Lurgan Town 1 Northend United 0 Saturday 6th April 2019
Northend travelled to Lisburn to take on Lurgan Town in a League game on Saturday morning in what was an evenly fought game that went down right to the last kick of the ball. Both teams battled from the start to find the opener and it was Lurgan who made the breakthrough when a through ball found the striker unmarked in the box, who duly fired home from close range. Undeterred, Northend started to press and found themselves making some good forays into the Lurgan half. Timmy Gillan and Carter Reid on each wing found themselves penetrating into the opposing half on a number of occasions, but their deliveries were unable to be put away. Daniel Patterson in particular was causing the Lurgan back line serious problems and probably should have scored but for the opposing goalkeeper making some great saves, notably a fantastic double-save on the stroke of half time. Half time 1-0.
Playing down the notorious hill on Barbour Pitch 3, Northend spent most of the second half on the attack, peppering the Lurgan Town goal keeper with numerous efforts. Again, Daniel Patterson had a golden opportunity to equalise, but for the keeper to save yet again. Timmy Gillan went close when he clipped the cross bar from long range. Lurgan's chances were kept to a minimum by the Northend backline who defended resolutely and by Captain Harry Connon who was in the thick of the action throughout. Unfortunately, Northend were unable to capitalise on the pressure exerted in the second half as Lurgan went on to claim the points. Full time 1-0.
Man of the Match: Daniel Patterson
Panel: C Clarke, C O'Hara, C Wilson, L Devlin, K Adger, T Gillan, C McAuley, C Reid, H Connon, S McDermott, D Patterson, F Connon, M Diamond, K McAllister
Northend United 0 Hillsborough Colts 0 Saturday 30th March 2019
A fine Saturday morning saw Northend take on Hillsborough Colts in a Lisburn League 1st Division mid-table clash. Hillsborough started the brightest and tested the Northend defence and Thomas Hasson in the Northend goal from the outset. Northend soon got a grip of the game and had chances of their own to open the scoring, notably through Finn Connon and Daniel Patterson who saw chances go begging. Northend should have had a penalty midway through the half with a blatant foul on Euan Pirie, only for the referee to wave play on. Northend finished the first half strong but could not break the deadlock. Half time 0-0
Northend started strongly in the second half and kept the pressure on for most of the half in order to try and find the opening goal. Hillsborough defended resolutely and had chances of their own in an open second half. At the death of the game Carter Reid had an opportunity from a free kick to find a winner, but the Hillsborough wall stood strong and snuffed out the chance. A draw was a fair result in what was a well fought game of football. Full time 0-0
Panel: T Hasson, C O'Hara, C Wilson, L Devlin, J Adger, T Gillan, H Connon, S McDermott, C Reid, D Patterson, E Pirie, F Connon, C McAuley