Inishowen Engineering Division Two A 11am
Redcastle Res 2-3 Illies Res
Moville Res 2-1 Buncrana Res
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Aileach Youths 1-4 Culdaff Res
Redcastle Res 2-3 Illies Res
Moville Res 2-1 Buncrana Res
Aileach Youths 1-4 Culdaff Res
Illies Celtic 1-1 Glengad Aet (Illies won 3-1 on Pens)
Greencastle Res 1
Moville Res 2
The first chance fell to Moville when Graeme Doherty crossed to the back post where Kevin McDermott controlled and fired wide before minutes later Kyle Harkin advanced and unleashed a twenty five yards effort which Puaric Carey Doherty held well. But Greencastle took the lead in their first attack on 13 minutes when a Long throw found Shaun Downey who hooked across goal for John McDermott to slot home. Greencastle had another chance on 19 minutes after a long kick out was seized on by Eunan McDaid whose attempted lob was well saved by Ryan Coyle at full stretch.Moville replied and James Gillen had a twenty five yards effort just past the post while at the other end a dangerous David Henry cross just eluded Pauric Gillen at full stretch. Moville came more into the game before the break and after a good move Ryan McColgan headed narrowly over. Moville dominated the second period and Norbert Indyka won possession before firing just over from twenty five yards. Minutes later Kyle Harkin lashed a free kick inches past Carey-Doherty’s right hand post. They did get back on terms on 75 minutes when a ball over the top was well controlled by Kevin McDermott who slotted low past the keeper from sixteen yards. On 81 minutes Indyka headed a Nathan Harkin free over before Greencastle’s first threat of the half came when Tom Heuston saw his free kick sail just over the angle. With extra time looming a long kick out was flicked on by Indyka for McDermott to race clear and fire high past Carey- Doherty and clinch the shield for Darren Bredin’s side.
Peter Mc Laughlin of Donegal Signs Presenting the Reserve League Shield to Moville captain Kevin Mc Dermott
Man of the Match
Brendan McDermott and Shaun Downey batted well for the runners up while Declan Diver and Norbert Indyka were impressive for Moville. But goals win games and the award goes to the ever alert and clinical finishing of Moville’s Kevin McDermott.
Glengad United 3
On 15 minutes Terence Doherty broke clear but fired over from twelve yards. The same player then sprung the offside trap five minutes later when he raced clear and rounded John Roulstone and slotted home. But Aileach got back on terms when the unmarked Gavin Doherty headed past Seamus Houghton in the Glengad goal.
Glengad got back in front on 33 minutes after poor defending allowed Doherty to fire home from a corner. They stretched their lead before the break when Nigel McMonagle ghosted in at the back post to convert a James McKinney cross. Glengad were unlucky not to increase their lead on 52 minutes after Doherty crossed for McMonagle whose first time effort crashed off the bar. Aileach huffed and puffed but failed to really trouble Glengad with Darren McMonagle weaving into the area and pulling the ball back but there was no one there to avail of the chance. Their best chance came late on after the visitors defence failed to clear Paddy Slevin fired over from six yards when he should have done better.
Culdaff FC 2
Cootehill Harps 1 ( AET)
This game could have gone either way and the home side got the rub of the green on a couple of occasions. Culdaff settled the better and Brendan McLaughlin had a right footed effort saved by James Smith before Michael Coyle headed wide from a corner. The home side then took the lead on the half hour when after a Eugene McLaughlin cross was blocked the winger fired across for Brendan McLaughlin to volley home from close range. Eugene McLaughlin had another snapshot parried by Smith who recovered to smother at Paul McLaughlin’s feet. Cootehill ‘s first effort was a twenty five yards shot from Keith Fannin which Darragh McLaughlin gathered easily. The final chance fell to Coyle who latched onto a quick throw in but volleyed over. There was an explosive start to the second period and Cootehill had a clear chance when Fannin ran clear but fired weakly at McLaughlin. Culdaff replied and had two chances inside a minute. Firstly Brendan Mclaughlin poked past the advancing Smith but just wide before Smith advanced to block another effort as McLaughlin bore down on goal. Cootehill’s Enda Hessin then advanced from the back and unleashed a powerful thirty yards effort which crashed off the angle of the post and bar. Gary McCrudden then headed a Paddy Smith cross wide before Culdaff had an effort from Ryan Greene saved and a long range Darren Mullarkey effort drop just over. Cootehill got back on terms and forced extra time when they equalized on 81 minutes after the home defence failed to clear a free kick and the ball broke for McCrudden to slot low to the corner.
