Match Reports Sunday 8th December
SUNDAY 8th December
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Culdaff FC 3
Greencastle FC 1
The visitors had threatened first after James Henry burst into the area but their strong penalty appeals were waved away.
Culdaff responded and broke the deadlock on 17 minutes after Jack McLaughlin broke on the left and his low cross was poked home by Michael Coyle at full stretch. Greencastle replied and a fine cross from Gerry Gill found Nigel McMonagle but he failed to hit the target. They did get back on terms on 39 minutes when Henry was bundled over in the area and McMonagle fired the spot kick low to Darragh McLaughlin’s right hand side. But Culdaff regained the lead just before the break when Darren Mullarkey collected a clearance and fired a superb twenty five yards effort to the top corner. Greencastle dominated possession with wind advantage in the second half and Jason Dickson saw a close range effort somehow blocked on the line by Damien Harkin. Culdaff responded on the hour and Jack McLaughlin went close with a superb snapshot just off target. Greencastle suffered a blow when Gerry Gill had to retire injured and was replaced by Kevin McLaughlin. They suffered another blow on 76 minutes when Coyle outmuscled the last defender and made it three one with a cool finish past Dylan Doherty. Greencastle upped the tempo and were unlucky when a Christy Hegarty free kick crashed back off the post. Then Michael Barr had an effort crash off the bar to Hegarty who blazed over. Culdaff were always dangerous on the break with Jack Mclaughlin and Coyle a constant threat to the visitors defence.
Aileach FC 3
Moville Celtic 0
The home side returned to the top of the table and bounced back from their defeat to Glengad with this deserved win over Moville. Aileach were ahead within 5 minutes when an Ethan Canning corner was glanced to the net past Ryan Coyle. Moville responded and following a free kick wide on the left was turned goalward by Pauric Skelly and Kyle Dougal did well to gather under pressure. The home side doubled their lead on 27 minute when Darren McMonagle got possession inside the box before side stepping his marker and firing an unstoppable shot high past Coyle. The second half was barely 3 minutes old when Aileach stretched their lead when Ethan canning turned home a Caomhin McFeeley cross at the back post. Both sides made substitutions at this stage and the game turned very scrappy with Keelan Doherty ploughing a lone furrow up front for the visitors and getting very little reward for his efforts and Ryan Coyle turning in a fine performance in the away goal. Aaron Nash returning from injury missed a couple of chances he would normally convert and the game petered out with the home side overcoming what was a weakened Moville side for a welcome 3 points.
Illies Celtic 3
Cockhill Celtic 2
Illies got off to a dream start in this local derby when Paddy Doherty threaded a pass into the path of Gavin Doherty and when the ball broke back to him off a defender he fired high past Michael Owen Doherty in the Cockhill goal. They created another good chance on 11 minutes after a Brendan Doherty cross flashed in front of goal but there were no takers. Cockhill grew into the game and got back on terms on 22 minutes after a Ronan McLaughlin corner found the unmarked Darragh McDermott to head to the roof of the net past Johnathan Noone. Illies responded well with a Gavin Doherty cross finding Brendan Doherty at the back post but he fired wide before on the stroke of half time the same player failed to hit the target when well placed. Illies dominated the second half and Gavin Dohetty had an effort tipped onto the bar before John Campbell fired wide when well placed. Brendan Doherty then created space and fired past Doherty but Odhran O Brien-Daly cleared off the line and then Campbell had a goalbound effort also blocked by a defender.The pressure told in the 80th minute after a deep corner from Dominic Doherty found Paul Doherty to fire home at the back post. They sealed the points when Dominic Doherty broke forward into the area and saw his shot deflect off a defender on its way to the net.
Strand Hotel Division One
Aileach Res 6
Rasheney FC 1
Aileach started the game brightly and took the lead on 5 minutes when Shane McMonagle finished after a wonderful move involving Keith McColgan, Paddy Curran and Killian O’Rourke. Aileach kept the pressure on and came close with efforts by O’Rourke and Stephen Doherty. Rasheney always looked bright on the break with David McLaughlin a threat but a youthful Aileach defence limited them to few chances. Aileach put the game to bed with three quickfire goals before half time. Firstly, a Shane McMonagle shot was parried by Paddy McGilloway in the Rasheney goal but Curran was on hand to volley into the net. Curran got his second when McMonagle released Stephen Doherty on the left and his cross was right into the path of Curran to slot home. Curran turned provider right on half time after Sean McHugh released him on the right, his cross was volleyed home by O’Rourke from 10 yards. Aileach controlled the early stages of the second half but resolute defending kept them at bay until the hour mark. On the hour, Curran skipped past his marker and crossed into the path of Stephen Doherty to tap home from six yards. Aileach made a lot of substitutions at this point and the game became a little disjointed for a time, Rasheney exploited this by pulling a goal back when Cormac Dillon released David McLaughlin who raced through to slot past Ciaran Bradley in the home goal. On 75 minutes, Aileach came close to number six when Curran’s cross was just out of the reach of Gareth McLaughlin at the back post. Aileach came close again when Sean McHugh advanced and fired a shot which was superbly touched onto the post by Rasheney sub keeper, O’Neill. Aileach continued to press with Michael McElroy, making his senior debut, prominent from left back. Aileach did get number six with 5 minutes to go when McElroy released Darren Bradley on the left and his cross was steered home by James Wallace.
