Match Reports Sunday 8th January

Inishowen Football League Fixtures  2022-23

Sunday 8th January   

Ulster Junior Cup

Castlefin Celtic 3

Glengad United 2

In a tempestuous affair the home side started well and raced into a two goal lead  by the 28th minute.

Glengad responded and reduced the deficit  when Stephen McLaughlin’s freekick from twenty five yards deflected off the wall and past the keeper. The second half saw both defences on top and few chances created throughout. But Glengad  rallied late on and McLaughlin scored his second of the game when his touch from  Fergal Dohertys cross took him past a defender to slot home and  force extra time. Glengad had a couple of one on ones but failed to capitalise on them  and  it was the home side who snatched the all important winner  and advanced to the semi finals.

Ulster Senior Cup  

Bonagee United 1

Greencastle FC 3

In an entertaining opening half Greencastle had an early chance after Shea McLaughlin found Odhran Kennedy who cut inside but fired just wide. Bonagee replied on 8 minutes with the lively Aaron Wasson breaking clear of the visitors defence but denied by a fine save from Conor Browne. Greencastle upped the tempo then with Ciaran Diver firing over and Kennedy seeing an effort blocked by a defender. The visitors then took the lead when a long range effort from Kennedy deceived Cian Harkin the home goal.Play flowed from end to end the home side saw a Cody Brogan header come off the bar, Wassons point blank header saved by Browne and another Wasson effort tipped over by Browne. Greencastle had their own chances with a James Henry header cleared off the line and both Nigel McMonagle and Brenan Moore seeing efforts  well saved by Harkin. Bonagee got back on terms within six minutes of the second half when Peter Carr advanced from midfield and fed Aiden Mclaughlin who cut inside the edge of the area and drilled a superb effort to the bottom corner.  Greenastle upped the tempo at this stage with Moore racing clear but denied by a smothering save from substitute keeper John Carr . On the hour mark Shea McLaughlin cut in from the left but fired just over the bar.  In a replica move on 73 minutes Henry found McLaughlin who again cut in from the left and fired an unstopabble right footed shot to the top corner. 


Jackie Crossan Premier Division 

Culdaff FC 0

Moville Celtic 5

A difficult swirling wind made it difficult for both sides and the home side’s cause   was not helped by having two players injured in the opening half an hour. Moville took an early lead after the home defence failed to clear allowing Aaron McGurk to slot past Dermot Callaghan. Culdaff tried to reply and Bryan McCandless fired over from the edge of the area. On the half hour Moville doubled their lead when with the home side appealing for offside Michael McNaught raced clear to drill low past Callaghan. On the stroke of half time Bradley Callaghan nipped in to head home a free kick at the near post. Moville had a lot of possession on the restart  but it was the home side who had the first chance after Aiden Cunningham cut in from the left but fired over the bar from the edge of the area. Moville made it four nil then on 77 minutes after a McGurk effort crashed off the post and McNaught reacted first to slot the loose ball home. Five minutes later the home defence lost possession and Jake Morrow chipped the stranded Callaghan to make it five nil.

Buncrana Hearts 2

Illies Celtic 0

Buncrana created a great opening in the second minute after a James Adair cross was flicked on by Aaron McDaid to Sean Mullan but he failed to hit the target from seven yards.  They had another good chance on 19 minutes  when a  Kieran McDaid free kick found Aaron McDaid at the back post but he headed wide. Illies responded with a Sean McCallion free from twenty yards but failed to trouble Eoghan O Doherty in the home goal.Before the break the Hearts had another good chance after great work from Aaron McDaid saw him feed Mullan who turned a defender inside out but blazed over the bar from close range.  Buncrana continued on top after the restart with Eoin Murphys goalbound effort blocked by a defender, a Jamie McDaid effort blocked on the line and a Kieran McDaid effort superbly saved by the legs of Noone. They continued to press and on 70 minutes Mullan played a one two with  McDaid before seeing his effort crash off the bar. They broke the deadlock minutes later after Kieran McDaid played a corner to Calvin Gallagher on the edge of the area who controlled and drilled an effort low to the bottom corner despite the best efforts of Noone.  But Illies almost snatched an unlikely equaliser minutes later when a Liam Doherty free was parried by Eoghan O Doherty  to substitute Michael Owen  Doherty and his follow up crashed back of the crossbar.  Buncrana then sealed the points in the 89th minute after Jamie McDaid released Mullan to outpace the Illies defence before slotting past Noone.

Cockhill Youths 1

Aileach FC 3

Aileach got off to a dream start  in the second minute when a great cross from Darren McMonagle  found Aaron Nash to finish first time at the back post. Ten minutes later they added a second after a Caoimhn McFeely  cross  found Nash who rounded Eoin Colhoun to slot home. Cockhill replied and a Darragh McDermott cross found Eoin McLaughlin who headed straight at the keeper. They continued to press and a great first touch from Paul Duffy created space but Darren Gallagher made a superb block. The pressure told on 26 minutes when McDermott released McLaughlin to rifle the ball into the bottom corner.  Cockhill continued to press and an Odhran O Brien Daly header from a corner was cleared off the line. But against the run of play on the stroke of half time Aileach increased their lead when Nash ‘s driven pass was well controlled  by McMonagle  to slot past Colhoun. Aileach had the first chance of the second half when an Ethan Canning cross bounced awkwardly in front of Thomas McMonagle who failed to apply the finish. At the other end a great ball from Duffy finds McDermott at the back post but he fails to direct his effort on target. Aileach finished strongly with Gavin Doherty seeing an effort saved by Colhoun before McMonagle set up Nash but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over from twelve yards.

