Amateurs hit back to equalise in their first home match

Dromore Amateurs in recent action. Pic: Paul Byrne Photography INBL1436-228PB
Dromore Amateurs in recent action. Pic: Paul Byrne Photography INBL1436-228PB

Dromore hosted their first home league game of the season against Bryansburn on Saturday October 4.

With the team nearly at full strength the mood in the camp was that a big improvement was needed on the previous weeks performance.

Dromore started on the back foot early on with the players panicking when in possession of the ball.

With 10 minutes gone Bryansburn scored the first goal when the striker surrounded by four Dromore players somehow was able to lift the ball over Thompson.

It took another 10 minutes for Dromore to come to terms with this but they gradually got back into the game.

With both teams cancelling each other out in midfield there was little chances in the remaining 25 minutes, Dromore having a few half chances with Martin and T.Stewart going close.

At half time the players were made aware of the importance of keeping their shape and if they got a chance they would have to take it.

Dromore started the brightest in the second half with the midfield of N.Curran, S.Curran, T.Stewart and Gilliland giving the Bryansburn team no chance to settle on the ball.

Bryansburn had a few chances midway through the half but Thompson was having a good game and made a couple of great saves.

This passage of play inspired the Dromore team and on 75 minutes they got a well deserved equaliser when a long kick from Thompson was flicked on by M.Rowan into the path of S.Haslem who made no mistake from 12 yards.

In the final minutes Dromore had a chance to nick it but Gilliland’s effort was well saved.

A delighted Brownlee commented afterwards: “It was a great response from the players after going one down. That’s the performance I’ve been looking for and hopefully we can push on from this.”

Saturday October 11 sees the first team have a free week.

Team. Thompson, McDonald, G.Rowan, Martin, Henderson, T.Stewart, N.Curran, S.Curran, Gilliland, M.Rowan, S.Haslem, K.Bain, B.Lavery, A. Compton.