The following are reports from the Inishowen Football League from games played on Sunday 24th October.
Ulster Junior Cup
Glengad United 3
Greencastle FC 1
Greencastle suffered a first defeat of the season as the home team came out on top to progress to the next round. In a wind affected match Glengad created the first opening when James Mc Kinney broke along the right and crossed in to Brandon Browne but his shot cleared the bar. Mid-way through Mc Kinney set up Terence Doherty but Gavin Harkin averted the danger. Greencastle’s only clearcut chance of the half fell to James Henry but his effort from 20 yards clipped the bar. The home side moved ahead on 50 minutes when a corner was swung into the six yard box by Mc Kinney and John Gerard Mc Laughlin forced the ball home. The equaliser arrived ten minutes later when a Mc Monagle corner was not cleared and Jack Coyle pounced to score from close range. The visitors pushed for the lead and kept the pressure on the home side. However, with five minutes remaining Glengad scored on the break. Stephen Mc Laughlin ran clear along the right and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where Mc Kinney drove low into the net. Greencastle pushed hard for a leveller but once more it was a break – this time along the left by Stephen Fildara in added time that yielded a goal. Again he pulled the ball back for Terence Doherty to fire to the net from close to the penalty spot – thus securing Glengad’s progress to the next round.
Cockhill Youths 1
Clonmany Shamrocks 0
Cockhill Celtic Youth advance to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Clonmany Shamrocks FC at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds earlier this afternoon. It was the visitors who started the better of the two sides, who both had much changed line-ups, from the league fixture earlier in the season. On 9 minutes Pearse McCarron, who was a constant threat throughout, found space in the left channel and after getting beyond the covering defender pulled his left footed effort wide of the Cockhill net from 15 yards at an angle. Cockhill came more into the game on 15 minutes when David Laird and Jack McDaid combined well on the right but the latters cross from wide was safely gathered by Aiden Lynch in the Clonmany goal. Cockhill started to get control of the game and on 25 minutes Ryan McDaid found his namesake Jack inside the area on the right but a great covering tackle from the experienced Liam Hirrell saved the day for the visitors with Lynch able to dive on the loose ball. On 38 minutes Adam McLaughlin had a fierce effort from 25 yards that rattled the Clonmany crossbar with Lynch getting fingertips to the ball to prevent it rattling the back of the net. Clonmany and McCarron in particular always posed a threat and on the stroke of half time McCarron laid the ball to Shane McCaul on the edge of the area but his effort was saved low to his right by Eoin Colhoun.
Cockhill looked much sharper in the second period and bossed the early exchanges without troubling the visitor’s goal. The all important goal arrived on 65 minutes when Shane Anthony Doherty found space inside the Clonmany box and after receiving a pass from Jack McDaid drilled the ball left footed past Lynch from 10 yards at an angle to the goal. Cockhills Adam McLaughlin then forced Lynch into another smart save when he dived low to his left to keep out the Cockhill midfielders low drive at the near post from the edge of the area. Clonmany laid siege to the Cockhill goal in the closing 10 minutes but with every delivery into the are the Cockhill rear-guard of Conor Allen, Odhran O’Brien-Daly and Bonnb Bradley stood firm along with the safe hands of yound Eoin Colhoun. A tight battle that was separated with the only real moment of real quality in the game and it’s the Cockhill lads who advance.
