NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Cliftonville 3 Northend United 2 Saturday 30th November 2019

Northend's unbeaten run in Lisburn stretching back 10 matches to the start of the season finally came to an end on Saturday when an under-strength side missing 4 first-team regulars lost to a hungrier Cliftonville side.
United started the better of the two sides and within 20 minutes were 2-0 up thanks to two goals from top scorer Kurtis Adger. However United failed to press home their advantage and Cliftonville started to find their way back into the game and eventually just before half-time they got a goal back. Half time 1-2

In the second half Northend lacked the energy and accurate passing that has been a feature of their recent good run and the defence were constantly under siege for much of the second half. Captain Lewis Devlin time and again thwarted Cliftonville attacks but eventually the Belfast side got a deserved equaliser and shortly after they went ahead from a well worked move. Northend threw everything they had at the Cliftonville defence in the last 10 minutes as they chased an equaliser but it was not to be on a disappointing day for the Blues.  Full time 3-2

Man of the Match: Lewis Devlin

Panel: T Hasson, D Patterson, H Connon, L Devlin, C O'Hara, C Hendron, E Pirie, S McDermott, T Gillen, C McAuley, K Adger, C Clarke, P Mitchell
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Northend United 2 Windmill Stars 2   Saturday 23rd November 2019

Northend United began their Lisburn League proper campaign with a disappointing 2:2 draw with Windmill Stars. A poor first half performance saw the Northend Boys go into half time a goal down as the team uncharacteristically failed to pass the ball the way they have been all season or to fashion any clear-cut chances. A disappointing first half was compounded by two very strong penalty claims both of which were waved away by the referee. Half time 0-1

The second half saw the real Northend turn up and at last the passing, movement and goal scoring opportunities all improved in what was a one sided 35 minutes. Northend deservedly equalised early in the half through who else but Kurtis Adger who was scoring for the twentieth time in an already excellent season. With Northend's tails firmly up the chances kept coming and only a combination of poor finishing and a lack of luck in front of goal prevented them taking a deserved lead. With virtually their only chance of the second half and very much against the run of play, Windmill Stars took a fortuitous lead with 15 minutes remaining. This set back galvanised Northend who threw everything at an increasingly panicky Windmill defence. Just when it looked like it would be one of those days, captain Lewis Devlin showed great leadership to stab in a deserved equaliser at the death. In truth it was no more than Northend deserved but they will rue a very poor first half performance which undoubtedly cost them all 3 points. Full time 2-2

Man of the Match: Team Performance

Panel: T Hasson, D Patterson, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, H Connon, S McDermott, C Hendron, C McKeown, E Pirie, K Adger, C Reid, C McAuley, C Clarke and T Gillen
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Northend United 2 Chimney Corner 1   Satutrday 16th November 2019

Northend United concluded their Supplementary League 1 campaign with a hard fought 2:1 victory over an improving Chimney Corner side to complete a perfect record of 9 wins from 9 games. However, the laboured manner of this victory will have concerned the coaching team as the team inexplicably produced one of their poorest performances of the season. Having conceded the first goal to an extremely dubious penalty, Northend again relied on top scorer Kurtis Adger to turn the game around and ultimately secure a winning position. Adger scored his 18th and 19th goals of an already impressive season, the first a neat finish from a typically swashbuckling run and the second showing a never say die spirit to force the Chimney Corner keeper into a mistake and capitalising to score what would prove to be the winner. Half time 2-1

The second half turned into a real dog fight with the Northend defence being kept busy by a spirited Chimney Corner attack. The Northend midfield worked hard to create chances with Man of the Match Euan Pirie and debutant Conan McKeown, involved in all that was good. There was no further score in the second half due to a combination of good defending and poor finishing and the Northend boys hung on to maintain the unbeaten run through the league campaign. They will know however that improvement is needed on today's showing as the season progresses. Full time 2-1

Man of the Match: Euan Pirie

Panel: T Hasson, D Patterson, C Hendron, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, H Connon, S McDermott, C McKeown, E Pirie, K Adger. Subs - F Connon, C McAuley, C Clarke and P Mitchell
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