Windmill Stars 3 Northend Youth 2 Saturday 27th October 2018
This was the ultimate game of two halves. A slow start saw the Blues concede an early goal. The boys struggled to get a grip on the game in the middle of the park. Another long ball over the top set up another opportunity for the Windmill striker to slot home. With heads down the unfortunate Stewart's attempted clearance deflected past Nellins. The introduction of Eddie Smyth and Harry Livingstone moving to lead the line gave a better balance to the last few minutes of the half. Half time 3-0
The half-time team talk must have been feisty as the Blues started the second half at a blistering pace with Donnelly driving down the wing to create a couple of early chances for Livingstone and O'Donnell. The pressure continued and when McKay found the bottom corner from a free kick it was game on. Eddie Smyth and McKay were controlling midfield, Donnelly was causing havoc down the wing and Livingstone leading the line to good effect. A superb move saw McKay spread the play to Donnelly and his early cross found Livingstone who slotted home from inside the box. Almost immediately the same three combined, Livingstone's shot seemed to cross the line as the outstretched hand of the keeper failed to turn the ball away. In a bizarre twist the ball was turned into the net by a Windmill defender bemused faces all around as a free out was awarded. The blues pushed hard to get an equaliser only to concede a last min goal. Full time 3-2
This was a superb second half performance. Nellins was much more assured in goal. Stewart and Smyth solid in defence. Eddie Smyth, McKay and Donnelly were dominant un midfield and the industrious Livingstone was a constant threat up top.
Panel: J Nellins, J Stewart, S Smyth, J Boyd, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, F McKay, G Donnelly & J Kaczmarek. Subs J Magill & E Smyth
Lisburn Distillery 2 Northend Youth 0 Saturday 20th October 2018
This was an entertaining game with the Lisburn boys taking an early lead following hesitation in the Blues defence. Northend battled hard to get back into the game and could have equalised when Livingstone went close. A couple of fine saves from Nellins ensured the half ended with the minimum between the sides. Half time 1-0
The second half saw Lisburn score almost from the kick-off when a long ball sent the striker through and his first time shot found the bottom corner. This was to be the only clear-cut chance of the half as Stewart, Smyth and Boyd were outstanding in defence and Watt solid in front of them.
At the other end Northend created a number of chances with Livingstone and McKay forcing saves from the keeper. Despite a host of chances, the Blues just weren't clinical enough in front of goal.
This was an encouraging performance with Stewart, Boyd and Smyth excellent in defence, Watt, Livingstone and O'Donnell industrious in midfield.
Panel: J Nellins, J Stewart, S Smyth, J Boyd, C Watt, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, F McKay, & J Kaczmarek, J Magill, L Smyth
Newtowne Youth 4 Northend Youth 0 Saturday 13th october 2018
The boys travelled to Limavady for their first round NIBFA Cop game missing 2 regulars. The game started at a furious pace with both sides having early opportunities. Unfortunately, as has been the pattern for the last few games 2 individual errors led to 2 goals. The boys battled hard to get back into the game but struggled to get a foothold against a strong central midfield of Newtowne. A goal just on the stroke of half-time left the blues with a mountain to climb. Half time 3-0
A strong opening period to the second half saw Donnelly, O'Donnell and Kaczmarek go close. Smyth, Stewart and Watt began to tip the balance in the physical battles. Despite a much stronger second half performance the blues couldn't convert a number of chances. A late goal for Newtowne sealed the game. Good luck to Newtowne Youths in the next round.
Panel: J Nellins, S Smyth, C Watt, J Boyd, J Stewart, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, G Donnelly, J Kaczmarek, J Magill
Lurgan Town 4 Northend Youth 1 Saturday 6th October 2018
In a last-minute change to fixtures the Blues lined out against Lurgan Town. The boys started confidently and had an early chance for the pacy Kaczmarek only to see him denied by a fine save.
In as many minutes Lurgan Town took advantage of two individual errors to go 2 up. The introduction of Seb Smyth at the centre of defence steadied the ship. In a strong 10 minutes the Blues created a host of chances with Donnelly and Livingstone failing to find the net when it looked easier to score. A late wonder strike saw the boys trail 3 nil at the break. Half time 3-0
The second half started at a frantic pace, as Stewart, Smyth and Boyd's solid defending laid the foundations for the midfield 3 to push forward. A good through ball from McKay saw Donnelly spin and shoot to pull one back. A period of dominance followed with Kaczmarek, McKay, Donnelly and Livingstone all forcing saves from a excellent Lurgan keeper.
A late goal for the Lurgan boys some-what flattered them after a solid performance from Northend particularly in the second half. Full time 4-1
Panel: J Nellins, J Stewart, C Watt, J Boyd, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, F McKay, G Donnelly, J Kaczmarek, S Smyth, L Smyth.
