Match Reports Sunday 2nd December

FAI  Junior Cup 1.30pm – ET & Pens

Glengad United                             2

Geraldines FC (Limerick )            2       Glengad win  4.2 on pens

Glengad United advanced to the last thirty two of the FAI Junior cup  after a penalty shootout win over their Limerick visitors. The  home side spurned numerous chances through out and really should not have needed extra time and penalties.

They started well with a lot of possession but few chances  and were stunned when the visitors took the lead with their first attack on 21 minutes. After a swift break Ian O’Donaghue on the left played a superb through ball for Karl Turner to fire low low past Daniel Mularkey from inside the area. Glengad upped the tempo  and Terence Doherty dragged an effort wide from the edge of the area before Stephen McLaughlin advanced along the byeline but his cross was turned behind by a defender.  On  42 minutes Michael Byrne fed Conor Barrow who burst into the area but fired high and just past the angle. They got back on terms on the stroke of half time when Evan Moloney parried a corner to  Terence Doherty who controlled  and fired left footed low through a crowd of players. Glengad dominated the second period  with Doherty dragging an effort wide, Barrow heading over and Doherty  then denied by the legs of Moloney. Doherty then played a superb one two with Barrow and broke clear but fired into the side netting. Glegad kept pressing and Patrick McDermott  sliced wide after more good work by Doherty .  The visitors broke and substitute Shane Byrne saw a close range effort superbly blocked by Matthew Byrne. On 80minutes the home side took the lead after Doherty had been pulled down by Thomas O’Grady who collected a second yellow card in the process before McDermott squeezed his effort low past Moloney. They  should have sealed it when Doherty broke on the left and squared to the unmarked McDermott but he lifted the ball over the angle. In the final minute the visitors broke and substitute  Boby Tier saw his effort from the edge of the area deflect to Shane Byrne who controlled on his chest and brilliantly volleyed past Mullarkey. In extra time both Stephen McLaughlin and McDermott fired wide before Terence Doherty had a deflected effort well saved. In the second period  Moloney made a fine double save to deny James Mckinney and McDermott’s follow up to force  the penalty shootout. Glengad emerged four two winners in the shootout  after substitute Kevin Mclaughlin saved the visitors first two spot kicks.

Ringmahon Rangers (Cork)        1

Greencastle FC                              2

Greencastle made the long long trip to Cork worthwhile with a very late late show on Saturday afternoon as they scored twice in the closing minutes to come from behind and advance to the last thirty two. The home side got off to a great start when they broke the deadlock on 8 minutes after a deep cross from the  left by  David O’Leary saw Jordan O’Sullivan  head past Dillon Doherty.  Eamon Donnelly responded for the visitors but was off target. The home side then went close when Kevin O’Regan broke in a one on one but Doherty saved well. Greencastle had a good spell then with Jamie McCormick seeing a half volley tipped over by Cian O’Connor before the keeper saved from Matthew Henry and punched a Shaun Doherty effort clear. Greencastle had the first chance of the second half when substitute Michael Barr advanced and unleashed a twenty five yards effort which  O’Connor saved. Midway through the half O’Regan had an effort well saved by Doherty.  Greencastle really upped the tempo  in the last twenty minutes with Henry seeing one effort sail over before seeing a goal bound header blocked. The pressure finally told in the 87th minute when Nigel McMonagle broke on the left and his cross was sidefooted home from six yards by Jamie McCormick. Then they struck for the winner deep into injury time after Christy Hegarty flicked the ball on for Shaun Doherty who controlled on the edge of the area before firing a left footed effort low to the corner.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division 

Clonmany Shamrocks                  4

Culdaff FC                                     1

The shamrocks got a dream start in the opening minute when Mark McLaughlin fed  Jake Harkin to drill a crisp low effort from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. On ten minutes they doubled their lead after Niall McLaughlin advanced and squared for Oisin Hession to fire low past Darragh Mclaughlin from fifteen yards. It became three nil on the half hour when Niall Mclaughlin was allowed to run unchallenged from midfield before firing past Mclaughlin from twenty yards. Further pressure saw both Ferghal Harkin and Niall McLaughlin hit the woodwork. Culdaff finally mustered a response on the stroke of half time after a good run by Aiden Cunningham but his effort was saved by Patrick Harkin. Clonmany remained on top in the second period with Mark McLaughlin  and Oisin Hession both off target with efforts before at the other end Noel McLaughlin had a shot saved by Harkin. Clonmany increased the lead on 81 minutes when substitute Brendan Devlin found space in the area and drilled low to the corner from twelve yards. Culdaff kept going to the end and got a late consolation after a scramble in the area saw Paul Mclaughlin force the ball home.

