The Reserves Receive A Bye Into Round 3 Of The Fonacab Junior Cup

The draw has been made for the Second Round of the FonaCAB Junior Cup, ties to be played on Saturday 13th October, kick-off 1:30pm.

After Dollingstown Reserves were given a walkover against Dromore (northwest) they have now received a bye and will go straight into the draw for round 3.

The full Second Round draw reads:-

4th Newtownabbey OB v. Heights
Ahoghill Thistle v. 18th Newtownabbey OB II
Antrim Rovers v. Dergview Reserves
Ballinamallard United Reserves v. Greysteel
Ballybogey v. Scarva Rangers
Ballyoran v. Beann Mhadaghain
Banbridge YCOB v. Hill Street
Bangor Rangers v. Derryhirk United
Caledon Rovers v. PSNI Olympic
Carniny Amateur & Youth v. FC Whiteabbey
Cleary Celtic v. Dervock
Connor v. Mountfield
Crosscollyer YM v. Loughgall Reserves
Dundela Reserves v. Ballynure OB B
Enniskillen Rangers v. St. Mary’s
Enniskillen Town United v. Ardmore
Finaghy v. Finn Harps
Ford v. Tullyally Colts
Garvagh v. Belfast Celtic YM
Gilford Crusaders v. Rockview United
Greenisland v. Draperstown Celtic
Harryville Homers v. Beragh Swifts
Hillsborough Boys v. Bryansburn Rangers II
HW Welders U20 v. Newhill
Irvinestown Wanderers v. Banbridge Town Reserves
Killen Rangers v. Newry Celtic
Lincoln Courts v. Bessbrook United
Lisnarick v. Strule United
Lower Shankill v. St. Patrick’s YM II
Lurgan Celtic Reserves v. Donaghadee
Magheraveely v. Aghadowey
Mountjoy United v. Castle Star
Newbuildings United Reserves v. Moneyslane Reserves
Newtown Forest v. Bangor YM
Nortel v. Ballycastle United
North Belfast United v. Rathcoole
Omagh Hospitals v. Enniskillen Athletic
Oxford Sunnyside Reserves v. Ballykeel
Rosario YC II v. Roe Rovers
Rossowen v. Ballykelly United
Ruby’s Rovers v. Maguiresbridge
Sporting Lisburn v. Crumlin United II
St. James’ Swifts II v. Sandy Hill
St. Mary’s YC II v. Irish Street
St. Oliver Plunkett v. Tullans Red Star
Tollymore United v. Tandragee Rovers Reserves
Tummery Athletic v. Shamrock

The following clubs received a bye into the next round:-

Abbeyview, Annalong, Armagh Blues, Clough Rangers, Dollingstown Reserves, Eglinton, Foyle Wanderers, Kashmir, Kelvin OB, Newington Reserves, NFC Kesh, Portrush, St. Malachy’s OB, St. Matthew’s, St. Teresa’s, Strathroy Harps and Willowbank

Reserves Unbeaten Start To The Season Comes To An Abrupt End

St Marys Res 2:0 Dollingstown Res

Our Reserves unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end as they were defeated in Portadown Park by an efficient St Mary’s side.

On a tight pitch, the Reserves struggled to get into gear and relied on stopper O’Neill on several occasions in the first half to keep out the home side.  Dtown struggled to counteract the direct St Mary’s side and for the first time this season, looked rather naive in their approach.

Despite coming under pressure, Dtown undoubtedly had the best opportunity of the first half when Duffy’s attempt to lob the out coming goalkeeper was saved at the second attempt.

Half Time 0:0

The second half started in similar manner, with both sides creating chances and relying on a strong defensive display until midway into the second period, when the Saints from man was allowed space to turn and finished excellently from the edge of the area.

This kick started a reaction from Dtown who finally increased the urgency and the inform McCluskey had two excellent chances to get the visitors back in the game, but was thwarted by the Saints goalkeeper, and secondly by the upright.

Dtown changed shape to try and force attacking intent and disappointingly conceded a second from a poorly defended set piece to end the contest.

Full Time 2:0

Not having had any football for the past 3 weeks definitely showed on Saturday, as the Reserves struggled to find the creativity and tempo that has served them well to date, and failed to break down a stubborn, well organised Saints side.

Individual performances continued to be strong, but collectively we did not put into practice what we have done so well to date, and St Marys came away with a fully deserved victory.

Team: G O’Neill, N Forsythe, A Harrison, S Cartwright, A Denver, D Bennett, S Armstrong, D Houston, M Duffy, D McCluskey, A Ewins, N Allen, R Taylor, R Hill, D Branker, J Irwin

MotM – D Houston

Dollingstown Win-Less Start To The League Season Continues With Disappointing Decisions

DFC welcomed Newington YC to an amazing looking Planters Park where once again the playing surface was acknowledged by everyone.

