Match Reports Sunday 12th January

SUNDAY  January 12th 2020

FAI Junior Cup

Greencastle FC                                    2

St Michaels Tipperary (Holders)          1          AET

In a brilliant result for Greencastle and Inishowen football Kevin McLaughlin’s side advance to the last sixteen after this superb performance.

The holders started this game well with a Quirke cross just eluding David Slattery at the back post before Quirke won possession and advanced through the middle but Darragh Browne made an excellent last ditch block to prevent the strike on goal. Greencastle settled and on the half hour a Nigel McMonagle cross found Jason Dickson who headed inches wide at the near post. Michaels responded and after a Quirke free found Richard Ryan clear at the back post Dylan Doherty made a fine save to keep the game scoreless. Minutes later the home side took the lead after James Henry hooked the ball forward and it was deflected into the path of Jamie McCormick who unleashed a brilliant twenty five yards volley to the roof of the net. The visitors responded before the break with and Doherty had to be alert to collect a deflected clearance from Jimmy Carr’s cross. Then another volley from Slattery was also well gathered by Doherty on the stroke of half time. Greencastle had a glorious chance to extend their lead when Mc Monagle broke through but totally mishit his shot with keeper Adrian Walsh to beat. St Michaels upped the tempo after this and got back on terms on 57 minutes after a superb cross from Armshaw found Slattery who powered a header in off the underside of the bar. This spurred the visitors on with  Quirke seeing an effort deflected over, Stephen Grant clearing a corner off the line and when Carr ran onto Armshaw’s through  ball Doherty was out quick to smother. Greencastle replied on 79 minutes after good feet by James Henry in midfield saw him slip Dickson clear but keeper Walsh made a fine save. There was little by way of chances in extra time but the crucial moment came on 105minutes after a Michael Barr clearance was not dealt with and substitute Christy Hegarty smashed a thirty five yards effort to the roof of the net to send the home support into raptures and Greencastle into the last sixteen.



 Jackie Crossan Premier Division   

Culdaff FC                0         

Aileach FC                10

The home side struggled to compete with a rampant Aileach side who opened the scoring on four minutes after a Darren McMonagle effort came off the post but Aaron Nash was on hand to drill the loose ball home.          The visitors added a second then when the home defence failed to clear Caoimhin McFeely’s cross and McMonagle hammered the loose ball past Darragh McLaughlin. Culdaff replied with Darren Mullarkey firing a free over the bar. But two goals in as many minutes before the break ended the game as a contest. McMonagle beat two defenders and fed Gareth McGlynn  who just beat the advancing McLaughlin to fire home. McMonagle then added a second when he raced clear onto a Gavin Doherty pass  to drill past McLaughlin who had produced two superb saves before that flurry. When Doherty was upended after the break  McMonagle stepped up to drill home from the penalty spot and complete his hat trick. Then a long ball over the top  released Nash and he made no mistake. Further goals from McMonagle, Nash and Gavin Doherty completed the rout.

Illies Celtic              2         

Carn FC                     0

The first half was a dour midfield battle with both defences and few chances at either end. Carn finished the half strongly and on 41 minutes Cade Cooke cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful right footed effort which crashed off the bar. Then on the stroke of half time  Cooke’s cross found Brandon Browne who headed straight at Noone when well placed. But Illies were rejuvenated after the break  and broke the deadlock on 56 minutes after Liam Doherty fed David Doherty who crossed for Adrian Donaghy Doherty to drill home from twelve yards past Daniel Houghton. Carn responded midway through the half when Shane Doherty broke into the area but he fired straight at Noone in the home goal. Illis sealed the points on 79 minutes when Paul Doherty’s deep cross  saw an attempted clearance blocked by Frankie O Connor and the ball fell for Donaghy Doherty to slot home his second and clinch the points.

