Weekend Draw At Windmill Keeps Dollybirds In 2nd Place In Table

DFC made the trip to Armagh on Saturday and came away with a 1-1 draw which on second half performance was probably all they deserved yet it felt very much like two key points dropped in the battle for league honours as they conceded a penalty right on 90 minutes.

DFC opened very strongly with a King header on 4 minutes being cleared off the line and on 9 minutes McCordick beat two defenders but his shot was well saved at the near post by the home keeper.

McCordick then had a wonderful chance on 24 minutes when he found himself one on one with the keeper but lobbed his effort over the bar when he really should have scored.

Then on the half hour Doc went off with hamstring injury to be replaced by a Davy Gray and DFC lost their momentum after this with windmill having a couple of half chances from corner kicks.

On 54 minutes DFC got there noses in front when Keegan robbed the full back on the edge of his area to find himself one on one with the home keeper who parried his effort but luckily it rebounded off the center half and rolled into the net.

After this DFC lost their way in midfield allowing Windmill with Larkin very prominent in midfield for them to dominate.

Thompson was replaced by Harrison and McCordick by Norton as DFC went in search of a second goal but not to be and center half King made a lunging tackle in his own box in the final minute to give away a penalty which was duly converted.

DFC will be hoping that they can soon get some key players off the treatment table but this looks like being some weeks away yet as they fight out the final 9 league fixtures in search of title and are at home to title challengers Moneyslane next sat at Planters Park.

Country & Western Cabaret Night @ The Bannville Hotel

Dollingstown Football Club will hosting a fund-raising ‘Country & Western Cabaret Night’ in the Bannville Hotel in Banbridge on Saturday 22nd of April 2017.

Radio Ulster’s Hugo Duncan will compere the evening with doors opening at 8.30pm and the evening will feature

     Country Harmony Group

     Benn Sisters

     Boxcar Brian

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE from the Bannville Hotel and any club member for £10 each

Please get you tickets early as we expect a sell out for the night

Latest Update Regarding The DFC Youth Set-Up

We are pleased to announce that Dollingstown Football Club are in the process of finalizing the set up for a team to compete in the

Lisburn Junior Invitational League which is sponsored by the Daily Mirror – at UNDER 17 level.

DFC are an ambitious club which has been proven over the short history, with excellent facilities and we see that by starting this U17 team we can provide a quick way for young players to progress over the next few years into senior football.

With both our 2 senior teams growing and progressing, we now feel it is the right time to start to build a youth section which will aim to grow over the coming years along side the club which will raise the stature of the club and enable it to progress at all levels of local football.

We are starting a U17 team next season to compete in the Lisburn league and to help push these young players towards our U20/Reserve team who compete in MUFL Reserve Championship as the club strides to move forward and be important part of the local community by providing opportunities and football for local people, whether it be in playing or coaching.

obviously, this can’t just happen overnight but this is where we are at currently . . . . . 

We are currently looking for a Team Manager and interested parties should make contact with us though the contact form below or through our social media pages on Facebook or Twitter

Past experience is desirable but not essential. We are looking for someone who can lead this team and help the club build for an exciting future. The successful applicant will work alongside David Harvey with the aim of developing players for next seasons U20/Reserve team and onto the first team in the following seasons.

We have held trials throughout the last few months of 2016 in which we have had a lot of interest from players eligible to play in next season team so there is a good base already set.

 

 

 

 

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Super Sub Norton Returns From Injury To Give Dollingstown 3 Valuable Points

In a top of the table clash DFC came away victorious in the final minute of a very competitive game with a narrow but nevertheless hugely important 3 points.

DFC opened strongly in the opening minutes with Clarke testing the home keeper and Adams firing wide from distance but it was Fivemiletown who went in front on 7 minutes when a free kick from the right was headed back across goal despite 3 DFC players in attendance and easily knocked in from 6 yards.

Then it was Fivemiletown turn for some sloppy defending allowing DFC to equalise when Thompson touched home a long throw in from the fight to bring it all square.

Gillespie almost put the home side in front on 23 minutes when another excellent cross from the left was headed against the bar . He did however get the important second goal on 37 minutes when he met another excellent diagonal cross to fire in from a narrow angle at the back post.

Then just before half time DFC got the important equalizer again when Thompson beat the keeper to the ball and McCordick calmly slotted in for his second goal in last two games.

Second half was largely dominated by the home side who had numerous free kicks but Neil King only playing his third game in over a year after injury was immense throughout.

Thompson and Keegan were replaced by Norton returning himself after a 7 week absence and Gray and this was closely followed with Clarke being replaced by Harrison.

It was fitting that Norton celebrating his 21st birthday was the man to fire home the winner from a Gray corner to give DFC a valuable but hard-fought win against a very strong Fivemiletown side.

Special mention to the referee today who controlled the game very well with common sense in a strong physical game that was well competed by both teams.

