Uprichard Strenghtens Dollingstown Squad With 3 Big Signings

Dollingstown would like to give a big welcome back to Aaron Duke and Richard Thompson & also Welcome Marc Davidson who have all signed from Annagh United this evening.

Aaron and Richy need no introduction  and will give a massive boost to Scobie’s attacking options and Marc will come in to strenghten the defensive side of things and all 3 are very welcome to Planters Park and we look forward them all adding to the squad in a big way.

MATCH REPORT: Dollingstown Fall To Week Night Defeat At Crewe Park In Goal Fest

DFC made the trip to Crewe without the services of 7 first team players through injury and raced into a 2-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes through Andy McMath and Marty Hughes following good work down the left by Davy Gray who had a very impressive opening first half of the game.

However they were undone in a 2 minute spell when on 35 minutes captain Aaron Moffett got his head on the end of a Crewe shot and it deflected past keeper Stephen Croft and a minute later from a corner Croft failed to get distance on his punch and the Crewe striker hammered home to put the sides level at the break.

In the opening minute of the second half McMath found himself clear in the box and his shot that was destined for bottom corner was superbly pushed round the post by the home keeper but a few minutes later he then gave away a penalty and Crewe went in front for the first time.

DFC came back themselves and equalised via Josh Norton who worked hard on the night when he forced the defender into a mistake and he calmly beat the keeper.

Then with 15 minutes to go DFC lost possession from there own corner and Crewe broke but DFC had the chance to clear and didn’t and were punished by a shot from distance that flew into the net.

Scott Adams and Chris Coleman and debutant Ashley Hall were then all replaced by Karl Diven, Nathan Lavery and Cameron Buchanan as DFC went in search of a deserved equaliser but they just fell short and having led in the game with 3 away goals scored it was hard to take.

DRAW: Difficult Draw For The Dollybirds As They Travel To Coagh Utd Res

Dollingstown Reserves will face the difficult challenge of heading to Coagh United Reserves in Round one of the Mid Ulster Shield on Saturday 23rd September 2017 – KO time TBC

The Full Draw: (Ties to be played Saturday September 23rd 2017

Parkview Utd v Rectory Rangers

Coagh Utd Res v Dollingstown Res

Bessbrook Utd v Killeavy Utd

Portadown BBOB v Cookstown Olympic

Derrybeg v AFC Silverwood Res

Sandy Hill v Newmills

Ambassadors v Banbridge Rangers Res

Rossowen v Tandragee Rovers Res

Finn Harps v Scarva Rangers

Crikeve Rovers v Craigavon City Res

Annagh Utd Strollers v Ashgrove Rovers

Donacloney v Portadown Res

Banbridge Town AFC v Caledon Rovers

Oxford Sunnyside Res v Greenfield Park

Junior Cup Draw Pits DFC Reserves Against Ballybogey At Planters Park

Dollingstown Reserves have been drawn home advantage in Round 1 of The Irish FA Junior Cup. They will host Ballybogey who play in the Coleraine District Morning League and no doubt will be a tough challenge for the team Craig and Jim are putting together for this season.

The game will be played on Saturday 16th September 2017 with a 1.30pm KO at Planters Park.

Currently Ballybogey are top of their league with 1 game played after beating Ballycastle United Reserves 8-2 on the opening day of the season and this weekend they will take on Tullans who themselves had a high scoring win on the opening weekend of the season.

Ballybogey League Table

The draw has been made for the First Round of the Irish FA Junior Cup, ties to be played on Saturday 9th and 16th September, kick-off 1:30pm.

The full draw reads:-

Saturday, 9th September, 2017
Aghadowey v. Sandyhill
Ahoghill Thistle v. Magheraveeley
All Saints OB v. Crosscollyer YM
Annalong v. Claudy United
Ballyclare Comrades U20 v. Warren YM
Ballyclare North End v. PSNI Olympic
Banbridge YCOB v. Ballyoran
Bangor YM v. Lisnaskea Rovers
BBOB (Londonderry) v. Cleary Celtic
Belfast Celtic YM v. Taughmonagh YM
Brantwood Rangers v. Orchard Farm
Churchill United v. Limavady United Drummond
Cloughmills v. Ballysillan Swifts
Coalisland Athletic v. Irvinestown Wanderers
Comber Rec. II v. Lower Maze Reserves
Craigavon City Reserves v. Shamrock
Dervock v. Clough Rangers
Douglasbridge v. Bangor Rangers
Dromara Village Reserves v. Lurgan United
Dromore Amateurs II v. Abbeyview
Dunbreen Rovers v. Portstewart UUC
Enniskillen Rangers v. Kelvin OB
Fivemiletown United Reserves v. Knockmenagh Swifts
Foyle Wanderers v. Drumbo
Garvagh v. Kircubbin
Gilford Crusaders v. Glenavy
Goodyear v. Coagh United Reserves
Greysteel v. St. Matthew’s
Grove United II v. 3rd Ballyclare
Hanover Reserves v. Ballyvea
Heights v. Roe Rovers
Hill Street v. Draperstown Celtic
HW Welders U20 v. Malachians II
Islandmagee II v. Collingwood Holylands
Lurgan Town v. Dergview Reserves
Maguiresbridge v. Caledon Rovers
Markethill Swifts Reserves v. Carniny Rangers
New Mills v. Eglington
New Santos v. Oxford Sunnyside Reserves
Newbuildings United v. Lurgan Celtic Reserves
Northend United Youth v. Donemana
Omagh Hospitals v. Southside Rangers
Orangefield OB II v. Bangor Academy
RBLFC Reserves v. AFC Silverwood Reserves
Realta Na Cromaige v. Immaculata II
Sirocco Works II v. Mountainview
Southside v. North Down
St. Malachys OB v. Mountjoy United
St. Oliver Plunkett v. Rossowen
Strathroy Harps v. Ballykelly United
Strule United v. Beragh Swifts
The Dons v. Lower Shankill
Tullyally Colts v. Greenisland

