Match Reports Sunday 30th March

Inishowen Football League Reports 

30th /31st March 

Inish Grass Division 2 Shield Final

Cockhill Colts

Culdaff Res 

The first final of the domestic season saw  the experience of the Cockhill Colts side overcome the youthful challenge of Culdaff Res in Maginn Park on Saturday evening.

While Culdaff had plenty of possession they struggled in the final third to create clear chances with too many over hit passes in good positions.Cockhill started the better and on 5 minutes a Liam McCarron acrobatic effort was saved low to his left by Odhran Douglas. They took the lead after a superb pass from Martin Donaghey inside the full back allowed Gavin Doherty to break clear on the left and while Douglas blocked his initial effort Doherty fired the rebound home from a tight angle. Culdaff responded with a Matthew McGoldrick effort which took a deflection and had Graham Doherty scrambling across goal but the ball drifted past his right hand post. Before the break Culdaff went close again with a long range effort from Gary Collins just over the bar. Cockhill had the first attempt on goal after the break with a Joe Doherty free held by Douglas. Culdaff then equalised on 61 minutes after Conor McColgan broke on the left and his driven cross found McGoldrick who shot low first time past Doherty from sixteen yards for an excellent finish. But Cockhill dominated the remainder of the game threatening on numerous occasions. Minutes after the goal a swift break saw Jude O’Donnell pull the ball back from the byeline for Mark Gillespie who from point blank range was denied by a brilliant Nathan Mullarkey tackle and from the corner Dohertys header was  superbly clawed away by Douglas low to his right. Substitute Karl Kelly  then headed a corner over the bar before Cockhill regained the lead on 73 minutes. Gavin Dohertys superb cross from the left saw Kelly nip in ahead of Douglas to head home with the keeper claiming he had his hands on the ball but the goal stood. But the Colts put the game to bed in the 83rd minute after Kieran McLaughlin played the ball forward to the edge of the area where Jude O’Donnell took one touch before hammering the ball low into the bottom left hand corner from twenty yards for a superb goal. On the stroke of full time substitute Paul McKinney fed McCarron who flashed an effort just past the post as Cockhill deservedly won the shield.

Adrian Cutliff of Inishgrass Presents Cockhill Colts Captain Liam O’ Donnell with the shield

Cockhill Colts

Culdaff Reserves

Man of the Match

For the runners up Dermot Diver, Sonny Bonner and Matthew McGoldrick were prominent throughout while for the winners the Donagheys were solid at the back, Liam O’Donnell was the architect of much of their attacking play but the award goes to left winger Gavin Doherty who scored one goal, set up another and was a constant threat to the Culdaff defence with his direct running and pace.

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Greencastle FC 2

Cockhill Celtic 3

Played in glorious conditions at Chapel Lane before a big crowd Greencastle took the lead in the 15th minute after Michael Barr found Seamus McLaughlin who advanced into the area on the left and from a tight angle fired high to the roof of the net past Harry Doherty.Cockhill had a lot of pressure and were dangerous from set pieces but failed to create any clear chances with the home side defending well.  Greencastle then doubled their lead before half time after good interplay between Jamie McCormick and McLaughlin saw the latter find Michael Henry inside the area and from twelve yards he slotted low past Doherty. Cockhill upped the tempo in the second half forcing the home side back and got back into the game in the 59th minute after Garbhan Friel got on the end of a Corey McBride cross to head home. Greencastle had a  great chance to restore their two goal  lead minutes later but McLaughlin fired wide when well placed. On 70 minutes the visitors got back on terms when a Brendan McLaughlin cross came off a home defender and into the net. Cockhill completed the turnaround on79 minutes after a ball into the home penalty area broke kindly for Friel to sidefoot home from twelve yards. The visitors saw the game out to advance to the semi finals.

Buncrana Hearts 5

Illies Celtic 2

The home side had the first opportunity when Kieran McDaids cross found Jamie McDaid but he volleyed over from the edge of the area. At the other end a Paul Doherty free was deflected wide and from the corner Dominic Doherty headed over when unmarked. Buncrana broke the deadlock on 21 minutes after a Jamie McDaid corner was poked home by  Shaunie Bradley from close range. They doubled their lead on 27 minutes after Kieran McDaid collected possession and advanced to unleash a thirty yards screamer to the top corner past Johnathan Noone.

But Illies got back into the game after a quick free caught the home defence off guard and Michael Owen Doherty effort crept beyond the grasp of Taylor Clarke in the home goal. The final chance of the half fell to the home side when a Conor Doherty free found the unmarked Aaron McDaid who headed wide. Buncrana were first to threaten after the break from a Kieran McDaid corner with Eoin Murphy heading over the bar. But the visitors equalised on 56 minutes after a good advantage was playd and Patrick Curran was upended in the area with Adrian Donaghey-Doherty sending Clarke the wrong way from the penalty spot. Within minutes the home side regained the lead after Jamie McDaids  cross was inadvertently headed past Noone by an unfortunate defender. They increased their lead again to two goals with a superb solo effort when Aaron McDaid won possession and advanced to unleash a superb twenty five yards effort to the top corner. Illies were dealt a blow then after Deaglan Bowen was red carded for an  off the ball  incident and the home side sealed their passage to the semi finals when Conor Dohertys cross was slotted home by Bart Wesolowski.

