Northend United Youth U16s finished off their season in midweek with a top class performance against Downpatrick.
The Co Down side only needed a point from this match to win the Lisburn Youth League but Stephen White’s players had other ideas, with the Ballymena boys winning the match by the odd goal in three in the pick of the week’s action involving Blues sides.
Northend United 6, Ballymoney Athletic 4: Northend eventually came out on top in a high-scoring, entertaining game thanks to a Jay McKeown hat-trick and further goals from Ben O’’Neill, Zach Erwin and Lee Turner.
Northend: PJ McDonnell, Z Erwin, R Campbell, S Bristow, B O’Neill, J McKeown, L Turner, C McAvoy, T Boyd.
Northend United 1, Coleraine Academy 5: Northend will feel hard done by about the scoreline but they did have the consolation of a tremendous 30-yard strike from David McKay.
Northend: C Wilson, D Magill, K Cosgrove, C McMillan, P Bristow, J Adams, J McIlhatton, O Campbell, L Hector, D McKay and C McMurray.
Northend United 2, Coleraine Alexandra 0: Goals in each half from Jamie Montgomery and Pat Ferris gave the Blues a well-deserved win over their Coleraine opponents.
Northend: E McSparron, H Wylie, C Higgins, J Morrow, J Montgomery, P Ferris, A Campbell, R McKillop, R McQuillan, P Esler and C Kilgore (c).
Downpatrick 1, Northend United 2: Northend gate-crashed Downpatrick’s title party with a superb win.
Northend went in front in the first half when Jamie Houston got on the end of a free kick and although Downpatrick equalised in the second half, with ten minutes left, a great through ball left Zack Herbison clear of his marker and he coolly slipped the ball past the advancing keeper.
Northend: J Mark, O Boyle, 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.