Northend United 4 Warrenpoint Town 2 Saturday 8th February 2020
Northend continued their recent run of good form with a 4-2 win against Warrenpoint. For the second weekend in a row conditions were testing for both teams. Northend started brightly and deservedly took the lead when Jude Crawford scored from distance with a well placed effort. Soon after they doubled their lead. A fine passing move and some great combination play between McFerran and Tully ended up with young Tully placing the ball beyond the keeper to make it 2-0. The third came just before the break after a swift counter attack resulted in an own goal by a Warrenpoint player. Half time 3-1
The second half was a much cagier affair and Warrenpoint pulled a goal back early on. This only spurred the young Ballymena boys on. The whole team worked tremendously hard to keep the advantage they had gained in the first half. They got their rewards their hard work deserved with a fourth goal. A goal kick from keeper Alex Crawford landed at the feet of Conor Tully. His defence splitting pass put Shea McFerran in on goal who held the defender off and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Warrenpoint scored their second goal of the game late on but this didn't take away from another excellent performance by the whole squad on the day. Special mention must go to Sam McArdle who had an awesome man-of-the-match performance in midfield. Full time 4-2
Panel: A Crawford, C Adams, A Pekala, C da Prato, D McErlain, A Gillespie, S McArdle, CJ Croskery, J Crawford, C Tully, S McFerran, D Morrow, J Coulter
Northend United 1 Loughgall 1 4-3 pens LJIL Cup Saturday 1st February 2020
The U11s began their League Cup campaign against Loughgall on Saturday in blustery conditions in Lisburn. Against the wind, Northend started the game confidently and took the lead after 5 minutes. A free kick from Jude Crawford eluded the goalkeeper and found the bottom corner of the net. Both teams were showing great skill in being able to pass the ball on the ground in a swirling wind. In an evenly contested first half Loughgall equalised shortly before half time following a good passing move. Half time 1-1
Wind assisted in the second half the young Ballymena side enjoyed a lot of possession. Both defences were playing well however and clear cut chances were limited. Carter Adams, Adrian Pekala and Caleb da Prato at the back for Northend were giving nothing away.
The match finished 1-1 and went straight to penalty kicks. Northend came out on top with goalkeeper Alex Crawford saving a Loughgall penalty in the first five kicks and another in sudden death. Daniel McErlean who had a man-of-the-match performance in midfield rolled home the decisive penalty. Northend move into the next round after a superb performance by the whole squad.
Penalty takers for Northend were Sam McArdle, Conor Tully, Shea McFerran, Adrian Pekala, CJ Croskery and Daniel McErlean.
Panel: A Crawford, C Adams, A Pekala, D McErlean, S McArdle, CJ Croskery, J Crawford, C Tully, S McFerran, C da Prato, D Morrow, J Coulter
Northend Youth 3 East Coast Strikers 4 LJIL Shield Saturday 2nd November 2019
The game started a very tight affair with both teams probing each other. Then, Ethan Drysdale burst down the right and crossed the ball in for Kian McGarel to volley home. Northend were on top, half way through the first half and hit the post twice, then another great cross from the right for Reece McKane to find the net. Orla Lemon, Lucas Barnett and Noah Patnell in defence held tight with Corey King, Eoin Lavelle and Tom Nellins working hard in midfield. Goalkeeper, Conor Lavelle, pulled of 2 great saves in the first half to keep the East Coast strikers at bay. Half time 2-0
Into the second half and East Coast started the better team and scored two quick goals to level the game. East Coast defended well, stopping Kian McGarel with two great chances. East Coast then scored a goal mouth scramble making it 3-2 and went on to score another goal from good pressing and Northend not clearing their lines.
Northend came back into the game and scored from Reece McKane making it 4-3, but with two minutes remaining, time had run out. Full time 3-4
Panel: C Lavelle, O Lemon, N Patenall, L Barnett, T Nellins, C King, E Lavelle, E Drysdale, R McKane, C Kelly, K McGarel
Northend United 5 TTBS Lurgan 0NIBFA Cup Saturday 12th October 2019
The U11s kicked off their NIBFA cup campaign with a home game against TTBS Lurgan. After an even opening 10 minutes, Northend took the lead when Jude Crawford reacted quickest in the box after his initial header had been saved by the keeper. The home team began to dominate the midfield area and added further goals before half time from Conor Tully, Sam McArdle and Shea McFerran.
The second half saw TTBS come into the game more however good defensive work from Adrian Pekala and Caleb da Prato kept them at bay. Northend extended their lead with goals from Jamie Coulter, Dylan Morrow, Jude Crawford and Conor Tully completed his hat-trick. A great game of football by both sides played in fantastic spirit.
Panel: A Crawford, C Da Prato, A Pekala, C Adams, CJ Croskery, J Crawford, D Morrow, C Tully, S McFerran, S McArdle, D McErlean, A Gillespie, J Coulter