Match Reports Sunday 28th August

Inishowen Football League Fixtures  2022-23

Sunday 28th   August

Clubman Shirts League Cup  

Illies Celtic 2

Moville Celtic 2

Moville started this game on the front foot and took the lead in the 15th minute when Lee McColgan overlapping on the right crossed for Michael McNaught to slot home from seven yards.

McNaught then robbed a defender and was denied by the legs of home keeper Johnathan Noone. Illies came more into the game and on 33 minutes Adrian Donaghey-Dohertys snapshot just cleared the bar. On the stroke of half time a quick counter attack by the visitors saw Jack Mullan firing just over. Within minutes of the restart Moville had doubled their lead when  Bradley Callaghan fired home in a goalmouth scramble. Illies rallied and Donaghey-Doherty went close with a well struck effort before the same player got a goal back when he headed home following a free kick delivery. Moville then suffered a blow when Jake Morrow was redcarded  and Illies poured forward. A  Sean McCallion effort was blocked by a defender and the ball fell to Dominic Coyle who hammered low through a crowd of players to the net to make it two all on 80 minutes. Illies were also reduced to ten men after David Doherty collected a second yellow card but the home side had the final chance only to see McCallion fire over the bar.


Aileach FC 0

Buncrana Hearts 3

The early part of this game was a fairly even affair with a lot of play condensed in the middle third. Buncrana were the first to threaten after 15 minutes when Pat Loughrey got clear down the left but his cross shot flew wide of Matthew Gallagher’s left hand post. Aileach responded and Dermot Doherty did well down the right and crossed for the  in rushing Shane McMonagle but his header from 12 yards was well over Rory Kelly’s bar. Midway through the half  Buncrana took the lead when Ciaran McDaid somehow got past his marker on the end line and although his first effort was blocked he volleyed the rebound high to the net. On 40 minutes they doubled their lead when Sean Mullan got on the end of a Pat Loughrey pass and finished well from the tightest of angles. Aileach started  the second half brightly and in 55 minutes Dermot Doherty crossed for Shane McMonagle but his diving header bounced just wide. On 65 minutes Buncrana extended their lead when Sean Mullen raced on to a long ball Michael McIlroy did well to block his initial effort but he was able to force the ball home from close range. With time running out Ciaran McDaid tried an audacious chip from 20 yards which Gallagher did brilliantly to tip over the top.

Buncrana were able to see the game out fairly comfortably to progress to the semi finals of the Clubman Shirts league cup. 

Culdaff FC 1

Clonmany Shamrocks 1

Reversed to Shamrock Park Culdaff had the first sight of goal after a Bryan McCandless cross from the right picked out Ben Curley but Kevin McLaughlin smothered at his feet. Clonmany  replied and great work by Jason Devlin saw his cross find Jamie Coyle whose goalbound effort  hit his own player. At the other end a speculative Curley lob from distance had Mclaughlin back pedalling and he was relieved to see the ball drop wide. The final chance of the half fell to the home side when Coyles low effort was parried away by Conlon. Culdaff got a dream start to the second half when they opened the scoring with a superb goal. Jack O Brien fed Dillon Ruddy whose diagonal ball found Aiden Cunningham and his low cross was swept home by McCandless. McCandless had another chance when he cut in from the left but  saw his effort blocked by Mclaughlin before Cunningham failed to hit the target when well placed. On 63 minutes Coyle had an effort saved by Conlon at the other end but Culdaff responded with McCandless seeing  his shot from twelve yards tipped over the bar by McLaughlin. Clonmany had a  good spell then after the 70 minute mark with substitute Aaron Porter shooting wide before Jason Devlin also had a shot saved. They equalised on 76 minutes  after a great move. Matthew McLaughlin found Coyle in a wide position and a superb touch took him past  a defender before picking out  Devlin to fire a half volley to the roof of the net. A minute later Porter found himself well placed but his rising shot was always going to clear the bar. Culdaff replied  with McCandless seeing another effort blocked by Mclaughlin with Porter completing the clearance off the line. Culdaff suffered a blow then when Ruddy picked up a second yellow card . Clonmany almost snatched it on 88 minutes but Mclaughlins effort crashed  off the bar before being cleared.


