Antrim Rovers 2
Dromore U15s 1
Dromore U15s will be disappointed to find themselves out of their League Cup after Saturday’s first round.
On a wet and cold morning at Mallusk the U15s started off like a premier league team.
The possession and composure to retain the ball in the opening exchanges saw Antrim Rovers struggle to get any influence in the game early on.
Sam Stewart, Dylan Hickey, Rowan Taylor and Alan Shelsher were interlinking well with both forwards Matty Brush and Michael McCavitt and the backline of Ben Scott, James Howard, Jamie Gregg and Isaac Black were getting involved in many of the moves.
It looked like the U15s were going to open the scoring first but 10 minutes before halftime disaster struck when Antrim scored the opener.
Things got worse when a Dromore defender kept the Antrim attackers onside and they duly obliged to make the score 2-0.
The U15s dug deep and were still creating plenty of chances to get back into the game only for the final efforts not finding the back of the net.
The U15s got a lifeline when Matty Brush was fouled in the box and Michael McCavitt scored from the resulting penalty.
As much as they tried for the equaliser time ran out on the U15s.
A special mention to Jack Moore who stepped into nets in the absence of the teams normal keeper and he acquitted himself well throughout the game.
A disappointing outcome to lose but again the U15s can take heart from the fact that some of the football on show was impressive and hopefully they build on this when they play Bangor in a league match at Hydebank at11am.