Match Reports 29th Jan








Buncrana Credit Union Cup   

Clonmany Shamrocks 6

Cockhill Youths                      1

The Shamrocks got off to a flying start and were two up after 3 minutes.First Jason Devlin sprinted clear to slot home

past Declan Caldwell in the first minute and then in the third minute Paul McDermott finished coolly to the top corner from the edge of the box after Aiden Friel’s tackle in the centre circle had broken up a Cockhill move but this was at a cost with Aiden having to come off and be replaced by Ryan Doherty. Cockhill seemed to recover from the early setbacks and in the 15th minute Shaun Doherty received the ball on the left side of the box and with the Shamrocks defence appealing for offside he lobbed Paddy Harkin to make it two one.The Shamrocks quickly restored their two goal advantage in the 17th minute when Ryan Doherty received the ball on the right side of the box and his dipping shot deceived Caldwell and found the top corner of the net. Cockhill’s heads seemed to drop a bit after this and they conceded again in the 20th minute when Dessie Doherty struck a low shot from the edge of the box and found the bottom right hand corner of the net.Cockhill held out for the rest of the half but 14 minutes into the second-half they conceded again when Dessie Doherty teed up Jamie Coyle at the edge of the box and he cleverly brought the ball up to send a volleyed shot past Declan Caldwell and into the roof of the net.Clonmany used four of their subs and it was in the 73rd minute when one of them added Clonmany’s sixth goal.It came after Jamie Coyle had seen his goalbound shot from 15yards out handled on the line by Cockhill left-back Shane Doherty.This resulted in Shane getting a red card and Clonmany being awarded a penalty.Fergal Harkin took the spot-kick but Declan Caldwell guessed correctly and dived to his left to save the shot but he was unable to hold on to the ball and the quickest player to react was Clonmany sub Mark McLaughlin and he deftly lifted the ball over the prone keeper and into the back of the net.Sadly the game was brought to an abrupt end with ten minutes remaining after Clonmany’s Fergal Harkin was seriously hurt in a tackle and was taken to hospital by ambulance. All at the club and in the league wish him a speedy recovery.

QPS                               0

Moville Celtic               1

First division Moville caused a cup upset in a game that was dominated by two penalty kicks.  The point had the opening chance after a Stephen Grant close range effort was well saved low to his left by Sean McGuinness. At the other end Stephen Kearney’s free found John Gillen but his weak effort was saved by Oisin Burke. On 27 minutes McGuinness clawed away a Denim McLaughlin header before Sean Martin fired a free just over the bar. The best chance of the half fell to the visitors before the interval after a Finn McLaughlin effort crashed back off the crossbar. The point started the second period well and in the opening minute McGuinness parried a Raymond Rogan effort and Rea’s follow up crashed off the post. Moville upped the tempo and Conor Doherty first fired just over before then releasing McLaughlin but Burke advanced to block well. On 63 minutes substitute Declan McGuinness was upended in the area and Charlie Gill fired low to the left hand corner. The point replied and when their substitute Chris Monteith  was upended he picked himself up but saw his spot kick saved by McGuinness low to his right. Declan McGuinness then headed weakly at Burke while the final chance fell to the home side when Grant got clear but again McGuinness saved well.


Glengad  United          0

Buncrana Hearts          1

For the third season in a row Buncrana dumped Glengad from this particular competition.There was very few chances in this game and the best chance of the first half fell to the visitors on 39minutes when after a Liam McCarron free was not cleared Harry Forshaw’s powerful effort was brilliantly saved by Kevin McLaughlin. Glengad tried to reply on the stroke of half time but a Matthew Byrne free was well saved by Corey Wilson. Buncrana broke the deadlock on the hour after a thunderbolt free kick from thirty yards by Kevin O’Loughlin crashed off the bar for Adam Duffy to head home the loose ball. Glengad dominated the remaining period but failed to create clear cut chances. Both Nigel McMonagle and Stephen McLaughlin had efforts on target but easily dealt with by Wilson as Buncrana progressed.

Illies Celtic                    0

Aileach FC                    4

After an even opening twenty minutes the visitors Gavin Doherty saw his effort brilliantly parried by Johnathan Noone. They took the lead just before the break when Dermot Doherty crossed from the right for Caoihminn McFeely to side foot home from twelve yards. Illies replied but Marty Coyle fired straight at John Roulstone when well placed. On 50minutes McFeely converted his second at the front post after another cross from Doherty. Illies hit back and Paddy Doherty fired over from close range before Coyle fired wide when he should have hit the target. Aileach sealed the tie on 77 minutes when a Darren McMonagle cross deceived Noone and landed in the net. Minutes later McMoangle crossed for substitute Anthony Doherty to control on his chest and volley high past Noone. Dermot Doherty had the last chance when he fired just wide.

