Semi Final Path Laid Out For The Marshall Cup

Dollingstown have been drawn at home in round 4 of the Marshall Cup and the visitors will be Coalisland Athletic (date and time TBC).

Coalisland currently sit 3rd in MUFL Division 1 and will be a strong test for the dollybirds.

The winners of this tie will then travel to Keady Celtic who triumphed over Armagh Celtic in the previous round for a 1/4 Final.

Round 4

1) Craigavon City 1-0 Hill Street
2) Armagh Celtic 3-5 Keady Celtic
3) Dollingstown v Coalisland Athletic
4) Rathfriland Swifts v Valley Rangers
5) Winner match 16 v Moneyslane
6) Winner match 6 v Crewe Utd
7) Tandragee Rovers v Aghalee Village
8) Bourneview Mill v AFC Silverwood

Round 5

1) Keady Celtic v Dollingstown or Coalisland athletic
2) Rathfriland Swifts or Valley Rangers v Craigavon City
3) Fivemiletown Utd or Armagh Blues or Crewe Utd v Bourneview Mill or AFC Silverwood
4) Dungannon Rovers or Banbridge Rangers or Moneyslane v Tandragee Rovers or Aghalee Village

Semi-Finals

1) Winner match 3 v Winner match 1
2) Winner match 4 v Winner match 2

It’s Irish Cup Weekend – Pre-Game Information

So it’s here . . . . . .

Dollingstown Football Club will for the 1st time in their short history play a game in the 6th Round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup when they visit Dungannon Swifts this coming Saturday at Stangmore Park with a 3pm kick-off as they look to add to the clubs history.

The Dollybirds last defeat was way back on the 19th November when Newtowne won 1-0 to put us out of the Intermediate Cup and since then they have won every match including 2 games in the Irish Cup beating both Sport & Leisure Swifts and Richhill AFC to make it into the 6th round for the 1st time and also picking up the Bob Radcliffe Cup on Boxing Day with a win over Coagh United.

As a community based club we would like to encourage as many people from the local area of Dollingstown and further afield to try a make it to Dungannon on Saturday to support and cheer on the Dollybirds and to help be part of what is going to be a fantastic day for the club no matter what.

We have a supporters bus going from Planters Park, where food and refreshments will be available from around midday and we will head onto Stangmore Park at 1.45pm. There is a few spaces left on the bus and they must be booked by simply private message on our Facebook or Twitter. The cost is £10 per person and a primary school aged kid goes free with each adult. ***MUST BE BOOKED*** If you are making your own way to the game you are still more than welcome to come down to Planters Park before for a bit of craic and be involved in the whole day. The directions are on the link below.

Directions to Stangmore Park (Dungannon Swifts FC)

We would like to thank Julie at CMB International Limited for sponsoring the Team Bus which is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club.

 

 

We will have a few mascot’s at the game also and we would like to thank Dungannon Swifts for allowing us to arrange this in which will be a great day for the young boys & girls to be involved in.

All our players and management were invited to Mourneview Park on Saturday past as the Daily Mirror are doing a build up in the ‘Match On Tuesday’,  We’ll not tell you anymore about it here so be sure to get yourself a copy when they go on sale tomorrow.

***MUST BE BOOKED***

 

The Dollybirds Cash In To Go 3rd In Intermediate A

Both teams only met a couple of weeks ago in cup match that went to extra time but today the game was really over after half an hour.

Ballymacash should have been behind as early as two minutes when Thompson was through one on one with the keeper but he screwed his effort wide of the far post and a few minutes later DFC were punished when they lost the ball in midfield and allowed Ballymacash to get a strike on goal that was only parried by Croft into the path of the on rushing striker who calmly tucked it away.

A minute later it was all square again when Thompson turned the central defender and his whipped cross was turned in by the full back for an own goal.

Then on 24 minutes a superb cross from McConnell was met at the back post by Clark who planted his header into the roof of the net and few minutes later Clark tried to return the favour with a superb run down the right but his cross although met by Thompson flew over the bar.

Thompson again turned provider when his superb pass set up Harrison who ran half the pitch and provided a clinical finish at the end and Doc should have added number 4 when he headed over the bar from 3 yards out.

In the second half DFC again failed to convert chances with both Harrison and Thompson doing all the hard build up play but simply on the day couldn’t convert.

On the hour mark Doc was replaced by Rodgers and despite lack of game time he dug deep to keep the team moving forward.

Then Harrison and McConnell were replaced by Luke Adams and Michael Denver as DFC closed out the game for 3 valuable league points as next week away to Dungannon Swifts in the last 16 of the Irish cup with 3 pm kick off.

Supporters bus will be leaving Planters park at 1.45 pm sharp for Dungannon and their are a few spaces left so please get your name down quick if you wish to go and cheer on the team on the biggest game in our clubs history as we seek to reach the quarter finals against a very strong working Dungannon side who are having there best season to date in the premiership.

The Dollybirds Keep Pace With The League Leaders After Clean Sheet

Played on a superb surface these two teams that are both into the last 16 of the Irish Cup and who face each other again in two weeks time and both still have ambitions to win the league it was DFC who came out victorious with a comfortable 2-0 home win.

Moffett who has been on a fine scoring run in recent weeks almost opened the scoring on ten minutes but he headed over from a Glen Hand free kick and Harrison almost scored on 14 minutes with a great run from the half way line but when he needed a cool head inside the box he fired over the top.

