Dollybirds & Hanover In Stalemate At Planters Park

DFC welcomed Hanover to planters park with both sides having already met in the league 8 weeks ago and Hanover coming into the game on an 8 match unbeaten run.

Hanover had the wind advantage in the first half and only a mixture of good goalkeeping by Stephen Croft and poor finishing by Hanover did the sides go into the break all square.
In the second half the roles were completely reversed with DFC camped in the opposition area but again good goalkeeping by Short and very resolute defending again kept the scoreline blank at the end of 90 minutes.
Aaron Duke hit the bar when he ran onto a Andy McMath header and Richard Thompson fired over when in excellent position as DFC pressed hard to find a winner.
McMath and Chris Coleman were replaced by Scott McCordick and Scott Adams and near the end Thompson was replaced by Davy Gray but despite all the fire power both sides drew a blank.
Old Foes To Meet In Intermediate Cup Clash

Dollingstown will face old foes Tandragee Rovers in the 2nd round of The Intermediate Cup after the draw was made.

Over the years there has been plenty of entertaining meeting between the 2 clubs with the most recent one only a few weeks a go, there is now another to look forward to.

The Full Draw:

The draw has been made for the Second Round of the IFA Intermediate Cup, ties to be played Saturday, 18th November, 2017 (kick-off 1:30pm).

The full draw reads:-
Abbey Villa or Linfield Swifts v. Portstewart
Albert Foundry v. Bangor Amateurs or Moyola Park
Ballymena United Reserves v. Tobermore United or Lower Maze
Ballynahinch United or Chimney Corner v. Craigavon City
Bangor Swifts v. Brantwood
Bloomfield v. Richhill AFC or St. James’ Swifts
Broomhedge Maghaberry or Ballymoney United v. Glebe Rangers
Bryansburn Rangers v. Newtowne
Carrick Rangers Reserves v. Bourneview Mill or Crumlin Star
Crewe United v. Rathfriland Rangers
Donegal Celtic v. Newington
Downshire YM v. Rathfern Rangers
Drumaness Mills v. Armagh City
Dundela v. Lisburn Rangers
Dungiven or Sirocco Works v. Malachians
Dunloy or Seapatrick v. Newcastle
Dunmurry Rec. or Oxford United Stars v. Camlough Rovers or Grove United
Fivemiletown United or Dromara Village v. Warrenpoint Town Reserves
Immaculata v. Annagh United
Islandmagee v. Ballynahinch United or UUJ
Killyleagh YC or Derriaghy CC v. Windmill Stars
Lisburn Distillery v. Colin Valley
Mossley or Crumlin United v. Ballymacash Rangers
Oxford Sunnyside v. Shankill United
Queen’s University v. Ballywater Rec. or Banbridge Town
Rosemount Rec. v. Ards Rangers or Cliftonville Olympic
Seagoe or East Belfast v. Desertmartin
Sofia Farmer v. Hanover
Sport & Leisure Swifts v. Royal British Legion
St. Patrick’s YM v. Moneyslane
Tandragee Rovers v. Dollingstown
Wellington Rec. v. Banbridge Rangers

The Marshall Cup – Rounds 3 & 4 Draws Made

Rounds 2& 3 of The Marshall Cup were made and the Dollybirds were given a tough away trip to Pepperton Park to take on Bourneview Mill in Round 3. The winners of this tie will travel to take on one of Newmills, Oxford Sunnyside or Camlough Rovers in Round 4.

The full Draw:


