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