Carn FC 1
Buncrana Hearts 5
Buncrana started the game on the front foot and engineered their first opportunity inside the opening minute as Mikey Friel latched on to a mishit back pass and was through on goal with only Gavin McLaughlin in the Carn goal to beat however McLaughlin made a smart save. Thirteen minutes in Buncrana deservedly opened up their account when Eoin Murphy played a dangerous ball into the box which fell to the unmarked Bart Wesowolski and Gavin McLaughlin superbly saved from point blank range however the rebound kindly found the feet of Mikey Friel who had two bites at the cherry after his initial attempt on goal was sensationally blocked from Cian Doherty but he made no mistake when the ball kindly fell to him again as he coolly dispatched the ball into the back of the Carn net. Buncrana suffered a setback when Bart Wesolowski was given an early bath for his late tackle on Dylan Cooke. Carn made an immediate response and got back on level terms in the 20th minute when they scored the goal of the game. The move involved several one touch passes and Kyle Cooke on the left hand flank played a wonderfully incise ball into midfield to Christopher Diver who in turn played a perfectly weighted through ball to Cade Cooke who rounded the keeper and squared the ball to Christopher McDaid who tucked the ball away. 26 minutes in, Buncrana restored their lead from a free kick which found Ryan Doherty eight yards from goal who duly converted the ball into the bottom right corner giving Carn’s keeper no chance. Seven minutes later Buncrana increased their lead as Mikey Friel, who beat the offside trap, was played through on goal and he attempted to round Carn’s ‘keeper Gavin McLaughlin who fouled him on the edge of the box and the ref dismissed McLaughlin and Carn also found themselves down to ten men. From the subsequent free kick Kieran McDaid scored with an excellent strike on goal which sailed into the left top corner leaving Carn’s keeper Kyle Harkin with no chance. Carn’s substitute Liam McWeeney forced Buncrana’s keeper Eoghan O’Doherty into a smart save however after 57 minutes Buncrana sealed the points with another set piece goal. A great delivery into the box found Buncrana’s Ryan Doherty and he deftly headed the ball into the back of the net from a similar range as his first goal. The following minute , Buncrana added further gloss to the scoreline and put the icing on the cake when Kieran McDaid was upended in the box and the ref Warren Harvey pointed to the spot. Ryan Doherty cooly dispatched the resulting spot kick. Buncrana saw the remainder of the game out with relative ease as they marched on to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup.
Donegal Town 2
Aileach FC 3
The visitors had the first chance with Shane McMonagle who latched on to a Keelan Doherty through ball and was unlucky to see his lobbed effort clip the outside of a post. On 12 minutes Keelan Doherty got through one on one with the keeper but Enda Kenny in the home goal did well to block his effort. Donegal responded and midway through the half Owen Slevin picked the ball up on the edge of the box but his well struck shot was parried by Ryan Fox at the second attempt. Aileach took lead when Darren McMonagle cut in from left and fired goalwards where Kenny did well to get something on his effort but the ball fell to Keelan Doherty who drove home from twelve yards to leave the visitors ahead at the break. Aileach started the second half the better and when Darren McMonagle outpaced the fullback crossed for Aaron Nash but the centre forward just failed to get a touch at the back post .On the hour mark Donegal town equalised from the penalty spot when Owen Slevin converted sending Ryan Fox the wrong way. Within minutes Donegal were ahead with a freakish goal when a clearance by the keeper somehow deceived Fox in the Aileach goal and ended up in the net. This spurred Aileach on and on
70 minutes Aileach were level after a Darren McMonagle corner was turned home by Gavin Doherty from close range. Aileach were pressing the home side back for long periods and in the 85th minute Killian O’Rourke hit bar from edge of box. The pressure finally produced a winner when right on full time Aaron Nash picked the ball up wide right and crossed for Darren McMonagle to head home at the back post from six yards for a hard earned victory.
Strand Hotel Division One
Gleneely Colts 1
Culdaff FC 3
Culdaff started the brighter and their first chance fell on 5 minutes when a ball by Eugene McLaughlin to Bryan McCandless who turned Jordon O’Brien and shot over from the edge of the box. On 10minutes Culdaff had another chance when Ryan Greene released Bryan McCandless down the left and he crossed the ball across the box for Aidan Cunningham to shoot wide when well placed. From the resultant kick out, Aidan Cunningham capitalized on a poor clearance, he advanced on the right and shot narrowly wide of the left hand post. Gleneely had their first chance after 15minutes after a long throw by Billy McCann was headed towards goal by Paul Toner but Martin McLaughlin made a good save. Minutes later another long throw from McCann found John Doherty, he turned in the box but shot wide. On 20minutes, Culdaff had another chance when Jack O’Brien went on a run from midfield but failed to hit the target from the edge of the box. Gleneely then took the lead on the half hour when a great ball across the box from Kevin Doherty was slotted low to the bottom left hand corner by Darragh O’Connor. But Culdaff equalized soon afterwards when a cross by Jack O’Brien found Jack McLaughlin and he deftly headed passed Ciaran Gallagher from 10 yards. Gleneely spurned a great chance to regain the lead when Billy McCanns penalty went wide.
