Match reports 2nd April

Buncrana Credit Union Cup Semi Finals

Buncrana hearts 3-0 Moville Celtic

Hearts started brightly and went 1-0 up after 10 minutes when Gerard Boyle scored from the edge of the box after a great cross from Decky Fullerton Hearts continued to press and went 2-0 minutes later when Boyle fired low across the keeper and into the bottom corner  Hearts continued to keep the pressure on and almost made it 3-0 on 20 minutes when Adam Duffy fired wide after a excellent cross from Stephen McHugh No7 ran through hearts midfield and saw his tame effort easily saved by O’Doherty in the hearts goal Hearts almost made it 3-0 when Adam Duffy rounded the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line  10 minutes into the second half Billy McCann has a good effort saved by O’Doherty.  Hearts came back into the game and went 3-0 up on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh played a great ball across the box for Gerard Boyle to tap in from close range Hearts almost made it 4 on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh curled a effort from the edge of the box off the crossbar Hearts continued to press the Moville goal and Adam Duffy had a great chance to make it 4-0 when he was through on goal only to fire wide of the goal Shane Skelly had a great chance to get Moville back in the game only for a great save by O’Doherty Hearts sub Bart Wesolowski went close to ending the game as a contest when he was through on goal and saw his effort bounce off the crossbar

Aileach 1-3 Greencastle

The first chance of this game fell to Aileach on 5mins when a Dermot Doherty cross from the right found
Keith McColgan at the back and the youngster was unlucky to see his header from 6yds go narrowly wide of the Greencastle goal. Greencastle came more into the game after this with James Henry pulling the strings in midfield and they had some good spells of possession without overly troubling Roulstone in the Aileach goal. With half time approaching another right wing cross from Dermot Doherty was cut out at the near post by Michael Barr with Anthony Doherty lurking in front of goal for what would have been a tap in.Greencastle began the second half well and had Aileach pinned back in their defensive third for long periods. On 55 mins Matthew Henry got round the back of the Aileach defence but his lob from 12 yds. cleared Roulstones bar. On the hour Greencastle took a deserved lead when Matthew Henry released Christy Hegarty who rolled the ball to the net low past Roulstones left hand from 10 yds. Aileach responded and were level within 10 mins when a poor clearence out of the Greencastle defence fell to Dermot Doherty and the winger cooly lobbed the retreating keeper from 25 yds. With extra time looking likely Greencastle were awarded a penalty when Cathal McElhinney brought down Matthew Henry and Michael Barr made no mistake from the spot. Aileach
threw everything at Greencastle in injury time but were caught on the break when Jamie McCormack raced clear to seal the win

Inishowen Engineering Division Two “A”

Moville Res             2

Buncrana Res         1


The home side started well and went close on 10 minutes when Colin Doherty’s shot from 25 yards was just off target. They moved ahead mid way through the first half after Norbert Indyka was fouled inside the area with Graeme Doherty scoring the resultant penalty. Buncrana responded and Ryan Coyle had to make a good save from a Michael Doherty effort. The visitors did equalise before the interval when a free kick was delivered in from the right and an unfortunate defender’s attempt to clear saw the ball ending up in his own net. Moville had the upper hand throughout the second half and were out of luck when Colin Doherty shot over from 6 yards after he got on the end of namesake Graeme’s layoff header. And it was stalwart Graeme who scored his second of the match when headed in the winner after 75 minutes after Pearse Doherty’s free arrived in the box. The visitors came closest to equalising near the end when Michael Doherty’s shot was cleared out by Emmet Mc Cauley.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths                      1

Culdaff Res                            4

Played on Saturday night, Culdaff were the more ruthless in front of goal to earn the points.  Aileach started the brighter in the opening 20 minutes with only a long range effort from Paul McHugh to show from it.  Culdaff grew into the game and almost scored when a speculative effort from Michael McFadden deceived Dylan Clarke from 40 yards and clipped the crossbar on  the way over.  Culdaff took the lead on the half hour when Cathal McGrenaghan broke the offside trap and shot from the edge of the box where Clarke parried his initial shot but McGrenaghan reacted first to give Culdaff the lead.  Aileach had two good chances in the next 10 minutes when

