Match Reports Sunday 13th May
Saturday 12th May
Hannon Greene Insurances Fr O Gara Cup Final
Dunree United 1
Rasheney FC 2
Played in glorious sunshine at Maginn Park on Saturday evening this was the proverbial game of two halves with Dunree dominant in the opening forty five minutes but Rasheney came storming back in the second
half. Dunree had the first effort when Thomas Doherty released Philip McGuinness on the left and his cross was flicked goalwards by Darryl Moran but Sean Friel gathered easily. They took the lead on 5 minutes after an inswinging McGuinness free from the right was headed home to the bottom corner by Ryan Bradley. Then a Moran corner was flicked goalwards by Liam Baldrick but Friel gathered easily. On 21 minutes Daniel McLaughlin turned smartly inside the area but his effort was beaten away by Friel before being cleared.Rasheney ‘s first attempt on goal came on 33 minutes but Charlie Doherty fired well over from distance Rasheney almost equalised after a superb free from Damien Friel found Anthony Doherty ghosting in behind the Dunree defence but he bundled the ball wide from close range. Dunree replied on the stroke of half time and when McLaughlin hooked the ball back from inside the Rasheney area McGuinness collected and unleashed a twenty five yards effort which crashed off the bar. Rasheney started the second period the better and a Declan McLaughlin cross was headed over by Charlie Doherty under pressure from a defender. Charlie Doherty then controlled a long ball and fired a looping volley which landed on the roof of the net.Rasheney equalised on the hour mark when Matthew McLaughlin unleashed a superb twenty yards strike low across keeper Philip Doherty to the bottom left hand corner. On 76 minutes Matthew McLaughlin laid the ball back to Damien Friel whose twenty yards curling effort looked destined for the top corner but Philip Doherty produced a brilliant one handed save to turn the ball around the post. Minutes later Friel again produced a curling effort but it sailed inches past Doherty’s left hand post. Rasheney almost snatched the winner on 87 minutes after a corner broke inside the area to Charlie Doherty whose left footed effort crashed off the post. Rasheney clinched the cup in injury time after a sweet left foot strike by substitute David McLaughlin was superbly parried by Doherty but Charlie Doherty reacted
first to slam the loose ball home.
Mary Hannon of Hannon Greene Insurance presents Rasheney Captain Anthony Doherty with the Fr. O’Gara Cup
Man of the Match
For Dunree Philip McGuinness and Liam Baldrick were especially prominent while for the winner Shane Gordon and substitute David Mclaughlin had excellent second halfs. But the award on the night goes to match winner Charlie Doherty (Pictured Right) who was involved in the majority of Rasheney attacks in that second half.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Aileach FC 0
Glengad United 1
With the home side needing a win to force a league title play off and the visitors only needing a point to win the league this was always going to be a tight close affair. Glengad had the first semblance of a chance on 8 minutes but Terence Doherty’s effort was easily gathered by Peter Devlin. Aileach replied on 17 minutes with a spectacular over head kick by Ronan Coyle going just wide. Midway through the half Anthony Doherty played a superb ball over the top but Coyle miscontrolled and the chance was lost as the game began to open up. But for the remainder of the half defences were on top and it remained scoreless. Glengad broke the deadlock on 66 minutes with a stunning goal after Stephen McLaughlin broke on the right and cut in before drilling a superb low shot across Devlin to the far corner. Aileach should have equalised on 79 minutes when a Coyle cross was flicked on by Anthony Doherty to Gareth McGlynn at the back post but he hit the post when he looked destined to score. Glengad replied and McLaughlin had another low effort well blocked by the legs of Devlin. McLaughlin also had he final chance of the game when with the home side pushing forward he broke on the right but from a tight angle he fired into the side netting. Glengad duly complete an historic four in a row of league titles.
