Dromore U15s travelled to the Shore Road to take on Crusaders in the second round of the NIBFA Cup.
They went down 5-2 but the scoreline doesn’t do the U15s justice as the game was a lot closer than the home team would have liked.
After a cagey opening 10minutes with both teams trying to gain the upper hand it was Crusaders that opened the scoring with a quick counter attack.
The U15s though were not in the mood for being rolled over and it was their turn to grow into the game and put Crusaders under pressure.
Rowan Taylor, Alan Shelsher, Sam Stewart and Dylan Hickey were battling hard to win the ball and create chances for Matty Brush and Odhran Crozier.
Alan Shelsher scored a deserved equaliser for the U15s with a fine header from a Dromore corner kick just before half-time.
The second half saw Ben Russell early on have a great chance to score but he put his effort wide.
Crusaders did go on to score four second half goals but Callum Walker will be disappointed as a couple of them could have been stopped.
The U15s didn’t give up themselves and Dylan Hickey scored the U15s second goal which was just rewards for the shift he put in throughout the game.
With the game finished at 5-2 the U15s received rapturous applause from those watching as they had performed extremely well and all the players can be proud of their performances.
The defensive players Callum Walker, Ben Scott, Jamie Gregg, Isaac Black, James Howard and Jack Moore all deserve immense credit for the shift they put in against some potent Crusaders attacks.
Hopefully this performance will give the team a confidence boost for the weeks ahead. This Saturday the U15s play Antrim Rovers in the league cup.