FAI Junior Cup
Glengad Utd 1
Glenea Utd 0
In the early stages the home side dominated possession without really carving out many clear cut opportunities. After a quarter of an hour Stephen Fildara found Shane Canning on the edge of the box and his firmly struck shot was saved by Joe Coll. What turned out to be the decisive goal arrived on 35 minutes. A superb ball from Matthew Byrne found Terence Doherty on the left of the box. He cut inside, beat a defender and gave Coll no chance as he drove to the top corner of the net. The visitors first real chance of note came when a Lee Ferry shot from 18 yards just cleared the crossbar. Ten minutes into the second half Matthew Byrne accepted a pass from Doherty but his attempt just skimmed the upright. Glenea came close on the hour mark when Conor Mc Gee’s cross found Aiden Ferry but he headed over from 8 yards when he really should have hit the target. They threatened again with a Dean Mc Garry attempt hitting a defender and being deflected wide of a post in what was another letoff for the home side. The final action of the game came when aFildara pass found Nigel Mc Monagle but his shot was claimed by Coll. Glengad now advance to the open draw stages of this competition where they will be hoping for a home draw.
Greencastle 7-1 Keadue Rovers
Greencastle progressed to the National Stages of the FAI Junior Cup for the first time in their history today after a dominant display saw them run out 7-1 winners against a well organised Keadue Rovers side. Played in difficult conditions at Chapel Lane, credit must be given to both teams for their efforts in playing free flowing attacking football. After a nervy start Greencastle settled into their rhythm and took the lead in the 25th minute after a brilliant interchange of passing between the Henry brothers released Christy Hegarty who fired an unstoppable half volley to the bottom corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. Greencastle increased their lead 3 minutes later after another great footballing move Shaun Cavanagh squared for Matthew Henry to fire home from 12 yards. James Henry made it three when his brother played a ball over the top found him in space he rounded the keeper to score in an empty net. It was four just before half time when Matthew Henry got his second after another slick move Gavin Harkin released him to power home. Greencastle didn’t let up after the restart and quickly added two more goals, their fifth coming via an OG after good work by Hegarty, their sixth coming from Joe Doherty who fired home from 18 yards after a through ball from Michael Barr. Keadue to their credit didn’t give up and got a consolation goal with 10 minutes to go. Greencastle rounded of a good day when Barr himself got on the score sheet when he played a one two with Shaun Downey left him with an open net to score. Good all round performance by Greencastle and s throughly deserved victory.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Buncrana Hearts 1
Clonmany Shamrocks 0
Buncrana Hearts ran out 1-0 winners in this game at home to last year’s runners up Clonmany. Hearts welcomed Ryan Doherty back into their side today and he was man of the match in this game. Hearts opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Calvin Gallagher played an excellent ball from the middle of the midfield out to Pat Loughrey who played an excellent ball into Adam Duffy who scored an excellent half volley from the edge of the box. Clonmany finally came into this game minutes before half time when Mark McLaughlin saw his close range effort bounce back off the post and into the grateful hands of hearts keeper Eoghan O’Doherty. Second half was again was all Hearts and Stephen McHugh fired a close range effort wide. Hearts again pressed the Clonmany goal and Ryan Curran flashed a long range effort over with 15 minutes left to play.Mark McLaughlin once again went close when he hit the post from 5 yards. Hearts closed out this game and ran out deserved 1-0 winners.