 Group   A

P W D L F A Pts
Greencastle  FC 2 1 1 0 5 3 4
Moville Celtic 2 0 2 0 4 4 2
Illies Celtic 2 0 1 1 3 5 1

Group    B

Buncrana Hearts 2 2 0 0 4 0 6
Aileach FC 2 1 0 1 4 6 3
Cockhill Youths 2 0 0 2 2 5 0

Group       C

Glengad United 2 2 0 0 5 1 6
Clonmany Shamrocks  2 0 1 1 1 2 1
Culdaff FC 2 0 1 1 2 5 1

Charlie O Donnell Cup


Carn FC 3

Carn started this game in whirlwind fashion and opened the scoring on 7 minutes when a Kyran Cantwell cross cum shot deceived Lee McColgan in the home goal. They doubled their lead on 20 minutes when a Cade Cooke cross was retrieved by Lorcan Bradley  and squeezed  home from a tight angle. The home side responded and both Callum O Hagan and John McCloskey were denied by Kyle Harkin in the Carn goal. They got a goal back on 28 minutes when Josh Boyle capitalised on hesitancy in the visitors defence to fire a twenty five yards effort to the far corner. Minutes later they were back on terms when  Mark Murray released Boyle whose cross was superbly glanced home by John McCluskey. But Carn ended the half well and McColgan was called into action to save smartly  from both Ross Farren and Cantwell. The  second half saw play swing from end to end with plenty of goalmouth action. Carns Cian Burke and substitute Brandon Browne both had effort saved by McColgan while at the other end McCloskey headed wide,  Boyle had an effort blocked by keeper Harkin  who also denied Reece McGilloway. The point then took the lead on  66 minutes  after a ricochet inside the area fell into the path of McCluskey and he slotted home from eight yards.  But Carn upped their game and when a Browne cross fell to Burke he was denied by another save from McColgan. Burke then saw another effort parried and the loose ball fell to Browne who headed wide when well placed. The visitors earned a deserved share of the spoils on 79 minutes when substitute Chris Divers cross was poked home  at the back post by Browne.

Aileach Res 6

Gleneely Colts   0

Gleneely had an early chance in this game but Paul Gamble could only direct his header straight at Sean McGuinness in the home goal. The home side settled and broke the deadlock when a mishit Conor Bradley effort fell kindly for Stephen Doherty to slot home from close range.  Midway through the half they made it two nil after Oran Raymond parried a Gareth McLaughlin effort and Anthony Doherty was on hand to slot home. Doherty then turned provider  when he slipped the ball into the path of Pol McGrory to hammer to the roof of the net from fourteen yards. In the opening minute of the second half Aileach made it four nil after Bradley  and Mcgrory combined for  Anthony Doherty to finish well from close range. Doherty then  completed his hat trick when  a quickly taken free into the area was superbly flicked to the net. Doherty then got his fourth of the game in the 89th minute to seal the victory.


Clonmany Res 2

Greencastle Youths 2

Clonmany made a good start and had the first chance in the second minute when Tiernan Devine headed over from Paul McLaughlin’s free kick on half way. Greencastle responded and took the lead in the 12th minute when Dan Rowan’s cross from the left found Nathan Harkin in space on the right side of the box and he slotted low past Kieran Friel to the the bottom left hand corner of the net. Greencastle doubled their lead in the 21st minute after Dan Rowan ran on to a long ball and was one on one with Kieran Friel and slotted home coolly. Clonmany reduced the deficit midway through the half  when Brian Devlin crossed from the right wing and Mark Doherty’s deft backwards head flick from  10 yards out carried the ball over the advancing Greencastle keeper Brendan McClenaghan . Greencastle ‘s Kyle Harkin caused some concern in the 26th minute when his inswinging corner from the right was punched clear from under his crossbar by Kieran Friel.  Greencastle almost produced a spectacular third goal in the 40th minute when Dan Rowan’s cross from  the left was met by a diving header from Ciaran Moore but  it was tipped over the bar by Kieran Friel. Clonmany equalised in the dying seconds of the half when Logan McDaid’s pass found Mark Doherty in space on the right of the Greencastle box and he slotted low under Brendan McClenaghan to the bottom corner. 