It was the home team who opened strongly with Scott Adams and Andy McMath both having chances that were well dealt with by the away keeper and both teams went into the interval all square in what was a very entertaining first half.

Then the game turned on 50 minutes when the referee somehow to amazement of everyone adjudged that Nathan McConnell had impeded the Newington winger and very harshly awarded a penalty that was duly converted.

Then on the hour mark as DFC were still very much in the game the normally reliable keeper Stephen Croft dropped a cross from the left when under no pressure and the winger walked the ball gleefully into the empty net.

This really hurt the home team but minutes later they were undone by another strange referee decision as Newington broke away the linesman signaled off side but the striker went on to score and the referee over ruled his linesman to allow the goal to stand.

Adams and Stephen Jones were then replaced by David Gray and Marc Davidson as DFC kept plugging away and McMath was denied by a superb stop by the impressive away keeper.

However Gray pulled one back on 85 minutes and McMath fired over the top in the final minutes but all the talk was about the decisions today rather than a highly entertaining competitive game of football.

DFC would like to thank our sponsors Matec Plant from England and Alan Crawford from Lisburn for supporting our club


Croft, Redpath, Walker, Moffett, McConnell, Gourley, Hand, Richmond, Jones (Davidson), McMath, Adams (Gray).

Subs: Robinson, Davidson, Coleman, Lavery, Gray.

Goal: Gray

Dollingstown Exit Mid Ulster Cup At Hands Of Warrenpoint Town

A very young Warrenpoint Town team easily overcome the more experienced DFC team by 3-1 in the mid ulster cup last night.

Warrenpoint played some very neat and tidy football but gave away possession too easily in dangerous areas at the back in the opening 15 minutes but DFC failed to capitalise plus in the final third of the pitch there final ball was very poor as well which resulted in going into the half time break all square although Davy Gray almost opened the scoring right on half time when his shot grazed the outside of the post.

Jake Redpath went off with tight hamstring and was replaced by Nathan McConnell and on 55 minutes it was Warrenpoint who finally opened the scoring when they broke down the left and chipped keeper Robinson for neat finish.

Gray then had glorious one on one chance with the home keeper but dragged his shot wide before the game was stopped for 15 minutes with flood light failure.

Andy McMath replaced Nathan Lavery and he immediately made a difference with setting up Scott Adams to fire in the equaliser on 70 minutes however this good work was all undone minutes later when from more sloppy play Warrenpoint went in front again and they scored the final goal on 80 minutes to wrap up the game.

David Richmond replaced Stephen Jones in the final 10 minutes but the home side easily held out for a deserved victory

DFC will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday in a very tough home league fixture against Newington with a 3pm kick off at Planters Park.

UK Sports Chaplaincy Kindly Donating 100 Bibles To DFC

DFC would like to thank UK Sports chaplaincy for kindly donating 100 bibles to our club that we intend to use both internally but also in our wider community through the efforts of our club Chaplain David Pierce and community officer Richard Lyttle who often brings local youths down for games and skill sessions at Planters Park.

Each of these bibles will carry our club crest and two verses of scripture that we have chosen to include with our club logo and they will be available on match-days at Planters Park. Feel free to ask and there is no cost for them.

Trust that these bibles will serve as a reminder to all who receive them of our one and only true saviour Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

May God truly bless you from everyone connected to DFC.

Hubert Watson


Five Star Dollingstown head for Round 2 In The Bob Radcliffe Cup

DFC got back to winning ways with a deserved 5-0 victory in the Bob Radcliffe Cup on Saturday away to Dungannon Tigers.

They took the lead as early as the 5th minute when a cross from the right by Scott Adams was met at the back post by Stephen Jones who despite a mis-hit recovered to scramble the ball over the line.

Another cross from the right on the quarter hour mark should have doubled the lead but Matty Walker headed just wide from the back post.

Then on the half hour the lead was doubled when this time Adams got on the end of a Nathan Lavery cross to head home and before the break the same two combined again for Adams to get his second of the game from an acute angle.

Dungannon were well in the game despite not creating much in the final third and DFC kept up the pressure right at the start of the second half with a Lavery getting the final touch to a Ryan Gourley cross.

Adams then completed his hat trick in superb fashion on 80 minutes when he powerfully drove home into the far corner from a free kick on the edge of the area.

Lavery went on to hit the cross bar in the final few minutes as DFC progressed into the second round.

Next up on Tuesday night is much tougher opposition in the shape of premier league side Warrenpoint Town in the Mid Ulster Cup at 7.45 pm followed by Newington YC at home in the league on Saturday at Planters Park with 3 pm kick off.

Starting XI:

S Croft, J Redpath, N McConnell, D Richmond, M Walker, A Moffett (c), R Gourley, G Hand, S Adams, S Jones, N Lavery.

Subs: R Lawless (Hand), M Davidson (Moffett), C Coleman (Richmond), C Robinson, Davy Gray.

Goals: S Jones, S Adams (3), N Lavery