Aileach 2-1 Carn
Aileach begun well and five minutes in Jordan Mc Geady got free down the right and his early cross found Cathal McElhinney but the centre half couldnt keep his header on target.On 20 minutes Aileach took the lead when a long through ball by Cathal McElhiney found Dermott Doherty in loads of space inside the box and he drilled the ball low past Daniel Houghton from 12 yards.The middle of the half was a very scrappy affair with both sides guilty of wasting possssion. With half time approaching, a miss hit clearance by Houghton was collected in mid field by McGeady and his goal bound lob from 40 yards brought a fine stop from the recovering Houghton. HT – 1-0
Carn started the second half better and on 50 minutes , Shane Doherty played a diagonal ball for Dermott Doherty but the winger just failed to control the ball and it fell nicely for Roulstone. on the hour,Aileach replied when Anthony Doherty broke clear on the right but his shot from an acute angle was comfortably dealt with by Houghton.Carn got back on terms on 70 minutes when Girn Dzelins got behind the Aileach defence and pulled the ball back for sub Darragh Deery to turn homr from close range. With 5 mins left, Aileach regained the lead when Caomhan McFeeley rounded the full back and crossed for Thomas McMackin to head home from 6 yards.With time almost up, a goal mouth scramble resulted in Darren McMonagle clearing off the line to secure the three points.
FT – 2-1
Quigley’s Point Swifts 0-2 Dunree United
Dunree United picked up their first points of the season with a hard-fought victory against Quigley’s Point Swifts in Muff.
The home side were on the attack early. In the first minute, Chris Montieth’s low shot forced a good save from Dunree keeper Phillip Doherty. On three minutes, Stephen Grant’s cross from the right was met by Raymond Buchanan but his shot was deflected over the bar from six yards.The away side got into the game, with Phillip McGuinness going close with a sixteen yard effort on twelve minutes. Three minutes later, a long high ball from Liam Baldrick was latched onto by James O’Donnell but his Point keeper Oisin Burke blocked his shot from eight yards.The rest of the half was scrappy affair with much of the play bogged down in midfield. Brian McColgan headed wide for the Swifts from another good cross from Grant on twenty-four minutes. A minute before the break, Dunree forward Oisin O’Flaherty was played through by a Darryl Moran pass but his shot found the side-netting.The second half started much as the first ended, with the Quigley’s Point enjoying more of the possession but both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. On fifty-five minutes, Baldrick’s free-kick from the edge on the Point penalty box went over the bar. A minute later, Joe McKinney’s well-struck shot from twenty yards drew a strong save from Doherty.Dunree broke the deadlock on sixty-six minutes. James O’Donnell was played in by O’Flaherty on the left hand side of the penalty box, and his shot from a tight angle went in off the far post.The Muff side pushed for an equaliser, with Montieth going close from sixteen yards on sixty-nine minutes. But the visitors were resilient and well-organised in defence, keeping the home side at bay under pressure.Two minutes before the end, Montieth whipped in a free-kick from the left but an unmarked Brian McColgan failed to make contact with ball from six yards. With the last attack of the game, Dunree made it two-nil. After some good play down the right flank the ball fell to O’Flaherty just outside the box, and the striker’s effort deflected off a Point defender and over Oisin Burke to secure a timely win for the visiting side and snap Quigley’s Point’s four-game unbeaten run.
Strand Hotel Division One
Rasheney FC 5
Carrowmena FC 1
The home side started brightly and created early opportunities. John Grant delivered across the six yard box but there were no takers. Then Charlie Doherty slipped a ball through to David Mc Laughlin near the penalty spot but his low shot was blocked by Noone’s legs. It was Noone to the rescue soon afterwards when he gathered another Mc Laughlin effort at the second attempt. Carrowmena stunned the home team and took the lead mid way through. Kevin Mc Cauley landed a long range free into the box and when the ball broke Andrew Mc Laughlin placed a neat volley from 14 yards just inside Shaun Friel’s left hand post. After Damien Friel had blazed over Rasheney equalised when Declan Mc Laughlin’s cross from the left was turned home by Matthew Mc Laughlin. At the other end an attack along the right wing involving Mc Laughlin and Marty Mc Dermott saw the latter fire wide of goal. Two goals in the space of four minutes placed Rasheney firmly in control. Firstly Charlie Doherty’s left wing cross was converted at the back post by John Grant and minutes later Friel’s superb dipping shot from distance made it 3 – 1. Excellent early second half chances fell to Mc Laughlin and Friel but neither could capitalise but short of the hour mark the home team moved further in front. From wide on the right Charlie Doherty put in great cross which eluded Noone and dropped invitingly at the back post for Grant who couldn’t miss with a headed effort from close in. Then Matthew Oggie set up David Mc Laughlin and he hit home from 18 yards. The visitors had an opportunity to reduce the deficit but when Mc Laughlin found himself with a reasonable opening following good approach play by Doherty he did not react quick enough and his effort was blocked. The closest Rasheney came to adding to their scoreline was when Friel’s dipping shot was claimed by Noone at the second time of asking.
