Tired Amateurs lose out late on as their winning run comes to an end

Dromore Amateurs in action against Holywood  INBL1516-248EB
Dromore Amateurs in action against Holywood INBL1516-248EB

Dromore Amateurs boss Dean Brownlee bemoaned a packed fixture list after his side’s late defeat on Saturday afternoon.

His side travelled to play Bryansburn in great form off the back of two wins on the trot but they came away defeated 2-1 in a lacklustre game.

“We just couldn’t get started today,” said the manager.

“There where a few changes to our team due to injury and, for some of the young lads, this was their sixth match in a week.”

Dromore started off sloppily, giving the ball away and putting themselves under great pressure.

With the wind behind them, Bryansburn where pumping the ball over the Dromore back line but poor finishing kept the game at 0-0.

On 15 minutes, Dromore should have taken the lead when J Beattie played through B Lavery but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he put his shot wide of the net.

He was certainly made to pay. Straight from the goal-kick, Bryansburn took the lead when a ball down the line saw N Thompson come out to close down but the winger crossed the ball into the box and the Bryansburn player headed in with W McMurray unable to keep it out with his last ditch attempts.

Dromore were trying to get the ball down to play a bit of football but the pitch wasn’t the best and this resulted in a lot of long balls over the top for the forwards to run onto.

The equaliser came on 38 minutes, although how much did the scorer know about it? A W McMurray free-kick was spilled by the Bryansburn keeper and the intended clearance was directed in off S Haslem’s face - they all count.

The second half started with the wind behind Dromore but it was Bryansburn who were pushing forward with Dromore unable to get a foot hold in the game.

N Thompson in the Dromore goal was getting well tested but he was up for the challenge with some great saves and the post also saving him from a tremendous strike from the edge of the box.

Dromore made a few changes after the younger guys, who had played in the morning, had run out of steam.

Bryansburn where forcing the play with Dromore unable to test the Bryansburn goalkeeper in the second half.

The pressure of the hosts eventually paid off.

The Bryansburn winner cane five minutes from time when a corner was saved by N Thompson, the ball was poked home by the Bryansburn player amid the goalmouth scramble.

Saturday (2nd May) sees Dromore Amateurs play their last match of the season away to Bangor Swifts at Spa Field, Holywood.

Saturday also sees Dromore Amateurs host their annual prize night at the Halfway House. Anyone looking to go should please contact a committee member.

AMATEURS: N.Thompson, T.Martin, W.McMurray, A.Compton, G.Rowan, J.Beattie, N.Curran, P.Tinsley, B.Lavery, S.Haslem, C.Mallon, R.Cunningham, A.Mcdonald, D.Brownlee.