NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Northend United 4 Lurgan Town 3   Saturday 12th October 2019

This eagerly awaited top of the table clash between the only two unbeaten teams in U14 League 1, Lurgan Town and Northend United at Wallace Park, did not disappoint. With both teams trying to play football on a perfect morning, the sizeable crowd were treated to a cracker.  Northend started better and deservedly took an early lead through Kurtis Adger who was again proving to be a handful for the Lurgan defence. Lurgan Town showed the quality which has yielded 5 straight wins before today and they equalised soon after. Northend kept pressing with Harry Connon again dominating in centre midfield. They would soon be rewarded with a second goal courtesy of a well taken Euan Pirie penalty after Kurtis Adger had been upended in the box. With their tails firmly up, the Ballymena boys were now playing some great football and were rewarded when Conor Wilson stepped up from centre back to smash home a free kick from all of 25 yards to make it 3-1. Lurgan Town, although stunned, were not beaten and scored a rather fortuitous second on the stroke of half time to send the teams in at half time with only one goal between them. Half time 3-2

Both sides continued on the front foot, both creating chances, but the two well drilled defences held firm until Northend were awarded a free kick just outside the Lurgan box. Another good strike from Conor Wilson was well saved but Northend's arch predator Euan Pirie was on hand to net the rebound. Lurgan Town then threw everything they had at the Northend defence. However, for the first time this season Lurgan struggled to find a way through the excellent Northend defence. In Conor O'Hara, Lewis Devlin, Conor Wilson and Callum Hendron, the Northend management team look to have found a back four who are a match for any forward line in the league. Lurgan found one last effort to pull a third goal back but it was too little too late and the Northend boys deservedly held on to retain their unbeaten record and pull 3 points clear at the top of the table. Manager Pirie opted for Conor O'Hara as Man of the Match but in truth he could have named any Northend player so impressive was the team effort. Special mention must go to Head Coach John Devlin, whose influence on improving this team is clear for all to see. Full time 4-3

Man of the Match: Conor O'Hara

Panel: T Hasson, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, K Corcoran, H Connon, S McDermott, C Reid, E Pirie, K Adger, D Patterson, C McAuley, C Clarke, P Mitchell, T Gillen
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Northend United 4 Windmill Stars 1 Saturday 5th October 2019

Northend Under 14s warmed up for next Saturday's top of the table clash with Lurgan Town with a hard fought victory over Windmill Stars at Barbour Playing Fields. Unlike previous weeks, the Northend boys were quickly into their stride and took an early lead through the prolific Kurtis Adger. Despite this confident start, the Ballymena boys did not press home their advantage with perhaps a spate of cold and flu infections during the week for key players taking it's toll. Indeed, Northend had their solid defence led by the fearless Conor O'Hara and captain for the day, keeper Thomas Hasson, to thank for not conceding more goals.  In a dogged first half, a spirited Windmill Stars side deservedly equalised to take the sides into the break level. Half time 1-1

Both sides continued on the front foot with stand-out performer and Man of the Match Harry Connon the only player to find space in a congested midfield. To their credit, the Northend boys kept creating chances and just when it seemed that the match might be heading for a 1-1 draw, up popped Kaylem Corcoran to score a well-deserved second. With their tails firmly up now, Northend poured forward and Euan Pirie got himself on the scoresheet again, adding Northend's third to put the game to bed. Dan Patterson slotted in a fourth just before full time to complete a win which looked unlikely for much of the match. The Man of the Match decision was made relatively easy by the performance of the excellent Harry Connon who stood out in a game of limited quality and found space in a congested midfield which allowed the Northend forwards to create the chances to win the game. Full time 4-1

Man of the Match: Harry Connon

Panel: T Hasson(c), C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin, C O'Hara, T Gillen, H Connon, C McAuley, C Reid, E Pirie, K Adger, J Mark, D Patterson, F Connon, K Corcoran and S  McDermott
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TTBS 4 Northend United 7  Saturday 28th September 2019

