Match Reports Sunday 14th October

Sunday 14th October

FAI Junior Cup  Round Two

QPS                            1

Cappry Rovers        4

Cappry Rovers progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with a four one victory over Quigley’s Point Swifts in Muff.

The visiting side dominated much of the first-half but were unable to create any clear-cut chances until they took the lead in the eighteenth minute. Dean O’Donnell collected a long ball deep into the Swifts half before rounding his marker and finishing well past keeper Aidan Lynch. They could have doubled their lead two minutes later when O’Donnell’s cross from the left found David Gethins unmarked at the back-post, but his shot was well saved by Lynch. The Swifts struggled to get into the game and Cappry had more chances to add to their lead. Oisin Gallen’s well-struck free kick was palmed away by Lynch, and Gallen then blasted over the bar when well placed to finish. Three minutes before the break, Patrick McNulty beat the offside trap but was denied by brave goalkeeping from Lynch. Against the run of play, the home side had a great opportunity to equalise on the stroke of half-time when Shaun Downey drilled a great cross into the penalty area but substitute Bradley Callaghan’s header went just over the bar.  Cappry’s dominance was rewarded with two more goals within seven minutes of the restart. On forty-nine minutes, defender Tristan Harris found himself unmarked from a corner and powered a header into the back of the net. Three minutes later, Gallen made a great run down the right flank and his low cross found Aaron Kelly who finished well from ten yards to make it three.

Cappry were in the ascendancy and were denied a fourth two minutes later when Lynch made another good save from Kelly. But the Muff side battled back into the game, forcing the visiting side into their own half for a spell. On sixty-nine minutes the Swifts were handed a lifeline for their hard work. Downey did great work down the right and his cross found John McCloskey, who held off his marker before rifling the ball into the bottom-right corner. The home side were galvanised and McCloskey was unlucky not to add a second four minutes later when effort from outside the box crept agonisingly wide.

The Swifts continued to push hard for more goals but four minutes from time, Cappry killed the game off. A long ball found O’Donnell who burst through on goal before rounding an oncoming Lynch and sweeping the ball home to make the final scoreline four one.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division    

Culdaff FC                3

Illies Celtic              5

Paddy Doherty for the visitors had the first effort on goal but his free kick was well saved by Darragh McLaughlin. Culdaff took the lead on 35 minutes after     Aiden Cunningham raced onto Michael Coyle’s flick to chip Johnathan Noone .But Illies equalised within minutes when  Odhran  McColgan closed down a clearance and superbly chipped McLaughlin. Culdaff hit back and Cunningham restored their lead when he collected a crossfield pass from  Coyle and finished brilliantly. On the stroke of half time  Illies had a great chance to get back on terms when they were awarded a penalty which saw Niall Gordon red carded  for handball on the line but Darragh McLaughlin  made a superb save from Paddy Doherty’s spot kick. Doherty had the first chance of the second half but he blazed over. Two minutes later Culdaff increased their lead when the visitors defence failed to deal with Eugene McLaughlin’s cross from the left and  Paul McLaughlin finished neatly past Noone. Culdaff then spurned a great chance Paul McLaughlin picked out Coyle but he volleyed over from a central position ten yards out. The effect of playing with a man down began to tell on the home side in the final quarter and Illies got a goal back on 70 minutes when Adrian Donaghey Doherty headed home from a corner . They levelled matters on 85 minutes when a Liam Grant cross from the left came off the bar and substitute Shane Doherty poked home.Another corner minutes later  was parried away by Mclaughlin but Shane Doherty reacted well to slot home and put Illies in front for the first time. In injury time Paddy Doherty added a fifth to seal the win and in the final action Cunningham was denied his hat trick by a fine save from Noone.


Greencastle FC                  6

Glengad United                 3

In a high scoring encounter Greencastle served notice of their title ambitions with this victory in a high scoring clash at Chapel Lane.Glengad got off to a dream start in the first minute when a Stephen  McLaughlin corner was cleared back to him and he cut in to hammer a low effort to the bottom corner past Dylan Doherty.  Terence Doherty then fired just wide from twenty five yards. Greencastle replied and got back on terms on 19 minutes when  Sean Doherty went past a couple of players and fed Jamie McCormick on the right and he finished superbly  past  Daniel Mullarkey. McCormick then fired the home side in front with a well struck free kick which took a slight  deflection on its way to the top corner.  A long ball forward  by Mark Henry saw Stephen Grant dispossess keeper  Mullarkey and roll the ball into the net to make it three one.  Glengad replied and both Matthew Byrne and James McKinney went close with good efforts. But Greencastle increased their lead after Matthew Henry released Nigel McMonagle and he cut  inside the area before rounding Mullarkey to slot home. Glengad did get a goal back on 42 minutes when Christopher McLaughlin curled a superb effort into the top corner from the edge of the area. But ten minutes after the restart Greencastle made it five two  after McCormick released McMonagle who raced into the area and hammered the ball low to the far corner. Matthew Henry then fired wide  and McCormick had an effort turned round the post by Mullarkey. Glengad hit back again and made it six three when substitute Patrick McDermott got on the end of a James McKinney cross to head to the top corner. Terence Doherty then unleashed an effort which Dylan Doherty saved superbly. And the home side sealed the points when McCormick completed his hat trick from the penalty spot  after he had been upended firing low to the bottom right hand corner. In the closing minutes Shaun Doherty had a fine effort tipped round the post by Mullarkey.

