Dromore U13s edge through to Cup final with a super display

Dromore U13s celebrate their semi-final victory.
Dromore U13s celebrate their semi-final victory.

Everyone from both sides was looking forward to this semi-final fixture that lived up to the hype and expectation as Dromore U13s saw off Rathfriland 3-1.

With the other semi-final already played, the winning team knew they would play Lisdrum.

The game started brightly with each team sizing each other up. A lot of the early play was down our left, with Adam working the line well and Nathan long throws causing a few problems.

Dromore’s first chance came when Karl sent a great cross in from the right Adam volleyed it with such power, on target but somehow the keeper kept it out.

The deadlock was finally broken through another cross by Karl that Morgan hit goalwards. It came out to him again and his lob was met by Adam, who with his back to goal, back headered it into the roof of the net, with the keeper well beaten.

It was a shame for Dromore that a corner was conceded shortly afterwards, from it Rathriland scored. Josh’s kicking was first class today both from hands and off the ground.

The defence was solid, Joel with his electric pace, Nathan who with the wind behind him was throwing the ball like a missile.

Jason was sweeping everything left at the back with Ben who had a good game on the right. Just before half-time, Karl swung another corner to the near post. There was a defender on the post who half cleared the ball, but moved off the post and Philip’s accurate shot picked up the loose ball and hit it like a rocket into a four foot gap between the keeper and the post.

In the second half, Dromore controlled the game well. Briggs was awesome on the right wing and had caused their defence so many headaches. He battled well down the right with Karl. It was that persistence that found Briggs in the box, with a tight angle between the keeper and the post. Briggs took his first effort and the keeper saved well. The ball came back to him however and this time Briggs fired home.

With a two goal advantage Dromore controlled the game well. Euan had a chance to seal it from close range but the keeper saved well.

Then Nathan produced a wind assisted throw that reached the back post, but Jacks header just went over the bar. With the clock running down, Dromore played for the final whistle.

When it went, there were scenes of celebration from players, managers, chairman, Parents and even wee Dylan. In the team photo, John the manager, surprised the team with a shower of water from a full water bottle. No one minded it was a fantastic team performance and they all have the final to look forward to.