Well earned win for Dromara Thirds

Dromara Village 3rds...3

Ballynagross 2nds.......2

A youthful Dromara third team entertained league newcomers Ballynagross and got the victory in an entertaining game that at stages was end to end stuff.

Dromara started off brightly and were playing at a high tempo but without creating any clear cut chances although the front pairing of Mcdonald and Rowan were working very hard.

Dromara’s midfield three of Tate, Burns and McVeigh were soon taking control of the midfield and Dromara soon got their reward for a good start. A corner was floated in by McVeigh and and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, young Matty Rowan was on hand to poke the ball over the line.

Dromara could have been two up when a superb passing move saw Burns play the ball into McDonald who flicked it into the path of Tate who was now charging in on goal but he saw his effort well saved by the Ballynagross keeper.

Dromara were now well on top and it was no surprise when they doubled their advantage with ten mins to go until half time.

This time it was Rowan’s strike partner, Adam McDonald who got on the end of a superb through ball from Nathan Hamilton and he cut in from the right hand corner of the eighteen yard box and he finished superbly to give the keeper no chance. T

he first half finished with Dromara counting themselves very unlucky not to be more than two goals in front.

The second half saw Ballynagross change formation and they started to dominate proceedings as Dromara struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Ballynagross got back into the game when there striker unleashed a thirty yard thundebolt into the top corner which gave the Dromara keeper no chance. Dromara came back with a couple of godd chances of there own with Tate unlucky from a free kick and Rowan and Hamilton going close. But it was Ballynagross who got the next goal to get back on level terms. A ball over the top saw the Dromara keeper rush out of his goal and brought down the inrushing Ballynagross striker to give the Referee no option but to point to the spot. The resulting penalty was superbly saved but he could do nothing to prevent Ballynagross scoring the rebound.

With twenty mins to go and the game now level, Dromara reverted to a four four two formation and this saw Dromara get slightly back on top of the game. With 15 mins to go Dromara got what would prove to be the winner when another excellent corner by McVeigh saw captain Gary Porter outjump his marker to bullet home a header into the back of the net.

Dromara were able to see the game out after this with good performances from everyone in the squad giving them a good start to the season. This Saturday sees Dromara travel to Saintfield AYC in the Bobby Dalzell Cup.