Liam Collins and Paul McHugh broke through but heavy touches meant Darragh McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal was able to save at their feet.  Culdaff doubled their advantage before half time when a clearance from an Aileach defender ricocheted of another Aileach player into the path of Niall McLaughlin who slotted into the net.  Aileach started the second half with purpose and cut the arrears within a minute when Conor Harkin send Paul McHugh away and he fired home from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.  Culdaff almost scored immediately when Thomas O’Briens through ball found Niall McLaughlin but Clarke saved bravely to keep the  minimum between the sides.  On the hour, Culdaff increased their lead when Niall McLaughlin’s through ball only found a Aileach defender and his back pass deceived Clarke in the home goal and somehow ended up in the net.  In the 70th minute, Culdaff completed the scoring with the best goal of the game when O’Brien played a beautiful cross from the right into the path of McLaughlin who supplied a deft finish to direct the ball into the bottom left corner to wrap up the points.  Aileach pushed hard to get back into

the game but the Culdaff defenders and McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal proved to be hard to breach.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Glengad Utd      2

Culdaff FC          0


The home side kept their challenge for a third successive league title firmly on track with this derby victory over near neighbours Culdaff. In a bright start Terence Doherty came close when his strike from outside the box brought a smart save from Darragh Mc Laughlin. On 13 minutes Glengad hit the front. Good build up play involving Michael Byrne, Nigel Mc Monagle and Jason Doherty resulted in the latter’s attempt from 20 yards rather fortuitously finding the net at the near post. The score was doubled close to the half hour mark when Terence Doherty latched onto a long ball from John Gerard Mc Laughlin and after being upended inside the area Patrick Mc Dermott converted from the spot. The visitors then had a chance to reduce the deficit but Brendan Fildara’s free kick from outside the box was dealt with comfortably by the home defensive wall. They threatened again after 55 minutes when good work from Dillon Ruddy set up Eugene Mc Laughlin but his strike from 20 yards was saved by Kevin Mc Laughlin. Mid way through the second half a further attempt to reduce the 2 – 0 scoreline saw Mc Laughlin again deny Brendan Fildara who had combined well in a build up with Darren Melarkey along the left. At this stage the game had developed into a midfield battle but the home side remained comfortable. They came nearest to extending their lead minutes from the end when Byrne fed Mc Monagle along the left and his cross to the back post was fired wide by Terence Doherty from 8 yards.


Results 2nd April

Inishowen Football League 2nd April

Buncrana Credit Union Cup  Semi  Final  2pm

Buncrana Hearts  3-0 Moville Celtic Gerard Boyle (3) FT

Aileach FC 1-3 Greencastle FC LS Christy Hegarty, Michael Barr Pen, Jamie Mc Cormick (Greencastle) Dermott Doherty (Aileach)


Jackie Crossan Premier Division     2pm

 Glengad United 2-0 Culdaff FC  Jason Doherty, Paddy Mc Dermott Pen



Strand Hotel First Division 2pm

Illies Celtic 7-2  Aileach Res . M. Coyle (4) Paddy Doherty, Kevin Mc Gonagle, John Pio Donaghey (Illies)

