Match Reports Sunday 23rd October

Sunday 23rd  October  

Ulster Junior Shield 

Glencar Celtic 2

Clonmany Res          2    (won 5-4  on penos )

This match was played on Saturday in Rathmullan and Glencar were first to threaten when Pajo Rafferty went close twice in the first five minutes

but Clonmany keeper Kieran Friel was alert to the danger on both occasions to come off his line sharply and save at Pajo’s feet.Friel  was called into action again after eight minutes when he had to come and grab a cross from Jordan McGinlay before Pajo Rafferty could apply the finishing touch. Clonmany’s first opportunity came in the 19th minute after Mark Doherty’s corner from the left was headed back across the goals by Philip Devlin for Steve Harkin to glance a header goalwards but Glencar keeper Declan McDermott was able to gather on the line. Glencar took the lead in the 22nd minute when Clonmany lost possession in the middle of the pitch and Dalta Molloy sent Pajo Rafferty through from just inside the Clonmany half and he coolly drew Kieran Friel out before slipping the ball past him to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The lead only lasted seven minutes and Clonmany equalised when Jamie Coyle controlled a long ball with his back to goal and returned the ball to Liam Hirrell on halfway who threaded through a ball for Mark Doherty to run on to from the left side of the box  and shoot low past Declan McDermott . Clonmany had a good spell from the equaliser until half-time and created good chances for Steve Harkin, Mark Doherty and Brian Doherty but Glencar keeper Declan McDermott made some vital interceptions to avert the danger. Clonmany made a change in the 50th minute when Jake O’Donnell went on for Jamie Coyle and it was Jake who scored Clonmany’s second goal in the 55th minute when Conor Doherty(Riley) and Mark Doherty combined on the left wing at half-way to send Jake sprinting clear and he drew Declan McDermott to the edge of the box and then put his right foot shot past Declan to nestle in the left hand bottom corner of the Glencar net. From the restart Pajo Rafferty went close again but pulled his shot wide of Kieran Friel’s right hand post when he probably should have scored. In the 68th minute Glencar right-back Peter Doherty got to the edge of the Clonmany box and swung in an inviting cross but Rafferty could not connect with it and Clonmany cleared the danger.The same two players were involved with Glencar’s equaliser in the 82nd minute when Rafferty got on the end of a low cross from Doherty and his shot took a slight deflection to take it past Kieran Friel and just inside his right hand post to make it  two all. The game ran  through to full-time without either team creating a winning chance and so the match went to 20 minutes of extra-time.

Glencar created the best two chances of the extra-time with Dalta Molloy going close twice. First in the 98th minute when he was set up on the edge of the box but Paul McLaughlin threw himself in front of Dalta’s shot to deflect it wide of Kieran Friel’s right hand post and again in the 7th minute of the second period of extra-time when he again came on to a ball on the edge of Clonmany box but Kieran Friel dived full length to his left to turn the ball behind for a corner. Clonmany held out to take the match to penalty kicks. 

It looked like Glencar’s keeper Declan McDermott was going to be the hero in the spot-kicks with two good saves and with Pajo Rafferty stepping up to take Glencar’s fifth penalty it looked like it was their day but he  pulled his shot wide of Friel’s goal to level it at 3-3 after five penalties each. Both teams missed their sixth penalty and then scored their seventh penalty to leave it up to the eighth series of kicks with Conor Doherty(Riley) firing to the top corner before Kieran Friel guessed right and dived to his right to clutch the ball at his right post.


Oldtown Celtic 1

Illies Res 0

Oldtown started the  game on the front foot and took the lead inside ninety seconds after a long ball caught the visitors defence out allowing Tommy McLaughlin to race clear and he finished superbly past Graham Doherty.  Illies grew into the game but defences were on top and there were little by way of clear chances. Illies went close on 36 minutes with a Shane Devlin effort which just cleared the bar from twenty five yards. Illies, pushing forward , started the second half well and a superb Oran Doherty cross flew across the face of goal but there were no takers. Illies continued to press in the closing stages but the home defence stood firm and saw the game out to advance.

