Match Reports Sunday 20th February

Hannon Greene Insurances Fr O’ Gara Cup

Sea Rovers 2

Dunree United 1

Division Two outfit Sea Rovers caused a minor upset when they defeated first division Dunree at Gortnamullin on Sunday.The first chance of the game fell  to Dunrees Ryan Bradley who fired just over the bar in the 10th minute.

Sea Rovers first efforts came after a low struck shot from Daniel Gallagher went just wide of the post. Then a  good cross from Oisin Mc Gonagle fell to Gallagher but he failed to keep his effort on target . Rovers opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Andrew Gallagher evaded two challenges and  and fired low past the keeper. But before the break the home side  failed to clear Dunree’s Ryan Bradley  took  full advantage to slot the  loose ball into the net. There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the second half with defences well on top. On 63 minutes Oisin McGonagle for the home side fired an effort from the edge of the  area just over the bar. The  defining moment of the tie arrived five minutes later when Declan McGonagle was adjudged to have been upended inside the area and the experienced Damien Ward cooly converted past Adam Harrigan. Dunree tried hard in the closing stages but the rovers defence stood firm to advance. 

Illies Res 2

Cockhill Res 0

In wintry conditions the first chance fell to the home side on 11 minutes after a Stephen McGonagle cross found Gavin Doherty who was unlucky to see his header crash off the bar. Cockhill had a good spell and were on top for the next half an hour. They created their best chance on 19 minutes after Luke Bradley put Lee mcColgan in the clear but he fired wide with just Graham Doherty to beat. Mark Gillespie then fired over Dohertys crossbar before Bradley fired straight at Doherty when well placed. Illies responded and broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time when Gavin Doherty advanced on the left and saw his low shot saved by the legs of Donal O Brien but Ethan Mclaughlin followed up to slam the ball home. Cockhill exerted a lot of pressure on the home side   at the start of the second half but both Kevin McDaid and McColgan failed to hit the target when well placed. Their best chance fell to Bradley in the 69th minute when he broke clear but saw his low effort blocked by the legs of Doherty. Illies then broke in the 77th minute when substitute Joe Mclaughlin evade two tackles and after  Alan Fletcher brilliantly dummied his low cross Ethan McLaughlin was on hand to hammer the ball home and send Illies into the next round.

Gleneely Colts 0


Played in driving wind and rain which made underfoot conditions very tricky QPS were first to show on 10 minutes when Darragh McDermott had a shot from the edge of the box well saved by Oran Raymond. Gleneely responded and  Darragh O’Connor should of done better when he shot weakly at Oisin Burke after a long diagonal ball from Matthew McGoldrick. On 20 minutes  QPS took the lead when a through ball on the left from Ross Nicholas found Aaron Scott who ghosted in the back post to slot home from 10 yards. They went close again on 33 minutes when Oran Raymond pulled of a  fine double save. Firstly  from David Healy who found space in the box and he was able to push clear only for Darragh McDermott to shoot the rebound  goalwards but the keeper  was alert to gather. On the hour the visitors  Josh Boyle scooped the ball over from  five yards following a corner.  Minutes later Gleneely had a chance to equalise after  Christy Smith’s run down the right beating  two players before finding  Darragh O Connor 15 yards out but his shot went wide.  The point doubled their lead on 71minutes when they were caught on the break from their own corner with Eoghan Rafferty slotting low past Raymond from twelve yards. They sealed the game when Rafferty scored his second of the game  after he pounced on a mistake from a Gleneely defender and slotted low to the net from  ten yards.

Rasheney Res 2

Carn Res 3

Carn had the first chance in the tenth minute  when Dermot Doherty broke on left wing and crossed it for Conan Gibbons who drove a powerful shot to the top right corner of the net from  ten yards but it was ruled offside. Carn had another chance midway through the half  after  Ryan O’Donnell passed it on to Gibbons from midfield who went on a great run beating the defender but he  shot over the bar from twenty five yards. They finally broke the deadlock on 34 minute when Gibbons  broke on the left wing and crossed for Conor McCloskey to  drove a low powerful  shot to the bottom left hand corner . They made it two nil before the interval after  a Tiernan Kelly corner on the right found  Conor Burke who tapped the ball past Roger McGilloway .  The home side made it three nil  on 58 minutes after  Conan Gibbons broke on the right wing and rounded the defender and laid it off for Ryan O’Donnell  to slot home from close range. Rasheney pulled one back  minutes later when a Ryan Doherty corner on the left swerved into the net with help from the wind.  The visitors reduced the deficit further in the  84th  minute   after a Ryan Doherty corner bounced off  an unfortunate defender into the bottom  corner of the net. They nearly got an equalizer  in the final minute  after Jake O’Donnell broke on the right and set up Trevor Doherty who  failed to hit the target when well paced fifteen yards out. 


Redcastle United 2

Carrowmena FC 0

First division Redcastle proved too strong for division two league leaders Carrowmena at a wet and wintry Foyle Park. They home side got a dream start in the opening minute after Darragh McConway advanced on the right and his cross was met by Ronan Hoy to shoot low past Kyle Dougal from six yards.  In difficult conditions they continued to press and when Sean Curran fed Cathal Crumlish in space he fired just wide. Before the break Redcastle had another sight of goal but Brendan Murphy fires straight at Dougal  after another McConway cross and the loose ball was cleared off the line by  his defence. The home side continued on top  on the restart and Curran unleashed a good effort which just cleared the bar. Carrowmena responded and had a good spell going close on a couple of occasions. Firstly midway through the half Ronan Doherty headed narrowly wide from a Michael Henry free. Then  John Gillen unleashed an effort which Michael McCole saved but Henry fired the rebound over the bar. Redcastle upped the tempo again and Crumlish headed Currans cross just past the post. They sealed the tie on 81 minutes after Gavin Grants effort was well parried by Dougal but Brian McColgan reacted first  to  force the ball home.