Match Reports Sunday 24th November

SUNDAY  24TH November

Ulster  Junior Cup  

Aileach FC                  5    

Milford United             0

Aileach were ahead within 3 minutes  when Gavin Doherty found Darren McMonagle inside the box and he fired high past Caolan McGettigan in the Milford goal

. On 10minutes  Milford had the ball in the net but Paddy Peoples was adjudged to have bundled Mark McElhinney in the Aileach goal over the line. On the half hour a Gareth McGlynn free kick from the edge of the box was well saved by McGettigan high to his right. The home side upped the tempo at the beginning of the second half and were three up within the opening five minutes. Firstly Thomas McMonagle played a short free kick to Gavin Doherty who fired an unstoppable shot from 20 yards to the top corner followed almost immediately by Dermot Doherty turning a Darren McMonagle cross home at the back post. The away side were finding it difficult to get any meaningful possession and Kyle Black was trying hard up front but was getting very little change from the Aileach rearguard. Gavin Doherty completed his hat trick on 75 and 88 minutes with two fine finishes for the home to run out comfortable winners and progress to the next round.

Cockhill Celtic Yths 9

Convoy                     4

Cockhill and Convoy played out a goal feast today at Druminderry (Illies) with the ‘Home’ side eventually winning 9 (NINE) – 4. Cockhill raced into a two goal lead with two Mark McDaid penalties. The first arrived on 4 minutes when Shay McLaughlin got in behind the visiting back four only to be fouled by the keeper Matthew Gallagher. McDaid scored right footed under the keepers body as he dived to his left. McDaid added his second penalty on 12 minutes when Gary Wilson was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area after a free, from wide on the right, by Ronan McLaughlin. McDaid placed the ball into the bottom right corner this time with the keeper going the other way, diving to his right. McDaid added his third on 22 minutes when he pounced on a defensive mix-up to poke the ball home at the back post from six yards out. Convoy looked dangerous in the final third with the front pairing of PJ Mailey and Darren McElwaine causing all sorts of problems. The pair combined on 25 minutes to reduce the deficit to three one  when Mailey proded the ball past Eoghan Jordan after getting free in the box twelve yards out. Cockhill responded, on 34 minutes, when Michael Owen Doherty picked the ball up on the edge of the area to hit a low right footed shot into the corner of the net past Gallaghers outstretched right hand to make it four one. Convoy responded and Mailey got his second when he glanced a header to the net from twelve yards out after a great delivery from Noah Mailey on the left. Convoy went more direct early in the second period and played two up top as they tried to get back in the game. Darren ‘Macca’ McElwaine was starting to have a big influence in the game and his flick on allowed Anthony Bogle to make it four three when he shot past Jordan from twelve yards giving the keeper no chance as he dived to his right. PJ Mailey scored then on 60 minutes to make in four all after Cockhills defence could not deal with a ball into the box. The young Cockhill side responded with the goal of the game when Adam McLaughlin hit a cracking shot, with the outside of the right foot, to the top corner giving Gallagher no chance from twenty five yards. Cockhill added number six to go two clear on 70 minutes when Keegan Hegarty played a lovely through ball between the two central defenders for Shay McLaughlin to race through and score past Gallagher who got a hand to it but could not keep it out. Mark McDaid then added goals 7 & 8 on 78 & 82 minutes respectively before Shane Anthony Doherty scored the ninth goal for Cockhill, on 85 minutes, when his shot from a short free, taken quickly, went past the keeper Gallagher from twenty five yards.

Keadue Rovers        1

Illies Celtic              2

In a very tight first half dominated by defences and most of the play bogged down in midfield the home side struck for a crucial goal midway through the half. A long ball forward was not dealt with by the Illies defence allowing Aiden McHugh to get in between defenders and slot past Johnathan Noone from inside the area. The second half opened up much more and Illies deservedly got back on terms when a Brendan Doherty effort was well parried by Danny Rodgers and when Paddy Doherty collected the ball he crossed for Frankie O’Connor to slot home. Illies were on top at this stage and both Michael Coyle and Paddy Doherty had effort s which hit the crossbar.Against the run of play the home side regained the lead from a disputed corner kick when the unmarked Barry Curran headed home.  Illies threw everything forward in the final minutes with Liam Doherty  denied by a good save from Rodgers. In injury time the ball broke inside the area to Michael Coyle but he fired wide from close range.

