D-Town Handed The Toughest Away Draw Possible As They Will Face 2 Time Winners Strathroy Harps In The Fonacab Irish Junior Cup
Our Reserves will travel to 2 time winners of the Irish Junior Cup and this season’s favorites Strathroy Harps in round 4 after the draw was made this evening (Wednesday 28th November 2018). The game will be played on Saturday 5th January 2019 at Omagh Leisure Centre 3g.
Abbeyview Ahoghill Thistle
Beann Mhadaghain Enniskillen Rangers
Belfast Celtic YM Foyle Wanderers
Enniskillen Town United Bessbrook United
Finaghy Omagh Hospitals
Greenisland Hill Street
Irvinestown Wanderers Rosario YC Reserves
Moneyslane Reserves Heights
NFC Kesh St. Oliver Plunkett
Nortel Portrush
Rossowen Dervock
Sporting Lisburn St. Matthews
Strathroy Harps Dollingstown Reserves
Strule United Tummery Athletic
Willowbank Ruby’s Rovers
The Dollybirds Head Into Round 4 Of The Fonacab Irish Junior Cup

Dollingstown Res 3:1 Hillsborough Boys (Junior Cup Round 3)

Our Reserves progressed to the fourth round of the Junior Cup with a hard fought but efficient victory over Hillsborough Boys at Gordon PF on Saturday.

As has been the case on the past few weeks, Dtown were up against an unknown side who have been in good form, recently beating Rathfriland Rangers from the Reserve Championship, and as the game began, it was apparent Hillsborough were going to provide a tough test for our developing side.

The opening 10 minutes were played at a high tempo, with both sides creating several half chances, the most notable when McCluskey chased a deep cross from Branker, and seemed to be upended in the box, but his protests were waved away by the referee.  Hillborough’s pacey front line and direct approach meant they were going to remain dangerous, and indeed could have taken the lead before the half hour, their centre forward not connecting properly from 10 yards.

Dtown were dealt an early blow when winger Branker was forced off with a head injury on the half hour, replaced with R Taylor.

The tie remained physical and combative until 10 minutes before half time when, after some smart movement by Allen and McCluskey, the latter was able to break free and calmly finish to give the hosts the lead, probably deserved on the balance of possession.  The same ebb and flow continued until half time, with Dtown starting to enforce the midfield with Houston in particular winning his own personal battle with the busy #7 from Hillsborough.

Half Time 1:0

In the opening minutes of the second half, Dtown took further control.  Having been asked to press higher at half time, Dtown got their rewards when captain Wright was on hand firstly to win possession and then finish smartly following a mistake by the visitor’s centre half to give Dtown a cushion that allowed them to go on and see out the game.

The moment of the match came half way through the second half with a goal of exceptional quality.  Following a midfield tangle, Houston fed Taylor who delivered to Allen just outside the opposition area.  Allen controlled neatly, swivelled and volleyed in one movement to the bottom corner, a fantastic finish and rewards for a fine display.

Being comfortable at 3.0, and rather than continue to press to further their advantage, Dtown dropped their standards and following a tactical change from Hillsborough, the hosts came under considerable pressure, and the visitors were rewarded for a dominant spell with a superb free-kick to set up what was a nervy ending to the game with Hillsborough only fine margins away from pulling a second back, only for the impressive ONeill.

Overall, a comprehensive victory, but credit to Hillsborough Boys for the manner in which they pressed late in the game.  Hillsborough remained threatening throughout but were well marshalled by Harrsion, Bennett and Forsythe and ultimately, the home side took their chances early to effectively end the contest.

Full Time 3:1

Next up for Dtown is a tough trip to Kilkeel to face Valley Rangers in the league

Squad:  O’Neill, Harrison, Forsythe, Bennett, Armstrong, Houston, A Denver, Wright, Allen, Branker, McCluskey, Duffy, A Ewins, R Taylor

MOTM: Neil Allen

Goals:  McCluskey, Allen, Wrigh

Dollingstown & Banbridge Town Will Clash In The Festive Showpiece At Lakeview Park

The 2018 Final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup will be contested between Dollingstown and Banbridge Town.

Traditionally the game will be played on Boxing Day with an 11am kick off at Lakeview Park, Loughgall.

Both teams currently ply their trade in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League and no doubt a big crowd will be in attendance for the annual festive showpiece of local football.

Dollingstown are the most recent winners as the trimphed in the 2016/17 season with victory over Coagh United and the dollybirds also reached the final in the 2013/14 season when they narrowly lost on a penalty shootout against Armagh City.

