NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Northend United 6 Warrenpoint Town 4  Shield Final  Saturday 28th December 2019

Northend United U14s concluded an excellent Supplementary Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory over an excellent Warrenpoint side in the decider at Lisburn Rec. With both sides looking to play football on a perfect morning, the sizeable crowd were treated to a post-Christmas cracker. Warrenpoint had the better of the opening exchanges with the Northend defence being kept on their toes. However, it was the Ballymena boys who struck first with the ever hard-working, Kurtis Adger pressurising the keeper into an error and finishing off the post. Warrenpoint were not deterred and kept pressing and creating chances. Despite some impressive defending from Conor Wilson and captain Lewis Devlin and excellent goalkeeping from Tom Hasson, Warrenpoint deservedly scored twice to move 2:1 ahead. Towards half time, the Northend coaching team decided to change things and introduced Paidin Mitchell and Timmy Gillen to the fray. Just before half time, this change paid handsome dividends when Mitchell broke free of the Warrenpoint defence, rounded the keeper and slotted the equaliser into the empty net.  Half Time Northend United 2 Warrenpoint 2

Northend began the second half in buoyant mood with Harry Connon and Euan Pirie getting a firm grip in central midfield. As the half wore on, the Ballymena boys showed the grit and character which took them through the campaign unbeaten and the breakthrough came when Paidin Michell scored his second goal to put Northend in front again. Quickly following this Northend took a 4:2 lead when Kurtis Adger hit his second to put daylight between the teams for the first time. Warrenpoint were nothing if not stubborn and scored a third to bring themselves within one goal once again. The clincher came when Timmy Gillen wriggled free on the right side of the box and sent a low angled drive into the bottom corner of the net to re-establish the two-goal lead. With their tails firmly up, Man of the Match Kurtis Adger finished the game as a contest as he completed his hat trick, scoring for the 26th time in a truly remarkable season. Although dispirited, Warrenpoint did not give up to their credit and scored a fourth goal late on to complete the scoring. The final whistle was greeted with wild celebrations from the family members and friends who had travelled to support. Credit must go to veteran coach John Devlin who has not only instilled the finer arts of footballing technique into these talented young men but more importantly the discipline, character and spirit which today resulted in the team lifting their first of hopefully many awards. Full time Northend 6 Warrenpoint 4

Jamie Pirie was a very proud manager with how the team conducted themselves and dealt with their nerves. Their work rate was second to none. This was a great team effort and the subs made a massive impact when they came on...

Man of the Match: Kurtis Adger

Panel: T. Hasson, D. Patterson, C. Wilson, L. Devlin(c), C. McKeown, H, Connon, S. McDermott, C. Reid, C. Hendron, E. Pirie, K. Adger. Subs - C. McAuley, C. Clarke, P. Mitchell, K. Corcoran and T. Gillen
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Cliftonville 1 Northend United 0  Saturday 14th December 2019

Northend United U14s suffered their first Lisburn League defeat against Cliftonville. Northend chose to play against the strong wind in the first half and competed well in difficult conditions. The Ballymena boys created some chances in a well-matched contest with Paidin Mitchell in particularly showing creativity. However, an uncharacteristic defensive mix up allowed Cliftonville through on goal to score the only goal midway through the first half. Northend kept their composure and played some nice football with Euan Pirie, Kurtis Adger and Conor O'Hara all testing the Cliftonville defence and keeper. Half time 1-0

Northend changed formation and personnel with Conor O'Hara pushing into midfield and Conan McKeown and Timmy Gillen entering the fray. Despite playing with the wind, Northend could not break down a resolute Cliftonville defence. Euan Pirie crashed a free kick off the bar and in a frantic spell and Harry Connon and Conor O'Hara also had chances. As Northend piled forward in search of an equaliser, they had keeper Tom Hasson and centre half Conor Wilson to thank for not conceding further goals on the break. Full time 1-0

Man of the Match: Harry Connon who showed his versatility by playing comfortably in three different positions without complaint, showing his obvious commitment to the team.

Panel: T Hasson, D Patterson, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, P Mitchell, H Connon, S McDermott, C Hendron, E Pirie, K. Adger, C McKeown, C McAuley, C Clarke, C Reid, T Gillen
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Northend United 3 TTBS 3 Saturday 7th December 2019

Northend United U14s continued their Lisburn League campaign with a second consecutive draw this time against TTBS. Northend started reasonably well with Kurtis Adger bundling in his 23rd goal of the season. However, the Ballymena boys failed to press home their advantage and conceded two cheap goals from a free kick followed by a fortuitous own goal. These were to be the only goals of a disappointing first half. Half time 1-2

The second half saw real improvement from the Northend boys with much more balance and attacking threat in evidence. Despite conceding a third goal from a corner, Northend deservedly pulled a goal back with a Euan Pirie penalty given for handball. Northend were now firmly in the game and most notably Man of the Match Dan Patterson, the ever-industrious Euan Pirie and Kurtis Adger were at the heart of some fine attacking play. Northend were rewarded for a much improved second half display with an equaliser fittingly scored by Patterson but will know that a combination of poor finishing and a slow start prevented a first win of the league campaign. Full time 3-3

Man of the Match: Dan Patterson

Panel: T Hasson, D Patterson, C Wilson, L Devlin(c), C O'Hara, H Connon, K Corcoran, C Hendron, C McKeown, E Pirie, K Adger, C McAuley and S McDermott
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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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