Culdaff regained the lead early in the first half of extra time after Brendan McLaughlin rounded a defender and from a tight angle fired low past Smith. Cootehill responded and before the break Caolan Reilly headed wide at the back post when he should have done better. Cootehill pushed hard in the second period but the home side defended deep and well to see out a hard fought win and set up a repeat of the 2016 Ulster Cup final against Glengad.
Greencastle FC 3
Carn FC 0
Greencastle qualified for the semi-final’s’ of the Credit Union cup with a comprehensive victory against Carndonagh today at Chapel Lane. Greencastle started the match in a high tempo not giving their opponents time to settle. They took the lead mid-way through the half when a free kick from Man of the Match Shaun Doherty from the half way line picked out the in rushing Michael Barr to head home from fourteen yards. It wasn’t long before the home side doubled their lead, with the same duo combining again, Doherty’s free kick from the right was whipped to the far post for Barr to volley home from close range. Barr nearly increased the home team’s advantage when his audacious effort from inside his own half was turned around the post for a corner. The second half was much as the same as the first, with Greencastle controlling matters, limiting Carn to long range efforts that never troubled the home goal. The home side settled the match as a contest in the 70th minute when Shaun Cavanagh ran onto a through ball from Matthew Henry, rounded the advancing keeper and slide the ball into the empty net.
Greencastle saw out the rest of the game to ensure safe passage to the semi final’s and away game to Aileach.
Clonmany Shamrocks 3
Dunree United 0
Clonmany kept the pressure on at the top of the table with this comfortable win over relegated Dunree. They opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Jamie Coyle broke clear of the visitors defence to fire low past Philip Doherty. Midway through the half a Mark McLaughlin pass released Coyle whose attempted lob was just over.
Dunree spurned a great chance after Jerry Farrell was upended in the area but Kevin McColgan blazed the penalty well wide. Clonmany then spurned an equally good chance when McLaughlin crossed deep for Dessie Doherty who somehow headed wide with the goal at his mercy. On 54minutes Coyle got his second of the game when he pounced on a loose ball to fire low to the corner. They sealed the game on 72 minutes when Coyle released Paddy Doherty and he tucked the ball low into the corner.
Buncrana Hearts 3
The hearts started this game well and took the lead on 15minutes after Kevin O Loughlin got on the end of a Declan Fullerton corner to power a header home. Midway through the half Michael Nicholas fired over from distance before Larry McColgan saw a header well saved by Eoghan O Doherty. On the stroke of half time the home side almost doubled their lead but an Adam Duffy volley was well saved by Oisin Burke. Hearts started the second period well and O’Loughlin fired wide from a close range volley and Duffy was denied twice by Oisin Burke. Good work by Oisin O Flaherty and Ben Bradley then set up Duffy to hammer low to the corner on 75 minutes. Substitute Bradley then got his name on the score sheet to end the game as a contest.
Cockhill Youths 0
Illies Celtic 2
Illies despite being short a few regulars and Stephen Grant suffering an injury after ten minutes. Illies dominated the opening half and John Campbell was denied by a stunning one handed save from Declan Caldwell before John Pio Donaghey fired wide when he should have done better. On the half hour William McLaughlin played a ball over the top for Campbell to race clear and fired low past Caldwell. Cockhill came more into the game on the restart with Darragh McDermott, Michael Owen Doherty and Tommy Doherty all going close with good efforts. But illies got their crucial second goal after a corner was played to Campbell who fed Michael Coyle and he burst through to squeeze the ball past Caldwell on 77 minutes. Cockhill then had a great chance when McDermott broke into the area but tried to chip Johnathan Noone who gathered well. Campbell was unlucky not to add a third when his late effort crashed back off the bar.