Clonmany Res 0
Aileach Res 0
This match was similar to their first encounter at Lakeview with both sides creating good chances but being unable to take them. Aileach probably had the best chance of the first half in the 42nd minute when Connor Harkin pulled the ball back to Sean McHugh on the penalty spot but he drove his shot wide when well placed. Clonmany had to reshuffle early on when right back Aaron Harkin was injured with Jake Harkin coming on to replace him. Clonmany’s Dessie Doherty had a header just off target as the first half ended and in added injury time Brendan Doherty saw a shot from the edge of the box rise over the bar.
The second half was only 3minutes old when Clonmany keeper Liam McGonigle made a good save from a Ruairi Bradley shot and bravely dived on the loose ball on his goal-line. Aileach’s Sean Mchugh, Ruairi Bradley and Tom Doherty all threatened but some resolute defending by Clonmany kept them to shooting from distance and the game ended in a 0-0 stale-mate.
Illies Celtic 6
QPS Res 2
This match was played under the lights on Saturday night and although the home side’s Paddy Doherty missed an early penalty they did break the deadlock when Dominic Owen Coyle scored following a goalmouth scramble a quarter of an hour in. Five minutes later Coyle turned provider when he surged forward and delivered into the area where John Pio Donaghey headed to the net. The Point reduced the deficit when Paul Grant’s free from just outside the box found the target. However, Illies restored their two goal advantage close to half time when Marty Coyle broke the offside trap and fired low past visiting keeper Oisin Burke. On 56 minutes the returning Adam Harkin got on the end of a long ball from Caolan Doherty and fired home. But Illies then went on to score three further goals. Following a break Marty Coyle scored to make it 4 – 2 and the goal of the game arrived when Stephen Doherty beat two defenders on the edge of the area and found the bottom corner. Right at the death Dominic Owen Coyle completed the scoring after being set up by Stephen Doherty.
Sea Rovers 2-2 Moville Celtic
Sea Rovers playing with the breeze started the better of the teams and took the lead on the 13th min when William Logan’s free from 60 yards found is way past Sean Mc Guiness in the Moville goal Moville were unlucky when Finn Mc Laughlin’s shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Glen Watson in the Rovers goal Garry Dohety for Rovers played in Tiernan Stevenson and his effort beat Mc Guiness but was cleared off the line to leave the score 1-0 at half time Moville with the breeze in the second half came more into the game and drew level on 60 min when P.J. Barr’s shot was deflected past Watson Sea Rovers regained the lead on 70 min when Damian ward found John C. Doherty to fire past Mc Guinness for 2-1 Moville again came back and levelled on 75 min wheh following a corner Eamonn Reddin rose to head home at the back post both sides had half chances after this but a draw was a fair reflection of the game
Redcastle United 3 1 Cockhill Youths
on the 12th minute Brendan Murphy picked up the ball from Shaun Curran from just inside the halfway line he turns and passes the ball out wide to Paul McGowan who cuts inside and shoots from 25 yards straight into the top let hand corner of the net leaving Declan Cauldwell with no chance of making a save. 1-0 on the 14th minute Cockhill attack down the right hand side Tommy Doherty passes to Darragh McDermott who shoots low and Michael McCole makes a save.
