Dollybirds Paired With Maiden City For Second Time This Season

Dollingstown have been drawn away to Maiden City for the 2nd time this season after the draw for round 1 of the Intermediate Cup was made on Tuesday 26th September 2017. The 2 teams were also drawn together in the Irish Cup and the fixture was changed to Planter Park on this occasion due to Maiden City being unable to book a pitch and they ran out 3-1 winners.

The Full Draw:

18th Newtownabbey OB Newington

Abbey Villa Linfield Swifts

Albert Foundry Suffolk

Annagh United Ballynure OB

Ards Rangers Cliftonville Olympic

Ardstraw Hanover
Armagh City 1st Bangor
Ballymacash Rangers Dromore Amateurs
Ballynahinch Olympic UUJ
Ballynahinch United Chimney Corner
Ballywalter Rec Banbridge Town
Banbridge Rangers Magherafelt Sky Blues
Bangor Carrick Rangers Reserves
Bangor Amateurs Moyola Park
Bloomfield v Glentoran II
Bourneview Mill Crumlin Star
Broomhedge Maghaberry Ballymoney United
Bryansburn Rangers Saintfield United
Camlough Rovers Grove United
Colin Valley Ballinamallard United Reserves
Comber Rec Ballymena United Reserves
Crewe United Laurelvale
Crusaders Reserves Newcastle
Donegal Celtic Dunmurry YM
Downshire YM Cookstown Youth
Dundela Barn United
Dungiven Sirocco Works
Dunloy Seapatrick
Dunmurry Rec Oxford United Stars
Fivemiletown United Dromara Village
Glebe Rangers Rosario YC
Islandmagee Coagh United
Iveagh United Craigavon City
Killyleagh YC Derriaghy CC
Maiden City Dollingstown
Mossley Crumlin United

Newbuildings United Immaculata

Newtowne St. Mary’s YC
Orangefield OB Wellington Rec
Oxford Sunnyside Dundonald
Portstewart Shorts
Queen’s University Markethill Swifts
Rathfern Rangers Lurgan Town
Richhill St. James’ Swifts
Rosemount Rec Valley Rangers
Royal British Legion AFC Silverwood
Seagoe East Belfast
Shankill United St. Luke’s
Sofia Farmer Groomsport
Strabane Athletic Rathfriland Rangers
Tandragee Rovers Portaferry Rovers
Tobermore United Lower Maze
Trojans Drumaness Mills
Back To winning Ways As Dollingstown See Off St. Marys At Planters Park

Playing on a near perfect surface after all the heavy rain and despite playing into a strong wind in the first half it was DFC who had 4 great chances to open the scoring but failed to convert.

First Michael Denver fed Richy Thompson who fed Aaron Duke down the right but his effort went wide of the far post and a minute later on the opposite side Josh Norton fed Duke but again his effort wide of the opposite post.

Then it was Andy McMath’s turn to head wide at the back post following a perfect Thompson cross and a minute later it was St Mary’s who opened the scoring direct from a free kick on the right of the area.

Thompson almost equalised a few minutes later but the visiting keeper somehow managed to keep it out but with time running out it was full back Denver who showed his forwards how to score by simply keeping his composure when inside the area.

Thompson could and should have scored in the first minute of the second half when he did all the hard work but when one on one with the keeper he fired over the bar.

Norton and Marty Hughes were replaced with Scott McCordick and Scott Adams and it was McCordick who within a minute showed composure to play in Duke for his first goal on return to the club.

Thompson was then replaced by Davy Gray and Duke then found himself one on one with the keeper who saved with his legs and this was followed by Adams shot from distance and McCordick hitting the post before a Duke again had another wonderful chance after McMath created the opening but once again this chance went missing.

Next week DFC home again in the league to Ballymacash Rangers who put 6 past Crewe United today and who already knocked DFC out of the Premier Cup last month.

Dollingstown Head To Cookstown In Irish Junior Cup Round 2

Dollingstown Reserves have been drawn away to Cookstown Youth in the draw for round 2 of the Irish Junior Cup with was made tonight (Wednesday 20th September 2017).

