Bad Day At The Office

DFC made a return after some years to the immaculate Madden Park to continue the challenges both clubs had in the past and on this occasion it was the home team who thoroughly deserved to walk away with maximum points.

The first real chance came on 25 minutes when Black beat 4 defenders in a mazy run before keeper saved with his legs and a few minutes later there midfielder fired a volley over the bar as Tandragee were totally dominant in this twenty minute period and deservedly went in front on the half hour mark when Black tapped in after an effort rebounded from the cross bar.

Tandragee were really pressing hard before the break for a second goal as they were totally dominant in this period so DFC did well to get to the break only one down.

Credit to DFC they took the game to Tandragee in the second half and the returning Thompson was pulled back when clean through on 49 minutes and the free kick was little justice to the opportunity he had created.

Then on 65 minutes Corbett scored a second goal against the run of play with a free header from a corner kick and DFC responded with MC Connell scoring a header himself from a corner kick at the other end.

However another blunder by DFC when a long clearance by the keeper was picked up by Black and he scored the vital third goal.

Despite substitutions with Harrison , Smith and Adams replacing Hughes and Denver and Redpath DFC were well beaten by the hungrier team on the day that won almost every second ball on the day.

Match Pictures

Young Reserves Give Good Account Of Themselves In Mid Ulster Shield

Saturday’s game saw Dollingstown Reserves take on Ambassador FC first team in the Mid Ulster Shield.  Town were massive under dogs coming into the game due to the opposition being a Division 1 first team full of experience from league above.  With the pressure on Ambassadors to win Town decided to experiment and give players chances in different positions.

The game started with Ambassador’s setting the tempo, moving the ball well; Town had to be switched on from the start with a number of long balls played behind our defence to test them, however the defence marshalled by Forsyth was not going to let a few long balls beat us, defending well in the opening 10 minutes saw Ambassadors reduced to 1 long range shot that sailed past the upright.  On the twelfth minute Ambassadors forced a corner, the towering Capper headed in unmarked at the back post, this was nothing more than Ambassadors deserved having put Town on the back foot from the kick off.

A second goal quickly arrived on the eighteenth minute when a corner was cleared out to the corner of the 18 yard box only for the lively Dodds to catch everyone out with a clever and unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.  2-0 to Ambassadors and they were good value for the lead, was looking like we could be in for a long day however the second goal seemed to galvanise Town, who seemed to catch onto the new formation and started to play football, the midfield of Josiah, Cathal and Connor started to dominate, winning every tackle and header which gave the team a solid platform in which to attack from.

The remainder of the first half saw Town dictate the tempo and create chances for the two strikers in Traynor and Lavery whose tireless running and pressing gave the opposition little time on the ball.  On thirty eight minutes a fantastic team goal started by Morrow winning his aerial battle that saw the ball worked left to Branker who powered up the line and play a neat 1-2 with Lavery before finding Cathal who cut inside and unleashed a dipping shot from twenty yards out.  2-1, game is now certainly on however Town have to be alert to the Ambassadors attack, especially that of Capper and Dodds who looked dangerous for the majority of the game.  The half time whistle came too early for Town who were enjoying the majority of the play.

HT 2-1

At half time we knew what to expect from the second half, Ambassadors now had the chance to regroup and figure out a way to regain the upper hand.

The upper hand was regained within two minute of the restart when a hand ball allowed the Ambassadors #10 to curl a fantastic free kick into the top right hand corner, no stopping it and a fantastic piece of skill to get the ball up and over the wall from twenty yards out.  The town management knew this was not the killer blow, no chance and Town quickly found their feet, on the fifty six minute Ryan Hill was fouled in the box, penalty to Town, this could be our way back into the game, top scorer Lavery stepped up confidently only to have his penalty saved by the impressive Ambassadors keeper who did not make one mistake all game.

This gave the opposition a new lease of life and they grew in confidence, the game started to open up, became an end to end match with both teams sparing but neither looking likely to score are concede.  On the eighty seventh minute a back pass was latched onto by Dodds who again scored with a cool finish into the bottom corner.  This is how the game finished with both teams cancelling each other out for the majority of the second half.

Special mention goes to the two danger men from Ambassadors in Capper and Dodds. In addition to this Josiah, Dylan and Cathal were fantastic for Town throughout the game.

Managers Comments:

A game in which the score line did not reflect the performance, a 4-1 defeat would make you think that it was an easy ride for Ambassadors but it defiantly was not, three individual errors lead to 3 goals and a missed penalty if scored would have meant game on for the second time.