Redcastle United 3
Greencastle Res 4
Greencastle started the better team and almost took the lead within 5 minutes, when a corner was fumbled by Michael McCole in the Redcastle net, the ball fell to Shaun Cavanagh but his shot was weak and easily cleared off the line by Alan Clarke. Against the run of play Redcastle took the lead when Daragh McConway picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove at the Greencastle defence, when he got to the by-line he cut the ball back across the net and found Brendan Murphy who tapped in at the back post. Greencastle dominated possession afterwards but were unable to create any clear opportunities. They got a fortunate equaliser on 36 minutes when David Walker picked the ball up 40 yards out and his shot slipped through the keepers hands and found the back of the net. Minutes later Greencastle almost took the lead when Andrew Peoples shot took a big deflection off a Redcastle defender but McCole made a good reaction save and tipped the ball out for a corner.After the half neither side started great but Redcastle were the team that took the lead on 63 minutes when a cross from Gavin Grant beat the keeper and went straight in. Straight from kick off Greencastle were awarded a free kick. Daniel Rowan put a cross in and Andrew Peoples headed past the keeper to equalise. On 67 minutes Redcastle re-took the lead again when a cross from Evan Craig found Murphy and he swivelled and shot across the keeper to make it 3-2. With 10 minutes left Greencastle equalised for a third time when a through ball from Andrew Peoples found Marc Doherty and he slotted past the onrushing keeper. With the last kick of the game Greencastle scored from a free kick when a cross from Joe Doherty found Shea McLaughlin who headed past the keeper.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two
Moville Res 1
Redcastle Res 3
Moville played against the wind advantage but created the first clear chance on 15minutes Michael McNaught raced clear but saw his effort crash off the post. On 32 minutes a Conor Lafferty’s effort was well saved by Paul Doherty in the visitors goal. Reecastle then took the lead against the run of play on 40 minutes after an inswinging Ryan Duffy corer was met with a powerful Terry McColgan header to the top corner past Ryan Coyle. They doubled their lead a minute later after Duffy collected the ball and fired to the top corner from the edge of the area. Moville dominated for long periods in the second half but the visitors broke and Cianan Mulcahy crossed for Oran Farren to head home to make it three nil. Moville had a mountain to climb then but Lafferty, Christy McGeoghaghan and Eoin McLaughlin all had good efforts well saved by Doherty. They did get a goal back on 77 minutes when a Kyle Harkin corner found Adam Harkin to fire home from eight yards. Moville pressed hard but the visitors held firm to claim the points.
Cockhill Res 5
Illies Res 2
After an even start it was Cockhill who took the lead after good work between Mark Gillespie and Kevin McDaid down the left opened up the Illies defence allowing Ryan McDaid to volley home from 12 yards from Kevin McDaid’s cross leaving Illies keeper Kevin Gallagher with no chance. Illies responded well and levelled the match with a stunning 25 yard strike from Shane Devlin that flew past Cockhill keeper Shaun Friel in to the roof of the net as the match finished level at the break. Cockhill started the second half very well scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Ryan McDaid scored his and Cockhill’s second of the game with another volley at the back post. Gary Breslin made it three after a great move from middle to front started by Kevin McDaid who played in Mark Gillespie and his first time low cross set up Gary Breslin who slotted low past Kevin Gallagher with a composed finish.As Illies pushed forward trying to get back in to the match Cockhill broke with pace and Gary Breslin showed good awareness when through on goal and unselfishly set up Ryan McDaid for an easy finish to make it 4 – 1 as the young Cockhill player bagged his first hat-trick in senior football. To Illies credit they kept fighting and got a deserved goal back after a period of sustained pressure when Ryan McIlhinney hooked the ball in to the net past Shaun Friel from a corner after Cockhill failed to clear their lines. Cockhill responded well and with 10 minutes left sealed the win and completed the scoring after another swift counter was well finished by Gary Breslin.
Carn Res 2
Culdaff Res 1
Carn had the first chance on 8 minutes when Paul Stevens broke on the right wing ,rounded the defender and squared it for Declan McGonagle who shot wide from ten yards. Culdaff broke the deadlock on 17 minutes after Mark Doherty intercepted the ball from a defender and shot low past Kyle Harkin to the bottom corner from 8 yards. Carn equalized on 29 minutes when a Mark Scott through ball found Cian Burke who went one on one with Dermot Gallagher and slotted it home from 15 yards. The home side were then a blow before the break when Scott was red carded for a second caution.In the second half Carn got a chance on 55 minutes when Mark Diver passed to Ryan O’Donnell on the right wing who laid it off to Kyran Cantwell but he fired wide from 10 yards. Culdaff replied on 65 minutes when Sean McGrenaghan broke on the right wing and rounded the defender and laid it off for Ben Curley who blazed over 10 yards. Carn then struck for the winner on 81 minutes after Dayton Cooke fired a free kick from 25 yards to the top right corner of the net.