Match Reports Sunday12th February

Inishowen Football League Fixtures  2022-23

Sunday 12th February    

FAI Junior Cup Last Sixteen  – Superb Result for Buncrana Hearts as last eight tie beckons.

Buncrana Hearts 2

Salthill Devon 1

Buncrana made a dream start to the opening half when they took the lead in the first minute when Aaron McDaid robbed a defender and slotted low past Manala in the Salthill goal.

They had another chance then when Kieran McDaid found Sean Mullan  but his effort was well saved. The visitors upped the tempo then with an O Rourke header from a corner cleared away by Eoin Murphy before McKeowns  twenty yards effort was superbly tipped around the post by Kelly. Buncrana hit back and when

Mullan sent Kieran McDaid away on the right his cross found Jamie McDaid whose goal bound effort was deflected wide. Salthill hit right back with Gallagher s shot tipped onto the post by Kelly before Barrett broke clear down the left and again Kelly saved well. The visitors then spurned a gilt edged chance when they were awarded a  contested penalty but Gallaghers effort was superbly saved diving to his left by Kelly.  Buncrana then had another good chance when Jamie McDaid squared to Murphy but his shot was well saved by Manala. The Hearts were then  hit with a sucker punch on the stroke of half time when a long throw in was flicked on for O’Rourke to head past Kelly from five yards and level the tie. On the restart Vinny Faherty went close with a volley for the visitors while at the other end Kieran McDaid  volleyed an Aaron McDaid cross into the side netting. There was a lull in the action then until the 77th minute when Aaron McDaid unleashed an effort from distance just off target. Salthill replied with Barrett firing over from twenty yards. Buncrana finished strongly with Kieran McDaid breaking on the right hand side and when his effort was saved by Manala the ball broke to Murphy but he shot wide. Then on the stroke of full time Kieran McDaid broke on the right again and when his cross fell to Murphy ten yards out he fired  to the bottom corner to send the home side  into the quarter finals for the first time in their history.

Buncrana Hearts

Salthill Devon

Jackie Crossan Premier Division  

Greencastle FC 2

Aileach FC 2

There was a huge amount of action in the opening half with the teams sharing four goals and numerous opportunities at either end. Brennan Moore for the home side flashed a ball across the face of the Aileach goal but there were no takers in the opening minute. Aileach responded and Dermot Doherty was denied by Evan Davenport before  Davenport punched an Aaron Nash cross clear to Doherty who volleyed over. Greencastle then took the lead on 11 minutes after Nathan Harkin fed Seamus McLaughlin on the right and his low cross was swept home from close range by Nigel McMonagle. Denver Kelly for the visitors then was off target with a long rage effort  before the home side doubled their lead. Ciaran Diver s pass from inside his own half sent McMonagle clear and he drilled superbly to the bottom corner from twenty yards past Sean McGuinness. They almost made it three nil when a Gavin Harkin cross found Moore but McGuinness was alert to save. Aileach then got a goal back after Ethan canning broke on the left and his deep cross was headed to the net by Darren McMonagle. Both sides had good chances then with Nash breaking clear of the home defence but denied by Davenport while at the other end Moore was off target from distance.Aileach got back on terms then in the 35th minute when a Caoimhin McFeely effort fell perfectly into the path of Thomas McMonagle to slot home from twelve yards. Nash then had a volley over the bar before the same player was denied by a superb Micael Barr tackle.  At the other end McMonagle and Moore were off target with efforts before a Moore free kick was finger tipped on to the bar by McGuinness as the half ended.The action continued in the second half with McGuinness smothering well at McMonagles feet before  gathering a Michael Henry effort from the edge of the area. Aileach replied and when Nash got on the end of a long ball he teed up Darren McMonagle but Davenport made a good save.Greencastle had the majority of the chances with Diver firing just wide, Nigel McMoangle seeing an effort tipped around the post and Brennan Moore going close with two late free kicks. At the other end McFeely cut in from the right and fired into the side netting before Nash saw a late effort saved as the honours ended even.


Clonmany Shamrocks 0

Moville Celtic 1

Clonmany had the best of the opening exchanges with Shane McCaul  setting up Aaron Porter in the fourth minute but his effort landed on the roof of Taylor Clarkes goal. Jason Devlin then found space inside the area and when Clarke parried his effort Paddy Doherty following up drilled wide. Moville responded on 17 minutes and  when Michael McNaught squared the ball to Aaron McGurk he shot over. Midway through the half the home side put together a good move with Gareth Bradley finding Porter on the left and when his cross was flicked on by Devlin to Matthew McLaughlin he fired across goal and wide. Moville responded and their best chance came when McNaught crossed to McGurk whose effort was cleared by Bradley on the line. But the home side threatened again before the break when McCaul and Devlin combined well to release Porter but his effort drifted just wide. Moville dominated the second half but they failed to  break down a dogged home defence and as a result chances were at a premium.  Aaron McGurk had a header just wide and it looked as if the game was heading for a draw. But in injury time Moville kept their title hopes  alive when the home defence only half cleared a free kick to the edge of the area where Ryan Morrow had time to control and fire a stunning effort to the top corner to clinch all three points.