Rasheney FC 2

Dunree United 1

Dunree went close  in the opening minutes after a  Bernie Doherty effort from the edge of the area was superbly tipped around the post by Sean Friel at full stretch.Midway through the half Rasheney broke the deadlock when David McLaughlin ‘s low cross was missed completely by Cormac Dillon but fell for Thomas Doherty to fire past Adam Harrigan at the back post. They went close again after a Dillon cross found Ryan Doherty but his looping header dropped just over the bar. Dunree replied and were unlucky after a  Bernie Doherty effort crashed back off the base of the post. The home side ended the half strongly with a Declan Mclaughlin effort parried as far as David McLaughlin but he was crowded out . On the stroke of half time John McLaughlins free kick was met by a Ryan Doherty volley which flew just past Harrigans post. Rasheney got a great start to the second period when they doubled their lead on 51 minutes. Cormac Dillon weaved his way past a number of defenders on the left and pulled the ball back for Tommy Doherty who controlled before slotting past Harrigan from ten yards. Dunree tried to hit back but Sean Mulhern glanced a header just past the angle  following a corner. At the other end David Mclaughlin saw one effort go narrowly wide before he evaded a few challenges inside the area but was denied by a last ditch Jamie Brosnan tackle.Dunree pushed forward and Tommy Mulhern had an effort saved by Friel before  they got a goal back on 82 minutes. After the home defence lost possession Mark Moran sidestepped a defender and fired low past Friel. Dunree pushed in an attempt to force extra time but  the home defence stood firm and they had the final effort after substitute Conor McDaid had an effort saved by Harrigan.

Buncrana Res 4

Gleneely Colts 0

The home side started this game well and opened the scoring on ten minutes after a Jerry Gill cross found Cian McNamee whose effort took a deflection on its way past  Oran Raymond. They doubled their lead shortly after when McNamee found space on the edge  of the area  before curling home an excellent effort. The home side continued to press and Jack Soal was unlucky to see an effort crash off the post before they made it three nil on 32 minutes. McNamee completed his hat trick heading home an Aaron McDaid corner. The pattern continued in the second half with the home side on top and they added to their lead on 66 minutes after McDaid capitalised on a defensive error to drill home. Gleneely came more into the game in the final period without threatening the home goal.


Carn Res 4

Culdaff Res 0

It was Culdaff who started the brightest and looked to press Carn early. However Carn grew into the game and on 25 minutes they took the lead. Some nice one touch football from Shay Fallon and Dayton Cooke ended in Mark Scott tapping the ball home from 10 yards past the helpless Dermot Callaghan. Ten minutes later it was  two nil when Dylan Cooke was fouled in the box to give Carn a penalty which Dayton Cooke dispatched low into the left corner past Callaghan. Culdaff regrouped and were unlucky not go score just before halftime when Peter Doherty’s free kick was expertly tipped around the post by Carn keeper Kyle Harkin. In the second half it was again Culdaff who started the strongest without really creating any clear cut chances Niall  Gordon coming close on one occasion. Carn settled once more and on the hour sealed the  win with Cooke getting his second of the game after good work from Conor McLaughin down the left, Cooke’s low shot from the edge of the box beat Callaghan. Culdaff threw everything at Carn for the last half hour with Sean McGrenaghan looking dangerous on Culdaffs right wing. However with the game stretched Carn made it  four when Cooke got his hat trick when he sidefooted  home Fallons cross to the top corner.


