NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Lisburn Distillery 1 Northend United 2 Supplementary Cup Final   Saturday 4th May 2019

Northend 2004s wrapped up a great season in the Lisburn League with a commanding performance in the final of the Daily Mirror Supplementary Cup. The Blues entertained Lisburn Distillery and controlled the game from the very beginning with some great attacking football. Owen Campbell almost edged the Ballymena boys ahead on the fourth minute but was denied by a great save from the Lisburn keeper. Distillery edged themselves in-front on seven minutes when Northend could only partially clear a corner kick and the shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection past the stranded Sam McDowell. Northend took this setback in their stride and quickly fell back into a good rhythm of play. Connor McKenna fizzed a powerful free-kick inches wide of the goal on fifteen minutes and moments later Sam Crawford forced a good save from the keeper with a well struck shot from twenty yards. The Blues were now dominating across every area of the pitch, Tyrone Mitchell played an inch perfect pass to David McKay on the right wing and the young midfielder cut inside the full back and centre half to open up the goal. As the keeper rushed from his line Davy slid an unselfish pass towards Owen Campbell and the striker pulled the blues level with his nineteenth goal of the season. As the half drew to a close Lewis Hector's corner was headed narrowly wide by Connor McKenna. Half-time 1-1

Northend started the second half with the strong breeze at their backs and immediately set about taking control of the game. Paul O'Boyle was having a good game in midfield and curled a long-range effort off the cross bar in the second minute. David Magill and Jack Adams were solid in their central defensive roles and restricted Distillery to a handful of chances throughout the game. Dylan McLoughlin and Sam Crawford were outstanding as full-backs and provided some additional width to Northend's play. The Ballymena boys took the lead on ten minutes when Davy McKay pushed a well weighted pass towards the by-line for Owen Campbell to cut back towards Paul O'Boyle, Paul wasted no time in slamming home his effort from the edge of the six-yard box. Curtis Wilson added some further energy to the Northend defence and the blues continued to create a number of further chances. The pick of which was a sublime pass from Kai Barr which split the Distillery defence and allowed Owen Campbell to rush through on goal, although the young striker saw his effort roll narrowly wide of the upright. Conn McCann added some pace to the attack and although Northend couldn't add any further goals to their tally, the boys rarely looked troubled in defence. The exception being when Sam McDowell had to be on his toes in the final stages of the game, to punch a troublesome looking cross away from goal. Full-time 2-1

The coaches would like to thank the players and the parents for all their support throughout the year. It's been a really rewarding season with a very credible sixth place finish in a highly competitive league containing Irish Premiership Academy sides. The Cup win brings the season to a close in a rewarding way for the boys and is deserved for all the hard work they have put in at training. Well done, enjoy the break and we'll start preparing for the Foyle Cup Tournament in a couple of weeks. 

The Daily Mirror sponsored Man of the Match: Paul O'Boyle - a great addition to the squad and a hard-working display in midfield.

Panel: S McDowell, S Crawford, D McLaughlin, J Adams, D Magill, P O'Boyle, C McKenna, L Hector, O Campbell, T Mitchell, D McKay, K Barr, C McCann, C Wilson
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Northend United 1 Hillsborough Boys 4    Saturday 13th April 2019

Northend took on league leaders Hillsborough in what was a hard fought and close game with no more than a goal separating the two sides until the final three minutes. The blues were pressing their opponents high up the pitch and created the first real opening of the game when Davy McKay saw a half volley drift narrowly wide of the goal on six minutes. Northend edged themselves in-front at the mid-point of the half when the Hillsborough keeper could only parry Connor McKenna's free kick and David Magill was on hand to fire home the loose ball. Hillsborough responded almost immediately when a high looping cross broke to an unmarked player and the game remained evenly poised until the stroke of half-time when Hillsborough notched a second. Half time 1-2

Curtis Wilson was having a really solid game as the stand-in keeper and marshalled his defence well, and across the pitch several players were in outstanding from with David Magill, Jack Adams, Sam Crawford, Dylan McLaughlin and Paul O'Boyle putting in a real shift for the blues. Owen Campbell was unlucky not to pull his side level on ten-minute when the Hillsborough keeper pulled off a great save from close range and the Lewis Hector worked tirelessly along the right wing to create an opening for the young striker. Kai Barr opened up the Hillsborough defence with a great ball for Conn McCann with five minutes remaining but again the Hillsborough keeper reacted well to keep his side ahead. As the game entered the final few minutes Hillsborough grabbed a third goal and right on the final whistle added a fourth to put what had been an incredibly close game beyond doubt. Full-time 1-4

Men of the match: David Magill and Curtis Wilson. 

