The Dollybirds Hit Top Spot After Tough Moneyslane Test

Despite all the rain in the previous 24 hours the pitch was in remarkable condition for this top of the table clash and manager Uprichard shuffled his team formation after dropping points last week away from home.

DFC went about their business in a very efficient manner in the opening period and nearly went in front on 3 minutes when a Coleman free kick found McCordick who turned his marker but fired wide of the far post.

Then on 20 minutes they did open the score when Thompson headed on a cross from McConnell and the defender diverted this into his own net . A few minutes late Norton starting his first game in 2 months fired over when well put through on goal by Clarke.

However on 26 minutes it was 2-0 when McCordick tapped in and on 35 minutes it was 3-0 when Thompson turned provider for McConnell to head home at the back post.

After this DFC went to sleep and only two excellent saves by Croft before half time kept Moneyslane blank when both times a long ball caught out the DFC defence.

Instead of building on this DFC retreated and with Thompson going off at half time to be replaced by Harrison it was Moneyslane who were now in the ascendency and they pulled a goal back on 48 minutes when DFC defence were again caught out with long ball.

McCordick was then replaced by Scott Adams and Norton by Hughes but it was Moneyslane who got a second goal on 82 minutes with a free header from a corner kick.

This made a tense final 10 minutes and DFC were literally on the ropes but held out for three very important points to move them back to the summit of the league table with 8 very important league games still to play against teams still vying for the title.

We would like to Thank McIntyre’s Tools & Equipment for sponsoring today’s game, much appreciated.



Next week DFC away to Keady Celtic in the 1/4 Final of the Marshall cup.