Northend Youth 3 Oxford Sunnyside 1 Saturday 29th September 2018
This game got off to a blistering start with both teams trying to get an early advantage. Northend team eventually got the opening goal when a Jakub Kaczmarek shot was deflected into the path of Harry Livingstone who rifled into the net from close range. Northend continued probing forward looking for the 2nd goal however Oxford Sunnyside broke on the counter attack and lobbed the keeper only to see Jack Stewart clear the ball off the line. Oxford Sunnyside did however draw level when Northend failed to clear their lines and allow the opposition to slot home from close range. As the first half drew close to an end Northend mounted 1 further attack and a ferocious shot from the inform Jakub rebounded off the post for Garron Donnelly to slot home. Half time 2-1
The second half kicked off and the team in ascendancy a corner floated in from Feargal McKay to the edge of the box and up stepped Michael O'Donnell who blasted home an unstoppable volley into the top corner. Northend continued to press forward for further goals with excellent chances from Man of the Match Garron Donnelly going astray. Oxford continued to look dangerous from the counter attack and a long-range effort was tipped over the bar by Jack Nellins who was solid in goal. Defensively the wee blues were solid with Jamie Boyd, Seb Smyth and Jack Stewart letting little through. The midfield of O'Donnell, McKay, Livingstone, Donnelly and Callum Watt were excellent with Jacob and Leo upfront full of pace.
Panel: J Nellins, J Boyd, S Smyth, J Stewart, F McKay, C Watt, H Livingstone, G Donnelly, M O'Donnell, J Kaczmarek, L Smyth
Northend Youth 1 Lisburn Rovers 3 Saturday 22nd September 2018
In a rather flat performance from the Blues, an early chance for the pacy Jakub Kaczmarek. saw the boys take the lead. Lisburn began to take control at midfield and they were quickly back in the game drawing level from a free kick. With their confidence high they took advantage of some sloppy defending to take a well-deserved lead. Half time 1-2
The second half continued as the first with the Blues failing to find the intensity shown in previous weeks. Another free kick produced a third goal for Lisburn.
Jakub Kaczmarek was the one positive with his pace causing problems for the opposition, he threatened a number of times only to be denied by the post and a fine save.
Panel: J Nellins, M O'Donnell, S Smyth, J Boyd, J Stewart, H Livingstone, E Smyth, F McKay, J Kaczmarek, J Magill, G Donnelly, M Mongan
Northend Youth vrs Hillsborough Colts Saturday 15th September 2018
In an entertaining game, the Blues dominated the early exchanges and created a number of good opportunities, with some excellent saves denying Jack Stewart, Feargal McKay and Harry Livingstone.
As the half wore on, Hillsborough began to take control in the middle of the park with a slick piece of interchange play saw them take the lead. An attempted clearance from a corner saw the unfortunate Eddie Smyth deflect the ball into his own net. The boys battled hard to get back in the game with harry Livingstone and Feargal McKay always threatening down the flanks.
The second half continued as the first, with the lion share of the chances falling to the Blues. Against a good Hillsborough side, at times the Blues lacked a little energy. A late goal probably flattered the winners somewhat.
The learning curve continues and its only the second game at this level. Jack Nellins was solid in goals, Seb Smyth outstanding at centre back with the midfield three of Feargal McKay, Michael O’Donnell and Harry Livingstone putting in a big shift.
Panel: J Nellins, C Watt, S Smyth, J Boyd, M O’Donnell, E Smyth, F McKay, H Livingstone, J Magill, L Smyth, J Kacmarek
The boys made their debut in the Lisburn Youth League on Saturday against a physical Dromara side. The blues dominated the opening exchanges and created a number of good opportunities. However, it took to the 12th minute for Jack Stewart to finish with a powerful shot from just inside the box after Dromara failed to clear a corner. The goal was to see a period of dominance and a host of chances, Feargal McKay on the left wing and Harry Livingstone on the right were causing havoc, with Jack Stewart and Garron Donnelly always dangerous through the middle. On the stroke of half-time an otherwise untroubled defence conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. A superb strike from the Dromara centre half brought the game level. Half time 1-1
The second half started at a frantic pace, a great run down the left by Feargal McKay saw his cross find the incoming Harry Livingstone at the back post to finish first time to the roof of the net.
The next few minutes saw the Northend boys hit the post and cross-bar but they failed to increase their advantage. A strong finish from Dromara boys saw them score two late goals to steal the points.
There were lots of positives to take from a game where Seb Smyth and Jamie Boyd were solid in defence, the midfield 3 of Harry Livingstone, Jack Stewart and Feargal McKay put in good performances. Garron Donnelly led the line with great energy.
Panel: J Nellins, C Watt, S Smyth, J Boyd, M O'Donnell, H Livingstone, J Stewart, F McKay, G Donnelly, J Magill, M Mongan, J Kaczmarek.