Shane Crossan of Crossan Jewelers Presents the premier division trophy to Glengad Captain John G. Mc Laughlin
Glengad United who completed four premier division titles in a row
Jackie Crossan Premier Division Promotion/Relegation Play Off
Illies Celtic 1
Moville Celtic 0
Illies Celtic retained their premier division status with a hard fought win over a gallant Moville side who will rue some missed chances in the opening half. Moville created a good chance in the 4th minute after neat passing ended with Nathan Harkin threading a pass into Michael McNaught but Johnathan Noone advanced to block with his legs. A minute later they stole possession in midfield and broke quickly with Norbert Indyka pulling the ball back to Harkin but he scuffed his shot when well placed. Illies replied on 10 minutes and after a corner the ball broke to Patrick O’Connor in a crowded area his powerful effort was blocked by defenders. Illies went very close on 19 minutes when a great cross from the right by Liam Grant found Paddy Doherty at the back post but his header from a tight angle came off the post. Moville then spurned a clear chance midway through the half when Noone advanced to clear outside the box but mis hit his clearance and McNaught collected but fired wide from twenty five yards. At the other end a heavy touch from Moville keeper Ryan Coyle was seized on by Paddy Doherty and his cross from wide on the left was headed clear by Charlie Gill. Illies threatened again on 31 minutes when Paddy Doherty slipped a lovely pass into Gavin Doherty but his effort lacked power to trouble Coyle. Illies had another effort when Kevin McGonagle advanced from full back and unleashed a powerful effort which Coyle gathered at the second attempt. Moville had the first chance on 49 minutes when a superb free kick delivery from Indyka flashed across goal with Dermot Harkin just failing to convert. Illies replied and after some neat passing a Liam Grant cross was headed over by Paddy Doherty under pressure. Moville then broke with McNaught bursting into the box but Ryan McElhinney made a superb saving tackle. Illies broke the deadlock on 73 minutes when a Liam Grant free from the right on the side of the penalty area found Paddy Doherty who powered a header home. Then a brilliant outside of the foot pass from Dominic Coyle released Paddy Doherty but his attempted lob was blocked down by keeper Coyle. Paddy Doherty then played a superb pass to substitute Adrian Doherty who pulled the ball back to Paddy Doherty but his effort was saved by Coyle. Moville pushing forward and overlapping substitute William McLaughlin drove a ball across goal but Liam Grant could not convert. Moville tried to hit back but Conor Doherty drove over when under pressure and it is Illies who will be in the premier division next season.
Inishowen Engineering Division 2 A
Glengad Res 1
Redcastle Res 3
Glengad completed their league programme with a three one defeat to runners up Redcastle in good conditions. Glengad started well and on 15 minutes Mark McKinney found PJ McDaid whose low effort from the edge of the area crashed off the post. Minutes later Redcastle replied with Gerard McLaughlin finding space inside the area but fired just over. The home side replied with Lee Kelly feeding McDaid whose low effort was well saved by Paul Doherty. The visitors then took the lead on 35 minutes after Kyle Davenport crossed for Alan Clarke to slot past Michael McLaughlin from fifteen yards. Glengad started the second period well and Cathal Doherty had an effort well saved by Doherty. Redcastle increased their lead on 55minutes after Terry McColgan converted a penalty after a trip in the area. Glengad replied instantly and they were awarded a penalty for handball but Doherty saved McDaid’s effort low to his right. Glengad pressed again and got a goal back after Brian Doherty found Gary Kelly and he fired to the top corner from eighteen yards. But Redcastle regained their two goal cushion after a ball over the top from McLaughlin released Ronan Hoy to drill low past McLaughlin. Hoy then crossed but McColgan headed over from six yards.At the other end Glengad had the last chance but McDaid flashed an effort just wide.
U 12 Girls Inter League
Six leagues competed in this FAI National nine a side blitz with teams from Sligo, Mayo, MidWest, Donegal, Longford and the hosts Inishowen.Played in beautiful conditions on Saturday at Carn FCs two pitches Inishowen girls performed very well winning two games and losing one. They began with a local derby against Donegal and in a game where the pace of Bria McGilloway caused untold damage to the opposition Inishowen recorded a narrow but deserved one nil win with Bria getting the only goal. In a very good second game against Mayo Inishowen fell to a single goal defeat but really deserved a share of the spoils at least with Cache Crumlish denied by a brilliant save in the first half and both Bronagh Butler and Aoife McCarron going close in the second half. Next up was Mid Western league and with the game scoreless at the break it felt like we would never score after hitting the post and missing two good chances. But the girls exploded in the second half and a brilliant five goal haul from Cache Crumlish and a Jodie Loughery strike saw Inishowen run out six nil winners to finish second behind Sligo in the group. Indeed it was Sligo who went on to win the blitz defeating Mayo twelve eleven on penalties to advance to the national semi finals. Overall an excellent experience for the girls who played superbly. Our thanks to Sarah and all at Carn FC for their hospitality and to Gerard and Liam for refereeing. The Inishowen panel was :
Ciara McGee, Orla Grant, Keisha Friel, Bronagh Butler, Orla Doherty, Jenna Gallagher, Heidi Gill, Jodie Loughery, Cache Crumlish, Aoife McCarron, Aaligah Anafi, Bria McGilloway