Banbridge Town have won the competition on 2 occasions, firstly way back in the 1980/81 season when they defeated by Newry Town and more recently in the 2010/11 season when they overcame Rathfriland Rangers. They have also been runnersup on 4 occasions so have a great pedigree and will go into the Final with the favourites tag.

Further details to follow . . . . . .

A Swift Start From The Dollybirds Seals Boxing Day Final In The Bob Radcliffe Cup

For the second week running DFC hosted a Premier U20 team namely Dungannon Swifts this week in the semi final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup and the home team started like a house on fire and found themselves 3-0 up within the opening 10 minutes.

They scored in the opening minute when the keeper could only parry a shot from Glen Hand and Scott Adams reacted first to fire his shot into the top corner and 5 minutes later the roles were reversed when Adams set up Hand for the second goal.

It was that man Hand again on 10 minutes who set up Richy Thomson to score the home sides third goal and set them in cruise control.

However credit to the youthful Dungannon team who kept plugging away and after there initial shot rebounded of the far post they reacted quickest to pull one back and few minutes later they hit the same post again although Ryan Gourley likewise missed a glorious chance at the other end after being set up by Thompson.

In the second half both teams kept pressing with both Thompson and Hand winning the race against the keeper but on both occasions failed to capitalise.

Marc Davidson and Adams were then replaced by Davy Gray and Chris Coleman as the home club held out to reach there third Bob Radcliffe Cup final of recent years where they will play favourites Banbridge Town who boast a very experienced squad.

DFC would like to thank match sponsor Distag QCS from Dungannon for sponsoring the game today.

Goal Fest At Planters Park As The Dollybirds Triumph In Penalty Shoot-Out Against The Glens

A very youthful Glentoran under 20 team came to Planters Park and really put it up to DFC in The Match Intermediate Cup with both sides all square at 4 – 4 after extra time and DFC running out winners in a penalty shoot out that took 8 from each side to finally divide the teams.

Thompson went on long solo run on 10 minutes buy had no end product and skipper Aaron Moffett headed against the post from a corner but with the wind behind them Glentoran played very neat and tidy game and went in front on the quarter hour mark from the penalty spot and few minutes later they broke away from a DFC corner to capitalise on another error at the back to go 2-0 up before Ryan Gourley pulled one back at the second attempt into the far corner .

Then before the break Glentoran extended there lead with a deflected shot from distance to go into the interval 3-1 up.

Credit to DFC in the second half led by the veteran Glen Hand they kept plugging away and indeed Hand himself should have pulled one back on 50 minutes when Richy Thompson set him up but he fired over the bar.

Nathan McConnell then put in a delightful cross for Andy McMath to head in at the back post and game was then back on again. Michael Denver was then replaced by Davy Gray who injected new life into DFC with his trickery and it was him who made it all square on the hour mark.

DFC piles on the pressure and a McMath pile driver was only just over the bar and Thompson hit the post plus team had numerous other chances but failed to convert and into extra time it went.

In the opening minute Glentoran scored with a fantastic curling shot into the top corner and it looked like DFC were going to pay for all there missed chances.

Stephen Jones was replaced by another veteran Adam Montgomery and Chris Coleman by Scott Adams as DFC went in search of another equaliser and it came from Montgomery to force the game into penalties.

Moffett and McMath both missed for the home team but goals from McConnell, Adams, Gourley , Jake Redpath, Hand and Gray was enough to ease the team into the next round against a superbly talented young group of Glentoran players.

DFC would like to thanks match sponsor Screen Spares from Dungannon and Bobby Loney as ball sponsor for there support today.

Next week DFC host another premier league under 20 team namely Dungannon Swifts in the semi final of the Bob Radcliffe cup with a 1.30pm kick off.

Dollybirds Still On The Lookout For First League Win As Annagh Utd Triumph At Planters Park

This was the second time in two weeks where both teams met and on this occasion it was the unbeaten league leaders who came away with the victory.

Dollingstown opened very brightly and had a wonderful chance on 10 minutes when Richy Thompson played a reverse pass to set up Andy McMath who appeared to be fouled by the keeper but the referee allowed the play to go on and the chance was missed plus McMath had to leave the pitch with a bad leg injury and replaced by Ryan Gourley.

Then 5 minutes later from a corner kick Marc Davidson slipped allowing YaYa to drive in at the back post and the lead was almost doubled after a wicked deflection but Stephen Croft turned it over the bar.