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Greencastle Youths 2

QPS 0

With the game switched to muff it was QPS who had the first big chance. Mark Murray was slid through one on one with Stephen Teles and it was Teles who came out on top pushing the shot wide of the post. At the other end Greencastle nearly took the lead from a corner. Ben Doherty swung in the cross and Shay Doherty smashed a header off the bar and the ball was cleared. A few minutes later Greencastle had another chance when a  smart free kick from Evan Davenport was squared to Paul Brennan whose goal bound shot was blocked on the line by Ruari O Donnell. QPS next had a great chance to score when they caught Greencastle sleeping in a free kick. The ball was played in to the box and after a scramble Lee Rutherford blasted it over. A few minutes later a long ball over the top was chased down by Mark Murray who found himself one on one with Teles again. Teles came out on top with an even better save than the first one.  QPS had another great chance to take the lead when a diagonal ball into the box from Aaron Scott was met first time by John McCloskey. Teles again made a wonderful save to keep the score level. The second half started of tight with QPS controlling the ball and Greencastle looking for the quick counter. The first clear chance fell to Evan Davenport who was put through one on one by Shay Doherty. Conor O Neil making a fine save. Greencastle then won a penalty when a good run from Evan Davenport brought him into the box where he was taken down. Davenport stepped up and buried it in the bottom corner .

QPS pushed forward looking for an equalizer and pinned Greencastle back in their own half for large parts of the final 20 minutes but found the Greencastle defence hard to break through.With the last kick of the game Evan Davenport ran onto a ball over the top from Cian Sharkey, rounded Conor O Neill in nets and tapped the ball into the net for another big win for Greencastle Youths in the relegation battle. 

Culdaff FC 2

Buncrana Res 0

Buncrana had the first effort on goal with a free kick from Jerry Gill going over the bar. Culdaff replied and an Aiden Cunningham effort was saved by Eoin O’Doherty  before a Jack O’Brien free came off to wall to Michael Coyle who shot over the bar.On 28 minutes at the other end a Michael Doherty free was deflected behind for a corner which was cleared by the home defence.Culdaff opened the scoring on the half hour mark after O’Brien and keeper O’Doherty challenged for the ball and the loose ball was slotted home by  Keith Norris from close range. Before the break O’Brien saw an inswinging corner come back off the bar while Eoin McNamee had a shot saved by Mark Smith on the stroke of half time. Culdaff started the second half well with Norris and Ben Curley both  seeing  efforts saved before a superb cross from Cunningham just eluded Ryan Greene at the back post. Midway through the half the visitors spurned a good chance after Keith Elliot-McKinney played a superb ball into Doherty who dragged his effort wide of goal. On 80 minutes a good effort from Elliot-McKinney from the edge of the area drew a good save from Smith. A minute later at the other end the home side sealed the points after Ben Curley robbed a defender and fed O’Brien who slid the ball through for substitute Jack Curley to calmly slot past O Doherty. Another substitute Patrick Mclaughlin had a shot comfortably saved before the final chance saw a Cathal McGrenaghan effort from twenty five yards tipped over by O’Doherty at full strtetch.

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Cockhill Res 2

Rashenny FC 4

The young Cockhill team started this game on the front foot against their more experienced Division 1 opponents with Cockhill passing up a number of good early chances to take the lead.Cockhill did eventually make their early pressure count on 20 minutes. Tiarnan Moran with a clever, quick free kick finding Cahir McDaid who did well to win the ball and composed himself to slot home past Rashenny keeper, Gavin McLaughlin. Five  minutes later Rashenny leveled with their first clear opportunity on goal. An early ball forward catching the  Cockhill defence out allowing David McLaughlin through on goal and from a narrow angle he fired a great shot into the far corner past Cockhill keeper, Lee McColgan. Undeterred by that setback Cockhill were still creating chances with Rashenny keeper Gavin McLaughlin the busier keeper.

Firstly, McLaughlin denied Cahir McDaid a second, tipping his volley on to the bar then minutes later making a great stop getting down low to his right turning Shayne Gallagher’s low shot round the post. The game turned in Rashenny’s favour in a five minute spell just before half time when Rashenny capitalised on some slack play from Cockhill and punished them on both occasions. Declan McLaughlin was first on target to make it two with a powerful header and moments later David McLaughlin proved clinical again to give Rashenny a 3 – 1 lead at the break. The second half started an even affair with little goal mouth chances of note in the early stages. It was Cockhill who were first to threaten the goal when Joe Lavery broke down the right and his cross found Ethan O Toole but his first time effort was well held by Gavin McLaughlin.

 

Just as Cockhill looked like getting back in the game a mix up at the back allowed David McLaughlin the easy task of putting the ball into an empty net to complete his hat-trick and all but seal a semi-final spot for Rashenny. Cockhill kept going and they were rewarded for their efforts late on. Three second half substitutes combined well with Finn O’Toole turning well in midfield to pick out Cameron Robertson and his forward pass found Szymon Szczepanski whose neat first time finish completed the scoring.

 

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Sea Rovers 3

QPS Youths 0

A good positive start by the home side saw them take an early lead when Rovers Ryan Doherty took advantage of a poor defensive  pass and tapped in from close range . Rovers maintained possession and Mathew Harley and Andrew Gallagher were both denied by QPS keeper Jamie Mc Colgan. Before the break a  corner in by Rovers was headed by Ryan Doherty and parried by McColgan but  the rebound fell to Declan Mc Gonagle to slot home and leave the home side two nil ahead . Rovers were fairly dominant at the start of the half with the QPS keeper McColgan  kept busy with efforts from Andrew Gallagher and Declan Mc Gonagle well saved. Plenty of pressure from Rovers saw a good run from Liam Gallagher and a fine strike was well saved with Conor Kelly pouncing on the loose ball to make it three nil and clinch the points for the home side who move three points clear at the top of he table.

Sea Rovers

QPS Youths