Match Reports Sunday 2nd August

Jackie Crossan Premier Division   2pm

Carn FC                                 0                     

Aileach FC                            7

Aileach broke the deadlock on 3 minutes when Darren McMonagle broke on the left wing  and saw his effort parried by Kyle Harkin but Aaron Nash pounced to slot home.

Aileach doubled their lead on 7minutes after   a Shane Mc Monagle pass from midfield found Aaron Nash whose low shot was once again parried away by Harkin but Dermot Doherty was there to slot in the rebound from nine yards. Carn nearly pulled one back on 18 minutes when Darragh Deery found Cade Cooke who rounded defender but his effort  was well saved by Kyle Dougal in the Aileach goal. Aileach almost made it three on the half hour after   Ethan Canning broke on the right wing and  when his cross was headed down by Aaron Nash to Gavin Doherty he fired inches wide. Aileach did make it three nil on 39 minutes with Aaron Nash crossing  for Ethan canning who drove a powerful shot to the bottom left corner of the net from outside the 18 yard box. Aileach made it four  a minute later when Nash  found Darren McMonagle who rounded the defender and shot to the roof of the net from 12 yards. The visitors  made it five nil  three minutes after the restart with Darren McMonagle breaking on the right and crossing  for  Nash who shot to completed his hat trick with a fine strike to the top corner. Aileach kept pressing and increased their lead  on 54 minutes after Darren McMonagle rounded the defender and crossed for Nash who headed it to the roof of the net from 10 yards to get his fourth goal. It became 7-0 in the 69th minute with  Mark McElhinney  crossing for substitute  Anthony Doherty to head home from fifteen  yards.

Greencastle FC                  8

Culdaff FC                            0

Greencastle continued their surge up the table with this comprehensive victory over relegated Culdaff at Chapel Lane. Culdaff pressed early and a dangerous Thomas O’Brien cross was punched clear by Greencastles Dylan Doherty. Greencastles Jamie McCormack then had a 25 yard effort blocked by a defender. At the other end Aiden Cunningham had a shot well saved by Dylan Doherty. Greencastle took the lead 25 minutes in after a McCormack free from 25 yards sailed in to the top corner giving the keeper no chance. The home side went two  up  five minutes later when McCormack calmly converted a penalty after Conor Gillen was upended. Jason Dickson for Greencastle shot just wide then after Culdaff keeper, Dermot Callaghan had saved a Michael Barr effort.  Six minutes in to the second half Eugene McLaughlin for culdaff broke down the left but his dangerous cross was cleared by Darragh Brown. The home side went three up when keeper Dylan Doherty placed his kickout up to  McCormack who played an excellent through ball for Ronan Doherty  who rounded the keeper and drilled home in to an empty net. Greencastle went 4-0 ahead after  McCormack was fouled in the box and the same player stepped up to slot the penalty home. They increased their lead to five when Kevin McLaughlin played a pass down the line to Stephen Grant who crossed for Jason Dickson to slot home from six  yards out.Goals from Ronan Doherty and two from Jason Dickson late on completed the scoring for the home side.

Buncrana Hearts               3

Moville Celtic                     2

In good conditions at Castle Park the visitors  had plenty of the ball but Buncrana had most of the chances. On 7 minutes Bart Wesoloski at the back post saw his effort saved by the legs of Seamus Houghton in the Moville goal at the expense of a corner. Ten minutes later  Buncrana s Aaron McDaid laid the ball off to Eoin Murphy but he dragged his effort wide of the post. Then on 23minutes a Mikey Friel cross was flicked on by Gerard McLaughlin with the ball coming off a defender and clipping the post. Moville stunned the home side when they opened the scoring on 36 minutes after Norbert Indyka won an aerial tussle and the ball fell to Michael McNaught who drilled a low shot from twenty yards past Eoghan O Doherty. Buncrana rallid and equalised before the break when the Moville defence failed to deal with a long ball and when McLaughlin’s effort was  saved by Houghton       the ball fell to Friel to fire home. Buncrana got a dream start to the second half after a Shane Dillon free was parried by Seamus Houghton and the ball fell kindly for Murphy to slot home.Wesoloski then had a header from a John Timlin cross go just over before the same player had an effort from the edge of the area tip round the post by  Houghton. The nature of the game changed on the hour mark when Dillon was red carded for a mis timed tackle and on 78 minutes the visitors equalised with the unmarked McNuaght converting from close range. Buncrana responded well to this set back and a Calvin Gallagher free found McLaughlin whose header was brilliantly saved by Houghton. They regained the lead on 85 minutes after Gallaghers cross to Wesoloski was diverted into his own net by a defender. The final chance also fell to the home side when a Wesoloski goal bound effort was deflected away by a defender.


