Newcastle FC 1 Northend United 3 Saturday 26th October 2019
Northend were up against last season's National League top 3 team, Newcastle FC, now playing in the Mid Ulster League. The last time these two teams met in the Lisburn Junior League, it resulted in a heavy defeat for the Ballymena Boys and they were determined to put in a good performance this time.
The Blues were on the front foot from the off, with Ferris, Las and Steele all in top form. With McAuley pulling the strings in midfield, it wasn't long before Northend took the lead. From a Patrick Ferris cross, the ball fell to Matty Las in front of goal and he made no mistake to give Northend a 1-0 lead on ten minutes. The Blues midfield of McAuley, Ross, Martin and Las never gave Newcastle anytime on the ball throughout the half. With the Blues defence in dominant form, Montgomery and Millar were on top of their game, never giving the Newcastle forwards a look in. northend continued battling for the rest of the half without adding to their total. Half time 0-1
Into the second half and the Blues knew they would need to keep the pace of the first half, if they were to get anything out of this game. 10 minutes in, a great Patrick Ferris run down the right wing and cross was met with a thunderous finish from Ross, to give a Blues a 2-goal cushion.
Five minutes later, a long ball over the top of the Blues defence, allowed the Newcastle striker to run on goal, only for a needless Northend tackle to concede a free kick on the edge of the Northend box. From the resultant free-kick, Newcastle's big centre-half rose highest to plant the ball into the Northend net and give them a way back into the game.
This was the queue for some heavy tackles to come reigning in on the Northend boys but they kept their composure and it looked like Matty Las had extended Northend's lead, when his header cannoned off the Newcastle upright and along the Newcastle goal line before being cleared to safety.
Northend had the final say in the game with five minutes remaining when Ferris again went on a jinxing run down the right wing, from his own penalty box, and when his cross into the box was met by Adam Steele, to score Northend's third goal and cap a fine individual performance, leading the Northend forward line all day. Full time 1-3
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, O McAuley, J Montgomery, J McIlhatton, C McAuley, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, A Steele, R McKillop, R Shirley, A Blair
Dunnamann United 0 Northend United 6 Saturday 19th October 2019
Northend started this match on the front foot and struck the Dunnamann upright after 5 minutes. The Blues kept piling on the pressure and Matty Las gave them the lead after 10 minutes of the match. Just as it looked like the Blues were on top, they lost the influential Joel Telford to injury.
Twenty-five minutes into the match, Northend doubled their lead when a high ball into the box was turned past the Dunnamann keeper by one of his defenders. Half time 0-2
Into the second half and Dunnamann tested the Blues keeper, when their striker found space in the Northend penalty box but shot straight at the keeper. Northend eventually got their third goal 15 minutes into the half, when Connor McAuley fired a free-kick past the Dunnamann keeper.
This was quickly followed by the move of the game, involving Ciaran Martin and Sam Millar and when the ball returned to Millar, his cross into the box was headed home by Matty Las.
Northend kept on pressing the Dunnamann defence and Connor McAuley scored his second of the game when a shot into the box deceived the Dunnamann keeper and ended up in the back of the net. The Blues should have had another goal when Ciaran Martin beat his marker down the wing and crossed the ball into the Dunnamann penalty box, where Kiefer Porter smashed the ball just over the crossbar.
Northend scored their final goal minutes before the end, when from a Dunnamann corner, the ball was cleared and found Connor McAuley in the wing position and his drilled ball found the back of an empty Dunnamann goal. Full time 0-6
All at Northend send their best wisher to Joel for a speedy recovery following his unfortunate injury today.
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, R Shirley, C McAuley, J Montgomery, J Telford, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, A Steele, O McAuley
Northend United 1 Dungannon Youth 2 Saturday 12th October 2019
Northend were playing the League leaders, Dungannon Youth, this week. The opening exchanges were fairly even with both teams forcing the opposite keepers to make good saves. However, Dungannon took the lead on 12 minutes when the Dungannon striker controlled the ball in the Northend box and planted the ball into the Blues net. Worse was to follow for the Blues when a player was sent off after 20 minutes, leaving an uphill task for the remaining players.
With Steele leading the Northend line and holding the ball up, Northend had time to regroup and weather the rest of this half. Half time 0-1
Into the second half and with the 10 men giving everything, it looked like the Blues would get back in the game. However, Dungannon scored a second 10 minutes into the half. With legs beginning to tire, McAuley moved to midfield with Montgomery dropping into defence. This was the queue for Northend to take the game to Dungannon. Ferris was a constant thorn in the Dungannon defence allowing Northend to win a series of corners. From a Ferris delivery, Connor McAuley outjumped the Dungannon defence and planted his header into the top corner of the Dungannon net. The same player saw the next corner go inches past the Dungannon upright.
It was all the 10 men of Northend at this stage of the game and the Blues should have been level with the last kick of the game, when Matty Las somehow failed to score with the Dungannon net at his mercy. Full time 1-2
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, D King, O McAuley, C McAuley, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, A Steele, R Shirley
Craigavon City 2 Northend United 1 Saturday 5th October 2019
Northend started this game on the front foot and it wasn't long before Steele flashed a ball across the face of the Craigavon goal which really should have been scored. This early dominance continued with Steele and Martin again providing telling balls across the face of the Craigavon goals, but Porter was unable to provide the killer touch to give Northend a commanding lead. For all their early dominance, Northend were caught out when a long ball over the top was misjudged by centre half and goalkeeper, allowing the Craigavon striker to score a simple goal.
Northend kept pressing again and really should have scored one of the numerous chances before the break. Half time 1-0
Into the second half and Northend kept pressing looking for an equaliser. However, the Blues were leaving gaps in defence and Craigavon doubled their lead midway through the half. With ten minutes of the half remaining, Steele pulled a goal back for Northend, when he steered the ball past the Craigavon keeper following a good ball into the box.
