Northend United 1 Downpatrick 2 Saturday 2nd November 2019
Northend United under 13s lost out to a late goal in their latest Lisburn League match against Downpatrick. The wee blues were up against it early on and a good strike from outside the box on four minutes had Downpatrick in front. Northend were level on eight minutes when a superb Charlie McIlhatton cross field pass was met first time by Peter Finnegan who shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Northend were the better side with Downpatrick limited to long range shots. Calvin Termonia had a great chance just before half-time, but he missed the target when one on one with the goalkeeper. Half time 1-1
The second half continued in much the same pattern as the first with Northend the better side but unable to create many clear chances. A Gary Kenny corner was headed wide by Billy McNeill and Matthew Bell had a header from a McNeill free kick were some half chances. Conan McKeown also had a good run but was off target with his right foot shot. In the last ten minutes Downpatrick came into the game again and they stole the points in the 59th minute with a shot across goal that gave Matchett no chance. Full time 1-2
It was a disappointing day for Northend in a game that they should have won. The goalkeeper and back three were solid throughout. However, with both Charlie McIlhatton and Mark Campbell going off injured as a result of poor challenges, Northend struggled to play their usual fluent passing game. Passes in midfield were rushed and misplaced and Northend did not get their wide players into good attacking areas as often as required to win the game.
Man of the Match: Oliwer Maka
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, O Maka, P Finnegan, C McKeown, C McIlhatton, M Campbell, L McDonald, C Termonia, A Taylor, M Bell, P Bell, C Termonia
Northend United 0 Oxford Sunnyside 5 Saturday 26th October 2019
Northend United under 13s were heavily beaten by Oxford Sunnyside in their most recent Lisburn League match. The wee blues were once again slow starters although their opponents also took some time to come into the game. The first quarter of the match was scrappy with neither side able to play any flowing football. As the first half progressed the confidence of the North end players was draining away as one misplaced pass followed another. Sunnyside had already missed a good chance when, on the stroke of half time, they took the lead. Half time 0-1
The second half got off to a poor start and Northend soon found themselves 3-0 behind as Oxford scored a good second followed by a penalty. Half way through the half they got a fourth in a moved than started close to their own penalty area. A fifth came as the result of another penalty. Full time 0-5.
It was a bad day for Northend with goalkeeper Calum Matchett the only player coming out of the game with any credit. He made a number of good stops including an excellent double save in the second half. The boys will have to get back to their best for upcoming fixtures. They have a league game next week against Downpatrick and a NIBFA Cup match the following week away to Castle Juniors.
Man of the Match: Calum Matchett
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, C McKeown, C McIlhatton, P Bell, G Kenny, L McDonald. Subs, O Maka, C Termonia
.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Northend United 4 Abbey Villa 2 Saturday 19th October 2019
Northend United under 13s played Abbey Villa at Ballykeel on Saturday in the first round of the NIBFA Cup. The day did not get off to a good start with captain Lewis McDonald ruled out with illness. Vice- captain Matthew Bell stepped up to the challenge and was leader on the pitch. When the match started, things went from bad to worse as Northend were two down after four minutes. The first goal on two minutes looked offside and as the defence and goalkeeper hesitated the striker nipped in to close from a tight angle. The second goal came from a free kick into the box that broke to a forward around six yards out and he gave Matchett no chance.
