On a bitterly cold day DFC once again failed to deliver in a must win game against a mid table team and now enter the second half of the league campaign with a very tall challenge to retain their title from last season.
Local rivals locked horns once again for the second time in recent weeks and this time it was the home side who came out deserved winners in this Intermediate cup tie.
DFC held a minutes silence before the game for the death of their former striker Stephen Lawson’s father Clifford who passed away during the week and who visited DFC many times in recent years.
Dollingstown travelled to Moneyslane in this top of the table clash knowing a win would put them top of the table. The start of the game coincided with a drastic change in weather conditions and Dollingstown found themselves playing into a fierce wind and rain and hail stones and were quickly behind inside 1 minute after the home side scored from a corner.
This however kick started Dollingstown who quickly found their rhythm with the midfield duo of Stephen Jones and Glenn Hand gaining the upper hand against their counterparts. The visitors were enjoying a lot of possession, penetrating the home side defence on a number of occasions but failed to capitalise until the 30th minute when Aaron Duke broke through and held off his marker before skilfully slotting home to equalise.
The Dollybirds continued in the same vain and Josh Norton and Richy Thompson on the wings were causing the home side defence continued problem and 10 minutes later Andy McMath scored after a failed defensive clearance to give the visitors the lead at half time.
The second half started in sunshine, a complete reversal of the first half and after a shakey opening the visitors reaffirmed their control of the game, McMath made it 3-1 after great work and cross by Thompson saw him scoring a powerful header as he anticipated the cross better than the defender. Another great cross, this time from the ageless Hand was also powerfully met by Duke who directed his header into the top right corner eluding the outstretched goalkeeper to make it 4-1.
With the game sorted manager Upritchard sent on Cathal DeBrun for his senior debut for Jones, and Nathan Lavery replaced Norton and immediately caused the home side defence a different type of problem. Minutes later Thompson capped an impressive performance for his first goal for Dollingstown this year scoring a right foot shot from a tight angle.
Upritchard then replaced Marc Davidson to allow Matty Walker some much need game time after returning from a foot injury.
This was an impressive away display by Dollingstown who despite the poor start controlled the game and deserved to win by this margin. Dollingstown host Windmill Stars in the league this Saturday in what will be another difficult encounter.
Last Man Standing
Our LMS will start on the weekend of Friday 24th November 2017.
It is £10 to enter and the overall winner will collect £400.
Everyone is welcome to enter and you can by getting a sheet of any of our players/coaches or committee members (you can download the sheet and print yourself and pass onto a member of the club as it is attached immediately below the teams below) or you can fill in the form at the bottom of this page and then pay online through the link at the very bottom.
Week 1 Fixtures:
- West Ham United vs Leicester City
- Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
- Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion
- Newcastle United vs Watford
- Swansea City vs Bournemouth
- Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion
- Liverpool vs Chelsea
- Southampton vs Everton
- Burnley vs Arsenal
- Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City
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