We are now down to the 1%’s those tiny margins that can win you a game or lose you the game and today that’s what cost us the game.  Training will be stepped up over the coming weeks as we look to eradicate those errors, it’s actually a positive that we feel disappointed at loosing this game as no one expected us to have a chance.  There are a lot of positives and as we look back from when we took over the team, the squad has grown, players have improved and a team spirit has been created.  We look now to the games ahead, two cup and two league games, expectation are growing at the club and players will have to step up and start to rise to the occasion.

The Dollybirds Gain Home Advantage In The Intermediate Cup

After last weeks walkover over Ballynahinch Olympic, Dollingstown were in the hat for the draw of round 2 of the Intermediate Cup which was made on Tuesday 25th October 2016.

The 32 games will be played on Saturday, 19th November, 2016 (kick-off 1:30pm).

The full draw reads:-
Ards Rangers v. Glentoran II
Ballynure OB v. Lisburn Distillery
Bangor v. Abbey Villa
Bangor Swifts v. St. Marys YC
Bourneview Mill v. Sirocco Works
Carrick Rangers Reserves v. Seapatrick
Chimney Corner v. Ballymoney United
Comber Rec. v. Strabane Athletic
Craigavon City v. Portstewart
Crumlin Star v. Crumlin United
Dollingstown v. Newtowne
Donegal Celtic v. Lisburn Rangers
Grove United v. Dungiven
Hanover v. 18th Newtownabbey OB
Larne Tech. OB v. Dromara Village
Limavady United v. Wakehurst
Linfield Swifts v. Oxford Sunnyside
Lower Maze v. East Belfast
Maiden City v. Derriaghy CC
Moneyslane v. Malachians
Mossley v. Desertmartin
Newcastle v. Nortel
Newington v. Barn United
Newry City AFC v. Ballymena United Reserves
Queen’s University v. Albert Foundry
Rathfern Rangers v. Rosario YC
Rathfriland Rangers v. Richhill AFC
Shankill United v. Cliftonville Olympic
Sport & Leisure Swifts v. Magherafelt Sky Blues
St. Patricks YM v. Ardstraw
Tullyvallen v. Banbridge Rangers
Windmill Stars v. Bangor Amateurs

The Road To Holm Park In The Wilmor Johnston Memorial Trophy

The road to the Wilmor Johnston Memorial Trophy Final at Holm park has been draw and we start of against Ballymacash Rangers Reserves this Saturday at Planters park.

The winners of this game will then travel to the winners of AFC Silverwood Reserves and Bourneview Mill Reserves in the 1/4 finals with the winners of that hosting 1 out of Hanover Res, Tandragee Rovers Res, Dungannon Rovers Res, Coagh Utd Res or Windmill Stars Res depending on who wins the games in that side of the draw.

Dollingstown Reserves won this competition 2 seasons ago with a penalty shootout win over Armagh City Reserves

The Full Draw:

Round 1

Crewe Utd Res v Newry City AFC Res

St Marys Res v Markethill Swifts Res

Tandragee Rovers Res v Dungannon Rovers Res

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Round 2

AFC Silverwood Res v Bourneview Mill Res

Banbridge Rangers Res v St Marys Res or Markethill Swifts Res

Lurgan Town Res v Oxford Sunnyside Res

Coagh Utd Res v Windmill Stars Res

Dollingstown Res v Ballymacash Rangers Res

Laurelvale Res v Crewe Utd Res or Newry City AFC Res

Hanover Res v Tandragee Rovers Res or Dungannon Rovers Res

Valley Rangers Res v Seapatrick Res

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Round 3

1) Valley Rangers Res or Seapatrick Res

v

Banbridge Rangers Res or St Marys Res or Markethill Swifts Res

2) AFC Silverwood Res or Bourneview Mill Res

v

Dollingstown Res or Ballymacash Rangers Res

3) Hanover Res or Tandragee Rovers Res or Dungannon Rovers Res

v

Coagh Utd Res or Windmill Stars Res

4) Lurgan Town Res or Oxford Sunnyside Res

v

Laurelvale Res or Crewe Utd Res or Newry City AFC Res

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Semi-Finals

1) Winner Match 2 v Winner Match 3

2) Winner Match 4 v Winner Match 1

The Road To The O’Hara Cup 1/4 Finals Has Been Drawn
 

The Road to the O’Hara Cup 1/4 Finals was drawn and our Reserves will start this competition with a home tie against Sporting Lisburn Reserves who currently sit 2nd in Reserve Division 4 and are unbeaten in league competition this season so far.

