NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003
Warrenpoint Town 5 Northend United 1   Saturday 12th january 2019

Northend's recent victory over the Irish League Academy side put them in a confident mood going into this game and the opening twenty minutes were a cagey and at times a very physical affair, with neither side shirking from a challenge. Warrenpoint had clearly been busy in the January transfer window with at least four new players to the earlier fixture. It was Warrenpoint who broke the deadlock on twenty-two minutes when they scrambled the ball clear from a Northend corner and then clinically hit the Ballymena side on the counter attack. Northend responded well and a through ball from Connor McKenna sent Owen Campbell in on goal to test the keeper. With five minutes of the half remaining Warrenpoint scored their second from a well worked corner, although the killer goal came on the stroke of half time when another swift counter attack grabbed an all-important third for the title challengers. Half time 0-3

Northend continued to play some good football and had the upper-hand for the opening ten minutes of the second half as they stretched the Warrenpoint defence on several occasions and forced their keeper into action on at least two occasions during that period, and it was completely against the run of play when Warrenpoint scored their fourth after fifteen minutes. The Ballymena boys responded well, Tyrone Mitchell's bursting run and cool finish gave Northend a lifeline and the boys were unlucky to have an Owen Campbell goal disallowed moments later. The blues continued test their opponents in the final stages of the game. Warrenpoint added a fifth minutes before the final whistle to put a rather unfair gloss on a game that was much closer than the score-line suggested; and the coaches received some great feedback from the match official on just how competitive this fixture had been. Full-time 1-5

Man of the Match: Tyrone Mitchell - a strong performance in the centre of the pitch - full of running and a well-deserved goal.

Panel: S McDowell, C Wilson, S Crawford, J Adams, D Magill, C McKenna, T Mitchell, Callum McCann, O Campbell, L Hector, K Barr, David McKay, Conn McCann, and D McLaughlin
...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Northend United 0 Windmill Stars 5   Saturday 5th January 2019

The Ballymena boys paid a heavy price for a lethargic start to the game when they simply didn't match their opponents in terms of effort. The visitors took the lead on ten minutes when Northend won the initial aerial battle from a corner but were slow to react to the second ball. Three further goals came over the next fifteen minutes and the visitors were good value for their lead at that point. The Blues finally got their act together towards the end of the half and almost pulled a goal back from Lewis Hector corner when David Magill effort on gaol was cleared off the line. Owen Campbell and Kai Barr each had shots which tested the keeper and the Ballymena boys started to look to reclaim a foothold in the game. Half-time 0-4

Northend looked a different side in the second half and were clearly more intent on trying to get something from the game. It was Windmill though who dealt a killer blow against the run of play on ten minutes to make it five nil. In fairness to Northend they played with much more purpose and stuck to their game. In a ten minutes spell in the second half the Blues created six clear opportunities and on another day this would have been enough to have brought them back into the game. Full-time 0-5

A very sore lesson for Northend today - but one which highlighted the need to be more consistent in their approach from the start of the game.

Man of the Match: Connor McKenna.

Panel: S McDowell, S Crawford, D McLaughlin, J Adams, D Magill, C McKenna, O Campbell, T Mitchell, Callum McCann, L Hector, K Barr, Conn McCann, Curtis Wilson, David McKay
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