THERE was a record turn out at the Killyleagh Summer League last week. More than 80 boys and girls took part in the action across three pitches at the Bridge Centre playing fields on Wednesday night. It is the biggest turn-out on a single night since the league switched to the council-owned pitches. The children in the senior, junior and minor sections also benefited from intensive coaching, with the emphasis on improving skills and providing a taster introduction to the sport.
JUNIORS Sam Carson and Reuben Lennon top scored in the junior section, each bagging two goals on a night when defences were on top. Jay Dickson, Jamie Blaney, Sam Donnan, Bradley Cherry and Chloe Casement also found the net. The P3 penalty king was Lewis Kennedy with Sam Carson winning the P4 crown, while Chloe Casement was penalty queen.
SENIORS Goalkeepers and defences reigned supreme in the senior section with the flood of goals of recent weeks coming to an end. Conor Hamilton, Max Grieves, Jack Sharvin and Carl Irwin all top scored with two — when up to six has been the norm in recent weeks. Also on the scoresheet were Daniel Noble, Jake Clydesdale, David Lariviere, Lee Fitzsimons, Dawson Morrow, Lucas Quigley and Mark Murray. The P5 and P6 penalty king was Elliot Hagan with Jack Sharvin the P7 winner. The penalty queen was Carly McAllister.
MINORS Scott Irwin and Ethan Davidson led the way in the minors where there was a record number of boys and girls lining up. Irwin made it a magical six while Davidson notched up four. Codie Halliday, Codie Carson, Finn Quigley and Scott Gribben all bagged two each with Carson scoring the goal of the night with a tremendous solo effort.
There were good performances from Charlie Simpson, Kyle Sullivan, Riley Mills, Rio Cunningham, Timothy Wing, Ross Murray, Ben Rooney, Bailie Flynn, Darra Rice-Thompson and Owen Hagen. Top girl performers were Mellisa Cherry, who scored, Holly Ritchie, Amelia Dunwoody, Beth Donnan, Tamzan Gribben, Neave Brown, Jodie Lee Rice, Aimee Lee Dickson and Sophie Todd. The P2 penalty king was Ethan Davidson with Codie Carson the P1 king and Tamzan Gribben, Neave Brown and Holly Ritchie the penalty queens.
* The action kicks off tonight at 7pm. Parents are reminded that on nights of heavy rain there will be no competition.
*The Wayne Rooney Street Striker night will be held on the streets of Killyleagh on Saturday 30 July. It will be part of a wider street festival.
* There is a final chance tonight to pick up a sponsorship form for the Football for All Day to be held on Saturday in aid of the Clic Sargent cancer charity for children. The action begins at The Showgrounds on the Comber Road at 10am. The league is once more co-operating with the Killyleagh branch of the Northern Ireland Supporters Club in staging the fundraiser for the childrens’ charity.
* The League has received an invitation to take part in the finals day of the Crossgar Youth League. Officials are delighted to receive the invite and will be sending a P3 and P4 representative team to take part.
* A series of photos from the League and the Great Poppy Party football competition have been uploaded to the Killyleagh Summer League Facebook page. You can get regular updates by signing up to the page.
* A coffee and tea bar is operating this year. A small donation can be made to the charity Tearfund. A total of £12 was raised last week.