Downpatrick 3 Northend United 3 Friday 16th November 2018
Northend came away with their second draw in succession on Friday night but were really unlucky not to come away with all 3 points.
Downpatrick started the better scoring 2 early goals inside 20 minutes. Slow starters in recent weeks Northend got one back before the half, Aaron Smyth with a snap shot from the edge of the box. Half time 2-1
Northend totally dominated most of the play second half. Aaron Smyth again scoring with a lovely finish. Aaron Campbell scored a trademark free kick to put the Ballymena boys ahead but in the last-minute Downpatrick scored a free kick of their own to send both teams home with a point.
An encouraging display from Northend with Connor Brennan making great saves to keep them in the game first half and Aaron Smyth having his best game this season with an all-round energetic display in which everyone played their part. Full time 3-3
Panel: C Brennan, B Hood, L Parker, R McCluney, S Frew, C McDonald, A Smyth, C Donnell, C Shaw, J O'Loughlin, A Campbell, C Gordon, T Hoey
Northend United 2 St Matthews 2 Saturday 3rd November 2018
Northend got off the mark in the league on Saturday with a well-deserved point against unbeaten St Matthews.
In a very competitive game it was the Belfast side who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Northend hit back before half time, Robert McCluney sending over a free kick, and Sam Frew meeting it with a powerful header into the top corner. Half time 1-1
The second half was an open affair with both teams working hard and creating chances. St Matthews scored their second and probably thought it would be the winner with 20 minutes to go, but Aaron Campbell sent an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 yards to give Northend a deserved point. Full time 2-2
A real gutsy performance from Northend who played some really good football throughout.
Panel: C Brennan, R Jones, L Parker, S Frew, C McDonald, A Smyth, C Gordon, K O'Boyle, R McCluney, J O'Loughlin, C Shaw, B Hood, C Donnell, A Campbell, C Black