Match reports 2nd April
Buncrana Credit Union Cup Semi Finals
Buncrana hearts 3-0 Moville Celtic
Hearts started brightly and went 1-0 up after 10 minutes when Gerard Boyle scored from the edge of the box after a great cross from Decky Fullerton Hearts continued to press and went 2-0 minutes later when Boyle fired low across the keeper and into the bottom corner Hearts continued to keep the pressure on and almost made it 3-0 on 20 minutes when Adam Duffy fired wide after a excellent cross from Stephen McHugh No7 ran through hearts midfield and saw his tame effort easily saved by O’Doherty in the hearts goal Hearts almost made it 3-0 when Adam Duffy rounded the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line 10 minutes into the second half Billy McCann has a good effort saved by O’Doherty. Hearts came back into the game and went 3-0 up on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh played a great ball across the box for Gerard Boyle to tap in from close range Hearts almost made it 4 on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh curled a effort from the edge of the box off the crossbar Hearts continued to press the Moville goal and Adam Duffy had a great chance to make it 4-0 when he was through on goal only to fire wide of the goal Shane Skelly had a great chance to get Moville back in the game only for a great save by O’Doherty Hearts sub Bart Wesolowski went close to ending the game as a contest when he was through on goal and saw his effort bounce off the crossbar
Aileach 1-3 Greencastle
The first chance of this game fell to Aileach on 5mins when a Dermot Doherty cross from the right found
Keith McColgan at the back and the youngster was unlucky to see his header from 6yds go narrowly wide of the Greencastle goal. Greencastle came more into the game after this with James Henry pulling the strings in midfield and they had some good spells of possession without overly troubling Roulstone in the Aileach goal. With half time approaching another right wing cross from Dermot Doherty was cut out at the near post by Michael Barr with Anthony Doherty lurking in front of goal for what would have been a tap in.Greencastle began the second half well and had Aileach pinned back in their defensive third for long periods. On 55 mins Matthew Henry got round the back of the Aileach defence but his lob from 12 yds. cleared Roulstones bar. On the hour Greencastle took a deserved lead when Matthew Henry released Christy Hegarty who rolled the ball to the net low past Roulstones left hand from 10 yds. Aileach responded and were level within 10 mins when a poor clearence out of the Greencastle defence fell to Dermot Doherty and the winger cooly lobbed the retreating keeper from 25 yds. With extra time looking likely Greencastle were awarded a penalty when Cathal McElhinney brought down Matthew Henry and Michael Barr made no mistake from the spot. Aileach
threw everything at Greencastle in injury time but were caught on the break when Jamie McCormack raced clear to seal the win
Inishowen Engineering Division Two “A”
Moville Res 2
Buncrana Res 1
The home side started well and went close on 10 minutes when Colin Doherty’s shot from 25 yards was just off target. They moved ahead mid way through the first half after Norbert Indyka was fouled inside the area with Graeme Doherty scoring the resultant penalty. Buncrana responded and Ryan Coyle had to make a good save from a Michael Doherty effort. The visitors did equalise before the interval when a free kick was delivered in from the right and an unfortunate defender’s attempt to clear saw the ball ending up in his own net. Moville had the upper hand throughout the second half and were out of luck when Colin Doherty shot over from 6 yards after he got on the end of namesake Graeme’s layoff header. And it was stalwart Graeme who scored his second of the match when headed in the winner after 75 minutes after Pearse Doherty’s free arrived in the box. The visitors came closest to equalising near the end when Michael Doherty’s shot was cleared out by Emmet Mc Cauley.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Aileach Youths 1
Culdaff Res 4
Played on Saturday night, Culdaff were the more ruthless in front of goal to earn the points. Aileach started the brighter in the opening 20 minutes with only a long range effort from Paul McHugh to show from it. Culdaff grew into the game and almost scored when a speculative effort from Michael McFadden deceived Dylan Clarke from 40 yards and clipped the crossbar on the way over. Culdaff took the lead on the half hour when Cathal McGrenaghan broke the offside trap and shot from the edge of the box where Clarke parried his initial shot but McGrenaghan reacted first to give Culdaff the lead. Aileach had two good chances in the next 10 minutes when
Liam Collins and Paul McHugh broke through but heavy touches meant Darragh McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal was able to save at their feet. Culdaff doubled their advantage before half time when a clearance from an Aileach defender ricocheted of another Aileach player into the path of Niall McLaughlin who slotted into the net. Aileach started the second half with purpose and cut the arrears within a minute when Conor Harkin send Paul McHugh away and he fired home from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. Culdaff almost scored immediately when Thomas O’Briens through ball found Niall McLaughlin but Clarke saved bravely to keep the minimum between the sides. On the hour, Culdaff increased their lead when Niall McLaughlin’s through ball only found a Aileach defender and his back pass deceived Clarke in the home goal and somehow ended up in the net. In the 70th minute, Culdaff completed the scoring with the best goal of the game when O’Brien played a beautiful cross from the right into the path of McLaughlin who supplied a deft finish to direct the ball into the bottom left corner to wrap up the points. Aileach pushed hard to get back into
the game but the Culdaff defenders and McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal proved to be hard to breach.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Glengad Utd 2
Culdaff FC 0
The home side kept their challenge for a third successive league title firmly on track with this derby victory over near neighbours Culdaff. In a bright start Terence Doherty came close when his strike from outside the box brought a smart save from Darragh Mc Laughlin. On 13 minutes Glengad hit the front. Good build up play involving Michael Byrne, Nigel Mc Monagle and Jason Doherty resulted in the latter’s attempt from 20 yards rather fortuitously finding the net at the near post. The score was doubled close to the half hour mark when Terence Doherty latched onto a long ball from John Gerard Mc Laughlin and after being upended inside the area Patrick Mc Dermott converted from the spot. The visitors then had a chance to reduce the deficit but Brendan Fildara’s free kick from outside the box was dealt with comfortably by the home defensive wall. They threatened again after 55 minutes when good work from Dillon Ruddy set up Eugene Mc Laughlin but his strike from 20 yards was saved by Kevin Mc Laughlin. Mid way through the second half a further attempt to reduce the 2 – 0 scoreline saw Mc Laughlin again deny Brendan Fildara who had combined well in a build up with Darren Melarkey along the left. At this stage the game had developed into a midfield battle but the home side remained comfortable. They came nearest to extending their lead minutes from the end when Byrne fed Mc Monagle along the left and his cross to the back post was fired wide by Terence Doherty from 8 yards.