Northend were playing into the wind and they did well to hold back an Abbey Villa team buoyed by their early goals. Northend were helped back into the game on ten minutes when a ball over the top was headed past the goalkeeper by the defender and Calvin Termonia was on hand to tap into the empty net. On eighteen minutes they were level when an excellent through ball by Peter Bell found Termonia in the clear and he finished confidently giving the goalkeeper no chance. On twenty-five minutes Northend went in front when Termonia completed his hat trick by toe poking a Conan McKeown pass beyond the Abbey Villa goalkeeper. Half time 3-2
The second half was less dramatic than the first, with Northend largely in control as Abbey Villa struggled to create anything as they played against the wind. With ten minutes left a poor clearance by the Villa goalkeeper was well controlled by Oliwer Maka close to the half way line. He played the ball forward to Ashton Taylor who lifted the ball over the retreating keeper and into the net. Northend had other chances when Peter Ball had a good shot well saved and a headed from a corner was scrambled off the line. In the closing minutes Abbey Villa piled forward but the Northend defence held firm to complete an excellent comeback win. Full time 4-2
Man of the Match: Gary Kenny
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, C McKeown, C McIlhatton, P Bell, G Kenny, C Termonia, O Maka, M Campbell, A Taylor
Hillsborough Boys 3 Northend United 2 Saturday 12th October 2019
Northend United U13s played Hillsborough Juniors on Saturday as first played second in the early season league table. Northend were caught cold with the first attack of the game as the Hillsborough left winger cut past two defenders and confidently slotted the ball past the goalkeeper. On 5 minutes the same player brilliantly controlled a high ball with his touch taking him clear of two defenders. Once again, he showed great composure as he made it 2-0.
Northend recovered well from this early setback and gradually played themselves back into the game. Late in the half good play from Matthew Bell and Clodagh Maguire resulted in Peter Bell having the time to pick a pass into the heart of the Hillsborough defence. Lewis McDonald made a great run to collect the pass only to be brought down by the Hillsborough goalkeeper. Ashton Taylor was on his toes and, not waiting for the referee to give a penalty, he fired left footed in the empty net. Half time 2-1
At half time Calvin Termonia and Gary Kenny were introduced as substitutes for Charlie McIlhatton and Peter Finnegan. The Northend midfield three of Conan McKeown, Peter Bell and Lewis McDonald were now on top and dictating the play. Northend were creating half chances the best of which was a free kick from McKeown which was just off target. It was against the run of play when Hillsborough made it 3-1 from a corner. Northend continued to play good football and a flowing move starting with Billy McNeill in defence and involving Bell and McKeown in midfield before McDonald had a shot just off target. Soon after, McDonald did get on the score sheet with an excellent volley over the goalkeeper. Northend continued to press for the equaliser but the closest they came was a McKeown free kick well saved by the opposing goalkeeper. Full time 3-2
Although a disappointing result this was another good performance from the Wee Blues.
Man of the Match: Brandan Andrews
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, C McKeown, C McIlhatton, P Bell, L McDonald, A Taylor, G Kenny, C Termonia, O Maka
Doyle YC 1 Northend United 2 Saturday 5th October 2019
Northend United under 13s played Doyle on Saturday looking to build on their excellent win against Warrenpoint last week. The game was played at a fast pace with Doyle on the front foot in the early stages. The Northend backline held firm and after 10 minutes Northend had a strong penalty appeal waved away after Ashton Taylor went down in the box. Northend had other half chances from range as Lewis McDonald and Taylor were both just off target. Northend took the lead after 20 minutes when a McDonald corner was volleyed into the net by Matthew Bell at the back post. Northend were now on top and Peter Bell, Clodagh Maguire and Peter Finnegan were causing problems with their passing and strong running. Just before half time Doyle equalised against the run of play when Northend failed to clear their lines following a cross into the penalty area. Half time 1-1
Calvin Termonia and Gary Kenny were introduced as substitutes at half time and Peter Bell soon played Termonia clean through on goal, but he was unable to find a way past the Doyle goalkeeper. The game was becoming very physical with Charlie McIlhatton on the receiving end of some heavy challenges. Ten minutes into the second half and Northend regained the lead when Peter Bell scored with a tremendous shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net. Northend showed great desire to hang on for the result with Mark Campbell and Peter Finnegan both going off after heavy knocks. Oliwer Maka came on as right wing back and performed solidly as Doyle piled forward in the closing stages. They almost grabbed an equaliser but Callum Matchett made a great double save and Matthew Bell blocked the third effort on the line. Full time 2-1
This was an excellent result against a very strong and physical Doyle team. The defence of Brandon Andrews, Billy McNeill and Matthew Bell were outstanding and, along with McIlhatton and Campbell, matched the physicality of the Doyle forward players. Peter Bell was a contender for the man of the match but the award this week goes to his twin brother, Matthew.
