MATCH REPORT | Dollingstown Exit The Bob Radcliffe Cup On Penalties

A minutes silence was held before this quarter final cup tie in remembrance of long term serving MUFL member Isaac Gilkinson plus also Jim Gregson who first sold the ground we have today at Planters Park to DFC way back in year 2000.

In a very tight game it was DFC who went in front when defender Rogers calmly fired home after the ball broke to him from a corner with his weaker right foot.

It looked like this might remain the score till half time but minutes before the interval Rathfriland equalised with the aid of a deflected shot.

Both teams had chances in the opening minutes of the second half with an overhead kick from Liggett and a header from a corner by Rathfriland.

Then captain Moffett almost gifted the away team the opportunity to go in front but Maguire pulled off a fantastic save and from the resulting corner he once again showed his reflexes to the full.

Gourley replaced the injured Mooney before that man Maguire once again pulled off another outstanding save to deny Hughes.

McCullough and Liggett were replaced by Rea and Thompson as the home side searched for the winner in normal time but to no avail and into extra time it went.

Maguire once more kept the home side in the cup tie with his fourth amazing save low down at the far post.

McConnell then made way for Patterson as both sides battled it out for the elusive winner but neither team could make the breakthrough and into penalties it went with Rathfriland coming out on top in the shoot out and into the semi final.

Excellent entertainment by two very good sides and we wish Rathfriland all the best in the semi final.

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DFC Edge Past Coagh United In Intermediate Cup Tie With McConnell Header

DFC made a return to play Coagh United in the McComb’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup on Saturday and despite 4-5 changes in the team came away with a hard earned 1-0 victory.

It was fully 30 minutes before a serious effort on target by either side and it was a Liggett header that was cleared off the line.

Coagh has a half chance themselves a few minutes later with a header from a corner that flashed past the back post.

Liggett then played in Gourley just before the break but despite beating the last defender the keeper came out and claimed the ball.

The second half wasn’t much better by either team and no surprises to see Hand and Jones introduced in place of Rea and Patterson.

Finally on 75 minutes the deadlock got broken when a Gourley cross found McConnell at the back post and he calmly headed into an empty net.

Not a great game but the victory puts DFC into the second round draw.

MATCH REPORT | Liggett & Johnston Make It 3 Points For The Dollybirds In 1st Home League Win

Playing back to back fixtures is never easy and this was never an epic game but one of true grit by both sides with Dollingstown inflicting the first league defeat of the season on Annagh United.

Manager Uprichard kept faith with the same side as last week with only captain Moffett replacing King who was unavailable.

The home side should have went in front in the opening five minutes when Liggett intercepted a poor pass and drove in on the keeper who was well beaten but his shot curled the wrong side of the far post.

Annagh then had a chance themselves on 15 minutes when Maguire dropped a corner but he recovered well to snap up the rebound.

The remainder of the first half was a battle in midfield with neither side creating many clear cut chances.

Once again like the first half Johnson had a great chance early on but credit the defender for getting the block in.

Then a fantastic move involving a Rogers and Johnson set up Liggett who rifled the ball into the top corner to break the deadlock.

Acheson then fired just wide from a free kick but on the break Annagh almost scored after Moffett tried to usher the ball out for a goal kick.

Jones was replaced by McCullough making his home debut and shortly after this Mooney made a superb move in midfield before setting up Johnson to curl in a beautiful finish into the bottom corner.

Johnson then made way for Thompson with fresh legs to try and see out the game but Annagh pulled one back in injury time by a smart finish from the edge of the area but DFC held out for a very valuable 3 points.

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DFC Go Into The Hat For The Next Round Of The Bob Radcliffe Cup

In the first of back to back matches the home side came out on top in this Bob Radcliffe Cup encounter by 5 -1 score line.

Johnson made good run down the right in opening minutes setting up Jones who fired wide but it was Annagh who scored the opening goal on 20 minutes after good move down there right but the referee disallowed the goal for offside in the move itself.

Then a great move involving McConnell, Johnson and Redpath ended with McConnell firing wide at the back post.

Eventually the pressure told and on 25 minutes it was Liggett who tapped in after the keeper saved well from Johnson and then the keeper saved well from a Hand after free flowing move down the right wing.

Henderson then threw the ball from an Annagh throw in to Johnson who switched play to Mooney who rifled the ball into the top corner from fully 25 yards out and Johnson has another great chance few minutes later but again the keeper saved well.

Right on half time from a quick break away Liggett showed great composure to keep calm and put the home side 3-0 up at the break.

Then after some confusion with an Annagh player down injured the home team stopped play allowing Annagh to pull one back.

Almost immediately though it was 4-1 when Liggett worked hard down the right to set up Johnson for his goal and not long afterwards it was game over when Liggett calming collected his hat trick after another long ball.

Jones, king and Hand then made way for Rea, Thompson and Patterson to gain some valuable game time in the final 15 minutes.

Next Saturday will be a much tougher encounter as Annagh sit proudly at the top of the table with maximum points with 3 pm kick off again at Planters Park.

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