NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003

Ardstraw 4 Northend United 4   Saturday 17th November 2018

Northend were the quickest out of the blocks in this match and should have opened the scoring in the first few minutes and five minutes later that they missed their second chance. With Pearse Esler and Ciaran Martin attacking down the wings, it was only a matter of time before Northend opened their scoring through a well worked move which Patrick Ferris applied the finishing touch. Northend were playing some of their best football of the season and it wasn't long before Matty Las doubled their lead. As the half wore on, Ardstraw came more into the game but Joel Telford and Connor McAuley in the heart of the Blues defence were dealing with whatever Ardstraw could throw at them and Ollie Kerr looked assured in the Blues net.
Jamie Montgomery added a third goal for Northend when he scored from outside the Ardstraw box. Half time 0-3

Into the second half and Ardstraw pulled a goal back within the first few minutes, when they caught The Northend midfield and defence sleeping. This prompted the Omagh side on and midway through the half, they scored their second. The Ardstraw keeper was in great form and made some telling saves from Matty Las and Patrick Ferris.
Northend extended their lead with fifteen minutes of the match remaining when Jamie Montgomery scored his second goal of the game after creating space in the Ardstraw box. Ardstraw came storming back and scored their third goal. As play flowed from end to end Northend went close again but another great save from the Ardstraw keeper kept them in the game. Six minutes into added time, Ardstraw scored their equalising goal when again the Northend midfield and defence switched off. Full time 4-4

Panel: O Kerr, P Esler, D King, C McAuley, O McAuley, J Telford, M Las, C Martin, P Ferris, J Montgomery, R Shirley, C Young, A Pescaru
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Midway United 4 Northend United 0     Saturday 10th November 2018

Northend were up against it in this match having lost their centre-half Conall after 10 minutes of the match following an aerial clash. Midway scored their first goal of the match with a well-struck free kick after fifteen minutes. They doubled their lead on twenty minutes when hesitation in the Northend defence allowed the Midway striker to score.
Northend conceded the third goal minutes before half time when a ball into the box was only partially cleared and the Midway midfielder smashed the ball past Ollie Kerr in the Northend net. Half time 3-0

Into the second half and with a team reorganisation, Northend took the game to Midway. Pearse Esler and Patrick Ferris were stretching the Midway defence and Matty Las was combining with both of them to create a few chances.
In the heart of the Northend defence, Joel Telford and Conor McAuley were keeping the Midway strike-force at bay. However, a corner with ten minutes remaining allowed Midway to score a fourth goal when again Northend didn't clear. With Jamie Montgomery driving Northend on in the final few minutes, Ciaran Martin went close with a final chance for the Blues. Full time 4-0

Panel: O Kerr, P Esler, D King, C McAuley, O McAuley, J Telford, M Las, C Martin, P Ferris, J Montgomery, R Shirley, C Young, A Pescaru
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Banbridge Rangers 1 Northend United 1 Saturday 3rd November 2018

Northend went into this match on the back of some good results and started off the match on the front foot, with Matty Las creating a good chance in the opening minutes.  Gradually Banbridge began to claw their way back into the game and the impressive Ollie Kerr and the Northend backline stood their ground to clear whatever Banbridge could throw at them. With Ciaran Martin and Pearse Esler creating chances, Matty Las again went close with a couple of shots. However, Banbridge took the lead when a free-kick found its way through the Northend wall and the Banbridge striker scored from close range. Half time 1-0

With Patrick Ferris and Jamie Montgomery introduced to play, the second half was played with a higher tempo. Northend were creating a number of chances through Las and Esler but it looked like it wasn't going to be their day as the Banbridge defence stood rigid. Northend eventually pulled level, when Conall scored on the third attempt after the Banbridge defence cleared the ball off the line twice before.
Banbridge almost had the last word as they struct the Northend upright with the ball carrying in the strong wind. Final score 1-1

Panel: O Kerr, R Shirley, D King, C McAuley, O McAuley, J Telford, M Las, C Martin, P Esler, P Ferris, J Montgomery, A Pescaru
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