Strand Hotel  Division One   

Aileach Res 2

Buncrana Res 2

The home side began well and took the lead in the 10th minute after a Tom Doherty cross found Stephen Doherty to head past Oran McBride in the visitors goal. Declan O Donnell then had a twenty yards effort which just cleared the bar. Buncrana came more into the game then with Eoin McNameee firing narrowly over on 33 minutes. They got back on terms before the break when the unmarked McNamee fired low past Sean McGuinness from twelve yards. Buncrana then took the lead on the hour mark when from an Aileach corner they broke quickly with Michael Doherty sending McNamee clear and he chipped McGuinnes from sixteen yards. But the home side responded and equalized in the 77th minute from a Dermot Doherty corner which Cathal McElhinney headed home at the back post.  Both sides had late chances with Stephen O Donnell denied by a good save from McBride before at the other end Buncrana substitute Paul Mullan fired wide when  well placed.

Clonmany Res 0


The visitors started well with Sean McIntyre heading over from a Stephen Harley corner before Conor Barrow dragged an effort wide when well placed. They opened the scoring in the 19th minute after a David Healy cross deflected off keeper Kieran Friel and in off the post. Clonmanys best  chance of the half came on 36 minutes after good interplay between Niall Mclaughlin and Jake O Donnell ended with a lay off to Logan McDaid whose twenty yards effort crashed off the bar. The point then hit the home side with a double blast before the  break. Barrow  raced onto a John McCloskey pass and rounded Friel only to see his effort hit the post but he reacted first and his follow up deflected off a defender on its way to the net. On the stroke of half time they added a third when Harleys cross saw Barrow and a defender  compete for the ball which deflected off the defender and past Friel. There was little by way of goalmouth action in the second half until late in the game. Clonmany substitute Ethan Devlin  failed to connect when well placed while another substitute Thomas Comiskey had a sight of goal  but delayed and the chance was lost. The Point completed the scoring in the 87th minute after John McCloskey raced onto a through ball and slipped a left footed effort low past Friel.

Greencastle Yths 3

Gleneey Colts 1

In very blustery conditions at Chapel lane Greencastle had an early chance when a ball down the left was picked up by Ronan Doherty who released Oisin McElhinney whose shot went narrowly over. In the 10th minute Greencastle took the lead after  an in-swinging corner from Ben Doherty was turned into their own net by a Gleneely player. Midway through the half another Ben Doherty corner landed to Tony McClenaghan whose header was cleared of line by Conor Hegerty.  Gleneely won a penalty five minutes after the break but   Christy McDaid s driven effort  brought a great save from Evan Davenport in the Greencastle net diving to his right. A few moments later Greencastle had their own chance from the spot when Ronan Doherty was brought down in the box. Kyle Harkin buried the penalty into the bottom corner.But the visitors reduced the deficit in the 75th  minute  after Greencastle lost possession in defence and Gleneely ‘s Manus Doherty scored from eight  yards out. From the resulting kick off Greencastle pushed forward and the ball fell to Josh Lafferty 20 yards out whose shot dipped under the bar and restored their two  goal lead. A shot by Gleneely from 25 yards was heading towards the top corner but was tipped over by Davenport and  Davenport made another good save when Paul Doherty found space on the edge of the box his drive was pushed away to safety .Gleneely had the last chance of the game when a 40 yard drive from Christy McDaid went just past the angle of post and bar.

Redcastle Utd 0

Dunree United 2

After an even opening to the game the visitors broke the deadlock midway through the half. Mark Moran advanced on the left and when his cross eluded Michael McCole the ball fell for Adam Barrett to drill home. Minutes later a Redcastle corner from Shaun Curran is headed out by the Dunree defence to Marc Bell whose first time effort is cleared off the line. The home side went close again then when Darragh McConway threaded a ball through for Eoghan Mclaughlin but he was denied by a superb Adam Harrigan save. Redcastle ended the half on top and a Curran free whistled just past the post. There was no goalmouth action until the 62nd minute when Dunree s Thomas Mulhern advanced  through the middle but fired over from twenty yards. The home side replied with a Cahir Mclaughlin cross finding McConway who headed just over. Dunree then had a good spell with Moran releasing Liam Baldrick  who shot just wide. On 75 minutes the visitors increased their lead with  Moran running at the home defence and slipping a pass to Mulhern to fire low past McCole. Moran then had the final chance of the game when he collected a loose ball outside the area  but fired wide.