Clonmany Shamrocks      3

Redcastle United              2

Redcastle will be very disappointed at not taking anything from this game as they led two nil with half an hour remaining.Redcastle took the lead in the very first minute after Darragh McConway sped clear on the right and his cross was diverted into his own net by an unfortunate defender. Clonmany replied and when Brendan Devlin controlled and turned well inside the area he was unlucky to see his effort crash off the crossbar. Clonmany had a lot of possession but struggled to break the visitors down and a looping Ferghal Harkin cross in the 42nd minute found Jake Harkin but his header  was saved by Michael McCole. After a quiet start to the second period the visitors increased their lead when Shaun Curran converted a penalty  after Aiden McLaughlin had been upended. But within a minute the home side began the fight back after Niall Mclaughlin fed Jake Harkin whose cross was turned home from close range. On 68 minutes they equalised when a long free from McLaughlin fell kindly in the area for Liam Hirrell to smash the ball home. They turned it around completely on 79 minutes when Mark McLaughlin controlled  a long ball spun a defender and fired low to the corner from sixteen yards for what proved to be the winner.

Buncrana Hearts               4

Carn FC                                 1

Buncrana started well and opened the scoring on 9 minutes when Stephen McHugh picked out Gerard Boyle with a superb pass and although Boyle’s initial effort was parried he headed the rebound home. John Timlin then raced clear but failed to hit the target before Kieran McDaid collected  the ball in midfield and advanced to unleash a powerful effort from twenty yards to the bottom corner. Sloppy play in the home defence then allowed Brandon Browne to gain possession and he fired past Caolan McGonagle in the home goal to make it two one. The hearts had the final chance of the half when after a Kevin O’Loughlin free was parried Gary Duffy fired the rebound over. Buncrana  continued on top after the break and McDaid beat two defenders but saw his effort well saved by Conor Doherty. A superb run and cross by McDaid in the 58th minute saw  Boyle convert from five yards to make it three one. Both Boyle and  McHugh were off target before Liam McCarron had a twenty yards shot tipped onto the bar by Doherty. Buncrana added a fourth goal late on when substitute Mark McFadden squeezed the ball  past Doherty at his near post. Aaron McDaid was then denied a fifth in injury time when his effort clipped the crossbar.



Strand Hotel First Division

Moville Celtic         8

Sea Rovers               0

Moville started well and Glen Watson in the rovers goal produced a superb double save to deny Finn McLaughlin and the follow up from Nathan Harkin. Watson done well again on 7 minutes when he parried a Michael McNaught effort but Conor Lafferty was on hand to slot home. Rovers replied and Kieran Doherty headed wide from a corner before Keelan Doherty had a snapshot turned round the post by Ryan Coyle. Two goals in as many minutes before the break put the home side in control. Firstly the rovers defence failed to clear and McNaught got the first of his five goal haul slotting low past Watson from twelve yards. Then  a superb Ryan McColgan cross found Lafferty who made no mistake from six yards. Moville opened up at the start of the second  half and McNaught added  three more goals in a ten minute spell with excellent finishes on each occasion. Rovers still tried to get on the scoresheet but Oisin McGonagle fired wide when well placed. McNaught then got his fifth and Moville’s seventh when he raced onto  Lafferty’s flick to fire low past Watson. He then returned the favour when he flicked into Lafferty’s path and he kept his nerve to drill low to the net and complete his hat trick.

Cockhill Youths                  4

Dunree United                   1

Cockhill took the lead on 13 minutes after a Ronan McLaughlin corner fell to Keegan Hegarty whose effort was parried by Philip Doherty but Mark McDaid controlled and slotted home from close range.  They doubled their lead on 29minutes from another corner from McLaughlin. This time Adam McCarron rose high and when his header was superbly saved by Doherty the loose ball fell to Jack McDaid who fired home from an acute angle. Mark McDaid had the first chance of the second period when he blazed over from eight yards. But McCarron made it three on 61 minutes when he powered a header from a corner to the roof of the net. Dunree tried to respond with Liam Baldrick feeding Darryl Moran but he fired over from twenty five yards. Cockhill scored their fourth after good work on the left by McCarron and Shay McLaughlin saw the latters cross side footed home by Eoin Deery. Dunree got a consolation late on when a Thomas Mulhern cross was headed over Declan Caldwell to the roof of the net by Moran.

