The Dollybirds Brought Down To Earth With A Bang As Hanover Leave With Full Points

Special thanks to Hanover who made a guard of honour to welcome league champions DFC onto the pitch but that was where the hospitality ended.

DFC made 6 changes from Saturday to both give much-needed match time to players and also to rest some key players ahead of a very tough semi final against Crewe United on Saturday.

Indeed in the opening 20 minutes DFC had 3 very decent half chances which included an offside goal from Greg Harrison but they over run the ball or delayed the final pass when in good shooting positions.

Then on the half hour mark they were caught out by a quick throw in with Michael  Denver caught the wrong side and then Matty Walker failed to clear the cross and the striker buried the ball in the bottom corner.

Couple of minutes later it was almost 2-0 but Croft got down well at the near post .Dfc didn’t learn from this and another run down the left resulted in a simple tap in from inside the area.

Then to rub salt into the sound so to speak Hanover went 3-0 up when they benefited from a wicked deflection from a free kick to go into the break very comfortable.

Manager Uprichard changed the shape of the team at the interval with McConnell replacing Coleman and this resulted in a much improved second half performance and on 57 minutes Harrison won himself a penalty which he duly converted.

Moffett then replaced Walker and McCordick replaced Harrison as DFC tried  to get back into the game but it petered out and DFC suffered first league defeat under Manager Uprichard.

The good thing is that the boys can regroup now for another tough encounter away on sat to Crewe United in semi final of Marshall cup.

Also our Country Cabaret Night is this coming Saturday at the Bannville Hotel. Tickets are available from the reception at the Bannville Hotel, the Planters Bar in Warringstown and also DTown Chippy in Dollingstown. A great night not to be missed

Another Clean sheet Ensures 4th Intermediate A Title Comes To Planters Park

In a pulsating game where DFC knew a victory would give them the league title with two games to spare manager Uprichard reverted to a more traditional formation and this proved decisive as DFC weathered the storm in the opening period before going on to close out the game and secure the title.

On 8 minutes Redpath had an excellent run down the right but his final ball was safely gathered by the keeper . Then five minutes later it took an exceptional save by Croft in the home goals to keep out a certain own goal but he flung himself towards the top corner and turned it away for a corner.

Right at the start of the second half DFC finally unlocked the Fivemiletown defence when Rodgers who had another excellent game today played an exquisite pass for Thompson to run in behind and score a superb goal low into the bottom corner.

The same player a minute later had almost an identical chance after being put through by McConnell but he delayed his shot and the keeper saved well and then it was Fivemiletown who on the break almost caught DFC napping.

The game then ebbed and flowed with McCordick having an effort saved and Redpath clearing off the line at the other end.

Thompson was then replaced by Glenn Hand making a long-awaited comeback after 12 week hamstring injury and within 5 minutes of coming on it was that man McCordick who kept his composure in the box to chip home goal number two and ease the tension and Redpath almost followed this up with a third goal but his effort drifted wide of the far post.

McCordick and Adams were then withdrawn and replaced by Norton and Gray who kept the momentum going right to the end where DFC were crowned league champions and now await a play off battle against Portstewart and possibly also a team from the Ballymena Int league.

DFC return to league action on Wednesday night when they host Hanover in their last home league fixture if the season and then the small matter of another cup semi final on Saturday away to Crewe United in the Marshall Cup.

Sports Service With Special Guest, Former NI International Stuart Elliott

St. Saviour’s church in Dollingstown will be hosting a sports service on Sunday 4th June 2017 at 9.30am where the special guest will be none other than former NI International Stuart Elliott.

We would like to invite all Dollingstown FC members and supporters to attend this special sports service and indeed we would like to see as many other people from all different sporting backgrounds and clubs to attend and everyone will be welcomed.

Stuart has a fantastic story to tell about how God impacted his life as a professional footballer in England and Scotland and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come along that Sunday morning.

St. Saviour’s Website

 

Dollingstown End Rangers Title Bid And Put Themselves 2 Points From Taking The Title

In a very tight and tense game with DFC seeking to keep hold of the leadership at the top of the table it was no surprise to see the game won by the only goal of the game.

Indeed the last 3 matches all against strong opposition have been won by 1-0 scoreline which makes the battle for league championship very tense and it was obvious in the first half as both teams competed well for every ball.

