Draperstown faced their South Derry rivals with a depleted squad. SO depleted, in fact, that usual midfielders Conway and McKillion had to play in the centre of defence. However, this did not seem to affect them, as they started the brighter, playing attractive football, though not creating many chances.
Tobermore tried to play through Draperstown, but were unsuccessful, with Draperstown dominating in defence and midfield. It was therefore a shock when Tobermore took an undeserving lead, much against the run of play. With another attack seemingly well diffused by the Draperstown defence, a Tobermore player could only kick the ball in the general direction of the goal from 30 yards out, at the sideline.
However, the rough wind and a lucky shot, that seemed to be intended to be a cross, looped high over the helpless McConnell into the net. Tobermore, who had set out their stall hoping for a draw, were delighting, and began to defend even deeper, with even more men.
Draperstown grew more and more frustrated, having the lions share of possession and playing flowing one-touch football, but unable to carve any real chances. Half-time came with the score still 1-0.
Draperstown again dominated the second half, but still found it impossible to get that elusive goal. Taggart came on for ONeill, allowing Conway to move into midfield. Quinn and McLaughlin then came on for Bradley and Kelly. However, no matter what they tried, Draperstown could not score.
With ten minutes left McKillion moved into midfield as well, leaving just three at the back. But the extra players in the middle of the field just could not get the right final pass through to the forwards. In the last minute, a corner for Draperstown seen keeper McConnell come up to try to get the goal. The corner came in, and fell to Quinn, whose shot was blocked on the line. Seconds later the whistle blew, with an undeserving Tobermore taking all three points.