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Draperstown U16 4-0 Tobermore U16

Draperstown began their season with a rampant victory over South Derry rivals Tobermore. Right from the off, it was apparent that only one team was going to win the match. Instantly they pinned their opponents back into their own half and began to play an attractive brand of football that Tobermore could only dream of.

The defence dealt excellently with the little that was thrown against them, whilst in midfield, Draperstown passing and movement left Tobermore stretched throughout. However, it was in their defence where they had the most problems, as the Draperstown forward line tore them to shreds attack after attack.

Chances after chances went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock, with the Tobermore keeper on top form to deny many great chances for Draperstown. However, just dominance was sure to mean goals, and just after 25 minutes, Draperstown finally took the lead. A long ball over the sluggish Tobermore defence was capitalised by debutant Larkin, who skilfully went around the Tobermore keeper and marvellously converted from the tightest of angles.

And no more than ten minutes later, the second goal went in, an exact carbon copy of the first. A long ball over the top from G Bradley found Larkin again, who once more rounded the keeper and once more slotted home with great aplomb.

The rest of the half went by with little action, neither team really having many good chances, but with Draperstown still on top, with G Conway, Brady, McKillion, Kelly, C Conway and obviously Larkin all starring. However, with just a few minutes left, the game was nearly marred, with McCullagh making a horrible two-footed lunge that, had he connected with his opponents leg could easily have snapped it in half. Luckily for the young Draperstown man, he pulled out just in time.

The second half started with just one switch for the flawless Draperstown side, with McSorley coming on for McCullagh. This meant positional changes, with McSorley moving into centre back and McKillion moving forward into centre midfield.

And straight from the start Draperstown piled on the pressure again, with chances upon chances to add to their cushion. G Conway went close on a few occasions, the best chance being a long run from midfield that unluckily ending with the ball whizzing just past the post. Bradley also had several chances and had it not been for the in-form Tobermore keeper, the scoreline could easily have reached double figures. McKillion also came close a few times, once missing what seemed an unmissable chance inside the box with the net at his mercy.

By this stage Purvis had come on for Brady and he also was unlucky no to make it 3-0, with a low shot hitting the keepers feet and looping up and just over the bar. Draperstown then finally put the game beyond doubt, with another fluid attack again being despatched for a hat trick goal for Larkin. And it didnt end there. With only ten minutes left on the clock, Larkin got his fourth, converting a brilliant diagonal ball out of defence by the impressive McSorley. McGrogan then came on for C Conway. Draperstown did not seem content and continued to attack, with the impressive Bradley extremely unlucky not to get a goal, whilst Larkin very nearly got his fifth.

This constant attacking left the defence a little unprotected and had it not been for great defending by the whole defence, especially Glass and a magnificent full stretch save by McConnell, who had not had a save to make the whole match, the clean sheet would most surely have been in doubt. Draperstown keep on pressing and defending brilliantly, until the very last ball. By the final whistle a 10-0 scoreline would not have been an unfair reflection of the game, however Draperstown were happy with all three points. With performances like this, Draperstown could end up being surprise contenders for all three cups.

Draperstown Starting Line-Up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, C Conway, D McKillion, G Kelly, C Glass, K McCullagh, D Brady, G Conway (C), G Taggart, D Larkin, G Bradley
Subs: D McSorley, P Purvis, S McGrogan