NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Glendowan 0 Northend United 5   Saturday 14th December 2019

The Blues travelled to Lisburn for their last game of 2019. The last time these sides met it was an entertaining 3-3 draw. The boys had the best of the early exchanges but found the Glendowan keeper in fine form. On 20 minutes a great move involving Boyd and Nellins set Kaczmarek through on goal, the pacey striker beat 2 defenders and slotted home. The goal brought a confidence to the blues as they dominated the remainder of the half. Half time 0-1

The second half started with the Northend boys pegging their opponents in their own half, McKay Connon and Porter were controlling midfield and O'Donnell was causing havoc down the right. In fact, it was a great run from the latter that set up Kaczmarek for his second of the game. Almost from the kick-off Nellins went on a mazy run but his effort from the edge of the box was narrowly wide. Confusion in the Glendowan defence saw Kaczmarek force an error and the unfortunate centre half back pass deceived his own keeper to make it 3 nil. The Blues continued to dominate and on the back of the onslaught Kaczmarek grabbed a further brace. Full time 0-5

This was an assured performance with Greer, McFadden, Eddie Smyth and McKay solid all day. Connon, O'Donnell, Nellins and Porter when introduced worked hard in midfield.

Man of the Match: Jakub Kaczmarek was a constant threat up front.

Panel: M Bankhead, J Boyd, E Smyth, G McFadden, J Greer, F McKay, J Stewart, F Connon, M O'Donnell, J Nellins & J Kaczmarek (4), N Porter, M Mongan & J Magill
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Northend United 3 Lisburn Rangers 4   Saturday 23rd November 2019

The blues lost this bruising encounter against Lisburn Rangers by the odd goal. Despite the torrential rain and slippery conditions both teams played some good football.

The blues dominated the early exchanges with Kaczmarek and Connon going close. A good run from Connon saw the midfielder clear on goal only to be upended 25 yards out. McKay stepped up and curled a fabulous strike from the free kick into the top corner. Almost immediately Campbell and Kaczmarek were denied by an excellent Lisburn keeper. A speculative effort from distance saw Bankhead fail to hold the ball in the wet conditions. Hesitation in the blues defence saw the boys concede again. Half-Time 1-2

The second half began with an early chance for Stewart but his effort was well saved. Good work by Greer found the ever dangerous Kaczmarek who outpaced the defence and finished low to the net. Another mistake at a set piece saw the blues go behind again. Almost from the kick-off Lisburn extended their advantage with a long-range effort.

With 15 minutes remaining the blues got to grips with the physicality of their opponents, McKay moved to midfield alongside Connon and Stewart, these 3 with Greer took control. Chances flowed and with 5 mins remaining Stewart and McKay combined well down the left, Stewart drove into the box and as was the story of the day a tackle more suited to martial arts led to a spot kick, up stepped McKay to slot home his second of the day. A couple of late chances went begging to deny the boys a share of the points. Full time 3-4

Disappointing not to get something from the game but there were strong second half performances from Greer, McKay, Stewart and Connon on his debut.

Panel: M Bankhead, N Porter, F McKay(2), G McFadden, J Greer, J Stewart, M O'Donnell, F Connon, L Campbell, J Nellins, J Kaczmarek (1), M Mongan, C Cully, J Magill
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