Local derby ends all square
Rasheney FC 3 – 3 Clonmany Res
The visitors opened the scoring on 10 minutes when, from Ryan Doherty’s excellent left wing cross, Aaron Harkin’s diving header flew past Devine. Minutes later Conor O’ Neill crossed to the back post but Damien Friel could not direct his shot onto the target. Oisin Hession then had a 25 yard free held by Devine before a 30 yard effort from Declan Grant rebounded back off the angle after a corner was cleared out to him. After half an hour David Mc Laughlin played the ball in to Anthony Doherty right in front of goal but he was quickly closed down by defenders and the danger averted. Doherty then tested Clonmany keeper Liam Mc Gonigle from distance but he claimed the ball at the second attempt. Just before the break the visitors increased their lead in similar fashion to their opening goal when Doherty again delivered low from the left and Harkin claimed his second when he glanced home at the near post to an unguarded net. On 51 minutes slackness in defence allowed John Grant to gain control inside the box and push the ball across to Mc Laughlin who skied over from close in. However, he redeemed himself a minute later when he was played in by a delightful lofted forward delivery from Charlie Doherty and although Mc Gonigle made an excellent close range initial save he could not hold on and Mc Laughlin managed to force the ball home. Rasheney pressed for an equaliser and after Declan Grant headed out a Damien Friel lob from under his own bar Charlie Doherty latched onto Anthony Doherty’s weighted pass and ran in on goal only for Mc Gonigle to get to the ball ahead of him. Grant then got free inside the area and had an effort deflected for a corner. On 69 minutes Charlie brought Rasheney back on level terms when he scored from the spot following an infringement and the home side hit the front when a free sliced off a Clonmany defender and then awkwardly off Mc Gonigle for James Mc Conologue to score from close range. Clonmany completed the scoring and made it 3 – 3 with 10 mins remaining when Andrew Doherty headed home from a corner in a crowded area.
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
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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.