Fr. O’ Gara Cup

Illies Celtic 5-0 Clonmany Reserves

Michael Coyle was once again the hero as he scored a hat- trick to send Illies into the Final of the Hannon Greene sponsored Fr. O’ Gara cup having scored four goals a few weeks ago as Illies clinched the first division Coyle’s goals keeps Illies on course for a treble as they re also in the semi final of the Charlie O’ Donnell Trophy

Division Two Result

Gleneely Colts force play off for title

Buncrana Res 3-4 Gleneely Colts

Gleneely Colts needing a win to force a play off came away from Buncrana with all three points after a tightly fought game Gleneely  John Doherty put Gleneely ahead then John Mc Dermott gave them a 2-0 half time lead but Buncrana hit back early in the second half through Friel and Paul Mc Daid leveled for Buncrana, Nathan Mc Laughlin restored Gleneely’s advantage Gleneely added a fourtd before Mc Daid got his second for Buncrana Gleneely held on to force the play off for the title

Results Good Friday

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Buncrana keep pressure on Glengad with a good away win in Clonmany as Carn and Glengad draw and Culdaff defeat Greencastle

Culdaff 3-0 Greencastle, Brendan Mc Laughlinn, Aiden Cunnigham

Carn 0-0 Glengad

Clonmany 1-2 Buncrana

Division Two A

Gleneely 3 -3 Moville Res

Illies Res 0-3 Buncrana Res


Reports 9th April

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A       

Illies Res                       0

Gleneely Res                3

Early exchanges were fairly even with both keepers having little to do. The opening goal came on 25 minutes when Illies lost possession in their own half and was quickly seized upon by Corey O’Brien to fire to the bottom right hand corner of the net. Gleneely went further ahead ten minutes later  when a lengthy goalmouth scramble eventually fell to Nathan McLaughlin to shoot low to the net from eight yards. Illies started the second half brightly looking for an early goal to bring them back into the game. However Gleneely broke from defence 10 minutes in to score the vital third goal through Nathan McLaughlin. The highlights of the match thereafter were a succession of fantastic saves by Illies underage goalkeeper Kevin Gallagher. Gleneely went on to see the game out to remain in contention for league honours


Greencastle Res           2

Buncrana Res               6

Greencastle started well with a fantastic run by Shaun Downey who fed the ball into Sean Cavanagh who spun to put the ball into the top right hand corner. Just before half time Buncrana levelled the score with a great strike from all of twenty yards out to the top left hand corner from Buncrana’s Mark McFadden.Second half started with Buncrana applying pressure and they took the lead when Puaric O Flaherty pounced on a rebound to slot home. The introduction of

Gerard Boyle  saw him fire  home three goals with the first converting a John O Louglin cross before collecting a James Quigley pass rounding a defender and firing low to the corner. His hat trick came when he headed home a Michael Doherty cross. Boyle then got his fourth of the game when he ran onto a long kick out from Cathal McNutt to slot home. Dan Rowan scored a consolation goal for the home team from 20 yards out.




Fixtures 14 & 16 April

Inishowen Football League

Tuesday 11th April

Charlie O Donnell Cup  Quarter Final    7pm

Aileach FC  V  Buncrana Hearts

B McDaid, TMcAree  & J Porter

Fixtures for Good Friday 14th April

Jackie Crossan Premier Division  5.45pm

Carn FC  V  Glengad United    E Doherty

Culdaff FC  V  Greencastle  FC     G McLaughlin

Clonmany Shamrocks    v      Buncrana Hearts T Moyne


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    5.45pm 

Illies Res  V  Buncrana Res  D McLaughlin

Gleneely Colts  V Moville Res  G O Kane


Fixtures for EASTER  SUNDAY 16th April

Jackie Crossan Premier Division 2pm

Glengad United  V Clonmany Shamrocks  W Harvey

Buncrana Hearts v Greencastle FC   T Moyne


Hannon Greene Insurances

Fr O Gara Cup Semi Finals   2pm

Moville Celtic V Aileach Res

C Doherty, M McGonigle  & SDeeney

Illies Celtic V Clonmany Res

L Davenport, A McAleer, JJ lafferty


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am  

Buncrana Res  V Gleneely Res   D McLaughlin

Results 9th april

First Division

Cockhill Yths 1-0 Aileach Res

Division Two

Buncrana Res 6-2 Greencastle Res Gerard Boyle (4), Pauric O’ Flaherty, Mark Mc Fadden