Glengad United 3

Illies Celtic 0

Glengad got off to a dream start when they opened the scoring in the first minute after John McDaid found Joe Doherty who fired a  brilliant twenty yards effort to the top corner past Johnathan Noone. They doubled their lead then on 15 minutes when a Stephen McLaughlin corner found John G McLaughlin at the back post and he beat a defender before crossing for Terence Doherty to volley home from eight yards. The home side almost made it three shortly afterwards but Joe Doherty was unlucky to see his first time effort from a John G McDermott pass crash back off the post.  The visitors finally responded with Brendan Doherty breaking on the right and crossing for Paddy Curran but from twelve yards he blazed over the bar.  Glengad had the last chance of the half after Stephen McLaughlin broke  forward and sent a ball over the top for Terence Doherty whose attempted lob cleared the crossbar. Aw llies were much better in the second half and on 55 minutes Paul Doherty sent Brendan Doherty away on the right and when he cut into the area he fired straight at Ciaran Gallagher in the home goal. They were unlucky then after a good run from Kevin McGonigle saw him slip the ball to Brendan Doherty whose fifteen yards effort crashed off the post. Glengad broke away in the 80th minute and when John McDaid s ballover the top found Stephen McLaughlin he lobbed the advancing Noone  to make it three nil. Illies had the final chance with a Paul Doherty free tipped over the bar by Gallagher.

Culdaff FC 4

Cockhill Youths 2

Played under the lights on Saturday evening Cockhill started  well and opened the scoring on 8 minutes after Adam Duffy found space inside the area and while his initial effort was well saved by Dermot Callaghan he reacted quickest to hammer the ball home from twelve yards. But Cockhill suffered a blow minutes later when Duffy landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge and had to be replaced. Culdaff came well into the game then with a Thomas O Brien free  parried away by Eoin Colhoun for Jack McLaughlin to shoot into the side netting from a tight angle. On 28 minutes McLaughlin saw a free kick crash off the wall before blazing the follow  up over the bar. Good interplay between Aidan Cunningham, O Brien and McLaughlin released Michael Coyle who shot narrowly wide from ten yards. Culdaff  continued to threaten with Eugene McLaughlins cross finding Jack McLaughlin who turned superbly and saw his deft chip over Colhoun brilliantly cleared off the line by Ryan Downey.  The home side deservedly levelled matters on 42 minutes after Cunningham intercepted a Colhoun throw out and slammed the ball home from sixteen yards. Cockhill replied on the stroke of half time when Paul Mclaughlin sent Paul Duffy running onto a ball over the top and his volleyed effort was superbly saved by Callaghan. Culdaff then took the lead on 58 minutes after Bryan McCandless dispossessed a defender and unleashed a stunning twenty five yards effort to the bottom corner. Ten minutes later the home side increased their lead after an O Brien long free kick was cleared to the edge of the area where ben Curley controlled on his chest and volleyed superbly to the top corner. Culdaff were rampant at this stage and within minutes had made it four one when Coyle won possession in midfield and sent McCandless away on the right . His excellent cross was sidefooted home from five yards by Jack McLaughlin.  Cockhill tried to hit back and Duffy fired a free kick over the bar on 83 minutes. They got a goal back then after a left wing Eoin McLaughlin cross was expertly flicked to the net giving Callaghan no chance. But the home side held on to record their first league win of the season.

Strand Hotel  Division One   

Redcastle United 4

Gleneely Colts  0

The home side began well and on 7 minutes Stephen Grant broke on the right and crossed for Marc Bell who fired just the wrong side of the post. They did break the deadlock midway through the half after Bell released Darragh McConway through the middle to round Oran Raymond and slot home. On 33 minutes they had another chance when a Jack McConalogue free found the unmarked Alan Clarke but he headed wide when well placed. Gleneely responded and when Shay  Harkin ‘s cross picked out Cory O Brien he fired just over the bar.  The home side doubled their lead in the opening minute for the second half after McConway crossed from the right for Clarke to head home  from ten yards. Five minutes later the same players almost made it three nil after a McConway cross just eluded the inrushing Clarke at the back post. Gleneely kept battling and went close after Harkin broke on the right and crossed to John Doherty whose low effort was well saved by Michael McCole. Redcastle then sealed the win when Stephen Grant advanced from midfield  past a defender and slotted low to the corner. They added a fourth when Gavin Grant corssed for Jack McConalogue to volley home  from twelve yards.

