Match Reports Sunday 26th January

Ulster Junior  Cup            

Aileach FC                     4      

Greencastle FC            1

This game started brightly with both teams looking dangerous going forward.

After 5 minutes the home side threatened when Darren McMonagle cut inside his full back but his shot from 20 yards was off target. Greencastle responded and Jason Dickson got free on the Aileach left and his effort from an angle hit the side netting. Aileach broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when Daren McMonagle got possession and drove into the box before firing past Dylan Doherty from 10 yards. The lead was doubled on 28 minutes after Aaron Nash broke down the right and crossed first time for the inrushing Ethan Canning to finish low past Doherty from 6 yards. As the half drew to a close Aileach spurned the opportunity to extend their lead when Dylan Doherty saved a Thomas McMonagle penalty awarded when Gavin Doherty was pulled down in the box. On the hour Aileach made it three when Darren McMonagle powered his way into the box and drove high past Doherty from a narrow angle. Almost immediately Greencastle pulled a goal back when Nigel McMonagle was fouled in the box and he converted the penalty low past Kyle Dougal. On 70 minutes the home side hit a fourth when Darren McMonagle got to the bye line and crossed for Aaron Nash to finish from close range. After 80 minutes Nigel McMonagle was unlucky when Mark Henry played a through ball for the centre forward and he lobbed the advancing Kyle Dougal but the ball landed on top of the net.

Keadue Rovers            2

Buncrana Hearts          1

The visitors will feel that they had enough chances to win a game where they dominated for long spells but were caught out late in each half to exit the cup. Mikey Friel released Gerard Boyle who rounded keeper Danny Rodgers bur from a very tight angle fired into the side netting. Boyle then had a header cleared off the line by Charlie Greene before they took the lead on 12 minutes. Declan Fullerton stepped up to drill home a penalty after Boyle was fouled in the area. They continued to press and Gerard McLaughlin saw his ten yards effort clip the top of the bar. Totally against the run of play Keadue equalised on 36minutes when Callum Boyle was allowed to burst through a couple of tackles on the edge of the are before firing low past Eoghan O Doherty. Buncrana continued to dominate in the second half without creating too many clear chances. McLaughlin did have an effort tipped onto the post by Rodgers before a mazy run by Darragh O Connor ended with him dragging a shot wide. Then Calvin Galllagher unleashed a powerful twenty yards effort which Rodgers turned round the post at full stretch. As in the first half he home side struck late following a corner which bounced around before Jay Doherty hammered home from a tight angle. Buncrana  had a late chance when John Timlin crossed for Friel who flicked the ball inches wide.

Cavan Town                           3      

Cockhill Celtic Youths           2

Cockhill will feel aggrieved not to have forced extra time at least as a number of key decisions went against them. They started well and took the lead midway through the half after Mark McDaid fed the overlapping David Laird whose cross picked out Michael Owen Doherty and he controlled and fired low to the net. But on the stroke of half time the home side were awarded a dubious penalty for an innocuous challenge and Packie Sheridan converted. The home side took the lead on 58minutes when Paul Smith headed on a long kick out which looped over the stranded Liam McGonigle. But Cockhill replied and levelled when a superb Adam McLaughlin cross found Odhran O Brien-Daly who fired home at the back post. Cockhill failed to consolidate and were caught out when Smith split their defence with a sublime pass for Sheridan to convert. Cockhill pressed late on but the closest they came was with Oisin O Flaherty firing inches wide.

Knockalla Caravans  Cup         

Cockhill Celtic               3

Glengad United           0

Cockhill advanced to the next round of the Knockalla Caravans Cup with a comprehensive victory over an understrength Glengad. Cockhill started on the foot front pressuring the Glengad defence at every opportunity. Their first chance came in the opening 2 minutes when Lee McColgan advanced down the left, his cross finding Laurence Toland who headed wide.Cockhill continued to press and forced early corners. Ronan Doherty’s deliveries were causing  problems and Adam McCarron headed over before Toland fired over after another corner was half cleared. They made the breakthrough on 32mins when another Doherty corner was forced home by home captain James Bradley. Glengad were struggling to get a foothold in the game with Cockhill’s defence standing firm. They fashioned a half chance on 36mins when a fine first time pass from Dillon Ruddy found the ever willing Christy McLaughlin in the left but, as he advanced, a heavy touch meant the chance was gone. Cockhill doubled their lead on 43mins when a cross from the right was half cleared to Toland whose shot was deflected home by Bradley. Cockhill started the second half with the same ferocity as the first and went 3-0 up on 49minutes with the goal of the game. Bradley intercepted a pass in the left channel before advancing and producing a great cross which was converted by Malachy McDermott.

