Battling Dromore go down narrowly to Donard

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Dromore Amateurs put in a sterling display on Saturday, despite losing 2-1 to Donard.

The game started with Dromore on the front foot and they should have taken an early lead good play down the right saw S.Haslem through on goal but he dragged his shot wide.

Both teams settled in after the opening chance and it was turning into a battle between two teams who wanted to win.

Dromore had their second chance when a good run down the right by S.Haslem resulted in his low cross being put just past the post by C . Gilliland.

Dromore were left to rue their missed chances when Donard took the lead when a free kick in from the left was headed in by the unmarked Donard player.

The game was by passing both midfields and Dromore had another chance when M.Rowan fired over when through on goal.

Donard got their second goal just before half time when a misplaced header by a Dromore defender ended with the ball being fired past N.Thompson in goals. This was hard on N.Thompson who had made some great saves.

The second half started with again both teams determined to get the next goal. N.Thompson in goals made another great save before Dromore where reduced to 10 men with N.Curran being shown a red card.

As the game progressed Dromore where playing like they had 11 men and S.Haslem hit the cross bar from an acute angle. N.Thompson then made another great save when the Donard player was in a 1 on 1 situation.

Dromore got a goal back with five minutes remaining when S.Haslem fired in from close range. The remaining minutes saw Dromore push for the equaliser back it wasn’t to be.

Afterwards manager Brownlee said: “This was the performance that I’ve been looking for, even though we didn’t get the result the players effort was fantastic. We need to carry this on for the last remaining matches.”

This week Dromore travel to play 18th Newtownabbey with a 2pm ko.