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Draperstown Youth 0-4 Ballycastle

Starting line-up (4-2-3-1): JP McConnell, Patrick McCullagh, Andy Burns, Gavin O'Kane, Cathal McKenna, Darren McKillion (C), Gavin Kelly, Cathal Donnelly, Gavin Bradley, Philip McGlade, Seamus McFlynn.

Subs: Kevin McCullagh, Mark O'Kane, Sean Kennedy, Chris O'Kane, Davin McSorley

Ballycastle started off this match between two teams eho had never before been entered into this league. Draperstown defensive formation appeared to be working well, because though they were under pressure they seemed to soak it up well and attacked well on the counter attack.

The midfield was a ferocious battle for possession throughout, with Ballycastle perhaps getting the better of their South Derry counterparts.

However, they looked very shaky in defence. A sharp McKillion was able to intercept a defensive error in the Ballycastle penalty area and managed to get in a shot that was headed for the bottom corner the whole way. However, the wind was blowing quite quickly and managed to guide the ball onto the posts just as the home side were about celebrate a goal. The ball found its way to the edge of the box were Kelly hit wicked shot that the keeper had no chance of stopping.

The ball clipped the bottom of the bar, hit the opposition keeper on the head and somehow managed to stay out of the net. From the goal kick that resulted from this, Ballycastle ran down the pitch and capitilised on poor defensive marking to make it 1-0 with just minutes before half time.

With the Draperstown management seeing their players had lost their confidence made a formation change, going to a 3-5-2 and changed their keeper McConnell for M O'Kane.

The changes however only made matters worse. Within 10 minutes a Ballycastle forward managed to wriggle his way into the box and curl a shot into the top corner. It was obvious then that the match as a contest was over.

Ballycastle were not finished yet though. A harmless looking throw in found a Ballycastle forward who had to much room due to lacklustre marking. He had time to turn and shoot. M O'Kane was equal to it however, but could only parry it into the path of another B'Castle forward who found the net with ease.

At this point Chris O'Kane came on from Patrick McCullagh, Sean Kennedy appeared for Gavin Kelly and Davin McSorley replaced Cathal Donnelly. This also meant another formational change, with Draperstown reverting to the usual 4-4-2.

This still could not prevent Ballycastle from adding to their tally. Late on they managed a forth goal. This was a cruel blow for the Draperstown lads, who had they scored that time in the 1st half would surely have gotten at least a point out of the game.