Redcastle United 2
Aileach Res 2
The home side went ahead on 11 minutes when Brendan Murphy chipped Alleach keeper Ciaran Bradley after a square ball from John Lynch. They could have increased their lead minutes later when Sean Curran’s deep delivery found Kevin Toner but Bradley turned his effort round the post . Redcastle did eventually increase their lead on the half hour when Murphy collected another Curran delivery and placed the ball home past the keeper. Aileach
had the first opportunity of the second half but were thwarted by Michael Mc Cole who came out smartly to deny Ruiari Bradley from close range. Mc Cole denied Aileach again soon after, bravely blocking a Michael Doherty shot . Aileach got a goal back when James Gillespie connected with a Bradley free to loop a header over mc Cole to the net. They then got back on terms on 80 minutes when a Bradley corner found Gillespie at the back post and he headed home unchallenged to earn a point.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Cockhill Res 2
Culdaff Res 0
In bright sunshine both teams started brightly knowing that a win for
Cockhill would mean they clinch the Group B shield and a win for Culdaff would keep their hopes alive. It was Culdaff who first threatened to score with a when Martin Keddy hit a well
struck free kick which was well saved by Gary Robinson. However, Cockhill responded well and on 15 minutes they took the lead when
a great through ball found Ryan Mallett in the far side of the box who squared it for Gary Brelsin to slot home from 10 yards past Callum Doherty to give Cockhill the lead. Cockhill almost made it 2 on 20 minutes when a Gary Breslin header beat Doherty in the Culdaff goal but it was cleared off the line by Cathal McGrenaghan. There were little chances for either team in the next 15 minutes or so
until Tristan Donaghy latched on to a flick on from Gary Breslin who was unlucky not to score with his lob which landed just over the bar.
Culdaff had the last chance of the half with McGrenaghan but his shot failed to hit the target. Cockhill started the second half on the front foot almost making it two within a minute of the restart. Keegan Hegarty played a great ball forward and under pressure Gary Breslin fired over the bar from just inside the box. Culdaff responded well and put Cockhill under some pressure with Gary Robinson having to come off his line quickly to make a good save at the
foot of Keddy. On 65 minutes Cockhill were reduced to 10 men when Ryan Mallett was given a straight red card. Cockhill regrouped and made a few changes shortly after bringing on Eddie Cuffe and Jude Mullan to tighten things up and give Cockhill some fresh legs now down to 10 men. Despite being down to 10 men the Cockhill players rose to the challenge and shortly after coming on Eddie Cuffe crossed the ball which found Andy McElhinney at the back post who fired home to give Cockhill a two nil lead and a bit of breathing space being a man short. Culdaff with the man advantage and having to win to keep their hopes of winning the group alive pushed forward bringing on a number of subs and pushing more men forward and put Cockhill under some pressure towards the end. One of the subs Niall McLaughlin was very unlucky not to score with a great effort on
goal but Cockhill’s keeper pulled off a great finger tip save to maintain Cockhill’s two goal cushion. Culdaff again pressed and this Cockhill’s Barney Gubbins was in the right place at the right time to clear off the line from a shot by McGrenaghan. Despire tiring and being a man short Cockhill were still creating chances and almost put the game to bed on 88 minutes when Paddy McLaughlin teed up
Ryan Duffy who lobbed the on rushing Doherty but say his effort bounce off the bar. However, that was enough for Cockhill to see the game out and clinch the Reserve Division Group B title with another fine and very hard fought win to end the season on a high.