Stephen O’ Donnell (2) Aileach

Illies are First Division Champions


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am

Redcastle Res  2-3 Illies Res FT

Moville Res 2-1 Buncrana  Res FT

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths 1-4 Culdaff Res FT

Results from this Morning

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am

Redcastle Res  2-3 Illies Res

Moville Res 2-1 Buncrana  Res

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths 1-4  Culdaff Res

Match Reports 26th March

Inishowen Football League 26th March

Donegal Signs Reserve League Shield Final

Greencastle Res          1

Moville Res                  2

The first chance fell to Moville when Graeme Doherty crossed to the back post where Kevin McDermott controlled and fired wide before minutes later Kyle Harkin advanced and unleashed a twenty five yards effort which Puaric Carey Doherty held well. But Greencastle took the lead in their first attack on 13 minutes when a Long throw found Shaun Downey who hooked across goal for John McDermott to slot home. Greencastle had another chance on 19 minutes after a long kick out was seized on by Eunan McDaid whose attempted lob was well saved by Ryan Coyle at full stretch.Moville replied and James Gillen had a twenty five yards effort just past the post while at the other end a dangerous David Henry cross just eluded Pauric Gillen at full stretch. Moville came more into the game before the break and after a good move Ryan McColgan headed narrowly over. Moville dominated the second period and Norbert Indyka won possession before firing just over from twenty five yards. Minutes later Kyle Harkin lashed a free kick inches past Carey-Doherty’s right hand post. They did get back on terms on 75 minutes when  a ball over the top was well controlled by Kevin McDermott who slotted low past the keeper from sixteen yards. On 81 minutes Indyka headed a Nathan Harkin free over before Greencastle’s first threat of the half came when Tom Heuston saw his free kick sail just over the angle. With extra time looming a long kick out was flicked on by Indyka for McDermott to race clear and fire high past Carey- Doherty and clinch the shield for Darren Bredin’s side.

Peter Mc Laughlin of Donegal Signs Presenting the Reserve League Shield to Moville captain Kevin Mc Dermott

Man of the Match

Brendan McDermott and Shaun Downey batted well for the runners up while Declan Diver and Norbert Indyka were impressive for Moville. But goals win games and the award goes to the ever alert and clinical finishing of Moville’s Kevin McDermott.



Ulster Cup  Semi Finals    

Aileach FC         1

Glengad United           3

On 15 minutes Terence Doherty broke clear but fired over from twelve yards. The same player then sprung the offside trap five minutes later when he raced clear and rounded John Roulstone and slotted home. But Aileach got back on terms when the unmarked Gavin Doherty headed past Seamus Houghton in the Glengad goal.

Glengad got back in front on 33 minutes after poor defending allowed  Doherty to fire home from a corner. They stretched their lead before the break when Nigel McMonagle ghosted in at the back post to convert a James McKinney cross. Glengad were unlucky not to increase their lead on 52 minutes after Doherty crossed  for McMonagle whose first time effort crashed off the bar. Aileach huffed and puffed  but failed to really trouble  Glengad with Darren McMonagle weaving into the area and pulling the ball back but there was no one there to avail of the chance. Their best chance came late on after the visitors defence failed to clear Paddy Slevin fired over from six yards when he should have done better.

Culdaff FC                    2

Cootehill Harps            1     ( AET)

This game could have gone either way and the home side got the rub of the green on a couple of occasions. Culdaff settled the better and Brendan McLaughlin had a right footed effort saved by James Smith before Michael Coyle headed wide from a corner.  The home side then took the lead on the half hour when after a Eugene McLaughlin cross was blocked the winger fired across for Brendan McLaughlin to volley home from close range. Eugene McLaughlin had another snapshot parried by Smith who recovered to smother at Paul McLaughlin’s feet. Cootehill ‘s first effort was a twenty five yards shot from Keith Fannin which Darragh McLaughlin gathered easily. The final chance fell to Coyle who latched onto a quick throw in but volleyed over. There was an explosive start  to the second period and Cootehill had a clear chance when Fannin ran clear but fired weakly at McLaughlin. Culdaff replied and had two chances inside a minute. Firstly Brendan Mclaughlin poked past the advancing Smith but just wide before Smith advanced to block another effort as McLaughlin bore down on goal. Cootehill’s Enda Hessin then advanced from the back and unleashed a powerful thirty yards effort which crashed off the angle of the post and bar. Gary McCrudden then headed a Paddy Smith cross wide before Culdaff had an effort from Ryan Greene saved and a long range Darren Mullarkey effort drop just over. Cootehill got back on terms and forced extra time when they equalized on 81 minutes after the home defence failed to clear a free kick and the ball broke for McCrudden to slot low to the corner.

