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Heights Westbank 3-2 Draperstown Youth

Starting line-up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, S Dobbs, D McKillion, A Burns, G Taggart, J Higgins, C Donnelly, K ONeill, K McCullagh, M Diamond, K Laughry
Subs: S McGrogan, C Diamond, G Bradley, S Scullion

The match kicked off with a stiff breeze and cold temperature. And from the very start, Draperstown just werent at the races. Second to every ball, being well beaten in midfield, being pushed off the ball up front and getting caught out at the back. With only 5 minutes played, they found themselves one goal down. A long ball over the defence was not properly dealt with, and the Heights attackers took full advantage, scoring with ease in a two-on-one situation.

This early setback however seemed to waken up the visitors and soon began to control the game in spells, whilst still not playing overly well. Within 10 minutes of going a goal down, Draperstown levelled the match. A great ball from midfield found Donnelly in the oppositions box. His miss-hit shot went skywards, but fell back to his feet. Spotting an on coming McCullagh, he slid the ball to the edge of the box. McCullagh struck the ball poorly, but the ball finished at the feet of Laughry who coolly slotted the ball home. 

However, their joy was to be short lived, as in the dying minutes of the first half Heights restored their advantage. Some poor marking was taken advantage of as an opponent striker scored from close range. 

And so the Draperstown went into half time knowing they had played some of their worst football to date and yet only trailed by one goal. In the second half Gavin Bradley replaced M Diamond and Donnelly made way for Scullion. Immediately they set about trying to tie up the game once more. Much of the play was in midfield, with little being given by either side. 

Then Bradley showed why he had been taken on, rounding the keeper and tapping the ball into the net to once more draw the game. Draperstown played with renewed vigour and C Diamond replaced Laughry. Unfortunately, their attacking play was cruelly exposed as McKillion missed a clearance and Heights capitalised with the simplest of goals. 

The rest of the match was played at a canter as Draperstown all but gave up. In the last few remaining minutes, McGrogan replaced McCullagh. However, this had no effect on the final outcome as Heights won 3-2. Next week is the final league game of the season, at home to Tobermore.

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