Match Reports Sunday 6th Nov
Inishowen Football League 5/6th November
FAI Oscar Traynor Inter League
Sligo Leitrim 1
Played in heavy downpours on a very soft surface Inishowen got their 2016/17 Oscar Traynor campaign off to a good start in Mc Sharry Park Sligo on Saturday night with a three one victory over the Sligo/Letrim league.
Inishowen were missing several players due to various reasons and conceded as early as the first minute when a defensive error allowed Mark Mc Goldrick to fire a left foot effort past Kevin Mc Laughlin in the Inishowen net who got a hand to the ball but could not prevent it creeping inside the far post. Inishowen settled and on 10 minutes Terence Doherty made great work and picked out Nigel Mc Monagle but he cut inside onto his right foot and was crowded out by a number of defenders. The same two players combined three minutes later this time Mc Monagles shot was blocked. Inishowen were controlling the game in midfield at this stage with Shane Canning, Matty Henry and Dillon Ruddy dictating the play with Mc Monagle and young Aiden Friel running the flanks in support of Doherty up front.Midway through the half Henry picked out Terence Doherty who beat two defenders to set up a great chance but he dragged his shot wide. Then the impressive Friel making his debut in the competition broke on the right and crossed for Michael Barr who’s effort was gathered by Mark Rooney in the Sligo goal at the second attempt. In a rare break into Inishowen territory Sligo/Letrim ‘s lively Danny Browne’s shot was cleared off the line by John Gerard Mc Laughlin. But Inishowen were pinning Sligo back at this stage and Shane Canning broke through the home defence and was desperately unlucky to see his attempted chip bounce back off the crossbar. Inishowen’s pressure paid off on the half hour mark after another lightning attack when Terence Doherty fired a great effort from twenty yards past Rooney. They took the lead within minutes after this when Matty Henry got on the end of a good Inishowen move to fire home from sixteen yards. Dillon Ruddy then had a effort deflected behind before Sligo/Letrim were then reduced to ten men when defender Connor Griffen who was finding Terence Doherty more than a handful picked up his second yellow for a foul on Doherty off the ball. From the resulting free Matty Henry’s effort was only parried by Rooney and Aiden Friel was on hand to slot home from six yards to leave Inishowen in a very comfortable position at the break. With ten men Sligo sat deep in the second half and tried to play on the break and Inishowen played into their hands for long spells.Inishowen did have chances to increase their lead with Mc Monagle shooting wide on 50 minutes before brilliant footwork from Matty Henry saw his left footed effort crash back off the bar. Sligo/Letrim never gave up and created a couple of chances themselves and a cross from Danny Browne found Mc Goldrick whose header was held by Mc Laughlin at the near post .
Ryan McManus then had an effort from a free kick drift narrowly wide as Inishowen made things difficult for themselves. But Inishowen were always dangerous on the break and substitute Shaun Doherty had three efforts from twenty yards just over the bar while fellow substitute Raymond Buchanan latched onto keeper Rooney’s clearance and from over forty yards on the right caught a sweetly struck effort which was only a foot wide of the target.Matthew Henry then had a late effort inexplicably disallowed but overall Inishowen will be more than happy with this result and performance.
Inishowen made several changes in the latter stages of the game bringing on Greencastle’s Shaun Doherty, Illies William Mc Laughlin, QPS’s Raymond Buchanan and Culdaff’s Darragh Mc Laughlin overall a good performance from Inishowen and the new players in the squad all equipped themselves well, Clonmany’s duo of Aiden Friel and Fergal Harkin who started the game will be pleased with their performance as will Culdaff’s Dillon Ruddy who started as well, with regular players to return to the side Diarmuid O’ Brien and Paul Hegarty will be pleased with this victory in the start of another campaign.
Kevin Mc Laughlin, Michael Barr, Ferghal Harkin, John Gerard Mc Laughlin, Mathew Byrne, Shane Canning, Aiden Friel, Dillon Ruddy, Terence Doherty, Mathew Henry, Nigel Mc Monagle. Subs. Raymond Buchanan, Shaun Doherty, William Mc Laughlin, Darragh Mc Laughlin.
Mark Rooney, Damien Scanlon ,Gerard Mc Derrin, Conor Griffin, John Gaffney, Ryan Mc Manus, Conor Brennan, Ross Mc Laughlin, Mark Mc Golderick, Danny Browne, Paddy Wolfe. Subs. Ibra Savage, Michael Casey, Fergal O’ Hara, Mark Mc Callion, Mick Corrigan, Gary Finn, Graham Lee
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QPS Res 1
Cockhill Youths 4
A Darragh McDermott hat-trick helped Cockhill Reserves to victory over Quigley’s Point Swifts’s Reserves in Muff on Sunday.
