NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003
Northend United 3 Tullyvallen 3   Saturday 23rd February 2019

Northend got off to the perfect start against Tullyvallen with Pearse Esler getting on the scoresheet early in the game. Tullyvallen took advantage of a sluggish Northend performance thereafter, with an equaliser and then a fantastic free kick that gave McAuley, in the Northend nets, no chance. Half time 1-2

It took a little time, but Northend finally grew into the game with in-form Esler equalising and getting his 4th in 3 games. The level score wasn't held for long, as the Northend were slow to respond to the second play, and another thunderous strike found the top corner of the Northend net. Later in the game, Northend equalised after some great movement from a dead ball play. As Northend piled on the pressure through a series of corners, Matty Las saw his head cannon off the Tullyvallen crossbar, and the Tullyvallen keeper produced a series of saves but the winning goal was not to come. Full time 3-3

Man of the Match: Pearse Esler

Panel: C McAuley, C Young, R Shirley, D King, J Montgomery, P Esler, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, A Dallat, A Pescaru
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Cookstown Youth 1 Northend United 1    Saturday 16th February 2019

Northend went up against a Cookstown side sitting 2nd in the league, and the game started at a frantic pace in tough conditions. Long ball play seemed the order of the day considering the quality of the pitch, but the opening goal was scored by Cookstown after some neat play on the deck and a cool finish in to the bottom corner. Northend had several good chances to equalise, with Ferris perhaps taking one touch to many and missing the best chance. Matty Las seen a great lob come off the post, roll along the goal line and get cleared to safety After more intense pressure the goal did come thanks to Esler's low drive which found the corner of the net. The U16s continued to press, with McKillop pulling the strings in midfield. Half time 1-1

Cookstown came out and dominated the early 2nd half exchanges, but the defence held firm. Northend's strikers lost some feel for the game, but still created decent opportunities, with Las hitting the post again, after a McKillop long throw. Esler should have  given the blues the lead after his wing play found him in a good position in the box but he delayed his shot and the keeper made a good block The match then got bogged down in the midfield, until the last few minutes when McCauley made a great save to keep the game tied. Full time 1-1

Man of the Match: Ronan McKillop

Panel: C McAuley, R Shirley, J Telford, S O'Callaghan, R McKillop, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, P Esler, J Montgomery, C Young, D King, A Dallat
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Rossowen 2 Northend United 1 aet    Saturday 9th February 2019

Northend went into this match with a squad down to the bare bones on the day for a number of reasons. The opening half, the Blues played into a strong wind and had to defend deep, with Rossowen intent on playing a long ball game. Stand-in keeper, Connor McAuley, made a good save to keep Northend in the game, when he blocked a Rossowen shot.However, it wasn't all one-way traffic as Matty Las saw a great shot just go over the crossbar after he outpaced his marker down the wing and cut inside to unleash an unstoppable blockbuster.  Rossowen took the lead on 30 minutes, when the Northend defence was caught out by a long ball over the top and the Rossowen striker planted the ball into the corner of the Blues net. Half time 1-0

Into the second half and with Montgomery being substituted due to injury, it was a very experimental Northend side who took to the field. Patrick Ferris almost equalised for Northend when after a surging run, his shot cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety. Pearse Esler was beginning to find space in midfield and create chances for Aaron Dallat and Matty Las.
Northend kept pressing away and with time running out, eventually got an equaliser when Pearse Esler picked up a Ferris throughball and planted it past the Rossowen keeper. Full time 1-1

Into extra time and with no subs available for Northend, it was a tired bunch of boys who had to play an extra 20 minutes. Rossowen took the lead again from a corner, when their player planted the ball past McAuley in the Blues net. Northend threw everything at Rossowen after this and Aaron Dallat should have equalised when well-placed but shot straight at the keeper. In the final minute, Matt Las headed a Telford free-kick against the Rossowen crossbar After Extra Time 2-1

Man of the Match: Joel Telford

Panel: C McAuley, R Shirley, D King, J Telford, P Esler, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, A Dallat, C Martin, C Young, A Pescaru
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Northend United 4 Annagh United 0  Saturday 26th January 2019

Northend started their cup run against a strong Annagh United side. Northend started well, creating several opportunities from distance and reducing Annagh to long passes. Annagh had their own chances but found Ronan Campbell in assured form in the Northend nets. Half time 0-0

