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
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.