Northend Under 14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive victory over a TTBS side which had beaten them 2-1 in the final of the U13 Supplementary Cup last season. Despite going the now customary goal down, Northend quickly found top gear and completely overran a clearly rattled TTBS side for the entire first half. Euan Pirie stroked in a lovely equaliser and two typically energetic Kurtis Adger strikes followed by a calm, angled Timmy Gillen finish had the Ballymena boys in complete control at the break. Indeed, so prolific were the Northend boys that the referee had difficulty accurately recording the first half score. Half time 1-4

The pattern continued in the second half with Manager Pirie going to the bench to add some much-needed freshness to the team. Northend took a 5-1 lead when Adger went clear again to complete his second hat trick in as many weeks. Northend were winning the midfield battle with Harry Connon and Sean McDermott playing some great football. The Northend defence led by the ever-dependable centre half pairing of Conor Wilson and Lewis Devlin repelling all TTBS efforts to gain a foothold in the game. The impressive Euan Pire, again excelling in a deeper role, added Northend's sixth and his second goal of the game to kill off the game as a contest. The Northend coaching staff emptied the bench to give some much-needed game time to the full squad and the resulting disruption to the team's shape allowed TTBS to score 3 consolation goals from long range. In between these consolations, Dan Patterson added a seventh goal which served to remind those watching of Northend's ability to score almost at will. As in previous weeks in a superb team performance nominating a Man of the Match was extremely challenging. Manager Pirie opted this time for Conor Wilson who continued his impressive early season form with another assured performance in central defence missing nothing on the ground or in the air despite the close attentions of the TTBS forward line. Full time 4-7

Man of the Match: Conor Wilson

Panel: T Hasson, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, T Gillen, H Connon, C McAuley, C Reid, E Pirie, K Adger. Subs - J Mark, D Patterson, F Connon, K Corcoran and S McDermott
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Cliftonville 3 Northend United 4   Saturday 21st September 2019

Northend U14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with an eye-catching victory over a Cliftonville side which had comprehensively beaten them 3-0 in the semi-final of the pre-season tournament in Tandragee. This team has improved to such an extent that it was virtually unrecognisable to the one which was well beaten in Tandragee. From the start Northend took the game to Cliftonville and despite going a goal down quickly showed their mettle by equalising through an opportunist strike from captain for the day, Euan Pirie. Cliftonville again went in front and it was at this stage that the Northend management team decided to change formation to a 4-5-1 to great effect. The introduction of Kurtis Adger up front together with dropping Pirie into the false 9 role proved decisive. Adger quickly made his mark on the game with an equaliser requiring pace, strength and finishing ability. Northend were now in control and when Adger went clear again and calmly chipped the keeper, Northend were deservedly in front at half time. Half time 2-3

The pattern continued in the second half with Manager Pirie using a strong bench to great effect with Sean McDermott and Timmy Gillen in particular coming on and adding some much-needed freshness to the team. Northend took a 4-2 lead when Adger went clear and smashed in his hat trick despite the best efforts of the Cliftonville keeper. Northend were winning the all-important midfield battle with the ever-dependable Harry Connon and the impressive Callum Hendron stepping out of defence to assist. A clearly shell shocked Cliftonville threw everything at the Northend goal and scored a third goal with around 5 minutes to go. Despite some late Cliftonville pressure, the Northend defence led by the excellent centre half pairing of Conor Wilson and Lewis Devlin held firm to spark joyous celebrations from the Northend support at the end. In a superb team performance nominating a Man of the Match was extremely challenging. However, Coach Wilson opted for Euan Pirie whose performance in the false 9 role, created a threat going forward and also added some much needed bite to the midfield. Manager Pirie opted for Kurtis Adger whose hat trick from the bench and all-round threat and work rate changed the game and earned him a standing ovation from the Northend contingent when he was substituted. Full time 3-4