Aileach Res 4

Cockhill Res 1

Aileach made a quick start to this game with Sean McHugh firing one effort over before shooting just wide shortly afterwards.  A good cross from Darren Bradley then found Dermot Doherty but his effort crashed off the bar.  Cockhill settled and midway through the half a Luke Bradley cross found Caolin Mc Kinney but he dragged his effort wide. Aileach then broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when McHughs ball over the top found Bradley and his low cross was swept home by Anthony Doherty. The same player increased the lead when he fired a twenty yards free kick in off  the post on the stroke of half time past Darren O’ Donnell. Cockhill reduced the deficit just after the interval when Mckinney released Dylan McDaid and he finished well past Sean McGuinness. Cockhill had a good spell then and Luke Bradley headed narrowly over. But Aileach regained control with Christy McDermott denied by a superb Andy McElhinney tackle  before McDermott laid the ball back to  Cathal McElhinney who  unleashed an unstopabble effort  in off the post from thirty yards. Aileach added a fourth with Doherty completing his hat trick after he converted a superb cross from McDermott. Substitute James Wallace had two late chances for the home side firing one wide before seeing another come back off the post.



Arranmore United 1

The Point started this game well and Conor Barrow had an early effort saved  by Ben Boyle  before Josh Boyle fired over the bar. The visitors then had a chance after John Roper burst through the home rearguard but was denied by a good blocking save from Conor O Neill. Midway through the half Barrow saw an effort  tipped over by Boyle and from the corner the ball broke to David Healey twenty five yards out but he shot over as well. The break through for the homeside arrived on 32 minutes when Barrow crossed from the left for Sean McColgan to score with a spectacular diving header from eight yards. They increased their lead when Barrow ran onto a through ball from John McCloskey to poke past the advancing Boyle. Arranmore ended the half well with both Damien Webb and Roper  seeing shots saved by O Neill. The visitors   got back into the contest when they reduced the deficit  two minutes after the restart when Glen O Donnell released Martin Proctor on the right  and he fired high to the roof of the net from fifteen yards. Proctor then went close  again when he fired just over before at the other end Josh Boyle had a shot saved by Arranmore keeper Be Boyle who then produced an even better save to deny Barrow after a well worked short corner routine. The home side increased their lead on 71 minutes after Barrow advanced on the right and pulled the ball back for substitute Jack McClean to drill home from fifteen yards. They added another on 82 minutes with Shay Lynch finding Barrow who turned on the edge of the area and brilliantly lobbed Boyle from sixteen yards. They completed the scoring in the final minute after Ross Nicholas strode forward from deep in his own half before finding Barrow who completed his hat trick with a superb low shot from fifteen yards.


Redcastle United     8

Moville Res 0

First division Redcastle started this game on the front foot and duly took the lead on 8 minutes after Darragh McConway  collected a Marc Bell pass inside the area , turned and fired low past Stephen Teles in the Moville goal.  McConway then doubled the home sides lead when he fired a superb twenty yards effort low into the bottom left hand corner. Moville responded with Danny Murphy crossed for  Conor Radcliffe but his effort was well saved by McCole in the home goal. But the home  increased their lead on 32 minutes when Marc Bell  found Jack McConalogue who  finished well to the corner past Teles. They added a fourth before the break when Jack Ferrys cross was superbly headed home by Alan Clarke. The home side continued on top and increased their lead when Stephen Grant crossed for Clarke to slot home from close range.  Lee Barr fired a superb free kick to the top corner  before a Jack  Ferry cross was inadvertently headed into his own net by a defender to make it seven nil. Gavin Grant then  got in on the scoresheet when he converted a penalty after he had been fouled in the area.

Carn  FC 3

Greencastle Youths 3     ( Greencastle win 4-1 on pens) 

After a scoreless  first half which saw the home side dominate possession without troubling Evan Davenport  in the Greencastle goal  it was the visitors who had the only chance. On 28 minutes Christy Hegarty unleashed a powerful effort which  Ben Miller  brilliantly tipped over. Carn broke the deadlock on 54 minutes after Cian Burke crossed to the back post for Kyran Cantwell to slot home. But the visitors levelled ten minutes later when Miller parried a Ronan Doherty free and Hegarty pounded on the loose ball to slot home. Carn upped the tempo and regained the lead when Cantwell played a neat ball over the top for Burle to slide the ball past Davenport. It looked all over when Cade Cooke beat two men and when his effort was parried Gert Dzerins slotted home to make it three one on 77 minutes. But the home defence failed to clear minutes later allowing  Doherty to reduce the deficit. The visitors then forced extra time when with the home defence  appealing for offside Doherty raced clear and fired past Miller. Neither side could fashion a chance in extra time and in the shootout the visitors advanced to the next round. 


