Northend United 0 Carnmoney Colts 2 NIBFA Cup Saturday 17th November 2018
In Round 2 of the NIBFA cup Northend took on a Carnmoney Colts team from the South Belfast league.
Having never met before, the team did not know what to expect but Carnmoney brought a high energy and physical game style which failed to allow the Northend lads to settle on the ball at all.
Carnmoney took an early lead as a free kick was only half cleared and a Carnmoney midfielder placed the return into the far corner.
Northend started to put some pressure on but failed to make a clear cut chance. A series of attacks led to crosses and eventually Conor McDonald has a Northend effort cleared off the line. Half time 0-1
The second half had a similar flow with Northend's passing being disrupted but defensively holding firm.
Some skill from Jack Agnew tempted a Carnmoney player into a tackle and the foul led to a second booking for the player and giving the Northend lads a man advantage.
The resulting free kick hit the bar from Dylan Young and Northend pressure also led to Jack Agnew forcing an excellent save. Instead, the pressure led to no goal and Carnmoney broke on the counter and scored a late second. Full time 0-2
Panel: J Scullion, C Meeke. C Forsythe, L Rea, D Young, J Dallas, R Mark, C McDonald, N Esler, M Stewart, J Currie, J Agnew, Z Clarke, R Boomer
Northend United 6 Portadown Youth 0 Saturday 3rd Nov 2018
After two weeks on the bounce, a Northend team in good form took on Portadown Youth in the league. The game started slowly and Northend failed to dominate the tempo to what the coaches desired. Some chances did come however as Niall Esler twice missed good opportunities and Jack Agnew fired over from the edge of the box.
The breakthrough did come in scrappy fashion as Portadown failed to clear a corner and Luke Rea got the final touch to give Northend the league. The second came relatively soon after as Jude Currie got free down the left and after cutting back into his right foot, had a shot saved by the keeper, but the ball ricocheted off a Portadown defender and into the bottom corner.
Northend continued to dominate in attack but the play was still quite slow and lethargic and the coaches were demanding more from the players. A third goal came when Jude Currie finished low and hard from the edge of the box, and Niall Esler grabbed a fourth for the blues as he found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper.
The half ended in good fashion as Ryan Mark grabbed another goal with a tidy finish. Half Time 5-0
The second half brought better football from Northend, but the finishing still lacked composure. Multiple corners were headed over as Jason Givens and Dylan Young both went close with chances.
The last goal did come though as Jack Agnew grabbed his first of the season from a Givens pass and turned neatly in the box to finish. A decent performance from Northend where they never really hit full stride but still won comfortably. Full Time 6-0
Panel: J Scullion, C Forsythe, C Meeke, L Rea, D Young, J Dallas, R Mark, J Agnew, M Stewart, N Esler, J Currie, J Givens, Z Clarke, R Boomer, C McDonald