Dollybirds In Cruise Control In Comprehensive Victory At Jubilee Park

Dollingstown travelled to Moneyslane in this top of the table clash knowing a win would put them top of the table. The start of the game coincided with a drastic change in weather conditions and Dollingstown found themselves playing into a fierce wind and rain and hail stones and were quickly behind inside 1 minute after the home side scored from a corner.

This however kick started Dollingstown who quickly found their rhythm with the midfield duo of Stephen Jones and Glenn Hand gaining the upper hand against their counterparts. The visitors were enjoying a lot of possession, penetrating the home side defence on a number of occasions but failed to capitalise until the 30th minute when Aaron Duke broke through and held off his marker before skilfully slotting home to equalise.

The Dollybirds continued in the same vain and Josh Norton and Richy Thompson on the wings were causing the home side defence continued problem and 10 minutes later Andy McMath scored after a failed defensive clearance to give the visitors the lead at half time.

The second half started in sunshine, a complete reversal of the first half and after a shakey opening the visitors reaffirmed their control of the game, McMath made it 3-1 after great work and cross by Thompson saw him scoring a powerful header as he anticipated the cross better than the defender. Another great cross, this time from the ageless Hand was also powerfully met by Duke who directed his header into the top right corner eluding the outstretched goalkeeper to make it 4-1.

With the game sorted manager Upritchard sent on Cathal DeBrun for his senior debut for Jones, and Nathan Lavery replaced Norton and immediately caused the home side defence a different type of problem. Minutes later Thompson capped an impressive performance for his first goal for Dollingstown this year scoring a right foot shot from a tight angle.

Upritchard then replaced Marc Davidson to allow Matty Walker some much need game time after returning from a foot injury.

This was an impressive away display by Dollingstown who despite the poor start controlled the game and deserved to win by this margin. Dollingstown host Windmill Stars in the league this Saturday in what will be another difficult encounter.