Cockhill Reserves winners of Division ” B
Aileach Youths 0
Clonmany Res 2
In fine conditions for football, Aileach started the game brightly and
almost took the lead in the first minute when Keith McColgan played Patrick Curran through but Curran lobbed McGonagle in the Clonmany goal but the ball dropped just over the bar. Clonmany were next to come close on 20 minutes when Oisin Hession got on the end of a Jake Harkin cross and the ball smashed off the bar. Clonmany pressed a lot more at this stage but found the Aileach defence a tough nut to crack with Declan O’Donnell and Ryan Doherty defending well. The Clonmany centre midfield was dominant at this stage with Michael Doherty pulling the strings but Aileach restricted them to long range efforts that didn’t trouble Clarke in the home goal. Clonmany flew out of the traps at the start of the second half and took the lead within minutes when Jake Harkin overlapped on the left hand side and delivered a cross to the back post where an unfortunate defender slipped at the vital moment and the ball broke to Conor Doherty who fired home from ten yards. Aileach were always dangerous on the break and on the hour Daibidh Grant sent Curran away but his initial shot was parried by McGonigle back into Curran’s path but his second shot was cleared off the line. Aileach pushed hard in the last ten minutes to try and generate an opening but a few goalmouth scrambles was the result of their efforts with the ball not breaking in their favour in the box. Clonmany wrapped the game up in injury time when a weary Aileach clearance was pounced on by John Porter who fired inside the near post past Clarke from ten yards to ensure Clonmany’s progress to the semi-final. Overall although Clonmany deserved
to win the game, Aileach Youths can be proud of pushing a team, that may be three divisions ahead of them by the start of next season, to the limit.
Buncrana Hearts V Moville Celtic
D McLaughlin assisted G O’Kane, L Porter
Aileach FC V Greencastle FC
L Davenport assisted by B McDaid, E Doherty
Illies Celtic V Aileach Res W Harvey
Redcastle Res V Illies Res T McAree
Moville Res V Buncrana Res G McLaughlin
Aileach Youths V Culdaff Res J Porter
Aileach 1-3 Glengad Gavin Dohety (Aileach) Terence Doherty 2 Nigel Mc Monagle ( Glengad)
Culdaff 2-1 Coothill Aet Benny Mc Laughlin (2) Culdaff, Garry Mc Crudden Coothill
Greencastle 3-0 Carn M.Barr (2) S. Cavanagh
Buncrana 3-0 QPS K. O’ Loughlin, A. Duffy, B. Bradley
Clonmany 3-0 Dunree P. Doherty, J. Coyle (2)
Cockhill 0-2 Illies M. Coyle, J. Campbell
Redcastle 2-2 Aileach Res B. Murphy (2) Redcastle, James Gillespie (2) Aileach
Buncrana Res 3-0 Redcastle Res
Cockhill Res 2-0 Culdaff Res
Illies V Aileach Yth/Clonmany Res
Moville V Aileach Res
Culdaff V Moville
Illies/Glengad V Aileach/Buncrana
Glenea United Res v Illies Celtic Res
Greencastle Res v Moville Res
Liam Porter assisted by Jason Porter & G O Kane
Aileach FC v Glengad United 2pm
W Harvey assisted by S Deeney & G O Kane
Culdaff FC v Cootehill Harps 1.30pm
T Moyne assisted by JJ Lafferty & G McLaughlin
Greencastle FC v Carn FC
M McGonigle , L Porter & JP Houten
Clonmany Shamrocks V Dunree United E Doherty
Buncrana Hearts V QPS D McLaughlin
Cockhill Youths V Illies Celtic B McDaid
Redcastle United V Aileach Res J Porter
Buncrana Res V Redcastle Res A McAleer
Cockhill Res V Culdaff Res C Doherty
Aileach Youths V Clonmany Res
G O Kane assisted by E Doherty & S Deeney
Illies Celtic v Glengad United
T Moyne assisted by JP Houten and L Porter.
Dunree United 1
Glengad United 4
Dunree’s relegation from the premier division was confirmed after this defeat on St Patricks Day.The visitors broke the deadlock on 5 minutes after a Nigel McMonagle cross deflected off a defender past Philip Doherty in the home goal. Midway through the half they doubled their lead when Matthew Byrne fired a twenty five yards free low to the corner. Dunree battled hard but failed to create clear chances against the meanest defence in the league.Ten minutes after half time McMonagle turned provide when his cross was slotted home by Adam Byrne from close range. The home side rallied and reduced the deficit when Philip McGuinness advanced and unleashed a stunning thirty yards effort to the top corner But Glengad sealed the points late on when Matthew Byrne despatched another sublime free kick from twenty two yards past the wall to the bottom corner.