The full draw for the Second Round of the IFA Junior Cup, ties to be played Saturday, 14th October, 2017 (kick-off 1:30pm).

The full draw reads:-
Portavogie Rangers v Rossowen
Scarva Rangers v Newry Celtic
Ardstraw Reserves v Claudy Rovers
Caledon Rovers v Brantwood Reserves
Newington Reserves v Newhill
Enniskillen Athletic v Islandmagee II
Knockmenagh Swifts v Ballycastle United Reserves
Fintona Swifts v Magherafelt Reds
Orangefield OB II v Finaghy
Killough v Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves
Ahoghill Thistle v Rockview United
Shamrock v Crumlin United II
Hill Street v Rectory Rangers
Dromore or Sion Swifts v Nortel
Ardoyne v Omagh Hospitals
Roe Valley or St Patricks YM II v Cleary Celtic
Foyle Wanderers v Tummery Athletic
All Saints OB v Cookstown Olympic
Raceview v Enniskillen Town United
Comber Rec II v Mountjoy United
Garvagh v Bloomfield
Windmill Stars Reserves v Strathroy Harps
New Santos v Bessbrook United
Lower Shankill v PSNI Olympic
Dunbreen Rovers v Ballynure OB
Queens Grads v Bangor Rangers – TIE OF THE ROUND
Suffolk Swifts v Immaculata II
Dergview Reserves v Riada
Dromara Village Reserves v Sandyhill
Cumann Spoirt an Phobail v Ballyvea
Bangor YM v Beann Mhadaghain
North Down v Abbeyview
Donacloney v Valley Rangers Reserves
United LT v Gilford Crusaders
Willowbank v AFC Silverwood Reserves
Ambassadors v St Tereseas
Aquinas v Grove United II
Tullymore Swifts v Enniskillen Rangers
New Mills v Portrush
Coagh United Reserves v Sporting Ballymoney or Limavady Rugby AFC
Tandragee Rovers II v Derryhirk United
Cookstown Youth v Dollingstown Reserves
Enniskillen Galaxy or Harryville Homers v Irish Street
Castle Star v Rathfriland Rangers Reserves
H&W Welders U20 v Carryduff Colts
Beragh Swifts v Ford
Ravenhill YM v Portadown BBOB
Woodvale v Banbridge YCOB
Ballyclare Comrades U20 v Coalisland Athletic
Antrim Rovers v Carniny Rangers
Loughgall Reserves v Belfast Celtic YM
St Matthews v Churchill United

Byes: Lurgan Celtic Reserves, Donemana, Dervock, Ballysillan Swifts, Annalong, Lisbellaw United, Lisahally or 4th Newtonabbey OB, 22nd OB, Greenisland, Sirocco Works II, St James Swifts II, Heights

DFC Exit Mid Ulster Cup At The Hands Of Loughgall

Dfc exited yet another cup after a very bright opening against a competent Loughgall team who moved the ball at pace.

Indeed it was DFC who opened the scoring on 10 minutes when a free-flowing move between new boys Richard Thompson and Aaron Duke set up Andy McMath who calmly planted the ball in the back of the net.

Josh Norton then had a great chance to double this on the quarter-hour mark when a great cross from Duke was headed over from six yards.

Loughgall responded and hit the post on 20 minutes before equalising a minute later with a vicious free kick from 25 yards and should themselves have went in front on 25 minutes when a great switch from left to right was put in the box but the striker pulled his shot wide when easier to score.

Good free-flowing first half ended all square which was a fair reflection of the game.

In the second half Loughgall upped their game and DFC failed to close down the spaces and on 55 minutes Hoey tapped in at the back post after yet another superb cross field move.

On 65 minutes game over when a mistake by keeper McCartney allowed a shot from fully 30 yards to slip through his hands into the net.

Norton and Mc Math and Thompson were then replaced by Scott McCordick and Scott Adams and Davy Gray but Loughgall completed the scoring on 85 minutes with a free header from a corner kick.

