Dromara Under 17’s up for one last final push

Dromara Village U17s who play Carrick Rangers in the Lisburn Junior Invitational Cup Final this Wednesday night.
Dromara Village U17s who play Carrick Rangers in the Lisburn Junior Invitational Cup Final this Wednesday night.

Dromara Village Under 17’s are ‘up for the Cup’ as they prepare for the League Cup Final this week.

This Wednesday April 29, sees Dromara U17’s take on Carrick Rangers in the final of the Lisburn Junior Invitational League Cup Final at Ballymacash Rangers Ground, Rushomore. kick off 6.45pm.

The cup has seen Dromara play some of their best football of the season and they impressively beat three of the top four in the league enroute to the final.

First up was Knockbreda who they beat 2-1 with goals from Taylor Graham and Josh Gordon.

Then next came league leaders Lisburn Distillery and they were put to the sword with a Philly Kerr wonder goal.

Then the Semi Final saw them take on East Belfast side, Bloomfield and another controlled performance and a Scotty Cheever goal saw them win 1-0.

They had the perfect warm up for the final when they beat Hillsboro Boys 7-1 on Saturday and go into the final at nearly full strength with only Jack Taylor missing out due to Holidays. Carrick Rangers will be another tough game having beaten Dromara twice this season and Dromara will once again go in as underdogs.

But as the previous three rounds have shown, this team thrives in cup matches.

This team has been together since U11’s and were the first Dromara Youth team to win a cup in the Lisburn League when they defeated Lower Maze at U13 level.

It is a great achievement and credit to the players and coaches that they have stuck together and this has been rewarded with another cup final. Managers Noel McVeigh and Jonny Gregg will be hoping that they can produce one last big performance to bring the cup to Dromara.

A Souvenir Cup Final programme to mark the occasion will be on sale at the match.

Players:

Michael Vladeanu (aka Hagi), Goalkeeper, age 16. The U17’s resident shot stopper. Has been in nets since day one and is as reliable as ever.

Callum Adamson, Centre back, Age 17. Strong in the air and difficult to push off the ball. Has plenty of skill and confident on the ball.

Joshua Reain, Centre back, Age 16. Controls the back line well. Can either mark or sweep up if needed.

Jordan Patterson (Rhino), Centre back, Age 16. Good in the air and has a cracking left foot. Likes his chances from free kicks.

Jonny Gamble, Centre back, Age 16. Comfortable with the ball on both feet and likes to bring it out of defence.

Matty Reain, Fullback, Age 15. A year younger than most. Always gives plenty of energy and enthusiasm from right back.

Aaron Spratt, Fullback, Age 16. A recent addition to the squad. An attacking fullback with a lot of pace.

Josh Gordon, Wing back, Age 17. Good in the tackle and the air. Excellent at driving forward with the ball down the wing.

Jack Taylor, Wing back, Age 16. A very quick wing back with a good left foot. Can run box to box all day very easily.

Adam Gregg, Centre midfield, Age 17. Captain who leads by example in defence and attack. Likes to get the ball down and start the passing.

Jordan Clarke, Centre midfield, Age 16. An ever present fixture in the centre. Very comfortable in possession and both breaks up play and starts attacks.

Corey Geddis, Centre midfield, Age 16. Another relatively recent addition to the squad. Good technique and takes a mean free kick.

Philly Kerr, Attacking midfielder/striker, Age 16. Has two good feet and plenty of skill. Loves a nutmeg attempt and is good in front of goal.

Taylor Graham, Striker, Age 16. Excellent at dribbling at opposition defences. Has a clinical left foot in front of goal and leads the goal scoring by some margin.

Scotty Cheevers, Striker, Age 16. Good at holding the ball up and links play with the midfielders well.