Clonmany Shamrocks 0
Aileach FC 2
This St.Patricks day fixture was reversed to Aileach and played in very damp conditions. The game started fairly evenly and it was 15 minutes before the first chance of note arrived. The ball broke to Clonmany full back Brendan Doherty at the edge of the box and his snap shot just went the wrong side of Roulstones right hand post. On the half hour mark Anthony Doherty got clear down the right and pulled the ball back for the inrushing Stephen McKendry whose first time effort from twelve yards was somehow diverted over the bar by a Clonmany foot with Harkin beaten.Aileach began the second half well and on 50 minutess Jordan McGeedy turned smartly inside the box and his well placed shot from fourteen yards brought a smart save from Harkin low to his right. On the hour a Darren McMonagle free kick deceived everybody and bounced off the top of the bar on its way over. Clonmany had a good spell of posession after this and on 70 minutes Jason Coyle got clear of the Aileach defence but his attempted lob from distance fell short into Roulstone’s arms. With 10 minutes remaining Aileach grabbed the lead when Dermot Doherty was released in the inside right position and he fired a shot across Harkin and into the bottom right hand corner from ten yards. Clonmany had to commit players forward in search of an equaliser and on the break substitute Stephen Doherty was denied by Harkin but from the resulting corner James Wallace placed a fine shot with the outside of his right foot into the bottom right hand corner to seal the win.
Moville Celtic 4
Redcastle United 0
Moville got off to a dream start on 3 minutes when a Conor Doherty free was headed high past Michael McCole by Norbert Indyka. Redcastle almost equalised when Sean McGuinness parried a James Curran free and with two attackers ready to pounce McGuinness recover to flip the ball clear. Moville then increased their lead before the break after Doherty split the Redcastle defence with a superb pass for Michael McNaught to race clear and slot low under the advancing McCole. Redcastle had the first chance of the second period when Brendan Murphy saw his effort well tipped around the post by McGuinness. But Moville took over then and Finn McLaughlin rattled the bar from a corner before a long range Jack Keys effort also crashed off the bar. The pressure told on 66minutes when McNaught broke clear on the right and his low cross deflected off a defender to make it three nil. James Gillen then had an effort cleared off the line before the home side completed the scoring on the stroke of full time when McLaughlin rounded McCole and pulled the ball back for Charlie Gill to sweep the ball home.
Glengad United 4
The visitors got a dream start on 3 minutes when Nigel McMonagle advanced on the left and cut in to fire low past Oisin Burke from twelve yards. Minuts later Patrick McDermott crossed for Terence Doherty whose glancing header came off the post. They doubled their lead on 12minutes when McMonagle raced onto a long ball and calmly slotted home. They continued to dominate and on 37 minutes a Matthew Byrne free found Seamus Doherty but he fired across goal and wide.The point first chance came when Chris O Donnell fired over the bar from twenty five yards. But Glengad resumed control when Stephen McLaughlin released Michael Byrne but Burke blocked with his legs. On the stroke of half time McDermott released Terence Doherty who rifled a shot from fifteen yards to the roof of the net.
Minutes after the restart Glengad made it four nil when McMonagle crossed from the left for substitute James McKinney tapped home from close range. On 62minutes in a scramble after a corner Adam Byrne was denied by a point blank save from Oisin Burke. The point were reduced to ten men then when Denim McLaughlin was involved in an altercation. Glengad had another opportunity when Seamus Doherty cut in from the left but saw his effort crash off the bar. The final chance also fell to the visitors when an Adam Byrne cross found McDermott but Burke blocked on the line and a defender completed the clearance.
