Top Of The Table Clash Ends In Stalemate At Planters Park

This was a top of the table clash with a DFC really trying to convert draws from recent weeks into victories to keep themselves in the title race.

Crewe has the first chance on 5 minutes but Stephen Croft got down low to block and the rest of the first half was fairly even without either keeper having been tested.
On 40 minutes Crewe Center back was sent off for lunging in with both feet against Josh Norton who then himself had to leave the pitch at start of second half with ligament damage and he was replaced by Scott Adams.
DFC tried hard to make the extra man count and had all the possession before Richy Thompson calmly chipped the keeper to deservedly put DFC in front.
Other chances came the way of Marty Hughes and Andy McMath but DFC couldn’t get the all important second goal.
Michael Denver replaced Chris Coleman as they went to try and see the game out and on 94 minutes they got a sucker punch when Crewe equalised at the back post to steal a point.
DFC Title Bid Stalls Again After Another Disappointing Draw

On a bitterly cold day DFC once again failed to deliver in a must win game against a mid table team and now enter the second half of the league campaign with a very tall challenge to retain their title from last season.

They opened brightly with Scott McCordick testing the home keeper on 10 minutes but St Mary’s should have scored themselves on 22 minutes when Matty Walker made a mistake on the left and the striker headed wide from six yards out.
Then on the half hour an Aaron Duke header from a McCordick cross was turned over the bar by the keeper and Richy Thompson nearly opened the scoring on half time but his effort went wide of the far post.
Michael Denver almost broke the deadlock on 55 minutes after a mazey run from Scott Adams but his shot went over the top.
Josh Norton and Andy McMath then replaced Duke and McCordick and almost immediately it was Denver who almost made it count but his header was cleared off the line.
Adams was then replaced by Nathan Lavery for the final ten minutes but it was St Mary’s who nearly stole the points with two glorious chances but amazingly both were wide of the target.
Overall a poor team performance with huge challenge ahead now for second half of the season.
Dollybirds Dumped Out Of Intermediate Cup At Hands Of Local Rivals

Local rivals locked horns once again for the second time in recent weeks and this time it was the home side who came out deserved winners in this Intermediate cup tie.

Tandragee set the tempo as early as the second minute but Stephen Croft got down low to save at the near post and on the 5 minutes they had a good shout for a penalty but this was waved away.
Then on 12 minutes DFC went in front when a superb ball from the returning Scott Adams sent Scott McCordick through and he beautifully lobbed the home keeper and same player few minutes later from almost identical position after a great through ball from Glenn Hand but this time the keeper got down well to smother his shot.
In the second half Tandragee upped their game with much more verosity and DFC failed to match this effort right across the pitch and on 52 minutes it was all square when Bicker converted a penalty after an apparent handball decision.
Chris Coleman and Andy McMath were then replaced by the returning Jake Redpath after 13 week injury and Josh Norton but still the home team were first to every ball and Harper hit the post from fully 30 yards.
Then in the final 10 minutes a harsh free kick outside the area was punished when Tandragee scored direct into the top corner.
Marc Davidson was then sacrificed for striker Nathan Lavery in last few minutes but the home team held out for a deserved victory.
All Square At Planters Park In Intermediate A Clash

DFC held a minutes silence before the game for the death of their former striker Stephen Lawson’s father Clifford who passed away during the week and who visited DFC many times in recent years.

DFC opened brightly with Aaron Duke setting up Andy McMath which the keeper pushed away for a corner but then Windmill responded themselves and tested home keeper Stephen Croft low down at his near post and a minute later Aaron Moffett slipped but Croft pulled off another excellent stop low down.
On 18 minutes Josh Norton was adjudged to have brought down the midfielder and from the resultant penalty Croft pulled off a wonder save to keep the score blank . However on 27 minutes both central midfielders went for same ball and Windmill broke away with the centre forward scoring a fantastic goal into the top corner from a tight angle.
Richy Thomson had a chance to equalise on 35 minutes but his tame shot was easily cleared off the line and then on the half time whistle Windmill were reduced to 10 men when the left back stupidly lost his cool in front of the referee and stamped on Duke.
DFC were better in the second half but never really made the most of the extra man and on the hour mark  Stephen Jones and Norton made way for Marty Hughes and Scott McCordick and on 75 minutes after a free flowing move it was the returning McCordick who sealed the equaliser with a superb shot on the turn.
Indeed DFC thought they had won the match a minute later when Moffett fired in from a corner but strangely the referee disallowed the goal for some infringement that nobody else seen.
Thompson then made way for Nathan Lavery in the final minutes but it was Windmill who nearly stole it on the final whistle when they headed against the bar from a corner.
Tough game but two more home points dropped by DFC.
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.

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Dollybirds & Hanover In Stalemate At Planters Park

DFC welcomed Hanover to planters park with both sides having already met in the league 8 weeks ago and Hanover coming into the game on an 8 match unbeaten run.

Hanover had the wind advantage in the first half and only a mixture of good goalkeeping by Stephen Croft and poor finishing by Hanover did the sides go into the break all square.
In the second half the roles were completely reversed with DFC camped in the opposition area but again good goalkeeping by Short and very resolute defending again kept the scoreline blank at the end of 90 minutes.
Aaron Duke hit the bar when he ran onto a Andy McMath header and Richard Thompson fired over when in excellent position as DFC pressed hard to find a winner.
McMath and Chris Coleman were replaced by Scott McCordick and Scott Adams and near the end Thompson was replaced by Davy Gray but despite all the fire power both sides drew a blank.