Gleneely 3-0 Illies Res

Inishowe 1-1 Limerick

Inishowen 1-1 Limerick Aet

Inishowen won 4-3 on Pens

Inishowen advanced to  their 3rd all Ireland Oscar Traynor Trophy Final in 5 years having reached 5 successive semi finals a remarkable achievement for one of the smallest leagues in the country yet this was by no means easy Inishowen got out of jail not once but twice today firstly going a goal behind five min into extra time only to snatch a equaliser with a few seconds remaining and then to miss the first penalty to hand Limerick the advantage again but to the rescue came goal keeper Kevin Mc Laughlin with brilliant penalty saves to break the hearts of Limerick

The first half of this game was end to end both teams played good attacking football from the start Limerick  had the first opportunity when Eoin Hanrahan put in a free to the back post for John Cooney to head back across goal but Inishowen cleared the danger, at the other end a fine run by Michael Barr saw his effort just wide of the upright, then a Michael Byrne free found Anthony Doherty his shot took a deflection and the keeper gathered, on 11min a Limerick corner taken by Hanrahan was cleared at the  expense of a throw in, Terence Doherty then had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have fouled the defender,   then a Inishowen move saw Brendan Mc Laughlin feed Dillion Ruddy but his cross was over hit, Limerick had a efford from the right by Danny O’ Neill sail over, then Kevin Mc Laughlin punched clear a Limerick corner from Hanrahan and a Limerick free fell to Shane Clarke and his shot was deflected behind, Inishowen responded and Nigel Mc Monagle put in a good cross which was headed out to Brendan Mc Laughlin his effort from the edge of the area was behind, Limerick should have taken the lead on 26 min firstly John Tirney’s effort was blocked by Mc Laughlin it fell to John Cooney six yards out and his goal bound effort was brilliantly blocked by Michael Barr, Brendan Mc Laughlin then had a free which hit the wall the ball rebounded to him but he shot straight at Keeper Neville from another Limerick corner Clarke’s header was held by Mc Laughlin, and then the keeper cleared from O’ Neill, Nigel Mc Monagle then crossed for Terence Doherty his effort was well held by Neville, and then Mc Monagle miss hit a effort just before half time and the final action of the first half saw a Mc Laughlin corner fall to Matty Henry his turn and shot was just over the bar.

Limerick had a good chance early in the second half Clarke made a good run but delayed his shot allowing Michael Byrne to dispose him Mc Laughlin then whipped in a great cross which the diving Doherty failed to connect with, Limerick spurred another chance on 59 min a Clarke header from eight yards was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Mc Laughlin,  Alex Purcell replaced Hanrahan in the Limerick side on 70 min and Inishowen introduced Aiden Friel and Sean Doherty for Anthony Doherty and Dillion Ruddy, both teams were noticeably tiring and not wanting to concede as the clock ticked down passes were going astray and efforts were over hit as full time approached and the game ended 0-0, at the start of extra time Limerick sent on  Jonathan Grant and  Kieran O’ Connell for John Cooney and Pat Boyle and it was O’ Connell who broke the deadlock in the fifth min of extra time rising high to beat Mc Laughlin to the ball from a Tierney Cross to lead 1-0 at the break in the second period of extra time Inishowen withdrew Michael Barr and sent on Aileach’s Gavin Doherty in search of the equaliser, Limerick then introduced Maxim Boghou for Tierney as Limerick tried to run down the clock but with seconds left Mathew Byrne put in a cross which was headed down by John Gerard Mc Laughlin and up popped Terence Doherty who was well marshalled all game by Limerick’s Mullang and Fitzgerald but Doherty got his chance and smashed the ball low past Neville to send the home bench into ecstasy the was just enough time  to restart the game as referee Kilcoyne blew for the end of the game, into penalties and Inishowen was first up Mc Monagle’s shot saved by Neville to hand advantage to Limerick  but Brendan Mc Laughlin, Sean Doherty, Michael Byrne and John Gerard Mc Laughlin all dispatched their spot kicks and Kevin Mc Laughlin having saved O’ Connell penalty sent Inishowen into the final with a brilliant fifth penalty save from O’ Neill, it’s a long trip back home for Limerick who know they had this game in their hands twice but let Inishowen snatch victory at the death, Inishowen now await the the outcome of next week’s semi-final between Clare the current holders and Wexford to see who they meet in the final which will  be played in Maginn Park in May

Inishowen League: Kevin McLaughlin; Michael Barr (Gavin Doherty 100), Michael Byrne, John Gerard McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne; Anthony Doherty (Aiden Friel 70), Dillon Ruddy (Sean Doherty 74), Matthew Henry, Nigel McMonagle; Terence Doherty, Brendan McLaughlin.