Kilmacrennan Celtic  3

Buncrana Hearts            4

Played on the astro turf at Letterkenny Community Centre the home side started much the better with daire McDaid heading a James Doherty cross narrowly wide. They took the lead following a corner after the unmarked Christopher Dillon headed past Eoghan O Doherty from five yards. McDaid was then presented  with a good chance after a defensive mix up but he fired wide from close range. Kilmacrennan increased their lead when with the Hearts defence appealing for offside McDaid advanced to drill past O’Doherty. Buncrana gradually got a grip with Kevin O’Loughlin heading a corner back across goal for Gerard McLaughlin but he headed over. On 35 minutes Declan Fullerton curled a superb twenty two yards free kick round the wall and past James McElwaine to reduce the deficit. Buncrana kept pushing and good work by Gerard Boyle on the right ended with a shot which flashed just wide. The visitors then equalized before the interval when Fullerton went on a mazy run past a number of defenders into the area before poking the ball past the advancing keeper.  Buncrana started the second half much the better with Mickey Carroll heading over a Fullerton cross in the opening minute. They took the lead then  with a superb pass inside the full back from Gerard McLaughlin for Mikey Friel to run onto  and slot low across McElwaine to the far corner. It got better for the visitors when a thirty yards crossfield pass from veteran John O’Loughlin found Boyle who volleyed brilliantly to the bottom corner. O’ Loughlin then released Friel but he lifted his effort over McElwaine but the wrong side of the post. Kilmacrennan rallied with Dillon firing just wide through a crowd of players before a defensive error allowed McDaid to reduce the deficit to the minimum. Buncrana substitute Kieran McDaid should have sealed things when he advanced past three defenders but fired at McElwaine before a Carroll header was brilliantly saved by McElwaine. Kilmacrennan ended the game with ten men after McDaid received a second yellow card.


Ulster Junior Shield

Culdaff Res                 2

Monaghan Town        1

The home side had an early chance but a deep corner just eluded Michael McLaughlin at the back post.The visitors responded and long range efforts from both  Michael Crawley and David Adamcriek  were well dealt with by  young Dermot Callaghan in the home goal. On 39 minutes Matthew Crampsey for the home side then advanced from midfield and unleashed a twenty yards effort which flashed just wide with the keeper scrambling across goal. The visitors had the first chance of the second period when Adamcriek beat a defender and squared the ball to Georgie Gergien whose goal bound effort was cleared off the line by Matt McDaid. The visitors took the lead midway through the half after a diagonal Conor Mahon pass  was controlled by Adamcriek who finished low past Callaghan from close range. Culdaff upped the tempo and Brendan McGrenaghan advanced into the area and unleashed an effort which Francis McCafferey gathered well.They got back on terms when Damien Duffy unleashed a twenty five yards free kick  low past the wall to the bottom corner. They struck for the winner after a Michael McFadden free was cleared to the edge of the area where  Matthew Crampsey controlled on his chest and volleyed low to the bottom corner.