Aileach FC                            0

Carn FC                                 3

​​​​​After a fairly even opening 10 minutes Aileach carved out the first clear cut opportunity. Darren McMonagle released Anthony Doherty and as he bore down on goal the ball took a wicked bobble and his attempt rolled harmlessly wide of Edward Doherty’s goal. Carn responded and a free kick wide on the left just evaded the inrushing Ryan Kelly. Midway through the half Aileach spurned a glorious chance to take the lead when Caomhin McFeeley got to the bye line and crossed for Thomas McMacken who failed to make contact with the goal at his mercy. Aileach continued to dominate possession but the final ball let them down time and again and Doherty was relatively untroubled for the remainder of the half. With 10 minutes  gone in the second half Carn took the lead against the run of play when  a right wing cross was headed by Cade Cooke into the path of Dermot Doherty he drove high past Ciaran Bradley from  the edge of the area with the ball going in off the bar. If ever there was proof needed that goals change games this was it as Carn were a different team now and Aileach struggled to create anything meaningful. Within another 10 minutes Carn had doubled their lead after  a right wing cross by Cade Cooke was controlled by Aaron McCarron before slotting home cooly low past Bradley. With Aileach pushing to get back in the game, gaps were appearing and with time almost up Cade Cooke grabbed a third for the away side when he turned home a left wing cross from close range for a well deserved victory.

Illies Celtic                          1

Buncrana Hearts               4

Illies had an early chance in the opening minutes but Adam Duffy’s effort was well saved by James Gallagher in the Hearts goal. But the Hearts responded and when Kieran McDaid’s cross was flicked on by Michael Coyle the ball deflected off an unfortunate defender  past William McLaughlin in the home goal. They doubled their lead then on 35 minutes  with a brilliant team goal which ended with Ryan Curran feeding McDaid who drilled a sublime low shot inside the post from the edge of the area. Before the break Illies tried to reply with Lianm Grant finding Paul Doherty but his effort was well gathered low to his right by Gallagher. Ten minutes into the second period Buncrana made it three nil when McDaid broke through the home defence and fired low past McLaughlin from a tight angle. Midway through the half the home side reduced the deficit after Adrian Donaghey Doherty burst into the area and squared for Duffy to slot home. But with ten minutes remaining Buncrana scored a fourth after McDaid broke on the right and pulled the ball back to Michael Coyle to fire high to the roof of the net from twelve yards. In the final minute a Liam Grant driven cross was diverted goalwards by Liam Doherty but Gallagher made a tremendous one handed save to deny him.

Strand Hotel First Division

QPS                                   8

Glengad Reserves             3

In a lively encounter John McCloskey fired the home side into an early lead when he despatched a twenty five yards effort low past Michael  McLaughlin’s despairing dive. But the visitors equalized on 7 minutes when Cathal Doherty found space inside the area to fire past Patrick Quigley. John McDaid then fired a free over  for Glengad before  at the other end Ross Nicholas had a cross cum shot gathered by McLaughlin. The home side regained the lead on 18 minutes when Karl Donnelly cut in from the left and fired a low shot across McLaughlin to the far corner. Two goals in as many minutes on  from Fionnbhar Harley put the home side in control . The first was a tap in after  McLaughlin parried Stephen Harley’s effort  while the second was a  speculative forty yards effort when he caught Mclaughlin off his line. Harley was denied his hat trick when Mclaughlin saved his penalty kick driven down the middle but on the stroke of half time James Quigley headed home at the near post following Stephen Harleys cross. Glengad staged a revival at the start of the second period when Cathal Doherty first fired a superb thirty yards effort to the top corner before firing a stunning free kick into the same corner and complete his hat trick. But the home side raised their  game and Harley ‘s cross found McCloskey whose deft flick flew past McLaughlin. An unfortunate slice from a defender after Stephen Harley’s cross saw it become saw it become seven three before Harley himself got on the scoresheet when he advanced on the left and persevered  before slotting home from close range.

