The Northend United U10 team travelled to Crumlin United on Saturday to take part in their second underage tournament in as many weeks.
After a scoreless draw with Moira, Northend beat Celtic Boys - who had previously beaten the Northend lads on penalties in Carrickfergus only six weeks previously - 1-0 with Pearse McAuley scoring the decisive goal.
Northend reserved their best performance of the day for the last group game against St Marys with goals from livewire Paidin Mitchell, the industrious Callum Burnside and one from Ryan Laverty which saw them progress as group winners to the semi-finals stage.
There, an early goal from Paidin Mitchell was enough to see the Ballymena lads progress to the final against Celtic Boys, who went on to defeat the Ballymena lads on penalties.
Panel: S McGinley, P Mitchell, P McAuley, C Burnside, R Laverty, K McAllister, P Donnegan, L Devlin, C McAuley
Pre-season training continues each Monday and Wednesday night at the Showgrounds as follows: 2007s – 2003s from 6pm-7.30pm; 2002s – 1999s from 7.30-9pm. All new players welcome.
FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Northend United’s Football Development Centre is back by popular demand and will recommence again on Wednesday 9th September at Ballymena Showgrounds.
For more information, or to reserve your child a place on the course, please call John Devlin on 07919056834.