Starting line-up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, D McKillion, M OKane, G Kelly, O Shaw, S Scullion, G Conway, A Burns, J Higgins, G Bradley, K Laughry
Subs: C Donnelly, K McCullagh, C Diamond, M Diamond, D McSorley
Draperstown started their last league match of the season as they mean to continue in the cup, holding much of the possession and creating the better chances. In defence Kelly and Shaw excellently marked the Tobermore strikers out of the match and McKillion made many great runs up the right flank.
In midfield Burns won many headers, Scullion worked tremendously hard up the left and the two front men played well. In fact, keeper McConnell had very little to do in the first half as Draperstown hardly put a foot wrong, totally dominating their South Derry rivals and what could be the last derby between the two this season.
It therefore came as no shock when Draperstown took the lead. A great build up involving most of the team was finished with great aplomb by Bradley, who delicately chipped the Tobermore keeper from outside the penalty area. After this Draperstown continued to impress and pushed the opposition further and further up the field. Tobermores only notable chances were from corners, which although caused a bit of a frantic scramble, never looked like going into the net.
And the second half continued much the same as the first. Tobermore were getting completely swamped in midfield, whilst their forwards could do little against a brilliant defensive performance by Draperstown. Tobermores backline also got exposed on more than one occasion, with none of the defenders looking completely at ease.
With ten minutes gone McSorley replaced Burns, with McKillion moving into midfield and McSorley dropping into defence. This more attacking midfield caused Tobermore further problems, with Conway and Higgins starting many great attacks from the middle and Scullion and McKillion making runs up either side to expose the Tobermore defence.
Donnelly and M Diamond then came on for Laughry and Bradley with 20 minutes to go. This seen a change of formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1, with Donnelly slotting out right and McKillion moving into the centre. And almost immediately the two subs made an impact, with Donnelly causing all sorts of problems to the Tobermore left-back, Rea, whilst Diamond played the lone striker role to perfection.
However, the last ten minutes were to be the least entertaining of the match, with most of the play bouncing around the midfield, with Tobermore playing desperate long balls, which the Draperstown defence calmly mopped up and shooting from long range, usually failing to hit the target.
Moments later the final whistle blew with Draperstown deservedly holding onto their slender advantage, though a two or three goal lead would not have been unfair. That ended the Draperstown boys league games, and now they must wait until June perhaps for their next competitive game in the Cup, as many teams in the league still have half their fixtures to fulfil.