On Wednesday 9th November, Anahorish, Castledawson, Desertmartin, Holy Family, Kilross, Knocknagin, Magherafelt, New Row and Spires Integrated Primary Schools all competed in the Rainey Endowed Football Frenzy event, hosted by the A2 Sports Science Pupils Committee at Rainey Endowed School.
The P6 pupils played all today eventually reaching the finals in both boys and girls competition; Holy Family Girls played New Row Girls and Anahorish Boys were against Holy Family Boys.
A team of 10 Rainey Endowed U13 girls’ soccer players travelled to Coleraine Grammar School for the annual Soccer 7’s football tournament on Tuesday 21st June, 2016.
The first match we played was Rainey v Limavady Grammar School. In this match we lost 1-0, however, this match was our first time playing as a team due the French trip, so it was a good effort for such a challenging opposition!
Well done to the U13 and U15 Girls soccer teams who competed in the Northern Ireland Schools Super Festival Day at Belfast City Playing Field on Wednesday 15th June. This competition is open to all schools in Ulster. There were 14 sections of five schools in the U13 age group and 9 sections of 5 schools in the U15 age group, so this was an extremely high standard of competition.
U13 Girls Results
Rainey 1-0 Glastry Goalscorer- Aimee McClure
Rainey 0-2 Holycross
Rainey 1-1 Breda Goalscorer- Honor Graham
Rainey 0-1 Glengormley
U15 Girls managed to win their group with four wins out of four and reach the Quarter-Final stage where they lost out on penalties to Breda.
U15 Girls Results
Rainey 9-0 Sperrin B Goalscorers- Betty Scott 5, Sara Semple 3 and Lauren Bleaks
Rainey 5-0 Oakgrove Goalscorers- Betty Scott 3, Lauren Bleaks and Luci Stockman
Rainey 2-0 Carrick Goalscorers- Sara Semple and Betty Scott
Rainey 3-0 Assumption Goalscorers- Lauren Bleaks 2 and Sara Semple
Rainey 0-0 Breda
Lost 1-2 on penalties Sara Semple
Well done to both Rainey Teams who had a fanatic day’s soccer.
Many Congratulations to Sharagh Murphy, of Rainey Endowed School, who has been selected for the Northern Ireland Football U15 Excellence Squad.
On Wednesday 24th February the Rainey ES U16 Soccer boys made the short trip to Mallusk Playing Fields for Quarter-Final day! Their opposition, St.Colms of Twinbrook. Scheduled to kick off at 1.30pm however it was a delayed start due to the late arrival of the Twinbrook boys. Regardless of the late kick off, the Rainey boys were more than ready to start this mouth-watering fixture. During the warm up, some of the Rainey boys noticed some stand out talent within the St.Colms squad as they had two Northern Ireland internationals in their starting line-up. However the boys were reminded by Captain and Vice-Captain, Jonny Carson and Kaelum Irvine that no matter the talent they come up against, they give one hundred percent, win their individual battles and play the football they know they are capable of.
The Magherafelt boys got the game underway and put St.Colms under immediate pressure, with good wing play from David Lennox supported by central midfielders, Pearce McLarnon and Harry Evans. The Rainey’s early pressure had looked to have paid off as they had the ball over the St.Colms goal line, or at least they thought they had. The Twinbrook goalkeeper managed to grab the ball as it went in, as Rainey started to celebrate the referee said no and waved play on, Rainey denied what had looked to have been a certain goal. Regardless, Rainey ES boy continued on their quest for a place in the last four.
Just as Rainey had finished their attack, St.Colms hit them on the counter. Bursting down the left hand side, playing some neat football in and around the box before unleashing a shot on goal only for left back Kaelum Irvine to deflect it over the bar for a corner. The corner encouraged the arrival of one of the Northern Irish internationals, the St.Colms centre back. Jonny Carson was given the task of dealing with him but didn’t have to worry too much as the ball in from the corner was a poor one. From this position Rainey started to knock the ball about and keep possession in key areas of the pitch. The lads from Magherafelt dominated play by keeping the ball in their oppositions half. Both full backs joining the attack when necessary were doing a brilliant job of dictating the prominent passing play Rainey were showing. A split second later, the Rainey midfield switched off after losing the ball and was immediately hit on the counter attack by the Belfast outfit. St.Colms worked the ball up the field before throttling a shot at the Rainey net, only for Rainey ES keeper Jamie Beggs to pull off an absolutely astonishing save to keep the match all square. The referee blew the whistle for half time, Rainey ES 0-0 St.Colms.