Saturday, 16th September, 2017
22nd OB v. Banbridge Town U20
Antrim Rovers v. Ards Rangers II
Armagh Celtic v. Raceview
Ballycastle United Reserves v. Sporting Lisburn
Beann Mhadaghain v. Institute
Bessbrook United v. 3rd Bangor OB
Castle Star v. Moira Albion
Caw v. Ravenhill YM
Derriaghy CC II v. St. James’ Swifts II
Derryhirk United v. Desertmartin
Dollingstown Reserves v. Ballybogey
Donacloney v. Bryansburn Rangers II
Dromore FC v. Sion Swifts
Drumquin United v. Claudy Rovers
Enniskillen Galaxy v. Harryville Homers
FC Antrim v. Ford
FC Whiteabbey v. Loughgall Reserves
Finaghy v. Riverdale
Finn Harps (Newry) v. Queen’s Grads
Fintona Swifts v. Saintfield United II
Hillsborough Boys v. Rathfriland Rangers Reserves
Killen Rangers v. Lisbellaw United
Killough v. Carnlough Swifts
Lambeg Rangers v. Ballynure OB
Lincoln Courts v. Ardoyne
Lisahally v. 4th Newtownabbey OB
Lisnarick v. Bloomfield
Lurgan BBOB v. Riada
Magherafelt Reds v. Kashmir Bilbao
Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves v. Burnfoot United
Newcastle II (Swifts) v. Portavogie Rangers
Newhill v. Belfast Deaf United
Newry Celtic v. Moneyslane Reserves
Newtown Forest v. Rectory Rangers
Newtownbreda v. Irish Street
NFC Kesh v. Enniskillen Town United
Portrush v. Annagh United Reserves
Rathfern Rangers II v. Crumlin United II
Red Star v. Newington Reserves
Red Star (Carrick) v. Ardstraw Reserves
Richhill AFC Reserves v. Tullymore Swifts
Rockview United v. FC Penarol
Roe Valley v. St. Patrick’s YM II
Rooftop v. Cookstown Olympic
Rosario YC II v. Willowbank II
Scarva Rangers v. Dundrum United
Shorts II v. United LT
Sport & Leisure Swifts Reserves v. Enniskillen Athletic
Sporting Ballymoney v. Limavady Rugby AFC
St. Mary’s II v. Cumann Spoirt An Phobail
St. Mary’s YC v. Portadown BBOB
Tandragee Rovers II v. Woodlands
Tollymore United v. Woodvale
Tummery Athletic v. Villa Rovers
Valley Rangers Reserves v. Parkview
Windmill Stars Reserves v. Whitehead Rangers

Dollybirds Come Away From Brownstown With 3 Points

DFC returned to league action tonight at near neighbours Hanover and on a very wet and stormy night a special mention should go to both teams who competed for every ball and despite not being a dirty game numerous bookings were made against each team.

Hanover went in front on 20 minutes when from a deep cross on the right to the back post the centre forward caught the ball beautifully to give Stephen Croft no chance.

On the half hour mark it was all square when a cross from Nathan McConnell was hammered into the bottom corner by Scott McCordick who then had to depart once again with a recurrence of his hamstring injury and he was replaced by Davy Gray but not before Scott Adams had a fine effort rebound off the post.

On 55 minutes a DFC lost Jake Redpath after a challenge to yet another dreaded ham string that will keep him out for some weeks and he was replaced by Glenn Hand who himself was only returning from injury.

He made an immediate impact on the hour mark when he himself was brought down in the area and he stepped up to calmly hit the back of the net.

With 15 minutes left Stephen Jones who battled hard all night was replaced by young striker Nathan Lavery. Josh Norton who worked his socks off all night was then taken out by the home keeper after a long chase down the right-wing but nothing came from the resulting free kick.

With 5 minutes of normal time remaining young Gray sprinkled some magic on the pitch by leaving two defenders standing before setting up young Lavery for his first goal for DFC.

The Dollybirds Exit The Tennent’s Irish Cup At The First Stage

Dfc welcomed Maiden City to Planters Park on Saturday for the very first time in the Irish cup and it was the away team who successfully progressed into the second round.

Maiden City opened the game brightly with some very expansive football but DFC held firm despite so many injuries with new signing Nathan Lavery starting up front and young Matthew Russell at left back.

Indeed DFC should have opened the scoring on 35 minutes but the header from a corner kick was cleared off the line and a few minutes later the opposition tested keeper Stephen Croft from distance but both teams went in all square at the break.

Jake Redpath had to go off injured to a list that includes 5 players already and was replaced with Cathel DeBrun and on 55 minutes Maiden City went in front when a free kick rebounded off the bar and they responded quickest to tap in.

However DFC were back in the game a minute later from a Scott Adams block buster after a good cross from Nathan McConnell and DFC enjoyed a blue patch in the game for next 15 minutes with Josh Norton and substitute David Gray who replaced yet another injury to young Russell were both denied by superb saves by the visiting keeper.

Adams then delivered a wonderful cross but Gray couldn’t get his header on target and a few minutes later from a replica free kick Maiden City went 2-1 up.

Young Lavery then gave way in final few minutes to Scott McCordick but a slip in the last minute by Chris Coleman allowed Maiden City to wrap up the game.

Dfc now have 6 players on the injury table before a very tough game away to Hanover on Tuesday night.