SATURDAY morning saw Dromore’s Trixter-sponsored U16s travel to a very foggy Dungannon where opposition Enniskillen lay in wait.
The locals were eager to make amends, having played the Fermanagh team numerous times over several seasons and never having a victory under their belts.
Dromore showed promise from the start, front pair Brian Lavery and Callum Barnes getting a number of opportunities, and it was a corner from Barnes that saw Dromore take the lead when an unlucky defender slashed wildly into his own net.
Enniskillen fought back, and midway through the half levelled the score after the Dromore defence failed to clear. Apart from this lapse though Dromore were defending well, and continued to press at the other end with Lavery hitting a post and Barnes having a penalty saved amongst the goalmouth action. In Dromore’s goal, Matthew Donaghy had saves to make as well from a number of free kicks given away, brilliantly tipping one ferocious shot round the post.
The second half started with Dromore making a number of changes, the midfield having failed to get on top in the opening period.
Andrew Compton in the centre immediately made a difference and on more than one occasion embarked upon very damaging runs through the Enniskillen midfield, working well with fellow substitute Ben Martin who also added impetus of his own.
It was Martin who then put Dromore ahead, looping an excellent header from a deep cross over the helpless keeper. Wing-backs Stuart Wilson and Jack Rice were making forays up either flank and Dromore had most of the pressure, the occasional breakaway against them being mopped up by the impressive Keith McGuigan.
Dromore eventually made the result safe, Brian Lavery nipping in front of the keeper to intercept, before turning and rifling home to make the final score 3-1 after Dromore dominated the second half.
A very impressive Andrew Compton was the man-of-the-match after coming on and completely changing the game in Dromore’s favour.
Squad: Matthew Donaghy, Stuart Wilson, Connor Mallon, Jack Rice, Robert Gibson, Keith McGuigan, William McCutcheon, Aaron McConville, Andrew Compton, Neil Herron, Ryan Cunningham, Ben Martin, Callum Barnes, Brian Lavery