QPS Reserves made a good start to life in the First division with a 4-0 home win over Illies Celtic who were relegated from the Premier division last season and who would of been fancied as one of the teams to challange for the title goals from Josh Mc Laughlin (2) Jack Mc Connolouge and Gavin Grant
In a surprising result the point started the season in fine style and started well with Josh McLaughlin being denied by a good save from Johnathan Noone after good work by Jack McConalogue .Illies replied with Dominic Doherty seeing a twenty five yards free well saved by David Bell.The home side took the lead midway through the half when good work by Joe Johnstone on the right saw his cross slotted home by McLaughlin from close range. It got better after the restart when they added a second goal on 52 minutes when McLaughlin converted another good cross from Johnstone.
Number three came on 57 minutes when a McConalogue effort came off the bar to Gavin Grant to slot home. Minutes later they made it four when McConalogue raced clear and fired low past Johnathan Noone from the edge of the area.Illies tried to respond and had a few late chances with Martin Coyle firing just wide before Charlie McLaughlin was denied by a fine save from Bell after an excellent Stephen Doherty cross.The last chance fell to the home side but McConalogue had an attempted lob come back off the bar.
Underage Elite Football cancelled due to Government guidance
The Football Association of Ireland is disappointed to inform its players, coaches, parents/guardians, volunteers and supporters that the return of all underage National League matches for boys and girls from Under-13 to Under-19 level, beginning this weekend, has been cancelled on the guidance of Government.
The inaugural Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme concludes
The inaugural Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme concluded last weekend.
FAI welcomes opening of 2021 Sports Capital and Equipment Programme
The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to support the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin and Minister for State Jack Chambers of the launch of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Due to Government restrictions All football in Inishowen will cease for a three week period
Cessation of Grassroots and Underage
football matches in Donegal
Following the introduction of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Donegal, the Football Association of Ireland announces the cessation from midnight tonight of all Adult Amateur and Underage football matches in Donegal with the exception of elite football – namely the SSE Airtricity League and all five underage National Leagues.
Furthermore, any coach or player resident in Donegal but involved with an Adult Amateur or non-elite Underage club outside of the county is not permitted to travel outside Donegal for any football activity. Likewise, coaches or players resident outside of Donegal are not permitted to travel to Donegal for any non-elite football activity.
Adult amateur and non-elite Underage clubs in Donegal can continue to train under non-contact conditions as per the Government Guidelines outlined in the ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 – Plan for Living with COVID-19’ programme and in conjunction with the updated FAI Safer Return to Training Protocol.
The FAI will continue to monitor Government guidelines for Donegal and will update this cessation order as required.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Grant hat trick the highlight for the visitors
Moville Celtic 1
Illies Celtic 5
After a tight and quiet opening period the home side took the lead on 22 minutes after a long ball from Emmet McCauley found Michael McNaught wh advanced and squared for Marc Bell to blast home in off the underside of the bar.