 Inish  Grass  Division Two    

Aileach Youths 2

Culdaff Res 1

Aileach started the game well and went ahead in the 5th minute after Benny Hegarty played a neat one two with  Ciaran Bradley before slotting low past  Peter Doherty  in the visitors goal. Culdaff responded with Sean McGrenaghan cutting inside and unleashing a shot which Dylan Clarke saved well. The same player then combined with Patrick McLaughlin but fired wide when well paced. Aileach replied with Dillon McGrory firing narrowly off target  but they went two nil ahead on the half hour. A good move involving Shay Cuffe and Bradley ended with Bradley turning a defender and shooting low into the  bottom corner. Bradley was then denied another goal after a superb double save by the visitors custodian.  Culdaff got back into the game on the stroke of half time when a good ball from Darren Mullarkey released Conor Doherty and he slipped the ball low past Clarke. Culdaff started the second half well and McLaughlin and Euan McFeely both went close. Aileach responded and  McGrory and Hegarty were off target with efforts from the edge of the area. With time running out Culdaff pushed forward in an effort to force extra time but both Doherty and McGrenaghan failed to hit the target with  good efforts as the home side advanced to the quarter finals.

Carn Res 3

Moville Res 2

Moville started the game at a fast pace and were rewarded with an early goal when Oisin Lynch finished from close range. Moville dominated the early part of the match but Carn midfield began to get a foothold. They got an equaliser after a well-timed run by Shay Fallon who finished calmly to the net after controlling a long pass from Mark Scott  to leave the sides level at the break.

Carn were starting to control the game at this stage but it was Moville who went in front again, Danny Murphy scoring from close range. 

Carn battled back again and Mark Scott scored an excellent goal after running beyond the Moville  defence he flicked the ball expertly beyond the keeper. Scott then got the winner for Carn with a powerful header from a corner in what was a close, even match.


Carrowmena FC 4

Illies Res 1

In the opening exchanges Conor Doherty for the visitors headed wide from close range while at the other end a Mark McGonigle cross found Mark Doherty but he shot just the wrong side of the post. The visitors then took the lead in the 17th minute after Shane Devlin capitalised on a defensive error  to score with a superb finish from the edge of the area. Carrowmena tried to respond but  McGonagle was denied by a fine save from Graham Doherty and from the resultant corner  Gerard Gill fired into the side netting.At  the other end Illies Ronan Hegarty and Oran Doherty  both drew good saves from Michael Noone in the home goal. Carrowmena then levelled matters on the stroke of half time after a Paul McGowan cross was swept home  by Ruairi Dougal. Defences were on top in the opening period of the second half. Illies had the first chance  on the hour but Dominic Doherty headed wide from a corner. Minutes later the home side took the lead with Mike Price firing home from five yards after a corner had broken to him. Mark Doherty had a curling effort well saved by Doherty before Sean Duffy fired home the third goal for the home side from the edge of the area. Late on the home side completed the scoring with Adam Harkins cross slotted home by Sean Diver to send Carrowmena into the quarter finals in a somewhat shock result.

Sea Rovers 3

Rashenny FC 1 AET 

In a game dominated by a strong  wind the home side had the advantage of the elements in the first half but failed to trouble the visitors  who defended stoutly. Indeed it was the visitors who created the clearest chance of the half in the 37th minute after Ronan Shovlin broke clear  of the Rovers defence but was unlucky to see his effort crash back off the post. Rasheney started the second half with the wind in their backs and opened the scoring on 50 minutes after Conor McDaid ‘s cross cum shot found the net.  But the home side rallied and equalised on 74 minutes after an Oisin Hasson cross was not cleared by the Rashenny defence and Daniel Gallagher slotted home. Rovers Hasson and Andrew Gallagher had efforts which failed to trouble the visitors keeper while at the other end McDaids effort drew a good save from Mark McLaughlin to force the game into extra time.  Rovers started the first half well and took the lead when a Shay Rodgers cross was slotted home by Andrew Gallagher. Before the break they increased  their lead after a good run  from Daniel Gallagher ended with a lay off to Rodgers to shoot low to the net. Rashenny  threw everything at the home side in the second period of extra time and reduced the deficit with minutes remaining after Conor McDaid created space  on the edge of the area and drilled low to the corner.  But Rovers held firm in the closing minutes to advance to the quarter finals. 

Glengad Res 2

Dunree Res 1

With the wind Dunree took an early lead when Evan Barry advanced on the left cut inside and fired across goal where Gary Breslin slotted past Danny McGonigle from close range. But they failed to build on this good start and the home side got back on terms on 41 minutes. PJ McDaid beat a defender on the right and his low cross found the inrushing Patrick Mclaughlin to shoot past Oran Doherty. Glengad went close after the restart when a Caolan McColgan corner delivery crashed back off the bar.Dunree had a good spell then with Nevin McGowan blazing a Gerry Farrell cross over the bar before McGonigle in the home goal made two superb saves to deny Breslin and Barry in quick succession. Glengad responded and when McDaid raced clear onto a long clearance Doherty in the visitors goal advanced to kick clear. With extra time looming the home side struck for a last minute winner when Niall McColgans long free kick found Brian Houten to head to the roof of the net and send Glengad into the quarter finals.