Match Reports Sunday 30th September
Sunday 30th September
FAI Junior Cup Round Two
Greencastle FC 10
Strand Rovers 0
Greencastle were much too strong for Strand Rovers in this FAI Junior cup game at Chapel Lane .
Indeed but for Kevin McGovern in the visitors goal it would have been much much worse. Jamie McCormick hit a first half hat trick with both Ciaran Moore and Michael Henry both getting a brace. A lot of the goals were well worked but the highlights were two brilliant long range strikes from McCormick as the half ended seven nil. Further goals in the second half included two clinical finishes from Nigel McMonagle and a Christy Hegarty strike completed the rout.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Clonmany Shamrocks 3
Buncrana Hearts 3
In the second minute a Jake Harkin cross from the right had Eoghan O Doherty scrambling but the ball landed on the net. Buncrana replied and a looping Aaron McDaid cross just eluded Eoin McNamee at the back post.The shamrocks took the lead with a stunning thirty yards effort from Brendan Devlin in the 9th minute sipped over the keeper and into the net. Buncrana responded and a Stephen McHugh cross was headed from beneath his own bar by Jason Devlin.Buncrana equalised on 21 minutes when McDaid fed McNamee on the right hand of the area and he drilled low across Patrick Harkin and into the net.The home side were dealt a blow on 27 minutes when Mark McLaughlin was red carded for dissent.But the home side regained the lead on 35 minutes when Brendan Devlin calmly converted a penalty awarded after Jason Doherty had been upended in the area. On 40 minutes a Jason Devlin free was flicked on by Brendan Devlin but O’Doherty turned the ball around the post. Both sides went close on the restart with Niall Mclaughlin denied by a fine save from O’Doherty before Stephen McHugh was unlucky to see his header come back off the post. The shamrocks increased their lead on the hour when the unmarked Liam Hirrell headed home from a corner. Buncrana reduced the deficit within minutes after McDaid’s cros was flicked home by McHugh for an excellent finish. The hearts got back on terms on 82 minutes when John Timlin broke on the right and crossed for substitute Gerard Boyle to blast home from six yards. Both sides had chances late on with Buncrana substitute Liam McCarron volleying just wide while at the other end Oisin Hession pounced on a poor back pass but his effort was blocked by the legs of O’Doherty. In injury time Jake Harkin for the home side collected possession and advanced but his effort was turned round the post by O’Doherty.
Glengad United 4
Culdaff FC 1
In windy conditions at the Crua Glengad started brightly and controlled possession but failed to trouble Darragh McLaughlin. But Culdaff had the first chance when a Matthew Mullarkey cross found Noel McLaughlin whose first time effort was blocked and he fired the rebound wide when he really should have scored. Culdaff then took the lead on 33 minutes when a deep corner was misjudged by defenders and fell to Michael Coyle at the back post to slot home. Glengad replied on 42 minutes when Conor Barrow crossed for Cathal McDaid but he fired wide from sixteen yards. Glengad with the wind dominated the second period and had the first chance when Stephen McLaughlin was denied by a brilliant save from Darragh McLaughlin.They equalised on 55 minutes after and Adam Byrne cross was headed home by Terence Doherty from six yards. Cathal McDaid had a fine shot again superbly tipped onto the post by McLaughlin as the visitors battled well. But Glengad got ahead in the 72nd minute when Terence Doherty picked out Michael Byrne just inside the area and he drilled a fine shot inside the far post. Culdaff were dealt a huge blow then after Gary Smyth picked up a straight red card and within minutes Glengad added another when Adam Byrne released Doherty and he rounded the advancing McLaughlin to slot home. The home side completed the scoring on 88 minutes after John G McLaughlin released Stephen Mclaughlin and he raced clear to drill low under keeper Mclaughlin.
Carn FC 2
Illies Celtic 1
Illies got off to a dream start in the fifth minute when Paddy Doherty capitalised on a defensive slip to round Gregory Doherty and fire Illies ahead.