QPS                  1

Lagan Harps          0

The point started this game well with Caolan Harkin and John McCloskey  both seeing efforts gathered by Damien McFadden in the Lagan goal while Caolan McColgan and Harkin then had efforts just wide all in the opening twenty minutes. Lagan then created a clear chance against the run of play on 29 minutes when Cory McCahill burst through  but saw his effort blocked by the outstretched leg of Aiden Lynch as he advanced. McColgan then broke into the visitors area but from a tight angle McFadden again blocked well. On the stroke of half time Lagan s Ronan Carlin failed to hit the target when well placed inside the area. The visitors started the second period the better with a Damien Nelis header coming off the bar to Carlin whose volley was saved by the legs of Lynch. Then Nicholas Nelis unleashed an effort from the left which flew across the face of goal but there were  no takers. The point replied with  McColgan doing the spadework on the right and feeding Harkin whose effort from the edge of the area crashed off the bar. Then  a Darragh McIntyre corner found Lee Barr who headed over at the near post. The home side got the winner on 88 minutes after McColgan ‘s cross came off a defender at the near post allowing McIntyre to flick the ball home from six yards. Lagan threw caution to the wind and in injury time Marty Hanlon saw his effort from outside the area well saved by Lynch.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Moville Celtic       1

Glengad United       4

Glengad took an early lead in the 5th minute with a penalty after Stephen McLaughlin was taken down in the box. Paddy McDermott firing home from the spot. A fine save by home keeper Houghton from McLaughlin’s free kick denied the visitors doubling their lead moments later. Michael McNaught nearly drew level in the 10th minute after forcing a mistake from a Glengad defender but his effort from the edge of the area was well blocked by the outrushing keeper Kevin McLaughlin. A quickly taken corner by the visitors found Stephen McLaughlin free in the box but Houghton saved at the near post. Joshua McConnellogue had a header saved by McLaughlin while at the other end a McConnellogue block and a goal line clearance by O’Carroll denied the visitors. Just after the half hour Glengad made it two nil with a swift counter attack, Houghton saving from Terence Doherty but Stephen McLaughlin was on hand to sweep home from six yards. Minutes later Moville pulled a goal back after Lee McColgan played in Marc Bell whose low drive from the corner of the area found the far corner. Houghton produced another fine save near the end of the half to deny Christy McLaughlin’s drive after some good build up work by Glengad. Early in the second half Glengad had chances with Christy McLaughlin and Dillon Ruddy but Houghton dealt easily. Later on the visitors took control with two goals in as many minutes, firstly an unfortunate own goal by a Moville defender from a Glengad corner and then a fine header from 12 yards by Terence Doherty from McLaughlin’s right wing cross. Christy McLaughlin was unlucky to see his chip from 20 yards clip the underside of the bar and out while Seamus Houghton again did well to save from Stephen McLaughlin diving low to his left to clear. In the dying moments Moville had chances to reduce the deficit but Glengad keeper McLaughlin blocked Finn McLaughlin’s effort with his feet and then at full stretch from Stephen Harley’s follow up.

Carn FC              1

Culdaff FC           0

Carn had the first chance on 5 minutes when Ryan Kelly made a long pass to Michael McDermott on right wing who crossed for Brandon Browne but he fired  wide from 10 yards. Carn had another good chance on 15 minutes after Brandon Browne broke on the right wing and crossed for Cade Cooke who shot low to the right but wide from 15 yards. Culdaff replied midway through the half when Michael Coyle passed to Diaran Doherty on the right wing and crossed for Bryan McCandless but he failed to hit the target when well placed. Carn  responded on 37 minutes when Dylan Cooke and Darragh Deery combined to lay it off for Cade Cooke whose shot low  was well saved by Darragh McLaughlin in the  Culdaff goal. Carn nearly  notched the opening goal on 50 minutes when Ryan Kelly’s long pass up the right wing to Shane Doherty who rounded the defender and fed Deery but he fired high and wide when well placed. Carn  came close again on  after Dominic Doherty made a run on the right wing and crossed for Shane Doherty who failed to hit the target from 12 yards. Culdaff hit back and nearly broke the deadlock on 78 minutes when Shaun O’Neill passed to Ciaran Doherty on the left who crossed for Aidan Cunningham whose header was well saved by Gerard Crossan in the Carn goal. Carn finally broke the deadlock on 87 minutes when substitute Lorcan Bradley broke on the right wing and crossed for Shane Doherty who slotted a powerful shot to the bottom left corner of the net from 15 yards which turned out to be the winner and gave Carn their 1st league win of the season.


