Match Reports Sunday 8th September

Tuesday 3rd September

Clubman Shirts League Cup       

Aileach FC                       7

Cockhill Celtic Youths      0

This was a much closer encounter than the scoreline suggests with the young Cockhill team putting it up to the home side for long periods

. On 5minutes Mark McDaid cut in from the left and fired a fierce drive which Kyle Dougall did well to gather.  Cockhill then lost their keeper ,Liam McGonigle, to a head injury and Jack McDaid had to deputise. Aileach broke the deadlock on  15 minutes after Gavin Doherty found Dermot Doherty who curled the ball beyond McDaid from 20 yards. Cockhill responded and Mark McDaid tried his luck from distance but again Dougall dealt with the effort. As half time approached Cockhill carved out a glorious chance to equalise when Darragh McDermott found Keegan Hegarty but Dougall narrowed the angle and blocked the wingers effort. Aileach upped the tempo after the break and doubled their lead on 55 minutes when Mark McElhinney headed a corner down for Gavin Doherty to finish to the roof of the net from close range. The third arrived on the hour when another corner found Denim McLaughlin unmarked in the 6yard box and he swept the ball home from close range. Things got worse for the visitors with 20 minutes left when they were reduced to 10 men after Shane Doherty received  a second yellow card. To their credit the young side kept plugging but they began to tire and Aileach ran in further goals from Gavin and Dermot Doherty Aaron Nash and Shane McMonagle to give the scoreline a very one sided look.

Culdaff   FC                          2

Buncrana Hearts               4

Culdaff had the opening chance on 5 minutes when Bryan McCandless broke clear but he fired wide.Buncrana then took the lead on 14 minutes when the unmarked Shane Dillon headed past Callum Doherty following a corner. They had the chance to double that advantage when they were awarded a penalty but Gerard Mclaughlin’s kick was superbly saved by Doherty. Defensive frailties surfaced again from another corner when Mikey Friel was not picked up and he headed home to make it two nil. When Kieran McDaid added a third it looked all over but Culdaff rallied and Jack Mclaughlin advanced into the area to drill a fine shot past Eoghan O’Doherty. They got right back into the game with twenty minutes left when substitute Eugene Mclaughlin saw his effort deflect past O’Doherty. But Buncrana rallied and McDaid beat two defenders and finished well to leave the final score four two and Buncrana sealed their semi final spot in a couple of weeks.

Clubman Shirts  League Cup

Group   A

  P W D L F A Pts
Buncrana Hearts* 2 2 0 0 6 2 6
Carn  FC* 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
Culdaff FC 2 0 0 2 3 8 0

Group   B

Aileach FC* 2 2 0 0 9 1 6
Greencastle  FC 2 0 1 1 3 4 1
Cockhill Celtic Yths 2 0 1 1 2 9 1

Group   C

Glengad United* 2 2 0 0 6 3 6
Illies Celtic 2 1 0 1 6 6 3
Moville Celtic 2 0 0 2 4 7 0

*Buncrana Hearts, Aileach FC, Glengad United all qualify for the semi finals and Carn FC join them as the best runners up on goal difference.  Semi final draw was made last week and resulted as follows :

Aileach FC                 v                      Buncrana Hearts

Glengad United       v                      Carn FC.

Charlie O Donnell  Cup  

Redcastle United              4

Rasheney FC                       0

Both teams started well with each side  having a good share of possession. Redcastle made the breakthrough after 9 minutes when a goalmouth scramble fell to Brendan Murphy who swivelled and hit his shot into the bottom corner leaving the keeper helpless. From then on Redcastle dominated and almost got there second when they played neat football from a goal kick but unfortunately when Daragh Conway got played in behind the defence  his chip went just over the bar. Redcastle got their well deserved second when once again they worked the ball out well from a goal kick and eventually played Murphy in and he slotted past the keeper for his second. Minutes later Redcastle has the game won when a cross from Shane McColgan found Murphy’s head and he made it three nil to complete  his hat trick.The second half started well for Rasheeny as they had Redcastle pinned in their half but were unfortunately not able to work the keeper enough. Redcastle’s first attack came in the 48th minute when Shay Davenport was able to slip in Cathal Crumlish and he beat the keeper at the near post and made it four nil. Rasheeny’s best chance came when Cormack Dillon got in behind but his shot was easily saved by McCole. Redcastle saw the game out to top the group and qualify for the semi finals.