    Round 3

    Banbridge Rangers v AFC Silverwood

    Sporting Lisburn or Donaghmore v Rectory Rangers

    Newmills v Oxford Sunnyside or Camlough Rovers

    Newry City AFC Wanderers v Knockmenagh Swifts

    Portadown BBOB v United LT

    St Marys v Seagoe

    Dungannon Tigers v Fivemiletown Utd or Banbridge YCOB

    Markethill Swifts v Gilford Crusaders

    Ballyoran or Valley Rangers v Tullyvallen

    Hanover v Ballymacash Rangers

    Windmill Stars or Richhill AFC v Hill Street

    Laurelvale v Crewe Utd

    Lurgan BBOB v Coagh Utd Res

    Bourneview Mill v Dollingstown

    Annalong v Coalisland Athletic

    Craigavon City v Annagh Utd Strollers

    Round 4

    Banbridge Rangers or AFC Silverwood


    Dungannon Tigers or Fivemiletown Utd or Banbridge YCOB

    Newry City AFC Wanderers or Knockmenagh Swifts


    Craigavon City or Annagh Utd Strollers

    Annalong or Coalisland Athletic


    Lurgan BBOB or Coagh Utd Res

    Newmills or Oxford Sunnyside or Camlough Rovers


    Bourneview Mill or Dollingstown

    Sporting Lisburn or Donaghmore or Rectory Rangers


    Portadown BBOB or United LT

    St Marys or Seagoe


    Ballyoran or Valley Rangers orTullyvallen

    Markethill Swifts or Gilford Crusaders


    Laurelvale or Crewe Utd

    Windmill Stars or Richhill AFC or Hill Street


    Hanover or Ballymacash Rangers


The Dollybirds In Maiden Win Over Maiden City In Intermediate Cup Tie

DFC made the long trip to Maiden City in the Intermediate Cup with the hosts already having put out DFC in the Irish Cup last month.

On a very wet and windy day but on a great surface despite all the rain and with wind advantage behind them DFC opened brightly but Maiden City who have been unbeaten all season soon took control of midfield area and went in front on 20 minutes when Stephen Croft was lobbed from the edge of the area.
Aaron Duke brought the sides level on the half hour mark with a trade mark header from a Glenn Hand free kick and Hand then let fly from distance but good save by the home keeper as the sides went in at half time all square.
Maiden City then made the wind advantage count on 50 minutes when Stephen Jones mis-headed in the area and Croft had little chance to clear.
Then on 53 minutes DFC should have been awarded a penalty after Scott McCordick was brought down but the referee waved play on.
Manager Stephen Uprichard then made a tactical shape to the team with Michael Denver and Jones giving way to Andy McMath and Chris Coleman and two minutes later it was all square when a superb cross from Nathan McConnell was headed in by McMath from his very first touch.
Then Richy Thompson missed a glorious chance from close in when he fired over the bar before Duke scored what turned out to be the winning goal after good work by Josh Norton and McCordick.
Marty Hughes then replaced McCordick in the final few minutes as DFC held out against a very strong Maiden City side.
McCordick and Duke Braces See Dollybirds Triumph In Planters Park Goal Fest

Old rivalry was restored on Saturday as DFC welcomed Tandragee Rovers to Planters Park and within 5 minutes DFC were in front when Aaron Duke tapped in after a good run down the right by Josh Norton.

Then on the half hour it was 2-0 when Scott McCordick took possession in midfield, strode forward nauseatingly and fired into the top corner but credit to Tandragee they pulled a cracker out of the hat themselves right on half time when Bicker fired in from distance.

Then in the second half it was all Tandragee as DFC lost the ball in midfield and the resulting cross was headed in for the equaliser.

On the hour mark Stephen Croft made a hash of a clearance but his skipper got him out of jail but only for 5 minutes before Croft punched away a corner and the striker tapped in the rebound.

Manager Uprichard then replaced Scott Adams with Stephen Jones and soon afterwards Marc Davidson was fouled in the area and Duke converted to bring the sides level in a very pulsating game.

McCordick then scored his sides 4th goal and this even bettered his opening effort when he left 3 defenders on the floor to stroke home the winner.

With 10 minutes left Croft pulled off a great save and from the corner it was cleared off the line as Tandragee went in search of the equaliser.

Norton was then replaced by Davy Gray in the final few minutes as DFC held out for 3 very important points.

Great advert for local football by two teams who gave there all for there respective clubs.

MATCH PICTURES with thanks to Billy Keegan

OPPORTUNITY – Reserve Team Manager Vacancy

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Dollybirds Inflict First Defeat For The Gers In Dominant Win At Cherny Park

Top of the table Banbridge Rangers hosted DFC and it was DFC who inflicted their first defeat of the season in a very solid overall team performance.

Aaron Duke put the visitors in front on 5 minutes when Aaron Moffett headed back at the far post from a Andy McMath cross for Duke to tap in and it was skipper Moffett who on the quarter hour mark denied Banbridge an equaliser with a superb tackle inside the area.
Then on 25 minutes it was 2-0 from a Duke penalty after a superb turn in the area by Scott McCordick which resulted in him being fouled in the box.
In the second half Banbridge pushed further forward with substitute Lee Feeney creating room for himself in the pockets and on 65 minutes only a good save by Stephen Croft from distance kept them out.
Then on 75 minutes it was game over when Duke out on the left found his strike partner McCordick who calmly tucked it away at the back post.
Matty Walker then went off injured and Marc Davidson made his long awaited debut and shortly afterwards Richy Thompson and McCordick were replaced by Scott Adams and Marty Hughes as DFC held out for an extremely important win in what was a very solid overall team performance.
Next Saturday DFC are at home to near neighbours Tandragee Rovers who will once again provide very strong opposition.