Match Reports Sunday 28th November

Inishowen Football League Fixtures  2021-22

Sunday 28th    November 

Jackie Crossan Premier Division  

Glengad United 2

Buncrana Hearts 3

The visitors opened the scoring on 15 minutes after a Calvin Gallager free kick  fell to Kieran McDaid on the edge of the area and his effort took a deflection on its way past Daniel Mullarkey.

Buncrana continued to press and made it two nil after an Eoin Murphy free wasn’t dealt with and Bart Wesolowski  poked home from close range. Glengad replied with Stephen McLaughlin and Terence Doherty combining but the formers effort went just wide on the stroke of half time. Glengad started the second half well and got a goal back on 58 minutes when Seamus Doherty released Terence Doherty  and he raced clear to drill past Eoghan O  Doherty. But the Hearts then made it three one on 70 minutes when Mikey Friel sent McDaid clear and he produced an excellent finish from the edge of the area. Substitute  Darragh O Connor then had two good chances firing the first one wide before getting on the end of a Shane Dillon cross but he fired just wide . On 75minutes the home side made it three two after Brandon Browne crossed for Lee McColgan to slot home from six yards. The final chance fell to the home side on 88 minutes when Seamus Doherty s corner found the unmarked John G McLaughlin but he headed wide from six yards.

Cockhill Youths 2

Greencastle FC 0

Cockhill Celtic Youth claimed a great three points against title contenders Greencastle FC  at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds earlier this afternoon. The home team had to weather an early period of pressure from the visitors who enjoyed large periods of possession inside the first 10 minutes but unable to create any real openings. The did manage to create a great chance on 15 minutes when James Henry found space on the left to receive a pass from Nathan Harkin and the former threaded a lovely pass through the left channel for Nigel McMonagle but as he open his body up to shoot right footed to the right corner Eoin Colhoun produced a fantastic save diving to his left to keep the ball out with an outstretched left hand. Cockhill then had an Adam McLaughlin free kick from the right just clip the top of the visitor’s crossbar with keeper Paddy Quigley relieved to see it go over for a goal kick. The home side opened the scoring on 29 minutes when Jack McDaid received a short pass from Oisin O’Flaherty just inside the Greencastle half, on the left,  and the Cockhill wide man went on a mazy dribble towards goal and as thing opened up in front of, him he took a shoot from 20 odd yards that went low into the bottom left hand corner of the net past Quigley’s outstretched right hand. Greencastle pushed to get back on terms before the break and had some decent crosses into the area from frees in good positions but the home defence was brave in their efforts to keep the danger out with both centre backs, Noone & Bradley, getting decisive headed clearances to deliveries from James Henry. The home side went in at the break one goal to the good.

The second half started in much the same way as the first with Greencastle having all the possession but unable to create any real openings. Christy Hegarty was added to the mix, for the visitors, and he missed a glorious chance to level the game on 58 minutes but with the goal at his mercy he headed wide after a long pass from defence by Darragh Browne. Cockhill had a great chance on 65 minutes to go two up but after a powerful run on the left by Jack McDaid he found composure to find the inrushing Adam McLaughlin on the edge of the 18 yards box but the Cockhill midfielder saw his effort saved by Quigley low to his right. Greencastle conceded a needless free wide on the left on 73 minutes and when the home sides Adam McLaughlin delivered a wicked delivery into the area there was home Captain Michael Noone to bullet a header past Quigley from 8 yards out to put Cockhill 2-0 up much to the delight of the home support & players. Greencastle kept pushing to the end but Cockhill Youths stood firm for a hard-fought victory. A great effort from the home team in a result that they fully deserved against one of the favourites for the title


