Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at Planters Park in the clubhouse with a 7pm start.
We encourage all current Management, Players, Officials & Supporters to attend as this is everyone’s chance to hear and voice opinions on the way DFC will move forward in the coming year.
Also if you would like to start to be involved in your local football club we also welcome you down.
DFC made the long trip on Saturday to the north coast in pursuit of getting back into senior football but were blown away on the pitch by a sharper Portstewart team on the day.
As early as the first minute DFC were one nil down from giving away a penalty and don’t think the team recovered from this shock despite having the full match to get back into the game.
Then on the quarter-hour mark it was a mountain to climb when ever-present keeper Croft made a rare mistake from a corner and 2-0 it was after the ball ended up in the back of the net.
On the half hour mark the referee made a massive call by not awarding DFC a penalty when Norton was upended in the area which would have given DFC a strong foothold back into the game.
The next goal would be crucial whichever way it went and it went to Porstewart on 51 minutes with a simple free header at the back post.
Norton and Rodgers were then replaced by Harrison and Keegan but the game was up at this stage.
We would like to wish Portstewart all the best for next season.
So it was back home for our annual dinner at the planters which still proved a great night as the club celebrated league and cup double with special guest Johnny Tuffey from Glenavon.
DFC would like to thank Time Bar & Venue in Cookstown for providing the pre-match breakfast and sponsoring the match as well, much appreciated.
Our AGM will be Tuesday week 6th at our own club room and we ask all players and supporters to attend.
DFC hosted Portstewart in the home leg of this play off for either of the two teams to get back into senior football after both clubs relegated last season.
DFC prepared very well both on and off the pitch for this game with Planters Park once again in sublime condition amongst the glorious sunshine and in front of a fantastic home support.
It only took DFC seven minutes to open the scoring when a flowing move down the left by Thompson and Hand played in Clarke who duly despatched low into the bottom corner and a few minutes later it should have been two when a glorious low cross from McConnell went a begging at the back post.
It was all DFC at this stage but the visiting keeper pulled off two fantastic saves first from Thompson header and then when the Hughes shot looked like nestling in the top corner the keeper someone managed to get a hand on it and turn it away for a corner.
DFC kept pressing for the all important second goal but this eluded them and they also thought they had a stone wall penalty appeal which the referee admitted at half time his error to his credit but a game of this magnitude should have had linesmen to help out the Referee but this request was rejected earlier in the week.
Porstewart stepped up to the mark more in the second half and on the hour mark drew level when Quigg fed the left winger who wasn’t closed down early enough and he calmly buried his shot into the far corner for the equaliser and possible important away goal.
Uprichard then responded with triple substitution with Thompson and Hughes and Norton off and replaced by Harrison and Adams and Rodgers as DFC went in search of that elusive second goal.
Portstewart then had there center half sent off in final minutes but too late to have any impact on this first leg.
DFC now make the long journey next Saturday to Porstewart and remain quietly confident that they have enough fire power in there locker to see the game through where winner now takes all back to senior football.
Bus leaving Planters at 9.30 am if any supporters wish to go please message us on twitter, facebook or on the website to book your spot.
DFC would like to thank Commercial Spare Parts www.cspni.co.uk for sponsoring the Matchday and also Victoria Cricket Club Lurgan for sponsoring the Matchball plus all those who worked hard behind the scenes including car parking duties , catering , website and match photography etc, its greatly appreciated.
DFC made the long journey to Killeel on Saturday for there last league game of the season after a two week lay off and before the most important fixture in recent years next Saturday when they host Porstewart in the first of two leg play off to try and return back to senior football after relegation last season on goal difference.
Valley rangers were perfect hosts and formed a guard of honour to applaud DFC onto the pitch as league champions.
On the quarter hour Clarke rattled the bar from distance and few minutes later a great move involving Redpath Clarke and McCordick resulted in good save by the home keeper.
Andy Graham had a chance then for Valley but easy save for Croft and on 37 minutes DFC finally went in front when the keeper miss punched a cross from Norton and Thompson duly obliged.
Mcmath then had great chance to level for Valley but Croft pulled off great save with his legs but after half time Valley did get back on level terms when the center forward headed home from a corner.
Manager Uprichard then replaced Redpath with Adams and a minute later DFC were back in front when McConnell delivered a perfect cross to the back post for Thompson to score his second.
McCordick got the goal he deserved on the hour mark from the penalty spot after he was fouled and the same player made it four on the day after another great move.
McCordick was fouled again in the box and Thompson converted for his hat trick and he plus Hughes were then replaced by King and Harrison to get as much game time as possible for everyone.
Harrison then went on himself to score two more in a comprehensive win which should stand the boys in positive mood for next week.
DFC would like to ask every one to come out to planters park next Saturday for 3 pm kick off as we expect big crowd to try and cheer the boys on.
So . . . . . here we have it.
A season which started with the disappointment from relegation the previous season but has gradually built and built with a lot of change & hard work with great times had by both clubs throughout the current season comes down to a playoff between 2 of the 5 relegated teams from the NIFL Championship 2 which was re-designed last season.
Yes, either Dollingstown or Portstewart will bounce back immediately to the now called NIFL Premier Intermediate League and will play Irish League football again.
The 2 legs are as follows: (Admission £5 & £3 concessions)
LEG 1: Saturday 20th vs Portstewart
NIFL Premier Intermediate Play-Off
Matchday Sponsors – Commercial Spare Parts
Matchball Sponsors – Victoria Cricket Club Lurgan
LEG 2: Saturday 27th vs Portstewart
NIFL Premier Intermediate Play-Off
Matchday Sponsors – TIME Bar & Venue
Matchball Sponsors – TBC
We urge all local football followers to make their way to Planters Park on Saturday 20th May 2017 for the 1st leg which has a 3pm kick off to get the dollybirds of to a good start before we make the trip to the north coast the following Saturday.
For the away fixture we will have a team bus going which will have limited spaces available and will cost £10 per person. Please PRIVATE MESSAGE us on Facebook, Twitter or our Website if you want to book a seat. It will be a full day trip leaving around 9.30am and returning early evening time on Saturday 27th May 2017.
We all at Dollingstown look forward to 2 great games and we hope the players can do the management and club proud and bring the club back to were we belong and fully mend the heartbreak of the 2015/16 season.
The dates for the promotion play-off for the NIFL Premier Intermediate League have now been released: