Match Reports Sunday 30th October

Inishowen Football League Fixtures  2022-23

Sunday 30th   October  

Ulster Junior Cup    

Greencastle FC 1

Bonagee United 1 AET   Greencastle win 9-8 on pens

Greencastle were taken all the way by a gallant Bonagee side in Maginn Park on Saturday night before advancing on sudden death penalties.

The Inishowne side began well and broke  the deadlock on 12 minutes after Michael Henry sent Nigel McMonagle away on the left and his cross was returned to the middle of the six yards area by Shea McLaughlin for Brenan Moore to slam the ball home. Bonagee replied twice in as many minutes with Peter Carr flashing a left footed  effort on the left hand side of the area across goal and just past the far post before the lively Aaron Watson had his goal bound effort brilliantly deflected over by Gavin Harkin. Greencastle then his back with Moore heading Ciaran Divers cross wide before James Henry saw one effort parried away by Cian Harkin and then saw another shave the outside of the post. A misplaced pass in the Greencastle defence then presented Watson with a great opening but he failed to hit the target when in a central position just inside the area. At the other end Harkin dived to his left to parry Moores well hit effort and then somehow managed to block an Odhran Kennedy point blank header from Nathan Harkins inswinging corner. Before the break BOnagees Noah Barrett unleashed an effort which Conor Brown in the Greencastle goal gathered at the second attempt. Bonagee were well on top after the restart with Barrett racing clear but Brown blocked his effort with his outstretched leg before turning Watsons angled shot over the bar. Then Zak Breen had a snapshot from the edge of the area go just past Browns right hand post. It was no surprise that Bonagee equalised on 67 minutes when Watson broke on the right and cut the ball back to Aiden McLaughlin on the edge of the area and he finished superbly past Brown to the far corner. Greencastle responded and in truth dominated the remainder of the game with McMonagle firing into the side netting, shooting over the bar, denied by a smothering save before on the stroke of half time laying the ball across the edge of the box for Gerry Gill to fire just past the angle. Greencastle continued on top in extra time and in the first half Michael Henry dragged an effort across goal and wide before substitute Seamus McLaughlin was denied by a brilliant last ditch tackle. In the second period Seamus McLaughlin saw a volley saved by Harkin before James Henry fired narrowly wide and so it went to the shootout. James Henry fired home the winning spot kick after Brown had saved Bonagees tenth spot  kick.

Glengad United 3

Rathmullan Celtic 1

The home side took an early lead in the fifth minute after Seamus Doherty sent Terence Doherty away on the right and he cut the  ball back for Stephen Mclaughlin to slot home past Sean Gallagher. They increased their lead shortly afterwards when Owen Doherty fed Mclaughlin who superbly lobbed the stranded Gallagher. Before the break they almost added a third when John G McLaughlins header from a corner was blocked on the line and cleared. The pattern continued in the second half and when McLaughlin picked out Stephen Harley his shot was saved by Gallagher.The home side sealed the tie midway through the half after Conor O Neill burst through the visitors defence  and calmly slotted low past Gallagher. The visitors got a consolation when Kevin O Donnells cross was converted at the back post by Daz  Mulchair.

Moville Celtic 3

Keadue Rovers 1

Moville began this game well with Shane Deery and Paul Smith both off target when in good positions. They spurned a better chance midway through the half when the ball fell kindly for Smith twelve yards out but his effort crashed off the post. Keadue had their first chance on the half hour when  David Ward   fired a free kick just over. They took the lead from another free kick minutes later after   Aiden McHugh  strike took a wicked deflection on its way past Taylor Clarke. Moville  equalised before the break when Smith bore down on goal and unselfishly squared for Michael McNaught to slot to the unguarded net. The home side went close after the interval with a Dermot Harkin header cleared off the line. The roles were reversed minutes later when Harkin was red carded for a handball on the  goal line but Clarke saved the resulting penalty low to his left from Ward. Moville then took the lead on 76 minutes after good play by Ryan Morrow on the right saw his cross fall for McNaught  to fire home  at the near post. Keadue replied and  Clarke saved well from Chris Green before the same player had a header come back off the post and scrambled clear. Moville sealed progression to  the next round late on after McNaught beat two defenders  and fired low to the corner.

Illies Celtic 1

Swilly Rovers Illies win 5.3 on penalties

Illies were first to show in an attacking sense with a Sean McCallion cross just eluding the inrushing Paddy Curran at the back post. They opened the scoring in the 15th minute after Brendan Doherty collected a Frankie O Connor throw in on the edge of the area before turning smartly and firing high past Barry Gallagher . Swilly replied and when Shane McNamee split the home defence for Kyle Black he fired over the bar when well placed. Illies had the final chance of the half when McCallion advanced on the left and crossed for Paul Doherty  but his rising effort cleared the bar. Swilly dominated the second half for long periods with Black shooting over from close range before a McNamee effort was gathered at the second attempt by Noone.  They got a deserved equaliser on 77 minutes when a ricochet in the home defence fell kindly for Black to fire low to the corner. Illies then had a late half chance after Paul Doherty fed McCallion bur he fired straight at Gallagher and extra time ensued. There was little  by way of goalmouth action in extra time and Illies advanced on penalties.

Cavan Town 0

Buncrana Hearts 9

The holders Buncrana Hearts started this game in scintillating fashion and were  two goals ahead after 10 minutes. Sean Mullan opened the scoring with a superb shot from the edge of the area to the top corner past Brian Coombes. They doubled their lead on 9 minutes when a Chirsty McKinley cross was headed home from close range by Eoin Murphy. Buncrana made it three nil on the half hour after a Matthew Brown cross was slotted home by Murphy from six yards. Brown  was again the provider when he crossed for Mckinley to finish from close range as the half ended with the holders four nil ahead. Buncrana continued on top after the restart and added a fifth when Sean Mullan broke into the area and squared for Brown to slot low past Coombes. On the hour mark Mullan evaded a couple of challenges and crossed for McKinley to slot home from seven yards to make it six nil. Brown added a seventh  and Aaron McDaid number eight as the home side were completely overrun. The scoring was completed late on when Murphy completed his hat trick to seal an emphatic victory.

St Catherines 2

Clonmany Shamrocks 2             St Catherines win 4.3 on penalties

The shamrocks got off  to a dream start when they opened the scoring in the second minute after a Jason Devlin cross was headed past  Daniel Mullarkey by Pearse McCarron. The home side replied and Ryan Cunningham had an effort saved by Brian Doherty in the shamrocks goal.  Quick counter attack then from the home side ended with Eoin Broderick firing a low shot across Doherty and into the far corner from sixteen yards. They had another chance on 29 minutes when the same player was denied by a good save from Doherty. Clonmany regained the lead before half time after Devlins corner was headed home from six yards at the near post by Paddy Doherty. On the restart  Cunningham went close for the home side with a curling shot which just failed to curl enough. Midway through the half a strong run from Jason Devlin saw his dangerous cross  across the face of goal elude all attackers. The home side equalised and forced extra time in the 85th minute after Cunningham flicked home a left wing cross at the near post. Clonmany had the best of extra time with McCarron bursting into the area but dragging his effort wide in the first period. In the second period both substitute Conor Doherty and Paddy Doherty saw headers saved by Mullarkey as the deadlock remained. In the shootout Clonmany missed their first and last penalties to go down in the shootout.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division   

Aileach  FC 6

Cockhill Youths 2

The home side opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Gavin Doherty played a through ball for Darren McMonagle who controlled well before rounding Eoin Calhoun and finishing from ten yards. Cockhill responded and got on level terms after 15 minutes when a left wing cross found Conor Graham who placed a fine effort wide of David McGeadys right hand to the corner of the net. On the half hour Aileach regained the lead after Darren Mc Monagle released Ethan Canning who crossed for Aaron Nash to finish from close range. Aileach then made it three  on two minutes before the break when Caolan Doherty released Shane Mc Monagle who rounded Colhoun before finishing to the empty net. The home side increased their lead on 55 minutes with Shane Mc Monagle splitting the Cockhill defence with a superb ball for Aaron Nash who crossed for Darren Mc Monagle to finish at the back post. Cockhill pulled a goal back on midway through the half  after  Eoin McLaughlin converted a 25 yard free kick low past McGeadys left hand. Aileach restored their three goal advantage on 75 minutes when a good move down the left between Caolan Doherty and Aaron Nash resulted in Nash crossing for Darren Mc Monagle to complete his hat-trick from close range. With time almost up the home side completed the scoring when Caoimhghin McFeeley crossed from the right for substitute Darren Bradley to fire to the roof of the next from six  yards. 


Strand Hotel First  Division  

Gleneely Colts 3

Redcastle  United 3

Gleneely had a better chancein the  first minute Christy McDaid with a 20 yard shot well saved by keeper Michael McCole. In the 8th minute Redcastle scored with a great ball by Darragh McConway released  Stephen Grant who finished well .  Gleneely equalised after  great work from Corey O’Brien in the mid field and his great cross in from the right was headed home by Vinny McKenna. Both teams had the game going end to end with both keepers being kept really busy. On the half hour  good work from Redcastle down the left wing with Kevin Doherty unleashing a great pass to find Darragh McConway who slotted home from 15 yards into the bottom corner. But Gleneely levelled  in the 40th minute after great work by Christy McDaid who beat two defenders and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 15 yards. Just before half time break Redcastle reduced to 10 men for a second bookable offense.  Gleneely started fast  on the resumption and great work by Matt McGoldrick whose through ball found Vinny McKenna  who fired narrowly wide.Both McDaid and Shay Harkin then had efforts for the home team well saved by McCole. At the other end  Redcastles Shaun Curran hit a great shot at Gleneely’s keeper Orin Raymond who made a remarkable save. A minute later the home side regained the lead when after a defensive mix up Paul Doherty was on hand to slot home. Redcastle then upped the tempo with McConway squaring for Marc Bell who somehow failed to hit the target from six yards before Bell levelled the game again with a crashing shot in off the underside of the bar. The home side defended with there lives for the final minutes and in a breakaway almost snatched all three points when McDaid beat two defenders but his shot took a deflection and went the wrong side of the post.


Greencastle Youths 1

The visitors had the first attempt on target in the 16th minute after a Gavin Rowan free was well held by Oisin Burke. The home side replied with Mark Murray crossing for John McCloskey to control on his chest but see his first time effort drift just wide. McCloskey was unlucky then to see his header from a Jack McClean cross come back off the post with visiting keeper Evan Davenport gratefully gathering. At the other end Seamus Mclaughlin made ground on the left and unleashed an effort which was blocked by the legs of Burke. Greencastle then took the lead on 27 minutes after Ronan Doherty s cross was superbly volleyed home by Christy Hegarty. The point had the final chance of the half when Ross Nicholas weaved his way into the area but saw his effort deflected wide. The home side began well on the restart with a Murray shot partially blocked for McClean to fire over the bar. They got back on terms in the 62nd minute after Murray headed home a Reece McGilloway corner at the near post. The visitors tried to hit back and Nathan Harkin twice had shots saved by Burke before a Ronan Doherty cross flashed across goal. At the other end a Ross Nicholas surge into the area  saw the ball fall to Murray but his effort was blocked by Davenport. Greencastle countered and  Doherty was denied by a last ditch tackle from Sean McIntyre. The home side had two late  opportunites with McClean s shot blocked by the legs of Davenport and in injury time Murray as denied by another good save from Davenport as the spoils were shared.


Buncrana Res 3

Clonmany Res 3

In an entertaining clash at Castle Park both sides shared the points after a six goal bonanza. The home side started well and took the lead when an excellent ball down the left by Jerry Gill found Michael Doherty who crossed for Jack Soal  to finish from close range. They doubled their lead when Gill found Eoin McNamee who squared for Michael Doherty to round the keeper and slot home. The visitors reduced the deficit after  hesitancy  in the home defence allowed Liam Hirrell to capitalise and shoot past Oran McBride. The visitors then equalised on the stroke of half time after Hirrells free kick was slotted home by Luke Devlin from close range. Buncrana had the better of the second half with McNamee and Hugh Aaron McGonagle both going close with good  efforts. They regained the lead in the 84th minute after Doherty set up Liam Jordan who finished well to the  corner. But Clonmany rallied and earned a  point at the death after Gavin McDaid pounded on a loose ballot slot past McBride.

Aileach Res 2

Carn  FC 6

The league leaders blitzed the home side in the opening half and this game was over as a contest as they led five nil at the break. They took the lead on 5 minutes when Cade Cooke crossed for Cian Burke to blast high past Sean McGuinnes from ten yards. They increased their lead after McGuinness had  parried a Gert Dzerins effort but Kyran Cantwell pounced to slot home. Aileach had two good chances either side of that second goal with Anthony Doherty seeing an effort smothered by Kyle Harkin before Christopher McDermott got on the end of Paul McGrorys pull back but shot tamely at Harkin. Carn then blitzed the home side with tree quick goals. Cade Cooke converted a penalty after Cantwell was upended before McGuinness parried a Loran Bradley effort but again Cantwell reacted quickest to slot home.  Cantwell then completed his hat trick with a stunning thirty yards volley to the top corner. Any thought of a comeback were extinguished within five minutes of the restart when Cade Cooke cut the ball back for Cian Doherty to slam the ball to the roof of the net and make it six nil. Aleach kept battling and got a goal back after Anthony Doherty intercepted a defensive pass and squared for Stephen Doherty to slot low to the corner. They got another back on 81minutes when Darren Bradley fired a twenty five yards effort free to the corner.And they also had the final chance of the game but Christopher McDermott fired over the bar when well placed.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two    

Sea Rovers 2

Cockhill  Res 3

In  blustery conditions it was difficult for both teams to create any worthwhile chances. It took until the 20th minute when Cockhill were awarded a free kick outside the box after a Sea Rovers hand ball. Cockhills Mason Mc Daid converted the free kick with a shot low to the keepers left to put Cockhill ahead. A Cockhill free kick from the halfway line was not cleared by the home defence and the ball fell kindly for  Mason Mc Daid to tap In. A Cockhill corner then before the interval  found the unmarked Conor McDaid at the back post and he made it three nil. Sea Rovers were awarded a penalty after Ciaran Doherty was fouled and Andrew Gallagher converted the penalty to  reduce the deficit on 58 minutes .Cockhill won a free kick outside the box which Kieran McElroy took  forcing Sea Rovers keeper Mark Mc Laughlin into making a fine save. On 81 minutes a  break by Rovers Ciaran Doherty saw his shot well blocked by Cockhills keeper Darragh O Donnell. Sea Rovers pressed hard and a free kick from Daniel Gallagher wide of the box reached the head of Ciaran Doherty who put it beyond the Cockhill keeper but the visitors held on to claim the points.

Dunree Res 2

Illies Res 3

Dunree threatened first when Neil Moran found Tiernan Moran and his low effort was well saved by Graham Doherty. On 10 minutes Mark Moran sent Jerry Farrell clear but again Doherty came  to the rescue for the visitors before the same player fired into the side netting from a tight angle. Illies responded and broke the deadlock on 19 minutes after a Nathan McLaughlin free  was cleared to the edge of the area where Oran Doherty collected possession and drilled low to the bottom corner. A mix up in the home defence then gifthed Ronan Hegarty a clear sight of goal but he blazed over before another Hegarty effort was parried by keeper Oran Doherty and the ball fell kindly for Paddy Doherty to double Illies lead. Illies increased their lead on the stroke of half time when a corner fell to Paddy Doherty to slot home his second of the game from ten yards. Dunree kept pressing and Tiernan Moran and Farrell combined for  the latter to see his shot saved by Doherty. On the hour the home side got a goal back when Gary Breslin flicked a long kick out on for Farrell  who fired low into the corner from fifteen yards. They reduced the deficit to the minimum in the 87 th minute after David Eccles fired home from close range after a corner. They kept pressing but the Illies defence stood firm to see the game out.