Brandon Browne equalised for the home side when a superb Ryan Kelly cross found Browne to slot low past Johnathan Noone. On 22 minutes
Carn took the lead then after a superb run down the left by Browne ended with his cross fired home by Michael O’Donnell at the back post. Five minutes later Noone punched a corner out to Shane Doherty who hammered a twenty five yards effort narrowly wide. Illies replied with Paul Doherty finding Liam Grant who headed wide when he should have hit the target. Before the break Adrian Donaghey Doherty drove a powerful low effort goalwards but Doherty parried at full stretch. Five minutes after the restart Carns Browne rounded a defender but drilled wide from ten yards. Midway through the half Conor O’Donnell fed Darragh Deery but well placed he failed to hit the target. Illies responded and on 79 minutes Philip Margey fed Odhran McColgan whose first time effort was parried by Doherty. Then Paddy Doherty released Liam Grant whose high effort was tipped over by Doherty. In the final minute Carn broke when O’Donnell fed Cade Cooke who laid the ball off to Deery but Noone parried his effort.
Aileach FC 2
Redcastle United 1
In blustery conditions Aileach started brightly and went close through Darren Mc Monagle before they had another chance when Anthony Doherty crossed for Dermot Doherty but his effort went wide. Redcastle replied with a Darragh McConway shot but it was straight at Mc Geady in the home goal. Aileach took the lead through a Shaun Mullen header after a good move and cross from Doherty. They went close again when Anthony Doherty cut in from the left but his shot went narrowly wide. Redcastle replied on the break and Aidan Mc Laughlin went close. The visitors started the second half well and got an equaliser when after a Eunan Mullen shot was saved by Mc Geady but the rebound was tapped home by McConway.The home side upped their game game but were wasteful in front of goal with chances for Killian O’ Rourke and Mc Monagle not hitting the target. The pressure paid off when Ronan Coyle score from close range after a free kick wasn’t dealt with by the Redcastle defence. There were a few more chances from both sides but none troubled either keeper .
Charlie O’Donnell Semi Finals 2pm
Aileach Res 3
Cockhill Youths 2
After an even start to the game Cockhill had an early chance from a corner but Mark McDaid’s effort was cleared off the line by Matthew Green. Cockhill continued to press and McDaid and Shaun Donaghey both fired over. Aileach replied with Stephen Doherty firing just wide from outside the area. But Cockhill got the breakthrough when Jack McDaid latched onto a through ball and raced clear to slot home.After an even start to the second half Cockhill increased their when Mc Daid was released from midfield and raced clear to score. Aileach pulled one back through a Stephen Doherty back heel after a corner wasn’t cleared and they then got level in a goal mouth scramble when David Mc Geady tapped home. McGeady then had another chance but fired wide. But the home side struck for the winner when McGeady fired a stunning twenty five yards effort to the top corner to complete a superb turnaround and advance to the final.
Moville Celtic 4
Glengad Res 0
Moville qualified to meet Aileach Res in the final with this comprehensive four nil win. They dominated the opening period and got off to a dream start when Antonio Rea crossed in the 3rd minute for Conor Doherty to headed home. Doherty then had a low angled drive well parried by Michael McLaughlin before a dangerous Michael McNaught cross was intercepted by a defender.
Moville added a second on the half hour when Nathan Harkin split the visitors defence for McNaught to race onto and drive a low shot across McLaughlin and into the far corner. Glengad rallied with Joe Doherty ‘s superb cross eluding all before Cathal Doherty saw a first time volley saved by Ryan Coyle. Glengad started the second period better and gary Kelly had an effort blocked before miscuing with the rebound. Patrick McDermott then just failed to get on the end of a deep corner kick before Joe Doherty had a low shot well held by Coyle. A dipping strike from distance from John McDaid just cleared the bar. Moville replied midway through the half with Ryan McColgan firing wide before Conor Doherty saw his powerful effort saved by McLaughlin. Moville sealed the tie on 81 minutes after McNaught collected a clearance twenty yards out and drilled a crisp low effort into the bottom corner. They completed the scoring late on when Conor Doherty got on the end of McNaught’s cross to slot home.