Charlie O  Donnell  Cup

Group   A

Redcastle United* 2 2 0 0 7 1 6
Rasheney FC 2 1 0 1 2 4 3
Dunree United 2 0 0 2 1 5 0

Group   B

QPS* 2 1 1 0 7 5 4
Aileach Res* 2 1 0 1 9 4 3
Greencastle Res 2 0 1 1 5 12 1

Group   C

Clonmany Shamrocks* 2 2 0 0 10 3 6
Gleneely Colts 2 1 0 1 6 9 3
Glengad Res 2 0 0 2 1 5 0


Redcastle United, QPS and Clonmany Shamrocks qualify as group winners and are joined by Aileach Res as best runners up for the semi finals. Semi final draw is as follows :

QPS                                        v                      Aileach Res

Clonmany Shamrocks       v          Redcastle United

Sunday 8th  September    

Jackie Crossan Premier Division            

Cockhill Celtic Yths                       0

Moville Celtic                     1

Cockhill, the home side, will feel that they should have taken something from their opening league fixture earlier today but it was Moville, the visitors, who claimed all three points thanks to a header in the 85 minute from Jonny Havlin.

The game, between last years promoted sides, was played in excellent conditions at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds and it was the home side who created the best openings early in  the first period with Keegan Hegarty having great joy down the right. On 15 minutes Hegarty played in a great delivery low across the 6 yards box from wide on the right only for the ball to elude the in-rushing Darragh McDermott and cleared by Ryan McColgan. Moville had a threat in behind with the pace of Michael McNaught and the young wide man often got in on the ball over the top only for the covering Ryan Doherty and Michael Noone to clear the danger from the ever impressive Caolan Doherty. Hegarty played another ball into the danger area, for Cockhill, on 29 minutes but much to the frustration of the home bench nobody took a chance to get into the box for what would have been a great scoring chance. Cockhill’s midfield, with Bradley Callaghan & Adam McLaughlin always looking to get on the ball, had the lions share of possession in the opening period but found it hard to break a well organised Moville defensive shape led by the experienced Shane Canning and Jonny Havlin and helped by Joshua McConnalogue and Stephen Harley.

Cockhill took time to get going in the second period and could have found themselves a goal down when McNaught broke on 55 minutes only to hesitate and Noone got back to avert the danger and clear the ball to safety. A great ball by Bradley Callaghan on 60 minutes found Adam McLaughlin with a run from deep but with the ball bouncing high young Ryan Coyle was able to come and gather possession just inside his area. Moville were reduced to ten men on 70 minutes when Ryan McColgan got a second yellow in quick succession after two tackles on Mark McDaid who had caused the young fullback problems with his pace and trickery. Cockhill created a great chance on 75 minutes when McDaid and full-back Conor Allen combined only for the later to blaze over from 6 yards after Coyle saved his initial effort with his feet. The chance was to prove costly for the home side as Moville playing out time got a free kick deep in the Cockhiill half wide on the left and a great delivery from Harley into the area was met by the head of Havlin to power a header to the net past the helpless Michael Owen Doherty. The home side failed in the final moments to get something from the game as Moville held what they had and played the clock down.

Culdaff FC                            0

Glengad United                 4

Glengad started well against a young and experienced home side at Caratra Park before a big crowd and Conor barrow sidefooted over in the first minute  before Cathal McDaid had a snapshot well saved by Conor Keddy. Culdaff responded on 15 minutes and a superb burst along the left by Bryan McCandless saw him pull the ball back to Aiden Cunningham whose effort was blocked by keeper Daniel Mullarkey for a corner. They went closer again then after Conor Doherty controlled on his chest only to see his left footed volley crash off the post with Mullarkey beaten. Glengad took the lead after a corner on 31 minutes fell to Dillon Ruddy whose diagonal shot deflected off a defender and into the net. Matthew Byrne then headed just wide before Michael Byrne broke through and squared for Terence Doherty to have the simplest of finishes and make it two nil. Culdaff had the first chance of the second period when an Cunningham s corner from the left flashed all the way across goal but there were no takers. In a quick break Terence Doherty was denied by the legs of Keddy while John G McLaughlin headed wide at the back post. A cracking strike from Finn McClure made it thee nil  before Barrow was denied by another save from Keddy. Glengad made it four  nil on 68 minutes after Doherty laid off inside the area for Patrick McDermott to slot home. They should have added a fifth late on but John G McDermott miscued a header when he looked destined to score.

