Match Reports Sunday 16th February
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Cockhill Celtic Youths 0
Buncrana Hearts 1
There were very few chances in this local derby played in difficult conditions for both teams. Cockhill had an early chance but Mark McDaid fired wide from the edge of the area.
On the half hour Buncrana spurned a good opening after the ball broke to Liam McCarron eight yards out but he fired straight at Liam McGonigle in the Cockhill goal. Defences remained on top for the remainder of the half. Buncrana dominated the second half and Kevin O’ Loughlin headed a Shane Dillon corner wide . The introduction of Kieran McDaid on 55 minutes gave the Hearts added impetus and a real attacking threat. On 59minutes he had an effort saved by McGonigle. They made the breakthrough then on 79 minutes when Darragh O Connor’s crossfield ball found McDaid who beat two defenders and squared to Gerard Mclaughlin to slot low to the corner from ten yards for a fine goal. Another mazy run by McDaid took him in on goal but somehow he failed to hit the target from six yards. McDaid was unlucky then to see a twenty yards free crash back off the post before the same player fired over the bar in the final chance of the game.
Glengad United 0
Carn FC 0
For the second time this season Glengad failed to find a way past a resolute Carn defence who battled superbly.The home side dominated the opening half but the visitors spurned a glorious chance of the stroke of half time. Glengad started well and on 6 minutes Stephen McLaughlin found Patrick McDermott on the edge of the area but he fired wide. The same duo combined again on 18minutes but McDermott unmarked failed to hit the target from six yards. McDermott then spurned a third chance when he fired over after a Finn McClure cross had broken to him on the edge of the area. They continued to create chances with Dillon Ruddy sending Terence Doherty clear but he also failed to hit the target. Doherty was then denied by a brilliant point blank save from Gerard Crossan after good work by Seamus Doherty had found him six yards out. Then Carn broke on the stroke of half time after Lorcan Bradley sent substitute Barry Fallon clear with a ball over the top and he lifted the ball over the advancing Daniel Mullarkey but saw it go agonisingly wide. Substitute Cathal McDaid then crossed to the unmarked McDermott at the back post but he fired tamely wide when he should have done better. Their final effort came from a Dillon Ruddy effort which also went narrowly wide but the Carn defence in the main stood firm and restricted the home side to earn a valuable point.
Ulster Junior Shield
Swilly Rovers 1
Glengad Res 2
Switched to Rathmullan the visitors started the game the better with Nathan McConalogue firing wide from twenty yards before Paul McGonigle released PJ McDaid who raced clear but was denied by the advancing keeper. Rovers responded and both Matthew McDaid and Dylan Hegarty had efforts from distance off target. Glengad then broke the deadlock on 28minutes when McGonigle ‘s sweetly struck twenty yards effort nestled in the bottom corner. After a disruption due to inclement weather the game resumed and Swilly got back on terms on the stroke of half time when Matthew Sweeney converted from close range after the Glengad defence failed to clear their lines. The second half saw defences largely on top and a lot of play in the midfield area. Swilly s Matthew McDaid had a chance after a good run at the visitors defence but he fired wide. The defining moment of the game came on 77minutes after Brian Doherty won possession in midfield and threaded a pass into the path of McConalogue who rounded the advancing keeper and slotted home to send Glengad into the next round and a trip to face Clonmany res next week.
Strand Hotel Division One
Dunree United 4
Aileach Res 2
Dunree continued their recent good form with an excellent victory in wintry conditions at St Egneys Park. They took the lead on 15 minutes after Conor Barrett headed home a Liam Baldrick free past David McGeady. Midway through the half they doubled their lead with Dermot Graham finding Barrett on the right and he cut inside into the area before drilling low past McGeady. Aileach tried to respond before the break but Gavin Doherty had an effort saved by John Lafferty before a Dermot Doherty cross was cleared off the line by Cathal McNutt. Dermot Doherty had the first effort for the visitors after the interval but substitute Philip Doherty saved well.Dunree then increased their lead on the hour with Barrett completing his hat trick pouncing on a loose ball to fire high to the top corner. It got better for the home side after a superb run from Barrett ended when he squared for Jamie Brosnan to slot home. Aileach got late consolation goals when Gavin Doherty raced clear to slot home on the stroke of full time.In injury time they added another when Stephen Doherty raced onto a ball over the top and slotted low to the corner but the home side had the points secured at that time.
Hannone Greene Insurances Fr O Gara Cup
Illies Res 0
Gleneely Colts 5
The first divison side got off to a great start when John Doherty headed home at the back post following a free kick. On 12 minutes they made it two nil with Christopher McDaid capitalizing on a defensive error to shoot low past Kevin Gallagher. Illies replied with Dominic Doherty going close with a free kick before Ronan Hegarty fired straight at Eddie McNamee when well placed. Gleneely made a quick start to the second period after Corey O Brien headed home Doherty cross from close range. O’Brein then made it four nil midway through the half when he burst through the home defence to finish high past the advancing Gallagher. They sealed their progress to the next round after Keelan Hegarty beat two defenders and drilled low to the corner from twelve yards.