Dunree  Res  0

Strand Rovers 6

The visitors were  too strong for the home side and opened the scoring on 8 minutes after David McCarrons throw in released Lenny Cowley to evaded a challenge and lobbed Philip Doherty. When Cowley was adjudged inside the area on 12 minutes Matthew O Donnell confidently converted the penalty to double the visitors lead. Dunree replied and when Neil Moran released Gerry Farrell his effort was well saved by Dean Timoney. Rovers then added two quick goals with Cowleys cross slotted home by Leo Bonner before Dan Ward headed home at the back post following a corner. Dunree kept plugging away with Farrell denied again by another good save from  Timoney.  But on the stroke of half time the visitors added their fifth after McCarron got on the end of Cowleys cross to sidefoot home from eight yards. Dunree came well into the game in the second half with Ryan Toland  denied by a brilliant Timoney save before  Toland was unlucky to see a header from a corner rebound off the post. Farrell then had an effort blocked on the edge of the box and Nevin McGoverns follow up flew just over the bar. Rovers then added their sixth and final goal on the stroke of full time when Ward crossed for Matejk to slot home at the back post.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division   

Glengad United 4

Greencastle FC 4

Glengad blitzed the visitors and raced into a three goal lead by the half hour mark. The first arrived on five minutes when a Matthew Mooney cross found Terence Doherty whose shot was parried but Joe Doherty reacted first to slot home. They added a second then when Doherty got on the end of a Stephen McLaughlin cross to score his second of the game. A quick break by the home side saw Conor O Neill cross from the right for Seamus Doherty who powerfully headed to the bottom corner. Greencastle responded on 33 minutes with James Henry finding Brenan Moore who cut inside from the left and drilled a superb effort past Ciaran Gallagher. But on the stroke of half time the visitors failed to clear a corner and Seamus Dohertys shot was  poked home by Mooney from close range. Greencastle got a dream start to the second period when James Henry released Nigel McMonagle  who rolled the ball under the advancing Gallagher. Within minutes they got another goal back after Moore collected possession twenty five yards out and advanced past four defenders before slotting home from fifteen yards for a superb individual goal. The comeback was completed on 75 minutes when they equalised after Michael Barr fed McMonagle wide on the left and he danced past a defender before his pinpoint cross was headed home by Moore. A stunned Glengad tried to reply with Terence Doherty laying the ball off to O’Neill who fired over the bar from twenty yards. Greencastle had the final chance in the 88th minute with McMonagle beating his man and advancing into the area but denied by Gallagher.


Illies Celtic 3

Cockhill Youths 0

Illies started this local derby well and in the opening minutes  a Liam Grant snapshot from inside the area was well saved by Eoin Colhoun in the visitors goal. They broke the deadlock on 11 minutes after a Liam Doherty ball over the top released Sean McCallion and he rounded Colhoun before  slotting home. Cockhill replied with a deep Paul Duffy cross finding Darragh McDermott but he headed over from a difficult angle. At the other  end Illies increased their lead  when McCalliongot on the end of  raking cross from Frankie O Connor to fire home at the back post. McCallion then had a great chance to complete his hat trick but fired straight at Colhoun before the break. Illies had the better of the second half as well  and increased their lead when Paul Doherty split the Cockhill defence for Paddy Curran to fire home from twelve yards. Doherty then fired over the bar when well placed before McCallion bust into the area but blazed over. Cockhill had the final chance after Paul Duffy set up Conor Graham  but he fired straight at Johnathan Noone.