Redcastle Res 0

Culdaff Res 3

 In an evenly contested opening half  Redcastle had first chance when Mark Farrens shot was saved by Dermot Callaghan. Culdaffs best chance came when a shot from Conor Doherty was tipped over the top by Aidan Lynch. Shay Sweeney went close when a 20 yard shot just skimmed the bar. On the stroke of half time Culdaff went ahead when a corner from Eugene McLaughlin was headed into the net by Brian McCandless. Five  minutes into secnd half  Culdaff went  two  up when Dylan Ruddys pass put Brian McCandless through on goals and he finished low into the corner. Redcastle kept trying and a Keelan Henry effort from 15 yards was saved by Dermot Callaghan. Culdaff completed the scoring when a ball over the top sent Brian McCandless through to complete his hat trick. The match came to an end late on when a bad injury to John Joe Doherty resulted in the match being abandoned with the visitors leading three nil.

Glengad Res 3

Rasheney Res 0

Glengad dominated the opening half and it was no surprise they opened the scoring when Cian Doherty advanced on the left, cut inside two defenders before curling a superb effort to the top corner past Roger McGilloway from twenty five yards. They increased their lead midway through the half after Jason Dohertys  deep cross eluded everyone and went in off the back post to leave the home side in control at the break. Rasheney had the first chance of the second period on 54 minutes when Ryan O Donnell broke clear of the home defence and advanced into the area but Danny McGonigle advanced to block and the defence completed the clearance. Glengad then sealed it on 77 minutes after good work by Caolan McColgan on the right saw his cross headed home by Cian Doherty. Rasheney pressed in the closing stages but the home defence stood firm.

Carrowmena FC 0

Carn FC 5

It took the joint league leaders until the 16th minute to create their first chance when Conor McLaughlin found Shay Fallon on the right and his cross fell to Tiernan Doherty whose close range effort was brilliantly saved by Michael Noone. The visitors broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when Dayton Cooke converted a penalty awarded for a handball. They increased their lead on the stroke of half time with Fallon again crossing for Doherty whose shot took a wicked deflection to wrongfoot Noone. Carrowmena battled well and Mark Doherty released James Gillen whose effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Daniel McDaid. But Carn increased their lead when Ronan Browne intercepted a defensive passand squared for Conor Mclaughlin to drill home. A speculative thrity yards effort from Matthew Browne deceived Noone to make it four nil before a fine solo effort from Conor McCloskey completed the scoring.

Rasheney FC 6

Aileach Youths 3

The home side continued their fine start to the season  but were shocked in the opening minutes after Dylan McGrory fired a twenty yards free kick pastSean Friel in the home goal. Rasheney levelled on twelve minutes after a crossfiedl pass from Ryan Doherty(J) found the unmarked Conor McDaid who advanced and fired low past  Dylan Clarke. Minutes later they took the lead when Caelum Long set up David Mclaughlin in a central position to fire low past Clarke from twelve yards. Aileach responded and another McGrory free was superbly tipped over by Friel. Two goals in a five minute spell put the home side in command with Damien Friel converting McDaids cross before another McDaid cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by an unfortunate defender. Aileach then had a good chance with Ciaran Bradley dispossessing a defender on the edge of the area but denied by a good save from Friel. Two goals then from David McLaughlin then made it six one the first tapping home after McDaids effort was well parried by Clarke before he raced clear and finished well past the stranded Clarke. Aileach reduced the deficit in the 52nd minute when Bradley scored with a well placed effort from the edge of the area in off the post. The same player made it six three with another well struck shot  from sixteen yards. But the home side ended the game strongly and  Cormac Dillon had an effort blocked before McDaids follow up clipped the bar. They even had the luxury of missing a penalty when Damien Friels effort was saved by Clarke.