Skipper Moffett made an unusual poor back pass on 25 minutes but keeper Croft saved his blushes with a well blocked save.

Then on 32 minutes the all important goal came when Saturday scoring hero Redpath made a very positive run down the right and won a corner . McCordick swung over the cross and Thompson glided home a sublime header into the far corner of the net.

The second half was equally tense and Adams fired over from distance before with 15 minutes to go Neil King received a second yellow and was duly sent off.

Manager Uprichard then replaced Doc with Jack Clarke and McCordick with Harrison as the team kept a good shape to see out the vital win.

Now DFC need to keep the focus on getting the final 2 points needed to become champions and take them into a play off for possible route back into senior football.

DFC host Fivemiletown on Saturday at home as they seek to close out the league title in yet another bruising game.

DFC would like to thank P. McVey from Magherafelt for sponsoring the match tonight.

P. McVey Mobile Buildings

 

 

 

Dollingstown Edge Out Tandragee Rovers Thanks To Redpath Header

Played in glorious sunshine DFC emerged victorious in a very tough encounter against a very experienced and resilient opposition who were only one of two teams to defeat us so far this season.

Indeed it was Tandragee who almost opened the scoring on 5 minutes when a shot from distance flew just over the bar . After that it was DFC who created a number of chances mainly through Richard Thompson but each time his final effort failed to hit the target after a number of very promising openings.

Then in the final few minutes of the first half it was Tandragee who almost sneaked in front when Croft saved low down at the near post and then a Corbett header flew inches over the bar right on half time.

In the second half it was much the same as the opening period with both teams competing strongly for midfield possession and on 70 minutes the Doc was replaced by Norton as DFC went in search of that elusive winning goal and 5 minutes after this it did finally arrive.

Great work down the left between McConnell and McCordick seen McConnell deliver a peach of a cross to the far post where the other sing back Redpath rose superbly to turn in his header from a very narrow angle.

DFC should have wrapped it up a minute later when McCordick and Norton combined well only for the keeper to narrow the angle at his near post.

Black almost pulled off an equaliser in the final minute when the ball rebounded to him from a free kick but his effort went over the top.

This was a very important 3 points for DFC as they enter a crucial 3 home matches looking for the 5 points they need to assure the league title and enter a play off scenario for promotion back into senior football again.

Now onto Tuesday night with an equally tough game against locals Banbridge Rangers who have already beat DFC at planters park at the start of the season in the premier cup with a 6.30 pm kick off.

McCordick seals Vital Win In Dollybirds Pursuit For Intermediate A Title

DFC made the journey to Moneyslane on Saturday for the first ever time and we would like to commend Moneyslane on a superb set up on and off the field.

Moneyslane played with a strong wind advantage in the first half but the game never got flowing due to an enormous amount of stoppages by a very fussy referee who didn’t real let the game flow for either team.

Indeed the first serious effort on target wasn’t until the 37 minute but Croft got down well to turn the header away and both teams went into the break scoreless.

Moneyslane were handed a great opportunity on 52 minutes when the referee who was on the wrong side of the penalty area to see properly awarded the home team a penalty for supposed hand ball from a corner on the opposite flank.

Justice was done when Croft got down low to his right and turned it away for a corner.

Andy Hamilton who was making his first start in nearly three years was then replaced on 67 minutes by Scott McCordick and on 80 minutes a long ball from Scott Adams found Thompson down the left channel and his first time effort went wide of the far post.

Keegan and Thompson were then replaced by Gray and Harrison as DFC went in search of the winner which duly came right on 90 minutes when another long ball from Adams found McCordick in the left channel and he kept his composure to slip the ball into the far bottom corner.

This wasn’t a pretty game by any chance but a great overall team performance that ground out the win to put some more clear daylight between them and the chasing pack.

The next two weeks will define the title as DFC have a run of 4 home games over the two weeks all against top opposition starting with Tandragee on Saturday at 2.15 pm.

TICKETS FOR OUR UP AND COMING COUNTRY NIGHT IN THE BANNVILLE HOTEL ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BANNVILLE HOTEL, D:TOWN DINER, THE PLANTERS BAR AND FROM ANY CLUB MEMBER – A GREAT NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED!!!