Saturday 11th October – NADAFL Bobby Dalzell Cup Round 1
Downpatrick FC 2nds 6 v’s Kilmore Rec 2nds 0
Downpatrick went into this match on the back of some impressive results and were looking to continue that run in the Bobby Dalzell Cup against neighbours Kilmore Rec. Due to the competition rules Downpatrick were forced to make a few changes and these changes caused Downpatrick to start slowly but once they got into their stride Kilmore couldn’t cope with the home side.
The first half didn’t see too many chances being created but with two minutes remaining of the half left back Conaill MacNabb picked the ball up in his own half, he advanced into the Kilmore half before playing the ball out wide to left winger Conaill Kerr. MacNabb continued his run into the box and met Kerr’s cross perfectly to give his side the lead.
Half Time: Downpatrick FC 2nds 1 v’s Kilmore Rec 2nds 0
Within five minutes of the second half Downpatrick had doubled their lead through striker Feargal Ward, Sean McMahon played a ball over the top for Ward to run onto and he made no mistake slamming the ball home. Downpatrick’s third goal was a a fine header from midfielder Neal Cunningham who met Kerr’s cross and headed into the back of the net.
Cunningham doubled his tally for the day just two minutes later, Downpatrick won a corner. The corner was taken by Paddy Kerr and was cleared by the Kilmore defence but fell to Neal Cunningham on the edge of the box and the midfielder made no mistake with a great shot into the bottom corner.
Sean McMahon got his customary goal when he controlled a high ball on the edge of the box and turned and gave the Kilmore no chance with a superb volley to make to 5 – 0 to Downpatrick. The final goal of the day came from Conaill Kerr who was superb all game, he drilled the ball home from the edge of the box. Downpatrick had star performers in Blaine Connolly, Conaill Kerr, Neal Cunningham and the impressive Damien Turley.
Downpatrick: 1) R Hagan 2) C Curran 3) C MacNabb 4) B Connolly 5) P O’Reilly 6) N Cunningham 7) P Kerr 8) D Turley 9) F Ward 10) S McMahon 11) C Kerr 12) C Curran 14) P Donnolly 15) S Hughes