East End travelled to Draperstown seeking revenge for the 4-2 defeat they received just two weeks earlier from the hands of Draperstown. However, they set about this the wrong way, as right from the start Draperstown had them pinned back in their own half, mounting attack after attack. On a few occasions Draperstown could have scored, so it came as no surprise when they did manage to take the lead.
After another good attack, Diamond fell under a heavy challenge in the penalty area. Immediately the referee pointed to the penalty spot, and Diamond placed it well into the bottom corner. After this, Draperstown continued to press, and on the few counter attacks from East End, McCullagh and McSorley did brilliantly to stop any chance of a goal. Conway in goals didnt have a single save to make in the first half.
In fact, Draperstown should have been three up at half time, when first Diamond was unlucky not to double his tally for the day when he beautifully lobbed the keeper, only to see his shot headed off the line. And minutes later Diamond found himself in an almost identical position, with G Conway screaming for it in the middle, with a goal a certainty. However, Diamond opted to shoot and seen his effort skim wide of the post.
In the second half Draperstown continued to push, with Murray out on the left especially causing problems, with Higgins in the middle providing a constant threat, and Kelly breaking down all attacks from East End as they started. With half an hour remaining and the game still not beyond East End, Draperstown opted for a more attacking formation, with ONeill coming on for G Kelly.
Draperstown continued to push, and within minutes had doubled their advantage when ONeill powered home a brilliant header from a well taken corner. Draperstown continued to dominate, with G Conway driving them forward in search of the a third to kill off the game. And they did so, when a great attack involving most of the team ended with ONeill scrambling the ball home after Bradley had unluckily hit the post with a beezer shot.
Quinn and McAlarry came on for A Kelly and McCullagh
After this, Draperstown had to contend with playing with only ten men, after McSorley had had to leave the pitch to receive treatment for a head wound. However, there was still time for Murray to go on a mazy, 40 yard run, taking it past several players, but unfortunately slicing the ball wide. The match ended minutes later with Draperstown the deserving winners. Next week they face a tricky away tie to Heights Westbank.