The half time team talk was centred around decision making in the final third and finishing off the chances they were creating. The Rainey boys being warned that if they didn’t start to take their chances, it would come back to bite them! St.Colms got the second half underway and straight from kick off, launched the ball on top of the Rainey defence, superbly handled by central defender Jason Dripps who headed away confidently. Rainey pushed on and continued to control the flow of the game creating a big chance for right winger Matt Currie, who shot low and hard at the St.Colms goal but was stopped by the second Northern Irish international, the St.Colms goalkeeper! Rainey probed and pressed and created yet another chance to put themselves on the score sheet as Pearce McLarnon pounced upon a mistake by the defence for his shot to be deflected into the air, Pearce followed up with a header directed towards an open St.Colms net and started to celebrate as the ball crossed the line only for the referee to wave play on as the St.Colms keeper once again, grabbed the ball as it crossed the line. Rainey denied for a second time from what looked to have been another clear goal!
Rainey now starting to get frustrated, looked to go forward again with a great ball up the left hand side by Kaelum Irvine to striker David Dripps, who laid it off to supporting player Pearce who then with great composure, switched the play to Matt Currie on the right hand side who had beaten the offside trap to unleash another low and hard effort on goal which found its way into the corner of the net! Rainey had finally found a way past the stubborn St.Colms defence to lift their spirits and put themselves 1-0 up! However the Magherafelt boys could not get carried away as there was still twenty five minutes left on the clock.
St.Colms now had an even greater desire to get forward and get the ball in the box and that is exactly what they did. Lumping the ball on top of the Rainey defence and dealt with very well by the solid back four who had more or less been solid all game so far. The city boys tried playing on the edge of Rainey’s box but great work from Stephen Greer saw him get a tackle in and a counter attack started for the boys in red and white. St.Colms later cleared after immense pressure once again from the hungry Rainey side that looked to add to their goal tally. Rainey who had worked hard all game then all of a sudden were given a huge blow as four players went down injured! The Magherafelt lads were then forced to make three changes in order to get some fresh legs on the pitch. Into the last ten minutes of the game and St.Colms kept probing and it showed and twice the defence were caught out from two superb through balls that had the oppositions striker clean through on goal only for Sam Hardy to save Rainey’s lead twice and keep St.Colms out! Moving into the last five minutes of the game and Rainey’s goalkeeper Jamie Beggs produced 4 superb saves to keep Rainey in front!
Rainey then went up the other end of the pitch and had the ball in the back of the net, one of the substitutes Thomas Boyle with the goal but yet again the referee ruled it out for a foul on the St.Colms defender who looked to have been clattered by his own keeper! Another bizarre decision that denied Rainey and increased goal deficit! The Belfast lads then started another attack but for the referee to blow for the final whistle! Rainey ES had done it! They had reached the Semi-Final of a soccer competition for the first time in the school’s history! A tremendous effort from all the lads who will now face Omagh Academy in the last four tie that will take place at Meadowbank Sports Arena on Wednesday 9th March, with a 2pm kick off! All support welcome to what hopes to be another historical day for the Rainey ES Soccer Boys!
Match report by Captain, Jonny Carson.