Illies Celtic 2

Clonmany Shamrocks 2

Illies started the game the better and had two early half chances but both Adrian Donaghey-Doherty and Liam Doherty failed to hit the target. Clonmany responded and created two clear chances. Firstly Jamie Coyle squared the ball across for Oisin Hession who blazed over from the edge of the area. Then Aaron Porter broke  on the left and crossed  but Coyle headed wide from twelve yards. Illies went closest to breaking the deadlock on 37 minutes after a Liam Doherty corner was cleared to Ronan Hegarty on the edge of the area but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Brendan Doherty. Illies went close again on the stroke of half time with Paul Doherty cutting in from the right and  laying the ball off to Hegarty but he fired over the top when well placed.A defensive  mix up in the home rearguard allowed the visitors Aaron Harkin to drive the  ball through a crowd of players and past Johnathan Noone to give Clonmany the lead on 53 minutes.But the home side equalised within five minuets after a deep Liam Doherty corner was headed home at the back post by Paddy Doherty. Illies then twice went close when  firstly Paddy Doherty fired straight at Kieran Friel before a Liam Doherty free came off the wall and his follow up crashed off the bar. They did take the lead on 79 minutes after a superb through ball  from Liam Doherty released Donaghey-Doherty and he rounded Friel to score. But Clonmany rallied and earned a point on 86 minutes when a Jason Devlin effort came off a defender and Devlin made no mistake with his follow up effort. In the final minute Illies spurned a great chance after Donaghey-Doherty  broke clear and when the ball broke off the advancing Friel  he failed to hit the target with the goal gaping.

Moville Celtic 0

Aileach FC 5

The visitors were first to threaten with Dean Curran on the left whipping in a deep cross which was met by Darren McMonagle but home keeper Seamus Houghton held well. The opening goal came in the 10th minute with good work on the right by Darren Gallagher and his mid height cross was swept home from 5 yards by Aaron Nash. Houghton did well to keep the score low with good saves from Nash and Gavin Doherty’s follow up shot. Norbert Indyka freed Michael McNaught in the 19th minute but his effort was wayward. The two players combined again minutes later but McNaught’s attempted lob was caught by Aileach keeper Darren McLaughlin. His throw out ended with Houghton saving Gavin Doherty’s drive. Aileach got their second in the 35th minute with McMonagle firing home Nash’s cushioned header from Dermot Doherty’s cross. McMonagle added a third 3 minutes later sweeping in Nash’s cross from a quickly taken throw in. Marc Bell tried to reply for Moville with a long-range effort from McConnellogue’s backheel but was just over.  Nash got a fourth for Aileach in injury time when he fired in off the post after Curran’s cross was deflected into his path by a Moville defender.

Early in the second half Oisin Lynch put McNaught in on goal but his attempt went wide. Aileach came close seconds later but Houghton denied Gavin Doherty and from the resulting corner Pearse Doherty cleared Mark McElhinney’s downward header off the goal line. In the 63rd minute substitute Caoimhin McFeely was denied by Houghton’s legs when he was free on goal while minutes later McLaughlin in the visitors’ goal got down well to save Indyka’s drive with Lynch’s follow up being blocked on the line by an Aileach defender. Nash was denied his hat trick in the 76th minute when Houghton saved his one-on-one attempt. Aileach wrapped things up in the 82nd minute when substitute Caolan Doherty fired neatly low past Houghton from 10 yards following a quick  break from Moville pressure.


Ulster Junior Shield 

Gleneely Colts 2

Illies  Res     3

Gleneely opened the scoring after  just three mins when a ball from Cahir O’Kane in midfield found Ciaran Gallagher in the box and his shot squeezed in past the post. On 20minutes Gleneely had another chance when a long kickout by Oran Raymond was headed on by Vinny McKenna to Darragh O’Connor but he blazed over from the edge of the box. Illies responded but Shane Devlin blazed over from the edge of the box when well placed. On the half hour a  Stephen McLaughlin rocket from 25 yards just whizzed over the bar. Illies equalized  before halftime when a long ball from Dominick Doherty found Nathan McLaughlin and he lobbed the advancing Oran Raymond from fifteen yards. On 50minutes a good run down the left by Gavin Doherty who advanced into the area and brought a good save from Oran Raymond who was able to push his shot to safety. Gleneely  then went 2-1 up on 57minutes when a thrown in from Stephen McLaughlin was flicked on by Vinny McKenna to Paul Gamble who played in Ciaran Gallagher and he slotted home from 10yards giving Graeme Doherty no chance. Illies equalized again with fifteen minutes remaining  after a mix up in the home defence allowed Rod Devlin to score into an empty net . Illies completed the turnaround and into the next round at the death when a scramble in the home box from a corner  resulted in Liam O’Connor heading in at the back post.