Man of the Match: Matthew Bell
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, M Campbell, C McIlhatton, P Bell, L McDonald, A Taylor, G Kenny, C Termonia, O Maka
Northend United 5 Warrenpoint Town 1 Saturday 28th September 2019
Northend United U13s played Warrenpoint on Saturday at Wallace Park in Lisburn. The two sides have met regularly over recent season with the games being close affairs. But Northend dominated this game and ran out 5-1 winners.
Their first goal was scored by Ashton Taylor who was played in by Peter Finnegan. Warrenpoint equalised soon after through a scrappy goal when Northend failed to clear their lines. Northend were soon back in front when Calvin Termonia laid the ball off to Ashton Taylor who was brought down by the Warrenpoint defender. Taylor stepped up and scored from the spot. Termonia made in 3-1 before halftime when he scored from a rebound after a shot by Taylor. Half time 3-1
Northend continued to dominate after the break with Termonia scoring again to make in 4-1 from as Peter Bell pass. He completed his hat-trick late in the game when he ran on to a Matthew Bell through ball. Full time 5-1
The starting eleven and the two subs were excellent, and it would be unfair to pick a man of the match. Callum Matchett was assured in goal, the defence dealt with any attacking play from Warrenpoint, the midfield was on top throughout and the two strikers helping themselves to five goals.
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, M Campbell, P Bell, L McDonald, A Taylor, C Termonia. Subs C McIlhatton, G Kenny
Tollymore United 2 Northend United 4 Saturday 21st September 2019
Northend United under 13s played Tollymore on a bright and sunny morning at Wallace Park in Lisburn. Northend started the game well and deservedly took the lead when Lewis McDonald took a good first touch and then finished well from just outside the box. As the first half progressed Northend lost their way and Tollymore came back into the game. Close to half time Northend conceded a free kick on the edge of their box. From the free kick Callum Matchett made an excellent save only for Tollymore to equalise from the rebound. Half time 1-1
Into the second half and Northend upped the pace again. Calvin Termonia and Peter Bell came on for Ashton Taylor and Gary Kenny. The fresh legs made an immediate difference and a flowing move ended with Calvin Termonia sweeping the ball into an empty net. Soon after, Peter Finnegan collected a pass from Charlie McIlhatton and, despite being close to the bye line, he squeezed the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post to make it 3-1. Unlike the first half Northend continued to dominate and an excellent shot from the edge of the box by Calvin Termonia made it 4-1. Tollymore did get a late consolation to make the final score Northend 4 Tollymore 2
Everyone in the squad played their part in an excellent team performance with stand in coach for the day Petr Jamnicky giving Lewis McDonald man of the match. Other performances of note came from Peter Finnegan who ran tirelessly throughout and Peter Bell who made a significant contribution as a second half substitute.
Man of the Match: Lewis McDonald
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, M Campbell, C McIlhatton, L McDonald, A Taylor, G Kenny, P Bell, O Maka, C Termonia
Cliftonville 0 Northend United 4 Saturday 14th September 2019
Northend went into this Daily Mirror Match of the Day with a point to prove, following last week's performance. The Blues started in a frantic pace and stormed into a two-goal lead midway through the half with goals from Lewis McDonald and Ashton Taylor. In the first, McDonald volleyed the ball over the keeper's head and the Taylor hit a long-range shot, which sailed into the Cliftonville net.
The Blues continued to dictate the play throughout the first half and Ashton Taylor scored a third goal just before half time with another shot which struct the upright and into the net. Half time 0-3
Into the second half and Northend continued to dictate the play with Mark Campbell and Ashton Taylor in top form. Gary Kenny scored a fourth goal for Northend 15 minutes into the half.
Calvin Termonia found space in the Cliftonville box 20 minutes into the half and when he lobbed the keeper, the goal was heading for the net before a player handed it one the line. Termonia took the resultant penalty kick but saw the Cliftonville keeper make a good save. The Blues dominated play for the rest of the match without adding to their score. Full time 0-4
Men of the Match: Ashton Taylor and Mark Campbell
Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, M Campbell, B McNeill, M Bell, P Finnegan, L McDonald, C McIlhatton, C Maguire, G Kenny, A Taylor, C Termonia, O Maka