Culdaff regained the lead early in the first half of extra time after Brendan McLaughlin rounded a defender and from a tight angle fired low past Smith. Cootehill responded and before the break Caolan Reilly headed wide at the back post when he should have done better. Cootehill pushed hard in the second period but the home side defended deep and well to see out  a hard fought win and set up a repeat of the 2016 Ulster Cup final against Glengad.

Buncrana Credit Union Cup 

Greencastle FC            3

Carn FC                         0

Greencastle qualified for the semi-final’s’ of the Credit Union cup with a comprehensive victory against Carndonagh today at Chapel Lane. Greencastle started the match in a high tempo not giving their opponents time to settle. They took the lead mid-way through the half when a free kick from Man of the Match Shaun Doherty from the half way line picked out the in rushing Michael Barr to head home from fourteen yards. It wasn’t long before the home side doubled their lead, with the same duo combining again, Doherty’s free kick from the right was whipped to the far post for Barr to volley home from close range. Barr nearly increased the home team’s advantage when his audacious effort from inside his own half was turned around the post for a corner. The second half was much as the same as the first, with Greencastle controlling matters, limiting Carn to long range efforts that never troubled the home goal.  The home side settled the match as a contest in the 70th minute when Shaun Cavanagh ran onto a through ball from Matthew Henry, rounded the advancing keeper and slide the ball into the empty net.

Greencastle saw out the rest of the game to ensure safe passage to the semi final’s and away game  to Aileach.






Jackie Crossan Premier Division    

Clonmany Shamrocks           3

Dunree United                      0

Clonmany kept the pressure on at the top of the table with this comfortable win over relegated Dunree. They opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Jamie Coyle broke clear of the visitors defence to fire low past Philip Doherty. Midway through the half a Mark McLaughlin pass released Coyle whose attempted lob was just over.

Dunree spurned a great chance after Jerry Farrell was upended in the area but Kevin McColgan blazed the penalty well wide. Clonmany then spurned an equally good chance when McLaughlin crossed deep for Dessie Doherty who somehow headed wide with the goal at his mercy. On 54minutes Coyle got his second of the game when he pounced on a loose ball to fire low to the corner. They sealed the game on 72 minutes when Coyle released Paddy Doherty and he tucked the ball low into the corner.

Buncrana Hearts                   3

QPS                                         0

The hearts started this game well and took the lead on 15minutes after Kevin O Loughlin got on the end of a Declan Fullerton corner to power a header home. Midway through the half Michael Nicholas fired over from distance before Larry McColgan saw a header well saved by Eoghan O Doherty. On the stroke of half time the home side almost doubled their lead but an Adam Duffy volley was well saved by Oisin Burke. Hearts started the second period well and O’Loughlin fired wide from a close range volley  and Duffy was denied twice by Oisin Burke. Good work by Oisin O Flaherty   and Ben Bradley then set up  Duffy to hammer low to the corner on 75 minutes. Substitute Bradley then got his name on the score sheet to end the game as a contest.

Strand Hotel First Division

Cockhill Youths                      0

Illies Celtic                             2

Illies despite being short a few regulars and Stephen  Grant suffering an injury  after ten minutes. Illies dominated the opening half and John Campbell was denied by a stunning one handed save from Declan Caldwell before John Pio Donaghey fired wide when he should have done better. On the half hour William McLaughlin played a ball over the top for Campbell to race clear and  fired low past Caldwell.  Cockhill came more into the game on the restart with Darragh McDermott, Michael Owen Doherty and Tommy Doherty all going close with good efforts. But illies got their crucial second goal after a corner was played to Campbell who fed Michael Coyle and he burst through to squeeze the ball past Caldwell on 77 minutes. Cockhill then had a great chance when McDermott broke into the area but tried to chip Johnathan Noone who gathered well. Campbell was unlucky not to add a third when his late effort crashed back off the bar.