Carn FC 3

Aileach Res       0

This was a  very tight encounter  at St Patricks Park  and it wasn’t until the half hour when the first attacking threat arrived. When it did it was the home side who . the deadlock with Cian Doherty crossing from the left for Brandon Browen to volley superbly past Dylan Clarke  from the edge of the area. They doubled their lead just before the break after good interplay in midfield ended with Kyran Cantwell sliding the ball through for Cian Burke to slot low past Clarke. The second half was a midfield battle with defences on top . Aileach tried hard to get back into the game but the home defence stood firm. The home side then added a late third to clinch the tie when Cantwell again threaded the ball through for Burke who rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Greencastle Youths 2

QPS      1

Greencastle and QPS met with the game reversed to Muff what was a very even hard fought game. Greencastle took the lead halfway through the first half when following a series of corners one finally paid off.  Ben Doherty sent in a great corner and DJ Canavan scored with a powerful header. QPS equalised just before half time after getting in behind the Greencastle Defence. The ball fell to the feet of 17 year old Lee Rutherford who scored his first goal in senior football with a rocket into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.Th e second half continued in the same vein with both teams battling hard. QPS nearly took the lead when an unstoppable effort crashed of the post from  about thirty yards out .With both teams tiring a draw looked a sure thing but Luke Bradley scored a late winner for Greencastle after good pressing from Ronan Doherty chasing a long ball.


Clonmany Res 1

Buncrana Res   2

Buncrana started well and opened the scoring in the 8th minute after an Arlen Doherty snapshot rebounded off the post and Clonmany conceded a free kick on the edge of the area. Cillian Downeys free found Kevin O’Loughlin who looped a header over Kieran Friel and into the far corner. They doubled their lead on 27 minutes  when a Michael Doherty corner was not cleared and after a scramble  in the area Aaron Cleary slotted home from close range. Clonmany rallied andgot agoal back before the interval when after forcing successive corners a mark McLaughlin delivery found the unmarked Mark Doherty who looped a header  over Oran McBride in the visitors goal. The second half saw the home side dominate but struggle to create clear openings. Mark Mclaughlin went close with a half  volley midway through the half before the same player played a one two with Liam Hirrell before floating an effort just over the top.Their final chance came when a Ben Gill looping cross was flicked on by Mark Doherty for substitute Brian Doherty whose header  was well saved by McBride.

Inish  Engineering  Division Two    A    

Moville Res 3

Sea Rovers 3

Rovers began this game well with Daniel Gallagher seeing an effort saved low to his right by Stephen Teles before Keelan Doherty had an effort cleared off the line by John McGeady. In their first attacking threat the home side opened the scoring after21 minutes when Andrew Burke sent Oisin Lynch clear to fire low past Mark McLaughlin from sixteen yards. Rovers kept pressing and both Michael Glackin and Ciaran Doherty fired over from corners. They did get back on terms on 36 minutes when Ciaran Doherty split the home defence for Declan McGonagle t run onto and slip the ball low past Teles. On the stroke of half time McGonagle was denied another goal when Lorcan Gillen made a superb goal line clearance. After a tame start to the second half Rovers took the lead on the hour when McGonagle advanced into the area on the left and from a tight angle squeezed the ball past Teles. At the other  end Conor Lafferty had a free kick from the edge of the area well saved by Mark Mclaughlin. Rovers then looked to have sealed the win when they went three one up on 75 minutes. McGonagles superb pass sent Keelan Doherty clear and he expertly lobbed the advancing Teles from the edge of the area. But Moville were thrown a lifeline on 85 minutes when Lafferty converted  a penalty low to Mclaughlins right hand side after he had been upended. Then then salvahed a point in the final minute when Mateus Indyka advanced on the right and crossed for Lafferty to sweep the ball to the bottom corner from ten yards.

Cockhill Res 3

Rashenny FC 2

Cockhill started the match well, taking the game to Rashenny in the early stages and  made that early pressure count taking a deserved lead after 15 minutes when Dean O’Donnell reacted first to a loose ball in box to slot home from six  yards past Rashenny keeper Gavin McLaughlin. Cockhill continued to press and increased their lead midway though the first half with some great quick passing down the right releasing Shane McLaughlin who drove in to the box and played a perfect pass in to Caolan Moore who fired home first time from 10 yards low past Gavin McLaughlin .Rashenny showed their experience and gradually found their way back in to the match and reduced the deficit just before half time when David McLaughlin was given time to cross and Tommy Doherty was first to react to the breaking ball to prod it home under Cockhill’s keeper Darragh O’Donell. The second half was a tighter affair with clear cut chances limited. However it was Cockhill who made the second half breakthrough on the counter and when Connor McDaid set the ball back to Kieran McCallion his first time effort from 25 yards found it’s way in to the top corner giving Gavin McLaughlin no chance .Rashenny piled forward looking for a way back in to the match and got a goal back with 20 minutes to go after some hesitancy in the Cockhill defence allowed Shane Gordon to get to the ball first and direct the ball in to the net over the stranded Darragh O’Donnell to set up a tense finish.Credit to the young Cockhill team who handled the late onslaught well to claim a very hard fought win.