Strand Hotel First Division
Dunree United 3
In a high scoring encounter the visitors took an early lead after Bernie Doherty fired low past Aiden Lynch from ten yards. But the home side equalised after a fine twenty yards strike from Deaglan Bown beat Philip Doherty. Dunree replied and Ryan Bradley fired them back in front with a neat finish. But on the stroke of half time Stephen Harley levelled again with a fine twenty five yards free kick. The point took the lead for the first time when Stephen Mckendry fired in direct from a corner on 51 minutes. This time the visitors hit back with Bernie Doherty firing a free kick to the net from twenty yards. The game was in the balance then until the home side took the lead on 83 minutes when John McCloskey headed home Stephen Harley’s cross. They made sure of the points minutes later with the goal of the game after Fionnbar Harley fired a stunning thirty yards effort to the top corner.
Sea Rovers 0
Rasheney FC 2
In windy conditions Rasheney had the advantage of the wind and created their first chance of the game on 15 minutes when John McLaughlin fed Declan McLaughlin but his attempted chip sailed over the bar. McLaughlin then advanced from midfield and unleashed a twenty five yards effort which Glen Watson saved well. Rovers replied before the break but Damien Ward failed to trouble Kieran Friel in the Rasheney goal. Rasheney upped the tempo after the break and opened the scoring on 55 minutes when a Declan McLaughlin corner found the unmarked Charlie Doherty to head home. Substitute John Grant then raced clear of the home defence but Watson denied him. Rasheney increased their lead on 71 minutes when from another corner the ball fell to Eon Sweeney to slot home from five yards. Rovers rallied and when Damien Harkin got on the end of a Damien Ward free his effort came off the bar. They had another chance Gary Doherty headed down for Evan McLaughlin who drove narrowly wide from fifteen yards. Rasheney had the final chance when John McLaughlin broke clear but once again Watson stood firm.
Gleneely Colts 4
Buncrana Res 3
Gleneely got away to a flying start and scored two goals in the opening ten minutes both created by Christopher Smith. Smith won possession on 5 minutes and fed Iarlaith McLaughlin to slot low past Ryan O’Sullivan from six yards. Smith, Evan O’Brien and McLaughlin then combined for Billy McCann to rifle the ball home from fifteen yards. But Buncrana rallied and Dale Kerr despatched a penalty to reduce the deficit on 17 minutes. They got back on terms before the break when a Kerr free kick was well parried by Ben Miller only for Peter Gallagher to slot the rebound home. The Colts regained the lead on the hour mark when McCann found Corey O’Brien and he hooked an effort high over O’Sullivan to the roof of the net. They increased their lead after a quick break away ended with McCann rounding O’Sullivan to slot home. Buncrana got a late consolation when Niall Henderson fired home after a goal mouth scramble.
Carrowmena FC 1
QPS Res 0
The visitors went close after only three minutes when Ronan Lafferty crossed for Jack McConalogue but his header crashed off the post. Carrowmena replied and Declan McGuinness broke on the left and saw his effort saved by Oisin Burke. Midway through the half the point opened the scoring when Lafferty broke forward and unleashed a fine twenty five yards left footed strike low into the bottom corner. McGuinness then fired a free kick just wide for the home side before on the stroke of half time QPS substitute Joe Johnstone advanced and fired wide from the edge of the area. Carrowmena started the second half well and Mark Doherty had an early effort deflected wide. Carrowmena enjoyed the lions share of possession for much of the second period but really failed to create single clear chance and the visitors defended well to claim the points.
Redcastle Res 1
Greencastle Res 3
The visitors took the lead on 6 minutes after Jude Harkin got on the end of a right wing cross to head home. The home side replied and Terry McColgan had an effort saved before Ronan Hoy fired over from the edge of the area. At the other end both Conor Gillen and Harkin had efforts which were saved by Paul Doherty in the home goal. On the stroke of half time the home side were unlucky when a Aodhan Ferns chip came back off the post.Redcastle started the second period well with a Ruairi Hirrell cross finding Hoy but his effort was well saved before Alan Clarke fired wide from the edge of the area. Greencastle increased their lead when Daniel Rowan fired a superb free kick over the wall and into the net. They scored their third then when Rowan got on the end of a good move to finish well . The home side hit back and Johnathan Toye reduced the deficit when he fired home from twelve yards. Toye then had another effort drift just wide in the closing minutes.