On Wednesday 9th of February Rainey ES U16 boys welcomed Ballymena Academy to Meadowbank Sports Arena in what would be a clash of two Academical sporting giants. Rainey with a slightly weakened team knew it would be a tough test but one they would gladly step up to in preparation for their Quarter Final match later in the month. The two teams were scheduled to kick off the friendly game at 3pm on what was a lovely day for the beginning of February. Rainey captain Jonny Carson won the toss and decided to give the visitors kick off. Ballymena started the game and immediately felt the pressure from the hosts, Rainey closing down every pass and run in order to make it difficult for Ballymena to progress up the pitch. However Ballymena coped well with the early pressure and played some nice football around the back and in the midfield. It wasn’t long though until Rainey had won the ball with the midfield duo of Pearce McLarnon and Sam Hardy working hard to force mistakes from the opposition. Immediately Rainey put Ballymena on the back foot with a quick counter attack. Stephen Greer testing the keeper early with a low shot across goal, the Ballymena shot stopper forced it wide for a Rainey corner. Rainey called the big men up from the back as Sam Hardy prepared to take the set piece. Sam whipped the ball into the box, beating all the Ballymena defenders only to land at the feet of Rainey’s Pearce McLarnon, the clinical midfielder made no mistake in smashing the ball past the Academy goalkeeper and into the back of the net to give Rainey the lead inside the first 10 minutes! Rainey ES 1-0 Ballymena Academy.
Ballymena, angered at conceding a set piece goal came right back from the kick off and had Rainey back peddling. The Braid boys kept the ball well in the midfield and the pressure told when they forced a mistake from the Rainey defence to win a free kick just outside the Rainey 18 yard box. Jamie Beggs in the Rainey goal pulled off a fantastic save only for Ballymena to follow up on the rebound and tap it in for the equaliser. The Rainey defence equally as angered as Ballymena, as they now had also conceded from a set piece. Rainey ES 1-1 Ballymena Academy. Rainey didn’t let the heads drop though and went straight back into Ballymena’s half and created lots of chances with David Lennox beating men on the left hand side and getting the ball into the box only for the Ballymena goalkeeper to keep out the Rainey boys’ efforts. The constant pressure from the Magherafelt men told when Michael McIvor-New broke inside with the ball only to be fouled a few yards outside the box. Rainey skipper Jonny Carson stepped up to take the free-kick and bounced it just before the keeper making it an awkward shot to save but the Ballymena man did well in forcing it behind for a corner. From the resulting corner, Jonny again came close inside the box, having lost his marker at the back post but failed to connect sweetly with the ball and the Ballymena defence were able to clear. The referee blew for half time in what had been a physical battle between the two grammar schools. Half time, Rainey ES 1-1 Ballymena Academy.
Rainey’s half time team talk focused on defending as they attack and making sure they don’t commit too many bodies upfront, leaving them exposed at the back. Rainey made a few tactical changes, moving goal scorer Pearce McLarnon upfront to join the speedy Thomas Boyle in order to hopefully improve their end product in the final third, Stephen Greer moving back into midfield to support anchor man Sam Hardy. Rainey kicked off the second half and came straight out of the blocks, immediately putting the Ballymena boys on the back boot. Rainey really started to enjoy the game with Kaelum Irvine joining the attack from left back and putting some brilliant inviting balls into the box, forcing some great defending from the Ballymena back line. As the half went on Ballymena started to grow into the game, exchanging possession throughout the midfield. Rainey then made some changes, bringing on tricky winger Matt Currie. Kaelum Irvine at left back and Matt Currie at left wing linked up very well down the left hand side playing some great one-two’s with their midfield counterparts. This great team play leaded to Rainey’s second goal when Matt Currie got down the wing well and squared the ball for the ever prolific Pearce McLarnon to tap in past the Ballymena keeper. Promising play from the Rainey boys which of course put them ahead in the tie. Rainey ES 2-1 Ballymena Academy. As the game grew old, Rainey now started to wear down the Braid boys with great possession across the back line and the midfield.
Rainey then made more changes, bringing on a further five subs in order to inject some fresh legs and new life into the game! Matthew Kissick coming on to hold the ball up well down the right for Curtis Mclean to collect and take the play up the wing. Mark Slane joined the Rainey defence on the hour mark in order to sturdy up the defensive side of the game as Rainey wanted to protect the precious lead they had worked hard for. Ballymena came back at Rainey and had a snap shot at the Rainey goal, the ball looked to be sailing in bottom left only for Jamie Beggs in the Rainey goal to pull of an absolute wonder save to keep Rainey in the lead! From this Rainey went up the other end of the pitch and won a free kick. The Rainey support watched on as Pearce McLarnon stepped up to test the Ballymena goalkeeper. Not only did Pearce test the keeper, but he beat him! The ball dipping over the Academy wall and into the back of the net! Rainey ES 3-1 Ballymena Academy. Having held off in the last 5 minutes, the whistle blew for full time. Rainey ES U16s recording their 6th win in a row. A promising display from the weakened Rainey side who now look forward to their Quarter Final on February 24th against St.Colms at Mallusk playing fields.