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Gleneely Colts                   3        

Rasheney                             4

Gleneely sprung out of the traps and went ahead after  two minutes when a ball by Christy McDaid fed Paul Gamble who beat a defender and slotted home to the bottom right corner from 10 yards. Gleneely went two up minutes later when Ben Miller put a defender and then the keeper under pressure to win the ball in the box and slotted home into the empty net. Rasheney got one back on 8 minutes after  David McLaughlin intereceted a short free from the back  to fire home from all of thirty yards. The visitors then equalized on the stroke of half time when a mis kick from a Gleneely midfielder resulted in Charlie Doherty scoring at the back post with a header.Rasheeny completed a remarkable turnaround when they went ahead  a minute after the restart when Cormac Dillon scored to the bottom corner following a John McLaughlin pass from midfield. Gleneely levelled  five minutes later when Ben Miller fired a free kick  from  twenty five yards to the bottom corner. Play was end to end with chances going a begging with Kevin Doherty hitting the post and Rasheney  also going close on a few occasions. The visitors  won the game with  five minutes remaining after  a defensive mistake allowed Tiernan Stevens to ghost in and score low to Sean McGuiness left hand post.

Dunree United                   1         

Greencastle Res                            0

The first half started tenaciously with both teams not giving an inch in a heated first quarter.After the water break Dunree took  a grip  of the game. Some good work down the left from Jamie Brosnan and Caolan McBride left Liam Baldrick well placed but his effort smashed the crossbar with Conor Barrett heading the rebound over .Dunree eventually broke the deadlock when Kyle Barrett cut neatly inside and his deflected effort found the bottom corner.

In the second half a  Caolan McBride free from the right eluded everyone excepted the keeper who superbly tipped around the post.Then a Kyle Barrett cross from the left met the head of Dermot Graham who’s effort went inches wide. Greencastle responded and a Joe Doherty free into the danger area was tapped home Greencastle Shea McLaughlin, but cancelled out by the linesmans flag. Two minutes  later a deflected effort from Darragh Gillen was well saved by  Sean Parker in the home goal. A bout of pin ball in the Greencastle box left Baldrick with the chance to seal victory but Shaun Cavanagh  brilliantly cleared over the crossbar. Dunree held on in the closing stages to advance to the semi finals.
 QPS                                       4

Aileach Res                         0

The visitors threatened early with Darren Bradley firing into the side netting and a Paul McGrory effort blocked by Ross Nicholas. The home side settled and  broke the deadlock on 19 minutes after Caolan McColgan ran onto a David Healy pass and from a tight angle squeezed the ball past David McGeady. Midway through the half  the visitors suffered a body blow when McGeady was red carded for handball  outside the area as Josh Boyle attempted to lift the ball past the keeper. The point dominated from this and Deaglan Bowen had a header cleared by a defender before  Healy fired over the bar from twelve yards. Aileach started the second half well and a cross cum shot from Stephen Doherty hit the side netting before the same player’s cross found McGrory but Aiden Lynch in the home goal denied him. On 65minutes the home side increased their lead when substitute Shaun Downey found McColgan who evaded two tackles before firing in off the post. McColgan then completed his hat trick with a penalty after Boyle had been upended.  The home side made it four nil on 84minutes after a long clearance from Lynch deceived the visitors defence and fell kindly for Shay Lynch to slot home. The final action came at the other end in a race for a through ball Aaron Doherty was fouled by the advancing Lynch who picked up a red card.

