NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003
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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