Dollingstown Topple Title Chasers Tobermore In Vital win Towards survival

With games running out DFC gave themselves a real chance of survival with a fully deserved 2-0 away victory against title challengers Tobermore United.

On a hard surface both teams found it hard to create flowing football but both battled very hard in the first half without either team scoring.

In the first 5 minutes of the second half Tobermore came strongly but DFC defence was totally sound although on the hour mark they had some luck when the home team had a half chance that rebounded off the outside of the post.

A minute later Johnston smacked a wonder shot off the angle as DFC started to believe they had a chance and then the diminutive Richmond had his shot from distance blocked after the keeper had to race outside his area.

On 65 minutes Jones played in Johnston whose shot was superbly saved by the home keeper and then Hand put the visitors in front but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Richmond then played in Johnston whose shot was once again well partied by the home keeper but Liggett followed up to tap home the crucial opening goal.

Then with 5 minutes remaining Johnston got the goal he deserved after he lobbed the keeper.

McMath then replaced him in the final few minutes as DFC held out for a fully deserved away win.

Unfortunate Dollingstown Unlucky To Gain Nothing

In a must win game DFC were very unfortunate not to come away with at least a draw based especially on there second half dominance.

Both teams created half chances in the opening 25 minutes without really testing either keeper but this all changed when a cross from the left wing somehow managed to avoid the home keeper and his defenders and went across to the opposite wing where he cut in and buried his shot in the back of the net.

DFC responded and and from 2 corner kicks walker headed over and another effort was cleared off the line after excellent stop by the keeper however on 37 minutes it was 2-0 when DFC gave away possession needlessly on the half way line which resulted in a cheap corner kick.

From the corner the visitors got a free header which appeared to go straight at the keeper and into the net for a comfortable half time lead overall.

The second half was much more positive for the home side who pressed hard throughout and on 50 minutes Liggett intercepted a poor back pass and rounded the keeper to calmly score.

Gourley and Jones were then replaced by Thompson and Mc Math as DfC went in search of the equaliser and Johnston was very unlucky when his cheeky back heel beat the keeper but got cleared off the line again.

Richmond then made way for Gray but despite all the possession at least 3 further good chances were missed which would have got the home side a deserved point in there battle against relegation.

We would like to thank Colin McCullough and TBF Thompson for sponsoring the match and our own chaplain for sponsoring the match ball.

Dollybirds Exit The Intermediate Cup At The Hands Of Banbridge Rangers

With both sides missing a number of regulars it was the home side who progressed to the semi finals with a combative performance by 3-1.

Young Elliott Rea hit the post for the visitors on 10 minutes after being well set up by Colin Cunningham and the home side responded on the break with the goalkeeper adjudged to have committed a foul outside his area but the resulting free kick was fired over the bar.

Cunningham was then chopped down at least 3 times outside the area but once again the free kick was wasted.

Jake Redpath who had been carrying an injury was then replaced by Davy Gray who went on to have a very good all round game as both sides went in all square at half time.

On 55 minutes Banbridge went in front when Chambers won yet another header to set up the chance which was duly dispatched into the bottom corner.

Rea was then replaced with a more attacking option in the form of James Mitchell making his first team debut and he was on the score sheet immediately with a deflected shot and Cunningham almost put the visitors in the lead but his shot rebounded to safety off the cross bar.

Another great run by Gray found Mitchell but his shot was easily saved and shortly after against the run of play with another long ball over the top Banbridge went in front again.

Young Neil Allen became the second reserve team player to make his debut when he came on for adam Patterson but in the final minute after a defensive lapse Banbridge wrapped up the victory to put them into the semi finals.

Comeback See’s Dollybirds Extend Unbeaten League Run to 5 Games

On a very wet and windy day both teams served up an entertaining 2-2 draw on a heavy pitch.

DFC thought they had scored in the opening few minutes from a corner but the referee disallowed the goal for some apparent infringement on the keeper who simply seemed to have lost the flight of the ball in the wind.

Then on 10 minutes Davy Richmond hit a superb volley that landed on the top of the nets before the lively Beggs on the right wing was pulled back by Nathan McConnell but Moyola failed to capitalise from the resulting free kick.

DFC then had a second goal disallowed when the keeper spilled a shot from Colin Cunningham that was tapped in by Gary Liggett but pulled up for off side and Liggett then shot wide from narrow angle on the right before Moyola broke away right on the half time whistle to fire the visitors ahead against the run of play.

Indeed Moyola should have doubled the lead on 55 minutes but the impressive McIlhatton headed wide from a corner but 5 minutes later he walzed through the home defence to calmly put his side 2-0 ahead.

DFC then got a lifeline from the penalty spot after a handball and skipper aaron Moffett calmly dispatched it to set up an exciting finish.

Cunningham, Andy McMath and Adam Patterson all made way for Davy Gray, Ryan Gourley and elliott Rea and it was from a Gray corner that Rea bundled the ball over the line to get the home team a deserved equaliser and indeed Liggett just failed to get in the end of a Richmond cross which would have given the home side maximum points.

DFC would like to thank Matec Plant for sponsoring the match today.