Men of the Match: Euan Pirie and Kurtis Adger

Panel: T Hassan, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin, C O'Hara, C McAuley, K Corcoran, H Connon, C Reid, E Pirie and D Patterson. Subs- C Clarke, F Connon, K Adger, T Gillen and S McDermott
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Glenavy Youth 3 Northend United 4  Saturday 14th September 2019

Northend U14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with victory over a determined Glenavy Youth side with a remarkable second half comeback. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, the Northend boys rarely showed the style from the previous week which will concern the Management Team with a difficult game to come against Cliftonville next week. In a first half display riddled with mistakes, Glenavy took full advantage to score 3 goals with only Dan Patterson's fine effort to show in return. Conor Wilson also crashed a bullet like header off the crossbar in an otherwise disappointing first half. Half time 3-1

All 3 Northend coaches had plenty to say at the interval and Team Manager Pirie again went to the bench for much needed impetus and as a result some of the previous week's urgency and fluency returned. With the game drifting away, Northend finally began to create clear cut chance after clear cut chance and just when it seemed that it might be one of those days, up popped Timmy Gillen on the right to calmly steer a well-directed shot into the corner. Typical of the new-found character of this side, the Northend boys threw everything at a tiring Glenavy defence. They were rewarded when Kurtis Adger went through on goal in typical swashbuckling style and calmly slotted a deserved equaliser past the Glenavy keeper from 12 yards. With time almost up, the re-introduction of Carter Reid from the bench proved decisive, when following some great passing and movement in midfield, he found space inside the box and finished with finesse with the last kick of the ball, to spark joyous celebrations from the Northend support. In a mixed team performance, Callum Hendron again shone brightly with another typically all in, assured performance. The Management Team also felt that Kurtis Adger had his best game in a Northend shirt, chasing lost causes, never giving up and scoring the al- important equaliser. Full time 3-4

Men of the Match: Callum Hendron and Kurtis Adger

Panel:  T Hassan, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, K Corcoran, H Connon, S McDermott, C Reid, E Pirie, D Patterson, C Clarke, K Adger, T Gillen and C McAuley
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Northend United 8 Lisburn Youth 1   Saturday 7th September 2019

Northend U14s began their season under the watchful eye of returning Northend legend and veteran coach John Devlin in fine style. Against a spirited Lisburn Youth side, Northend hit 8 goals but in truth could easily have doubled this. After Carter Reid had netted from close range early on following great approach play from Dan Patterson the Northend boys went from strength to strength. Whilst the defence of Hendron, Wilson, and O'Hara marshalled superbly by captain for the day Devlin impressively dealt with any threats posed by Lisburn, the midfield and forward line gained a stranglehold on the game. Northend went in 2-0 up after last year's top scorer Euan Pirie opened his account for this year. Half time 2-0

After the break, Team Manager Jamie Pirie showed his tactical know how by freshening up the team from a very strong bench with great effect. Kurtis Adger and Caelyn Clarke both came into the fray with a bang putting Northend 4-0 up and out of sight. Carter Reid scored his second close range goal against a now dispirited Lisburn side. Kaylem Corcoran scored arguably the best goal of the match with a curling beauty from the edge of the box and Kurtis Adger rattled in a screamer for 7-0. Lisburn pulled a goal back in a manner which will concern the Northend Management Team but typical of the new-found character of this side, Northend added an eighth goal before the end through Clarke who was scoring his second after coming on as a substitute. In a superb all-round team performance it was a difficult decision for Man of the Match. The Management team settled on the returning Calum Hendron whose defending, positional play and attacking prowess showed those watching the talent this young man possesses. Full time 8-1

Man of the Match: Calum Hendron

Panel: T Hassan, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin, C O'Hara, C McAuley, H Connon, S McDermott, C Reid, E Pirie and D Patterson. Subs- C Clarke, F Connon, K Adger and K Corcoran
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