Strand Hotel Division One

Clonmany Shamrocks          1

Greencastle Res                    3

After a brilliant start to the season the shamrocks have hit a sticky patch and suffered a second successive league defeat. The visitors had the first opportunity on 2 minutes after Joe Doherty laid the ball off to Kevin McLaughlin who fired just over  from the edge of the area. Clonmany responded and got on top then with Jason Devlin denied by Dylan Doherty before Adam McLaughlin, Pearse McCarron and Devlin were all narrowly off target with good efforts. Somewhat against the run of play the visitors opened the scoring when Joe Doherty flicked the ball on for Jason Dickson who held off the challenge of a defender an drilled low past Patrick Harkin. Clonmany tried to reply and after Niall McLaughlin burst into the area his powerful effort was straight at Doherty who beat the ball away. On the stroke of half time the visitors doubled their lead when after a corner the ball fell nicely on the edge of the area to Dickson  who drilled a superb effort through a crowd of players. Clonmany got a good start to the second half and reduced the deficit when Oisin Hession converted a penalty after substitute Mark McLaughlin had been upended in the area. But they really failed to fire on all cylinders and created very few clear chances. The conceded again in lack lustre fashion on 83 minutes when Dickson advanced past a defender and drilled low past Harkin. This spurred the home side into action but the closest they came was when a Niall McLaughlin corner found brother Mark whose glancing header crashed off the face of the bar.

Redcastle United           3

Aileach Res                 2

Aileach started the game the better team and had Redcastle pinned in their own half. Aileach were awarded a penalty after 4 minutes when Ben Faulkner fouled Paddy Curran. Chris McGarrigal stepped up but saw his effort smartly saved by the McCole and then made a second save from the rebound. On 7 minutes Chris McGarrigal nearly redeemed himself but his free-kick was well saved by McCole who tipped it onto the post. Then against the run of play Redcastle took the lead when they played one touch football around their box, Joe McCauley fired it into Evan Craig who played it off to Jack Ferry and his well measured through ball found Brendan Murphy who slotted it past the keeper. Almost immediately Aileach responded when a corner from Shane McMonagle was flicked on at the near post and deflected off Killian O’Rourke to equalise. Redcastle retook the lead on 29 minutes when Evan Craig slipped in Kevin Doherty but he was forced wide by the keeper,he managed to turn and get a cross in which found Murphy and he headed into the net for his second. Six minutes later Redcastle extended their lead when Doherty put in a free-kick which found Faulkner and he volleyed first time past the keeper.The second half was relatively quiet for the first twenty minutes with nothing happening. From nothing Aileach then got a second when a cross from Kris O’Donnell found Paddy Curran who slotted past the keeper. The game started to liven up after this. In the 80th minute the Aileach keeper fouled Rory Hirrell and the referee awarded a penalty. Brendan Murphy stepped up and slotted past the keeper leaving the keeper helpless, but the referee made it be retaken as some of the players had entered the box before it was taken. On the second take Murphy again stepped up but he saw his chipped effort saved by the knees of the keeper. After this the game petered out and the home side saw the game out.

Gleneely Colts             2     

Dunree United        2

Played in calm conditions, Dunree had the  first chance after 5minutes when Liam Baldrick had a shot from twenty yards that was pushed around the post by Sean McGuiness in the home goal. Gleneely grew into the game and Dylan McDaids free from just outside the area  was saved well by Philip Doherty. Dunree were awarded a penalty on 20minutes and it was despatched by Liam Baldrick to open the scoring .But  Gleneely equalized minutes later when Paul Gamble fire home from close range after a goal mouth scramble. Gleneely went ahead on 55minutes after a quick break down the right from Eddie McNamee to Paul Gamble, who then slid the ball across the box for Keelan Hegarty to slide home from ten yards. Dunree equalized 5minutes later however when a long ball into the Gleneely box allowed  Ryan Bradley to somehow hook the ball into the open net while on the ground. Both sides went in search for the winner but were unable to get that vital goal.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  