Aileach Res 0

Carrowmena FC 1

The home side were short a few regulars who were away to the FAI cup final to support Aileach s Georgie Kelly and the visitors took advantage to progress. Aileach had an early chance when Darren Bradley advanced into the box  but was denied by Kyle Dougal . The keeper also denied Bradley minutes later when he got on the end of  a Michael McElroy cut back. At the other end an audacious Tony McClenaghan effort from half way just cleared the crossbar before Ronan Doherty burst into the area but a superb Cathal McElhinney tackle saved the day. Aileach responded and on the half hour Conor Gallagher advanced from midfield and unleashed a twenty yards effort which narrowly cleared the bar. The deadlock was broken when Ronan Doherty sent keeper Sean McGuinness the wrong way from the penalty spot when he had been fouled in the 43rd minute. There were fewer chances in the second period. Aileachs Paul McGrory headed over from a corner while McClenaghan volleyed wide at the other end.The home sides best chance came on 75 minutes after Gareth McElroy pounced on a poor defensive pass but dragged his effort wide from fifteen yards. Aileach continued to press in the final ten minutes but failed to breach the visitors defence.

Buncrana Res 4

Oldtown Celtic 3

This was an excellent result for the home side who took the lead  after an excellent Gerard Boyle cross was headed home by Hugh Aaron McGonagle in the 12th minute. Boyle then made it two nil with a sublime volley across the keeper to the bottom corner. But the visitors settled and reduced the deficit on 25 minutes following a well worked corner when McGinley headed home. Oldtown continued to press and equalised when Cleary rose highest to head home a free kick past Oran McBride in the hearts goal. But the home side regained the initiative when Boyle wriggled past two defenders before slotting low to the corner to put the hearts three two ahead. On the stroke of half time hesitant defending by the visitors saw Christy McKinley pounce to drill home from twelve yards and leave the home side four two ahead . Defences tightened things up  on the restart and clear chances were hard to come by.Oldtown reduced the deficit to the minimum when substitute Mongan fired past McBride on 74 minutes.But the home side ended the game well and but for some fine stops by keeper Gibson the margin of victory would have been higher.

Culdaff  FC 4

Gweedore United 4   ( win 5-4   on penalties)

Culdaff got  off to a dream start when they took the lead in the 4th minute. Good work by Dillon Ruddy and Conor Doherty in midfield  released Jack Mclaughlin who fired a brilliant twenty five yards effort to the bottom corner. Gweedore suffered a blow then when  they lost keeper Matthew Harkin   to a groin injury and he was replaced by Dylan Cahill. Culdaff should have added a second when Jack O Brien burst through the home defence but fired straight at Cahill. Gweedore hit back and equalised on the half hour mark when a scramble in the area resulted in Stephen McFadden (D)  getting possession and feeding namesake Stephen McFadden who drilled past Martin McLaughlin to the bottom corner. The home side regained the lead with a stunning twenty five yards Dillon Ruddy free kick to the top corner to leave them ahead at the break. After an even start to the second period the visitors got back on terms in the 58th minutes when  Paul Doogan advanced on the right and crossed and a home defender sliced the ball past his own keeper. Within minutes Gweedore took the lead for the first time when the home defence failed to clear again and McFadden poked the ball past the advancing McLaughlin. Culdaff replied and from a corner Ruddy s effort from close range was palmed away by Cahill. Then on 73 minutes Gweedore notched a fourth in fortuitous fashion when an attempted clearance was sliced by a defender and  the ball looped over McLaughlin and into the net. Culdaff rallied and reduced the deficit on 79 minutes after Sean O Neill flicked home a corner at the near post in the 79th minute. Two minutes later substitute Josh Conlon was upended inside the area and Aiden Cunningham cooly converted to make it four all.Extra time failed to produce any further goals with defences on top  and Gweedore edged it five four on penalties to advance .

