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East End 5-0 Draperstown Youth

Starting Line-up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, Kevin McCullagh, Cahal McKenna, Darren McKillion (C), Andy Burns, Gavin Bradley, Cathal Donnelly, Connor McKenna, Gavin O'Kane, Sean Kennedy, Chris O'Kane

Subs: Mark O'Kane, Seamus Dobbs, Daryl Donnelly, Patrick McCullagh, Davin McSorley

East End started the match on a pitch in very poor condition. Slippy and marshy, it was not the best of surfaces for the match. However, the home lads appeared to come to grips with it early on and mounted pressure on Draperstown, who were still coming to terms with the footing.

On one of their 1st attacks, a East End midfielder played a superb through ball which their striker chased on through into the penalty area. Just as he was about to shoot, McKillion made a desperate lunge, but judged it perfectly, scooping it to safety.

After this, Draperstown were pinned in their own half and only some good defensive play and some luck did the keep the scores tied. However, the omens were bad as McKillion and then Connor McKenna cleared the ball off the line.

Then East End managed to break the deadlock. First they won a corner and swung in a dangerous cross. It flew to the back post were a lanky East End midfielder was left foolishly unmarked. He rose and nodded the ball into the left hand side of the net.

A few Draperstown heads went down but still they fought on. It was all in vain however. Not long after the goal East End started another attack. One player managed to get to the outside edge of the box were he was cynically pulled down by G O'Kane. Lacklustre marking and a poor wall led to the ball ending in the net for the second time in the match.

There wasn't much time left in the half but enough for East End to add to their tally. A harmless looking throw in found an attacking home player. Turning 3 or 4 men without the slightest challenge, he managed to wriggle his shot in the bottom corner of the net just past the flailing arms of McConnell.

Half time came with no more goals. Swaps were needed and they came in the shape of Davin McSorley, who replaced Connor McKenna.

Now with the result beyond doubt, East End slackened a bit and Draperstown began to attack more and more. However, the looked even more strectched at the back. They managed to hold out and won a free. It was punted forward and Daryl Donnelly, who had just replaced Sean Kennedy ran free and chipped the keeper. However, the referee controversially signalled an offside, compouding Draperstown misery.

Then to make matters worse, East End furthered their lead again. A simple cross found the head of an unmarked East End striker who cooly dispatched his shot into the net. Confidence was low in the Draperstown camp, who had just lost Cahal McKenna to injury and had to be replaced by P McCullagh.

Trying their hardest not to concede any more goals, the Draperstown lads fought and struggled, having to deal with more goal line clearances, most of them provided by G O'Kane, who cleared the ball numerous times in the space of a few seconds.

With the game drawing to a close, East End decided that 4-0 was simply not enough and roamed for a fifth. And they got it. Another penalty area scramble ensued and the ball landed at the edge of the box to the feet of a free East End player. His shot took a slight deflection and found its way to the bottom corner of the net.