KILDRUM TIGERS UNDER-13s have been drawn at home to Irish League outfit Ballinamallard in the next round of the Northern Ireland Cup.
The Tigers, who play their underage football across the border in Derry these days, overcame Carrick Rangers Colts 7-1 on Saturday to advance to the next phase and Shane Porter’s team have been rewarded with a home tie in January.
James Kernan fired them 1-0 ahead against Carrick Rangers Colts when he rounded the ‘keeper to score.
Kildrum scored a second soon after through Corey McBride-Gillen finishing off a great move.
Kildrum could have extended their lead through Shane Monaghan but was denied by the post.
Carrick thought they got a lifeline when the referee awarded a penalty, but the Kildrum goalkeeper, Declan Dolan was equal to it.
Carrick did get a goal back, but Kildrum added five goals in part two.
Anton Murtagh fieed an an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net. Soon after Murtagh grabbed his second making a bulldozing run from the midfield before firing a low effort into the far corner.
Kernan grabbed his hat trick unleashing a great effort into the bottom corner, almost straight after Murtagh grabbed his hat trick, again bursting through everybody before find the bottom corner again.
“It was a great way to finish the year,” Porter said.
“With James Kernan’s quality, all he needs is one chance and his goal lifted the whole team.
“Declan’s penalty save I think had a lot to say about the game. If that had gone in, it could have been a different game completely.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to all the parents and players for their commitment during the season and I’m really looking forward to the next game.”
Kildrum will play Ballinamallard at Station Road on January 16th.
Kildrum Tigers: Declan Dolan, Auryn Coyle (Jordan Diver), Aaron O’Donnell (Oran McGrath), Adam Callaghan, CJ Clarke, Anton Murtagh (Caolan Crossan), Shane Coyle (Mark Doherty), Ryan McCarron (Shane McDermott), Shane Monaghan (Jack McCarron), Corey McBride-Gillen (Leon McBearty), James Kernan (Oisin McGrath)