Lagan Harps 2

Redcastle United 3

A strong second half performance from Redcastle saw them advance t the next round of the Ulster Junior Shield. Lagan started well and took an early lead after Ronan Carlin fired past Michael McCole from a tight angle on 7 minutes. Damien Nelis headed just wide for the home side while at the other end Shaun Curran forced a good save from Frank Carberry. As the half drew to a close both sides went close with Ronan Hoy for the visitors and Ross Hamlyn passing up good opportunities.  Redcastle started the second half well and got back on terms with an excellent finish from Drew McKinney. But Lagan regained the lead on 52 minutes after Hamyln converted a penalty. The visitors hit back within minutes and equalised  when  Hoy lobbed the home keeper from wide on the right.  Redcastle got on top at this stage and Carberry in the home goal kept them at bay with two good stops from Hoy and Curran. They struck for what proved to be the winner when Stephen Grant pounced on a misplaced defensive  and drilled the ball home.  Lagan pressed hard in the closing stages but the only chance of a note was when Ryan Gildea fired narrowly wide and Redcastle surviving a couple of scrambles but on their second half performance they deserved to advance.

Glencar Celtic 2

Moville Celtic Res 1

Moville were first to threaten in the third minute when Daniel McFadden found space to unleash an effort which Rory Lafferty saved well. The home side responded and had a period of sustained pressure. Killian Cullen shot narrowly wide before the same player was foiled by a superb double save from Ryan Coyle in the Moville goal . Coyle reacted well then to keep out a cross cum shot from Kieran Greene on the right  before when Greene burst into the area he was denied by a superb Lorcan Gillen tackle.On 37 minutes the home side  saw a Kevin Rafferty effort again well saved by Coyle. Moville then stunned the home side when Michael McCarron converted  a penalty low to Laffertys right after McFadden had been upended in the area in the 40th minute. But Glencar equalised before the interval after a Lafferty cross was slotted home by Greene from ten yards. The weather detiorated in the second half but Moville battled well with McFadden,Evan Hudner and Rowan Doherty prominent. They went close on the hour after a John Harkin shot from the edge of the area went just wide. Mideay through the half the home side got the crucial second goal after Padjo Lafferty fired a superb effort to the top corner from twenty yards. Moville tried hard to get back on terms and force extra time but the home defence stood firm to advance.

Strand Hotel Division One   

Clonmany Res 2

Glengad Res 1

The home side started well and in the 4th minute Mark McLaughlin saw a free kick crash back off the underside of the bar. Glengad replied and a Patrick McDermott low effort produced a superb one handed save from Kieran Friel in the home goal. Midway through the half a Martin Doherty cross was headed down by McLaughlin to David McGonigle who beat a defender and fired low past Patrick McLaughlin to give Clonmany the lead. Minutes later a slip in the home defence gave Oran Doherty a clear sight of goal but his effort was brilliantly blocked by  Raymond McDaid. Almost immediately Clonmany doubled their lead when Doherty held the ball up and fed Gavin McDaid who slipped the ball into the path of McLaughlin to fire to the bottom corner from fifteen yards. But the visitors got back into the game before the break after a superb Oran Doherty cross was headed home by Paul McGonagle with the home defence guilty of ball watching. On the stroke of half time they almost  levelled when Cian Doherty s angled drive from the left hand edge of the area was brilliantly tipped round the post by Friel. It was all clonmnay in the second half with Mark McLaughlin denied by keeper McLaughlin at his near post on 54minutes.  Glengad custodian McLaughlin then saved well from Martin Doherty on 64minutes and flicked a Mark McLaughlin effort on 73minutes onto the roof of the net. A combination of defenders Mark Smith and Niall McColgan prevented Mark McLaughlin and substitute Ben Gill from getting efforts on target. The final chance also fell to the home side when another substitute Thomas Comiskey flicked the ball over a defender and unleashed an effort but again McLaughlin was equal to it.

