Draperstown travelled to league leaders with a severely depleted squad, as shown by the fact that they, firstly, had no subs and secondly had Taggart in nets, who is usually an out-field player. However, this did not seem to effect them, as they dominated the first ten minutes, running the Limavady defence ragged, and could easily have taken the lead on two or three occasions.
First, an excellent move down the left involving Kelly, Warnock and Bradley very nearly ended with a goal when Kennedy was very unlucky not to pt the ball into the net from the resulting cross. From the corner that had been won, Kelly nearly scored, with a scorching volley from the edge of the box which was tipped past the bottom left hand post by the fortunate Limavady keeper.
After this spell, Limavady began to get into their stride a little more and create some good attacking play. However, the final ball was either cleared by the Draperstown defence, or the end shot was extremely poor. However, with twenty minutes remaining, Limavady won a free kick just on the halfway line. The ball in seen a mix up in the Draperstown defence, and a Limavady striker gleefully slotted home.
Draperstown, though, did not let this effect them, and continued to play much the better football, and could consider themselves unlucky not to have levelled the game. They were made to rue their misses though. With only a minute of play left in the half, a Limavady winger somehow managed to wriggle past two Draperstown players out on the right. Cutting inside, his intended cross was blocked by Kelly, only for it to rebound back to the same player, who curled it into the back of the net.
The second half started with Limavady very much on top, and it was only a few last ditch tackles that prevented them from adding to their lead. With the match very much to chase, Draperstown adopted a more attacking formation of 3-5-2. However, this would only lead to another goal. A through-ball past the Draperstown defence seen a Limavady striker in the clear. However, Kelly was at hand and beautifully won the ball from the players feet with an excellent tackle.
Instantly, the referees whistle blew, and much to everyones amazement, pointed to the penalty spot. Kellys arguments only served to getting him sent off. Taggart, who was doing tremendously in his unfamiliar position, then saved the penalty. Unluckily though, the rebound found its way into the net.
So there was over 35 minutes left and Draperstown found themselves trailing by three goals and with only ten men. However, they refused to give up, and were rewared for this, when McKillion won the ball off a Limavady player from a throw-in, swivelled and played a good ball right into Bradleys path. Bradley turned exquisitely, and poked the ball home from 15 yards out.
Sensing a chance of a comeback, Draperstown went all out attacking, often leaving just one defender back. However, it was a calculated risk that paid off. Draperstown had just won another free kick, again for a foul on Higgins, who Limavady had been fouling every time he touched the ball, as they couldnt handle him.
The free was lobbed in by Warnock, and it seemed that the keeper was going to collect it. However, under the slightest pressure from Quinn, ludicrously dropped the ball right onto McKillion, who blasted the ball home from all of 3 yards.
With the chance of a draw very much on the cards, Draperstown continued to press, and could have scored on four or five occasions. First, Kelly seen another one of his great shots saved, then a Bradley shot was deflected just past the post. With the time ticking away, Bradley then had another shot destined for the top of the net tipped over the bar. The whistle blew with the match ending as it had started, with Draperstown on top. It remains a mystery how they managed to lose this match.
Next weeks fixture is currently unknown, as we are now playing re-arranged fixtures.