Illies Res 6
Carn Res 2
Illies broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when Brendan Doherty broke on the right and slipped a pass across to Shane Devlin to slot low to the net from twelve yards. The visitors equalised when Tiernan Coyne split the home defence for Conor Doherty to fire low past graham Doherty. But Illies regained the lead when a deep Stephen McGonigle cross was headed home at the back post by Joe McDaid. On the stroke of half time the visitors levelled again when Dayton Cooke collected a poor kick out and lobbed Doherty from thirty yards. Illies went ahead again on 52 minutes after Devlin robbed a defender and ran through to finish well. They made it four two when Joe McDaid raced through the middle and fired to the bottom corner on the hour mark. Devlin then turned provider when he fed Ronan Hegarty who sidestepped a defender and shot high to the roof of the net. Illies finished the scoring when substitute Cathal Doherty released Hegarty to sidestep a defender and chip the keeper from the edge of the area.
Rasheney Res 3
Cockhill Res 2
The opening half an hour was a quiet affair and the first chance came for the home side on 31 minutes when Kevin Noone fed Alan Harrigan whose low effort was saved by Gary Robinson. Harrigan then fired a free kick over the bar before Rasheney opened the scoring . Good work by Noone on the right saw him lay the ball off to Harrigan just inside the edge of the area and he fired to the top corner. Cockhill responded and equalised on 40 minutes when Patrick McLaughlin’s cross found Ryan McDaid who ghosted in behind defenders to slot past Declan Grant from close range . Rasheney responded and Harrigan ran onto Conor O’Neill’s pass but hooked wide. On the stroke of half time the visitors took the lead after a speculative thirty five yards effort from McLaughlin dropped under the bar despite Grant getting a hand to the ball. Rasheney got off to a great start when they equalised on 48 minutes when a scuffed effort from Kevin Noone somehow found its way to the net. On 65minutes Tiernan McDonald played a one two with Matthew Duffy but with the keeper to beat a heavy touch allowed Robinson to gather. Rasheney took the lead when hood interplay from Jack McLaughlin and Harrigan saw Mclaughlin sidefoot home from twelve yards. Cockhill replied and a Ciaran Bradley cross found Ryan Mallett whose looping header dropped over. In the closing stages Wesley Doherty had an effort grabbed at the second attempt by Grant before the same player had an effort on the run straight at Grant. Rasheney had the final effort when Harrigan fed Cormac Dillon but he fired over.
Culdaff Res 1
Moville Res 0
In showery conditions at Caratra Park Moville had the advantage of the wind in the first half and had the early pressure but apart from an early ball across goal in the 2nd minute which a begging they struggled to create. Culdaff took the lead on 17 minutes when Matthew Crampsey fed Jack McLaughlin who advanced through the middle and unleashed a superb twenty yards effort inside the right hand post. Moville replied and Pearse Doherty flashed an effort goal ward which took a deflection . From the corner PJ Barr fired in a shot which came back off the bar. Culdaff broke and from a tight angle McLaughlin fired a powerful effort just over. Moville were unlucky again on 27 minutes when a cross from the left by Jack Ferry crashed off the face of the bar. James Gillen then collected a throw in and turned well but his low effort was well saved by Puaric O’Donnell. Culdaff spurned a great chance to increase their lead after Gary Collins pounced on a defensive slip to run through and when his initial effort was parried by Puaric Doherty be blazed the rebound over a gaping goal from six yards. The start of the second half was an open affair but both defences were on top and chances at a premium. Moville went close on 62 minutes when Ferry cut in from the left and unleashed a right footed effort which flashed narrowly wide. Culdaff went close then when McLaughlin fed Martin Keddy but he lost his footing at the crucial moment. Moville pressed in the closing stages but the home defence with Paul Mills and Conor Byrne solid stood firm.
Dunree Res 0
Aileach Youths 3
Sloppy play from the home side in the opening minute allowed Dylan Wilson in to fire past Ryan Fitzpatrick in the home goal. There were few chances in the first half with the nearest the home side coming to a goal was when Paddy McGilloway failed to hit the target when well placed. Aileach doubled their lead when Aaron Doherty converted a penalty on 54 minutes. Dunree responded and a Shaun Henderson free was well turned round the post by Ryan Fox . Fox then made excellent saves to deny Jamie Brosnan and Eamon Fullerton in a five minute spell midway through the half. But Aileach weathered the storm and increased their lead on 78 minutes when Wilson converted from close range. Dunree had the final chance but Ryan Toland fired wide from a good position.