Clonmany Shamrocks      6

Glengad Res                                    1

The visitors had the first chance of the game on 3 minutes when a Paul McGonagle inswinging corner was tipped over the bar by the retreating Patrick Harkin. Clonmany responded with both Shane McCaul and Dean Harkin seeing efforts saved by Michael McLaughlin in the Glengad goal. At the other end a dangerous run and cross from Paul A McDermott was cut out by Liam Hirrell. Clonmany upped the tempo at this stage with Steve Harkin firing over when well placed before McCaul found Damien Duffy who slotted home from six yards to put the home  side ahead. Duffy then split the visitors  defence with a superb pass for Jason Devlin to run onto  in the left channel and fire across McLaughlin to the far corner to double the home sides lead. Devlin had the final chance of the half when he ran onto Steve Harkins flick but blazed over.  Clonmany got a great start to the second half when Duffy and Devlin combined for Devlins deep cross to be slotted home by Dean Harkin. On 57 minutes the visitors got a goal back when John McDaid crossed from the left for McDermott to fire first time to the opposite corner from fifteen yards. Any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished immediately after a Niall Mclaughlin effort was tipped onto the bar by Michael McLaughlin but Duffy slotted home the rebound from close range. Devlin then added a fifth when he beat the advancing McLaughlin to slot home before they completed the scoring when Devlin pulled the ball back for Mark Mclaughlin to blast home from twelve yards.



Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A   11am

Cockhill Res                       3

Redcastle  Res                   0

Having falling  behind early in both recent matches last weekend Cockhill put

that right at home today racing into an early lead.Inside the first 5 minutes, a sweeping

move down the right flank with good work from James Barber and Damien Friel

ended with Shaun Donaghy timing his run forward to perfection to strike Damien Friel’s

cross high into the Redcastle net giving  MIchael McCole no chance.Cockhill were

two  up midway through the first half when Patrick  McLaughlin hit a sweet volley first

time low into the bottom corner past Michael McCole. Redcastle almost pulled one

back with a fine cross from Oisin McCarron was headed narrowly wide by Brendan

Murphy.As half time approached Cockhill made it three with a well worked free kick

as Damien Friel slipped in Paul Duffy who picked out Martin Breslin and he made no

mistake with a brave diving header under pressure in a crowded six yard box.

Redcastle made some adjustments at half time pushing forward and made it difficult

for Cockhill and they were unlucky not to pull one back when a fine strike from Shane

McCallion was very well saved on the line by Eoin Colhoun low to his left.The rest of

the second half was a midfield battle with few chances for either side as Cockhill saw

the game out to earn their third win on the bounce since the restart.

Moville Res                         2

Aileach Youths                   4

Played on Friday night this was an entertaining open game with plenty of goalmouth action. Moville started well with Conor Doherty firing just over the top before a Kyle Harkin effort drew a fine save from Ryan Fox in the visitors goal. Somewhat  against the run of play the visitors opened the scoring midway through the half when Aaron Doherty converted from the penalty spot after Darren Bradley had been upended. Moville kept pressing and Michael McNaught and Colin Doherty both drew good saves from Fox before the visitors doubled their lead before the interval. Gareth McLaughlin split the home defence with an excellent ball into the path of Bradley to skip clear and shot low past Ryan Coyle. The second half followed a similar pattern with John McGeady and Conor Lafferty denied by Fox before the young keeper superbly tipped a Harkin free from the edge of the area around the wall. At the other end Bradley broke clear and finished well to send Aileach into a seemingly unassailable lead. But two quick fire individual  goals from Michael McNaught in a five minute spell brought the home side right back into it. With the home side pressing to get back on terms the visitors struck on a breakaway with Aaron Doherty finishing well low past Coyle to seal the points.

Dunree Res                         1

Clonmany Celtic                1

The visitors needed a win to clinch the league title but their celebrations were put on hold after they only managed a draw at St Egneys Park. Clonmany started the better without creating any clear chances. Sean Paul Doherty had the first chance but he failed to hit the target when well placed. Dunree replied and a good cross from Bryce Fullerton on the right found Ryan Toland but he headed wide. The visitors then took the lead after Dessie Doherty fed Martin Kelly who fired home from twenty five yards. But the home side got back on term within a minute after Toland found Fullerton inside the area and he fired low past Kieran Friel. The second half was also  a free flowing affair but chances were at a premium. Dunree had a great chance when Toland found himself in the clear but he skied his effort over the bar. Clonmany substitute Niall McDaid almost won it for the visitors  but he was denied by a top drawer save from Philip Doherty in the home goal.  In the final action of the game McDaid unleashed a well hit shot which clipped the crossbar on the way over.Clonmany will have another chance this weekend at home to Redcastle knowing a point will secure the league title and promotion.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two   B    11am