On Saturday DFC return to league action at home to St Mary’s who are coming off the back of a superb win last week away to Moneyslane.

Substitute Lynch Scores Vital Goal As Reserves Go Into The Next Round Of The Junior Cup

The game started well for us we had Ballybogey on the back foot & within 5 mins. Matthew Foster had a chance that went just over the bar then ballybogey had a good couple of counter attacking chances but nothing came of it and I felt in the first half we were in control 0-0 HT

We started second half slowly and Neil McCartney made an-outstanding save with the ball heading into the top corner then Josh Millar came on for Ryan Smith on 55 mins. We then came back into the game with Josh controlling the right side, we then started to play and with Josh working well with Foster, the latter broke into the box and with the keeper to beat he unselfishly squared the ball onto in coming Allen at the back post and he cooley slotted home into bottom of the net after 65 mins. Then Damien Lynch came on for Foster and we had some good chances, Lynch was through one on one and instead of finishing it he tried to pass to Karl Diven but the defender intercepted then Ballybogey broke and from the resulting corner the ball dropped into a scramble and somehow they scored on the 75th min.

1-1 and then we lifted our heads and started working really well in the middle of the park and working the ball then a great pass from Daniel Bennett through to Aron Ewins who beat the offside trap and he Cooley lobbed the keeper into an open net with Lynch running onto to put it into the net to make sure as there was a defender running back to clear off the line on 82mins.

2-1 then Dylan Branker came on for Gary Morrow to tighten things up at the back to see the game out and put the dollybirds into round 2.

The Dollybirds Exit The Bob Radcliffe In Opening Round

DFC made the short journey to Annagh United to defend the Bob Radcliffe Cup and made an early exit despite having most of the possession.

The first half was fairly even but DFC couldn’t convert the numerous chances they created and on 40 minutes Annagh broke the deadlock when poor defending allowed them to open the scoring and a minute later the same player volleyed in from the edge of the area to double the score.

At half time Davy Gray replaced Nathan Lavery and once again DFC created numerous chances from having the majority of the ball without any real end product.

Marty Hughes and Scott Adams were then replaced by Andy Hamilton and Matthew Walker with the former adding more aggression and urgency into the midfield area but again no one could convert.

Hamilton headed wide from a corner and Nathan McConnell hit the bar from a free kick but that was as close as it came.

Next week DFC travel to Camlough Rovers in the league and will hope to get back amongst the goals.

A Hat Trick Of Hat Tricks See’s The Dollybirds Puts Hibs To The Sword In Marshall Cup

DFC faced West End Hibs in the Marshall Cup on Saturday and the gulf between the teams was evident early on as DFC had all the possession but failed to open the scoring until 22 minutes when Josh Norton tapped in after great run down the right by Stephen Jones and on the half hour mark Scott Adams fired in another thunderbolt from distance before Norton made it 3-0 at half time.

Manager Uprichard then replaced Adams and Chris Coleman with Davy Gray and Matthew Walker to give everyone game time and on 55 minutes Norton completed his hat trick from the spot after Nathan Lavery was fouled.

This opened the flood gates and Lavery got his goal before Marty Hughes chipped in number 6.

Coach Andy Hamilton then got on for the last half hour replacing Jones and he nearly scored with his first effort but credit the keeper for excellent save and later he hit the cross-bar.

Andy McMath then headed number 7 from a Norton cross and Lavery tapped in number 8 after the keeper could only parry a McMath free kick.

McMath then scored direct from a free kick and soon completed his own hat trick from another Norton cross.

Young Lavery then wrapped it up when he completed his own hat trick.

An unusual day with 3 different players getting hat tricks and sets up good game next week away to Annagh United in the opening defence of the Bob Radcliffe Cup.

DFC would like to thank West End Hibs for the hospitality after the game and best wishes for the remainder of the season.

Also very big welcome to our 3 new signings this week all from Annagh United namely the return of our strike force from last year Aaron Duke and Richard Thompson and defender Marc Davidson.