The remainder of the game was punctuated by stoppages and substitutions. Glengad kept at it and almost reduced the deficit when McLaughlin had a shot charged down before a Glengad corner was cleared to the edge if the box where Patrick McDermott’s cut across his shot and it went narrowly wide.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division            

Moville Celtic               2               

Illies Celtic                    2

Illies struck late in each half to earn a share of the spoils in perfect conditions at Glencrow. Michael McNaught had an early chance for the home side after a one two with Stephen Harley but Johnathan Noone advanced well to block at the expense of a corner. But from the corner Johnathan Havlin rose highest to head past Seamus Houghton. Illies replied and Gavin Doherty just failed to convert Adrian Donaghey -Doherty ‘s cross   before Donaghey –Doherty blasted over when well placed. Moville responded and Finn Mclaughlin fired staright at Noone when well placed  and Marc Bell had an effort cleared off the line by Frankie O Connor before Liam Grant shot over at the other  end. Illies got back on terms on the stroke of half time with Paul Doherty getting away on the right  crossing for Donaghey-Doherty to sidefoot home from six yards. The second half was a much tighter affair  and it was the 73rd minute before a chance arrived with Grant’s cross sum shot tipped over by Houghton. Moville retook the lead five minutes later after great work by Ryan McColgan saw him block Noone’s clearance and from an almost impossible angle he fired home. Noone then saved well at full stretch from Marc Bell with McNaught failing to convert the rebound. But as in the first and half  deep into stoppage time substitute William McLaughlin fired a brilliant twenty five yards effort low into the bottom corner to salvage a point.

Culdaff FC           2      

Carn FC                3

Carn got off to a dream start  on 4 minutes after defensive  hesitancy allowed Brandon Browne to win possession and fire home from a  tight angle. Carn continued on top and on Sean O  Neill  had efforts deflected away. The visitors had the final chance of the half when Cooke fed Gert Dzerins but his left footed effort was well gathered by McLaughlin. Carn had the better of the opening exchanges of the second period with Dillon Cooke unleashing a twenty five yards effort which went just past the angle of post and bar. On the hour mark they doubled their lead when Cade Cooke was left all alone on the left and he fired a powerful low effort inside  Mclaughlin’s right hand post from sixteen yards. Five minutes later they made it three nil when the same player raced onto Dzerins through ball and hammered high to the top corner. Culdaff tried to respond with substitute Jack McLaughlin crossing to the back post but  Coyle headed wide. They got a goal back on 75 minutes after Coyle was upended in the area and he calmly slotted past Crossan. Minutes later they got another after Darren Mullarkey free broke to Aiden Cunningham whose driven effort squirmed past Crossan to set up a grandstand finish. Carn brok and their substitute Declan McGonigle was denied by a brilliant point blank save from Mclaughlin.  The home side pushed hard in the closing stages but the visitors stood firm to boost their  automatic survival chances.

Ulster Junior Shield  

Glengad Res                           3     

Arranmore  United               1

Glengad avenged their semi final defeat from last year  at  the holders Arranmores hands with this come from behind victory. After a slow opening to the game both John G McDermott and Paul McGonagle fired over for the home side. The visitors replied and Aiden Proctor cut in from the right but fired over the bar when well placed as the half ended scoreless. Arranmore broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Garvan McGlanaghy latched onto a long clearance  and finished well past Michael McLaughlin. But the home side equalised on the hour after Paul McDermott laid the ball off to Nathan McConalogue and he fired to the top corner. They took the lead then on 73 minutes when McDermott converted a penalty after he had been upended. They sealed the tie when McConalogue won possession and advanced past two defenders into the area before slotting home. Proctor had a late chance for the visitors but fired over from the edge of the area.