The second half saw Greencastle dominating possession but some inspired goal keeping from Kieran Friel saw Clonmany frustrate the Greencastle forwards. In the 59th minute Ciaran Moore’s ball from the left was controlled by Nathan Harkin on the right but his shot was saved by Kieran Friel. Greencastle substitute Christy Hegarty saw his 62nd minute cross from the left controlled by Nathan Harkin but his shot was blocked by Paul McLaughlin. Nathan Harkin went close three minutes later when he broke forward from midfield but saw his shot come back of the right hand post before being hacked to safety. In the 75th minute Ciaran Moore received a pass on the 18yard line but saw his shot go wide of the left hand post.  In the 84th minute Greencastle’s Seamy McLaughlin had a good opportunity but Kieran Friel made another outstanding save. Greencastle no. 3 Kyle Harkin had their last opportunity in the 89th minute when he dribbled to the byline but he blasted his shot across the face of the goal with no-one able to add a finishing touch. Clonmany almost stole the result at the death when Thomas Comiskey found space on the right to cross to Mark Doherty on the edge of the box but saw his shot rising over the Greencastle crossbar .


Group   A

P W D L F A Pts
QPS 2 1 1 0 5 2 4
Redcastle United 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
Carn FC 2 0 1 1 3 5 1

Group    B

Dunree United 2 1 1 0 8 2 4
Aileach Res 2 1 1 0 8 2 4
Gleneely Colts 2 0 0 2 0 12 0

Group       C

Greencastle Youths 2 1 1 0 4 3 4
Buncrana Res 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
Clonmany Res 2 0 1 1 2 4 1


Inishowen Engineering Division Two    

Cockhill Res 3

Rasheney FC 5

Rashenny raced in to an early three  goal lead with goals from Damien Friel, Ryan Doherty and Ronan Shovlin. Their first arrived on 9 minutes after a Friel corner was palmed out for  Doherty to slot home.  Doherty then turned provider when his deep cross eluded all defenders allowing Friel the simplest of tasks to head home. Shovlin then added the third on 26 minutes with a good low finish from fourteen yards.Cockhill gradually grew in to the match pulling one back with PJ Doherty finishing from a tight angle at the back post from a fine cross by Mason McDaid. But Rasheney restored their three goal lead just before half time with a deflected strike from Ryan Doherty scoring his second of the match. Cockhill started the second half well and their pressure paid off when Andy McIlhinney scored from six yards from another good delivery by Mason McDaid. As Cockhill continued to press Rasheney broke on the counter and Cormac Dillon finished well low past Darragh O’Donnell.Credit to the young Cockhill team who continued to press and pulled another goal back late on with Kieran McIlroy coming in off the wing to finish low to the far corner past Shaun Friel.

Moville Res 6

Aileach Youths 1

It was Aileach who took the lead in the 3rd minute when Tom Doherty was left unmarked to head past Stephen Teles following a corner. But the home side responded and a three goal blitz in twelve minutes put them in control. They equalised  on 18minutes when Conor Lafferty converted a penalty low to Dylan Clarke s left after Danny Murphy had been upended. Two minutes later Ronan McCarron sent Lafferty clear of the visitors defence and he finished superbly. Then on the half hour it became three one  after Murphy cut in from the right and fired a powerful shot across Clarke and into the bottom corner. Aileach tried to stem the  flow and Ryan Long had an effort well saved by Teles. But before the break the home side increased their lead when a Lafferty free fell to Murphy to slot home from close range. Aileach  started the second half brightly and Daibidh Grant  fired just over the bar when well placed. On the hour mark Murphy completed his hat trick when he raced onto another McCarron through ball, held off two defenders and fired low past substitute keeper Dylan Porter. Andrew Burke then fired over the bar before at the other end Long was  again denied by Teles. Moville completed the scoring on 89 minutes when they broke from an Aileach corner  with Murphy racing clear from half way and finishing low past Porter.

