ONE OF OUR OWN - MATTHEW SHEVLIN - COLERAINE FC
Club secretray BILLY O'Flaherty - I would have to say it was a pleasure having Matthew Shevlin as a member of our club. During his time at Carniny he was always a committed team player, a loyal club member and one of the most skilful players I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He comes from a good family whom I have always been friends with, is well mannered and would be an asset to any team he is involved with. I put a few questions to him following his recent signing by Coleraine FC.
Who coached you at Carniny-
I had a few coaches but to name a few would be Aaron Millar, Sean Carberry, Lee Barry and Jimmy 'Blocker' Gilchrist.
Memories of your Carniny coaches-
Playing under Blocker at the Foyle Cup was good fun as he was a character and always got the best out of me as a player.
Memorable trips and tournaments with Carniny-
I remember going to Ipswich Town FC and training at their facilities and thinking it was amazing. We then went to Stoke City and it was a very similar experience. The Foyle cup was a great experience and a good laugh too.
Best players I played with at Carniny-
I played with a few great players but I would have to say Adam Mairs as nobody could catch him on the left wing with his pace and he set me up for so many goals. Eamon Fyfe was also a great player.
The Milk Cup with County Antrim was great for me. It was my first and only time playing in it and we were the first County side to ever win it. I was just back from an ankle ligament injury so I wasn’t fit to start every game but I ended up top goal scorer and player of the tournament! I scored 5 goals and scored 2 in the semi final to put us through to the final.
Northern Ireland Youth international caps-
I played for the u17’s 6 times and played for u19’s 7 times. Went to countries like Iceland, Holland and Russia. Amazing experiences playing against class players like De Ligt who now plays every week for Juventus!
How did you get into Irish league-
Ballymena United FC
I was top scorer every single season I was at Carniny so I attracted the interest of Ballymena United u19’s. I went there and played about 10 games and scored in nearly every game so I was moved up to the Reserves where I also scored a lot. From signing in the summer for the u19’s I made my debut in the Irish league in the following November. I scored on my debut with my first touch making me Ballymena United’s Youngest ever goal scorer and appearance maker as well as the Irish leagues youngest goal scorer. Played 100+ games for Ballymena United before I moved to Linfield FC
I played at Linfield for 18 months, playing 24 times. It was difficult to get game time because of the quality of their players but I learnt a lot from my time there and that will help me for the rest of my career. The opportunity to move permanently to Coleraine came about and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to hopefully play every week.
I’m really looking forward to helping them the rest of this season and hopefully scoring some goals along the way! Three ex Carniny lads are there now with myself, Josh Carson and Stewart Nixon.
Hopes for future-
Hope to score a lot of goals for Coleraine and help them win silverware as every footballer wants to win trophies so I am no different
BILLY O - I spoke to Oran Kearney recently regarding Matthew becoming his recent addition at Coleraine and he believes Shevlin will provide him with different options in attack as it is obvious Matthew is both strong and pacy.
All at Carniny A&YFC wish Matthew continued success and are proud to call him, One of our Own!