Match Reports Sunday 29th January

Sunday 30th  January

Ulster Junior Shield ¼ finals

Carrowmena FC 2

Gweedore United 0

Gweedore had an early chance when Cathal Gillespie ran onto a through ball but Kyle Dougal gathered comfortably .

The home side opened the scoring after good approach play involving Puaric Gillen & Michael Henry  who picked out Ronan Doherty  who weaved past three players and fired low past Peadar O’Baoill from fifteen yards. They spurned another good chance after Dohertys cross was only cleared as far as Henry  who blasted over from six yards with the goal at his mercy. The home side were then awarded a penalty in the 38th minute after Doherty was upended but his spot kcik was well saved low to his right by O’Baoill. Gweedore started the second half well pining the homeside  back and on 57 minutes an Ethan Harkin free crashed of the wall. Carrowmena responded and doubled their lead midway through the half when Ryan McDermott laid the ball off to Henry who struck a brilliant effort from twenty two yards to the bottom corner. Gweedore were dealt a blow then when Harkin was red carded for retaliation  but they will wnder how they failed to reduce the deficit minutes later. A Ronan O Donnell shot came off the post striking a defender then before coming off the bar to Matthew Galway whose effort was blocked by Killian Dougal. That was the last chance they had to force a grand stand finish and Carrowmena held firm to advance. 

Illies Res 2

Keadue Rovers 1      AET 

Illies started well and had the first chances when John Pio Donaghey fired at keeper McCullough when well placed before Marty Coyle headed over from a corner.Their best chance of the half came on 33 minutes after a Marty Doherty effort was well parried by the keeper but Nathan McLaughlin blazed the rebound over the bar. Illies continued to dominate after the break and made the break through on 59 minutes when William McLaughlins quick free released Martin Coyle to fire low to the corner from the edge of the area. Both Coyle and substitute Joe McLaughlin were denied by good saves from McCullough. They paid the price for these misses in the final minute after Declan Caldwell  won possession in midfield and swiftly played the ball into the path of  Joe Ward  to drill low past Graham Doherty. Illies regained the lead midway though the first half  of extra time when William  McLaughlin released substitute Alan Fletcher to round a defender and slot low to the net. Keadue came more into the game  forcing the home side back but the closest they came was when Ward was denied by the legs of Doherty as he bore down on goal and the home defence saw the game out to advance.

Redcastle United 0

Glencar Celtic 1

In a closely contested game  the visitors Kevin Rafferty broke  down the left wing  and  cut in to shoot from the edge of the box for Michael McCole to make a fine save. 0n 12 minutes  Redcastle replied down the right wing after Stephen Grant takes the ball past Shaun Lynch and crosses over to Ronan Hoy who slipped just as he was about to strike the ball. Glencar took the lead on 43 minutes when  Liam Ferry collected the ball just inside Redcastles half and shot from 30 yards straight into top right hand corner of the net giving McCole no chance to save. The first chance of the second half came  on  62 minutes when  Redcastle get a free kick just outside the box  which Shaun Curran crossed  for Stephen Grant to head just past the left hand post.Minutes later  Shaun Curran picks up the ball at the halfway line he puts a through ball in to Stephen Grant   who failed to hit the target when well placed. Glencar responded after  Paddy Collins  passes the ball to Kevin Rafferty which rebounds off Michael McCole the loose ball comes to Jordan Ryan who smashed the ball against the cross bar before the home  defence cleared.Redcasle pressed hard for an equaliser  and on 87 minutes a long clearance fell to  Ronan Hoy who takes the ball past two Glencar players and shoots  goalwards only for Paul McCaurley to save. In the final minute  Shaun Curran passes to Cahir McLaughlin on the left wing who crosses to Gary Kelly who heads just over the bar and with it the home sides last chance to force extra time.