Redcastle United                   1      

Glencar Celtic                        4

​​​​​Glencar started on the front foot and dominated the opening minutes of the game. Rerdcastle’s defence was breached in the 5th minute when a cross from Boyle found Jordan McGinty and he controlled the ball well and slotted past the keeper. Glencar continued to push for a second but the Redcastle defence stood firm. Redcastle equalised against the run of play when a long ball from Rhys Davenport found Daragh McConway who ran through but saw his effort smartly saved by the keeper but the ball fell back to McConway and he slotted into the open net. Redcastle now started to get a foothold in the game but were unable to take their chances. With 10 minutes left Glencar took the lead again when a cross from Garvin Greene found Jordan McGinty again and he headed past the keeper.Redcastle started the second half very positively but were unable to get an equaliser. Then with Glencar’s first attack of the second half they scored. A cross from Kieran Maloney found Paddy Collins he flicked the bouncing ball over the keepers head. Minutes later Glencar added a fourth when a through ball from Kieran Maloney found Collins and he fired past the keeper.  Glencar dominated possession and could have added more goals but the Redcastle defence coped with them well.

Culdaff Res                   0      

Strand Rovers              4

The visitors were too strong for the home side and early attempts from James McCole and Matthew O Donnell were well saved by Dermot Callaghan. Rovers took the lead in the 13th minute when Brendan Glackin broke on the right and crossed for McCole to slam the ball into the bottom left hand corner from twelve yards. David McCarron then pounced on a misplaced header but saw his effort cleared off the line by Michael McLaughlin.Culdaff rallied and when Dammien Duffy blocked a clearance from keeper McGovern the ball fell to Mark Doherty in a great position but his effort was blocked and cleared. They should have equalised on 44 minutes after a superb cross from Doherty found Crampsey who volleyed over the bar from six yards. Then at the other end Glackin somehow miscued when the goal was gaping as the half ended. Two goals in the opening six minutes ended the game as a contest. Firstly the unmarked Glackin headed home from six yards after Shane O Donnells free. The Glackin found himself in acres of space on the left to advance into the area and slot low under Callaghan. Culdaff substitute Peter McCallion then unleashed a well struck effort which McGovern held under the bar. The visitors completed the scoring after substitute Jack Doherty threaded a ball through for Doalty Boyle who rounded Callaghan to slot home.

Greencastle Res                    2

Oldtown Celtic                      3

Tommy McLaughlin broke the offside trap and calmly placed the ball over the advancing Bovaird in the Greencastle goal togive the visitors an early lead. Both teams exchanged chances with Bovaird advancing from his line to take the ball from Shaun McCleary before David Henry fired just wide from the edge of the box at the other end.
The second half started with both teams battling it out on the midfield. Oldtown Celtic made it two after  Tommy McLaughlin again beat the offside trap to double his tally for the day. Oldtown then made it 3three nil when Shaun McCleary dispossed Daniel Rowan in the corner and advanced to slot into the bottom corner from a narrow angle.Greencastle responded and upped the tempo and reduced the deficit when Andrew Peoples got on end of a Gavin Rowan free to slot home. Greencastle pushed hard in the last 15 minutes with Joe Doherty and Shaun Cavanagh making the Oldtown defense work.
With the game entering the last few minutes Andrew Peoples picked himself up after being fouled in the box to convert from the Penalty spot. But Oldtown held on to record a 3-2 victory.