Carrowmena FC 1

QPS Youths 3

The visitors started the game well and opened the scoring on 16minutes when Ronan Lafferty crossed from the right for Thomas McConalogue who lobbed the ball over the advancing Maurice McGeady. But the home side levelled on 26 minutes after a Gerard Gill corner found the unmarked Killian Dougal who looped a header over Stephen Slattery. The visitors were dealt a blow on 55 minutes when Ronan Lafferty received a second yellow card but they regained the lead midway through the half. A superb Eamon McCool pass released Josh McLaughlin and he kept his composure to fire low past McGeady. Carrowmena responded and another Gill corner found Dougal again but he elected to control on his chest and was crowded out.  The home side suffered a blow then when substitute Shane McCreadie suffered an ankle injury within minutes of coming on. The Point sealed the victory in the closing stages when substitute Cillian McColgan pounced on a loose ball and raced clear of the home defence to superbly chip McGeady for a fine finish.

Glengad Res 2

Carn Res 3

The home side  started well and Ryan McGeoghaghan curled an effort just wide from fifteen yards before a Paul McGonagle free was superbly  tipped round the post  by keeper Ben Miller. Carn responded and before the break the unmarked  Matthew Smith headed over a Dayton Cooke corner. Just after the break another Cooke corner fell to Conor McLaughlin who turned and fired just wide from twelve yards. The visitors took the lead from another corner delivered by Cooke and this time Billy Dempsey rose unchallenged to head past Patrick McLaughlin. But the home side levelled within minutes after John McDaids ball over the top sent Matthew Mooney clear and he cut in before drilling past  Miller.  Five minutes later Carn regained the lead  after Mark Scott advanced from midfield unchallenged before shooting low past Miller  from the edge of the area. They increased their lead on 80 minutes after a superb Daire Tully pass found Dillon Cooke to finish well and make it three one. Glengad battled to the end and got a late consolation after PJ McDaid and Mooney combined for Mooney to score his second of the game.


Dunree Res 1

Culdaff Res 2

Culdaff started the better and a JJ Doherty effort was well saved by Philip Doherty on 15 minutes. Dunree responded with a Neil Moran cross met by a spectacular Gerry Farrell overhead kick which flashed just past the post. Culdaff opened the scoring before the break after Niall Gordon broke on the left and crossed for Noel McLaughlin to finish well at the back post. Dunree started the second half on top and their best chance came after a Cole Sheridan pass released Farrell but he fired into the side netting. Culdaff then increased their lead on 66 minutes after a Darragh McCormick free kick fell to Niall Gordon who tucked the ball neatly into the bottom corner. Dunree reduced the deficit on 75 minutes when David O Hagan crossed to Michael Grant and he  drilled low to the bottom corner. They almost snatched a point late on after great control by Michael Farrell saw his driven shot  across  the face of goal go abegging.

Sea Rovers 1

Illies Res 2

Illies took the lead in the 10th minute after Conor Doherty headed home following a corner. Rovers replied and a good run from Daniel Gallagher ended with an effort well saved by Ciaran Sharkey. Rovers were on top at this stage and Liam Gallagher and Declan McGonagle both went close. In the final chance of the half a superb cross from Gallagher found McGonagle but again he failed to hit the target. The opening twenty minutes of the second half saw defences on top with neither side able to create a clear opening. Rovers equalised then on 66 minutes when another superb cross from Gallagher found Shay Rodgers  who headed home from six yards. Rovers pressed and five minutes later were unlucky to see a Ciaran Doherty effort crash off the post. Illies weathered the storm  and struck for the winner on 78 minutes when Michael Coyles free was headed home to the roof of the net by Ethan Doherty to seal the points.