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Tobermore Academy U16 0-0 Draperstown Youth U16

Starting line-up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, K McCullagh, D McKillion, D McSorley, M O'Kane, C Donnelly, G Conway, A Burns, C O'Kane, G Bradley, G O'Kane

Subs: S Dobbs, C McKenna, S McGrogan, A Kelly

There was a lot of confusion before the match in the Draperstown camp as to where and when the match was to take place, resulting in a few players being absent. However, the remainder of the team tried to put this behind them on a hard fought match played on a heavy pitch in Magherafelts Stony Park.

With conditions poor, passing was made difficult. Draperstown appeared to be the better of the two at this part of their game. However, Tobermore held the possession advantage and used this to create a few openings, none of which were really clear cut.

The referee gave a lot of free kicks to the home side for dubious reasons. This incensed the Draperstown lads, but to their credit they never lost their composure. Throughout the 1st half, they were pinned in their own half but they defended resolutely, and managed to hold out to half time, even through a few scares.

The second half continued much the same as the 1st. Soon A Kelly came on for G Bradley. His introduction really livened things up front for Draperstown, with a few chances coming their way, but none really threatening the Tobermore goalkeeper, apart from one that he fumbled under presure from C O'Kane. From a tight angle though, all O'Kane could do was kick the ball at the relieved goalie.

With conditions deteriorating at an alarming rate, C Donnelly made way for C McKenna. Draperstown were still under pressure, but still defending strongly.

Then the opener nearly came. A cross from the right missed both the Draperstown centre half and the Tobermore striker. With a clearance in mind, K McCullagh booted the ball. To his horror it went low and straight past the arms of his own keeper. Just as it looked like a certain goal, the ball trickled and stuck in the mud of the goal net, allowed McConnell to scoop the ball into his arms.