Culdaff FC 0

Buncrana Hearts 4

An understrength home side made the worst possible start after a defender was caught in possession on the edge of the area in the 7th minute and Sean Mullen advanced to drill low past Martin McLaughlin. The home side rallied and when Keith Norris fed Jack Mclaughlin on the left hand side of the area he drilled across goal and just past the far post. They had an even better chance when  Ben Curley found McLaughlin but he blazed over when he  should  have done better. The home side had another chance before the break after Thomas O Briens cross was headed down by Aiden Cunningham to Dillon Ruddy but his rising  effort cleared the bar. There was little by way of chances at the start of the second half with both teams suffering injuries to key men. Buncrana increased their lead on 69 minutes after the home defence failed to clear a John Timlin cross and Mullan fired superbly to the top corner. Buncrana added a fourth in the final minute after a Christopher McKinley cross was flicked past substitute Dermot Callaghan by  Ryan Doherty at the near post.


Moville Celtic 4

Clonmany Shamrocks 0

Clonmany started this game well and Jake Harkin had an early long range shot well saved by Taylor Clarke before Matthew Brennan headed over when wellplaced following a corner. Moville responded and both Paul Smith and Ben Holly were off target with efforts before they broke the deadlock on 25 minutes after Ryan Morrow advanced and unleashed a thirty yards effort low into the bottom corner. Clonmany hit back and spurned a gilt edged chance with Pearse McCarron  firing wide after his initial effort was saved by Clarke. Before the break  Movilles Jake Morrow  had a shot well saved by Gavin McLaughlin. Clonmany had an earl chance in the second half but Jason Devlin fired straight at Clarke when well placed. Moville hit back and increased their lead then with Aaron McGurk driving at the heart of the Clonmany defence before shooting low to the bottom corner. Again  Clonmany tried to reply and they were unlucky after McCarrons free kick from twenty five yards crashed back off the crossbar.  Moville sealed the points on 74minutes when McGurk converted a superb Lee McColgan cross before the same player completed his hat trick when he finished well after good work from Paul Smith. The visitors had the last chance when McCarron raced clear of the home defence but fired straight at Clarke.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two    

Glengad Res 3

Aileach Youths 2

Glengad took the lead in the 12th minute after PJ McDaid pulled the ball back for Caolan McColgan   who controlled before firing high past Dylan Porter. Aileach had a good chance then midway through the half after Benny Hegarty raced cleaer but was denied by Danny McGonagle in the home goal. Before the break McDaid broke clear of the Aileach defence but  was denied by a good  save. Aileach equalised on 51 minutes after home keeper McGonagle parried a cross and the ball fell to Hegarty to slot the loose ball home. But ten minutes later Glengad regained the lead after Conor  Bambrick headed home a John McDaid corner. The visitors tried to reply and were unlucky after Etan O Tooles cross cum shot came back off the post. Glengad took advantage and sealed the points when McDaids free rebounded off the post but PJ McDaid was on hand to fire the loose ball to the net. The visitors then got a late consolation  after a Shane Cuffe corner eluded everyone and sailed into the net.

Sea Rovers 6

Rasheney Res 1

Rovers enjoyed there fair share of possession  in the opening half but failed to create any chances until the 25th minute when Daniel Gallagher broke the defence to shoot low past the Rasheney keeper Roger Mc Gilloway . They increased their lead in the  37th minute when Michael Glackin rose high to head  a corner to the roof of the net. Rasheeny rallied and reduced the deficit before the interval after  Gareth McKeever pounced on a loose ball to drill low past Mark McLaughlin from fifteen yards. The game was fairly even until the hour mark when  a fine pass from Mathew Harley  released Oisin Hasson who crossed  for  Andrew Gallagher to slot home from close range . Rovers increased their lead on 75 minutes after a Conor Gallagher corner  found Tiarnan Stevens  whose header was well saved by McGilloway  but the ball was only cleared as far as Ciaran Doherty whose powerful shot left the keeper with no chance . Another Rovers corner  minutes later was crossed in by Daniel Gallagher and made its way into the net to make it five one.The game was put beyond Rasheneys reach after a fine pass from John C Doherty set Ciaran Doherty up who shot from 30 yards out to the top corner.