NORTHEND UNITED YOUTH FC
Ballymena, N. Ireland
Est 2003
Brookvale 0 Northend United 3   Saturday 23rd March 2019

After two weeks off, Northend were happy to get back to football against a tough Brookvale side, lying above them in the League table. Northend started on the front foot, scoring within the first 5 minutes, with Pearse Esler reacting fastest to the goalkeeper's block. Northend continued to apply the pressure with fantastic play down the wings and determination in the centre. From a seemingly impossible position, Ciaran Martin scored a lovely left footed lob to double the Blues advantage. Shortly before the half time whistle, Northend added a 3rd with a sweetly struck finish from Las. Half time: 3-0

The energy from the first half had taken its toll on the boys, but where work rate left the squad, control and calm took over. The midfield was composed on and off the ball, and the defence was assured at the back, especially Dylan King, who seamlessly filled in at centre-back. Northend still carved several good opportunities, with a mixture of bad luck and good goalkeeping resulting in Northend being unable to add to their lead. In the dying minutes, Brookvale carved a few good opportunities, where stand in keeper Connor McAuley was called in to action with a great save, and Rueben Shirley producing two great goal line clearances. Full Time: 3-0

The squad would like to thank the fantastic turnout from parents and they were glad to reward them with the performance of the season.

Man of the Match: Team Performance

Panel: C McAuley, J Telford, D King, R Shirley, C Martin, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, P Esler, R Campbell, A Dallat, C Young, A Pescaru
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Northend United 2 Rossowen 1    Saturday 2nd March 2019

Northend went in to the game against Rossowen looking to make amends for their cup defeat to the same opposition. Northend dominated the early play and Matty Las saw his well struck shot just go wide of the upright. As the half progressed, Northend conceded against the run of play. With the conditions playing a big factor, Northend struggled to develop in to a rhythm, but still made several great chances which unfortunately couldn't be converted. Half time: 0-1

Northend came out the second half with more passion, putting in some great challenges in the midfield and playing calmly in defence. The Blues equalised from a well-struck Conor McAuley penalty kick, after Patrick Ferris was upended in the box. As the Blues piled on the pressure it became a matter of time before the winner came. Patrick Ferris duly obliged when he played a brilliant lob from a tight angle, bouncing right in to the top corner. Further chances came Northend's way with Ciaran Martin unable to find the net at the back post and McAuley seeing a free-kick cannon off the crossbar. Rossowen mounted some late pressure but the Northend defence stood firm and the Blues secured an important win, taking their undefeated run to five games. Full time 2-1

Man of the Match: Patrick Ferris

Panel: C McAuley, R Shirley, J Telford, D King, J Montgomery, P Ferris, C Martin, J Montgomery, M Las, P Esler, A Dallat, R Campbell
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