Aileach Res                            3

Cockhill Res                           0

Aileach qualified for the next round with a hard fought 3-0 victory over Cockhill at Lakeside.  Aileach started brightly but failed to create any meaningful chances in the opening quarter.  The deadlock was broken on the half hour when Paddy Curran raced clear on the right and pulled the ball across the goal to Stephen Doherty who skilfully sidestepped the defender and fired inside the near post from 15 yards.  Cockhill almost got on term just before half time when Marty Breslins header at the near post following a corner was well saved by David McGeady.  Aileach controlled most of the play in the second half with Cockhill ever dangerous on the break.  Aileach increased their lead with 20 minutes to go when Currans cross from the right found Doherty at the back post and he volleyed into the bottom corner for his and Aileach’s second.  Cockhill battled gamely and came close when Kevin McDaid advanced and fired just wide from 20 yards.  Aileach added a third with ten minutes left on the clock when a long clearance from McGeady caused confusion in the Cockhill defence and Paddy Curran took full advantage to beat a defender and keeper to the ball and fired into the unguarded net.  Doherty had two great chances to complete his hat-trick following good play from Shane McMonagle and Curran but he fired the first chance over the bar and Friel in the Cockhill goal blocked his second effort.  Both teams have to do it all again at the same venue next week in the Fr. O’Gara Cup.

Whitestrand United              1

QPS                                         3

The home side began well with Aaron Curran firing a shot from distance off the bar before Kevin McCarry was denied by the advancing Aiden Lynch. The point replied and David Healy just failed to get on the end of a Stephen McKendry cross . Deaglan Bowen then had a header pushed away by Paddy Kelly before a Caolan McColgan cross cum shot was tipped onto the bar by Kelly midway through the half. On 34minutes McKendry had a shot blocked by Kelly who recover superbly to tip Healy’s follow up over the bar. McCarry then had a good effort saved by Lunch before the home side took the lead on 42minutes. A Sean Kerr cross deflected nicely into the path of Liam O’Riordan  who calmly slotted home. QPS upped the tempo on the restart when McColgan had an effort tipped onto the post by  Kelly. Then Kelly reacted well to block McColgans near post effort and when  Darragh McIntyre crossed  to McCloskey his header came off the post. They got back on terms on the hour after Lee Barr hammered a penalty down the middle after McKendry was upended. A minute later  McCloskey sneaked in at the back post to slot home David Healys cross. The home side had a chance but Ronan Morris headed wide from Kerr’s cross. The visitors sealed their passage to the quarter finals after McCluskey fed McColgan and he rifled a stunning effort to the top corner. At the other end McCarry was denied by Lynch before substitute Kevin Loughery headed wide when well placed.

Drumbar                       3

Rasheney FC                0

After surviving an early penalty, Rasheney created the first opening when John Mc Laughlin’s effort from a Charlie Doherty free was gathered comfortably by Oisin Bryson. Drumbar’s response came from Nathan Carr but his low effort from Joe Mc Ginty’s right wing cross was just past the upright. A long ball delivered by keeper Paddy Mc Gilloway was allowed to travel beyond the home defence but John Mc Laughlin could not capitalise and minutes later a scuffed shot from Mc Laughlin from an acute angle on the left was dealt with by Bryson. David Mc Laughlin then dinked a short cross into the danger area but Doherty headed over from close range. Just before half time Mc Gilloway gathered a free struck from distance by Daniel Bennett. The home side upped the tempo after the interval. Caolan Loughney’s 20 yard attempt took a deflection and travelled wide and they they opened the scoring after 53 minutes when the referee ruled that Bennett’s fiercely struck 25 yard free had crossed the goal line after it had come off the underside of the crossbar before  being cleared. At the other end good interplay between David Mc Laughlin and Shane Cregan took the former close in on goal but the ball was cleared before he could apply the finishing touch. Shortly after Doherty had an attempt from outside the box held by Bryson Drumbar doubled their lead when Joe Gillespie’s low cross into the area found sub Vinny Breslin ghosting in at the back post to hammer past Mc Gilloway and Bennett made it 3 – 0  when he bundled home Tyrone O’ Shea’s delivery from the right wing.

