Bryson’s side, were looking to bounce back after a difficult day yesterday against a strong Shelbourne select side. The opposition, were Dundalk Schoolboy league, and County Down produced a commanding performance to win 3-1.
The Junior side started well and were almost in front Carson picked the ball up on the half half way line, and clipped a ball towards striker Tipping. The ball was headed clear, but only into the path of Mcllmail who controlled before volleying the ball towards goal, but unfortunately for the Down winger the keeper was equal to the effort.
Down were playing some decent stuff against a strong Dundalk side, and almost took the lead when a neat attacking move involving Tharmaratham and Tipping that released Chambers inside the box on the left hand side, but Bryson’s captain for the day, failed to beat the Dundalk keeper with his left footed drive.
Chambers almost scored again, just a few minutes before half time, when Gordon, after a powerful run through midfield released Tipping down the right hand side. The strapping forward, crossed the ball and Dundalk cleared the ball only as far as the midfielder who controlled, and set himself before stinging the palms of the goalkeeper with a long-range shot. Moments later, the young men from Down went even closer. This time the ball broke to Mcllmail on the edge of box, and the winger cracked the right hand post with a spectacular left footed volley.
As the half time whistle loomed, Down gave the ball away on the edge of their own box. The Dundalk forward picked up the ball and raced clear of Bryson’s defenders but Anderson did brilliantly to divert the effort wide of his right hand post.
Down dominated the first half but found themselves 1-0 down inside the first 2 minutes of the second half when the ball was played down the Dundalk right. The winger collected the ball, outstripping his opposite number, before pulling the ball back to the Dundalk forward who converted from close range. However Bryson’s men were not behind for long, when the ball landed to Henderson on the edge of the box. The substitute controlled the ball before firing the ball into the top right hand corner to restore parity.
County Down were in charge of the game and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. Matheison was a constant threat with his driving runs forward and on one occasion he found Henderson who went close with a shot.
Moments later, the Junior boys had gained the lead they richly deserved for their second half performance, when Chambers released Truesdale inside the box on the left hand side. The forward, stepped onto the ball, and feigned to shoot and instead cut the ball back to Brown who converted from close range to make it 2-1.
It was 3-1 soon after when Chambers collected the ball in midfield, beating a couple of men on his way into the opposition half. He found Truesdale who drove the ball into the feet of Brown, who controlled before spinning his man and finding the back of the net with his finish.
Matheison almost got the goal his play merited when he was released inside the box after a clever one-two with Brown, but the midfielder’s right footed shot went straight at the goalkeeper.
Then in the dying seconds of the match, Brown almost got his hat trick when Kanwei latched onto a through ball down the right, before pulling the ball back into the path of Brown who from 12 yards out missed the target with his left footed shot. Regardless it was a, much improved performance and Bryson will certainly be pleased with what he saw on show as his side ended the Dublin trip with victory.