Dollybirds Hit 5 To Get Into The Hat For The Next Round Of The Tennents Irish Cup

Lower Maze made a welcome return to Planters Park in this Irish Cup second round match.

The first half was fairly low key with the game being played at a fairly low tempo and it took until the 25th minute for DFC to go in front when defender Paddy Mooney headed home from an Elliott Rea cross and Neil King went close minutes later with another header which went wide of the far post.

Whatever was said in the changing rooms at half time by manager Uprichard had the desired result as the tempo of the game increased dramatically on on 50 minutes it was 2-0 when the impressive McConnell put in one of many delightful crosses and young Adam Patterson headed home from inside the area.

Young Sean Toman making a highly encouraging debut then crossed for another new signing Conlon to bundle the ball over the line and he was then replaced by Liggett up front who was celebrating his birthday today.

Liggett was soon in the action with a wonderful header from another McConnell cross which rebounded off the post.

Acheson then made way for Moffett and Toman made way for Hand before Liggett set up Johnson to lob the keeper for number 4.

Then in the final minutes man of the match McConnell drove home from distance on his weaker right foot to make the final score 5-0 to DFC and into the hat for the third round of the Irish cup in a months time.

DFC would like to thank again former player Mark Savage FLOORED NI for his very kind match sponsorship and wish him continued success in his business.

Also thanks to the ball sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon it was the visitors who went away happiest with a slender 1-0 victory courtesy of a penalty on 15 minutes given away by Ryan Gourley after a break away from an earlier DFC free kick that went badly wrong.

Then Thompson went off injured and was replaced by Kernaghan who was immediately into the action bringing a superb save from the keeper.

The home keeper Maguire was then called into action twice in the second half as DFC chased the game in a very positive manner without the final end product.

Gourley was replaced by Richmond and Redpath by Rea as the home side laid siege to the opposition.

A wonderful cross from Hand found Liggett at the back post and his downward header was once again pushed round the post by the keeper.

This was another 3 home points dropped which is disappointing for the players and the management team who all have worked so hard together.

Next Saturday home again in the Irish cup to Lower Maze and hopefully back to winning ways.

Thanks to our two sponsors today, our Matchday Sponsor Dungannon Plant Sales and our Matchball Sponsor Irwin’s Sportsturf, much appreciated.

Dollybirds To Host The Annagh In Bob Radcliffe Cup Round 2 Tie

In round 2 of the Euro Electrix Bob Radcliffe Cup, Dollingstown has been drawn at home to Annagh United.

Ties to be played Saturday 5th October 2019 with 2pm KO

The Full Draw

RBL (Cookstown) v Dungannon Swifts (U20’s)

Warrenpoint Town (U20’s) v  Windmill Stars

Banbridge Rangers v Tandragee Rovers

Bourneview Mill v Coagh Utd

Hanover v Armagh City

Lurgan Town v Valley Rangers

Rathfriland Rangers v Banbridge Town

Dollingstown v Annagh Utd

DFC Exit The Mid Ulster Cup At Warrenpoint Town

DFC made 10 changes to the team that started last Saturday against limavady to give much needed game time to all the players in the squad against the complete first team of Warrenpoint Town.

It was the home team who went in front as early as 5 minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the game and what a goal it was King gave away a free kick on the left and it found the winger who drilled his shot right into the top corner of the net.

DFC gradually came back into the game as Warrenpoint were dominating possession at this stage and the score remained the same at the interval.

The second half once again DFC competed very well and McMath, Conlon and kernaghan made way for Liggett , Johnston and Gourley replacing them in the final 20 minutes as they went in search of the equaliser.

The flood lights went out again like last year but were back on inside 5 minutes as the game petered out.

Like to wish Warrenpoint Town all the best in the next round.

MATCH REPORT | DFC On The Board With 5 Star Performance At The Showgrounds

Returning to the Showgrounds for only the second time ever DFC registered 3 invaluable points for a resounding away victory.

Moffett headed wide on 12 minutes from a free kick after a very bad foul on Davy McCullough who was making his debut in midfield for DFC.

Then on 37 minutes the home team almost went in front when a long ball dissected the central defenders but the strikers shot cannoned off the outside of the far post.

Few minutes later the home centre forward was shown his second yellow card inside few minutes for another very late challenge and DFC went in front right on half time when Johnston ran onto a loose ball before pulling it back for his strike partner Liggett to drive home from inside the area.

Paddy Mooney was replaced on 52 minutes by Elliott Rea and DFC created 4 good chances down both flanks but the final ball failed to find the right target.

Then on 70 minutes from a free kick the ball broke in the area and Johnston was first to react and score the important second goal.

Thompson then made way for Kernaghan and minutes later from a long clearance Liggett wrapped up the game with goal number 3.

Then a wonderful move down the right between 3-4 players resulted in Kernaghan’s sublime cool finish to make it 4-0 before Liggett wrapped up the impressive win with his hat trick again from a long ball.

Gourley made way in the final minutes for McConnell to get some much needed game time.

This was an impressive away performance and gets the first important points on the board with a clean sheet to boot.