Causeway Chronicle

Good away win at Paddy’s Park

Dunaghy  0 Draperstown Celtic 3

The reserves made the trip to Paddy’s Park, Dervock, in their second game following the winter break.  

On a cold morning where the pitch was small, DC knew that they would have to be at their best to compete with a very good Dunaghy side. From the first whistle the team were eager in their pressing and creating chances when on the ball. Emmett McKillion and Ryan McGuigan began to dictate the midfield which led to the first big chance which fell to the feet of Tristan Caulfield who hit the post following a pinpoint cross from Killian McGuigan.  

The chances didn’t stop coming, shortly after Anton Kelly hit the post from a good shot outside the box and the ball landed back to Tristan at a difficult angle and he hit the bar. DC didn’t have it all their own way, Dunaghy were dangerous on the counter as they looked to break quickly once a DC attack broke down. Dunaghy wanted to use the players out wide to create chances but were well marked by the whole back line, also including great goalkeeping for Stevie Walsh which prevented DC from conceding before the break.  

With a lot of great chances it was looking like it would take a moment of magic to put DC ahead before the break. That moment came from Killian, who caught the defender unaware and nipped the ball from him and took off on an amazing run with 2 men failing to take him down before dispatching the ball over the diving keeper to give the away side the lead on the brink of the break. 

After halftime Dunaghy came out strong trying to equalise, hitting the bar and creating chances but the defence stood firm. Gavin Kelly and Ryan McCullagh had to contend with a tall hold up striker who is very good and Rhys Walsh and Nathan Murphy protecting the wide areas. The whole back line was stellar with Stevie pulling off terrific saves also. A moment of quick thinking brought about the second goal for DC with Stevie distributing the ball to Rhys perfectly who went on to assist Andrew McShane who expertly dispatched the ball into the far corner.  

The game wasn’t over because Dunaghy never stopped so DC had to continue to dig in for the clean sheet. The game was wrapped up when a clearance from Gavin led to a mistake from the Dunaghy defender who was excellent all day, presented Conor McCann a golden opportunity which he took by lifting it over the on rushing keeper to finish the game 3-0.  

Nathan Murphy was today’s MOTM as he was exceptional in not missing a tackle or a header and working up and down the line for 90 minutes. A special mention to Tristan Caufield who was brilliant on his first start for the reserves. Also good luck to Dunaghy for the rest of the season. 

Dunaghy 1 Ricki Doherty GK 3 Michael Black C 5 Jonathan Wade 7 Mark Blair 8 Andrew Shepherd 9 Nathan Blair 10 Melvyn McAuley 11 Warren Blair 14 Gareth Wilmont 17 Christopher Barkley 19 Gareth Barkley Substitutions 2 Matthew Drain 6 James Glass 15 Robert Arnold Blair 16 Joseph Patton

Draperstown Celtic Reserves 1 Steven Walsh GK 2 Ryan McCullagh 3 Gavin Kelly 4 Rhys Walsh 5 Nathan Murphy 6 Ryan McGuigan C 7 Killian McGuigan 8 Emmett McKillion 10 Tristian Caufield 11 Conor McCann 16 Anton Kelly Substitutions 9 John Glass 12 Andrew Mcshane 14 Aidan Lagan 15 Elliot Young 17 Callum White 18 Lee Walsh

Referee: Rodney Culbertson

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