16th Minute, Cockhills Jack Mcdaid attacks down the left hand side he carries the ball past 3 Redcastle players he passes to Darragh McDermott who shot wide. 29th Minute Redcastle awarded a free kick on the edge of the box Shaun Curran shots low just wide of the post. 37 minute Redcastle awarded a free kick 5 yards outside of the box Shaun Curran shoots high and wide. 42 Min Cockhill attack down the left hand side Jack Mcdaid passes to Jarlith Herrity who shoots over the bar. Half time Redcastle 1 Cockhill 0. 47th Minute Redcastle start the second half strong and attack down the righ wing Paul McGowan crosses the ball to Brendan Murphy who is brought down in the box by Shaun Donaghy Penalty. Shaun Curran steps up and shhot low into the right hand corner past Declan cauldwell. redcastl 2 Cockhill 0. 51st Minute Bredan murphy picks the ball up at the center circle he passes a through ball into the path of Cathal Crumlish who takes the ball past Christy Duffy Declan caulwell comes out of his goal Cathal Crulish takes the ballwide to the right past Declan caulwell and shoots low into the left hand corner Redcastle 3 Cockhill 0. 63rd Minute Cockhill awarded a free kick from out side the box Shaunn Donaghy shoots just wide of the right hand post. 85 minute Redcastle attack down the left wing Kevin tonner cuts in and shoots Declan Cauldwell makes a save. 91 Minute Cockhill attack down the right wing Jarlith Herrity takes the ball past Joe McCaurley and crosses over to Foinn Deery who shoots and hits the right hand post.
On the 93rd minute Sean Fulleton passes to Jarlith Herrity who crosses the ball high to Dara McDermott who heads the ball past Michael McCole into the top of the goal. Redcastle 3 Cockhill 1
95th Minute final score Redcastle 3 Cockhill 1
Inishowen Engineering Division Two.
Dunree Res 3
Carn Res 5
In the proverbial game of two halves the visitors were four up at half time with Dunree fighting back after the interval, pulling 3 goals back and almost equalising before Carn added a fifth in injury time. Carn hit the front early on when Naill Mc Guinness got control inside the area and scored from 10 yards. Mc Guinness doubled his side’s advantage following a long distance strike over keeper Simon Taylor. Dylan Cooke poked home from 5 yards in a crowded area to put Carn three up and it was four prior to the break when Thomas Doherty found the target. The second half saw the home side claw their way back into the game. A free kick from Conor Doherty was headed home by James Doherty. Then when T.J. Mc Kinley was brought down Conor Doherty converted from the spot and the scoreline moved on to 3 – 4 when Johnny Doherty cut inside and drove to the far corner of the net. Dunree had a chance to equalise but just failed. They kept pressing but in added time Thomas Doherty broke and squared the ball to Cooke who scored from close in.
Culdaff Res 3
Glengad Res 2
In a tightly contested first half the home side threatened when Bryan Mc Candless beat three defenders only to see his attempt on goal go wide of the upright. Glengad responded through P.J. Mc Daid but his excellent header was palmed round the post by Callum Doherty. Culdaff moved in front after 36 minutes when Benny Fildara headed Josh Conlon’s free into the far corner. Glengad were unlucky not to be level just prior to the break when a Mc Dermott header came back off an upright. However, they did equalise on 59 minutes when Mc Daid converted from the spot following a trip in the box. Ten minutes later the home side regained the lead when Fildara was on hand to finish off good work by Mc Candless. But the visitors were soon level when Paul Anthony Mc Dermott received the ball inside the box, turned and drove home from about 12 yards for a neat finish. The decisive score came when Fildara – who was the difference between the 2 sides – brilliantly curled a 25 yard free to the net to complete his hat-trick and claim all three points for his team.
