Starting line-up (4-5-1): JP McConnell, K McCullagh, D McKillion, D McSorley, M OKane, C OKane, C Donnelly, G Conway, G OKane, J Higgins, G Bradley
Subs: S Dobbs, S McGrogan, P McGlade, A Kelly.
The match got under way after a slight delay due to the referee being late. However, this was all forgotten as this exciting encounter got underway. Draperstown played with a lone striker and therefore meaning that creating chances was very difficult and converting them proved even harder. The real battle took place in midfield with Limavadys three against the 5-man-strong DTown midfield.
Neither side made few chances with Limavady having the majority of the possession, but playing mainly down the wings. Draperstown seemed a little shaky in defence while the Limavady back line was rarely put under any real pressure.
With only 10 minutes gone, Limavady took the lead following a mistake in the Draperstown defence. A quick Limavady striker managed to get around McSorley, took the ball to the edge of the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot to the bottom left hand corner.
This should have spurred the homesters on but did not. The match continued mostly the same as before with Draperstown looking a bit dangerous on the counter attack and making some good moves but on the whole being out-played by their counterparts.
The second Limavady goal was a bitter blow to the home side. They were just starting to get their act together when McConnell in the Draperstown goal excellently parried a long-range shot. The ball spun a few yards out to the right hand side of the goal. A speedy Limavady forward managed to get to it first and somehow managed to turn the ball into the net from a very tight angle.
A while later, after a good move, Conway found himself on the edge of the box with the ball at his feet. Under pressure from the Limavady defence, he let off a shot that seemed destined for the net. However, the goalie managed to turn the ball past the post. The corner mounted to nothing.
The Draperstown lads went into half time two goals down. This was an unfair reflection on how they had played, with 1-0 being a more accurate account. Only one switch was made. G OKane made way for P McGlade.
The 2nd half started much better for Draperstown. McGlade made an instant impression, getting up and down the right flank causing trouble on his way. By this stage Draperstown were the better side, knocking the ball around in midfield to great effect.
A few more chances were created with Donnelly going close. Soon after, C OKane was substituted for Kelly. Although Kelly was supposed to be an additional striker to help Bradley, he played more on the left wing that up front. Another ten minutes of Draperstown domination went past without an equaliser.
It was becoming clear that this just wouldnt be Draperstowns day. On numerous occasions they managed to get into good positions but the ball just would not come down for them.
It was then that the sucker punch came. A low cross from the left was met by a deft curling shot over McConnell and McSorley into the open net. This deflated the home boys and the last ten minutes are so were played at a canter, but still with Draperstown showing up the better. The final whistle blew with the result standing as an unreflective 3-0 in favour of the visitors.