Cockhill Youth                    6

Rasheney FC                       2

Cockhill Celtic Youth had to come from a goal down against Rasheney FC at a rain soaked Maginn Park earlier today. The heavens opened just on KO and never let up for the full ninety minutes. Rasheney ‘the visitors’ had the better of the opening exchanges and pinned their opponents back. They took the lead on 20 minutes when Charlie Doherty finished from close range with his right foot after good work on the right by John McLaughlin. Cockhill responded and drew level on 25 minutes when Jack McDaid picked up the ball forty yards from goal and beat three Rasheney defenders before finishing right footed, low to the corner, past Sean Friel’s outstretched right arm. McDaid made it two one  to the ‘home’ side on 29 minutes when he headed past Friel from 15 yards out after a deep cross from Cian Downey on the left. Cockhill added a third on 35 minutes when Michael Noone bundled the ball to the net after an initial corner from Shay McLaughlin was not cleared by the Rasheney defence.

Cockhill went four one  up three minutes in the second period when David Laird shot low into the keepers bottom right corner after been put through by Adam McCarron. Shay McLaughlin made it five  on the hour mark when he played a neat one-two with Eoin Deery before finishing low to the bottom corner past keeper Friels outstretched left hand. On 74 minutes Mark McDaid made it six  when he chipped the keeper with a great finish from wide on the right just outside the 18 yard box. The final goal of the game was by Rasheney when they got in behind the Cockhill defence on the left and John McLaughlin finished with a low drive past Declan Caldwell.

Moville  Celtic                    4

Dunree United                   2

For the second time in a few weeks Dunree squandered a two goal lead. In the early exchanges Darryl Moran fired narrowly wide for the visitors while Conor Lafferty had three efforts on target all saved by Sean Parker.  But Dunree took the lead on 11 minutes when Morans free found Liam Baldrick to head past Ryan Coyle. They spurned a great chance to double that lead after a Philip McGuinness cross found Matthew Doherty who failed to hit the target when very well placed. On 18 minutes they did make it two nil after Moran’s free from wide on the left eluded all and crept inside the post. Midway through the half the home side reduced the deficit after good work by Caolan Doherty saw him pick out Michael McNaught to slide the ball home from six yards. But Dunree were still a threat and Moran and McGuinness both  had efforst turned round the post by Coyle at full stretch. Before the break  Martin Smith and McNaught spurned good opening s for the home side. McNaught was denied by a fine blocking save from Parker on the restart  but minutes later he fed Lafferty on the edge of the area and he equalised with a brilliant chip. On the hour Moville completed the turnaround when good work by Nathan Harkin ended with his cross finding McNaught to slot low past Parker. The keeper then kept the visitors in the contest when he saved well from McNaught and  Doherty. But a brilliant reverse pass from Lafferty sent Doherty clear and he kept his composure to fire low past Parker and seal the points.

Aileach FC                8

Sea Rovers              2

Aileach opened the scoring in the  third minute when Stephen O Donnell played a great ball down the right-wing for Paddy Curran and his  low cross was fired home by Shane Mc Monagle at the back post. But Sea Rovers were level two minutes later after Damien Ward played a long ball over the top and Keelan Doherty outpaced the home defence to shoot passed Dylan Clarke. Aileach regained the lead, when Sean Mc Hugh played the ball for Curran to

slot passed the advancing keeper.They then made it three one after Ciaran Mc Grory flicked the ball on and Curran lobbed over the keeper to the empty net. Sea Rovers rallied again when Oisin McGonagle volleyed to the back of the net

following a corner but on the stroke of half-time Aileach made it  four two after  Mc Monagle crossed for O’Donnell to control and shoot low to the bottom corner. After a slow start to the second half Aileach made the game safe on the hour mark when Paddy Curran raced passed two defenders and fired in of the upright to complete his hat’trick. The home team finished the strong and added further goals from Shane Mc Monagle, Sean Mc Hugh and Stephen o Donnell all set up by substitute Benny Hegarty.

Division Two               

Culdaff Res              3

Dunree Res             1

In an entertaining game in lovely conditions the home side had the first chance when Jack McLaughlin fed Damien Duffy on the left hand side and he advanced into the area  but drilled across goal and past the far post. Dunree replied and when Eamon Fullerton advanced to slip the ball past John Collins the ball was superbly cleared off the line by Michael McLaughlin. Matthew Crampsey then fired just wide for the home side before a Matt McDaid free was tipped onto the bar by Ryan Fitzpatrick before the Dunree defence completed the clearance. With the home defence appealing in vain for offside before the break Fullerton raced clear and fired past Collins. Culdaff upped the pace after the restart and on 55 minutes McLaughlin fed Ben Curley on the right had side of the area and he drilled a superb low effort across Fitzpatrick to the far corner. Five minutes later the home side took the lead when great work on the left by McLaughlin ended when he squared the ball across for Curley to slot the ball home from close range. They then made it three one when the home side broke from a Dunree corner and Curley released Mclaughlin to race clear and drill low past Fitzpatrick. McLaughlin then spurned two great chances when he was off target from good positions. Dunree rallied late on  with Fullertons free was tipped over by Collins and from the corner a scramble developed but Michael McLaughlin cleared off the line.

