Greg Breslin puts Clonmany ahead, Greencastle levels through Mark Henry, Mark Mc Laughlin puts Clonmany ahead on 55 min, Micheal Friel adds a third goal for Clonmany, James Henry gets Greencastle's second, Greencastle down to ten men two yellow cards, Greencastle score late on through Christy Hegarty to share the points and may well have won the game only for a fine save from Paddy Harkin in the dying minutes
Clonmany took an early lead in the 10th minute when Michael Devlin got played in at the left corner of the box,he drove in a low cross which went across the face of the goal to the far post where Jason Devlin rolled a pass into the path of Greg Bradley and he slotted home from close range.However the lead only lasted 2 minutes with Greencastle equalising when a free kick on the left side was hoisted into the box and Mark Henry’s firm header from the penalty spot went to the top left hand corner of Paddy Harkin’s goal.Greencastle continued to press and had the majority of play for the rest of the half and went close again in the 26th minute when Marty Henry’s free kick was driven lie into the goal mouth and Joe Doherty tried a back heeled effort that was cleared off the goal line by Aaron Friel. Clonmany made a substitution in the 40th minute with Mark McLaughlin replacing the injured Jason Devlin. Half time 1-1Clonmany looked to have come to terms with Greencastle dominance at midfield as the second half progressed and regained the lead in the 55th minute when Mark McLaughlin got on the end of a long clearance,evaded the tackle of the only defender between him and the Greencastle goals and with J P Doherty coming out to block him, he switched the ball to his other foot and rtruck a rising shot into the roof of the net. On 67 minutes Clonmany struck for a third goal.Mickey Devlin sent a ball to the right for Mark McLaughlin to attack the Greencastle goal. Again J P Doherty came out to block and parry Mark’s shot but the ball came across to Greg Bradley who saw his shot blocked but the ball fell to substitute Mickey Friel and he shot across the face of the goal and into the bottom corner of the net. Greencastle continued to show great spirit and pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when a free kick from the right was headed through a crowded goalmouth by Matty Henry and into the net despite the efforts of Paddy Harkin and defenders on the line. Greencastle saw their right back James Curran sent off in the 79th minute after two quick yellow cards resulted in a red.Clonmany’s Mickey Devlin went close in the 81St minute when he got on the end of Aaron Friel’s cross but his volley was just off target. Greencastle also pressed and went close after Front Doherty set Christy Hegarty up for a shot which whistled past the right hand post.But their persistence finally paid off in the 89th minute when Hegarty and Doherty combined again down the right side of the Clonmany box and Ronan Doherty turned the Clonmany defence and sent a low shot to the net to make the score 3-3. In added time they almost snatched a winner when Ronan Doherty shot from the edge of the box but Paddy Harkin made a superb block on the goalline to deny him and leave the final score, Clonmany Shamrocks 3 Greencastle 3
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.