Greencastle Youth 3


In beautiful conditions at Chapel Lane the visitors broke the deadlock on 19 minutes after Josh Boyle broke on the right hand side and his cross was well controlled by John McCloskey to drill low past Evan Davenport from the edge of the area. But the home side got back on terms a few minures later when Ciaran Diver controlled well on the edge of the area and fired low to the  botto corner past Conor McColgan. QPS responded before the interval and regained the lead after Aaron Scott broke past a defender on the right and his pin point cross was glanced home by Darragh McDermott from six yards. On 48  minutes McDermott was narrowly off target with a good shot before at the other end Gerry Gillfired narrowly wide when he found space on the edge of the area.Greencastle equalised on 63 minutes after Gills free was parried by McColgan and Gavin Rowan reacted first to hammer the ball to the roof of the net from eight yards. For the third time in the game the visitors went ahead on 80minutes when Boyle volleyed a deep corner kick to the roof of the net. But once again the home side struck back to salvage a point on 88 minutes when Diver advanced on the right and unleashed an unstoppable effort to the top corner. The Point pressed hard in the closing stages but the home defence stood firm for a share of the spoils.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  

Dunree Res 2

Cockhill Res 10

Dunree actually opened the scoring in this game when  Gary Breslin finished well from inside the area. But Cockhill dominated the remainder of the game proving much too strong. Luke Bradley equalised on 15 minutes before a Mark Gillespie quick fire hat trick made it four one. Further goals by Liam Bradley, Kevin McDaid , Kieran McElroy and another from Bradley made it eight one at the break. Dunree were shell shocked at this stage and the visitors took the foot of the pedal somewhat in the second half. An unfortunate own goal made it nine one and when  Caonan McKinney raced clear he made it ten on 75 minutes. Dunree got a late consolation when Gary Breslin got his second of the game on 87 minutes. 

Culdaff Res 4

Carn Res 8

There was goals galore in this local derby with the visitors getting off  to a dream start scoring three times in the opening fifteen minutes. Denim McLaughlin fired them ahead when he tapped home after Zach Conlon had made a good save to deny Conor McLaughlin. Cian Burke then capitalized on a poor back pass to drill home the second before after a good build up by the visitors Conor McLaughlin slotted home from twelve yards. Culdaff rallied and got a goal back after a superb Oisin McLaughlin cross found Noel McLaughlin to sidefoot past Dean Doherty. But on the half hour Carn scored again after the home defence failed to clear allowing Gert Dzerins to finish well at the back post. Culdaff did respond and made it four two with Rhys McDaid drilling home a loose ball from the edge of the area. But Carn made it five two on the stroke of half time after Dzerins evaded a couple of tackles before slotting past Conlon for a fine individual effort.  Culdaff started the second half well and again got a goal back when Sean McGrenaghan fired a superb thirty yards effort to the top corner. But midway through the half the visitors struck twice to end any hopes of a comeback. Conan Gibbons ran thorugh and rounded Conlon on the right before squaring the ball to Conor McLaughlin to cundle home for a six three lead. Gibbons then made it seven when he scored with a well placed finish from eight yards. Again the home side rallied and scored their fourth when Darragh McCormick dispossessed a defender and raced  into the area to round the keeper and slot home. But Carn completed the scoring with an eighth goal  near the end when McLaughlin unmarked converted at the back post.