Carn FC                     1                     

Illies Celtic              1

Carn had  the first chance on 8 minutes when a Michael McDermott pass from midfield found Cade Cooke on the right wing who rounded the defender but shot wide from ten yards. Illies responded on 15 minutes when Liam Doherty broke on the right wing and crossed for Michael Coyle whose header to the bottom right corner  was saved by Gerard Crossan in the Carn goal.  Carn went close to taking the lead on 27 minutes after Shane Doherty broke on the left wing and crossed for Tiernan Coyne who shot low to the left and wide from 10 yards. Carn broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Will Quinn made a long pass for Tiernan Coyne on the right wing and he rounded the keeper and drilled it to the bottom of the net from 10 yards. Illies came back strongly in the early part of the second half and had a great chance on 55 minutes when Dominic Coyle passed to Michael Coyle on the right wing and he beat the defender and squared it for Kevin McGonagle who failed to hit the target when well placed. Carn responded midway through the half when substitute Lorcan Bradley made a long pass down the right wing to Darragh Deery who beat the offside trap and laid it off for Cade Cooke whose shot was well parried away past the post by Johnny Noone in the carn goal. Illies got the equalizer on 72 minutes  when Kevin McGonagle broke on the right wing and and rounded the defender and laid it off for Liam Doherty who drove a powerful shot past Crossan to the top right corner of the net from 20 yards. Illies nearly got the winner on 82 minutes when Michael Coyle broke on the right wing and squared it for Kevin McGonagle who shot to the left and wide from outside the 18 yard box.

Greencastle FC                  0

Aileach FC                            5

The home side suffered their second league defeat in as many matches and got off to a poor start here when they fell behind after four minutes when Aaron Nash fed Dermot Doherty  who turned and drilled a superb shot low past Dylan Doherty. They made it two nil on 8 minutes when Doherty broke on the left and crossed for Paddy Slevin to head home from twelve yards. Greencastle responded and Ciaran Moore had a shot deflected wide before Ronan Doherty had one effort blocked and Conor Gillen headed a Nigel McMonagle cross just wide. But Aileach responded with Denim McLaughlin firing narrowly wide from twenty five yards before they made it three nil. In a quick break Nash crossed for Slevin to fire in an unstoppable effort in off the underside of the bar. The home  side kept trying to get into the game with Stephen Grant going close and Ronan Doherty denied by a smothering save from Kyle Dougal. Greencastle started the second period well with McMonagle seeing an effort cleared by a defender before Grant fired over. Ailech hit back with Darren McMonagle’s effort clipping the outside of the post before Slevin was narrowly wide from twenty yards. McMonagle then had an effort from distance saved by Dougal. Aileach made it four nil on 63minutes when Gavin Doherty rose unmarked to head home an inswinging corner from Dermot Doherty. They completed the scoring on 78 minutes after Nash fed McMonagle who cut in to unleash a powerful effort to the corner from the edge of the area. Nash then had a chipped effort well saved before Michael Henry was just wide with the final chance of the match.

Strand Hotel First  Division

Dunree United       0         

Gleneely Colts       3

Dunree had a lot of possession and forced a number of corners throughout the game but failed to create clear chances. Midway through the half from a home corner the visitros broke with Cory O’Brien releasing Nathan McLaughlin who curled the ball past Ryan Fitzpatrick in the home goal. On the stroke of half time McLaughlin added a second when he robbed a defender and fired low past the keeper  from twenty yards. Dunree did up the tempo in the second period with Caolan McBride denied by a fine save from Sean McGuinness. But when Adrian Duffy stepped up to send a free over the wall and into the corner it as game over. The home side had the final chance after a Peter O’Neill cross fell to Liam Baldrick and he fired narrowly wide.

Aileach Res             0         

Glengad Res                       0

​​​​​Played in fine conditions, Glengad started the brighter with Graham Morgan and Gary Kelly offering an aerial threat but failed to create any clear cut chances.  On twenty minutes, Gary Kelly fired an effort from 25 yards just over Ciaran Bradleys crossbar.  Aileach then started to play their way into the game and had a couple of long range shots from Patrick Curran and Killian O’Rourke that were well handled by Michael McLaughlin in the Glengad goal.  Aileach had the best chance of the first half when Simon Wallace headed goalwards but McLaughlin got down well to push the header past the post.  Aileach started the second half in the ascendency but found Shane Doherty and Jason Doherty a tough nut to crack in the heart of the Glengad defence.  On the hour, Aileach came closest to scoring when Ryan Wilson beat his man and fired a shot across McLaughlin which cannoned off the post to safety.  With ten minutes to go McLaughlin made a fantastic save when Shane McMonagle fired towards the bottom corner before McLaughlin tipped the ball wide at full stretch.  With five minutes to go, Glengad had a half chance when Gary Kelly raced clear but a poor touch meant Ciaran Bradley was able to smother at his feet.  Aileach pressed for a winner in the latter stages but the Glengad defence held firm for a point apiece.