Limerick District League: Gary Neville; Danny O’Neill, John Mullane, Dermot Fitzgerald, Eddie O’Donovan; John Connery (Jonathan Grant 90), John Boyle (Kieran O’Connell 90), Pat Boyle, Eoin Hanrahan (Alex Purcell 70); John Tierney (Maxim Boghiou 107), Shane Clarke.

Referee: Paul Kilcoyne (Sligo-Leitrim League).


Some Consolation for Limerick as their U/18s beat Inishowen 2-1 today at Aileach’s Lake Side to reach the final of the competition

Fixtures 9th April

Inishowen Football League

Sunday 9th April

Oscar Traynor Inter League Semi Final

Maginn Park 12 Noon E.T. & Pens

Inishowen  V Limerick & District



Strand Hotel First Division 11am

Aileach Res  V Cockhill Youths J.P. Houghton



Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am  

Illies Res V Gleneely Colts M. Mc Gonnigle

Greencastle Res V Buncrana Res E. Doherty

Match reports 2nd April

Buncrana Credit Union Cup Semi Finals

Buncrana hearts 3-0 Moville Celtic

Hearts started brightly and went 1-0 up after 10 minutes when Gerard Boyle scored from the edge of the box after a great cross from Decky Fullerton Hearts continued to press and went 2-0 minutes later when Boyle fired low across the keeper and into the bottom corner  Hearts continued to keep the pressure on and almost made it 3-0 on 20 minutes when Adam Duffy fired wide after a excellent cross from Stephen McHugh No7 ran through hearts midfield and saw his tame effort easily saved by O’Doherty in the hearts goal Hearts almost made it 3-0 when Adam Duffy rounded the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line  10 minutes into the second half Billy McCann has a good effort saved by O’Doherty.  Hearts came back into the game and went 3-0 up on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh played a great ball across the box for Gerard Boyle to tap in from close range Hearts almost made it 4 on the hour mark when Stephen McHugh curled a effort from the edge of the box off the crossbar Hearts continued to press the Moville goal and Adam Duffy had a great chance to make it 4-0 when he was through on goal only to fire wide of the goal Shane Skelly had a great chance to get Moville back in the game only for a great save by O’Doherty Hearts sub Bart Wesolowski went close to ending the game as a contest when he was through on goal and saw his effort bounce off the crossbar

Aileach 1-3 Greencastle

The first chance of this game fell to Aileach on 5mins when a Dermot Doherty cross from the right found
Keith McColgan at the back and the youngster was unlucky to see his header from 6yds go narrowly wide of the Greencastle goal. Greencastle came more into the game after this with James Henry pulling the strings in midfield and they had some good spells of possession without overly troubling Roulstone in the Aileach goal. With half time approaching another right wing cross from Dermot Doherty was cut out at the near post by Michael Barr with Anthony Doherty lurking in front of goal for what would have been a tap in.Greencastle began the second half well and had Aileach pinned back in their defensive third for long periods. On 55 mins Matthew Henry got round the back of the Aileach defence but his lob from 12 yds. cleared Roulstones bar. On the hour Greencastle took a deserved lead when Matthew Henry released Christy Hegarty who rolled the ball to the net low past Roulstones left hand from 10 yds. Aileach responded and were level within 10 mins when a poor clearence out of the Greencastle defence fell to Dermot Doherty and the winger cooly lobbed the retreating keeper from 25 yds. With extra time looking likely Greencastle were awarded a penalty when Cathal McElhinney brought down Matthew Henry and Michael Barr made no mistake from the spot. Aileach
threw everything at Greencastle in injury time but were caught on the break when Jamie McCormack raced clear to seal the win

Inishowen Engineering Division Two “A”

Moville Res             2

Buncrana Res         1


The home side started well and went close on 10 minutes when Colin Doherty’s shot from 25 yards was just off target. They moved ahead mid way through the first half after Norbert Indyka was fouled inside the area with Graeme Doherty scoring the resultant penalty. Buncrana responded and Ryan Coyle had to make a good save from a Michael Doherty effort. The visitors did equalise before the interval when a free kick was delivered in from the right and an unfortunate defender’s attempt to clear saw the ball ending up in his own net. Moville had the upper hand throughout the second half and were out of luck when Colin Doherty shot over from 6 yards after he got on the end of namesake Graeme’s layoff header. And it was stalwart Graeme who scored his second of the match when headed in the winner after 75 minutes after Pearse Doherty’s free arrived in the box. The visitors came closest to equalising near the end when Michael Doherty’s shot was cleared out by Emmet Mc Cauley.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths                      1