Aileach Youths 5-3 Buncrana Reserves
Played in treacherous conditions on Friday night both sides played football that defied the conditions with some excellent football on show throughout. Aileach were first out of the traps and took the lead after five minutes when a great run and cross from Patrick Curran was slotted home by Caoimhghin McFeely at the near post. Aileach continued to press and extended their lead on 25 minutes when McFeelys shot was deflected into the path of Curran who made no mistake from 10 yards. Buncrana got a goal back before the break when Paul McDaid rose in the box to power a header home from six yards. Buncrana started the second half strongly and pulled level on the hour when Alan Friel stepped forward and fired a shot into the top left corner which gave Clarke no chance in the home goal. Buncrana took the lead in the 64th minute when a Friel shot was saved by Clarke but the rebound fell kindly to O’Flaherty who tapped home. This sprang Aileach back into life and after a hopeful cross by Benny Hegarty wasn’t cleared properly McFeely lashed the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box past Cathal McNutt in the Buncrana goal. With 15 minutes to go, Buncrana regained the lead when another excellent corner by Craig Doherty wasn’t properly defended the ball fell to Adam Doherty who drove the ball through a lot of players and into the net. Buncrana wrapped the game up in the final minute when they broke following an Aileach corner and Adam Doherty fed Ben Bradley who slotted into the bottom corner to complete the scoring.
Donegal Signs Reserve Shield Semi-finals
Moville Res 3
Gleneely Colts 2
In a very evenly match contest Moville just edged it to go on and book their place in the final. They dominated the early part of the match with the first real chance falling to James Gillen who volleyed over a Ryan Mc Colgan cross from 6 yards and they moved in front when good work by Mc Colgan down the right saw him square inside to Kevin Mc Dermott whose shot from 20 yards found the net. Then another Mc Colgan cross from the right was met by Kyle Harkin but he could not connect properly and the chance went abegging. The visitors equalised and went on to hit the front within the space of four minutes. Their first came from Nathan Mc Laughlin who controlled the ball, cut inside and scored past Ryan Coyle from 10 yards. Mc Laughlin then notched his second when he converted from the spot after he himself had been fouled inside the area. Moville could have levelled but were out of luck when Harkin’s strike from distance rebounded off a post. However, right on half time they did equalise when Graeme Doherty’s left wing cross was headed home from 3 yards by Norbert Indyka. After the break good openings fell to Gleneely’s Stephen and Nathan Mc Laughlin but Coyle denied them both. Just past the mid way point of the second half Moville upped the tempo and struck for the winner when Harkin cut inside from the right and drove to the net from 16 yards. Although Gleneely continued to press in the final stages they could not find a way through to at least force extra time.
Cockhill Reserves 2-3 Greencastle Reserves
Cockhill started the brighter of the 2 teams and after some early pressure Ryan Mallett shot wide from a Mark Gillespie corner.
Cockhill continued to press and came close when a Mark Gillespie shot from 25 yards went narrowly wide.
Cockhill nearly opened the scoring as Ryan Mallett was played through with the keeper to beat but just missed the target.
Greencastle finally created a chance when Eunan Hegarty shot wide after good work from Pauric Gillen
On the 30 min mark Cockhill finally made all their pressure pay off when Kevin McDaid finished well after a nice through pass from Eddie Cuffe opened up the Greencastle defence.
Greencastle responded well to falling behind and equalised 5 minutes later when Cockhill didn’t clear their lines, Gavin Rowan hit a dipping volley from the far right of the box that went in off the back post.
After the break Cockhill started the stronger of the 2 teams again and went close with efforts from Kevin McDaid and Martin McDermott almost giving Cockhill the lead again.
On 65 minutes Cockhill take the lead again when young Jude Mullan coolly slots home after a header on from Gary Breslin to give Cockhill a well deserved lead.
Greencastle were given a lifeline when they won a penalty on 75 minutes. Daniel Rowan stood up to hold his nerve and bring Greencastle back level with a well taken penalty.
Both sides had some half chances before the end of normal time but it ended 2 – 2 after 90 mins.
The first chance in extra time fell to Cockhill, Jude Mullan almost grabbing his second and Cockhills third when he slotted past the Greencastle keeper only for his effort to slip narrowly past the far post.
Still all even in to the second period of extra time and Greencastle took the lead 2 mins in to the final period of extra time when another looping volley from Daniel Rowan sails over Gary Robinsons head and in to the net to make it 3 – 2 to Greencastle.
Cockhill pushed hard for an equaliser with a few half chances late on falling that just didnt fall their way and the Greencastle defence held firm in the closing stages to reach the final with a hard fought 3 – 2 win.
Good luck to Greencastle in the final.