Northend United 2 St Marys B 1 Saturday 12th October 2019
Northend started their South Belfast League campaign against St Marys B. The lads started the match at a great tempo and creating chances. Jason Givens and Chris Fullerton both were set through by Cameron Bailes, but both pulled their shot wide. Niall Esler then had a piledriving shot saved by the keeper minutes later. It was a frustrating start for the Blues as the team performance was one of the best of the season so far, but they struggled to put the ball in the net. However, the breakthrough did come when Niall Esler drove a low ball across the box and Jason Givens slotted home.
Again, the midfield of Cameron Bailes and Joseph Dallas ran the game, with Bailes particularly impressive. Northend has 2 more clear chances which they failed to convert but Before half time Northend got a second. Again, a Niall Esler cross created the goal, as after a few deflections it fell to Leon Spurgeon who fired home. At half time Northend had a comfortable 2 goal lead but wondered if they would rue those missed chances. Half time 2-0
The second half changed style dramatically. St Marys came out with a much higher intensity and probably were the better team in the half. However, there were still chances for Northend as Jack Agnew again missed a chance when through on goal after a great run from Josh Coates. The Northend coaches tried to react to St Marys improvement by changing shape and filling the midfield, but the Belfast team did manage to get a goal back from a set piece. As the game came towards a close, both teams had chances which failed to be converted and Northend held on for the 2-1 win. Overall, it was a game of 2 halves with Northend Being great in the first half, and penned back in the second. Full time 2-1
A note must go to a few players who were brilliant. Luke Rea and Dylan Young were brilliant at the heart of defence until Young was withdrawn with an injury. Jason Givens managed a goal and a great performance on his first start of the season. But credit must go to Cameron Bailes who was by far the best player on the pitch on the day. St Marys could not deal with his pressing and dribbling, and he could have had 4 or 5 assists on another day.
Panel: J Scullion, L Herbison, L Rea, D Young, C Meeke, C Bailes, J Dallas, N Esler, C Fullerton, L Spurgeon, J Given, R Boomer, J Coates, J Agnew, R Mark
Northend United 2 Downpatrick 3 Saturday 28th september 2019
For this Friday night the 2001s travelled to Jordanstown to take on Downpatrick in the supplementary cup. The Blues didn't start the best on what was a small pitch, and in the wet struggled to get any rhythm into their game. A few half chances were had by both sides, but it was Downpatrick who broke the deadlock with a cross from the left which beat everyone and went in off the post. Northend fought back to a degree but still didn't click as a team.
Jason Givens won a free kick in a dangerous area just before half time. Jack Agnew's low strike was deflected in off Jason Givens to equal the scores at the break. Half time 1-1
The second half was a much better team performance from Northend, but they found themselves behind to a great long strike from a Downpatrick counter. This time however Northend found more rhythm going forward, and Niall Esler had an effort cleared off the line, before minutes later getting unlucky with a bounce as the Downpatrick keeper charged at him when through on goal.
It was Esler who made the difference though when a Charlie O'Neill lie cross was brilliantly dispatched into the top corner.
Sadly, as Northend pushed for the winner another counter attack saw them conceding late and losing 3-2. A disjointed team performance where the lads never really got going buy deserved a draw. Full time 2-3
Panel: J Scullion, L Herbison, L Rea, J Dallas, J Coates, J Agnew, J Givens, C Bailes, N Esler, C Fullerton, L Spurgeon, S Foster, C O'Neill
Northend United 5 Iveagh United 3 Saturday 21st September 2019
After a free week last week, the U18s travelled to the Cliff in Larne to face Iveagh United in the Supplementary Cup. With Northend losing their first game this was a must win game if they are to eventually progress out of the group and into the semi-finals. Northend got off to the perfect start and found themselves 1-0 up after just 5 minutes when Chris Fullerton was put through and holding off the defender fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle. Just a few minutes later and it was 2-0 after Jack Agnew struck a great half-volley from the left-hand side edge of the box into the far corner of the net. The goals continued in the first-half as Iveagh United pulled one back from the penalty spot before Northend were awarded a penalty of their own which was coolly slotted by Jack Agnew for his second of the game. Cameron Bailes also had a great chance to get himself on the scoresheet in the first-half as he picked the ball up on halfway and drove past several players only to put his shot narrowly wide. Half-time 3-1
Northend started the second half slowly and conceded two goals within the space of 10 minutes, all of a sudden it was game on again, 3-3. Northend responded well however and once again Chris Fullerton used his pace and power to hold off the defender and lob the keeper from just inside the box. Not long after he completed his hat-trick calmly slotting the ball past the keeper at his near post. Great performance from the whole squad in a must win game. Particular shout outs to the front three of Leon Spurgeon, Niall Esler and Chris Fullerton who lead from the front and pressed the Iveagh defence all game as well as Ryan Mark in midfield who sat in deep in the second half and cut out any Iveagh attacks. Full time 5-3
Panel: J Scullion, R Boomer, J Dallas, L Rea, D Young, C Bailes, R Mark, J Agnew, L Spurgeon, N Esler, C Fullerton, J Coates, L Herbison, S Foster, J Givens
Crewe United 4 Northend United 1 Saturday 7th September 21019
The first game of the season for the under 19s was a tough game against Crewe United. Northend has a good start with Ryan Boomer crossing to Leon Spurgeon to head in for the first goal of the season. Chris Fullerton soon had a second ruled out for a harsh offside and was also not awarded a penalty minutes later when it seemed he was through with an open net in front of him when he was bundled to the ground.
Straight up the other end, Crewe were awarded a lifeline with a penalty when Connor Meeke shoulder barged an opponent in the box. It seemed harsh on the Northend lad but Crewe dispatched the penalty to equalise. Half time 1-1
The second half started tight and Niall Esler has an early chance when he couldn't connect with a free kick. Crewe managed to play on the counter and scored 2 quick goals against the run of play to go 3-1 up.
Jack Agnew had 2 good chances which went array and Leon Spurgeon forced another good save, while it seemed another clear penalty wasn't given to Northend.
Crewe scored a late 4th to confirm the win in a poor game of football, where Northend felt they came off worse to some decisions Full time 4-1
Panel: T Givens, R Boomer, L Rea, J Dallas, C Meeke, J Agnew, D Young, R Mark, N Esler, C Fullerton, L Spurgeon, C Bailes, S Foster, L Herbison, J Coates