DFC In Dominant Derby Win In-front Of Great Crowd At Planters Park

This local derby was played in front of an excellent crowd at Planters Park with the home side getting revenge for 3 defeats last season with a convincing 5-1 score line.

Liggett set the tempo as early as the first minute with the keeper making an easy save and then almost immediately at the other end it took an excellent save from Maguire to keep out the visitors.

Then on 8 minutes the visitors almost went in front but for yet another excellent stop by Maguire in the home goals and a minute later the home side went in front after a great through ball by Rogers found Johnson who calmly rounded the keeper for the opening score.

Acheson playing for the first time against his former team hit a wicked free kick from distance that was well saved before another free flowing move down the left seen Johnson deliver a beautiful pass for Thompson to acrobatically score number two.

It was that man Johnson again this time on the right flank who crossed for McConnell who was coming in at the back post to head number 3 before the break.

Banbridge came more into the game in the second half with the young winger showing great promise on his senior debut but it was Thompson who scored his second and teams fourth goal low into the bottom corner.

Jones and Redpath and Thompson then all made way for Patterson , Rea and Gourley to get a run out before Liggett netted number 5.

Credit to Banbridge who kept plugging away and they got a consolation goal in the final minute.

Special thanks to Magheralin Village FC who came down to support us today before there Christmas party tonight.

Also to many of our former players who also came out today to cheer on the boys, great to see you all down.

We would like to wish all our players, supporters , volunteers and especially our numerous sponsors a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas with there families.

Our MATCHDAY Sponsor’s today were HUGHES MUSHROOMS, part of the Hughes Group, your support is much appreciated.

Dollybirds Crash Out Of The Intermediate Cup To Unbeaten East Belfast

DFC hosted high flying East Belfast in the McComb’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup on Saturday and despite an assured start the visitors progressed to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 victory.

The home side should have went in front in the opening two minutes when Glenn Hand pulled a superb ball back across goal but from 2 yards out Liggett shot was miraculous cleared off the line.

Then a few minutes later they were punished at the back when an attempted clearance by Moffett was well saved by Maguire but the striker followed up quickly to hammer in the rebound.

Then on 25 minutes Johnson beat the static defence only to lob his shot over the keeper and over the crossbar.

The second half continued to be tight and Jones and King were replaced by McCullough and Thompson plus Patterson was also replaced by Gourley.

However the visitors scored twice in quick succession from the edge of the box and despite a late consolation from Liggett the game drifted away.

This was an awakening call overall to the team who will need to perform at a much higher tempo next week at home to Banbridge Town in the league with 2pm kick off.

The Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Draw Gives DFC A Trip To Ferney Park

The draw took place today for the 5th round of The Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup and Dollingstown were drawn to play Ballinamallard United.

Glenavon v Coleraine

Queen’s University v Linfield

Ballyclare Comrades v HW Welders

Knockbreda v Dergview

Warrenpoint Town v PSNI

Ballinamallard Utd v Dollingstown

Institute v Dungannon Swifts

Larne v Belfast Celtic

Ards v Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville v Hanover

Glentoran v Portadown

Banbridge Town v East Belfast

Ballymena United v Crumlin Star

Loughgall v Rathfriland Rangers

Crusaders v Dundela

Newry City v Bangor