Dunree United 1

Buncrana Hearts Res 1 ( Buncrana win 3-1 on pens)

In difficult conditions for both teams the home side started with the wind at their backs but they failed to capitalise until the 43rd minute when a long range Jamie Brosnan free flew to the roof of the net past Oran McBride.  Buncrana then started the second half well exerting pressure on the home defence without troubling Adam Harrigan in the home goal. The visitors equalised late in the game when Harrigan punched a long  delivery to the edge of the area where Jack Soal superbly volleyed  to the net to force extra time.The only real chance of note in  extra time fell to the home side and they were unlucky after a Conor Barrett shot crashed off the bar. The dreaded penalty shootout followed and it was the Buncrana side who advance to the semi finals after a three one shootout win.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division     

Glengad United 2

Carn FC 0

In a game dominated by the weather conditions there were few clear chances at either end throughout. In the first half the home side had a half chance when Stephen McLaughlin picked out Terence Doherty whose first time effort went just past the post. Carn responded before the break and a Kyran Cantwell free kick from the edge of the area drifted narrowly wide. Glengad with the wind dominated the second period and  Conor Barrow had a long range effort tipped round the post by Kyle Harkin. They made the break through on 65 minutes after Michael Byrne and Terence Doherty combined to tee up Seamus Doherty who fired a stunning shot to the top corner from twenty five yards. They doubled their lead twelve minutes later when Barrow cut in from the left and laid the ball off to James McKinney to drill low to the corner from fifteen yards. In the latter stages both McKinney and Terence Doherty were off target with long rage efforts as Glengad claimed the points.

Illies Celtic 1

Cockhill Celtic 1

With very little chances in the first half Cockhill had their only chance on twelve minutes when a Sean Mc Callion header from Conor Graham corner was cleared off the line by Dominick Doherty.On 39 minutes Illies replied and a  Paul Doherty shot from 25 yards was just over the crossbar .On the stroke of half time Illies took the lead after a good approach play Ethan Doherty hit a shot that came back off the post and Adrian Donaghey-Doherty shot high to the roof of the net.Minutes after the restart Illies created a good chance when   a Paddy Doherty corner was headed over the bar by Paul Doherty when he should have at least hit the target. The home side went close again with Kevin Mc Gonagle  seeing an effort well saved by cockhill keeper Eoin Colhoun . Cockhill equalised  in the 70th minute when Shaun McCallion crossed into the box but  there didn’t seem any danger only a  mistake by a defender let Conor Allen through on goal and he finished well low past Johnny noone.Illies then  missed a few chances from corners with Paddy Doherty and Adrian Donaghey -Doherty heading wide . Late on  the visitors had a chance to claim all three points after Mc Callion cross was headed over the bar by Jack Mc Daid and the game ended in a draw 

Moville Celtic 0

Greencastle FC 2

Both teams stood for a minute’s silence in remembrance of the Bloody Sunday victims and John Grant of Rasheney who passed away recently. The visitors had the first attempt when Shay McLaughlin’s angled shot went narrowly over. Moville replied with Michael McNaught’s long range effort which Greencastle keeper Quigley dealt with. Greencastle took the lead in the 17th minute after a poor headed clearance from the home defence fell nicely to Nigel McMonagle which he dispatched through the legs of Moville keeper Ryan Coyle from the edge of the area. Moville almost equalised minutes later but Connor Doherty’s goal bound effort was well blocked by a Greencastle defender. McMonagle and Conor Gillen combined in the 39th minute only to see McMonagle’s drive saved by Coyle with Coyle again denying Jack Coyle at his near post from the recycled ball.The visitors broke away in the last minute of the first half with McMonagle teeing up Jack Coyle only to see his certain goal brilliantly headed over the crossbar by the inrushing Pearse Doherty.

Early in the second half a Greencastle free kick was headed onto the crossbar by Michael Barr with keeper Ryan Coyle saving Jack Coyle’s header from the rebound. In the 50th minute McNaught was set free by Connor Doherty only to see his curling effort from the edge of the box go narrowly wide. On another Greencastle break from a loose ball in the 57th minute Coyle was at full stretch to deny a McMonagle powerful drive. The same player was denied again by the home keeper’s outstretched legs in the 68th minute but 10 minutes later McMonagle squared the ball in the area to allow substitute Noel Doherty an easy finish at the back post to give Greencastle a two nil lead. In the final minute Coyle did well to get down and hold a deflected header on the line.

