Causeway Chronicle

Bradley brace for Celtic and an og for Aghadowey

Mark Farrelly continued his recent fine run of form for Draperstown Celtic by scoring a screamer to secure a point against Aghadowey

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Christopher Bradley 7′, 76′, Mark Farrelly 85′ for Draperstown, Patrick Kearney 32′, 77′, Christopher Bradley 79′ (OG) for Aghadowey

Aghadowey were the visitors to a bitterly cold Cahore, where the snow had just thawed in time to let the game go ahead. It was a great game for the neutral and both teams will feel aggrieved that they didn’t take the three points.

DC started very brightly and scored inside the first 10 minutes. Sammy Bradley with a rocket from 25 yards that clipped the inside of the post before nestling into the back of the net. DC had more chances to extend their lead but just couldn’t make the breakthrough, both a combination of good defending and poor finishing was their downfall.

Aghadowey grew into the game and struck back on the half hour mark.  P Kearney slipped in between 2 DC defenders and McGovern stuck out a leg and upended the striker. Kearney sent Cassidy the wrong way from the spot and the half finished 1-1.

The second half was end to end with both teams pushing for the win. DC introduced Farrelly and Trail for his debut and they looked the most likely to get the third. Aghadowey defended bravely as they faced a number of fantastic crosses from Heron, clearing dangerous balls from under their own crossbar. The third goal did come however, a great cross field ball found the dangerous Farrelly who headed back across to Sammy Bradley who tapped in to make it 2-1.

DCs plans to see the game out were immediately dashed as Aghadowey scored straight after the restart. P Kearney again with the goal, this time a smart shot from inside the box clipped the inside of the far post giving Cassidy no chance. It didn’t end there for Aghadowey as two minutes later they were 3-2 up. A cross hit the back pedalling Bradley sending the ball into his own goal. DC to their credit didn’t give up and went straight on the offensive looking for an equaliser. They found it on the 85th minute. The excellent Farrelly scored the best goal of the day as his shot from 20 yards was still rising as it found the top corner.

It was a frantic last 5mins where Aghadowey had a big shout for a penalty and DC had a number of corners and attacks but neither side found the winner. A great physical game played in good spirits by two good sides.

Next up DC welcome Ballycastle in the S&S Shield.

Draperstown Celtic 1 Aaron Cassidy GK 2 Raymond Caulfield 3 Steven Higgins
4 Jonathan Irwin 5 Gareth Haskins C 6 Christopher McKillion 7 Aaron McGlade 8 Paul McGovern 9 Brendan Heron 10 Christopher Hegarty 11 Christopher Bradley Substitutions 12 Mark Farrelly 14 John Higgins 15 Faolan McNicholl 16 Aaron Traill 18 Anton Kelly

Aghadowey 1 Peter Stuart GK 2 Carl Diamond 3 Keelan Feeney 4 Padraig Cassidy 5 Francis Kearney 6 Michael Kirkpatrick 7 Neill McNicholl 8 Fintan McGurk C 9 Patrick Kearney 10 Christopher Dempsey 14 Michael McGuckin Substitutions 11 Ciaran Diamond 12 Niall McQuillan 15 Lorcan Spier 16 Christopher Maguire 17 Daniel Mulholland 18 Ronan Hampson 19 Caolan Milne

Referee: Stephen McGuckin

Paul McGovern rises high to challenge the Aghadowey keeper

Benny Heron and Christopher Bradley celebrate Bradley putting Draperstown Celtic one up against Aghadowey at Cahore

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