Rasheney FC           1

Buncrana Res         3

Rasheney were on top for most of the first half and on 8 minutes John Grant split the visitors defence with a superb ball to Declan McLaughlin who cut inside and saw his left footed effort  come off the post and roll along the line before being cleared. Eoin Mclaughlin then had a twenty yards effort gathered at the second attempt by Paul McDaid. Midway through the half Buncrana replied with Darragh O’Connor firing over the bar from twelve yards.  Rasheney broke the deadlock just before the break when McLaughlin dinked a lovely ball over the top for Damien Friel to fire past McDaid. It was the visitors who impressed most in the second period and on 59 minutes O’Connor’s cross found Oisin O’Flaherty whose flying header was palmed away by Kieran Friel. They got back on terms on 62 minutes when a long free kick fell inside the area to Donald O Doherty who drilled home through a crowd of players. Minutes later Friel failed to collect Dale Kerr’s free kick and O Doherty was on hand to fire into the empty net. A quick break on 72 minutes saw O’Flaherty break clear on the left and his pin point cross into the path of O’Connor saw him sidefoot to the top corner. Rasheney had a late chance but Tyler McBride blazed over after a john Grant cross.

Gleneely Colts                   4

Glengad United                 3

Played in driving rain under the lights on Saturday night made conditions very tricky for both sides. Gleneely were quick out of the blocks and on the front foot from the off. They took the lead on 5 minutes when a John Doherty ball from defence found Nathan McLaughlin who squared to Billy McCann to slot past Michael McLaughlin from six yards. On 20 minutes they went two up when a ball up the line from Kevin Doherty found Billy McCann, who held off the defender to blast low and hard from fifteen yards. They made it three on the half hour after Billy McCann was released down the right, cut into to box and laid it off for John Joe Doherty to slot low to the keepers rights from ten yards. A few minutes before half time Gleneely made it 4-0 when good play from Nathan McLaughlin and Iarlaith McLaughlin found Billy McCann to blast home from ten yards and claim his hat trick. On 55 minutes Glengad pulled a goal back when a ball was played across the penalty box by Paul McGonigle for PJ McDaid to poke home from eight yards past Ben Miller. Gleneely suffered a blow a few minutes later when Ben Miller was stretchered off after falling awkwardly claiming a cross and was replaced by Adrian Duffy. This seemed to spur Glengad on who took a foot hold in the game and claimed another goal on 75minutes with Cathal Doherty picked the ball up in midfield before unleashing a powerful twenty five yard effort into the top corner, giving Adrian Duffy no chance. Gleneely were being pegged back and Glengad were awarded a dubious penalty on 81 minutes when Jordon O’Brien was adjudged to take PJ McDaid down in the area. Cathal Doherty stepped up to slot the ball home low to the left despite Adrian Duffy guessing the right way. To their credit Gleneely held firm despite Glengad throwing everything at them. Glengad brought everyone including their keeper up for the final corner but Gleneely cleared. Pulsating match ended 4-3 and best wishes go to Gleneelys keeper – Ben Miller for a speedy recovery.

Division Two               

QPS    Res                 4

Carn Res                   1

​​​​​Carn started the match very brightly with both Conor Doherty and Niall mc Guinness forcing good saves from Liam Lyons. Midway through the half Conor Doherty saw his effort crash of the bar before quigleys point countered and a cross from the right was side footed home by Sean McColgan. Carn were back on level terms 10 minutes later when a through ball from Mc Guinness sent Tiernan Coyne free and he rounded the keeper to score. QPS dominated the second half and took the lead when Kevin Wallace side footed home a free kick. They went three one up with a lovely solo effort from Ronan Lafferty and Keleen mc Colgan made it four one with a fine strike to the bottom corner from outside the box.  Carn pressed and saw Mc Guinness strike the woodwork from a free kick but QPS held firm.