In wet and blustery conditions, the away side had two good chances to take an early lead. Three minutes in, Shaun Doherty found himself one-on-one with Point keeper David Bell but scuffed his attempt wide when he should have scored. On eight minutes, the home side were caught in possession in defence by Darragh McDermott, but the striker shot wide from twelve yards.
Quigley’s Point gained a foot-hold in the game, having the majority of possession for much of the half, but a tight Cockhill defence kept chances to a minimum. Paul Hegarty’s free-kick was well held by Cockhill goalkeeper Declan Caldwell, while Paul Grant’s twenty-five yard effort on twenty-three minutes sailed just over the bar.
The visitors opened the scoring on twenty-seven minutes. Kevin McDaid released Shaun Doherty down the right flank, who fired in a low cross across the Quigley’s Point six-yard box and McDermott slid in to finish at the back post. Six minutes later, it was two-nil. McDermott won a penalty after being played in by Jarlath Herrity and the striker made no mistake from the spot, rifling the ball into the bottom-left corner. McDermott almost had his hat-trick before half-time, but a superb intervention from Kevin Wallace denied him from getting on the end of Jack McDaid’s cross.
Three minutes after the break, Cockhill extended the lead. Kevin McDaid’s precise through ball was latched on to by McDermott, and his first-time lob left Bell with no chance and completed his hat-trick.
The match became a midfield battle, with the away side content to soak up pressure while Quigley’s Point continued to work hard to try and force an opening. On sixty-eight minutes, Paul Grant saw an effort go wide from sixteen yards.
With ten minutes left, the Muff side reduced the deficit to two goals. Jack McConnelogue’s corner from the left was not cleared properly by the Cockhill defence, and Grant was on hand to bundle the ball home from eight yards. Three minutes later, they had a golden chance to score again. Paul Hegarty’s searching pass found substitute Stephen Slattery on the right. Slattery chose to shoot with McConnelogue waiting unmarked in the box, but his shot went wide from twelve yards.
The visitors killed the game off a minute later. Neill McCarron lofted a high ball through to Keegan Hegarty, who finished into the bottom left corner to make it four-one. Paul Grant had a late chance well saved by Caldwell, but the away side finished comfortably to secure the three points.
Clonmany Res 3
Illies Celtic 0
Illies had the better of a tight first half.Playing with a strong breeze at their back,Illies had a good chance in the 4th minute when Kevin McGonagle found himself in space on the left side of the box but his shot whistled past Liam McGonigle’s right hand post.On the 26th minute Illies built up a good move down their left flank which culminated in Stephen Doherty receiving the ball in the Clonmany box,he made room for his shot but his low drive past Liam McGonigle just ran past the foot of the back post and out for a goal-kick.Clonmany’s keeper Liam McGonigle had to be alert in the 33rd minute when Kevin McGonagle unleashed a shot from the edge of the box but the Clonmany net-minder palmed the shot over the crossbar to concede a corner.Clonmany finally created a clear chance in the 43rd minute when Mark McLaughlin received the ball on the left side of the box and hoisted a dipping cross to the back post ,which was met by Dessie Doherty’s head but Ryan McElhinney in the Illies goals was in a good position to hold his effort.
Clonmany began the second half with the benefit of the breeze at their backs,but it was Illies who threatened to break the deadlock first in the 50th minute when Stephen Doherty was upended in the right side of the Clonmany box to concede a penalty.Illies Number 9 Paddy Doherty stepped forward to take this but his low shot to the keepers left hand side was saved at full stretch by Liam McGonigle. Clonmany seemed to take heart from this let-off and as the half progressed they became more dominant.After having one effort chalked off for offside they eventually took the lead in the 66th minute when Brendan Doherty’s flick through the middle of the Illies defence was run on to by Mark McLaughlin and his shot beat the out-rushing Ryan McElhinney to find the empty net.They made it two in the 76th minute when substitute Jake Harkin’s through ball down the right side was run onto by Mark McLaughlin and he drove into the box before shooting towards goal,but Ryan McElhinney was able to parry the ball away only for Clonmany’s Steve Harkin to gather at the back post and with defenders blocking his shot for goal he pulled the ball back to Brendan Doherty at the edge of the box and he fired a shot to the top left hand corner of the Illies goals.Clonmany’s pressure was telling now and they almost added a third in the 80th minute when Mark McLaughlin’s corner from the left side was met by Steve Harkin at the near post and his low volley was kept out at the foot of his post by Ryan McElhinney before the ball broke to Oisin Hession, twelve yards out but his drive was deflected wide for another corner.Clonmany finally made it three in the 87th minute when another Mark McLaughlin corner from the left was controlled by Brian Devlin on the edge of the six yard line,and as the Illies defence pressed to clear the danger,Brian looked up and picked out Brendan Doherty on the edge of the box and Brendan unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top right hand corner of the net for a superb finish .
