Lurgan Town 0 Northend United 1 Saturday 17th November 2018
This game started at a very fast pace, with Northend slow to the ball for the first 5 minutes but then took over the possession of the ball winning their tackles and keeping the ball. The Blues were on top of their game moving the ball very fast and making great runs in behind Lurgan defence. The Mid-Ulster side's defence and keeper was very busy trying to keep the Blues out. Northend got a couple of shots away but the Lurgan keeper was hard to beat. In the 20th minute, Charlie McIlhatton played a lovely ball between the Lurgan defenders and Calvin Termonia ran in, picked up the ball and hit a driving shot which the keeper saved but made no mistake knocking in the rebound. Northend got their deserved goal with the front three of Greer, Termonia and Maguire making great runs in behind Lurgan defence while McDonald and McIlhatton continued to run the midfield and playing balls into great areas. Half time 0-1
Gary Kenny replaced Jackson Greer in the striker's role and Peter Finnegan replaced Mark Campbell. Northend started the half in the same way, controlling the game and stretching Lurgan all over the pitch but unfortunately could not score. Termonia went close again for Northend. Lurgan went chasing the game, going long with a number of passes but the Blues defence of McNeil, Bell and Finnegan dealt with every ball. Lurgan got a few free kicks but Northend stood strong hit on the counter with Gary Kenny making a driving run hitting a good shot but again keeper made a great save. Lurgan moved their big centre back into midfield to try get a hold off the game but McDonald and McIlhatton continued to win their battles. Dylan Glass, in the Blues nets, was seldom worked in the second half. Full time 0-1
Great game of football from both teams and great game to watch....
Man of the Match: Charlie McIlhatton
Panel: D Glass, B McNeill, M Bell, M Campbell, C Maguire, C McIlhatton, L McDonald, C Termonia, J Greer, G Kenny, P Finnegan
Oxford Sunnyside 1 Northend United 1 Saturday 10th November 2018
With 3 regulars missing due to school transfer tests, this game was always going to be an uphill battle. Northend started off really well moving the ball really fast, creating a few chances but could not take the lead. Oxford never got any shots on target with Bell, McNeil and Campbell sitting solid in defence. Half time 0-0
Into the second half and Jackson Greer made 2 great runs, collecting the through ball and having shots but the keeper saved both. Gary Kenny moved into the striking role, causing the Oxford defence more problems. Matthew Bell moved to the right-wing position and continued to drive in behind the Oxford defence with his blistering pace. Indeed, Bell had a good chance to make it 1 nil but the Oxford defender got the block on it. Robert Crooks had a near miss with a great header from a Northend corner. Billy McNeil made it 1 nil after 42 minutes with a great curling strike which beat the Oxford keeper.
The referee made a mistake and gave Oxford a free kick from the edge of the box, which they duly dispatched to level the score on 48th minute. Northend kept driving forward for the last couple of minutes but couldn't get the winner unfortunately. Full time 1-1
Man of the Match: Billy McNeill
Panel: D Glass, B McNeill, M Bell, M Campbell, R Crooks, C Maguire, G Kenny, C McIlhatton, O Maka, J Greer
Windmill Stars 2 Northend United 2 Northend win 3-1 on penalties Saturday 3rd November 2018
Northend started off this match well, holding off Windmill and hitting them on the counter attack. Northend were pressing the ball well and forced Windmill to play the long ball out of defence. Billy McNeil conceded a free kick away on 5th minute, which Windmill struck into the roof of the net. It was now game on and Northend were pushing for an equaliser and their keeper was forced to make a near post save from Calvin Termonia. The pressure finally paid off on 14th minute when Northend got their equaliser as Lewis McDonald struck a 1/2 volley from 30 yards and keeper made a great stop pushing it off the underside off the bar but Termonia made no mistake following it into the net. The Windmill keeper made another good save as Gary Kenny struck a low hard shot.
Windmill made it 2-1 as Billy McNeil and Peter Finnegan went for the same ball, The Windmill player struck on the volley with the wind catching it Dylan Glass only got the finger tips to it unfortunately couldn't stop it. Half time 2-1
Northend made a few changes with Mark Campbell coming on at right back, Oliwer Maka left back and Matthew Bell moving to centre back. Charlie McIlhatton came into midfield and Lewis McDonald moving into the striking position. Playing against a very strong wind, Northend were pressing for goals. Windmill were playing the long balls out trying to get their speedy striker in behind the Blues defence but Bell, Campbell and Maka was dealing with them and playing nice balls into are attacking players. Dylan Glass made a good save to keep Northend in the game. Crooks and McIlhatton were battling hard in midfield while the front 3 off Termonia, Maguire and McDonald were causing Windmill all types of problems. Windmill keeper went to kick the ball out but McDonald blocked it and ref gave a foul. The keeper tried to take a quick free kick and Termonia intercepted and scored leaving the score 2-2.
Northend were well on top and pushing for the winner. Northend nearly got the winner with a lovely piece off play as McDonald and Clodagh Maguire played a lovely one-two and the move ended up with Termonia heading the ball just over the bar.
And so to the dreaded penalties to decide this tie, with Northend coming out on top, with Bell, Termonia and McDonald seeing the Blues into the semi-final
Man of the Match; Calvin Termonia
Panel: D Glass, B McNeill, M Bell, P Finnegan, R Crooks, C Maguire, G Kenny, L McDonald, C Termonia, M Campbell, C McIlhatton, O Maka, J Greer