Many congratulations to Aimee McClure of Rainey Endowed School who has been picked for the Mid Ulster U13 Excellence Squad and the NI U13 Girls Soccer Squad.
Aimee trains every Monday at the Mid Ulster Arena with the Mid Ulster U13 Excellence Squad and every Wednesday at UUJ with the NI U13 Girls Soccer Squad.
The Rainey is delighted with her success.
On Monday 7th December the Rainey ES U16 boys made the long distant journey to Kilkeel in what was an eagerly anticipated 2nd round plate match against Kilkeel High School. With the recent storms and heavy winds going around Northern Ireland, Rainey ES manager Ricky Henderson knew it would be a tough match for his boys and told them they would have to battle for every ball if they wanted to progress.
Rainey Captain Jonny Carson won the toss and chose to play against the wind in the first half. Rainey started off well and came out of the blocks early with Matt Currie and Sam Hardy linking up well on the right hand side, and it was from a Sam Hardy ball that put David Dripps in to lob the Kilkeel keeper and put Rainey 1-0 up inside the first 5 minutes. From this, Rainey pushed on again playing some nice football in the middle of the park with Harry Evans and Pearce McLarnon pulling the strings in centre midfield. The ball was moved quickly up field to the feet of Stephen Greer who drove at the Kilkeel defence and slipped in David Dripps who then pulled the ball square for David Lennox to tap it in. Rainey 2-0 up with just 10 minutes played.
At the restart Kilkeel came straight back at Rainey, immediately breaking through the midfield and defence only for Jack Breslin to come rushing out of his goal to collect the ball and get Rainey back in possession. With Rainey playing against the wind, Kilkeel took advantage and hoofed the ball up the pitch which made it hard for Centre halves Jason Dripps and Jonny Carson to judge in the air. From these long balls Kilkeel scored 2 goals in quick succession to bring the score line level and put disappointment on the Rainey faces. Rainey again were pegged back in and conceded 5 minutes before half time to let Kilkeel lead. Half time Kilkeel 3-2 Rainey.
Rainey went into the second half knowing they had to lift their performance and take their chances when they came. The ref blew his whistle for the second half to commence and Rainey attacked with Harry Evans and David Lennox on the left hand side, David played a lovely ball through to David Dripps only for the Kilkeel keeper to collect. Kilkeel came straight back at the Rainey boys and punished a mistake at the back to put themselves 4-2 up. Rainey skipper Jonny Carson then decided to make a tactical change, pushing Pearce Mclarnon further up the pitch and bringing Stephen Greer back into midfield along with Harry Evans. Rainey then pressed the Kilkeel defence and played some lovely football on the edge of the box for Pearce to slip in David Lennox for his effort to be rebounded off a Kilkeel defender and into the back of the net. Kilkeel 4-3 Rainey. At the kick off, Rainey won the ball early and used the momentum with them to put the Kilkeel defence under tremendous pressure. It was turning into an end to end game with Kilkeel counter attacking the Rainey boys and forcing some more great stops from Rainey keeper Jack Breslin. However Rainey kept probing and eventually equalised when Pearce Mclarnon ran at the Kilkeel defence beating three men and smashing the ball into the top left corner of the net with his weaker foot! Kilkeel 4-4 Rainey.
Now Ricky’s men really had the momentum with them and again from great play up the right hand side, Sam Hardy once again played in Pearce for him to lob the keeper and make it 5-4 to the Rainey boys! Pearce getting his second goal of the match and Sam his second assist! Kilkeel 4-5 Rainey.
