Dollybirds Seal Premier Intermediate Status In Last Day Win At Solitude

In a must win last game of the season and with Sport and Leisure match called off added pressure was put on DFC but they put in a tremendous team effort to come out 1-0 winners at a very wet and windy Solitude and maintain there league status for next season.

Playing with a strong wind behind them DFC pressed high up the pitch but at same time remained very disciplined and good shape at the back.

They were rewarded on 20 minutes when McMath played in Johnston who looked up and provided delightful chip to the back post for Liggett to get the crucial goal.

Robinson in goals today then pulled off a great stop with his feet to deny the home side an equaliser and in the final few minutes of the first half Johnson had a couple of half chances that were charged down by the home defence.

Newington came more into the game in the second half as expected but Moffett and his fellow defenders but there bodies on the line to keep a much impressive and very important clean sheet.

Johnson then rounded the home keeper on the break but his shot went wide of the near post from an acute angle.

King was replaced by Walker and in the final minutes Johnson gave way to Gourley as DFC held out for massive 3 points that seen them finish in 9 th position in there first season back in the PIL.

Now the planning for both 40th anniversary dinner in a months this time plus the new season can begin in earnest.

Mistakes Cost DFC As Portstewart Claim Win At Planters Park

In glorious sunshine DFC simply made a number of enforced errors in there relegation battle and have to now sweat on there final league game next Saturday to ensure they remain in the PIL.

Portstewart went in front on 10 minutes when yet another free kick from distance creeped into the bottom corner and not for the first time this season.

Glen Hand restored parity on 25 minutes when he chased a lost cause but a mix up between keeper and defender allowed him the opportunity to equalise but on the half hour the home side again found themselves behind when skipper Moffett won his challenge but his fellow defenders were slow to respond and the striker turned the ball in from an acute angle.

Moffett was then pushed in the area and his spot kick managed to evade the keeper to pull the sides level at half time however on 52 minutes they were behind again when they failed to clear a long diagonal free kick which resulted in a looping header going over the home keeper.

Manager Uprichard then introduced all 3 subs at one time namely McConnell , King and Gray in place of Walker , Hand and Richmond and almost immediately were 4-2 down when King man handled the striker whose free kick once again went in directly.

Moffett had a chance to get one back from another penalty but the keeper guessed the right way and saved his penalty.

So as the season draws to a close DFC are 6 points clear and better goal difference which should see them safe but now have to wait to the final matches to see the final outcome.

Dollingstown Still Looking That One Illusive Win To Secure PIL Status

In a crucial game for the home side in there battle to avoid relegation DFC came out the wrong side of a seven goal game which to be fair to both sides was very difficult with the windy conditions.

On ten minutes Johnston has a good chance but the away keeper stood his ground to make the save and on 25 minutes Banbridge went in front when a delicate chip from the right was headed home unchallenged.

Rea almost restored parity but his shot went over the bar and young Patterson almost found the net from out on the left but the keeper pulled off a great save but from the corner Patterson finally equalised before half time.

On 50 minutes DFC were caught out by the wind as a cross was deflected in at the back post but again the home side almost equalised but both strikers were denied by the keeper.

Rea was then  replaced by Gourley and minutes later Hand set up Moffett who headed over with Liggett in a better position behind him but moments later Liggett was adjudged very harshly to have pushed in the box and Banbridge scored from the penalty.

Worst was to follow as direct from a corner the ball caught in the wind and crossed the line to make it 4-1.

Richmond and McMath then replaced Jones and Patterson and Liggett headed a goal back with 10 minutes to go and same player set up Gourley to tap in number 3 as they went in search of the equaliser that simply just failed to come.

Next week is final home game of the season against Portstewart in what now becomes the biggest game of the season.

Thank you to Harpscreen for today’s sponsorship of the Matchday.

Swifts Comeback Ensures The Dollybirds Have To Keep Looking Over Their Shoulder

In this basement battle it ended all square but at half time with DFC winning 3-0 nobody would have imagined the comeback that happened.

Johnston set up young Patterson on 7 minutes and he calmly slotted in the opening goal but then later suffered a badly bruised nose after an apparent elbow that the sweeper only got a yellow card for.

On the half hour it was 2-0 courtesy of an own goal after a downward header at the back post and Johnston superbly lobbed the keeper to make it 3-0 before Liggett has wonderful chance to make it 4-0 when through one on one with the keeper who saved low down to his left.

How things changed in the second half despite the home side having a player sent off rather harshly for a block on Johnston and DFC lost Redpath through injury and he was replaced by Coleman.

The home side then literally threw the kitchen sink at DFC from long throw ins and free kicks and on the hour mark got one back which was quickly followed by a second from distance.

DFC still had chances on the break with both Hand and Liggett firing wide of the far post on each occasion.

Then on 75 minutes it was indeed all square from yet another long throw and anything could have happened in the final quarter,

Rea and Paterson were then replaced by Thompson and McMath in last ditch effort to get the winning goal but amazingly the ref sent off Thompson for a high boot when his eyes were fixed on the ball much even to the dismay of the opposition.

Next Saturday DFC now have a must win game at home to Banbridge Town in there battle for survival.