DFC did finally make the pressure count two minutes later when from a sublime Keegan through ball Doc laid it square for Thompson to put the home side in front and Doc was unlucky himself on the half hour mark but his effort was headed off the line and Thompson crested another chance for himself but over run final yards.

Ten minutes into the second half Dfc should have extended there lead when Thompson crossed from the left but Scott Adams at the back post fired wide when he really should have scored.

Then on 67 minutes Keegan was replaced by Davy Gray and a minute later Harrison found himself one on one with the keeper who handled outside his area and was sent off but DFC failed to convert.

On 80 minutes Hand went off injured and was replaced by Luke Adams and a few minutes later DFC finally got their second goal when Scott Adams made good run down the right and crossed for Harrison to hammer home into top corner.

Doc was then substituted by Rodgers as DFC held out for 3 very important points as they try to close the gap at the top of the table against Moneyslane.

DFC would like to thank a Seagoe hotel for sponsoring today’s match.

The Dollybirds Need Extra Time To Get Past Ballymacash Rangers in Marshall Cup Tie

A much changed DFC team from that of recent weeks made very hard work of overcoming a spirited Ballymacash team that had to go to extra time in the end.

DFC opened brightly enough with David Gray prominent down the left side and he created two very good chances for Thompson who failed to convert either but overall a very poor first half with neither keeper having any thing of note to deal with.

On 50 minutes McFall had a good chance when the visiting keeper made a hash of a clearance but he shot over the bar and on the hour mark last weeks goal hero Doc missed from 6 yards after the keeper dropped the ball under pressure and a few minutes later Ballymacash opened the scoring when a great cross or shot from the right-wing rebounded off the bar and was touched in at the back post.

Manager Uprichard responded by withdrawing Harrison and Rodgers and replacing with Scott Adams and Luke Adams and on 75 minutes it didn’t look if DFC would ever score when once again toast weeks hero Doc headed over from a Thomson cross from the right.

Final change for DFC seen Coleman replaced by Keegan as Uprichard went 3 at the back in search of the equalizer and this had immediate result with Thompson tapping in from a Keegan cross as the game then went into extra time.

DFC scored in the very first minute although much debate whether the whole ball had actually crossed the line from Keegan but after discussion the goal stood and 5 minutes later it really was all over when Keegan cut inside past 2-3 defenders to bury the ball in bottom corner.

Credit Ballymacash however as they rattled the bar at the start of second period of overtime and indeed should have scored a minute later from another wonderful fight wing cross but DFC wrapped cup win up in final minutes when a Scott Adams drilled low into the bottom corner.

DFC would like to thank Match  sponsor Salon Purple, William Street, Lurgan for their kind sponsorship.

MATCH PICTURES

The Dollybirds To Take On The Swifts in Round 6 Of The Tennent’s Irish Cup

The draw for the 6th round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup was made at 5.45pm on Saturday 7th January 2017 after the completion of all the round 5 games. The ties will be played on Saturday 4th February 2017.

The Full draw is as follows:

Armagh City Glenavon

Coleraine Tobermore United

Crusaders PSNI

Dungannon Swifts Dollingstown

H&W Welders Ballymena United

Institute Linfield

Loughgall Portadown

Warrenpoint Town Crewe United

The Dollybirds Continue To Create History As They Overcome Richhill AFC In 5th Round Of The Irish Cup

May I first begin my report by congratulating everyone involved at Richill for organising one of the best arrangements I have ever seen at Mid Ulster level for our Irish cup game today.

The work of their committee should be noted by all in terms of the planning they put in during the week and they should take great encouragement from their efforts.

On the pitch where the result really matters it was DFC who correctly emerged victorious but not without a spirited half hour in the second half where Richill pushed hard to get an equalizer.

DFC were on the button from the first minute following on from their success in winning the Bob Radcliffe cup on Boxing Day and how appropriate that skipper Moffett should open the scoring with another back post header on 6 minutes from a Hand cross on the left and they went 2-0 up on 15 minutes when a superb cross from Thompson on the left was headed home by Clarke coming in from the right flank.

DFC were making all the running in the first half and really were unlucky not to go in at the break 3 -0 up when Keegan superb shot from the edge of the area was pushed onto the post by the home keeper.

In the second half credit to a Richill as they took the fight to DFC and got one back on 50 minutes when a long clearance by the keeper was not dealt with by anyone in a DFC shirt and Richill were back in the game.

Manager Uprichard then on the hour mark replaced Keegan and Adams with Doc and McFall and within 5 minutes the game was all over when the Doc swiveled from all of 30 yards and the ball nestled in the top corner of the net with the keeper given no chance at all.

This was a sublime strike and just reward for the player having been suspended on Boxing Day and this was game over but not before a bad injury to young striker Josh Norton who left the field in agony after a bad fall and seemed to dislocate his shoulder

His replacement Greg Harrison scored number 4 in the final minutes when put through by Thompson and he calmly founded the keeper to find the bottom corner.

This was a deserved victory for DFC that sees them drawn away to Dungannon Swifts in the last 16 of the Irish cup and who knows the journey might still be set to continue.

MATCH PICTURES thanks to Allan Patton

MATCH VIDEO thanks the the IFA