Northend changed their shape and half time and went on the offensive from the start. Patrick Ferris was controlling the ball brilliantly in the final 3rd and got himself on the scoresheet twice, and got an assist for Mateusz Las, who finished clinically. Indeed, Las could have added to his tally but drove a penalty against the post. Northend eventually scored a 4th through a deflected Connor McAuley finish. The Northend defence maintained their composure to keep a clean sheet in the final minutes, despite a few scares from Annagh. Full Time: 4-0

Man of the Match: Patrick Ferris

Panel: R Campbell, R Shirley, D King, C McAuley, S O'Callaghan, J Telford, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, C Young, P Esler, R McKillop
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Northend United 0 Dungannon Youth 1    Saturday 19th January 2019

The U16s approached top of the table Dungannon full of optimism, which showed in the early exchanges, with many mini battles taking place in the midfield, most of which ending in Northend's favour. Despite this, Dungannon scored a great goal that left stand in keeper McAuley with no chance. Northend spurned a great chance to equalise when King missed the target with a clear chance at goal. Half time 0-1

The second half was a similar pattern of Northend bite and vigour against Dungannon's counter attack and fast pace. Patrick Ferris was instrumental in midfield with his determination, whilst the defence held strong against what few chances Dungannon created. Northend were held to mostly shots from distance, and Dungannon managed to see out the game. Full time 0-1

Man of the Match: Ruben Shirley

Panel: C McAuley, R Shirley, D King, J Telford, J Montgomery, P Ferris, A Dallat, M Las, P Esler, C Martin, C Young, A Pescaru
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Ardstraw 3 Northend United 5    Saturday 12th January 2019

Northend started off this game on the front foot and raced into a two-goal lead, with two early goals from Matty Las and Patrick Ferris. After some more dominant play, Connor McAuley got in on the act, finishing off some good wide play in the box. Ardstraw were awarded a penalty just before half time to give them an opening back in the game Half time: 1-3

Northend were a bit slow to start the second half and after blocking an Ardstraw free kick, Northend were stunned by a brilliant goal from 20 yards by the Ardstraw midfielder that gave Campbell in the Blues nets, no chance. With one goal in it, and fears of letting a sizeable lead slip for the second game against the Co Tyrone side, the U16s got their rhythm back. After some good play, Northend were awarded a penalty, which Matty Las finished off brilliantly. Shortly after, Las played a ball into the box and whilst Pearse Esler missed his shot after working himself to a great position, Aaron Dallat had the awareness to finish it off, scoring his first goal for Northend and bringing back the 3-goal cushion. Ardstraw continued to press, and following a defensive clearance, the Ardstraw striker caught the Northend defence playing a high line and dispatched his shot beyond the advancing Ronan Campbell. However, with a few substitutions, Northend seen out the rest of the game to record another 3 points. Full time 3-5

Man of the Match: Mateusz Las

Panel: R Campbell, D King, C McAuley, S O'Callaghan, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, A Pescaru, P Esler, R McKillop, A Dallat
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Lurgan Town 0 Northend United 2   Saturday 5th January 2019

The U16s returned to league action against a Lurgan Town side who managed to snatch a late draw in the last meeting between the two teams. Northend started strongly, with Ferris and Montgomery maintaining possession well. This created a number of goalscoring chances for the Blues with Las, Ferris and Esler all failing to capitalize. Lurgan tried to break down a stern Northend defence but found Shirley, Telford, McAuley and O'Callaghan on top of their game. Half time 0-0

The U16s were pushed back early in the 2nd half and had to rely on Martin and King to help deal with any wide opportunities. With play getting bogged down in midfield, Northend had to rely on free-kick opportunities to trouble the Lurgan keeper, with McAuley and Montgomery going close. Northend finally got the better of the Lurgan defence, when Matty Las showed great determination down the wing and played an inch perfect pass to Patrick Ferris to open the scoring. This put a spring in the Blues' step. They held possession well, with Dallat, Esler and Ferris controlling play, and McKillop picking up any loose balls. In the dying moments of the game, Ferris sealed the game for Northend when he burst down the wing and set up McKillop to score a second. Full time 0-2

A good score for the lads and a result surely to build on for the remainder of the season.

Men of the Match: Conor McAuley and Sean O'Callaghan

Panel: R Campbell, R Shirley, J Telford, C McAuley, S O'Callaghan, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, P Esler, D King, A Pescaru, R McKillop, A Dallat
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