Culdaff Res                            4

Played on Saturday night, Culdaff were the more ruthless in front of goal to earn the points.  Aileach started the brighter in the opening 20 minutes with only a long range effort from Paul McHugh to show from it.  Culdaff grew into the game and almost scored when a speculative effort from Michael McFadden deceived Dylan Clarke from 40 yards and clipped the crossbar on  the way over.  Culdaff took the lead on the half hour when Cathal McGrenaghan broke the offside trap and shot from the edge of the box where Clarke parried his initial shot but McGrenaghan reacted first to give Culdaff the lead.  Aileach had two good chances in the next 10 minutes when

Liam Collins and Paul McHugh broke through but heavy touches meant Darragh McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal was able to save at their feet.  Culdaff doubled their advantage before half time when a clearance from an Aileach defender ricocheted of another Aileach player into the path of Niall McLaughlin who slotted into the net.  Aileach started the second half with purpose and cut the arrears within a minute when Conor Harkin send Paul McHugh away and he fired home from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.  Culdaff almost scored immediately when Thomas O’Briens through ball found Niall McLaughlin but Clarke saved bravely to keep the  minimum between the sides.  On the hour, Culdaff increased their lead when Niall McLaughlin’s through ball only found a Aileach defender and his back pass deceived Clarke in the home goal and somehow ended up in the net.  In the 70th minute, Culdaff completed the scoring with the best goal of the game when O’Brien played a beautiful cross from the right into the path of McLaughlin who supplied a deft finish to direct the ball into the bottom left corner to wrap up the points.  Aileach pushed hard to get back into

the game but the Culdaff defenders and McLaughlin in the Culdaff goal proved to be hard to breach.

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Glengad Utd      2

Culdaff FC          0


The home side kept their challenge for a third successive league title firmly on track with this derby victory over near neighbours Culdaff. In a bright start Terence Doherty came close when his strike from outside the box brought a smart save from Darragh Mc Laughlin. On 13 minutes Glengad hit the front. Good build up play involving Michael Byrne, Nigel Mc Monagle and Jason Doherty resulted in the latter’s attempt from 20 yards rather fortuitously finding the net at the near post. The score was doubled close to the half hour mark when Terence Doherty latched onto a long ball from John Gerard Mc Laughlin and after being upended inside the area Patrick Mc Dermott converted from the spot. The visitors then had a chance to reduce the deficit but Brendan Fildara’s free kick from outside the box was dealt with comfortably by the home defensive wall. They threatened again after 55 minutes when good work from Dillon Ruddy set up Eugene Mc Laughlin but his strike from 20 yards was saved by Kevin Mc Laughlin. Mid way through the second half a further attempt to reduce the 2 – 0 scoreline saw Mc Laughlin again deny Brendan Fildara who had combined well in a build up with Darren Melarkey along the left. At this stage the game had developed into a midfield battle but the home side remained comfortable. They came nearest to extending their lead minutes from the end when Byrne fed Mc Monagle along the left and his cross to the back post was fired wide by Terence Doherty from 8 yards.


Results 2nd April

Inishowen Football League 2nd April

Buncrana Credit Union Cup  Semi  Final  2pm

Buncrana Hearts  3-0 Moville Celtic Gerard Boyle (3) FT

Aileach FC 1-3 Greencastle FC LS Christy Hegarty, Michael Barr Pen, Jamie Mc Cormick (Greencastle) Dermott Doherty (Aileach)


Jackie Crossan Premier Division     2pm

 Glengad United 2-0 Culdaff FC  Jason Doherty, Paddy Mc Dermott Pen



Strand Hotel First Division 2pm

Illies Celtic 7-2  Aileach Res . M. Coyle (4) Paddy Doherty, Kevin Mc Gonagle, John Pio Donaghey (Illies)

Stephen O’ Donnell (2) Aileach

Illies are First Division Champions


Inishowen Engineering Division Two  A    11am

Redcastle Res  2-3 Illies Res FT

Moville Res 2-1 Buncrana  Res FT

Inishowen Engineering Division Two  B     

Aileach Youths 1-4 Culdaff Res FT

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