The winners of that tie will then host the winners of Valley Rangers Reserves vs Tandragee Rovers Reserves in round 3.

The winners of the round 3 tie will then travel to play either Ballymacash Rangers Reserves or Hanover Reserves in the 1/4 Final.

Dollingstown Reserves last won this competition when they completed a League & Cup Double in the 2013/14 season.

The Full Draw:

Round 2

Dollingstown Res v Sporting Lisburn Res

Valley Rangers Res v Tandragee Rovers Res

Rathfriland Swifts Res v Craigavon City Res

Seapatrick Res v Richhill AFC Res

Tullyvallen Res v Lurgan Utd Res

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Round 3

1)Windmill Stars Res v Rathfriland Swifts Res or Craigavon City Res

2)Seapatrick Res or Richhill AFC Res v Moneyslane Res

3)Ballymacash Rangers Res v Hanover Res

4)Dollingstown Res or Sporting Lisburn Res v Valley Rangers Res or Tandragee Rovers Res

5)Dungannon Rovers Res v Tullyvallen Res or Lurgan Utd Res

6)Bourneview Mill Res v Markethill Swifts Res

7)St Marys Res v Laurelvale Res

8)AFC Silverwood Res v Crewe Utd Res

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Round 4

Winner match 3 v Winner match 4

Winner match 6 v Winner match 7

Winner match 8 v Winner match 1

Winner match 5 v Winner match 2

The Reserves Hold Out For All 3 Points

Having already defeated Banbridge Town in the first game of the season 3-1 we know the pressure was on to repeat the result and take the three points to kick-start our climb up the table. 

Dollingstown came out of the blocks flying and got a number of early free kicks which allowed us to test the inexperienced Town keeper.  Neil King floated a ball to the back post on 3 minutes which seemed to cause the Town defence all sorts of problems so we know exactly what we wanted to do from there on in.  Soon after the initial free kick from King, on 6 minutes Dollingstown won a second this time from about thirty yards out and this time Neil king chanced his arm and had a shot. The Town keeper spilled it and Ryan Hill pounced to fire home his first of the season from a tight angle.

Dollingstown continued to control the game with the midfield three of Cathal, Connor and young Josiah were having a lot of the ball and were able to spread it to both the advancing fullback and wingers. This possession was rewarded when Karl cut down the wing thanks to an excellent interception and through ball by Josiah, beat his man and squared to the unmarked Jamie Smith who slotted home against his old club on seventeen minutes. Dollingstown continued to dominate the first half, playing some neat and expansive football, the tempo was high and chances were created from all over the park.  The third goal came on the thirty-first minute and was near a carbon copy of the first only this time it was Matthew Russell who whipped the ball into the top left corner only for the keeper to spill and Cathal DeBrun to slide in to convert from four yards out.  The remainder of the half saw Dollingstown continue to dominate and control the game moving the ball quickly with everyone showing for it.  Keeper McRoberts was forced into one save in the first half when the lively number 9 powered through a gap only to be thwarted by the ever improving McRoberts.

HT 3-0 Dollingstown – a half time substitution saw Nathan Forsythe replace Neil King who was only back from a nine month injury layoff.

Dollingtown knew that Banbridge are never beaten until the final whistle blows as they have come from behind on a number of occasions to get a point or three in recent months.  We had warned against complacency at half time and asked to keep the tempo high as we expected a barrage of Town attack in the first fifteen minutes.  We were not wrong Town attacked from the off and threw bodies forward, Dollingstown defended well and managed to turn defence into attack on a number of occasions only for the final ball to go missing or having a shot well blocked / saved.  The rejuvenated Town gained the upper hand when the outstanding Clarke and Burgess were taken off for fresh legs of Millar and Taylor. 

Town forced a corner on 65 minutes; a headed clearance fell kindly to a Town attacker who hammered into the bottom left corner through a crowd of people past the obstructed McRoberts.  Game on and Town knew it, but again Dollingtown continued to defend well and counter only to be denied in the final third.  On the seventy-third minute after some good work from the Town winger who found himself fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded and converted. 3-2 with fifteen minutes to go and Dollingstown found themselves under quite a bit of pressure but managed the remainder very well and were able to hold out for the 3-2 victory which moved us up into the top four in the league.

Night At The Races

Our annual Night At The Race will be held on Saturday 26th November 2016 in the Planters Bar & Restaurant in Warringstown.

A great night craic and fund raising for the club so gather up your friends, family, work colleagues etc and get the date in your diary and come down and support your local club.

1st race will go off around 7.30 pm on the night.