Strand Hotel Division One 

Dunree United                       0

Clonmany Shamrocks           1

This was a very tight game with defences on top for long periods and one which league leaders Clonmany will be delighted to have claimed all three points albeit in fortuitous fashion. Steve Harkin had the first chance for the visitors on 22 minutes after he latched onto a ball over the top but fired wide from fifteen yards. Dunree responded and Peter O Neill fed Kyle Barrett but his effort sailed over from twenty yards. The Shamrocks struck for the winning goal on 38 minutes after home keeper John Lafferty had collected a free kick but collided with a defender and the ball ended up in the net. Conor Barrett had the final chance of the half for the home side but fired over. Chances were fewer in the second half. On the hour mark a Liam Baldrick corner was headed wide by Dermot Graham who was well placed.At the other end a Mark Mclaughlin cross found Pearse Mccarron but his header was straight at Noone. The final chance fell to the home side when O Neill crossed for Ryan Bradley but he fired straight at Patrick Harkin.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A  

Redcastle Res               2                

Moville Res                   3

Conor Lafferty opened the scoring on 21 minutes with a fine shot from twenty yards past Ryan McCole. But the home side got back on terms on 38 minutes after Terry McColgan advanced and unleashed a stunning twenty five yards effort to the top corner.Moville upped the tempo after the restart but fell behind in  the 72nd minute after Noel McGowan fired home from six yards. Moville rallied and Danny Murphy brought them level  firing home from just inside the area. Then on 86 minutes the visitors clinched all three  points after Kyle Harkin burst into the area and drilled low to the corner.

Clonmany Celtic           5      

Aileach Youths             3

The league leaders opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Paul Mclaughlin curled a superb free around the wall and into the bottom corner. But the visitors equalised when Brendan Hegarty got on the end of a Stephen O Donnell cross to fire past Kieran Friel. Clonmany regained the lead after the visitors keeper failed to deal with a back pass and the ball rolled into the net. Clonmany started the second half the better and increased their lead when Michael Grant went past three defenders before slotting low to the corner. It became four one on the hour mark when Dessie Doherty went on a fine solo run before calmly finishing from sixteen yards. Aileach mounted a comeback then with Wallace poking home from close range after O’Donnells free fell to him. They made it four three on 83 minutes after Daithi Grant unleashed a brilliant effort to the top corner. But the home side sealed the points when Grant released substitute Gerard Mc Daid to race clear and slot home.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two B  

Rasheney Res               0               

Carn Res                       3

Rasheney had the first opening of the game after they were awarded an indirect free six yards out which Caelum Long ‘s effort was blocked behind and from the corner Ciaran Dillon fired wide. But Carn took a hold of the game then with Dion Diver breaking clear and Roger McGilloway advanced to smother at his feet.  Dayton Cooke then fed Ryan O’Donnell but McGilloway held his effort. The visitors took the lead on 35 minutes after Diver beat the offside trap to race clear round McGilloway and slot home. Diver then had the final chance of the half when he latched onto a ball over the top but his effort was blocked by the legs of Mc Gilloway. The trend continued in the second period with Cooke’s free clawed away at the last minute by the unsighted McGilloway. McGilloway then denied substitute Kyran Cantwell before another substitute Cian Burke looped a header over the bar.Rasheney responded and both Callum Doherty and Aiden Bambrick fired narrowly over the bar. But Carn sealed the points on 82 minutes after Diver broke and crossed from the left for Cian Burke to slide the ball home. They added a third minutes later when another cross from Diver was glanced home by Cantwell.

Illies Res                        2      

Clonmany Res              2

In a tight scoreless first half Killian McCarron in the visitors goal produced a superb save to deny Ethan Doherty midway through the half. At the other end Alex McFadden unleashed a powerful effort but Kevin Gallagher done well to hold the shot. Clonmany opened the scoring on  51 minutes when  Tiernan McDonald fired a penalty low to the corner after McFadden was fouled in the area. But Illies were level within minutes after Nathan Doherty broke and crossed for Stephen McGonigle to slot home at the back post.  On 77 minutes the visitors regained the lead after a defensive mix up allowed Paul Devlin to drill low through a crowd of players and past Gallagher. But again the home side levelled after Doherty’s snapshot came off the post for Ronan Hegarty to slot home. Illies pressed hard in the closing stages with Hegarty seeing a header cleared off the line before a dipping Alan Fletcher effort was tipped over by McCarron.