Moville Celtic 1
Redcastle United 1
It ended honours even at Glencrow but the visitors have keeper Michael McCole to thank in the main for salvaging a share of the spoils. Moville started well with Conor Doherty going close before Jack keys had an inswinging corner crash off the bar. The home side took the lead on 14 minutes after Michael McNaught chased his own pass forward and crossed for Finn McLaughlin to sidefoot home. Redcastle replied midway through the half with a Shaun Curran free just past the angle.Moville finished the half the stronger and John Gillen had a header saved by McCole before seeing another powerful effort brilliantly saved by the netminder. McCole made two saves in as many minutes after the restart to deny Conor Doherty and McLaughlin before the best save of the game when he made a stunning reaction save to deny McLaughlin from point blank range. Redcastle hit back and Curran was off target from distance before Brendan Murphy headed over from a good positions. At the other end McCole made a superb save to deny McLaughlin and McNaughts follow up crashed off the post. Redcastle threw men forward in the closing stages with Seamus Doherty heading wide before after the home defence failed to clear substitute Cathal Crumlish crossed for Murphy to head past Liam Grimley.
Rasheney FC 5
Sea Rovers 1
In a whirlwind start there were two goals in the first ninety seconds. The home side hit the front shortly after kickoff when David Mc Laughlin converted Charlie Doherty’s cross and and from the ensuing centre Damien Harkin turned home William Logan’s free from wide on the left. Chances continued to be created and Christy Ivers had a long effort just over before Declan Mc Laughlin’s right wing cross found David Mc Laughlin well placed in front of goal but his looping effort was headed out from under the crossbar by Shay Rodgers. At the other end Pauric Doherty could not connect with a Stevens short cross into the six yard box and then Daniel Glackin dragged a shot wide of the far post. On 27 minutes Rasheney regained the lead when good work from Ivers and Oggie set up David Mc Laughlin and his delightful chip dropped in at the back post and the score moved on to 3 – 1 on the stroke of half time when Damien Friel fired home at the near post. Early in the second half Charlie Doherty volleyed over following another Oggie cross but Doherty did score from the penalty spot shortly afterwards after a forward was brought down. On the hour David Mc Laughlin secured his hat trick when he drove home an Oggie cross from twelve yards. John Grant then missed the proverbial sitter when he skied over from close in. Sea Rovers had chances to reduce the deficit but Gary Doherty, running clear of the home defence, was unlucky to see his effort come back of the crossbar and Damien Ward had a 30 yard free held by Shaun Friel.
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Illies Res 0
Gleneely Colts 2
Illies had the better of opening exchanges but Gleneely were causing the home defence problems on the break. Gleneely took the lead mid way through the first half when an inswinging corner was not cleared and went in off a defender. Illies responded well and saw a twenty yard effort from Kealan Whoriskey come back off the upright and cleared to safety. Both sides had chances in the second half but Gleneely got the all important second goal when Illies lost possession deep in their own and Corey O’Brien raced clear to slide the ball under the advancing keeper. Both sides hit the post in the closing stages to see the game finish two nil to the visitors.
Rasheney Res 1
Glengad Res 5
The visitors started brightly and home keeper Damien Friel who excelled throughout done really well to deny both Chris Doherty and Paul Anthony Mc Dermott who got in good attempts on goal. Mark Smith then headed a Paul Mc Gonagle left wing cross against the bar. Rasheney’s first attempt on goal came when Jonathan Toland nodded down to Conor Mc Daid whose snapshot from 10 yards was held by Michael Mc Laughlin at the second attempt. However Glengad moved ahead midway through the half when, following a corner, the ball was cleared out to Mc Gonagle and he drove a ground shot to the net from outside the box. Mc Dermott was out of luck twice before half time. Firstly his 25 yard free cannoned off the bar and then when his lob of the keeper seemed destined to find the net Corny Mc Cole came to rescue and headed clear from right on the goal line. But he was not to be denied and on the restart he cut in from the right and drove home to double Glengad’s lead. Then the home side failed to make the most of good opportunities. First Toland set up Mc Daid but he shot wide of a gaping goal and Toland himself could not capitalise on a loose ball when keeper Mc Laughlin could not hold on. Mc Daid made amends minutes later when a move started in defence by Peter Doherty saw Toland release the young forward who advanced and drove to the net from the edge of the box for his first goal for the club. Glengad regained their two goal cushion when P.J. Mc Daid picked up a loose ball in midfield, ran clear of the home defence, rounded the keeper and found the net for 3 – 1. The visitors continued to create chances and it took a superb Matthew Duffy tackle to deprive Mc Dermott while keeper Friel denied Patrick Mc Dermott on two occasions. In the final 10 minutes Paul Anthony Mc Dermott ran clear and scored and the scoring was complete when Joe Doherty’s long range effort from wide on the left dropped into the net.
