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Draperstown comeback from a goal down to progress in Cup

Paul McGovern congratulates Chrissy Hegarty on scoring what would turn out to be the match winner for Draperstown Celtic over BBOB in the Matt Morrison Cup

Draperstown Celtic 2 BBOB Londonderry 1

Ryan O’Kane 51′ Christopher Hegarty 80′. Gary Collett 20′

North-West Cup holders BBOB travelled to Cahore in an eagerly anticipated clash in the Matt Morrison Memorial Cup.

A very even contest played in front of a large crowd was settled by two moments of real quality by veteran O’Kane and stalwart Hegarty. 

A cagey start by both with no real attempts of note until the 17th minute. A long searching ball caught out the DC defence and a smart finish put BBOB one up. The goal unsettled DC and it could have been two as BBOB had a good chance that went narrowly over the bar. DC did have a great chance of their own when O’Kane got on the end of good Hegarty cross, but his header went agonisingly over. It remained 1-0 at half time. 

DC started the second half the better side as Bradley started to control midfield alongside Conway and McGovern. The goal was coming, and it came on the 52nd minute. Cauldfield won the ball, played it into Hegarty who slipped in O’Kane. As the veteran raced forward at full pace, he decided to hit the bouncing ball on his left foot and found the top corner from 25yards. A goal of the season contender! 

The goal woke BBOB up and the next 10minutes they had a good spell and would have taken the lead only for a fantastic fingertip save from Cassidy. The game was very much in the balance and Glass made a couple of changes bringing on the lively Farrelly and wily Higgins. Glass made a switch of formation putting Hegarty onto the left side and it was this change that paved the way for the second goal and ultimately won the game. Farrelly running at the BBOB defence stretched the game and on one of his runs he found Hegarty with a smart pass. Hegarty cut inside and smashed the ball into the top corner to seal victory for DC in the 75th minute. 

DC seen the game out well and had a couple of good chances to score their third but settled for a fine 2-1 win against the holders. 

Next up back to league action against Aghadowey at home. 

Draperstown Celtic 1 Aaron Cassidy GK 2 Raymond Caulfield 3 Jonathan Irwin 4 Gary Conway 5 Gareth Haskins C 6 Christopher McKillion 7 Christopher Hegarty 8 Paul McGovern 9 Steven Higgins 10 Ryan O’Kane 11 Christopher Bradley Substitutions 12 Mark Farrelly 14 Dylan Oneil 15 John Higgins 18 Anton Kelly

BBOB Londonderry 1 Adam Lamberton GK 3 John Mallett C 5 Thomas Wray 7 Aaron Kivelehan 9 Richard Lynch 10 Kyle Friel Curran 12 Lee Roddy 14 Gary Collett 16 Adam Dougherty 50 Maurice Curtis 99 Conor Deane Substitutions 20 Ryan Lynch GK 11 Dylan McElhatton 13 Ryan McFadden 15 Mark Cooke 69 Stephen Dougherty

Referee: Mark Millar

TOTH Colts 1 – 2010s 4 

After quick start from TOTH the boys found themselves a goal down. As the half went on the DC lads started to get into the game more, creating plenty of chances, and where unlucky not to be coming in at 1-1 but as it stood it was 1-0 to the hosts.

Cillian only had to make one other save. A few changes were made and the formation was tweaked, Ronan Bradley on the left started to cause the TOTH defence bother and the lads penned TOTH in to their own half. Gaps started to appear and the speed off Ronan, Ryan McEldowney and Connlan Hegarty stretched the back four. Ronan broke down the left, cut inside, squared it to Ryan McEldowney who converted to square the game.

The second wasn’t long in coming. After a good passage off play, starting with Owen winning the ball in midfield, he played a good ball to Connlan who flicked the ball to a on rushing Rian McKee who nipped in between the defender and keeper to make it 2-1. Connlan got the third and fourth with great one touch passing and moving.

Well done lads.

Mark Farrelly had a fine cameo from the bench for DCFC in their Matt Morrison Cup win over BBOB

A big second half performance from Chris Bradley in the DC midfield helped drive Draperstown Celtic to a good win over BBOB in the Matt Morrison Cup

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