By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs Under 15s finished off their 2018 League campaign and sunny United Park on Sunday with a victory over visitors Derry City.
This was a game that the Drogs had a high percentage of possession in the first half, playing the ball well out of defence and fighting tenaciously in midfield, but too often they hesitated or took the wrong option in front of goal, but in the end they continued to play positively and their rewards came in the second half.
The Drogs almost opened the scoring in the second minute when Aaron Murphy sent over a great cross from the right and Ruari Kinsella was unlucky to see his good shot just about turned around the post for a corner by the Derry keeper. On 16 minutes Tadgh Connolly turned beautifully in from the right wing, leaving the Derry defence wrong-footed, but his great shot was just wide of the post. On 28 minutes keeper Anto got down well to smother a good Derry shot. For all their pressure, the Drogs had little to show as then went in 0-0 at half-time.
Derry came more into the game in the second half and attacked from the restart and, from a dangerous cross on the Derry right, it looked like the visitors were about to take the lead only for Jack Crowe to miraculously clear the ball of the line. Derry continued to attack and hit the post on 50 minutes and for the next 15 minutes it was anyone’s game but on 71 minutes the Drogs finally broke through following good work on the left by Sean Buchanan and Owen Murphy and Tadgh Connolly finished the resultant cross to the net for the lead goal.
Michael Burns had a great opportunity to add to the lead 6 minutes later, but screwed his shot wide. As time ran out Aaron Naughton made it 2-0 to the Drogs with an expertly taken penalty.
Team: Antonio Ignat, Aaron Murhy, Craig Gray, , Nick Palov, Aaron Naughton ©, Joshua Wall, Luke Caffrey, Tadgh Connolly, Josh Lancaster, Jack Crowe, Ruari Kinsella.
Subs (roll on, roll off), Jack McCarthy, Michael Hilliard, Owen Murphy, Sean Buchanan, Reuben Maher Michael Burns, John McDonagh, Francis Campbell