Seconds stay top of the table with impressive victory

DROMARA secured another three points to keep them top of the table against a much changed visiting team who had a lot of good, young players.

They started brightly and the home team had to work hard and defend well to keep them at bay.

Gradually the Dromara side started to click into gear and were getting joy down the flanks, particularly on the right where Magennis was having a good game. They should have taken the lead when Magennis crossed to the back post but Carmichael blazed over the bar.

They had a scare at the other end when a shot from inside the box crashed of the bar before being cleared.

Collins then had a chance but dragged his shot wide and Carmichael again put his effort over when he should have given the home team the lead.

When they did take the lead what a goal it was. Phil McDonagh, who was having a rare outing, chested down to Carson who played a good ball down the right which Magennis latched on to and fired over a cross which cleared everyone - except for Stevie Neill who had drifted off to the edge of the box and when the ball reached him he hit a great side foot volley into the top corner for a brilliant goal.

This gave the whole team a lift and then they had a good spell of pressure and soon they went two up when Carmichael’s corner was met at the back stick by Colin Kerr for another one of his trademark headers which are mounting up this season.

In the second period the away team were still posing a threat but as the game went on and not able to make any headway their frustrations grew and a midfield player was sent off.

With Kerr in one of his commanding moods at the back and Carson doing his usual driving on from midfield the home team took total control of the game.

Munn, who was returning from injury, and Devlin came on for the last 25 minutes and it was now a case of how many they could score. Carson got a much deserved goal when a good passing move was eventually played through for him to draw the keeper and side foot home.

Munn tried a chip from 30 yards spotting the keeper of his line which just skimmed the bar and McDonagh’s mazy run saw him place his effort over the top.

They got their fourth when again a good run down the right from Magennis saw his ball across the face of the goal knocked home by Carmichael.

Team: Armstrong, Penney,(Devlin) Kerr, P Neill, Hamilton, Magennis, Carson, McDonagh, Carmichael,, Collins,(Munn) S Neil.