NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003
Castle Juniors 2 Northend United 0 NIBFA Cup Saturday 23rd November 2019

Northend United under 13s suffered another disappointing defeat this time at the hands in Castle Juniors in the second round of the NIBFA Cup.
Northend began the game well and were on the front foot in the early stages. The back four of Andrews, McNeill, M Bell and Maguire were largely untroubled throughout most of the first half. Northend passed the ball around well in midfield and got into dangerous positions on a number of occasions. They created a few chances and, with five minutes left in the first half, Lewis McDonald broke the deadlock with a fine right foot shot. On the stroke of half time an innocuous ball was played into the Northend penalty area but a goalkeeping handling error allowed the Castle Junior centre forward to head the equaliser. Half time 1-1

The second half was a much more even contest as Castle Juniors grew in confident from their equaliser on the stroke of half time. Northend continued to play some good football with Peter Bell in particular playing some good forward passes. However, Northend were unable to find the goal that their play merited. Castle Juniors were also dangerous on the break and they took the lead with ten minutes left when a long range effort deceived Calum Matchett in the Northend goal. The game then became very open with chances at both end. Gary Kenny had the best chance for Northend but his effort from the edge of the penalty area went over the crossbar. Full time 1-2

It was another frustrating day as Northend played good passing football on the 3G surface but once again their final ball was lacking that killer instinct while at the other end goals were conceded that were avoidable.

Man of the Match:  Lewis McDonald.

Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, C Maguire, P Finnegan, M Campbell, C McIlhatton, P Bell, C Termonia, L McDonald, G Kenny, O Maka.
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Northend United 1 Lurgan Town 3    Saturday 16th November 2019

Northend United U13s played Lurgan Town in their latest Lisburn League match at Wallace Park. The Wee Blues began on the front foot with several spells of good possession. Their best move was incorrectly cut short by the referee for offside when Peter Finnegan was through on goal. After 9 minutes, Lurgan mounted their first attack. There was some hesitancy in the Northend defence, and the centre forward was on hand to score from close range after a cross from the left winger. Soon after it was two as a long-range free kick deceived Calum Matchett in the Northend goal. On 20 minutes, Charlie McIlhatton suffered what appeared to be a serious injury following a challenge in midfield, which did not even gain a free kick. Play resumed after a long stoppage with Mark Campbell replacing the injured McIlhatton. This injury and long break resulted in the remainder of the game lacking the intensity of the first 20 minutes. Half time 0-2

The second half continued in much the same pattern as the first with Northend playing good passing football. On several occasions Northend threaten but were unable to score. They forced a number of corners but Lurgan rode their luck on more than one occasion. Lurgan then broke quickly upfield and outpaced McNeill before giving Matchett no chance. To their credit Northend continued to play good football and they were rewarded with ten minutes to go when Peter Finnegan ran down the right wing, cut inside into the penalty area and scored with a left foot shot high into the net. Northend continued to press and almost grabbed a second through Lewis McDonald and Calvin Termonia. Full time 1-3

It was frustrating day as Northend played well throughout the game. Lurgan were clinical in front of goal while nothing seems to be dropping for Northend in the opposition penalty area. The injury to Charlie McIlhatton also affected the flow of the game.

Man of the Match: Peter Finnegan

Panel: C Matchett, B Andrews, B McNeill, M Bell, P Finnegan, C McIlhatton, P Bell, L McDonald, C Maguire, G Kenny, M Campbell, A Taylor, C Termonia
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