With the last kick of the game, Northend should have pulled level, when McAuley's free-kick was crying out for someone at the back post to tap the ball home but it wasn't to be. Full time 2-1
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, D King, C McAuley, J Montgomery, M Las, R McKillop, C Martin, K Porter, A Steele, R Shirley, O McAuley
Cookstown 4 Northend United 2 Saturday 28th September 2019
Northend were slow out of the blocks in this match and found themselves trailing after 20 minutes when Cookstown scored from a corner after Jordan had pulled off a great save but the loose ball broke to a Cookstown player who slotted it home. This goal knocked the confidence of the Blues and Cookstown had doubled their lead minutes later with another ball into the Northend box, which wasn't dealt with.
Northend had chances to claw their way back in the game but Matty Las and Kiefer Porter saw good chances going abegging.
On the stroke of half time Cookstown scored their third when another ball into the box was volleyed into the Blues nets. Half time 3-0
A different Northend came out after half time and the Blues pulled a goal back from a well worked free kick when McAuley passed the ball to Montgomery, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the Cookstown net. As Northend went looking for more goals, Ciaran Martin saw his lob crash off the Cookstown crossbar, before Patrick Ferris scored a second goal for Northend after finding space in the box.
Northend thought they had pulled level, when Ferris again created space in the box but the Cookstown keeper pulled off a good save.
Northend where hit with a killer blow with almost the last kick of the game, when from a corner, a Northend player sliced the ball past his keeper. Full time 4-2
Man of the Match: Jordan Bates
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, D King, J Telford, C McAuley, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, R Shirley, R McKillop
Castlewellan 2 Northend United 7 Saturday 21st september 2019
Northend were slow out of the blocks in this match, allowing Castlewellan to dominate the early exchanges, Sam Millar, was in top form in the Northend defence as the Blues began to claw their way back into the game. However, he could do nothing, when Castlewellan took the lead from a free-kick on the edge of the Northend box.
This was the signal to spring Northend into life and Patrick Ferris equalised after twenty minutes. With Kiefer Porter leading the Northend line, his throughball to Matty Las allowed Las to outpace his marker and score his first of the match as Northend took the lead.
Probably the best goal of the match arrived after twenty-five minutes, when Jamie Montgomery won the ball in midfield, slipped the ball to Patrick Ferris and his shot from twenty yards gave the keeper no chance.
Northend rounded off the half on thirty minutes when Matty Las scored a penalty, after the same player was fouled in the Castlewellan box. Half time 1-4
Into the second half and Castlewellan had pulled a goal back after five minutes, when they scored from a dubious penalty. Again, it took Northend time to settle in the second half but when they did, Matty Las completed his hat-trick when he again outpaced his marker and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper.
Ross scored the next goal for Northend as the Blues totally dominated the rest of this half. For all his hard work, Kiefer Porter was rewarded with a goal, when he volleyed the ball home towards the end of the second half. The Blues weren't finished yet as Ciaran Martin was providing the width down the right wing and from his crosses, Northend should have further extended their lead. Full time 2-7
Man of the Match: Matty Las
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, D King, J Telford, C McAuley, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, R Shirley, O McAuley, R McKillop
Northend United 3 Brookvale 1 Saturday 14th Septmeber 2019
Northend went into this game full of confidence, following a good 2nd half performance last week. The Blues started the game on the front foot with Ferris, Steele and Porter all looking dangerous.
Ferris could have opened the scoring when after a good run, his shot was well saved with the Brookvale keeper.
Against the run of play, Brookvale opened the scoring, when a well-driven shot ended up in the Northend net. Northend didn't let their heads drop but instead continued taking the game to Brookvale. With 10 minutes of the half remaining, a Connor McAuley Free-kick found Patrick Ferris in the Brookvale box and he made no mistake to pull Northend level.
McAuley was again to prove influential in the match, when he pulled Northend ahead in this match with another well-struck free-kick, minutes before half time. Half time 2-1
Into the second half and Northend again dominated the early exchanges With Telford, Montgomery and Martin, all looking dangerous. Brookvale came more into the game but found a central defence pairing of Telford and McAuley, in top form.
Northend always looked dangerous from corners, and Matty Las had a shot that was narrowly over the Brookvale crossbar. Matty Las eventually scored Northend's third goal, again from another period of sustained pressure, he headed the ball against the crossbar and reacted the quickest to steer the rebound into the Brookvale net.
Northend should have had a fourth goal minutes before full-time, when Steele found himself in the clear but allowed the goalie to make a save. Full time 3-1
Man of the Match: Connor McAuley
Panel: J Bates, S Millar, D King, J Telford, C McAuley, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, A Steele, R Shirley, O McAuley
Banbridge Town 1 Northend United 1 Saturday 7th September 2019
The U17s had a difficult season opener against Banbridge Town. The Blues started on the front foot but it wasn't long before Banbridge gained control of the crucial midfield area and threatened the Northend goal. Banbridge had a chance cleared off the line before they opened the scoring when a ball across the box was tucked away at the back post. Northend always looked dangerous from corners and Matty Las saw a good chance go narrowly wide Half time 1-0
Into the second half and it was a different affair with the Blues turning the tables on Banbridge. Adam Steele struck the crossbar with a good chance before Northend drew level with a well-executed free-kick.
Northend went looking for the winner but Patrick Ferris saw shot well saved by the Banbridge keeper. Full time 1-1
Panel: J Boyd, S Millar, D King, J Telford, C McAuley, J Montgomery, P Ferris, M Las, C Martin, K Porter, A Steele, R Shirley, O McAuley