Glengad United                 0

Cockhill Youths                  2

Glengad had most of the possession but found clear chances difficult to create. Cathal McDaid broke on the left and his deep cross found Stephen Mclaughlin who fired wide from a tight angle. Midway through the half a corner was flicked on at the near post to Michael Byrne but he fired over the bar. Cockhill responded on 36 minutes with a Bradley Callaghan free kick which Kevin Mclaughlin saved well. Glengad upped the tempo but two great saves from Michael Owen Doherty kept the game scoreless at the break. Firstly he denied  Conor Barrow after McLaughlin had crossed from the right. The Christopher McLaughlin beat a defender and fed Barrow who picked out Patrick McDermott on the edge of the area but his effort was tipped round the post by O Doherty. On the restart it was the visitors who surprisingly were in the ascendancy. Michael Noone advanced to unleash a twenty yards effort which flashed inches wide of Mclaughlin’s left hand post. They then shocked the home side when they opened the scoring on 57 minutes. Oisin O’Flaherty controlled a long ball and was given too much time to unleash a powerful twenty yards effort to the bottom corner. Glengad tried to hit back and long range efforts from both Christy McLaughlin and substitute Seamus Doherty were not far off the mark. But Cockhill increased their lead after a defensive pass was intercepted and Conor Allen hammered the ball low to the bottom corner from just inside the area. Cockhill were content to sit back and absorb the pressure with the home side restricted to long range efforts which failed to trouble Doherty and the visitors caused a huge shock here.

Strand Hotel First Division Division     

QPS                            4        

Aileach  Res               0

The point dominated the opening period of the game with Caolan McColgan firing just wide before John McCloskey got on the end of McColgans cross and from six yards was denied by a superb Ciaran Bradley save. Then when the Aileach defence cleared a corner to Stephen McKendry he fired just wide from twenty five yards. They took the lead on 39 minutes when Caolan Harkin fed McColgan who capitalised in hesitancy in the visitors defence to slot low past Bradley from twelve yards. Aileach came into the game then before the break and from a corner both Paddy Curran and Darren Bradley had efforts cleared off the line. Then from a Shane McMonagle corner on the stroke of half time Ryan McElhinney headed inches over.            A long kick out in the opening minute of the second half by home keeper Lynch was collected by McColgan who rounded Bradley to slot home and give the home side a dream start to the second half. Caolan Harkin then had an effort saved by Bradley before at the other end Stephen Doherty got his head to Chris McGarrigle’s corner but a defender cleared his goalbound effort. Two goals in a five minute spell  sealed the points for the homeside. First John McCloskey advanced on the right and managed to squeeze the ball past Bradley from a tight angle. Then they scored the goal of the game when Shay Lynch cut in from the left and unleashed a brilliant right footed effort to the roof of the net from thirty yards. Aileach kept pressing and McMonagle saw a free well saved by  Lynch who then pulled off a tremendous one handed save to deny Sean McHugh from twelve yards.

Redcastle United              2

Rasheney FC                       2

The home side had the first opportunity when Darragh McConway fed Shane McColgan  who fired wide from twenty yards. Rasheney replied on the half hour and took the lead after Shane Cregan collected a pass from John McLaughlin and fired low past McCole from twelve yards. They increased their lead minutes before the interval when Paul McConalogue fed Charlie Doherty who fired a superb effort to the roof of the net from twenty  five yards. The home side got a goal back on the hour mark when an Evan Craig corner found Brian McColgan who fired high to the net past Paddy McGilloway with aid of a deflection. Rasheney replied with Cregan breaking through the middle but failing to hit the target and Charlie Doherty seeing an effort crash off the post. The home side reply and when McConway finds Brendan Murphy he is narrowly off target with a well struck shot. Redcastle salvaged a point late on after another Craig corner is headed clear by McConalogue but McConway collects the ball and curls it into the bottom corner.

Dunree United                   2         

Glengad Res                                    2

Glengad took the lead  on 16minutes after a ball over the top found Paul McDermott to shoot high past John Lafferty in the home goal. Defences were on top then for a long period  but the home side equalised just before the interval when in a good move Caolan McBride finds Peter O Neill who in turn lays the ball off for Thomas Mulhern to fire low past Michael McLaughlin. Glengad get a good start to the second half and regained the lead on 57 minutes when McDermott again gets in behind the home defence to lift the ball over the advancing Lafferty. Dunree battled hard and got back on terms for the second time on 73 minutes when a corner broke for Mulhern to slam home his second goal of the game. Both sides had chances to claim all three points.  McDermott was first denied his hat trick by a superb one handed save from Lafferty while in the final piece of action Jamie Brosnan saw his close range effort blocked by the legs of McLaughlin.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two 