Debut Goal For McCordick As Dollybirds Squeeze Into Next Round

DFC hosted Coalisland in the Marshall cup on sat and were taken all the way by a strong Coalisland team who played exceptionally well and set the tempo of the game as early as the third minute when they hit the base of the post with Croft beaten and a minute later it took a good stop but Croft to keep the score blank.

DFC then on first serious attack on ten minutes went in front when Thompson played in Clarke who calmly scored low into bottom corner but on 19 minutes it was all square as Croft clearance fell short and DFC defence were all at sea as Coalisland deservedly equalised.

DFC went in front again a minute later when Gray cross from the left was deflected by keeper and Thompson saw his deflected shot sneak over the line but incredibly within seconds it was all square again as central defender King was easily turned from a throw in and Coalisland equalised again.

Coalisland went in front for the first time on 40 minutes when Croft punched clear from a corner but the striker drove low and hard into bottom corner and this time it was Dfc who responded when Thompson played in new signing McCordick making his debut and at the second attempt he scored his first goal for the club.

It was Coalisland who once again looked the most likely to win the game when they created two wonderful chances in the opening 20 minutes of the second half but wasted these by firing over the bar.

DFC themselves had a great chance on 70 minutes when keeper saved well from Thompson and McCordick following up couldn’t convert.

Rodgers and McCordick were then replaced by Scott Adams and Harrison but the game petered out into extra time which saw Gray replaced by Keegan and indeed it was a free kick from Keegan in the second period of extra time that was headed in by skipper Moffett for what eventually turned out to be the winning goal and into the next round.

DFC would like to thank A1 Power Systems for sponsoring today’s game.

The Dollybirds Move Up To 2nd After Vital Mid-Week Win

Both teams were back in action after their Irish cup exploits on Saturday and it was DFC who came away with a fairly comfortable 3-0 away victory as they enter the second half of their league campaign.

They went in front on 5 minutes when a fine move down the right resulted in Harrison pulling the ball back for Clarke to sublimely lob the keeper but Crewe almost equalised a minute later when DFC were caught out down the left but Redpath made a superb challenge to deflect the ball for a corner.

Clarke then chipped another effort onto the bar and this was then followed by two more clear chances for Harrison and Keegan but both fired wayward when they really should have scored.

Then on 50 minutes Doc played a good ball out to Keegan on the left who cut inside the fullback and curled his effort low into bottom corner and same player had another chance few minutes later when he found himself free at the back post but fired over the bar when more composure was needed.

Thompson then played in Clarke but again another wide and Harrison rounded keeper but his shot was cleared off the line as DFC fought to close the game out.

Then finally on 75 minutes Thompson scored at the back post from a great cross by Redpath to wrap up the game before Keegan made way for Gray and Rodgers for Luke Adams.

This was a solid team performance but too many chances were missed when in done other game this could prove more crucial.

This weekend we are back to cup action with a Marshall Cup game at Planters Park against MUFL Division 1 team Coalisland Athletic which has a 2pm KO.

Irish Cup Dream Ends With Heads Held High As Attention Turns To Intermediate A

The Irish cup dream for DFC that started back in September last year finally came to an end against Premier league side Dungannon Swifts on Saturday by 4-1.

Manager Uprichard changed the shape of the team to try and retain the ball as much as possible against a very strong opposition who all throughout the 90 minutes played very bright one touch football.

In the opening quarter Dungannon attacked mainly down the left and as early as the 6 th minute they hit the inside of the post only for Moffett to clear the danger . However they went behind on 17 minutes when from a move down the right side the ball was touched in at the near post.

DFC responded very well and almost equalised on the half hour mark when a superb volley by former Dungannon Swifts player Doc Hughes was equally superbly pushed over the bar by Andy Coleman.

However DFC against all odds did get the equaliser a few minutes later when a cross from the left was headed back across goal by Moffett and Thompson headed into the empty net.

The stalemate only lasted a minute before Dungannon broke up field and scored a sublime shot into the top corner of the nett . If only DFC had been able to hold it all square to half time who knows what might have happened.

The game was then wrapped up on 52 minutes when a simple cross from the left was not dealt with by the Dfc defence and it simply drifted into the net . Thompson almost got a goal back again a few minutes later when he drove a free kick goal wards that was once again well tipped over by Coleman in the Dungannon goals.

Keegan and Rodgers were then replaced by Harrison and Gray as DFC reverted to there normal formation in search of goals but Dungannon retained the ball very well and no surprise when they scored there fourth goal from distance on 75 minutes.

Final change for DFC saw Luke Adams replace a tiring Scott Adams as the game drifted into the final quarter.

Overall a great day for DFC as a club which earned many plaudits from Dungannon Swifts and we in turn wish Dungannon all the very best in there quarter final against Warrenpoint next month.

DFC would also like to thank CMB International Ltd in England for sponsoring the players bus to the match and also a special mention to all our young mascots who really enjoyed there day out on the bus etc.

Next up for DFC is a very tough league fixture on Wednesday night at 8 pm away to Crewe Utd.