Buncrana Hearts 5

Clonmany Shamrocks 2

The Hearts playing with a strong breeze dominated large parts of the first half but had to wait until the thirty second minute to register their first opportunity, a Kieran McDaid free fell to Ryan Doherty who controlled the ball before blasting over the bar from eight yards. Kevin Jordan was next to threaten for the home side his in swinging corner superbly tipped over the bar by Aidan Lynch. Kieran McDaid opened the scoring bang on half time when he squeezed his shot past Lynch from a tight angle.Clonmany got back on level terms on forty six minutes when a free kick from Matthew Brennan deceived O`Doherty and nestled in the top corner of the goal. The Hearts struck back almost immediately when Calvin Gallagher was brought down in the box by Brennan and referee Moyne pointed to the spot, Ryan Doherty stepped up and sent Lynch the wrong way to make it two one on forty eight minutes. Seven minutes later and it was all square Steve Harkin prodding the ball home from a corner. Mikey Friel for the home side then  had a great opportunity on sixty two minutes but sent his header the wrong side of the post from seven yards.Three minutes later Friel fed Kieran McDaid who ghosted past three defenders and fired a shot across Lynch and into the bottom right hand corner to regain the lead for the home side. Darrach O`Connor made it 4-2 on seventy minutes firing home from twenty yards beyond Lynch, with Friel again the provider. Three minutes later and Eoin Murphy fired home from the edge of the box. Lynch produced a double save on eighty two minutes first from Aaron McDaid and then from Murphy. On eighty eight minutes O`Doherty brought down Aaron Harkin for a penalty which Harkin himself took but O`Doherty produced a fine stop to leave the home side five two winners.

Strand Hotel Division One 

Glengad Res 0

Aileach Res     3

Aileach have one hand on the league title after  this comprehensive win at the Crua coupled with the defeat of their nearest rivals . Glengad had an early chnce but Ryan McLaughlin was unlucky to see his effort crash back off the post. Aileach took the lead on 22 minutes after a superb through ball from Anthony Doherty found Jordan McGeady who finished with aplomb. The visitors increased their lead ten minutes after the restart when Doherty successfully converted a penalty after Paddy  Curran had been upended. Aileach sealed the points then on 77 minutes after the unmarked Stephen Doherty fired home from a corner.

Gleneely Colts 1


QPS were first to show in the 5th minutes when a defensive mix up in the Gleneely box allowed John McCloskey to get a shot away put it rolled wide of Oran Raymonds left hand post. On 15 minutes the colts replied after a great run by Corey O’Brien down the left channel who  fed Cahir O’Kane on the edge of the box and his shot was tipped onto the bar and over by Oisin Burke. Cahir O’Kane then  did well down the left wing released Paul Gamble and he shot first time on the angle from 20 yards but the ball  hit the cross bar again and fell to safety. On the half hour mark  QPS had a good chance from a free on the edge of the box but Oran Raymond saved well from Darragh McDermott. Gleneely took the lead  five minutes before the break when Oisin Burke cleared a back pass but it fell to Cahir O’Kane in his own half and he hit it first time to nestle into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance. QPS started the second half on the front and on 50minutes they broke from a Gleneely corner but Josh Boyle shot wide when well placed.  Ten minutes later Darragh McDermott had another chance from a free on the edge of the box but again Oran Raymond was equal to it. QPS  pressure then saw them equalise in the  75th minute after  a Stephen McKendry through ball found Josh McLaughlin in the box and he finished well low to the bottom corner. Gleneely had a late chance to get all three points when a Corey O’Brien shot from eight yards was well blocked by two QPS defenders. Both teams pushed for the winner but could not find that final ball and a draw was a fair result in the end.

Culdaff FC 2

Clonmany Res  4

The Caratra side got the perfect start in the third minute after Dillon Ruddy won possession and fed Jack McLaughlin who despatched a superb twenty five yards effort to the top corner. But Clonmany equalised six minutes  later when the home defence failed to clear Mark McLaughlins cross and Joe Doherty fired to the roof of the net.Culdaff replied and good work by Aiden Cunningham saw him lay off to McLaughlin but his effort crashed off the post.Clonmany took the lead then before the break when Doherty dispossessed a defender and  hit a sweet half volley past Martin McLaughlin. In the opening minute of the second half they increased their lead after a Marty Grant long range effort caught McLaughlin off guard and crept inside the post. They then made it four one when Doherty completed his hat trick after  his cross cum shot looped over McLaughlin and into the net. The home side rallied and reduced the deficit when great work by Cunningham set up Jack O Brien to calmly slot home. They were unlucky then when again Cunningham was the provider setting up O’Brien  but his effort came off the post. Culdaff pushed hard but the visitors defence stood firm.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  

