NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Northend United 4 Hillsborough Boys Jets 0   Saturday 3rd February 2024

A fantastic start for the blues who were on the front foot from the start. Campbell, Adams, Mitchell and King started at the back, and did not have much to do as from CDM position up Northend kept control with the tigers not seeing much of the ball.
On the right Cassley, who has been playing superbly for the last 3 games, took his mantle of terrorising the Hillsborough left while providing some brilliant through balls for the front 2 of Hughes and Gordon.
Cairns has maybe found his niche as defensive midfield for the team and was rock solid with probably the most tackles for the game. Barr at attacking midfield and Martin on the left wing pushed forward continually but to no avail for the first 15 minutes, as the opposition keeper pulled off some great saves. Half time 0-0

With King being replaced by Duffin and Barr being replaced by McClintock saw another surge by Northend and this time it paid off with an assist by McClintock and a goal by Gordon, who probably has surpassed the late teens on Goals scored this season!
The blues capitalised on this momentum and another quick turn by Gordon saw the ball hit the net with the Tigers now shellshocked. Although the opposite team tried as they may they could not breakdown the stubborn defence of especially Adams and Mitchell who had a flawless game each, this is obviously not possible if Devlin had not proved why he is meant to be between the sticks, controlling the box and keeping a clean sheet with some great saves.
McClintock paired again to provide an assist this time for young Cameron who had come on for Cairns and came in at the back post to make sure the ball went in fully. A further onslaught provided Burgoyne who came on just before the 40th minute to get a touch on the final goal going in.
4-0 not really a true reflection on how tough the game was but proved Northend U13’s took their chances well and show excellent teamwork and resilience to come through as victors- forward to the Semi’s we go!! Full time 4-0

Players of the Match: Jonah Mitchell and Lilly Adams

Panel: P Devlin, J Mitchell, T Martin, L Adams, H Campbell, M King, T Cairns, S Barr, C Gordon, J Duffin, J Cassley, R McClintock, C Burgoyne, S Hughes, P Cameron
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Northend United 3 Oxford Sunnyside Colts 3   Saturday 27th January 2024

Another great week of football for the Agnew, Mitchell and Cairns sponsored 2011s. With weather hampering training and matches the past 4 weeks it was great to get two games in a row. Northend started well dominating play throughout the pitch. The back 3 of Campbell, Mitchell and Cairns working the ball from the back finding the midfield with ease quickly seen Hector shoot down the right wing and cross a slick ball into the box finding left winger Martin to slot home our first. It wasn’t long before the midfield of Barr, Duffin, Cameron finding gaps played some really good passing football slipping the ball in for Cassley to beat the keeper. 2/0. It was a period of 15 minutes where no less than 10 attempts on goal with a further brilliant team goal seen Gordon win the ball and set up Cassley for his second. With 3 goals in such quick succession and within the first half confidence was high but lack of training legs tired. McClintock, King and Burgoyne on and some positional changes the game settled into a real good battle. Both sides went back and forth with Devlin pulling off a number of great saves. An unlucky bounce goal bound seen a fantastic clearance attempt by Campbell who chased all the way unfortunately rolled over the line. 3/1 half time. The second half again seen both teams battle it out and well done the Oxford stand in keeper having the best game ever pulling off some great saves. Duffin’s free kick heading top corner only to be denied by a fingertip and Gordon beating 3 players and the keeper only to see the keeper flick it off the line at the last second. Whilst we took the game to try new things, different positions we unfortunately conceded 2 further goals but this is all part of the long term development of each player. A lot to take from this game and part of the rebuild for next season. Full time 3-3

Player of the Match: Olly Hector – showed great determination to push down the right and had the ability to deliver a great ball leading to our first goal

Panel: P Devlin, J Mitchell, T Martin, T Cairns, S Barr, O Hector, C Gordon, J Duffin, J Cassley, H Campbell, P Cameron, R McClintock, M King, C Burgoyne
..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Northend United 5 Hillsborough Tigers 1   Saturday 13th January 2024

After the Christmas break the team was eager to go and started off with high pressure and possession football. Cahal Gordon scoring after 5 minutes settled the team down with not much happening for Hillsborough as the defence of Campbell, Mitchell, Adams and King and returning keeper Devlin held strong.
Hector and Martin on the wings continued to push up with Cairns and Barr controlling midfield meant that Cassley was able to double our lead after another 6 minutes with a great goal.
Gordon and Cassley continued to terrify the defence opposition and scored 2 more before the half time whistle blew. Half time 4-0

Changes at the break was Hector (injured), Campbell and Carins for Cameron, Burgoyne and McClintock all got stuck in the same manner to deny a now more determined Hillsborough side, whose pressing paid off after 10 minutes for their goal.
Northend then settled again and proved dogged to break down. Duffin came on to shore up the team and had some good chances, Sonny Barr produced a fantastic run from midfield to score the final goal of the match 15 minutes before the end. A deserved victory. Full time 5-1

Player of the Match: Sonny Barr

Panel: Phelem Devlin; Jonah Mitchell; Mason King; Harry Campbell; Lilly Adams; Callin Burgoyne; Oliver Hector; Joe Duffin; Reece McClintock; Thomas Carins; Sonny Barr; Preston Cameron; Cahal Gordon; Jayden Cassley; Tiernan Martin
...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................