Northend U13s suffered heartbreak when they were eliminated from the quarter final of the prestigious Shield competition in extra time.
Against Blackstaff, the two teams were level on full time and Blackstaff eventually edged through in extra time with a 3-2 scoreline.
The U14s were also in good form, drawing with Chimney Corner 4-4 at Smithfield.
Joe Kidd’s U11s also turned in a good performance against West Belfast side Colin Valley, with a 3-3 draw, while the U15s lost their match against Lurgan Town.
Finally with the school AQE tests happening, the Club only had one U12 team playing and they lost 6-4 against a good Oxford United team.
It was a good week in the North West and Coleraine District League for the younger teams, with the U9s and both U10 teams in action at the Coleraine University on Saturday morning.
Finally the U8s and U9s continued their small sided games competition at the Showgrounds at the weekend.
Northend United 3, Colin Valley 3: In torrential rain, Northend fell behind but soon afterwards, Shea O’Broin sent in a corner that was met with a strong Jay McKeown header into the bottom corner of the net.
With Billy Bell not giving the Colin Valley defence a minute on the ball this is exactly how his goal came by pressurising a defender into a mistake, then stealing the ball and curling a brilliant left foot shot past the keeper at his near post.
With Kyle Wakefield filling in on the right hand side of defence and looking as if he plays there every week, it was him who started the play that lead to Northend’s third playing it up the right side to McKeown who beat his man and sent a lovely low and hard cross into the box and Billy Bell was on hand to make it three.
Colin Valley started the second half very strongly and it wasn’t long till they pulled one back due to defensive errors.
Then they got their equaliser due to a very cruel deflection off Ben Adams leg that left McClean with no chance.
Northend Coaches and players felt they should have had the win, even though they were down to the bare bones with no subs.
Northend: G McClean, J Magill, B Adams, K Wakefield, L Turner, B O’Neill, S O’Broin, J McKeown, B Bell.
Northend United 4, Oxford United 6: Northend went up two goals in the first 5 minutes, with a quick fire double from Sam Crawford, but Oxford pressed hard and were 3-2 ahead by the break.
Oxford were the quickest to start the second half and went 4-2 up in two minutes but the on form Ben Harkin released Sam Crawford to give Sam his hat trick.
Two more goals from Oxford put the game beyond Northend but they kept at it and were rewarded when Jack Quigley scored after a goal mouth scramble.
Northend: D Killough, C Lennon, C Martin, N Devine, S Crawford, C O’Brien, B Harkin, J Quigley, K Dziadkowiec; C Mellon.
Blackstaff 3, Northend United 2 (aet): In this LIYL Shield quarter-final, Northend were rewarded for a bright start mid way through the half as Patrick Ferris smashed the ball in over the keepers head.
Blackstaff levelled from the penalty spot in the second half and it stayed that way as the game went to extra time.
Blackstaff went ahead in the second period of extra time when an effort slipped from the keeper’s grasp in the wet conditions and an error made it 3-1 before Patrick Ferris scored after being hacked down.
Northend: A Campbell, J Morrow, H Wylie, J Montgomery, R McKillop, C Higgins, C Campbell, R McQuillan, C McGaughey, P Ferris, J Casey and A Caulfield.
Chimney Corner 4, Northend United 4: In a great advertisement for youth football, Josh Coates cancelled out an early Chimney Corner opener before the Antrim side made it 2-1 at the break.
Northend absolutely flew out of the blocks and scored two goals in the opening 6 minutes of the second half, both sublime finishes from captain Conor McDonald.
Chimney fought back and scored an equaliser a few minutes later and then took the lead as more indecision by the Blues allowed them to nip in and take a 4-3 lead with just 10 minutes to play.
Luck was to be on the Ballymena boy’s side as new signing Scott Foster found himself in the right place to smash home the equaliser.
The Club send their best wishes to current U14 team manager, Brian O’Hara, who departs this week for a coaching opportunity with Premier League side Manchester City, based in the Chengdu province in China. Brian is a recent graduate of the Northend Coaching Pathway.