U13s held in Ferris thriller

Dromore Amateurs U13 1

Midway United U13 1

DROMORE U13s hosted Newry's Midway United at Ferris Park for their first home game this season in what turned out to be a thrilling contest.

Midway, having well beaten the locals in their first contest, arrived to find a foggy venue awaiting.

The start of the game saw Dromore start off very strongly, new boy Aaron McConville playing some great passes through to lively front pair Ryan Cunningham and Callum Barnes.

Numerous attacks saw Dromore come close a number of times. After 15 minutes the visitors then had a 15 minute period of sustained pressure but determined centre backs Ben Russell and Stuart Wilson and keeper Neil Herron ensured that the scoreline stayed at 0-0.

Dromore fought through this and slowly got back on top. They were rewarded not long before the break when left midfielder Daniel Abraham and Cunningham set up Barnes who beat two defenders and neatly sidefooted past the keeper for a great opening goal.

The second half saw both teams make changes which saw the high tempo continue. Herron continued to dominate his area making some good saves and claiming several crosses and corners.

Some neat passing play saw McConville linking up well with right midfielder Peter Murray and the impressive Abraham on the left as Dromore produced several chances from the flanks.

Midway continued to battle mainly through the middle where Wilson gave them little joy and down the right wing where they were making better progress. On two occasions Herron kept Dromore ahead after the visiting team had forged down the flank before getting the ball into the box.

With 10 minutes left Dromore were hit with a sucker punch, a mistake in defence giving the Midway forward a clear run at goal. Despite Herron's best efforts to cut the angle the player swept the ball in to make the score 1-1.

Dromore went in search of another and it was backs-to-the-wall for the visitors who managed to hold on for a draw.

The KS Home and Garden Services man-of-the-match for Dromore with a dominating display was keeper Neil Herron.

Team: Herron, Shakesby, Rice (Ruddock), Wilson (c), Russell, Gibson (Simpson), McConville, Thompson (Murray), Abraham, Cunningham, Barnes