In a weekend of top performances in the Lisburn Invitational Youth League from the Northend teams, it was the U14s who stole the limelight.
They turned in their best performance of the season to beat neighbours Ballymena UNited 5-2.
Davy Wylie’s U13s turned in another top team performance, beating Lisburn Distillery 4-0 in their own backyard.
Joe Kidd’s U11s team, missing a number of first team regulars, had a big win over a Glenavy team with ace marksman Jay McKeown scoring six of the goals.
The U12s threw the points away after leading at half time but two soft goals conceded early in the second half of their match against Hillsborough Colts gave the Lisburn team the points.
Both Wakehurst teams, the U16s and U17s, lost their matches narrowly against fellow Championship 2 Clubs, Lurgan Celtic and Banbridge Town respectively.
Northend United 1, Magherafelt SB 0: Both sides showed a wonderful attitude on their North West and Coleraine District Youth League debuts.
Northend: S McGinley, PP Donegan, L Devlin, C Hendron, C Burnside, C McKeown, E Pirie, S McDermott, J Mark.
Northend United 10, Glenavy 1: In a high-scoring game, Jay McKeown led the way with a double hat-trick, while other goals came from Ben O’Neill, Tyler Boyd, Billy Bell and Zach Erwin.
Northend: G McClean, J Magill, Z Erwin, R Campbell, L Turner, K Wakefield, B O’Neill, J McKeown, T Boyd, B Bell.
Hillsborough Colts 4, Northend United 2: Lewis Hector put Northend ahead inside five minutes when he ran onto a great through ball from Jack McIlhatton but Hillsborough pulled a goal back moments later.
Northend regained the lead when Owen Campbell outpaced his opponent and fired a first time ball into the box that was expertly dispatched by Jack McIlhatton.
Northend conceded twice in a crazy two minute spell early in the second half and then scored a fourth near the end.
Northend: S McDowell, D McKay, K Cosgrove, D Magill, L Hector, J Adams, J McIlhatton, O Campbell, K Barr and A Hyndman.
Lisburn Distillery 0, Northend 4: Patrick Ferris started off a commanding Northend performance when he put Northend ahead and then Conor McGaughey broke through the defence and finished well finding the bottom corner.
In the second half, Ferris got his second of the game when he sprinted away from the Distillery defence and he deservedly got his hat trick when he won a penalty and coolly put it away.
Northend: C Higgins, J Morrow, H Wylie, J Montgomery, R McKillop, C Campbell, C McGaughey, P Esler, P Ferris, R McQuillan and N Devine.
Ballymena United 2, Northend 5: A first half blitze laid the foundations for Northend’s victory as they led 3-1 at the break, thansk to a double strike from skipper Rio Dunlop while Adam Mooney was also on target.
Northend continued to dominate in the second period with further goals from Josh Coates and Conor McDonald sealing a memorable victory.
Northend: J McCalmont, M Stewart, J Coates, J Kirkpatrick, J Dallas, C Forsythe, R Mark, A Mooney, R Dunlop, Z Clarke, C Meeke, C Metrustry, M Rainey, C McDonald.
Wakehurst 0, Lurgan Celtic 3: Wakehurst were made to pay for not taking their chances but they remain optimistic their first win of the season isn’t far away.
Wakehurst: A Montgomery, J Penny, D Dobbin, B Millar, A Campbell, R Laverty, R Campbell, J Fleming, B McGarvey, A Shaw, J Hayburn, S Hutchison, M Kirk, D McCalmont, M Erwin, G McCartney
Wakehurst 1, Banbridge Town 3: Against the run of play Banbridge took the lead when a diagonal ball found their winger who ran on and planted the ball into the corner of the goal.
Wakehurst drew level 15 minutes into the second half. A Cameron Neilly ball into Matthew Waide in the Banbridge penalty box, saw Waide turn his marker and get clipped. Up stepped Captain Cairns to drill the ball into the Banbridge net to level the score.
Banbridge took the lead after 25 minutes when a free kick found the top of the Wakehurst net.
Banbridge scored a third goal minutes before the end when a defensive mistake allowed their striker in to score their third.
Wakehurst: J Stevenson, L McFall, L McAllister, R McKenna, R Dennison, T Campbell, J Lowry, J Dawson, C Neilly, B Cairns, J Timms, O Dick, M Waide, A Milligan