Dromore Amateurs lose in cup encounter

Bob Radcliffe Cup: Banbridge Rangers v Seapatrick: Scotty Ward �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1533-256EB
Bob Radcliffe Cup: Banbridge Rangers v Seapatrick: Scotty Ward �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1533-256EB

Saturday saw Dromore Amateurs play at home for the first time this season in the Bob Radcliffe Cup against Broomhill.

With seven regulars not available it was left to the young players to make their mark.

There were debuts for Jordan Brush, Dion Dawson and Neil Herron, as well as starts for Andrew Compton Daris Blennan and Connor Mallon.

The game started with Broomhill trying to boss the game but Dromore were having none of this and they started to knock the ball around with great composure.

Dromore took the lead when the ball was won at the back by W.McMurray who passed on to C.Mallon on the left wing, a superb cross field ball picked out S.Haslem who unleashed a shot past the goalkeeper to open his account for the season.

The game was quite open and Broomhill equalised midway through the first half when a through ball to the striker was tucked away giving N.Herron in goals no chance.

With five minutes remaining of the first half Broomhill took the lead when a quick free kick caught Dromore napping and the resulting shot was deflected in on the line.

The second half started with Dromore piling on the pressure and they got rewarded when a through ball saw R.Downey collide with the goalkeeper with the ball falling to C.Mallon who put the ball into the open net from 25 yards.

It was all Dromore at this stage and they justly took the lead again midway through the 2nd half when a cross from the right hit the Broomhill defender and the referee gave a penalty kick. Up stepped S.Haslem and he made no mistake from the spot.

Dromore thought they had another penalty this time more clear cut when a cross from the left saw the Broomhill defender put his hands up but this time the referee waved play on.

With 10 minutes remaining Broomhill got the equaliser when a free kick was whipped into the box and the Broomhill player got his head onto it guiding it into the net.

With only seconds remaining and the game heading for extra time Broomhill were awarded a corner. From the resulting corner the Broomhill defender rose unmarked to win the game and break Dromore heart.

Afterwards manager Brownlee commented: “This is the second time in a week that we have been beaten with the last kick of the game.

“I can’t fault the effort the players are putting in and with 8 players today under the age of 19 the future looks bright.”

This week sees Dromore travel to Saintfield on Thursday night, 6.30pm ko for a league game that they need to pick up maximum points.

Next Saturday Dromore entertain Lisburn Rangers in the Irish Cup with a 1.30pm ko.

AMATEURS: N.Herron, A.Compton, W.McMurray, S.Henderson, J.Brush, D.Dawson, C.Gilliland, D.Blennan,S.Haslem,R.Downey, C.Mallon, D.Lewis, B.Lavery, S.Henderson. McMullan