Culdaff Res                          5                                 

Rasheney Res                     2

The home side were  on top in the opening half and a Matt McDaid  free found the unmarked Cathal McGrenaghan but he headed wide. McGrenaghan made amends on 22 minutes when after the Rasheney defence failed to clear and he pounced to drill past Roger McGilloway. They made it two nil on 36 minutes when Reece McDaid collected a  ball over the top, turned inside the defender and calmly slotted past McGilloway. Rasheney responded and Ciaran Dillon was denied by the advancing Callum Doherty as he raced into the box before Doherty made a superb save low to his right to deny Adam Kirkland. Culdaff went close in the opening minute of the second half when McDaids free from the left had  side of the area clipped the crossbar. But Rasheney got a goal back minutes later after Mark Diver threaded a ball into the path of Brendan Grant and he slipped the ball low past the advancing Doherty.Aiden Bambrick then had an effort for the visitors tipped over the bar before at the other end McGrenaghan’s effort crashed off the bar with McGilloway beaten. Rasheney levelled on 66 minutes after a defensive error saw a defender head past his own keeper.  Two goals in a three minute spell for the home side sealed the game.      Firstly a Mark Doherty ball from the left in behind the visitors defence saw McGrenaghan control before rounding substitute Oliver Crouch and slotting home. Minutes later Doherty again on the left fed another substitute Sean McGrenaghan who advanced into the area  and curled a superb low effort past the stranded Crouch. The home side completed the scoring on 85 minutes after substitute Aiden Cunningham saw an initial effort blocked by Crouch but he collected the rebound to drill home.

Carrowmena FC                 2         

Carn Res                               8

In a goal fest at the Warren the visitors maintained their challenge for league honours when they came from two one behind to emerge ready winners. Carn opened the scoring on 7 minutes after a long Dayton Cooke pass found Kyran Cantwell to drill low past Mark Doherty. But the home side responded and got back on terms on 21minutes when  Art Parkinson was upened in the area and Killian Dougal despatched the penalty low past  Kyle Harkin. Minutes later the home side took the lead a long Andrew McLaughlin pass found Art Parkinson who outpaced defenders before firing low past Harkin. On the half hour it was level again when Cantwell was fouled in the area  and Cooke fired home. Two goals in as many minutes gave Carn a four two interval lead. Firstly Dion Diver cut in from the right and fired past Doherty from sixteen yards before Cantwell beat the offside trap to round Doherty and slot home. After an even start a defensive error in the 58th minute allowed Diver to capitalise and fire home his second. Both Diver and Cantwell then completed hat tricks with the latters coming from the penalty spot. Substitute Thomas O’Sullivan completed the scoring on 85 minutes when he rounded two defenders before slotting past Doherty.

Clonmany Res                    1

Illies Res                              4

League leaders Illies maintained their title challenge with this hard fought win in Shamrock Park. They got off to a great start on 6 minutes after a poor clearance was collected by Joe McLaughlin who slipped the ball through for Ronan Hegarty to fire past Killian McCarron at the near post.A McLaughlin cross from the left on 18 minutes saw Hegarty glance a header past the advancing McCarron to make it two nil. Clonmany responded with Tiernan McDonald s effort turned round the post by  Kevin Gallagher . From the corner McDonalds effort was cleared off the line by a combination of Gallagher and Patrick O Connor. Michael Devlin then had a goal bound effort blocked for a corner and from that Paul Devlin headed narrowly over. On the stroke of half time Illies replied with McLaughlin dragging the ball wide from a good position inside the area. Defences were on top until  until Illies increased their lead on 73 minutes after the home defence failed to deal with a low corner by Martin Donaghy allowing McLaughlin to tap in from close range. Clonmany got a goal back then on 83 minutes when Lee Coyle fed Aaron Harkin coming in from the right and he fired low across Gallagher to the far corner. Illies sealed the tie in the final minute with Alan Fletcher drilling a penalty low to the corner.