Game was still very tight in the second half but once again from another corner DFC were undone when they allowed YaYa to score a header at the back post.

Davy Richmond and Nathan McConnell were then replaced by Davy Gray and Nathan Lavery as DFC went to try and get back into the game and Gourley turned the full back superbly inside the area but unfortunately dragged his shot inches away from the back post.

Annagh broke away in the final 5 minutes with Taylor hammering in a shot from inside the box but credit to DFC they kept searching and were rewarded when Lavery was adjudged to have been pulled down in the area and skipper Aaron Moffett duly converted from the spot kick.

Next week DFC turn there attention to the intermediate cup and Glentoran U20’s at the Oval.

DFC would like to thank Mark Savage and his company Floored Of Lurgan for his kind match sponsorship and the Branker family for sponsoring the ball.

Dollingstown Fight Back To Secure Point Against Reigning Champions

Dollingstown Res 2:2 Coagh Utd Res

Current champions Coagh United Reserves were the visitors to Planters Park on Saturday in what was billed as a massive fixture in determining how competitive our Reserves can be this season.

Coagh went all of last season unbeaten in the league, and from the outset of Saturday’s game, showed why, with their direct and balanced approach, and it became apparent that this would indeed be a huge test for the young reserve squad.

Dtown started brightly, determined to put right the inconsistent display of last week, and began to dictate possession, albeit without threatening the Coagh goalkeeper, but unfortunately a defensive mix up after 10 minutes allowed the visitors to take the lead, with a deflected effort past the helpless Robinson.

This however, was to be a catalyst for a strong first half performance, as the hosts began to dominate and penetrate the Coagh back line.  The impressive Allen on several occasions was proving a handful for the visitors, and his work-rate fed debutant Rea who had the best chance of the first half, thwarted fortunately by the home keeper on the half hour.  

Marshaled by skipper Wright and combative Houston, Dtown continued to move the ball well and increased the tempo towards half time, creating several opportunities, none of which would fall kindly to strikers Montgomery and McCluskey, and as the game reached half time, despite being territoriality on top, Dtown went in behind.

Half Time 0:1

The message at half time was that the rewards for a fine first half would come, and patience was required.  Coagh remained strong, and were utilising their excellent centre forward at every opportunity, but the Dtown back line remained superior as the second half got under way.  Harrison and Forsyth in particular were afforded space by the Coagh forward line, and it was pleasing that the default approach of building from the back was carried out as once again, Dtown began to move the ball well.

However, 10 minutes into the second half, Dtown suffered another uncharacteristic defensive error, with mis-communication allowing the advancing striker to prod home from 10 yards.

Despite dominating proceedings, Dtown found themselves behind to two poor goals and it seemed despite an excellent performance with the ball, they would once again not take the rewards their performance warranted.

However, as in the first half, the second Coagh goal seemed to galvanise an already strong performance, and there was renewed belief that by sticking to their principles, that chances would arrive.  With a two-goal lead, Coagh seemed to sit back and counter attack, allowing Forsyth and Denver to advance and with the pace of Allen and McCluskey, combined with a dominating midfield, pressure again built on the visitors.  

With 10 minutes remaining, Allen became the architect for Dtown getting back into the game, when his driving run inside led to him being upended, with striker McCluskey despatching the resulting freekick, with the aid of a slight deflection to give the home side home hope.

Changes were made as Dtown sought an equaliser their performance at least justified and it was substitute Denver who provided fresh energy in the middle and this pressure told, when, with only a few minutes remaining, he delicately picked out captain Wright, who equalised with a very composed finish.

Credit to Dtown, their renewed belief actually meant they pressed in the final few minutes to snatch a victory, but the match ended all square.

In summary, whilst very disappointed with the nature of the goals conceded, the reaction and character shown by the young side was rewarded with a point.  After last week’s poor showing, a reaction was expected, and delivered. Dtown once again showed that they are developing well and once again received praise from the opposition team on the manner in which they play.  The challenge now is to turn out strong performances such as this against a good Coagh side, on a consistent basis. Collectively and individually Saturday was positive and more akin to the ability within this squad.

Next up for Dtown is a huge challenge against Portadown U20’s in Mid Ulster Shield

Full Time 2:2

Squad:  Robinson, M Denver, Harrison, Forsythe, Armstrong, Houston, A Denver, Wright, Allen, Rea, Montgomery, Duffy, Branker, Cartwright, McCluskey

MOTM: David Houston