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Limavady 1-1 Draperstown Youth


Starting line-up (4-4-2): John Paul McConnell, Kevin McCullagh, Darren McKillion (C), Davin McSorley, Mark OKane, Gary Conway, Gavin OKane, Connor McKenna, Andy Burns, Mark Diamond, Gavin Bradley

Subs: Sean McGrogan, Seamus Dobbs 

Draperstown started the match with nearly as many people injured or sick as they had fit and could only manage to get two substitutes. However, this did not hamper them in any way, as they seemed to be the brighter of the two teams. 

Although they did not create many clear cut chances, the held most of the possession and defended stoutly. In midfield, for the first time ever, Draperstown held a height advantage over the opposition. Due to this they won many important headers. Burns in particular won many and also had many great throw-ins. 

15 minutes in and Limavady mounted their first real attack of the match up. It was soon broken down though and Limavady were caught on the counter attack. The ball came to debutant Diamond who laid the ball off to the on-rushing G OKane who thrashed the ball into the top corner from all of 25 yards. 

This was a waking call for the home side that began to play more attacking and stylish football. Not long after this, their striker managed to get into the box after McKillion had completed missed his clearance. Luckily for the sweeper, the young forward could only managed to blast his shot well over the bar. 

From another attack Limavady nearly won a penalty and Draperstown were lucky not to lose a man to a red card. A midfielder for the homesters received the ball on the edge of the oppositions penalty area, but had 3 defenders in front of him and he had no where to go. 

Just when it looked like he would lose the ball, McCullagh lunged in with an extremely poorly mistimed two-footed tackle, which sent the Limavady player crashing. Fortunately for the young wing back the tackle was adjudged to be outside and box and ludicrously, he somehow wriggled out of even a yellow card when a red would not have been unfair. 

The free kick was poorly taken, but from an attack a few moments later Limavady squared things up. A quick, swerving shot was hit into the penalty area and a headed clearance only went straight up into the air. This allowed a Limavady striker to nick in in front of McConnell in the Draperstown nets and flick a header into the net off the post. 

Half time came seconds later and the Draperstown management team decided against any changes as Draperstown had played well enough to be one or even two goals to the good.

However, in the second half, Limavady dominated play through out and only luck, great goalkeeping and a lot of good defending kept Draperstown on level terms with Limavady. 

However, they held out until the end and could even have scored twice with Conway, who had played very well the whole match, was denied after a brilliant shot and OKane was only prevented from doubling his tally due to an extremely tight angle after a long and accurate free kick from McKillion.

And so the match ended with honours even, probably deservedly so. Draperstown host Ballycastle next week.