Gleneely were first to show in the second half when Corey O’Brien chased down a blocked ball to advance into the area but Martin McLaughlin pulled off a good save. O’Brien then found Paul Gamble who turned on the edge of the box only to shot wide when well placed. At the other end Jack McLaughlin was unlucky to see his effort hit the post and the Gleneely defence was able to clear. Culdaff took the lead midway through the half when Ben Curley scored emphatically to the roof of the net from just inside the area to give Ciaran Gallagher no chance. Straight away Culdaff went 3-1 up after a scramble in the home box, resulted in Jack O’Brien poking home from close range. Culdaff had their tails up and nearly scored another when Bryan McCandless hit the top of the bar when found by a ball from Aidan Cunningham. Gleneely did have another chance when a great ball in from Darragh O’Connor just eluded Corey O’Brien at the back post.
Aileach Res 5
Clonmany Res 1
This fixture was reversed and played at Lakeside Park where the locals emerged victorious. On 12 minutes Aileach’s Patrick Curran rounded a defender and whipped in a cross where Darren Bradley was well placed to nod home. However, the lead was short lived when minutes later Niall Mc Laughlin hit a screamer of a free kick from all of 35 yards and it pinged into the bottom corner of the net. Curran then was out of luck when his overhead attempt failed to find the target. Mid way through the half Clonmany could have moved ahead but an inrushing forward saw his shot go just past the post. Aileach continued to threaten and Curran came close when his effort from a Michael Mc Elroy cross hit the post but he eventually found the back of the net when he connected with a Bradley cross from the right flank to put his side ahead. On 55 minutes a Bradley overhead kick was just over but when the same player provided a good defence splitting pass Curran was on hand to notch his second goal. Shortly afterwards Curran completed his hat trick when he accepted a pass fromm Stephen Doherty and drove home. The scoring was complete when David Ryan tapped in at the back post in added time.
Dunree United 3
In a first half of limited chances to either side Dunree took the lead in the sixth minute. Jamie Brosnan corner travelled to the back post where Ryan Bradley drove home from 8 yards for the lead. The home side’s best chance of the half came from mid way through when Josh Boyle’s cross shot from the right was pushed away at his near post by Adam Harrigan. Shortly afterwards Darragh Mc Dermott’s free from outside the penalty arera found Harrigan’s side net. The second half saw an increase in opportunites created. The first one fell to Brosnan who saw his shot pushed away at the near post by Conor Mc Colgan. At the other end Boyle made good ground along the right and got away a shot which Harrigan pushed out as far as Bown but he could only find the side netting while John Mc Closkey tried his luck form distance but the attempt was over the bar. The visitors doubled their advantage mid way through the half via Liam Baldrick’s well struck free from 20 yards before Adam Barrett fired over when well placed. The Swifts strove hard to get back into the match and fashioned a number of chances. Bown had two efforts pushed away by Harrigan who also held a Mc Dermott free. From a Boyle corner Mc Dermott headed over while Michael Nicholas shot wide of target. Dunree wrapt up the scoring in the closing minute when Barrett delivered a long ball to Gary Breslin and on the break he kept a cool head to round the keeper and score from 10 yards.