Illies Res 4

Culdaff Res 0

The visitors had the first chance of the game when Darragh McCormick broke free but saw his shot well saved by Kieran Sharkey. Illies replied with Oran Dogherty finding Ronan Doherty who failed to hit the target when well placed. The home side then broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when a corner was cleared to the edge of the area for William McLaughlin to shoot first time to the roof of the net. Illies increased their lead five minutes later when the unmarked Paddy Doherty rose highest to head home Marty Coyle s corner kick. Before the break they made it three nil after a swift counter attack saw Oran Doherty square the ball to his father Paddy who stepped inside a defender before drilling low to the bottom corner from fourteen yards.  Culdaff battled well on the restart with Jason Mclaughlin firing one good chance over the bar when well placed. Then Niall Gordon broke through the home defence but his effort was blocked by the legs of Sharkey. Illies sealed the points then on 77 minutes when Ronan Hegarty broke on the right and crossed for Liam O Connor to sidefoot past Adam McGonigle  from twelve yards .

Inish  Engineering  Division Two    B     

QPS Youth 3

Glengad Res 0

The home side dominated the opening half without creating many clear cut chances. Aham harkin had the first half chance heading over from a Jason McCallion free before Harkin laid the ball off to Cillian McEleney who also drove over the crossbar. Their best chance came on 35 minutes after Josh McLaughlin turned a defender on the edge of the area but was denied by a good save from Michael McLaughlin. Oisin McIntyre and  Mclaughlin then comnined to tee up Ronan Lafferty but his effort was always rising over the bar. Before the break McLaughlin had another effort from distance comfortably gathered by the Glengad custodian. QPS broke the deadlock on 52 minutes after McIntyre crossed from the right for McLaughlin to sidefoot home from ten yards. Glengad rallied and PJ McDaid fired over the bar from a good position before a Christopher Doherty free was well saved by Stephen Slattery. At the other end McEleneys cross found Mclaughlin whose close range effort was blocked by the legs of Glengad keeper.The home side then made it two nil on 61 minutes when McIntyre pounced on a loose ball insode the area to drill low to the corner from fifteen yards. The visitors kept battling and after a Caolan McColgan cross found Calvin White his header was saved by Slattery. Slattery ‘s long kick out then came off a defender into the path of substitute Dean Hegarty who calmly slotted the ball low to the corner. Glengad had the final chance when McDaid pounced on an underhit back pass but was denied by a superb Eamon McCool tackle.

Aileach Youth 3

Rashenny Res 0

Aileach started well and took an early lead after good interplay between Kevin Boyle and Ethan O’Toole ended with O’Toole finishing well from twelve yards. They eventually went two up midway through the half after  a Boyle corner  was headed home by the unmarked James Wallace. Rasheney  replied and before the break Ryan O’Donnell was just off target with a good effort. On the restart Abdul Al Rasheed went close for the visitors before at the other end Shay Bowen fired over the bar. Aileach sealed the points when Ryan Long forced the ball home from close range after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Both sides had late chances with Boyle for the home side and O Donnell for the visitors  failing to convert.

Dunree Res 6

Redcastle Res 0

In the opening exchanges Adam Callaghan fired just wide for the home side while at the other end a  Shay Sweeney shot on the run as well saved by Philip Doherty. Redcastle then had two glorious chances to open the scoring when firstly Darren Harkins effort came off the bar and then Ben Foster headed over when well placed. Dunree took the lead on 25minutes after Mark Moran beat a defender and fired low to the bottom corner from fourteen yards. Minutes later Moran turned provider when he set up Callaghan to slot home from close range.  Moran then made it three nil converting from close range before Oisin McGettigan dispossessed a defender and calmly slotted home to leave the home side four nil ahead at the break.  Redcastle started the second half well and Jason Lynch fired just wide before Oisin O Kane had a header saved by Doherty. But Dunree ended the game well on top with Jamie Brosnan outpacing the home defence to cooly finish low  to the corner. Quigley in the visitors goal made a superb stop to deny  Callaghan but was powerless  to prevent Callaghan converting the rebound to finish the scoring.