Goalkeeper gets in on scoring action as Northend U-12s impress

Northend coaches Ally McGarry, Peter Kennedy, Brian Martin and Brian O'Hara with West Bromish Albion Elite Performance Director - Tom Bates, at a Coerver Coaching CPD day. Missing from the photo is Melvyn Logan.

Northend coaches Ally McGarry, Peter Kennedy, Brian Martin and Brian O'Hara with West Bromish Albion Elite Performance Director - Tom Bates, at a Coerver Coaching CPD day. Missing from the photo is Melvyn Logan.

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It was the turn of the under-12 to turn in this week’s top performance by the Northend United Youth teams in weekend action.

The highlight of the day in this match was a goal scored by Northend’s goalkeeper Euan McSparron, direct from a kick-out.

It was again top performances all round for the Club’s younger teams with the U10s beating Ballymoney Athletic and the U11s Youth team beating Ballycastle United 3-1.

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This weekend saw the SSG’s back to the 3G at Ballymena Showgrounds. Some great football played by all 3 Northend teams showing the hardwork with coaches at training is starting to pay off.

Northend United Panel: L Devlin, J Mark, C Burnside, O Maka C Hendron and C McKeown

Northend Youth Panel: S McDermott, K McAllister, P Mitchell, D Kowalski, E Pirie, D Patterson and PP Donegan

Northend Pumas Panel: P Murphy, C Lutton, T Hasson, R Dunne, C O’Hara, A Long and C Reid.

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Northend United 2, Ballymoney Athletic 1: Northend went in front through an own goal before Peter Bristow headed the Ballymena boys two in front with just eight minutes played. Ballymoney pulled a goal back but Northend held on.

Northend: O Kerr, Z Erwin, R Campbell, S Bristow, P Bristow, B O’Neill, J McKeown, S O’Broin, L Turner, C McAvoy.

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Northend United 3, Ballycastle United 1: Northend came from a goal down to win thanks to second half goals from Caolan Lenon, Ben Harkin and Ciaran Martin.

Northend: D Killough; C O’Brien; N Devine; B Harkin; J Connor; C McKillop; S Crawford; C Lennon; C Martin; K Dziadkowiec; P Bristow.

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Northend United 9, Ballycastle United 1: Northend ran out comfortable winners as Pat Ferris led the way with four goals, Jamie Montgomery hit a hat-trick and Harry Wylie was also on target.

But the talking point of the day was a goal for Northend keeper Euan McSparron, whose huge clearance bounced over his opposite number.

Northend: E McSparron, H Wylie, C Higgins, J Morrow, C McGaughey, J Montgomery, P Ferris, R McKillop (c), R McQuillan and C Kilgore.

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Northend United 0, Donegal Celtic 4: Northend were down to the bare bones in this game and were three down at the break, before conceding a fourth late on.

Northend: J Mark, J Penny, B Millar, D Dobbin (c), J Hayburn, B McGarvey, R Laverty, A Campbell, R Campbell, M Kirk, J Stevenson, G Macartney.

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Northend United 0, Banbridge Town 2: Northend were unfortunate not to take something out of this game, after creating a number of good openings.

Northend: G Downey, O Boyle, J Dawson, R Dennison, R McKenna (c), J Dawson, L McAllister, T Campbell, S Bennett, B Cairns, J Houston, Z Herbison, A Milligan, C Neilly, M Waide.