Moville Res             6

Cockhill Res            2

Moville started very well and were two goals ahead in the opening fifteen minutes. Firstly PJ Barr converted a Danny Murphy cross before Michael Grimley   finished low to the corner from ten yards after being picked out by Pearse Doherty. Cockhill responded and a Ryan Mallett effort was well saved by Ryan Coyle in the home goal. But Moville increased their lead on 44 minutes when  James Gillen unleashed a superb twenty five yards effort to the top corner. Cockhill started the second half well and Patrick Mclaughlin fired just wide before an error in the home defence allowed Mallett to drill low past Coyle and make it three one. But three goals in a ten minute spell ended the game as a contest with  Pearse Doherty executing a superb chip, Christy McGeoghaghan heading home from a corner and Jack Ferry blasting to the roof of the net after good work by Doherty. Cockhill  got a late consolation when Mallett was upended in the area allowing Mark Gillespie to fire home from the spot.

Illies  Res                 2

Rasheney Res         0

Illies dominated this game for long periods but found it difficult to create clear chances. Joe McDaid had the first effort on goal but Declan Grant produced a fine tip over save. On 33 minutes a Stephen McGonagle corner found William McLaughlin whose powerful header crashed off the bar with Grant beaten. Illies continued on top in the second half and when Frank O’Connor and Liam O’Connor combined the latter saw his effort well saved by Grant. They broke the deadlock on 79 minutes when Shane Devlin pounced on a loose ball  and fired to the top corner from twelve yards.  They sealed the points late on after a Nathan Doherty cross was sidefooted home by Martin Donaghey.

Carn Res                               0

Greencastle Res                4

​​​​​Carn created  the first chance on 5 minutes when  a Conor Doherty pass from midfield found Girts Dzerins on  the right  and he crossed for Dayton Cooke who shot low to right but wide from twelve yards. Greencastle responded in the 12th minute  after  a Mark Browne pass found Joe Doherty on the left and he crossed for Andrew Peoples who failed to hit the target from the edge of the area. On 22 minutes a good move from the visitors ended with a Conor Gillen effort tipped over by Dean Mason. Greencastle made the breakthrough  on 24 minutess when Joe Doherty’s  free kick on the edge of the area  hit the crossbar and the rebound fell to Kevin McLaughlin who drilled it to the top left corner of net from fifteen yards.  Greencastle made it two on 31 minutes when a Joe Doherty pass from midfield found Conor Gillen who beat the defender and crossed for McLaughlin to drill it to the bottom corner from ten yards. Greencastle made it three a minute later after Tom Houston fed Ryan McDermott on right  and he  crossed for Andrew Peoples who powerfully fired  to the bottom corner .  Carn tried to reduce  the deficit but Dayton Cooke twice and Christy McDaid failed to hit the target when well placed on each occasion. Greencastle responded and when McLaughlin rounded Mason in the home goal he fired into the side netting.  Greencastle then made it four when sub Adam Harkin advanced on the left  and squared it to Ronan Doherty to slot home from ten yards. Carn had a late chance on 85 minutes after  Dayton Cooke found Conor Doherty on  the right wing and he fed Girts Dzerins whose effort  was parried away by Dylan Doherty in the Greencastle goal.


Carrowmena FC                 0

Redcastle Res                    6

​​​​​Redcastle started the brighter of the two sides and went ahead on 15 minutes with a well taken goal by Brendan Murphy finishing with a left foot shot into the bottom corner.Further goals were added midway through the half by Ronan Hoy and Cathal Crumlish to show their dominance. The final goal of the half was a fine lob by Aidan Cunningham after cutting in from the right hand side past Brian Houghton in the Carrowmena nets. Carrowmena started brightly in the second half and created chances but failed to make any of them count.Redcastle finished the game strong and Cathal Crumlish added his second and Redcastles fifth before Darren Farren  finished the scoring scoring from a tight angle to make the final score six nil.