Downpatrick 1 Northend United 2 Saturday 19th January 2019
Northend registered their fourth win in a row on Saturday beating a really strong and physical Downpatrick.
The home team dominated the early play and took a 20th minute lead. Northend to their credit never gave up and levelled the match, Aaron Campbell scoring from the penalty spot. Half time 1-1
Downpatrick were having more of the ball but Northend were looking dangerous every time on the counter with O'Boyle and Shaw really stretching the back four. Midway through the half Northend got the winner when Campbell's free kick was headed in by Chad Shaw. The last 15 minutes was back to the wall stuff with Downpatrick throwing everything at Northend but through determination and hard work they came away with all 3 points. A super win for the boys for showing a willingness not to be beat. Full time 1-2
Panel: R McCluney, R Jones, T Hoey, S Frew, C McDonald, A Smyth, C Fullerton, L Parker, A Campbell, C Shaw, K O'Boyle, C Gordon, C Black
Northend United 2 St Oliver Plunketts 0 Saturday 5th January 2019
Northend started the New Year with a convincing win over Oliver Plunkett to hopefully kick start a good league run.
Against a physical team Northend played some really good football creating enough chances to win more comfortably. Chad Shaw opened the scoring using his pace to get in front of defenders to finish superbly past the keeper. Anything that was coming the other way was being well dealt with by a back four of Jones, McDonald, Frew and Hoey and another assured performance by stand in keeper McCluney. Half time 1-0
Kieran O'Boyle extended Northend's lead half way through the second half and playing on the break the Ballymena boys should have increased their lead but a really encouraging performance to start 2019.
Panel: R McCluney, R Jones, T Hoey, S Frew, C McDonald, A Smyth, A Campbell, C Shaw, K O'Boyle, L Parker, C Fullerton, C Gordon, C Black, B Hood