ONE OF OUR OWN!
If most Carniny coaches are asked what gives them the most satisfaction in being involved in youth football it would without doubt be helping a young player, male or female play at as high a standard as they possibly can and without doubt the Ballymena 'reds' have produced quite a few down through the years. Club secretary, Billy O'Flaherty said 'even though most players will end up in junior or intermediate football if they are still playing and they are enjoying it then as a coach or club we are succeeding. We have been very fortunate though to have produced many who are now household names in Irish League Football.'
Over the next few weeks a different player will be highlighted each week giving their memories of their time at Carniny A&YFC, what they enjoyed most and who was the biggest influence on them as a young player.
LEROY MILLAR - BALLYMENA UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
Without doubt one of the best players turning out each week for his hometown club at Ballymena United is Cullybackey lad, Leroy Millar and the club secretary Billy O'Flaherty who had the pleasure of speaking to the former Buick Primary and Cullybackey College pupil last Saturday afternoon made good use of a free week in the fixture list. Billy said, ' i must say Leroy is a very well mannered young man and a credit to his club and family taking time out from a busy schedule and not forgetting where he came from as a popular Mid Antrim saying goes and like most ex Carniny players enjoys a chat!' Leroy explained that when he was a child he was undecided between playing rugby and playing football and regularly along with a couple of his other team-mates played with the egg shaped ball in the morning and the rounder version in the afternoon. He stated, ' I have class memories of playing in the Mini Soccer League up at the Showgrounds under coaches Davy McComb and Pete Wylie and later as I progressed into the 11 a side game was coached by Stevie Armstrong, Lindsay Currie and Jimmy 'BLOCKER' Gilchrist. Carniny was a great stepping stone and I thank all who helped me on my way.' The sky blue regular then said that he was eventually convinced by those at the Carniny club that he was better suited to Association Football and ever since that he has never looked back. Without doubt a good future is destined for Leroy and Carniny will always be proud to call him, one of our own!