Culdaff FC           2

Carn FC                3

The home side had an early chance after 8 minutes when an attempted lob by Brendan McLaughlin from close range drifted over

And they suffered a blow then when Dillon Ruddy had to retire injured. Carn replied and Gert Dzerkins fired over from twenty yards. Carn took the lead on 35minutes after Ronan Doherty fed Derins on the left and when his cross was only half cleared Shane Doherty controlled on his chest before firing high past Darragh McLaughlin from ten yards. Culdaff replied and Michael Coyle had a snapshot deflected behind for a corner. In the second half Ronan Doherty had a free well saved by McLaughlin before at the other end McLaughlin fired an acrobatic effort over the bar. Culdaff levelled on 56 minutes when Paul McLaughlin burst forward and fed Darren Mullarkey who crossed to Gary Collins and he slotted home from ten yards. Brendan Mclaughlin then fired inches past the post before Carn regained the lead on 68minutes. Good work by Aaron McCarron saw him feed Dermot Doherty on the edge of the area and he beat two men before slotting low to the corner. Culdaff responded again and when Coyle laid a header into the path of Brendan McLaughlin who burst between defenders but saw his effort saved by  Kyle Dougal. When Dougal punched a Collins cross clear Brendan Mclaughlin collected a fired a superb right footed effort to the bottom corner from fourteen yards. Carn then had a chance but Ronan Doherty fired wide while on 86 minutes a Paul McLaughlin ball over the top found Brendan McLauglin who at full stretch just failed to divert the ball goalwards.

Culdaff again shot themselves in the foot when first a misplaced clearance and then a rash challenge on Doherty gave the visitors a penalty allowing Ronan Doherty to slot home the winner in the last minute.

Greencastle                  8

Rasheney  FC               0

The premier division side totally dominated this tie and took an early lead when Jamie McCormick crossed for Christy Hegarty to hit a half volley past Kieran Friel. Midway through the half McCormick fired a twenty yards effort low to the bottom corner to make it two nil. They had another great chance before the break when Hegarty was upended in the area but McCormick saw his effort saved by the legs of Friel. Early in the second half Hegarty headed home his second before Shaun Doherty released Sean Cavanagh to finish well past Friel. Mark Henry made it five nil with a fine header from a corner before Shaun Doherty ‘s mazy run ended with a sublime finish. Hegarty then completed his hat trick with a cool finish from ten yards. Shaun Doherty completed the scoring with another run from midfield before slotting home.

Carrowmena FC           0

Dunree United             3

The home side started this game well and when Conor Radcliffe whipped a great ball across the face of goal it eluded Caolan Mullarkey at the back post. Dunree replied and when Philip McGuinness’s corner found Ryan Bradley his header grazed the crossbar. When another corner from McGuinness was cleared to the edge of the area Gerry Farrell drilled low past Derek McGeoghaghan.

Carrowmena had the first chance of the second period when Gerard Gill and Dane Doherty combined to release Dean Mc Geoaghan who turned his marker and shot from just wide from fifteen yards. On 55 minutes following another corner both Bradley and Liam Baldrick were denied by point blank saves. On 61 minutes Kyle Mc Daid found the in rushing Gerry Farrell who was one on one with the keeper and again Mc Geoaghan pulled off a great save to deny Dunree. On

75 minutes Dunree increased their lead when the home side was caught napping between the midfield and defence allowing Kevin Mc Colgan to drill low to the corner from the edge of the area.


On 82 minutes, Carrowmenagh should have pulled one back when good play by the home side found Geread Gill who unleashed a 25 yard shot only to see it come back off the post. On 85 minutes, Conor Radcliffe was played down the right hand side by Declan Mc Dermott skipped past his marker and again his shot rebounded off the upright. Dunree increased the lead a minute from time when Mc Guinness slotted home from ten yards to seal the victory.







Strand Hotel Division One 

Aileach  Res                 1

Sea Rovers                   1

The home side will view this as two points dropped but are still in  contention. Rovers had an early effort from Damien Ward well saved by David McGeady. Aileach took the lead on 12 minutes after a Ciaran Craig low effort was parried by Glen Watson to Seamus O Donnell who slotted home the rebound. Midway through the half James Wallace saw a powerful effort turned round the post by Watson. On 40 minutes Rovers Ward blasted a free kick over the bar.

