TTBS 1 Northend United 4 Saturday 19th January 2019
The young blues continued their improved form of the past few weeks with a convincing win over Lurgan-based TTBS. Head coach Peter Kennedy's hard work on the training ground with the side has brought about renewed vigour in his players and it was evident in every area of the park in this display.
Northend were on the attack from the start and had an early goal ruled out for offside before TTBS took the lead against the run of play. Within a minute Northend were back on level terms when Euan Pirie volleyed in a cross from 12 yards out. Just before half-time Northend conceded a penalty and keeper Thomas Hasson produced the save of this or any other season as he leapt to his left and tipped the well struck effort over the bar. From the resultant corner the young keeper made another great save tipping a header round the post. Half-time 1-1
Hasson's saves were the turning point in this match and his team mates dominated possession in the second half. Timmy Gillen produced a wonder strike from 25 yards which bulged into the top left-hand corner of the net before goals from Euan Pirie and Paidin Mitchell applied the gloss to a convincing win. Full time 4-1
Subway Man of the Match: Thomas Hasson
Panel: T Hasson, T Gillen, C Wilson, L Devlin, C O'Hara, K Corcoran, S McDermott, H Connon, P Mitchell, E Pirie, C McAuley, D Patterson
Warrenpoint Town 3 Northend United 2 Saturday 12th January 2019
Northend produced their best display of the season in this match against top of the table side Warrenpoint. The young blues were on the front foot right from the start and the central midfield trio of Conon, Mitchell and McDermott quickly had the edge over a physically bigger Warrenpoint midfield. Ably supported by wide men Reid and Corcoran the five-man midfield were dominating possession and continually probed the Warrenpoint defence who were finding lone striker Pirie a real handful. When Warrenpoint did threaten they found the Northend backline in top form and Northend keeper Hasson was rarely threatened. Midway through the first half, and against the run of play, Warrenpoint were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and a fantastic set piece sailed past the helpless Hasson. Undaunted Northend increased the intensity of play and within a couple of minutes forced Warrenpoint into conceding a penalty following some great work in the box from man of the match Mitchell. The spot kick was coolly dispatched by Pirie. Just before half- time Warrenpoint took the lead again when some fine wing play produced a cross which was clinically headed home. Half-Time 1-2
In the second half Northend again never gave Warrenpoint space to play the expansive, passing football they have been producing in this league all season. The midfield were tireless and Northend were duly rewarded with the equaliser when the resurgent Pirie pounced on a loose ball 12 yards out to drill home his second of the game. As the game reached a climax Warrenpoint began to resort to long balls aimed at their towering forwards but again and again Northend's defence stood firm. Just as it looked as though the young blues were going to earn a well-deserved draw Warrenpoint scored in the final minute with a speculative effort from the edge of the box which gave the Northend keeper no chance. Full time 2-3
Man of the Match: Paidin Mitchell
Panel: T Hasson, T Gillen, C Wilson, L Devlin, C O'Hara, C Corcoran, S McDermott, H Conon, C Reid, P Mitchell, E Pirie, C McAuley, D Patterson
Windmill Stars 4 Northend United 2 Saturday 5th January 2019
The U13s took on Windmill Stars on Saturday in their first Lisburn League match after the Christmas break. Northend started the brighter of the two teams and opened the scoring when Conall McAuley broke down the right and crossed along the deck for Euan Pirie to stab past the keeper and into the net. Northend took the foot off the pedal close to half time and allowed Windmill to break in numbers and score with their first attempt on goal. The Ballymena side saw a number of good opportunities go begging before the break, with efforts from Euan Pirie and Paidin Mitchell going close. Half time 1-1
Windmill came out all guns blazing in the second half and with Northend unable to cope with the pressure, they soon found themselves 3-1 down; conceding from two crosses into the box. Northend had a penalty shout to reduce the deficit denied when a Windmill player handled in the box and the dejected blues conceded another shortly after from a corner. Northend battled on to salvage something from the match and pulled one back when left winger Carter Reid fired a free kick into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. Full time 4-2
Panel: T Hasson, C O'Hara, L Devlin, J Marks, C Wilson, T Gillan, S McDermott, S McGinley, H Connon, P Mitchell, C Reid, C McAuley, D Patterson, E Pirie, F Connon, M Diamond.