Unbeaten run is extended

DROMORE Amateurs Seconds, sponsored by McDonald’s Mace, extended their unbeaten run to four consecutive league games with a hard fought 0-0 draw at home to Ardoyne WMC on Saturday.

This was a hugely respectable performance and result for Dromore against a team sitting second in the league and who are fighting it out with Belfast rivals Lower Shankill in the race for the 3F title.

On a bitterly cold day in which even the snow made a brief appearance, both sides played positive attacking football that would have warmed the heart of any spectator foolhardy enough to brave the wintry weather.

Like two boxers jabbing each other, hoping to set up the killer punch, Dromore and Ardoyne worked the ball forward neatly and with a threat of real menace - but like two seasoned sluggers, both teams put up stout defences which proved unbreakable.

So perhaps it’s only fair to give the Amateurs rearguard of keeper McKeown and the back five of McMurray, Ward, McCauley, Hill and McDowell a special mention for their defensive exploits - although the entire team can take full credit for rolling their sleeves up and putting in a good hard shift.

There was high drama in the final ten minutes when both teams thought they’d snatched the winner. First Aaron Noble and then the Ardoyne striker had the ball in the opposing nets - but in both instances the referee blew for offside and a highly entertaining contest ended 0-0.

Team: T McKeown, R McMurray, R Ward, D McCauley, G Hill, D McDowell, C Harper, S Curran, P Gordon, N Walsh, A Noble. Sub: A McCartan.

This Saturday, the Amateurs travel to Greyabbey to take on Rosemount Rec.