Culdaff Res 3

Moville Res 1

Culdaff started this game the better of the two teams and took an early lead in the 5th minute after Conor Doherty broke on the left and crossed to Rhys McDaid who dummied a defender and fired low across Stephen Teles in the Moville goal. They went close again after Sean McGrenaghan played a one two with Matt McDaid before unleashing an effort which crashed back off the crossbar. Moville equalised with their first effort of goal on the stroke of half time  after Michael McCarrons shot was well parried by Zach Conlon but Vernon Kelly reacted quickest to force the loose ball home. Culdaff regained the lead  twelve minutes after the restart when the visitors defence failed to deal with a Dean Doherty cross and McDaid pounced to fire home his second goal low to the corner from fifteen yards.  Moville hit back and McCarron was narrowly off target with a good effort midway through the half. Culdaff sealed the points on 81 minutes  after Conor Doherty found Jamie McLaughlin whose initial effort was blocked but he regained possession and fired low to the net. Moville threw everything at the home side and McCarron had two good chances but failed to hit the target when well placed.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A  &  B   11am

Carn Res 2

Cockhill Res  2

Cockhill had the first chance on  10 minutes when an Andy McLaughlin free kick from the 25 yards on the right went across the box but was cleared off the goal line by Matthew Smith . Carn  replied 5 minutes later after a  Dermot Doherty pass from midfield found Dayton Cooke who laid it off for Michael McCarron  but he failed to hit the target  from 10 yards. Cockhill broke the deadlock on 35 minutes after Luke Bradley broke on the right wing rounded the defender and crossed for Mark Gillespie to shoot low to the bottom of the net from outside the 18 yard box.  Cockhill had the first chance of the second half when  Ciaran Mulroy crossed the ball into the box for a header but  Carn’s keeper Daniel  McDaid  made a superb save. Carndonagh and Cockhill continued to evenly contest the play, with Dayton Cooke getting on the end of a threw ball only for Cockhill keeper Donal Og O’Brien to make the save.  Carn got a goal back when good play by Gertz Dzerins beat his man, passing to Denim McLaughlin  who controlled the ball well before slotting home. Cockhill went on the attack when Sean McCorkal to get a shot away  but it hit the outside of the post.  Carndonagh got their second when Gertz  Dzerins put a ball over the top  to Dermot Doherty to slot the ball past the Cockhill keeper . In the last minutes of the game  the visitors earned a point when Bradley converted a penalty which also saw the home sides Billy Dempsey red carded.. The visitors  almost snatched all three point s when  Bradleys goal bound effort was superbly tipped over by McDaid.

Inishowen Engineering  Division  Two  A

P W D L F A Pts
Carrowmena FC 13 10 1 2 57 28 31
Rasheney FC 13 9 0 4 37 19 27
Buncrana Res 11 8 0 3 35 21 24
Illies Res 12 7 2 3 23 16 23
Cockhill Res 13 6 4 3 42 20 22
Carn Res 13 6 2 5 45 35 20
Sea Rovers 12 5 3 4 29 26 18

Clonmany Youth 1

Dunree Res  2

Played in windy conditions the home side broke the deadlock on 10 minutes after Thomas Comiskey and Aaron Porter combined to feed Dylan McEleney  on the edge of the area and his shot took a slight deflection on its way past Philip Doherty.  But Dunree got back on terms six minutes later when after a Tiernan Moran effort was well parried by Killian McCarron Callum Booth was on hand to slot the loose ball home. Caolan Farrell for the home side then went close on two occasions. Firstly after McEleney headed a Comiskey cross back across goal his bicycle kick drifted just wide. Then Farrell got on the end of another Comiskey cross to glance a header just past the near post. Dunree responded before the break with Shaun Doherty’s back heel finding Booth but his shot drifted just wide. Clonmany created the first chance of the second half after Gavin McDaid broke on the left and slipped the ball into Mark Doherty. Doherty turned and fired a shot towards the bottom corner but Philip Doherty pulled off a wonder save to actually the lift the ball up and over the crossbar. Dunree responded and took the lead on 68 minutes when Shaun Doherty converted a penalty low past McCarron after Adam Barrett had been upended. Clonmany pressed hard in the closing stages with Porter seeing a shot tipped round the post, Eamon Reidy having a shot tipped over the bar  by man of the match Doherty and Gavin McDaid firing wide in injury time when well placed.

Inishowen Engineering  Division  Two B

Inishowen Engineering  Division  Two  B

P W D L F A Pts
Moville Res 12 5 1 6 23 28 16
Clonmany Youths 14 4 2 8 31 42 14
Aileach Youths 11 3 2 6 17 35 11
Culdaff Res 13 3 2 8 22 35 11
Dunree Res 14 3 2 9 23 52 11
Rasheney RES 13 2 1 10 5 39 7