Michael McIvor-New then came on to replace Matt Currie to sturdy the Rainey’s defence. In the last ten minutes of the game, Kilkeel put Rainey under enormous pressure and it showed when Rainey skipper Jonny switched off for a split second to allow the Kilkeel striker through only for Jack Breslin to pull off yet another tremendous save, but huge credit went to Kaelum Irvine who was alert inside his own box to clear the rebound shot off the line to keep Rainey in the lead. In the final minutes of the game, Kaelum again showed great awareness to keep the Kilkeel winger out with some vital interceptions! The final whistle blew and Rainey had won! 5-4 the final score with “Ricky’s Red and White Army” reaching a soccer quarter-final for the first time in their history! Huge congratulations to all the boys who took part and the best of luck for the Quarter-final in February!
A mixed squad of U12 and U13 girls were entered into the annual Coleraine High Soccer 7s tournament with 21 other teams. We were defending champions and Mrs Quigley informed me that ‘you’d better win’ – so no pressure there then. Rainey had a comfortable passage through the group stage winning 3 and drawing 1 match for a combined score of 12-0.
Rainey Success at Coleraine Soccer 7’s Tournament 2014
We arrived early on Tuesday 17th June to the Coleraine 7’s Tournament with a bus of year 8 & 9 girls. We were placed in Group C and got off to a great start winning 1-0 against Limavady High School ‘A’ with an Ellie Montgomery goal. A tough game with some experienced players but a good way to start the day.
Next we played Coleraine High School ‘F’ team. A big win for Rainey here saw 9 goals with Captain Hannah J Porter getting on the score sheet, Ellie Montgomery getting a wonderful hatrick and Betty Scott with a whopping 5 goals to her name. bbr
Rainey faced Dunluce next and had another convincing win of 5-0. Another 3 goals from Betty Scott and Lauren Bleaks getting on the score sheet with 2 goals from that sweet left foot!
The last match of the group stages was against Coleraine High School ‘B’ team. Both Ellie with 1 goal and Betty with 2 goals sealed the win to take us into the knockout stages with straight wins and a huge goal difference of 17.
In the quarterfinals we met Magherafelt High School ‘B’ team and sailed through with a 7-0 win. Two hatricks from our goal scoring machines Ellie and Betty but a special mention to Sharagh Murphy who stepped up and slotted a penalty into the corner of the net. Tami Andrews and Lauryn Heaney made their mark on this game but both unlucky not to score.
The semi-finals had arrived and of course we drew Parkhall who are an excellent side. We knew this was the match we needed to step our game up and be tactically right. It was always going to be close but a wonder goal from Lauren Bleaks into the goalies top right hand corner left her with no chance and Rainey were up 1-0.Emma Scott stepped into midfield and made sure to curtail the Parkhall talents. Defensively Rainey stood strong with Katie-Rose Thompson and Sharagh Murphy letting neither a player nor the ball past them. Rainey had made it through to the final.
With great confidence Rainey took on the hosts Coleraine High School ‘A’ team. Rainey stepped up their game even further and had many attacking plays but unfortunately could not get the goal we needed. It was penalties again! After losing out in the Semi-finals of the NI Tournament to penalties the week before Rainey wanted to change their luck. I have never seen a shootout quite like this. An outstanding performance from both teams saw sudden death and 11 penalties later Rainey where crowned champions! Special mention has to go to Sara Semple who was just incredible in nets diving, blocking and tipping shots over the crossbar not to mention scoring a penalty herself. The other penalty scorers where Betty Scott, Sharagh Murphy and Katie-Rose Thompson. An excellent Coleraine High keeper and the wood work denied the other brave penalty takers. Ellie Montgomery’s penalty was a little controversial with us feeling it crossing the line fully but unfortunately the ref said it didn’t so we had to continue on but it was Katie-Rose who stepped up to take the tournament. Well done Girls an excellent day and an extra mention for Betty Scott awarded with the top goal scorer with 13 goals! A thank you must go to Coleraine High School for running a fantastic tournament and being great competitors in the final.
Team: Hannah J Porter Captain, Lauren Bleaks, Betty Scott, Tamzin Andrews, Sara Semple, Ellie Montgomery, Katie-Rose Thompson, Sharagh Murphy, Lauryn Heaney and Emma Scott.