Rasheney Res                     1

Clonmany Res                    3

Clonmany started well  in this local derby and opened the scoring on 6 minutes when David McGonigle fed Michael Devlin to fire a dipping effort from the angle of the area over Declan Grant to the roof of the net. Grant then saved well to deny Conor Doherty but the visitors doubled their lead on 34 minutes. When a free kick came off   defender Conor Doherty capitalised to drill the loose ball home. Rasheney tried to respond and a long range Corny McCole effort was well gathered by Liam McGonigle. Rasheney got back into the  game on 51 minutes when a Nathan McConalogue driven  effort from the edge of the area crept inside the post. But Clonmany upped the tempo with David McGonigle heading over before Devlin had an effort well saved by replacement keeper Ciaran O Neill. Clonmany made it three one on 77 minutes when Pearse McCarron scored with his first touch after getting on the end of Keelan Doherty’s cross. O’Neill done well then to tip a Paul Devlin twenty yards shot over the bar. Both sides had a late chance with Jack McLaughlin firing over for the home side before Clonmany substitute John Porter had an effort deflected just wide.

Carrowmena FC                 1

Moville Res                         6

The match was played in perfect conditions at The Warren, Carrowmena. Moville Reserves put on an energetic display and showed that they could challenge for the division title come the end of the season. Moville started brightly and opened the scoring through Danny Murphy on 5 minutes after some neat interplay in midfield. Moville doubled their lead almost immediately after the restart when Ciaran Diver pounced on a lapse in concentration in the Carrowmena back line to advance and score with a low drive into the bottom corner. Carrowmena regained some composure but it was Moville who again scored on 20 minutes with the lively Pearse Doherty scoring with a low drive from the left hand side of the area. Danny Murphy was proving too hot to handle when he broke the off side to advance and score Moville’s fourth with 30 minutes played. Carrowmena got a goal  back through Gerard Gill when he broke the off side to turn his marker and score with a fine left footed shot into the top corner beating Maurice McGeady in the Moville nets.At the start of the second half Carrowmena should have reduced the deficit with good work down the left by Drew Crumlish crossing to Dean McGeoghan at the back post, but he failed to apply the finishing touch.The game followed much of the same pattern thereon with Moville dominating midfield. Ciaran Diver scored his second of the game midway through the half to end the game as a contest after some good interplay with Danny Murphy. Ciaran Diver then scored his third and Moville’s sixth in the last minute with a fine lob from a tight angle to make it 6-1 and end a miserable morning for the hosts.

Dunree Res                         0

Greencastle Res                3

Dunree had the better of the opening chances with Oran Tourish, Eamon Fullerton and David Eccles all firing wide wen well placed. Greencastle opened the scoring on the half hour when a free kick deflected off Killian Dougal past Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Dunree goal. Second half had a slow start but on 70 minutes Greencastle doubled their lead when Joe Doherty beat two  defenders  before firing low to the net.  Dunree were unfortunate not to get one back when Conal McGrory’s shot was cleared off the line by Sean Kavanagh. Joe Doherty then finished the scoring on 80 minutes when he fired low to the bottom corner after beating two defenders yet again. Dunree rallied but missed chances meant the visitors saw the game out comfortably.

Illies Res                              1

Aileach Youth                     3

All the action in this game arrived in the final five minutes of the half. The period before saw defences on top with neither side able to create a clear chance. Illies took the lead on 40 minutes when Shane Devlin played a short corner to Keith Elliot and he fired low past Ryan Fox. Within a minute Aileach equalised after a dreadful error in the home defence gave Brendan Hegarty the chance to slot home. The visitors then took the lead on the stroke of half time when Gavin Doherty played a quick corner to Aaron Doherty and he chipped the home keeper Graham Doherty. Illies should have got back on terms on 55 minutes after a  Brendan Doherty effort was parried by Fox but Devlin blazed over a gaping goal. Illies continued to press and a Ronan Hegarty effort was well saved by  Fox. Aileach sealed the points when a Gavin Doherty free was headed home by Hegarty.

Culdaff Res              2

Cockhill Res            1

Culdaff started well  and on 5 minutes Michael McFadden played in Jack McLaughlin who beat two men but fired straight at  Gary Robinson. Minutes later the same combination teamed up again and this time McLaughlin drilled low to the corner. Midway through the half Culdaff doubled their lead when Joe O’Connor played a neat one two with Matt McDaid before squaring for McLaughlin to drill home from twelve yards. Cockhill replied before the break with a Ryan McDaid effort from twenty yards grazing the bar. Both Michael Mclaughlin and Peter Doherty headed over the bar following corners when they should have done better. Cockhill replied and Gary Breslin failed to direct his header on target when he met Ciaran Bradley’s cross. The visitors did reduce the deficit when a Paddy McLaughlin pass to Breslin in an offside position saw everyone stop but McDaid raced through and fired low past John Collins. Cockhill pressed but the home defence stood firm and Culdaff had the final chance when Niall McLaughlin headed fellow substitute Damien Duffy’s cross over the bar.