Moville Celtic 10
QPS Res 0
This was a no contest from the start as Moville completely dominated an under strength point reserves side. They led by seven goals to nil at the break with Declan McGuinness and Charlie Gill getting two each, Conor Doherty, Michael McNaught and Finn McLaughlin all on the mark. The best of the goals in the first half was after a clearance fell to Gill on the edge of the area and he sidefooted home through a crowd of players. The home side eased off after the break and Gill completed his hat trick with a brilliant “hitch” kick according to reporter Lawrence Harkin. Running forward Gill met a Jack keys cross on the run to volley to the net.An own goal and a Jack Keys strike completed the misery for the visitors.
Cockhill Celtic 3
Rasheney FC 5
In an entertaining game Rasheney had an early chance but Declan Caldwell saved well to deny David McLaughlin. At the other end Michael Owen Doherty blazed over from six yards when he looked certain to score. Rasheney broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Charlie Doherty fired a twenty yards effort low to the bottom corner. Minutes later a good cross from Mclaughlin finds Matthew McLaughlin and he converts at the back post . Before the break the home side got back into the game when Darragh McDermott converted a penalty . But on the hour mark Damien Friel made it three one converting after Caldwell had parried McLaughlin’s effort. Michael Noone then headed a Christy Duffy corner just over for the youths before McLaughlin converted his second of the game to put Rasheney four one up. When McDermott was upended in the area he converted his second spot kick of the game. McDermott then completed his htat trick to make it four three when he controlled a high ball and superbly placed the ball into the corner from twelve yards. But Rasheney sealed victory and put an end to the home side’s title hopes when his initial effort was parried by Caldwell but he followed up to slot home.
Illies Celtic 5
Sea Rovers 1
Illies kept their title challenge well on track with this win and took the lead on 5 minutes after Paddy Doherty released Michael Coyle to fire high past Glen Watson from the edge of the area. They soon made it two nil when Doherty intercepted in midfield and advanced into the area to shoot low to the net from twelve yards. Liam Doherty then beat two men on the right and crossed for Coyle to slot home his second of the game from close range. Rovers then got a goal back before the break when Graham Morgan headed a Damien ward corner past Johnathan Noone at the near post. Illies started the second half well with Liam Grant and Coyle both denied by brilliant saves from Watson. Illies then added a fourth on 73 minutes when Liam Doherty’s free was parried by Watson and Coyle pounced for his hat trick. They completed the scoring when Coyle controlled a through ball from Paddy Doherty and fired high past Watson.
Glengad Res 0
Moville Res 4
The home side had an early chance when PJ McDaid was clear but his effort crashed off the post and he fired the rebound wide. On 21minutes Moville broke the deadlock when Kyle Harkin split the home defence for Norbert Indyka who slipped the ball low past the advancing Seamus Houghton. Minutes later Ryan McColgan advanced on the right and cut in to square for Indyka to slot home his second of the game. Glengad again had the first chance of the second period when McDaid raced clear but under pressure he blazed over. Midway through the half Indyka pulled the ball back from the byeline for Kevin McDermott to slot low to the corner. Then on 81 minutes a Harkin wind assisted corner sailed all the way to the net to complete the scoring.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Culdaff Res 1
Rasheney Res 0
After all the rain this game was played in bright windy sunshine on Sunday morning and the home side had to wait until the 87th minute to snatch a winner. Rasheney started with the wind but the home side had the first chance after Bryan McCandless crossed for Thomas O’ Brien whose first time effort was well saved by Kieran O’Neill. Rasheney replied with Johnathan Toland seeing a header skim the bar. At the other end a Jack Mclaughlin volley from twenty five yars was tipped over by O’Neill. The home side then wree awarded a penalty which Aiden Cunningham converted but to everyone ‘s amazement the referee disallowed the goal for encroachment and awarded a free out. Culdaff dominated the second half with a Dermot Diver effort taking a deflection and coming off the bar while substitute Dillon Ruddy had an effort saved by O’Neill. With time running out they forced a succession of corners with a Jack McLaughlin inswinging corner going all the way to the net to keep their title hopes alive.
Dunree 1-4 Glengad
Moville 4-0 Redcastle
Greencastle P Carn
Aileach 1-0 Clonmany