Clonmany Shamrocks      5

Redcastle United              1

The visitors opened the scoring in the 9th minute after a ball broke to Rory Hirrell twenty yards  out and he unleashed a brilliant effort to the top corner past Patrick Harkin. But the home side levelled within five minutes after Pearse McCarron directed a header from a Jason Devlin corner to the top corner past Michael McCole. Midway through the half Brendan Doherty crossed for Devlin to control and slot the ball home. Another Devlin cross then found Liam Hirrell and he headed past McCole to make it three one. In the closing stages of the half Shane McCaul saw an effort taken off the line by Rhys Davenport while McCarron dragged a shot wide when well placed. At the other end Evan Craig was denied by a stunning save from Harkin.  In the early stages of the second half the home side’s Oisin Hession created chances for substitute Niall Mclaughlin whose effort crashed off the bar and McCarron who headed wide.They increased their lead then with a looping header from Mclaughlin over the stranded McCole before substitute Michael Devlin released McCarron who drew McCole and slid the ball home. Jason Devlin then saw an effort crash off the post before McCarron was denied by a full length save from McCole. Redcastle had the final chance but again Craig was denied this time by a combination of Harkin and Gareth Bradley.

QPS                                        5         

Greencastle Res                0

The Point  dominated the opening half an hour with Darragh Gillen firing over the bar before Seamus Bovaird made two fine saves from Caolan & Sean McColgan. From the corner on 29 minutes they took the lead when a short corner to Caolan McColgan saw his cross swept home by David Healy from ten yards. A defensive error then almost let in Greencastle but Aiden Lynch recovered sufficiently to gather the ball. On the stroke of half time Healy set up caolan McColgan but he drilled over the bar. The point started the second period well and Gillen was denied by Bovaird before Stephen McKendry shot over. On 69 minutes substitute Caolan Travers beat the offside trap to race clear onto Healys pass and round Bovaird to slot home.Minutes later Caolan Harkin fed Travers again and then this time he slipped the ball low past the advancing Bovaird. Substitute John McCluskey then robbed a defender and fired home the fourth. Greencastle were denied a consolation when a Jude Harkin free was tipped over by Lynch. QPS completed the scoring when McCluskey slid in at the back post to force a Darragh Gillen cross over the line.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  

Cockhill Res            0

Clonmany Celtic    0

This was a very tightly contested match from start to finish with clear cut chances limited in the first half. Both sides were limited to half chances and long range efforts in the first half without forcing either keeper in to a save. Both Shaun Friel for Cockhill and Kieran Friel for Clonmany were sharp off their lines to thwart any danger in behind on a couple of occasions. The first real chance of the match was for Cockhill in the second half, a good delivery from a free out wide for once beat the Clonmany backline and it fell quickly to Marty Breslin who could not direct it goalwards with the keeper to beat and Ryan McDaid was quick on to the second ball but fired in to the side netting under pressure. Clonmany responded and Karl Harkin was given too much time to pick a shot but his effort went just over with another effort from a tight angle wide of the post. Kieran Friel was then forced in to action and made a very good save when John Grant found space in the box but his effort from 12 yards was tipped over the bar by the Clonmany keeper. The final chance of the match fell to Clonmany as a deep cross field pass in the dying seconds found Dessie Reilly in space coming in from the flank but his header was well saved by Shaun Friel as the match ended goalless.

Moville Res             9         

Clonmany Res        2

Moville took an early lead when Lee McColgan sent Danny Murphy clear and he rifled past Cillian McCarron on 7 minutes. They had to  wait until the half hour to double their lead when Murphy raced clear onto James Gillen through ball to finish well. Clonmany replied and Shane McCarron was denied  when his free kick was well saved by Maurice McGeady. Before the break the homeside made it three nil after Murphy  completed his hat trick running onto  McColgans pass to slot home. An own goal in the first minute of the second hald seemed to knock the fight out of the visitors after  McColgans cross deflected off a defender. Murphy then added two quick fire goals either side of a Graeme Doherty penalty  to make it seven nil. A brilliant save from replacement keeper Tiernan Doherty then fell to Michael Grimley who had the simplest of tasks to make it eight. Clonmany did get one back after Tiernan McDonald advanced and fired past McGeady from sixteen yards. Conor Lafferty completed the scoring for the home side before Mark Kelly scored a late consolation for the visitors.

