Performance of the week for any of the sides under the Northend United/Wakehurst umbrella undeniably came from the under-16 team.
Tony Shaw’s team were in scintillating form in their 5-1 win over Newry side Ballybot Cetic.
Elsewhere in the Lisburn Youth League it was a great day for the Northend teams with no less than four of them recording good wins. Joe Kidd’s U11s lead the way with a comfortable 11-0 win over Oxford Sunnyside.
The U12s, back in action after a number of weeks layoff, had a good 6-3 win over Chimney Corner as they prepare for their NIBFA Cup match against Armagh City next week
Davy Wylie’s U13 team’s great form continued against Lisburn Distillery, winning 4-0, while the U14s again played some good football in their match against Downpatrick but inexperience still lets them down.
Northend United 11, Oxford Sunnyside 3: Northend made light of the wet conditions and Shea O’Broin led the way with four goals, with Billy Bell (3), Ben O’Neill, K Wakefield and an own goal adding to Northend’s tally.★★★★★★★★★★
Northend: G McClean, J Magill, C McAvoy, Z Erwin, B Adams, K Wakefield, S Bristow, B O’Neill, S O’Broin, J McKeown, B Bell.
Northend United 6, Chimney Corner 3: Northend showed no signs of rustiness as they led 4-2 at the interval, thanks to goals from Jack McIlhatton, Tyrone Mitchell, Kevin Cosgrove and Lewis Hector. Hector added his second goal after the break, with David McKay rounding off the scoring.
Northend: C Wilson, O Campbell, J Adams, D Magill, J McIlhatton, K Cosgrove, T Mitchell, K Barr, L Hector, S McDowell, C McMurray, David McKay.
Northend United 4, Lisburn Distillery 0: Northend will go into this weekend’s NIBFA CUp tie in good heart after this win which saw goals from Ronan McKillop (2), Patrick Ferris and Adam Campbell.
Northend: J Morrow, R McQuillan, J Casey, P Esler, H Wylie (c), J Montgomery, R McKillop, C Higgins, P Ferris, A Campbell, C McGaughey
Northend 1, Downpatrick 5: Northend felt their display was not matched in the scoreline, with Rio Dunlop’s goal the highlight for the Ballymena boys.
Northend: C Young, M Stewart, C Forsythe, J Dallas, J Coates, D Robinson, C Meeke, R Dunlop, R McMullan, Z Clarke, C McDonald, S Foster, J Kirkwood.
Wakehurst 5, Ballybot Celtic 1: Wakehurst were three up at the break through Anthony Shaw, Tyler Barr and Aaron Campbell. Against the wind in the second half, they played some of their best football this year and Barr and Shaw each scored before a Celtic consolation.
Wakehurst: J Stevenson, B Millar, D Dobbin, J Penny, J Fleming, A Shaw, R Laverty, J McLarnon, J O’Loughlin, T Barr, A Campbell, M Erwin, M Kirk, B McGarvey.