Clonmany Shamrocks 1
Clonmany Celtic 0
As expected the shamrocks dominated this game without totally putting their third team away. Early chances fell to Jason Devlin who curled a shot just wide and Liam Hirrell who headed wide following Matthew Brennans cross. Devlin then released Dean Harkin but he fired over the bar from the edge of the area. Celtic replied with Paul McLaughlin firing a free kick just over the crossbar. But the shamrocks regained control and Harkin and Devlin both had efforts saved by Kieran Friel. The breakthrough arrived on 42 minutes when Devlin collected a loose ball on the edge of the area and fired a well struck effort to the bottom corner. The trend continued in the second half with Jake Harkin firing wide, Brennan seeing an effort tipped over by Friel and Damien Duffy grazing the crossbar with an effort. Celtic always had a chance when they were only one goal adrift and McLaughlin saw another free well saved by Patrick Harkin. The shamrocks had the final chances with Steve Harkin firing one effort wide and another lob over the bar.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two A
Moville Res 1
Cockhill Res 3
An understrength home side took the lead on 14 minutes after Declan McGuinness cured a free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner. But the visitors levelled matters on 27 minutes when a Ryan McDaid corner was met perfectly by the head of Shaun Donaghey who powered a header to the net. The visitors took the lead then on the stroke of half time when John Grant ran onto a long clearance from Donaghey and fired low past Ryan Coyle. Moville started the second half well with Dermot Harkin beating two defenders but seeing his effort well saved by Doherty before Graeme Doherty headed over from a corner. Cockhill broke and increased their lead when a Paul Duffy cross was inadvertently put past Coyle by an unfortunate defender. Moville pressed hard and had effort s from McGuinness, Harkin and Pearse Doherty all just miss the target in the closing stages.
Aileach Youths 8
Redcastle Res 1
The home side dominated long periods of this game and opened the scoring on 6 minutes after Darren Bradley crossed for Tom Doherty to slot home from close range. They doubled their lead when good work by Brendan Hegarty saw him set up Seamus O Donnell to fire home from eight yards. Another excellent cross from Bradley was seized on by Tom Doherty it make it three nil on the half hour. Bradley then go in on the scoring act when he raced through the middle to slot home before the same player added a fifth when he fired home from the edge of the area on the stroke of half time. Daithi Grant then increased the lead five minutes after the restart with a low ground shot from twenty yards through a crowd of players. Redcastle rallied and Oran Farren reduced the deficit with a powerful effort in off the underside of the bar. They had another chance when Terry McColgan raced clear but keeper Dylan Clarke advanced to block. Two late goal from Aaron Doherty completed the scoring for the home side.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Carn Res 4
Clonmany Res 2
Carn opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Dion Diver broke on the right wing and passed to Cian Burke who rounded the keeper and drove a powerful shot to the bottom corner 10 yards. Clonmany had a chance to draw level on 22 minutes when Sean McCarron passed to Tiernan McDonald on the right wing and he crossed for Michael Devlin who shot low to the left and wide from 12 yards. Clonmany then got an equalizer on 37 minutes after Tiernan McDonald fired a free kick from 25 yards into the top right corner of the net. Carn regained the lead on 41 minutes when a Dermot Doherty pass found Burke who went on a great run beating two defenders and slotting it home from six yards. Cian Burke then completed his hat trick two minutes later after Joe McKinney broke on the left and crossed it for Burke who drove low the net from 14 yards. Carn made it 4-1 in the 55th minute after a Ryan O’Donnell pass found Diver who went one on one with the keeper and drilled the ball low to the corner from 15 yards. Carn had another chance when Aaron McCarron found Paul Stevens on the right wing and he crossed for McKinney but he failed to hit the target when well placed. Clonmany got a second goal on 84 minutes when Michael Devlin found sub Adam McLaughlin who rounded the defender and finished well from ten yards. Carn spurned a gilt edged chance on 87 minutes when Darragh Doherty was upended in the penalty box but failed to convert the penalty.
Rasheney Res 4
Carrowmena FC 1
In blustery conditions the first chance fell to the home side when a Christopher Doherty effort was well parried by Niall Cavanagh and the defence cleared the danger. Carrowmena responded and broke the deadlock after a Samuel Bredin inswinging corner eluded all defenders on its way to the net. They went close again before the break after Gerard Gill swivelled inside the area and fired narrowly wide from twelve yards. Rasheney started the second half on the front foot with Brendan Grant beating two defenders before laying the ball off to Shane Cregan but his effort was saved by Cavanagh. They equalised on 51 minutes after Corny McCole unleashed a powerful thirty yards effort to the roof of the net. Carrowmena responded and Liam Doherty unleashed an effort which Ciaran O Neill gathered well. But the home side took control then with Cregans cross finding Mark Diver who delayed and his effort was blocked. Rasheney took the lead when substitute Ronan McConalogue sidestepped two defenders and drove low across goal and inside the far post for his first senior goal.Kevin Noone made it three one after a corner broke kindly for him to slot home from close range. They completed the scoring after another substitute Ronan Shovlin converted McConalogue’s cross from eight yards.