Northend Youth 2 Lisburn Rovers 6 Saturday 12th October 2019
The Blues started slowly in this encounter with neither side creating any clear opportunities in the opening 10 minutes. Some excellent play from McKay and Stewart the latter's perfect through ball setting Kaczmarek clear only to see his low shot well saved. A sliced clearance in defence left the blues flat footed and the Rovers striker nipped in to beat the on rushing Bankhead. Half time 0-1
The second half saw the blues concede 2 early goals through individual errors. Eddie Smyths free kick was spilled by the Rovers keeper and Kaczmarek stabbed home the rebound. A 5-minute spell saw the blues go close again but then with men committed forward they conceded another 2 goals in as many minutes. A late consolation goal from Nellins didn't lift spirits. A very flat performance with only McKay, McFadden, Stewart and Smyth showing anything like what's required. Final Score 6-2
Panel: M Bankhead, J Greer, F McKay, G Donnelly, Boyd, J Stewart, M O'Donnell, G McFadden, E Smyth, C Cully, J Kaczmarek, J Nellins, M Mongan, J Magill
Northend Youth 1 Lisburn Distillery 2 Saturday 5th October 2019
After a couple of disappointing displays, the management team were looking a reaction and it certainly came to pass in this performance against the unbeaten Lisburn boys.
The Blues welcomed back Garron Donnelly for his first start. It was Lisburn who created a couple of early chances, but they found the Blues solid in defence. On 10 minutes an over hit cross from the right dropped in over the outstretched Bankhead.
The Blues responded immediately with Stewart setting Kaczmarek free, but his low shot was turned away by the keeper. The new centre back pairing of McKay and Donnelly flanked by Greer and Boyd looked assured as a unit. Good work down the right by O'Donnell his cross met by Kaczmarek but again the keeper was equal to it turning his first time shot around the post. Then McKay went close with a free kick. Lisburn gained a foothold for the remainder of the half but found the Blues a tough nut to crack. Indeed, it took a mistake to double their lead as Bankhead's fine save rebounded off Greer and into his own net. Half Time 0-2
The second half was probably the best football the Blues have played in a long-time, dominating possession and creating a host of chances. Great composure in defence from McKay found Stewart in the middle of the park who spread the ball to O'Donnell on the wing, he skipped past his man and curled a perfect pass through to Kaczmarek who made no mistake from just inside the box.
All over the park the Blues were winning the battles, Kaczmarek's battle with the giant Lisburn centre half was worth the entrance fee alone, both players relishing the physical challenge but remaining sporting throughout. The last 15 minutes saw the Blues create a few good chances only to be denied by an excellent Lisburn keeper. A late chance saw Stewart go close with a header, but it wasn't to be the result the performance merited. Full time 1-2
There were fine displays all over the park, Greer was tenacious and committed at right back, the new centre half pairing of Donnelly and McKay was outstanding the latter having probably his best game in a long time. Stewart was dominant in the middle of the park with O'Donnell always threatening down the right. Kaczmarek gave the Lisburn defence a torrid time from start to finish.
Panel: M Bankhead, J Greer, F McKay, G Donnelly, J Boyd, J Stewart, M O'Donnell, N Porter, S Smyth, J Nellins, J Kaczmarek, C Cully, M Mongan, J Magill
Northend United 1 Hillsborough Colts 4 Saturday 28th September 2019
In a lively game the Blues created the lion share of the chances with McKay, Smyth and Stewart going close. A great through ball from Greer sent Kaczmarek clear out pacing two defenders to fire home from 6 yards. Further chances were thwarted by an excellent Hillsborough keeper. On the stroke of half time the sides were level when Smyth's attempted clearance crossed his own line. Half time 1-1
The second half started at a frantic pace with the Hillsborough side on top. A moment of indiscipline from Nellins led to a penalty and the Blues found themselves 2-1 down. Despite the best efforts of Smyth and McKay driving forward the boys couldn't get an equaliser. Two late goals for Hillsborough put rather harsh look on the final score.
