Northend Youth 5 Newtowne Youths 3 Saturday 17th March 2018
U11 Youths were back in action at the HGYFL against Newtowne Youths on Saturday. The boys found it difficult to get grips with their physical opponents and hesitancy in defence coupled with individual errors saw the boys trail 2 nil after 10 minutes.
As the half progressed the boys struggled to get any fluency into their play and another individual error saw them concede a 3rd goal. The introduction of Joseph McKay helped steady things in defence and Michael O'Donnell grabbed an opportunistic goal just before the interval. Half time 1-3
A few changes in personnel at half-time saw the introduction of Feargal McKay on the left wing, Harry Livingstone moving to the right and Jack Stewart taking up the striker's role. It was these 3 who started to connect and start putting the passes together. A good pass down the left set Feargal McKay off on a run beating his man and finishing superbly from the edge of the area. The boys could sense a come-back and again Jack Stewart and Feargal McKay combined for Harry Livingstone to grab the equaliser.
Suddenly the game became one-way traffic with Newtowne pinned in their own half. The boys were playing some great football, Jack Stewart hit the post from close range, Feargal McKay went close with a free kick before Harry Livingstone grabbed his second from outside the box. Oran McCambridge and Joseph McKay were pushing forward and setting up play for the front 3. Feargal McKay again picked up a poor clearance and played a through ball to Michael O'Donnell whose first-time effort found the top corner.
This was as good a half of football as the boys played all season. Joseph McKay was outstanding in defence, Oran McCambridge was solid in midfield with Garron Donnelly working tirelessly alongside him. The front 3 of Feargal McKay, Jack Stewart and Harry Livingstone showed all their experience and hunger to turn this game around. Full time 5-3
Men of the Match: Feargal McKay and Jack Stewart
Panel: J Nellins, Oran McCambridge, S Smyth, J Boyd, G Donnelly, Alec McCambridge, J Stewart , M O'Donnell, H Livingstone Subs P Murphy, F McKay, J McKay, C Watt
Northend Youth 3 Portrush Youths 6 Saturday 10th March 2018
U11 Youths were back in action at the HGYFL against Portrush Youths. Missing a couple of regulars, the boys found it difficult to get going, hesitancy in defence coupled with individual errors saw the boys trail 2 nil after 10 minutes.
As the half progressed the boys began to get a grip on the game with Jack Stewart asserting himself in midfield, Feargal McKay causing problems down the right and Harry Livingstone starting to lead the line well. In a five-minute spell that saw Jack Dowds hit the woodwork and two goal line clearances Harry Livingstone pulled a goal back following a good move involving Feargal McKay and Jack Dowds. Another individual error saw the boys concede a 3rd goal just before half time. Half time 0-3
A few changes in personnel at half-time saw the boys put in a spirited performance and putting Portrush on the back foot. An excellent lay off from Cavan Cully set Feargal McKay off on a run his first touch took him away from the defender and his shot on the half volley found the bottom corner. The boys continued to dominate with Garron Donnelly, Cavan Cully and Feargal McKay testing the Portrush keeper. Fintan McKillop fired in a fine effort from outside the box to further close the gap. The second half saw a much better performance with Jack Nellins solid in goals, Jack Stewart strong in a defensive midfield role and Feargal McKay, Garron Donnelly, Cavan Cully and Harry Livingstone causing problems. In a highly entertaining game the 6-3 scoreline could have been 10 each. Full time 3-6
Panel: P Murphy, M O'Donnell, S Smyth, G Donnelly, F McKay, J Stewart, J Dowds, J McKay, H Livingstone, J Nellins, F McKillop, C Cully and C Watt
Northend Youth v Newtowne Youth Saturday 24th February 2018
U11 Youths were back in action at the HGYFL against Newtowne Youths. The boys started brightly and put the opposition on the back foot, some good interchange play between Harry Livingstone and Feargal McKay set up Fintan McKillop to score from close range. The same 3 combined 2 minutes later to allow Fintan McKillop to get his second goal of the game. The early goals gave the boys confidence to surge forward at will. A good run down the left from Fintan McKillop created a chance for Harry Livingstone his snap shot was well saved, from the resulting corner McKillop picked up his hat-trick. Half time 3-0
The second half continued as the first began with Jack Stewart winning the midfield battles and allowing Fintan McKillop to play a free role. Good work from Michael O'Donnell down the left resulted in a corner, following a frantic scramble in the area Fintan McKillop grabbed his 4th of the game. At this stage the boys were dominating the pace of the game and Fintan grabbed a 5th goal following good work from Oran McCambridge, Jack Stewart and Feargal McKay. At 5-0 it was time to clear the bench, Jack Nellins first involvement was to chase down a through ball and slide it past the keeper to make it 6. With the changes and a little complacency Newtowne grabbed two quick goals.
This was a solid performance with Paddy Murphy commanding his goal, the back 3 of Oran McCambridge, Seb Smyth and Michael O'Donnell were excellent. Jack Stewart was immense in a holding midfield role. Feargal McKay and Harry Livingstone played some good football to create chances for the prolific McKillop. All the subs put in good performances when asked to step up.
Man of the Match: Fintan McKillop rounded off a fine individual performance with a fine volley from a corner to take his tally to 6.
Panel: P Murphy, O McCambridge, S Smyth, M O'Donnell, F McKay, J Stewart, F McKillop, J McKay, H Livingstone, G Donnelly, J Boyd, J Nellins and C Watt
Northend Youth v Oxford United Stars Saturday 3rd February 2018
With some pitches falling foul to the weather a bit of last minute fixture shuffling meant the U11 Youths were part of a three-way fixture with Oxford United Stars and Tristar.
The boys started well and dominated the early exchanges against a well organised Oxford side. The heavy conditions made flowing football difficult with the best chances coming from set pieces. A good move down the right involving Oran McCambridge and Feargal McKay setup a chance for Harry Livingstone only to be denied by a fine save from the Oxford keeper. The defence played solidly throughout but we couldn't find a goal at the other end.
Northend Youth v Tristar
The second game saw the boys lose their rhythm with Tristar taking an early lead. An error in defence saw us go further behind 2 minutes later. The last 10 mins saw the boys roll the sleeves up and get back into the game. A good move involving Fintan McKillop and Michael O'Donnell saw Harry Livingstone get on the end of O'Donnell's through ball to finish superbly from just inside the box. The boys lifted by the goal pushed hard for an equaliser but time was against them.
This wasn't our best day out with most of the boys drifting in and out of the games. The one stand-out performance was from Oran McCambridge who was calm and solid throughout.
Man of the Match: Oran McCambridge
Panel: P Murphy, O McCambridge, S Smyth, J McKay, F McKay, J Stewart, F McKillop, J Dowds, H Livingstone, M O'Donnell and J Nellins
Northend Youth v Coleraine Olympic Saturday 27th January 2018
With a number of last minute withdrawals due to sickness and delays with transfer results we fielded a weakened side against a well organised and lively Coleraine side.
The boys started well and dominated the early exchanges going close with efforts from Jack Dowds and Harry Livingstone. Against the run of play a long ball caught the defence napping and Coleraine went in front. A goal just before half time some what flattered the Coleraine boys.
The second half started frantically with both sides asking questions of each other. The boys tired as the game wore on and Coleraine scored another two goals to finish off any chance of a comeback.
Panel: J Stewart, C Watt, S Smyth, J McKay, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, F McKillop, J Dowds, G Donnelly.