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East End U16 2-4 Draperstown U16
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East End U16 2-4 Draperstown U16

Draperstown travelled to Coleraine knowing that a win could push them to second in the league. Andn it didnt take long for them to gain a foothold in the match, when after only a minute, Higgins and McKillion combined with a nice one-two, and McKillion set McClenaghan free, who was unlucky not to score.

The next ten minutes continued like this, with Draperstown continuing to probe, with G Conway and Murray providing many great crosses from the left, and Higgins creating many chances with sublime through-balls. It was therefore very much against the run of play when East End took the lead.

A loose ball in midfield was picked up by an East End player, who chipped the ball forward. After a few twists and turns, a East End striker managed to bundle to ball home. Buoyed by their goal, East End began to take control of the game, and may have doubled their lead only for good defending by Taggart and A Kellys constant breaking down of East End attacks.

However, with ten minutes in the half remaining, East End did score a second, when a striker converted a rebound after an excellent stop by the in-form Conway. Draperstown did manage to improve before the end of the half, and could have gotten a goal back from any one of their forays into the East End penalty area.

Draperstown appeared in the second half a rejuvenated team, anxious to get back into the match. And it didnt take long for this to happen, when McKillion won the ball in midfield and laid it off to G Conway, who blasted the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards. East End were visibly shaken, and Draperstown took complete control of the game, creating chance after chance. Conway nearly got his second when a brilliant cross from McKillion ended with him heading just over the bar.

After this, Higgins went on a mazy run, and curled the ball into the corner of the net to tie the game. Just minutes later, McClenaghan had a chance to give Draperstown the lead when he found himself free ten yards out. However, his shot was parried away by the East End keeper, but only as far as the surging A Kelly, who somehow blasted over from the edge of the box.

ONeill then came on for McClenaghan. Just minutes later though, Draperstown nearly seen all their hard work undone, when McCullagh was harshly adjudged to have fouled in the penalty box. However, justice was done when the East End captain hit his penalty wide.

Draperstown continued to press, and got their reward, when ONeill delightfully laid the ball off for Bradley, who powered the ball into the net to give Draperstown the lead for the first time in the match. Draperstown then played the game out at a canter, but still had time to add a fourth, when a brilliant corner by Higgins was converted brilliantly by ONeill, whose low header looped over the East End goalkeeper.

The match ending minutes later with Draperstown the deserving winners.

Starting Line-Up (4-4-2): C Conway, K McCullagh, G Kelly, G Taggart, D Murray, D McKillion, A Kelly, J Higgins, G Conway, G Bradley, M McClenaghan

Subs: K ONeill, K McNamee, A McGuckin, C McAlarry