It was a lack lustre performance with Bankhead keeping the score down with another good performance in goals. Boyd, Smyth, Greer and McKay worked tirelessly and Porter in only his second game showed some positive touches. Full time 1-4
Panel: M Bankhead, J Greer, J Nellins, E Smyth, J Boyd, J Stewart, F McKay, M Mongan, N Porter, M O'Donnell, J Kaczmarek and J Magill
Northend United 3 Glendowan 3 Saturday 21st September 2019
Northend Youths recalling a couple of players to the panel and a debut start for Noah Porter started the game sluggish. On 10 minutes, Glendowan took the lead with a finish that gave Bankhead no chance. This goal kick started Northend and within a few mins the impressive Kaczmarek rounded the keeper to equalise. Minutes later Kaczmarek had an excellent chance to make it 2-1 however the keep was quick to clear his lines. Further chances for Northend appeared however it went in 1 each at the break. Half time 1-1
After the interval Northend took a deserved lead through a Kaczmarek rebound. Eddie Smyth also went close with 3 free kicks with the opposition keeper making some excellent saves. With Northend looking for an important 3rd goal however a counter attack from Glendowan ended with an equaliser. Glendowan had a further opportunity with Bankhead making a fine save. Seb Smyth, Jack Nellins and Jackson Greer started to drive forward and press Glendowan into their half and further chances for O'Donnell, Mongan and McKay went agonising close. Stewart in the centre of the park was breaking up play extremely well and a through ball from Josh Magill allowed Kaczmarek to get his 2nd hat trick of the season. Further chances went wide for Northend and Glendowan pegged Northend back with minutes remaining. An excellent game with some good performances and game time for all the boys Full time 3-3
Panel: M Bankhead, J Greer, S Smyth, E Smyth, J Nellins, J Stewart, F McKay, M O'Donnell, N Porter, C Cully, J Kaczmarek, M Mongan, J Magill
Northend Youth 4 Portadown Youth 6 Saturday 14th September 2019
Northend were down to the bare bones for this match but started on the front foot against the fancied Portadown Youth, who had played in the National League the previous season. Missing Jack Nellins, Eddie Smyth and Leo Smyth, the Blues were always up against it and the experience of the Mid-Ulster side began to shine through.
Goalscorers for the Blues on the day included a brace from Jackson Greer and others from Jakub Kaczmarek and Michael O'Donnell.
Panel: M Bankhead, J Boyd, S Smyth, J Stewart, F McKay, M Mongan, C Cully, M O'Donnell, J Kaczmarek, J Greer and J Magill
Northend Youth 6 Lower Maze 1 Saturday 7th September 2019
The Blues took their first step into 11 a side football against a well organised Lower Maze outfit. The early exchanges were honours even with both teams having chances.
On 14 minutes Kaczmarek squeeszed home from close range to put the Blues one up. McKay, Stewart and Eddie Smyth were becoming more influential and good work down the right by McKay set Kaczmarek through his powerful effort giving the keeper no chance.
A moment of hesitation in defence followed by a sliced clearance allowed Lower Maze to pull a goal back just before half time. Half time 2-1
The second half started at a frantic pace with Cully, Mongan and Kaczmarek all going close. The blues defence were growing in confidence allowing Eddie Smyth to push forward, when the ball dropped to him just outside the box from a corner the centre half fired a thunderous shot to put the blues further ahead. The pressure continued with McKay making it 4 from a free kick then the winger grabbed his second after clever foot work and a great strike from the edge of the box. The boys were enjoying the game and in the last 15 mins played some free-flowing football. Kaczmarek went close a few times but was denied by an excellent keeper. With 3 mins to go the striker grabbed his hat trick when he outpaced 3 defenders to slot home.
This was a excellent start to the season, Blackhead was assured in goals on his debut, Greer, Seb Smyth and Eddie Smyth solid in defence. Stewart dominated the middle of the park, with Cully and Mongan industrious alongside him. McKay always looked a threat with his surging runs and range of passing linking well with the pace of Kaczmarek. Final score 6-1
Panel: M Bankhead, J Boyd, S Smyth, E Smyth, J Greer,J Stewart, F McKay, M Mongan, C Cully, M O'Donnell, J Kaczmarek, L Smyth and J Magill