Dollingstown Ease Past Bourneview In Marshall Cup Round 3

After many weeks of trying due to adverse weather the game went ahead with a DFC resting some players for business end of the league season.

DFC opened brightly with Josh Norton and Davy Gray, and on 21 minutes only a superb save by Stephen Croft kept the score-sheet blank but on the half hour mark Aaron Duke headed home after good work by Gray and on 39 minutes it was Gray again who played in Norton who set up McMath coming from deep for good team goal.

In the second half DFC went 3-0 up when that man Gray sent in a dangerous cross which the hard-working Norton converted at the near post but with half an hour to go credit to Bourneview they fought themselves back into the game and when the cross came in from the right Croft failed to hold the ball and Bourneview then were back in the game.

Glenn Hand and Nathan Lavery were then introduced for McMath and Gray but it took a superb save by Croft to keep the 2 goal advantage before Nathan McConnell was then replaced by Chris Coleman for the final few minutes of the game.

This was hard earned victory but keeps the team run moving along before very tough home game next week against Moneyslane.

Night At The Races

Dollingstown Football Club will be running a NIGHT AT THE RACES on Saturday 7th April 2018 at the Planters Tavern in Warringstown.

You do not have to be a member of the club so we urge all the locals to gather with their friends, family, work colleagues etc and come along for a great nights craic.

Race and horse sponsors are still available, please contact Aaron on: 07746065107 or a.moffett@me.com for further information.

Goals Galore As DFC Cash In

Playing on a beautiful sunny afternoon it was DFC who maintained recent good run with a comfortable 9-2 victory after Ballymacash Rangers who earlier in the season dumped them out of the cup in Lisburn.

The lively Ryan Gourley set up Richy Thompson on the quarter-hour with an exquisite pass and the striker duly dispatched his shot into the bottom corner and on 20 minutes it was 2-0 when the experienced Glenn Hand scored from inside his own half of the pitch for a sublime goal and on 24 minutes when Aaron Duke took the ball down on his chest to rifle into bottom corner but credit to Ballymacash they almost got one back but for a superb save from Croft before losing the versatile Michael Denver to injury and he was replaced by Stephen Jones.
On 36 minutes the opposition did pull a goal back when the midfielder cut inside and shot low into the bottom corner after DFC failed to close the space but DFC should have further increased their lead right on half time after a great cross field ball from Thompson found his partner Duke but surprisingly he shot wide.
At the start of the second half Ballymacash almost scored an own goal but this came shortly afterwards when Chris Coleman set up Thompson for his second of the game and this was followed up when Jones won his challenge on the right before setting up Gourley who curled in a beauty from the edge of the area.
Duke then lost the ball high up the pitch allowing the opposition to break away and reduce the deficit however DFC responded with great team goal when Thompson found Duke who headed down for Andy McMath to get on the score sheet.
Manager Stephen Uprichard then replaced Hand and Coleman with the returning Nathan McConnell and Josh Norton before DFC scored another 3 goals in the final quarter with Marc Davison powering home a header from a corner followed by Duke getting his second of the game and quickly followed by McMath getting his second of the match as well.
This was a solid team performance as we approach the business end of the season that sees DFC having 5 away games from remaining 7 fixtures but have a break from league action next week as they travel to Pepperton Park to play Bourneview Mill in round 3 of the Marshall Cup.
DFC Keep Their Winning Run Going At The Hands Of Richhill AFC

DFC made a welcome return to game time after a 2 week lay off due to adverse weather on a heavy but playable Richhill pitch and keeper Stephen Croft had to make a change in shirt at start of game due to clash of colours.

Despite the break in games DFC opened strongly with Aaron Duke heading over from a Andy McMath cross and then on the quarter-hour mark they lost skipper Aaron Moffett following clash of heads and he subsequently had to get 8 stitches in a bad eye injury.
Then on 25 minutes the opening goal arrived in simple fashion when a long clearance from Croft was missed by the center back and Richy Thompson was alert to lob the keeper and ten minutes later the same player rifled in number 2 with his poorer right foot into the bottom corner after great grit in central midfield by Glenn Hand.
Right on the half time whistle it was the longest-serving player at the club Michael Denver who headed in from a corner with the aid of a deflection having stepped into the breach following the injury to Moffett.
DFC were coasting now but this allowed Richhill to gain a foothold in the game and they pulled a goal back on 70 minutes after sloppy defending and 5 minutes later they scored a second goal at the near post after Josh Norton had just replaced Michael Ferguson.
Credit to Richhill they were now back in the game with all the momentum and Stephen Jones replaced McMath to try to see out the game which was secured courtesy of Duke who latched on to header from Thompson to coolly finish in the far corner and keep the winning run going.
Thanks very much to Richhill AFC for their hospitality after the game.