Redcastle United                  2

Aileach Res                            2

The home side went ahead on 11 minutes when Brendan Murphy chipped Alleach keeper Ciaran Bradley after a square ball from John Lynch. They could have increased their lead minutes later when  Sean Curran’s deep delivery found Kevin Toner but Bradley turned his effort round the post . Redcastle did eventually increase their lead on the half hour when Murphy collected another Curran delivery and placed the ball home past the keeper. Aileach

had the first opportunity of the second half but were thwarted by Michael Mc Cole who came out smartly to deny Ruiari Bradley from close range. Mc Cole denied Aileach again soon after, bravely blocking a Michael Doherty shot .  Aileach got a goal back when James Gillespie connected with a Bradley free to loop a header over mc Cole to the net. They then  got back on terms on 80 minutes when a Bradley corner found Gillespie at the back post and he headed home unchallenged to earn a point.



Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Cockhill Res                  2

Culdaff Res                   0


In bright sunshine both teams started brightly knowing that a win for

Cockhill would mean they clinch the Group B shield and a win for Culdaff would keep their hopes alive. It was Culdaff who first threatened to score with a when Martin Keddy  hit a well

struck free kick which was well saved by Gary Robinson. However, Cockhill responded well and on 15 minutes they took the lead when

a great through ball found Ryan Mallett in the  far side of the box who squared it for Gary Brelsin to slot home from 10 yards past Callum Doherty to give Cockhill the lead. Cockhill almost made it 2 on 20 minutes when a Gary Breslin header beat Doherty in the Culdaff goal but it was cleared off the line by  Cathal McGrenaghan. There were little chances for either team in the next 15 minutes or so

until Tristan Donaghy latched on to a flick on from Gary Breslin who was unlucky not to score with his lob which landed just over the bar.

Culdaff had the last chance of the half with McGrenaghan  but his shot failed to hit the target. Cockhill started the second half on the front foot almost making it two within a minute of the restart. Keegan Hegarty played a great ball forward and under pressure Gary Breslin fired over the bar from just inside the box. Culdaff responded well and put Cockhill under some pressure with Gary Robinson having to come off his line quickly to make a good save at the

foot of Keddy. On 65 minutes Cockhill were reduced to 10 men when Ryan Mallett was given a straight red card. Cockhill regrouped and made a few changes shortly after bringing on Eddie Cuffe and Jude Mullan to tighten things up and give Cockhill some fresh legs now down to 10 men. Despite being down to 10 men the Cockhill players rose to the challenge and shortly after coming on Eddie Cuffe crossed the ball which found Andy McElhinney at the back post who fired home to give Cockhill a two nil lead and a bit of breathing space being a man short. Culdaff with the man advantage and having to win to keep their hopes of winning the group alive pushed forward bringing on a number of subs and pushing more men forward and put Cockhill under some pressure towards the end. One of the subs Niall McLaughlin was very unlucky not to score with a great effort on

goal but Cockhill’s keeper pulled off a great finger tip save to  maintain Cockhill’s two goal cushion. Culdaff again pressed and this Cockhill’s Barney Gubbins was in the right place at the right time to clear off the line from a shot by McGrenaghan. Despire tiring and being a man short Cockhill were still creating chances and almost put the game to bed on 88 minutes when Paddy McLaughlin teed up

Ryan Duffy who lobbed the on rushing  Doherty but say his effort bounce off the bar. However, that was enough for Cockhill to see the game out and clinch the Reserve Division Group B title with another fine and very hard fought win to end the season on a high.

Cockhill Reserves winners of Division ” B



Hannon Greene Insurances Fr O Gara Cup

Aileach Youths             0

Clonmany Res              2

In fine conditions for football, Aileach started the game brightly and

almost took the lead in the first minute when Keith McColgan played Patrick Curran through but Curran lobbed McGonagle in the Clonmany goal but the ball dropped just over the bar.  Clonmany were next to come close on 20 minutes when Oisin Hession got on the end of a Jake Harkin cross and the ball smashed off the bar.  Clonmany pressed a lot more at this stage but found the Aileach defence a tough nut to crack with Declan O’Donnell and Ryan Doherty defending well.  The Clonmany centre midfield was dominant at this stage with Michael Doherty pulling the strings but Aileach restricted them to long range efforts that didn’t trouble Clarke in the home goal. Clonmany flew out of the traps at the start of the second half and took the lead within minutes when Jake Harkin overlapped on the left hand side and delivered a cross to the back post where an unfortunate defender slipped at the vital moment and the ball broke to Conor Doherty who fired home from ten yards.  Aileach were always dangerous on the break and on the hour Daibidh Grant sent Curran away but his initial shot was parried by McGonigle back into Curran’s path but his second shot was cleared off the line.  Aileach pushed hard in the last ten minutes to try and generate an opening but a few goalmouth scrambles was the result of their efforts with the ball not breaking in their favour in the box.  Clonmany wrapped the game up in injury time when a weary Aileach clearance was pounced on by John Porter who fired inside the near post past Clarke from ten yards to ensure Clonmany’s progress to the semi-final. Overall although Clonmany deserved