Rasheney Res         2

Carn Res                   3

Carn got off to a great start when they took the lead on 11 minutes after Callum Crumlish cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful rising effort to the far corner past Roger McGilloway. Rasheney responded on 27 minutes when a Mark Diver effort was gathered by the second attempt by Kyle Harkin. The visitors went close again when a Dion Diver free clipped the crossbar. Rasheney ended the half well with Joey Holland firing a free kick just over the bar.Then  Kevin Noone breaking clear and when his  effort was parried by Harkin the ball fell to Cormac Dillon whose cross was headed wide by Matthew Duffy. Rasheney equalised on 50 minutes when James McConalogue rose highest to head home a corner. Carn hit back and were very unlucky after a Dayton Cooke free found Billy Dempsey whose header came off the inside of the post and across the line before being cleared. On 63 minutes the home side saw an effort from Dillon turned round the post and from the corner Holland was unmarked to head past  Harkin from eight yards out. Carn rallied and got back on terms after Dion Diver converted a penalty past McGilloway. On 72 minutes they regained the lead after two substitutes combined with Sean O’Donnell crossing for Cian Burke to fire home from twelve yards. Carn had the final chance as well with  Ryan Diver’s long range effort claimed by McGilloway at the second attempt.

Culdaff Res              3

Dunree Res             5

In good conditions  Dunree got off to a great start after Sean Henderson released Tommy Doherty to lob Patrick Mclaughlin and  open the scoring. On 15 minutes McLaughlin parried a low cross  from Kieran Lynch but the ball fell to Doherty to slot home. Culdaff rallied and got a goal back when Sean McGrenaghan and Mark Doherty combined to feed Ben Curley and he stepped inside a defender to drill low past John Lafferty. But a defensive error minutes later allowed Doherty in to lob Mclaughlin and complete his hat trick. The home side dug deep and reduced the deficit again after McGrenaghan ‘s free was headed home by Michael McLaughlin. Before the break Dunree made it four two when Henderson fired home from a free kick.Five minutes after the break the visitors increased their lead when Lynch’s deep cross found Ryan Toland who headed back across goal and into the bottom corner. Midway through the half good work by Matthew Crampsey found Curley who unleashed a thunderbolt to the top corner. Culdaff pressed hard and both Michael Mclaughlin and Michael Lynch went close with efforts late on.

Redcastle Res        2

Aileach Yths                        2

The home side opened the scoring on 4 minutes after a Terry McColgan pass released Drew McKinney and he advanced to finish well low past the keeper. But the visitors replied minutes later when Kevin Wallace rose high to head a corner past Ryan McCole in the home goal. Before the break the visitors went ahead after Wallace laid the ball off to Oran Doherty to curl a low sixteen yards effort past McCole. Redcastle started the second period well and were unlucky after McColgan’s header crashed off the bar. They equalised on 68 minutes when McColgan slid the ball through the visitors defence for Oran Farren to race clear and finish well. The home side were reduced to ten players when Aiden Ferns received a second yellow card but  their defence stood firm in the face of Aileach pressure to earn a point.

Illies Res                              1

Carrowmena  FC                2

While Illies dominated the opening half in possession terms they failed to breach a well marshalled visitors defence. Their first chance arrived on 21 minutes when a Rona Hegarty effort was brilliantly saved by Brian Houghton. On the stroke of half time Houghton produced another superb save to tip over a Stephen McGonagle header from James Downey’s free. A defensive error in the home defence on 51 minutes then allowed the visitor to take the lead after Samuel Bredin raced clear to drill past Kevin Gallagher. They spurned a great chance then from the penalty spot after Gerard Gill blazed wide from the spot. Illies hit back before the hour mark and when Hegarty was upended John Pio Donaghey converted to restore parity. Illies almost snatched the lead after an Ethan Doherty effort took a wicked deflection to wrong foot Houghton but a defender got back to clear. Then in the final minute Bredin’s inswinging corner took a deflected off a defender to end up in the net and clinch the points.