Panel: C Wilson, S Crawford, D McLaughlin, J Adams, D Magill, P O'Boyle, C McKenna, L Hector, O Campbell, Kai Barr, D McKay, C McCann
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Northend United 2 Banbridge Town 2   Saturday 30th March 2019

Northend started the game brightly and enjoyed the majority of possession in the early stages. Connor McKenna split the Banbridge defence with an inch perfect pass on five minutes and Lewis Hector was unlucky to see his shot rise over the bar. The blues created another good opportunity on ten minutes when Owen Campbell was sent through on goal but fired his effort into the side netting. A key decision followed on fifteen minutes when the referee took no action against the Banbridge keeper for deliberately handling the ball outside of the penalty area and denying Northend a clear goal-scoring opportunity. This was made all the more confusing when the keeper was awarded a free kick for the incident. From the break up-field, Banbridge won a free-kick on the edge of the Northend box and took the lead as a result. Banbridge added a second two minutes later with wickedly deflected shot which found its way past Sam McDowell in goals. Northend put these setbacks behind them and created another good opportunity when Owen Campbell crossed to Lewis Hector, the young striker left his marker for dead with a sharp turn, but again saw his shot go wide of the target. Half-time 0-2

The Ballymena boys started the second half in with great determination and stamped their authority on the game. Jack Adams and David Magill were strong in the centre of defence and Tyrone Mitchell and Connor McKenna took command of the middle of the pitch. Paul O'Boyle was starting to get some room along the left wing and a series of opportunities came and went for the blues. Northend pulled a goal back at the mid-point of the half following a good passing move in midfield which created an opening for Owen Campbell and the young striker smashed his effort past the keeper from fifteen yards. The blues were playing some great football at this point and with ten minutes remaining Conn McCann played a ball in behind the Banbridge defence for David McKay who hammered home a deserved equaliser. As the half drew towards closure the blues looked to grab a winner and came close on several occasions. Full-time 2-2

Man of the Match: Team Performance

Panel: S McDowell, S Crawford, D McLaughlin, J Adams, D Magill, P O'Boyle, T Mitchell, C McKenna, Callum McCann, L Hector, O Campbell, Conn McCann, D McKay, C Wilson
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Hillsborough Boys 5 Northend United 1   Saturday 23rd March 2019

A disappointing score-line for Northend which flattered the current league leaders and didn't reflect the competitive nature of the game. The key difference was Hillsborough's ruthless streak in-front of goal and Northend having two first half efforts rebound off the woodwork. Hillsborough had the upper hand in the opening stages and took an early lead after three minutes, some hesitancy from a corner kick cost the blues another goal at the ten-minute mark although the Ballymena boys almost pulled a goal back at the mid-point of the half when Owen Campbell smashed a twenty yard effort off the upright. Moments later Owen Campbell drove past the Hillsborough defence a cut a pass back to Lewis Hector, the midfielders first time effort beat the keeper but hit the post and bounced to safety. As the half drew to a close Hillsborough added a third after Northend lost possession in their own half. Half-time 0-3

The blues made a bright start to the second half but Hillsborough's ruthless streak in-front of goal continued as they scored their fourth with a rare chance on goal. Lewis Hector forced a good save from the Hillsborough keeper after ten minutes and the blues again started to take control of the midfield area. A good piece of play saw Kai Barr split the Hillsborough defence with a perfectly weighed pass for the on-running Connor McKenna to slot home past the keeper. As the game drew to a close Hillsborough added a fifth in the final minutes. Full-time 1-5

A disappointing result as there had been no more than a single goal between the sides in their two previous games this season.

Man of the match: Sam McDowell. 

Panel: S McDowell, C Wilson, S Crawford, J Adams, P O'Boyle, T Mitchell, C McKenna, K Barr, Conn McCann, L Hector, O Campbell, Callum McCann, D McLaughlin, D Magill
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Annalong Rovers 1 Northend United 5    Saturday 2nd March 2019

A key fixture this week where Northend knew that a victory against Annalong would guarantee a top six finish in a highly competitive Lisburn league. The Blues started the game with great purpose and put down an early marker with a well taken goal by Callum McCann after five minutes. Northend were dominating possession and it was two nil after twelve minutes when Connor McKenna finished off a neat passing move. The Ballymena boys were playing some great football, moving the ball quickly from the backline and through midfield. Annalong pulled a goal back at the mid-point of the half, but it was Connor McKenna who put the game beyond doubt with his second of the game five minutes before the break. On this occasion the midfielder powered home a twenty-yard shot when Annalong allowed him too much time on the ball. Half-time 1-3

The Blues started the second half in determined fashion and quickly settled into good rhythm which denied Annalong any meaningful say in the game. Another good spell of possession led to the ball dropping at Kai Barr's feet inside the box and the young midfielder wasted little timing in slotting the ball past the keeper. Annalong lost a little bit of discipline in the final twenty minutes of the game and there were several quite heavy tackles which should have been acted upon by the referee. It was Northend who finished the game stronger and Conn McCann made a smart run off the ball and neatly beat the keeper with a first time shot from twelve yards. Full-time 1-5

A great team performance which put the game beyond doubt by half-time.

Man of the match: Team Performance 

Panel: S McDowell, C Wilson, D McLoughlin, J Adams, P O'Boyle, T Mitchell, C McKenna, O Campbell, K Barr, D McKay, L Hector, Callum McCann, S Crawford, Conn McCann.
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