In the second period another free from Ward failed to hit the target. Good play on 62minutes by Ryan McDaid for the home side but his effort was deflected wide before Ciaran Craig fired over the bar when well placed. Rovers equalised on 82 minutes when a long clearance by Watson released Gary Doherty who lobbed McGeady from the edge of the area.





Inishowen Engineering Division Two 

Cockhill Res                  2

Carn Res                       2

Despite some early pressure from Cockhill, Carn took an early lead on 5  minutes when a poor clearance from Cockhill allowed Cade Cooke in behind who finished well past Cockhill keeper Liam Lynch.

Cockhill responded well and finally made their pressure pay, equalising on 12 minutes when Ryan Duffy scored with a well placed lob over Fergal Bradley and in to the Carn net after running on to a good through ball from Gary Breslin.Just as it looked like Cockhill were going to add a second they were caught short at the back again with a hopeful ball forward finding its way straight through to Cade Cooke, his shot was saved by Liam Lynch but the loose ball was put away well at the back post by Caolon Doherty to give Carn the lead again. Both teams has opportunities shortly after with Cockhill finishing the half  the stronger with a succession of corners but could not find a second goal before half time. Cockhill started the second half the stronger team and came close on several occasions but the Carn defence held firm and the Carn keeper Fergal Bradley denying Ryan Mallet, Ryan Duffy and Gary Breslin to keep Carn in the lead.

Carn defended well as Cockhill piled on the pressure for the majority of the second half and looked to be holding out for a win until Cockhill managed to score a late equaliser. A good free kick  deep in to the box by Conor Allen looked to be heading in and the faintest of touches from Shaun McDaid made sure at the back post to salvage a late point for Cockhill and no more than they deserved for their second half dominance.

Aileach Youths             3

Greencastle Res          1

Both sides started the game slowly on a fine morning for football.  In the opening exchanges, Patrick Curran was proving a handful for the Greencastle defence while Oran McDermott was always an outlet for Greencastle.  On fifteen minutes a through ball by Shane McMonagle sent Curran clear but Pauric Corey Doherty raced from the goal to save with his feet.  Aileach continued to press with Curran, McMonagle and Killian O’Rourke prominent. Five minutes before half time it was O’Rourke who collected a pass from Daibhidh Grant and advanced into the box before driving a shot across the keeper and into the net via the inside of the post.  Aileach almost doubled

their lead on the stroke of half time when O’Rourke’s cross was smashed against the bar by Callum Porter from ten  yards.  Greencastle keep out with a bit more determination in the second half and got an equaliser with 20 minutes to go when Ronan Doherty collected the ball on the right and drove a low cross into the box that was volleyed into the net by Oran McDermott from the penalty spot into the net giving Clarke no chance in the home goal.  Aileach regained the lead minutes later when Eddie McGrath wriggled

his way into the box and fired a shot towards goal that was saved by

Doherty with his feet.  The rebound ran to Benny Hegarty just outside the box who steadied himself before firing into the bottom corner.  Aileach wrapped the game up with five minutes to go when O’Rourke beat two men out wide before whipping in a dangerous cross that was turned into the net by an unfortunate defender.  Greencastle pressed to get back into the game but were repelled by the impressive Declan O’Donnell and Matthew McDermott.

Redcastle Res              6

Culdaff Res                   1

​​​​​After a bright start the home side took the lead when good play between Brian Tracey and Sean Ferns saw the latter score with a right foot shot from the edge of the area. Culdaff had a good chance when Niall McLaughlin had a one-on-one with the keeper but Terry Mc Colgan gathered the ball at the second attempt. Redcastle got a second goal on the 25th minute when a corner from Tracey was headed home by Mickey Mc Colgan. Redcastle got a third from the penalty spot when Traceywas upended  in the box and Daniel Harkin dispatched the penalty past Pauric O’Donnell. Culdaff got a free kick just outside the box and Thomas O Brien scored with a great left shot to reduce the deficit.

Culdaff started the brighter in the second half and had the first chance when a good cross from Jcck Mc Laughlin drifted past the back post. But Redcastle got a fourth in the 52nd minute when a great ball from Gary Kelly found Tracey and he lobbed O’Donnell from twenty five yards. Redcastle kept pressing  and a snap shot from Aodhán Ferns went narrowly wide. The home side went five one up after  Daniel Harkin played a ball to the back post where Fergal Buchanan controlled well before placing the ball in the left corner. Both teams emptied the bench at this stage. Redcastle completed the scoring when a mix up in the Culdaff defence left Fergal Buchanan with an easy chance which he dispatched easily.