Redcastle Res 5
Glengad Res 1
In the fifth minute Redcastle attacked down the right wing with Darragh McConway crossing to Ronan Hoy who shoots low past Michael McLaughlin . They went close again from a corner by Sean Curren which found Ronan Hoy but he headed just over the cross bar. On 33 minutes after McLaughlin made a superb save from a Jack Ferry effort from the resulting corner the ball glanced off an unfortunate defender to the net to put the home side two goals up. Just before the break the visitors went close when PJ McDaid fired just past Michael McColes right hand post when well placed. Redcastle began the second period well with Hoy firing over the bar before following an Ultan McCool free Hoys effort was again well saved by McLaughlin. A short corner by the home team on 65 minutes saw Curran find McConway and he curled a beauty into the top right hand corner of the net. Curran then despatched a free kick from the edge of the area to the bottom corner to make it four nil midway through the half. They continued to press and made it five nil after McConway fed Hoy and he drilled low past McLaughlin. Glengad scored a late consolation after Matthew Mooney nipped in to intercept a back pass and shoot low past McCole.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two
Clonmany Youth 0
Rasheney FC 3
Rasheney started strongly and went close in the 9th minute when Shane Cregan crossed from the right wing and Charlie Doherty ‘s shot came back off the post. Two minutes later they took the lead after Cormac Dillon ran on to a pass on the right side of the box and fired low past Killian McCarron at his near post. Clonmany created a good chance in the 18th minute when Gerard McDaid threaded through a pass for Aaron Porter to run onto but Damien Friel was off his line quick to save at Aaron’s feet. In the 29th minute Killian McCarron brought off another good save from Charlie Doherty’s low drive from the edge of the box. Clonmany had a narrow escape in the 37th minute when Declan McLaughlin broke into the box from the left wing but his powerful drive came back off the crossbar and was cleared to safety. Rasheney’s second goal came in the 40th minute when Shane Cregan got away down the right and played in a low cross which Declan McLaughlin swept home to the bottom corner past Killian McCarron. Rasheney almost made it three in the closing seconds of the half when Cormac Dillon smashed a shot off the crossbar with Killian beaten.Clonmany made a couple of changes at half-time with Adam McLaughlin and Sean McCarron coming on and Clonmany started to see a bit more possession and went close in the 57th minute when Adam cut in from the left but his chipped shot went narrowly wide at the back post. Into the final ten minutes the match could still have swung back to Clonmany but when they failed to convert a goalmouth scramble from Eithain Devlin’s free kick ,Rasheney went down to the other end and John Grant volleyed home at the left hand post from David McLaughlin’s Cross to seal the points.
Dunree Res 3
Culdaff Res 3
Somewhat against the run of play the visitors took the lead on 12 minutes when Stephen Callaghan headed home following a corner. But the home side equalised on the half hour when after a Damian Lawlor effort came off the post Gary Breslin was on hand to slot home. They then took the lead on 38 minutes when Tiernan Moran fired a superb thirty yards effort to the roof of the net. They continued on top and increased their lead on the hour mark with Tommy Doherty converting a penalty after Ryan O Donnell was upended in the area. Culdaff rallied and got back into the game with an astonishing effort from distance by Sean McGrenaghan. Late in the game they salvaged a point when after the home defence failed to clear Patrick McLaughlin pounced to slot home.
Illies Res 0
Moville Res 0
This match ended in stalemate as neither side capitalised on the few chances that came their way. Illies best chance of the first half came when Liam O’ Connor cut in from the right wing and got away a shot on goal but he was out of luck as his effort came back off an upright before being cleared. Late in the half Shane Devlin had an attempt saved by Ryan Coyle while the visitors’ Conor Farren should have done better but he shot over when well placed. Just after the interval Devlin’s shot cannoned off the bar with the keeper beaten. Moville then brought on Stephen Telles as replacement keeper and the young netminder saved Marty Coyle’s header and dived down low to his right to claim to another Devlin shot. At the other end Graham Doherty saved well from substitute Colin Doherty. In the closing minutes the home side had a chance to claim the points but when Coyle’s corner was headed out of defence Alan Fletcher’s goalward shot hit the post.
Cockhill Res 2
Carrowmena FC 3
Carrowmena took an early lead when Ryan McDermott found himself unmarked in the Cockhill area to fire home past Shaun Friel.Neither keeper was really tested as both sides failed to create many clear cut chances in the remainder of the first half. Cockhill started the second half the stronger and deservedly equalised through young Kieran McIlroy, scoring his second goal in two games, following up well to slot home at the back post past Kyle Dougal.