Ilies Res                    8         

Carn Res                   1

Illies dominated from start to finish against an under strength and very young Carn side. They got off to a flying start with two goals inside ten minutes. Firstly Ryan McElhinney headed past Kyle Harkin from a Craig Doherty corner before Alan Fletcher sidestepped a defender and fired high to the net. Fletcher then cushioned a header down for John Pio Donaghy to fire home the third on 22 minutes. Goals from Fletcher and Ronan Hegarty in three minutes before the break left it five nil. McElhinney then added his second on 50 minutes with a cross cum shot which deceived Harkin. Carn to their credit kept playing and got a goal back when Aaron McCarron broke forward and fed Cian Diver to drill the ball low past Kevin Gallagher. But Fletcher completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after he had been fouled before Shane Devlin completed the scoring with a stunning twenty five yards effort to the top corner.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A   

Aileach Youths                   0         

Moville Res                         1

In a tight game of few chances the home side had the first after 13 minutes when Stephen O Donnell fired straight at Ryan Coyle in the Moville goal when well placed. The visitors then took the lead midway through the half after a Shane Canning free kick was cleared out to Finn McLaughlin who fired low through a crowd of players past Ryan Fox.Aileach spurned a good chance before the break when Michael Morrison released Callum Porter  but he failed to hit the target from ten yards. After a tight opening to the second half Moville s Danny Murphy had an effort well saved by Fox on the hour mark. Aileach responded on 74 minutes with a Darren Bradley effort turned round the post at full stretch by Coyle. Aileach tried hard to salvage something from the game but the Moville defence dealt capably with everything thrown at them.

Clonmany Celtic                1         

Dunree Res                         0

Clonmany got it much tougher this week against a Dunree side beaten six one last week by the same opposition. With defences on top there were few goal chances at either end. Clonmany opened the scoring late in the first half after a floated ball from Paul Mclaughlin was superbly volleyed to the top corner by Niall McDaid. Dunree upped the tempo on the restart and midway through the half their best chance fell to Paddy Toland but he hammered over the bar from close range. Clonmany should have added a second late in the game but his glancing header drifted just over the bar.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B   

Carrowmena Res               2         

Culdaff Res                          1

Culdaff started the better and Paul Mills got on the end of Mark Doherty’s deep corner but his header clipped the bar on the way over. Jack Mclaughlin then beat a couple of defenders but was denied by a fine save from Brian Houghton. Mclaughlin then threaded a fine ball into the path of Sean McGrenaghan  but his effort was blocked by Houghtons legs. Against the run of play the home side opened the scoring on 42 minutes when the visitors defence failed to clear a Gerard Gill cross and the ball broke for James McDermott to lash to the roof of the net from close range. Culdaff upped the tempo on the restart and equalised on 54 minutes after Mills ball over the top found McLaughlin who advanced and rounded Houghton  to slot home. McLaughlin then spurned a good chance when he fired wide from a good position. Carrowmena then took the lead again on 71 minutes when Gill fed Mark Doherty and he fired low past Dermot Callaghan from inside the area. Culdaff pressed in the latter stages but all they could muster was an effort from distance by McLaughlin which Houghton saved well.

Rasheney Res         0         

Clonmany Res        0

An entertaining local derby saw the visitors start the better and on 16 minutes after good one touch play between Lee Coyle and Tiernan McDonald the ball was worked to Alex McFadden whose dipping effort dropped just over the bar. They went close again midway through the half after a corner found Aaron Harkin whose header crashed off the bar. Rasheney responded on the half hour with a Ciaran Dillon free which was headed over by Joey Holland. Play swung to the other end and a powerful driven effort from Conor Bradley was well saved by Roger McGilloway in the home goal. Rasheney then spurned a clear chance on 41 minutes after Ronan McConalogue ‘s low cross found the unmarked Ryan Doherty but he blazed over when well placed as the half ended scoreless. Clonmany substitute Dean Harkin had the first effort of the second half when he despatched a low effort which McGilloway gathered at the second attempt. Midway through the half John McDaid ‘s looping shot was also well saved by McGilloway. Rasheney responded on 73 minutes with Holland’s free finding Dillon whose header just cleared the bar. The final chance also fell to the home side when substitute Trevor Doherty broke on the left and his low cross was cleared under pressure by Bradley at the expense of a corner.