to win the game, Aileach Youths can be proud of pushing a team, that may be three divisions ahead of them by the start of next season, to the limit.

Fixtures for 2nd April

Inishowen Football League 2nd April

Buncrana Credit Union Cup  Semi  Final  2pm

Buncrana Hearts  V Moville Celtic

D McLaughlin  assisted  G O’Kane, L Porter

Aileach FC V Greencastle FC

L Davenport assisted by  B McDaid, E Doherty

Jackie Crossan Premier Division     2pm

 Glengad United V Culdaff FC   T Moyne



Strand Hotel First Division 2pm

Illies Celtic V  Aileach Res  W Harvey


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am

Redcastle Res  V Illies Res  T McAree

Moville Res V Buncrana  Res     G McLaughlin

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths V  Culdaff Res J Porter



Ulster Junior Cup

Aileach 1-3 Glengad Gavin Dohety (Aileach) Terence Doherty 2 Nigel Mc Monagle ( Glengad)

Culdaff 2-1 Coothill Aet  Benny Mc Laughlin (2) Culdaff, Garry Mc Crudden Coothill

Buncrana Credit Union Cup

Greencastle 3-0 Carn M.Barr (2) S. Cavanagh

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Buncrana 3-0 QPS K. O’ Loughlin, A. Duffy, B. Bradley

Clonmany 3-0 Dunree P. Doherty, J. Coyle (2)

Strand Hotel First Division

Cockhill 0-2 Illies M. Coyle, J. Campbell

Redcastle 2-2 Aileach Res B. Murphy (2) Redcastle, James Gillespie (2) Aileach

Inishowen Engineering Division Two

Buncrana Res 3-0 Redcastle Res

Cockhill Res 2-0 Culdaff Res

Fixtures for 25th & 26th March

Inishowen Football League 26th March

Ulster Junior Shield  Semi Final  1.30pm

Glenea United Res       v        Illies Celtic Res


Donegal Signs Reserve League Shield Final

Saturday 25th March  Maginn Park 5pm

Greencastle Res            v        Moville Res

Liam Porter assisted  by  Jason Porter  & G O Kane


Ulster Cup  Semi Finals  ET & Pens   


Aileach FC           v        Glengad United      2pm

W Harvey assisted by  S Deeney & G O Kane

Culdaff FC            v                 Cootehill Harps     1.30pm

T Moyne  assisted by JJ Lafferty & G McLaughlin 

Buncrana Credit Union Cup  Semi  Final  2pm

Greencastle FC             v        Carn FC

M McGonigle ,  L Porter & JP Houten

Jackie Crossan Premier Division     2pm

Clonmany Shamrocks V  Dunree United     E Doherty

Buncrana Hearts V  QPS   D McLaughlin

Strand Hotel First Division 2pm

Cockhill Youths V  Illies Celtic   B McDaid

Redcastle United V Aileach Res  J Porter   


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am  

Buncrana Res V Redcastle Res A McAleer

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Cockhill Res  V Culdaff Res C Doherty

Hannon Greene Insurances Fr O Gara Cup 11am

Aileach Youths  V Clonmany Res  

G O Kane assisted by   E Doherty  &  S  Deeney


Tuesday 28th March

Charlie O Donnell Cup Quarter finals  7.30pm  Et & Pens

Illies Celtic           v        Glengad United

T Moyne assisted by JP Houten and L Porter.

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