Rasheney Res 2
Culdaff Res 5
The opening goal in this fixture which was played on Friday night arrived on 13 minutes. Michael Toland played in Nathan Mc Conalogue and the fifteen year old scored his first goal at adult level when he drove past Niall Mc Laughlin from 8 yards. Almost immediately Bryan Mc Candless found himself in a good position in front of goal but he was slow to react and was crowded out. At the other end Toland had a shot from outside the box palmed away by Mc Laughlin – only for Ciaran Dillon to retrieve close to the byeline but the keeper held onto his effort. Then Dillon found himself in the clear but a tame shot was easily claimed by Mc Laughlin. On 35 minutes the visitors equalised. Mc Candless delivered from the left wing into Aiden Cunningham whose flick on was sliced by an unfortunate defender into the path of sub Joe O’ Connor who had the simple task of volleying home from right in front of goal. Culdaff could have moved in front just before the interval but Cunningham volleyed wide when he should have scored. They did lead after 53 minutes when Cathal Mc Granaghan’s low ground shot took a deflection of a home defender, wrong footed keeper Shaun Friel and found the net. Shortly afterwards the lead was increased when Mc Candless, in behind the defence, controlled a delivery from Jack Mc Laughlin and lobbed Friel. Shane Diver then ran powerfully at the home defence and only a saving tackle from Paul Mc Conologue averted the danger. For Rasheney Michael Toland had a long range free held by the keeper and Jonny Toland’s stinging attempt from outside the area was held at the second attempt by replacement keeper Thomas O’ Brien. At the other end Friel made a good save from Niall Fildara with whom O’ Brien had exchanged places. The home side then reduced the deficit to 3 – 2 when Jack Mc Laughlin got control of the ball following a block inside the area, advanced to the byeline and drove across goal to the far corner of the net. Culdaff scored two further goals in the final 5 minutes. Diver, benefitting from slackness in the home defence, outpaced some defenders, rounded the keeper and scored from an acute angle and Niall Fildara sidestepped a defender on the 6 yard line and drove to the net to complete the scoring
Rasheney FC 2
Illies Celtic 3
In good conditions Rasheney got off to a great start on 6 minutes when David Mclaughlin laid the ball off to Damien Friel who fired a dipping effort past Johnathan Noone from nineteen yards.Illies had the lions share of possession after this and Dominick Coyle fired one effort over before seeing another effort gathered at the second attempt by Sean Friel. On 20minutes J Pio Donaghey and Martin Coyle combined for Kevin McGonigle but he drove wide from twelve yards. On the half hour Donaghey broke on the right but was denied by a superb Tiernan Devine tackle. Illies pressure told on the stroke of half time when Donaghey was upended in the area and he picked himself up to convert the penalty. At the start of the second half Coyle was clear of the home defence but his effort was blocked by the leg of Friel in the home goal. On 55 minutes a deflection fell kindly for Coyle who headed wide from in front of the goals. Rasheney regained the lead on the hour after a Matthew McLaughlin cross found Friel who turned and fired low to the net from fourteen yards. Illies replied with a long range McGonagle effort saved by Friel before on 66 minutes Mickey Gallagher in space fired low past Friel from twenty two yards. The visitors struck for the winner on 85 when substitute Ryan McElhinney threaded a ball into the path of Stephen Doherty who fired low to the net from ten yards.
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.
Rasheney FC 5
Sea Rovers 1
In a whirlwind start there were two goals in the first ninety seconds. The home side hit the front shortly after kickoff when David Mc Laughlin converted Charlie Doherty’s cross and and from the ensuing centre Damien Harkin turned home William Logan’s free from wide on the left. Chances continued to be created and Christy Ivers had a long effort just over before Declan Mc Laughlin’s right wing cross found David Mc Laughlin well placed in front of goal but his looping effort was headed out from under the crossbar by Shay Rodgers. At the other end Pauric Doherty could not connect with a Stevens short cross into the six yard box and then Daniel Glackin dragged a shot wide of the far post. On 27 minutes Rasheney regained the lead when good work from Ivers and Oggie set up David Mc Laughlin and his delightful chip dropped in at the back post and the score moved on to 3 – 1 on the stroke of half time when Damien Friel fired home at the near post. Early in the second half Charlie Doherty volleyed over following another Oggie cross but Doherty did score from the penalty spot shortly afterwards after a forward was brought down. On the hour David Mc Laughlin secured his hat trick when he drove home an Oggie cross from twelve yards. John Grant then missed the proverbial sitter when he skied over from close in. Sea Rovers had chances to reduce the deficit but Gary Doherty, running clear of the home defence, was unlucky to see his effort come back of the crossbar and Damien Ward had a 30 yard free held by Shaun Friel.