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