Dollingstown Progress In The Tennent’s Irish Cup After Six Goal Win

Despite making 5 changes to rotate the squad DFC ran out comfortable winners in the Irish cup to put there name in the hat for only the second time in the clubs history.

They went in front on 5 minutes when Liggett set up his partner Johnson to tap home and on the half hour mark they doubled the lead when Thompson fired low into the bottom corner from an acute angle,

Then before the interval it was McMath who beat the keeper and set up Liggett for an easy finish to make it 3-0 at the break.

Liggett then scored number 4 on 50 minutes when he latched onto a long ball and superbly finished low into the bottom corner.

Atcheson then won a header at the back post from a corner and Mc math tapped in number 5 before Thomson got number 6 of the afternoon after a good break from Johnson deep inside his own half.

McConnell , Hand and Liggett then all made way for Rea, Conlon and King in the final 25 minutes of the game.

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Dollybirds Topple Rock Bottom Tobermore At Fortwilliam Park

In a hastily rearranged fixture DFC made the difficult trip to Tobermore United on Saturday knowing this was the only league action today and came away with 3 valuable and hard earned points to keep them ticking over in the top half of the table.

On a sticky pitch it took a fluent move between Patterson and Rodgers that caused confusion in the home defence and Johnson got himself between the centre back and keeper to lob the ball home.

Then on the half hour Liggett won yet another header and his strike partner Johnson again lobbed the keeper but this time his shot scraped the outside of the post.

On 35 minutes Patterson scored the best goal of his life when he fired home from the edge of the area after being set up by Liggett.

At the start of the second half Tobermore pulled one back from a cross come shot on the right wing that evaded Maguire in goals.

Tobermore kept up the pressure but Thompson who replaced Johnson scored the decisive 3rd goal after another deft header from Liggett.

Mc math replaced the tiring Jones in the final minutes and in injury time Tobermore pulled another goal back from a scramble but DFC went home with the important victory.

We would like to wish skipper Aaron Moffett our longest serving player of 12 years with the club all the very best for his wedding next Saturday.

Disappointed Dollingstown Leave The North Coast With Nothing

DFC made the long journey to Portstewart missing both strikers and central midfield but nevertheless gave a highly impressive performance despite losing this key game 1-0.

Portstewart main outlet was there attacking wing back who nearly opened the scoring on 5 minutes after a great driving run but his well hit shot drifted wide of the far post.

Then on 25 minutes Liggett who  worked really hard throughout the game had his shot saved at the near post and on 40 minutes and Portstewart thought they had went in front when there striker let fly from distance but Maguire made a memorable flying save.

In the opening 20 minutes of the second half the home team kept pressing but DFC more than matched their opponents in every department.

Then on 75 minutes the home side got a very lucky break that was decisive when the left back simply won his challenge to clear the ball from well inside his own half and this broke very kindly for the right winger who most people thought was in an offside position and he calmly fired low into the bottom corner,

King, Jones and Patterson made way for McMath , Gourley and Conlon as DFC went searching for the equaliser they deserved for there efforts but the home side held out for the important victory.

DFC Head For Round 4 Of The Tennent’s Irish Cup After Comfortable Display

Dollingstown welcomed Lisburn Distillery to Planters Park in the 3rd round of the Tennents Irish Cup and put themselves in the next round with a comfortable display.

Manager Stephen Uprichard made  changes to the team and started with King, Patterson and Thompson this week and it near paid of within 5 minutes when Patterson put in Thompson in for the first shot on goal but it was easily saved by the visiting keeper. Dollingstown were on top with McCullough, Mooney and Patterson running the midfield, and Thompson’s pace causing problem in Distillery defence.

A head on from Thompson set up Johnston to cross which just eluded McCullough. Patterson had a shot well saved and McCullough was through one on one but Distillery keeper made a good save. On 42 minutes Johnston got the just rewards with the first goal after a good move from Rogers to Mooney who set up Johnston.

Distillery had their first shot on Dollingstown goal on 43rd minute but was well saved by Robinson in the DFC goal.

Distillery started the second half on top for about 20 minutes but Dollingstown’s defence of King, Acheson and Moffett stood firm.

Dollingstown worked their way back into the game and McCullough had a good header well saved.  Another good move saw Redpath taken out off the ball but the referee did not see it.

Distillery brought Braniff on to change things , he had a shot from a early touch that just went pass the post.

A great through ball from Johnston put Thompson in on goal for Dollingstown’s second on 80 minutes.

Distillery’s effort was rewarded when their number 8 had a cross come shot that creeped in off the far post to pull a goal back but it was too late and Dollingstown are in the hat for next round.

t was a good performance from Dollingstown showing good strength and depth in the squad.

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Dollingstown & Moira Youth Join Forces As Affiliation Between Both Clubs Is Agreed

Over the last few months both Dollingstown FC and Moira Youth FC have been in talks of joining forces and with many meetings between both committee’s, both teams are now affiliated with each other going forward.

This is a fantastic opportunity for both clubs which will enable a clear pathway in years to come for young local footballers plying there beloved football with Moira Youth to see and pathway to senior football.

For Dollingstown, in time, this will help with keeping young footballers in the local area who can progress into our senior teams who currently play in the MUFL and the NIFL.

The news of this link will be great news for the local area and most importantly the local players, both junior and senior, with the crossover of coaching, experience, opportunities and facilities and will no doubt be a massive plus for both clubs as they look to grow and push forward together.

We would like to thank Clive, Colin, Karl and Kelly and look forward to working with you all.

Well done to both committee’s on this result and further news will come in due course.