Failure to hold onto the ball costs Amateurs

THE Amateurs hosted Amateur League Premier Division outfit Islandmagee in the first round of the Intermediate Cup sponsored by McDonalds Mace.

Confident after their 1-0 victory against Kilroot the previous week Dromore boss Barry Taylor was keen to do themselves justice against higher opposition.

Everything seemed to be going to plan and on 10 minutes the home side took the lead when a cross from the right hand side was headed home by skipper Davy Smylie for a one nil lead.

This lead was short lived when a misunderstanding between the Dromore defence and their keeper allowed the opposition striker in for a simple tap in.

Afterwards Dromore found themselves under a bit of pressure when the visitors stepped up the tempo and enjoyed a lot of possession in the Dromore half. This pressure eventually paid off when Dromore lost possession in midfield which immediately led to a goal scoring opportunity which the Islandmagee forward took.

The second half continued in that vein with Dromore struggling to adapt to the visitors formation and movement. However much to their credit the home team held on valiantly to half time for a credible 2-1 scoreline.

Dromore used the half time break to try and identify where things were going wrong defensively. These changes seem to have hit home as the men in orange seemed to be a lot more capable of dealing with the opposition attacks. Indeed confidence was growing and for the first time in the match Dromore were able to play a bit of football but this could not be converted into any clear goal scoring opportunities as Dromores passing let them down time after time.

The lead was extended 20 minutes into to the second half when a slip by the Dromore keeper allowed the striker again in for simple tap in.

At that point manager Taylor made two changes in an attempt to get a goal back and indeed once again this seemed to suit the home team better as they enjoyed some possession in the opposition half.

Nonetheless with no clear cut opportunities being created the visitors eventually ran out winners by 5-1.

"I was hoping we could have played better and shown our higher opposition we can play and are improving but once again the occasion got to us," said Taylor.

"We simply failed to retain possession and build any pressure, on top of that we gifted them three easy goals, two of which were given to them on a plate.

"I'm disappointed at how we passed the ball all over which we will be working on in training this week."

Next week Dromore are back in action away to Newington Rangers when they hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season in the league.