Greencastle Res 0
Buncrana Res 1
In blustery conditions there were few chances in a hard fought even opening period. Joe Doherty for the home side went close with a thirty yards free which went just over the bar. Buncrana replied and when Alan Friel cut in from the left and unleashed an effort which beat Seamus Bovaird but was cleared off the line by Eunan McDaid.
Greencastle started the second half well with Joe Doherty, Tom Heuston and Sean Downey all going close. At the other end Friel’s diving header from a Puaric O’ Flaherty cross flashed narrowly wide. The crucial score arrived on 80 minutes when Buncrana broke quickly with Michael Doherty racing clear on the right and crossing for O’Flaherty to slot home from close range.
Moville Res 2
Redcastle Res 0
Moville got back on track with this local derby win over Redcastle. They got the perfect start on 7minutes when Nathan Harkin released Norbert Indyka and from a tight angle he fired high past Johnathan Toye from ten yards. They doubled their lead twenty minutes later when Pearse Doherty and Indyka combined on the left and Indyka raced clear to drill a low effort past Toye from fourteen yards. Moville were on top after the restart but failed to create any chances. Redcastle came more into the game and James Breslin had two efforts brilliantly saved by Ryan Coyle in a five minute spell. Moville responded and a Graeme Doherty free brought the best out of Toye in the Redcastle goal before John Harkin headed a pinpoint Kyle Harkin cross over the bar.On the stroke of full time Brian Tracey saw his free kick for the visitors shave the bar.
Cockhill Res 3
Aileach Youths 4
Aileach started the better of the two teams and took the lead early in the first half with a good finish by Brendan Hegarty. Midway through first half Cockhill pulled level when John Quinn slotted the ball home in to any empty net after the ball broke to him in space at the
edge of the box. Aileach regained the lead minutes later after good build up play down the right flank and Dermot Doherty finished well with a first time strike from a good cross. Shortly before half time Aileach made it three one when Cockhill failed to clear their lines Dermot Hegarty grabbed his second goal of the game. Cockhill upped the tempo at the start of the second half and had several good chances early on to pull a goal back. Cockhill eventually made their pressure pay when they netted halfway through the second half to make it three twowith a fine finish from Gary Breslin.Cockhill continued to press Aileach back and with 10 minutes to go
equalised when Gary Breslin fired home to make it three all.
With minutes remaining Cockhill passed up several good chances to win the match with some last ditch defending by the Aileach backline and a good save from Dylan Clark. Aileach made Cockhill pay for their late misses when with almost the last kick of the game when a long hopeful cross was headed in at the back post by Shane Bradley to give Aileach the win.
Carn Res 0
Culdaff Res 5
This was a close hard fought game which turned when the visitors scored twice in as many minutes before the break. Niall McLaughlin had an early effort for the visitors well saved by Fergal Bradley at the near post. At the other end Cade Cooke raced clear but was denied by a superb Brian Harris tackle. An audacious back heel by Mclaughlin on 40 minutes released Cathal McGrenaghan and he cooly finished low past Bradley to give the visitors the lead. Then before the break William Hutchinson advanced from half way to fire to the roof of the net from twenty yards. Culdaff sealed the tie on 66 minutes after Bryan McCandlesss swept home McGrenaghan’s cross. Five minutes later substitute home keeper Greg Doherty parried a McLaughlin strike but McCandless pounced to fire home. In the closing minutes Martin Keddy ran down the right and crossed for Jack McLaughlin to fire home from close range.
Dunree Res 2
Carrowmena Res 3
The visitors took the lead when John Doherty raced onto a ball over the top to fire high past Simon Taylor from fifteen yards. But Dunree levelled on 35 minutes when John Doherty laid the ball back to Neil Moran and he fired high past Michael Noone from twenty five yards. Carrowmena regained the lead on the hour when Noel Doherty outpaced the home defence and converted at the second attempt after Taylor had saved the first effort. Dunree levelled again on 75 minutes when Eoin Cuffe fired first time to the net after a long throw in by John Doherty. Carrowmena struck for the points in injury time when a Noel Doherty effort was well saved by Taylor but Samuel Bredin was on hand to slot the loose ball home.