Illies Res                  6            

Clonmany Res         5

In an entertaining high scoring clash the visitors opened the scoring on 19 minutes when a defensive error allowed Paul Devlin to run clear and fire low past Kevin Gallagher. Illies got back on terms immediately after a Craig Doherty cross was hammered home by Nathan Doherty past Tiernan Doherty. Clonmany regained the lead when Devlin was upended in the area and lee Coyle fired the spot kick high past Gallagher. On the stroke of half time Illies got back on terms again after Craig Doherty’s corner was steered home from twelve yards by John Pio Donaghey. Clonmany took the lead a minute into the second period when Gallagher failed to collect a through ball allowing Tegan Doherty to fire home. But when Alan Fletcher advanced he fed Shane Devlin to fire home from the edge of the area to draw the home side level for the third time. Flethcer then fired Illies ahead with a superb curling effort from the edge of the area before the same player released Nathan Doherty to race clear and slot home to make it five three.  Clonmany reduced the deficit then after Coyle’s corner was headed home by Thomas Comiskey. Illies replied and made it six four when  John Campbell raced clear and finished well from just inside the area. Clonmany completed the scoring in the final minute when a Steve Harkin effort deflected off a defender past Gallagher.

Clonmany Celtic             3

Rasheney Res         0

Played in Rasheney on Friday night this local derby was  a hard fought affair. Defences were generally on top in a scoreless opening half but the game opened up more on the restart. Clonmany took the lead on 51 minutes when substitute Michael Grant timed his run into the box to perfection to meet Alan Friel’s cross and slot low past Roger McGilloway with his first touch. Midway through the half another cross from Friel picked out Kevin Harkin and he duly  made it two nil. Friel then got the goal his performance deserved when he slotted low past McGilloway from fifteen yards. When Friel was upended late  in the game Raymond McDaid  saw his spot kick superbly saved by McGilloway who had a superb game throughout.

Aileach Yths         1

Cockhill Res         4

The home side had an early opportunity after a Neil McElhinney effort was well saved by Sean Friel but his follow up header came off the bar. Midway through the half the visitors broke the deadlock when after Ryan McDaid had an effort blocked by McElhinney on the line he fired the rebound home from eight yards.  Aileach replied with Daitih Grant seeing a well hit free kick crash off the bar. At the other end Paul Duffy had an effort well saved by Ryan Fox. On the stroke of half time the home side hit the woodwork for the third time in the game after a William O Donnell cross cum shot glanced off the crossbar. Aileach had the first chance of the second half when Darren Bradley found space inside the area but his effort was blocked by the legs of Friel. On the hour mark the visitors increased their lead when John Grant beat the offside trap to race clear and drill  past Fox. Aileach rallied and reduced the deficit when the ball broke for Aaron Doherty to hammer past Friel from twelve yards. Aileach were pushing hard but were caught on the break late on after Duffy outpaced the home defence to finish superbly. In the final minutes Cockhill added a fourth when Declan Doherty raced clear , with the home side expecting the ball to be put out of play, and fired past Fox.

Donegal Signs Division Two Quarter Final

Redcastle Res 0     

Carn Res             2

The visitors reversed an earlier league defeat in this shield quarter final in good conditions at Foyle Park to advance to the semi finals. Redcastle had an early chance after a Shane McCallion cross found Terry McColgan but his header was well saved by Kyle Harkin.Carn replied  Josh Diver went close with a long range effort before they  opened the scoring on 24 minutes after a brilliant Aaron McCarron run past four defenders saw him slot low past Ryan McCole from fifteen yards. McCole had to retire injured at the break to be replaced by McColgan in goals for the second half. Redcastle started much the better and Oran Farren was inches away from grabbing an equaliser. They kept pressing and midway through the half an Aiden Ferns effort from twenty five yards flashed narrowly wide. With the home side pressing for an equaliser they were caught on the break on 83 minutes with Diver racing clear and calmly slotting past McColgan to seal their passage to the semi finals.