Congratulations to two of our own DFC boys Jordan and Ritchie who have been selected to represent the East region of NI for the Regions Cup matches. Both lads are now in the final squad of 20 to go to Moldova in September, the boys are taking Dollingstown into Europe.
DFC 1sts will now be plying their trade in Championship 2 after a resounding win against Brantwood in the Second leg of the play-off. This is just the icing on the cake after an unbelievable season where DFC had already secured a treble of trophies this season.
After being 2-1 down from the first leg a big performance was needed by the boys and boy did they give it. 1st Half goals from Walker and Clydesdale put D’town in control of the tie, but the next goal was going to be the decider and with tempers starting to flare a Brantwood player went in two footed into a challenge which resulted in a straight red card. From the resulting free kick Cunningham rounded the keeper to slot home the all important third and from the aftermath of the goal a second Brantwood player was sent to an early bath. With Brantwood down to 9 they started playing better and started fashioning chances even though leaving themselves open at the back, but a bit of Brantwood pressure lead to a freekick which was floated into the back post and bounced into the goal. Cunningham then took two further chances to put the game out of Brantwoods reach even thought they cooly despatched a late Penalty.
Well done to Dukey, the squad, Hubert and the board for all the hard work over this season and the past number of seasons, finally DFC can call themselves a Championship team and very much deserve it.
On Wednesday night DFC reserves became Reserve League 1 Champions, making them O’Hara Cup and League champions. They beat Craigavon Res 8-0 at Planters Park on Wednesday night which meant that St Mary’s had to also win to take the league to the last game of the season. However St Mary’s lost 2-0 to Ballymacash Rangers, giving Dollingstown an unassailable lead at the top of Reserve 1.
It truly has been an unbelievable season for the entire club with 5 trophies collected this season. Much praise for the reserves success must go to coach Simon Brown who has come in and marshalled his coaching staff and squad of players to be the force they have been this season.
Well done boys doing the club proud.
DFC firsts have now completed an unbelievable treble of wins this season, after last nights 6-0 win over Ballyoran they won the Marshall Cup and have now completed a treble of trophies winning the Premier Cup, Marshall Cup and Intermediate A League champions.
The Reserves staged an outstanding comeback at the weekend with a 2-2 draw with fellow title challengers St Mary’s. It truly was a game of two halves with St Mary’s dominating the first half and scoring to quick fire goals midway through the half, one a great strike from outside the box an another a well worked goal from the left for the right winger to tap home.
The second half however was complete flip from the first and Dollingstown were the dominant force leading to a nicely worked goal down the left for sub Stuart Armstrong (Pictured) to dispatch a nice header into the goal. With the home supporters and away defence starting to feel the pressure Dollingstown won a string of corners and free kicks which then led to the prolific Ashley Gregg nodding home the equaliser with still 10 minutes to go.
The Reserves now have their fate in their own hands and if they win their two remaining games will be crowned champions.
Dollingstown are heading for the Championship 2 play-offs against Brantwood of the Ballymena & District League.
1st Leg: Tuesday May 13th, @ Jellicoe Avenue, Belfast- Ko 7.00pm
2nd Leg: Saturday May 17th, Planters Park, Dromore Road, Lurgan – K0 2.00pm
Entry: £5 Adults, £3 Children
In case of a draw:
- Away goals count double
- Extra time (10 mins E/W) and Pens -if required
On Saturday Dollingstown wrapped up the Intermediate A league with a 4-1 away win over Fivemiletown. Congratulations to the entire squad and coaching staff. This now sets up a playoff with Brantwood to determine who will go into Championship 2.