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Cookstown U16 2-0 Draperstown U16
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Cookstown U16 2-0 Draperstown U16

Draperstown travelled to Cookstown hoping to end a poor run of three games without a victory. However, from the start, it seemed obvious that it would not be their day. In the previous matches poor results had been unfortunate, with flowing football being played at all times. It was not the case in this match, however, with Cookstown out-playing Draperstown and thoroughly deserving their victory.

Cookstown started very much the better of the two teams, looking very composed in defence, dominant in midfield and dangerous up-front. It therefore came as no surprise when they took the lead with only ten minutes gone, when they capitalised on an error in the Draperstown defence to slot home.

After this Draperstown made some positional changes and things started to look a little better, playing slightly better football. However, with half an hour played, Cookstown doubled their lead from the penalty spot when Murray handled in the area. Some arguing inside the Draperstown camp ensued after, but slowly they began to get into the game, with the Tobermore defence looking panicky and shaky. Higgins and Conway both came close to clawing one back, but two good saves prevented this from happening.

Draperstown continued to impress in the second half, but nearly went three down when only a brilliant save from McConnell prevented a Cookstown striker from a hat trick. Quinn, Glass and Bradley then replaced Taggart, Warnock and Kelly.

Draperstown had a few more chances, when first Quinn could only hit the ball wide from 15 yards. McKillion then had a gold-edged chance inside the box, but stumbled over the ball, sending it far wide of the post. McClenaghan then wriggled through the defence, but his shot was saved. Then Higgins went on a 40-yard run, beating five or six men along the way. However, he got too close to the goalkeeper and the chance passed.

With only ten minutes left, a great curling corner was well met by the rising McKillion in the box. However, much to Cookstowns relief, his header shaved the top of the bar.

At the end of the match Draperstowns final ball let them down and they were unable to score for the third match running. There is now a four-week lull in play over the Christmas holidays.

Starting Line-Up (4-4-2): JP McConnell, J Warnock, G Taggart, O Shaw, D Murray, D McKillion, B Conlon (C), G Kelly, A Kelly, J Higgins, M McClenaghan
Subs: K McCullagh, C Glass, C Conway, J Quinn, G Bradley