Northend under-11 side continues pleasing form

Children who attended the opening night of the Northend Football Development Centre recently.
Children who attended the opening night of the Northend Football Development Centre recently.

Northend United U11s continued their good start to the season in the Daily Mirror Lisburn Invitational Youth League, beating TW Braga.

The U12s couldn’t follow up last week’s good result over Carniny when they lost their match against Castle Juniors, Bangor FC’s nursery side.

The U13s let two points drift away from them in their match against Carrick Rangers, when the match ended up 0-0.

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TW Braga 1, Northend United 2: Northend went in front when Ryan Campbell floated over a corner and as the ball fell to the edge of the area Ben O’Neill was on hand to fire his left footed shot into the far bottom corner.

Northend’s second goal also came from a corner in the second half. McKeown swung in the corner and as McAvoy battled for the ball it fell to Tyler Boyd at the back post and from five yards out he made no mistake as he fired it into the back of the net.

Braga pulled a goal back in the last couple of minutes when McAvoy was off injured but Northend had done enough to hold on for the deserved win after a top class performance from the whole team.

Northend: G McClean, R Campbell, C McAvoy, B Adams, Z Erwin, B O’Neill, S Bristow, J McKeown, T Boyd, K Wakefield.

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Northend United 1, Castle Colts 3: After conceding an early goal, Northend levelled when Callum McMurray ran onto a defence splitting pass from Jack McIhatton before calmly lobbing the ball over the on-rushing keeper.

In the second half, Castle went ahead from a rare attack.

And as the Ballymena boys threw everything forward in search of an equaliser, Castle scored a third with the very last kick of the game.

Northend: O Campbell, D McKay, K Cosgrove, D Magill, L Hector, J Adams, T Mitchell, J McIlhatton, C McMurray, K Barr and A Hyndman.

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Northend United 0, Carrick Rangers 0: Northend continue to find their feet in this league but they were left frustrated by this scoreless stalemate.

The closest either side came to a goal came in the first half when Northend got a deserved penalty when the ball was handled in the box, however Patrick Ferris missed from the spot.

Northend: C Higgins, J Morrow, H Wylie, J Montgomery, R McKillop, C Campbell, C McGaughey, R McQuillan, P Ferris, C Martin, N Devine.

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CHimney Corner 4, Northend United 2: Northend went in front from a corner which Matthew Stewart scored directly after great work down the left wing from Zach Clarke and Josh Coates.

Northend were well on top until influential midfielder Rio Dunlop had to go off with a nasty facial injury and Corner levelled just before half time from a free kick.

The Blues were undone by 2 quick-fire goals within 5 minutes of the second half which left them chasing the game.

Northend played their best football of the match and were rewarded with a wonderfully struck goal by Joseph Dallas.

Northend: C Young, J Dallas, C Forsythe, J Kirkpatrick, J Coates, R Dunlop, R Mark, M Stewart, R Gamble, Z Clarke, A Mooney, J McCalmont, C Meeke, C Metrustry, C McDonald, M Rainey

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Lisburn Distillery 5, Northend 0: There was no joy for Northend after conceding twice in the opening half and three more fired after the break as the Blues began to tire.

Northend: C Brennan, S Lecky, S Frew, R McCluney, R Jones, C Gordon, N Craig, L Parker, P Kyle, C Fullerton, L Herbison, M Robinson

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Wakehurst 0, Lisburn Distillery 6: The under-16s fared no better than their under-15 counterparts after conceding three times in the opening 15 minutes.

Wakehurst: A Montgomery, J Penny, B Millar, A Shaw, D Dobbin, B McGarvey, R Laverty, R Campbell, J Fleming, J Hayburn, M Kirk, G McCartney, M Erwin