Northend United 3 Comber Rec 3 Northend win 3-1 on penalties Saturday 8th December 2018
Northend put their coaches and fans through a range of emotions last night at Seaview but in the end deservedly came home with the cup.
The Ballymena boys, playing in their second cup final in a row got off to the perfect start, Conall Gordon finishing well after Aaron Smyth hit the post. Then came a turning point in the game when Northend keeper Connor Brennan dislocated his shoulder, making a great save, fortunately for Comber scoring while Connor was still on the ground.
Jay Smyth drew the short straw and went in goal and just before half time Aaron Campbell scored with his trademark free kick. Half time 2 - 1
This unsettled Northend for a while, allowing Comber to score a couple of goals but after a bit of reshuffling Northend started to play better football and deservedly got back on level terms when Chad Shaw, who was having a great game terrorising Comber with his pace, scored from the edge of the box. It was all Northend now and in the last seconds Aaron Campbell struck the crossbar with a curling effort. Full time 3-3
Penalties settled the cup final with Robert McCluney saving one and Sam Frew, Chad Shaw and Aaron Campbell scoring to keep the Cup in Ballymena for another year. A great performance from the boys and all at the club wish Connor Brennan a speedy recovery.
Panel: C Brennan B Hood T Hoey S Frew C McDonald A Smyth R McCluney C Black C Shaw C Gordon A Campbell L Parker R Jones C Donnell J Smyth C Fullerton
Northend u19 would like to thank Nigel Wilkinson painting & Dec, N & A Construction, Dunfane Development and Alan Adair for their sponsorship in the build up to the final.
Ballymacash Rangers 3 Northend United 0 Saturday 24th November 2018
Northend played their last game before the supplementary cup final but came away with nothing. After an encouraging start to the game, when Kieran O'Boyle rattled the crossbar and Chad Shaw tested the keeper with a back-post header, it was mainly backs to the wall as Northend never got going.
The boys will know that they will need to do much better to bring the cup back to Ballymena for the 2nd year in a row.
Panel: C Brennan, B Hood, L Parker, R McCluney, S Frew, C McDonald, A Smyth, C Gordon, A Campbell, C Shaw, K O'Boyle, R Jones, T Hoey, C Donnell
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