Cockhill continued to dominate and some sustained pressure saw them take the lead midway through the second half with Niall Breslin showing good strength and pace to get past a few Carrowmena defenders and set up Sean McColgan who finished well from 12 yards low past Kyle Dougal.Carrowmena showed their experience and why they top of the league with a late comeback when Ryan McDermott equalised from long range before Michael Henry hit the winner with a superb strike into the top corner from 18 yards to give Carrowmena all 3 points which was tough on the young Cockhill team who ran a strong, experienced team very close.
Rasheney Res 0
Carn Res 9
In a fairly one sided contest the visitors emerged with an emphatic victory courtesy of two goals apiece from Kyrin Cantwell, Matthew Lafferty, Aaron Mc Carron and Conor Mc Laughlin with Girts Dzerins claiming a single strike. They moved ahead as early as the second minute when Cantwell found the net after being set up by Lafferty. The home side briefly threatened and two openings fell to Joey Holland. Firstly he accepted a pass from Ryan Doherty (S) and drew a save from Kyle Harkin before his header from a corner was claimed by the keeper. Carn doubled the lead on the quarter hour mark – Mc Carron heading in Lafferty’s cross. And it could have been three but when the raiding Josh Diver managed to lift the ball over the advancing Roger Mc Gilloway full back Ryan Doherty (T) cleared off his goal line. Sean O’ Kane then had a long dipping effort held by Mc Gilloway under the bar and Mc Carron first timed Dayton Cooke’s cross over. On 27 minutes it was 3 – 0 when good work by Dzerins inside the box saw him sidestep a defender and lay off to Cantwell who drove home from ten yards and the same player saw a drive cannon off the base of a post minutes later. Lafferty then had a shot blocked at point blank range by Mc Gilloway but the keeper was left exposed when Lafferty unmarked ran clear of the home defence, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home from just inside the area for the fourth. In the fist sweeping attack of the second half Carn moved further ahead when Lafferty drove home from 10 yards in a crowded box. Mc Gilloway was being kept busy and there were further saves from Lafferty and sub Conor Mc Laughlin before Dzerins low drive into the bottom corner made it 6 – 0. Mc Carron then atoned for a ‘miss of the season’ opening by firing home from close in. For Rasheney substitute Davin Mc Laughlin benefitted from some slackness in the visiting defence but his curling shot was just over. Dzerins saw his shot come off the post before the scoring was complete when replacement keeper Lee Mc Gilloway could do nothing about Mc Laughlin’s low ground shot to the corner of the net.
Inishowen Football League Fixtures 2021-22
Sunday 31st October
Ulster Junior Shield 11am & 1.30pm ET & Pens
Greencastle Youth v Moville Res 11am W Harvey
Glengad Res v Culdaff FC 11am A McAleer
Sea Rovers v Illies Res 11am JP Houten
Redcastle United v Strand Rovers 1.30pm G McLaughlin
Clonmany Res v Gweedore United 1.30pm E Doherty
Dunree United v Monaghan United 1.30pm D McLaughlin
Rasheney Res v Kildrum Res 1.30pm L Porter
QPS v Aileach Res 1.30pm T Moyne
Carrowmena FC v Donegal Town 1.30pm JJ Lafferty
Buncrana Res v Kilmacrennan Res 1.30pm P McElhinney
Cockhill Res v Oldtown Celtic 1.30pm G O Kane
Carn Res v Lagan Harps 1.30pm E McNamee
Saturday 30th October
Arranmore United v Rasheney FC 1.30pm
Dunree Res v Gleneely Colts G O Kane
Jackie Crossan Premier Division 2pm
Moville Celtic v Buncrana Hearts T Moloney
Aileach FC v Greencastle FC W Harvey
Illies Celtic v Carn FC T O Loughlin
Cockhill Youths v Glengad United M McGonigle
Inishowen Engineering Division Two 11am
Aileach Youth v Clonmany Youth T Moyne