Northend United 4 Dromara 1 Saturday 10th March 2018
Northend got back to winning ways with a dominating display against Dromara. With Pearce McAuley pulling the strings in midfield Northend enjoyed lots of possession for most of the first half with very little to show for it although Euan Pirie hit the bar with a long-range effort that deserved better. Eventually Northend went ahead just before half time when a speculative Paidin Mitchell effort evaded the unfortunate Dromara goalie's grasp. Half time 1-0
The second half started as the first half ended with Northend in rampaging form and in the space of 10 minutes they were 4-0 ahead thanks to a quick-fire Euan Pirie hat-trick. Towards full-time Dromara pulled a goal back thanks to a superb strike that left Carter Reid in goals with no chance.
This was a great team performance played in shocking conditions which showed just what this team is capable off when they work hard and get their passing game going. Full time 4 - 1
Man of the Match: Pearse McAuley
Panel: H Connon, T Gillen, L Devlin, C Reid, C McAuley, P McAuley, S McDermott, P Mitchell, E Pirie, C O'Hara.
Banbridge Colts 1 Northend United 3 Saturday 17th February 2018
Northend returned to winning ways on Saturday in the Lisburn Youth League with an assured display against Banbridge Colts. After coming close on a number of occasions, Northend opened the scoring when a low, dangerous ball from Conall McAuley was crossed from the right and Sean McDermott was on hand to coolly finish into the bottom left corner of the net. Banbridge dug deep and sought to frustrate the oncoming Northend attacks and held out until just before half-time, when Captain Pearse McAuley picked the ball up on the left-hand side and after sidestepping two defenders, thrashed the ball past the rooted Banbridge Goalkeeper. Half time 0-2
With the wind in their sails, Northend went in search for more goals in the second half, only to be frustrated by some awry passing and resolute defending from the opposition. Banbridge pulled one back against the run of play when a high ball into the Northend box caused confusion amongst the defence and the Banbridge striker made no mistake with a great strike from the edge of the box. Northend, undeterred, continued to press and the goal of the game came when Pearse McAuley received the ball in a central position and released Sean McDermott, who outpaced his marker and hit a thunderous strike into the top corner from 20 yards. Full time 1-3
Panel: H Connon, C O'Hara, L Devlin, T Gillan, C McAuley, P McAuley, S McDermott, C Reid, E Pirie
Northend United 2 Warrenpoint Town 3 Saturday 27th january 2018
The 2006 United team made the trip to Lisburn to take on Irish Premiership Academy side Warrenpoint Town on Saturday morning. Northend started the livelier of the two sides and soon found themselves in front when an awkward clearance from the Warrenpoint goalkeeper found Euan Pirie, who confidently rounded his marker and fired into the back of the net. Playing with the wind in the first half, Warrenpoint soon got themselves back into the game with a fantastic goal, giving Harry Connon in nets no chance with the equaliser. Northend found it difficult to cope with the windy conditions against them and conceded a further two before half time. Half time 1-3
Northend came out all guns blazing in the second half and with the wind in their sails it was soon before the deficit was reduced to one goal when Paidin Mitchell found Harry Connon on the left-hand side, who stepped inside his marker and curled into the bottom corner. It was now Warrenpoint's turn to put on a defensive display as Northend pressed to find the equaliser. The Ballymena boys came close on a number of occasions in a dominant second half, with Paidin Mitchell hitting the post and Finn Connon and Daniel Patterson both firing just wide. Warrenpoint were able to hold out until the final whistle in a well-played game involving two evenly matched sides - a great advertisement for the Lisburn Invitational Youth League. Full time 2-3
Panel: H Connon, T Gillan, C O'Hara, PP Donegan, C McAuley, P McAuley, P Mitchell, C Reid, E Pirie, D Patterson, F Connon.
Northend United 3 Portadown Youth 0 Saturday 13th January 2018
Northend returned well rested after the Christmas break and hit the ground running against a well organised Portadown Youth side.
After a period of good possession Northend opened the scoring when Paidin Mitchell received the ball in centre midfield and after jinking past some onrushing defenders, drilled the ball into the bottom corner. Northend soon doubled their lead when Euan Pirie whipped in a corner and Lewis Devlin finished emphatically, making no mistake from close range. Northend maintained the pressure with defenders Connor O'Hara, Timmy Gillan and Lewis Devlin keeping any Portadown attacks at bay. Northend got a third when Pol Pius Donegan, on a mazy run down the left, found Sean McDermott who was subsequently fouled on the edge of the box. Captain Pearse McAuley's dangerous free-kick was well saved by the keeper, though Euan Pirie was well on hand to convert the rebound. Half time 3-0
The second half was a more open affair, with Portadown attempting to get back into the game, whilst Northend were trying hard to add to their tally. Resolute defending prevented Portadown from scoring, with Carter Reid in nets called into action on a number of occasions and Timmy Gillan making two vital tackles when one on one with the Portadown striker. Northend had a number of chances to put the game to bed with Harry Connon and Conall McAuley both going close before the final whistle. A great performance from every player and a fitting way to start off the year. Full time 3-0
Man of the match: Team Performance
Panel: C Reid, PP Donegan, L Devlin, T Gillan, C McAuley, S McDermott, P McAuley, P Mitchell, E Pirie, C O'Hara, H Connon