed from September.
Well done lads!
AHOGHILL 3 – 3 BALLYCLARE
Ahoghill Player of the match: Calvin Boyd
Ballyclare Player of the match: Craig Boston
It was a sunny day in Kells when Ahoghill hosted Ballyclare. The match began with both teams starting off with good intensity. The majority of the first half involved box to box football with both teams creating chances. The first goal came from Ballyclare’s striker Joel Lucas. It was fantastic build up play from the midfield with one touch passing right up to Joel who turned and struck the ball into the corner.
Ahoghill came back straight away after passing it about in the midfield to their striker Luis White who hit a brilliant shot from outside the box which found the back of the net. The game took a quick turn when a Ballyclare defender went to clear the ball but unfortunately hit it into his own net. The match kept going with both teams attacking well. Again, Ballyclare demonstrated great build up play to find Joel Lucas who scored his second.
Both teams were applying great pressure hardly allowing their opponent any time on the ball. The ball found Joel Lucas once again who controlled a superb pass from midfield, turned and took it past the defender to strike the ball into the back of the net for his hat-trick.
The second half proved to be a thriller. Both teams resumed hoping to get more goals. Ahoghill were attacking hard with a lot of chances but couldn’t beat the Ballyclare keeper. Ballyclare also had chances with one hitting the post with a fantastic effort from the halfway line.
Ahoghill’s counterattacking was very good and well orchestrated proving difficult for Ballyclare to defend. Ballyclare broke the second half deadlock with a very good goal by Gareth Leckey to make it 4-2. Soon after, his brother, Andrew Leckey found the back of the net even after some very good defending from Ahoghill. However, Ahoghill hit back straight away when Callum Smith struck the ball past the Ballyclare defence and keeper.
After some very good chances from both sides, Rhys McGarry for Ballyclare scored from outside the box to make it 6-3. Both teams played their very best and demonstrated brilliant football which created an amazing atmosphere for those watching.
Man of The Match: Clark McBride (C) for Ballyclare
SUPER SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Saturday 16th April 2016
Owing to the good old Northern Ireland weather and its unpredictability the latest Super Soccer (P4/5s) tournament was held indoors at the C4C Centre in Ahoghill.
With six teams from Ahoghill, Castle Street and Hill Street it proved to be a great four-a-side tournament with each team playing each other once.
When compared with the standard of football back at the start of the season it was evident the players have learnt much throughout the season and enjoyed putting it into practice in the games.
So much so there was very little between the teams as there where quite a number of score draws but it was Ahoghill proved to be the strongest team on the day.
Congratulations to Stuart Hall from the Trostan team (Castle Street) who was Player of the Tournament.
This was the second year a team of our coaches travelled to the east coast of Scotland to work with Musselburgh Baptist Church (MBC). The team were involved in a 3 Day Camp with the church on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Easter.
Michael Sutherland, of MBC, in summing the camp up says,
We have been delighted to have the C4C Team with us for a second year. They have been such a blessing to our church, and our community, providing a professional and efficient soccer camp with warmth and care. The team dynamics, mixed with our small core of helpers from MBC, have blended well and God has really blessed our time together.
We’re so thankful for these guys and trust that we will be able to continue this relationship for many years to come.
Likewise Kirsty McCullough, one of our full time workers, reflects on the camp as well…
A great week with all the children. Great to get to know all the children throughout the week and to see them open up during Team Time by asking questions and some sharing their own testimony.
We want to thank Musselburgh Baptist Church for hosting a Camp and looking after the team of coaches so well. It was a great partnership and we trust God to continue to work in lives.