Dollybirds Get The Job Done Against A Tough Moyola Park

League action returned today on a wet and sticky surface after very heavy overnight rain.

Moyola Park came out fighting and went in front after only 8 minutes when the striker was allowed plenty of room to get his shot away and this deflected off Moffett to give them the opening goal.

Few minutes later it was all square when Hand played in Johnson and he calmly dispatched his shot into the bottom corner.

Then on 35 minutes DFC went in front with Redpath heading in from close range and Moyola almost equalised with Maguire saving low down at the near post.

However more sloppy defending allowed the away team to equalise once again right on half time.

The home side went in front again when McConnell won a good header at the back post to set up Johnson to volley home.

Maguire again came to the rescue with a smart save at his near post before Johnson missed out on his hat trick after a superb reverse pass from McCullough.

Jones and Thompson then made way for Gourley and the returning Mooney after 8 weeks out injured.

Tough game and 3 very hard earned points today.

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CUP DRAW | Dollybirds Reinstated Into McComb’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup As Round 3 Draw Is Made

The Round 3 draw for the McCombs’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup was made today, Tuesday 7th January 2020 and the Dollybirds will host Annagh United at Planter’s Park.

Dollingstown had been knocked out in Round 2 by a very good East Belfast team but seven clubs were excluded from the draw for fielding ineligible players in the second round including East Belfast. The other team are: 18th Newtownabbey OB, Ards Rangers, Killyleagh YC, Crusaders Reserves, Seapatrick and Maiden City.

The third round draw in full is as follows:

Dromara Village v Cliftonville Olympic

Crumlin United v Lisburn Rangers

Dollingstown v Annagh United

Limavady United v Crumlin Star

Belfast Celtic v Larne Tech OB

Bangor v Immaculata

Oxford Sunnyside v Grove United

Markethill Swifts or Portstewart v Carrick Rangers Reserves

Fivemiletown United v Tandragee Rovers

Coleraine Reserves v Moyola Park

Banbridge Town v Lisburn Distillery

Rathfriland Rangers v Newbuildings United

Ballywalter Rec v Newington

Suffolk v Chimney Corner

Ballymoney United v Windmill Stars or St James’ Swifts

Bye: Richhill

The Dollybirds Give The Mallards A Tough Test In Irish Cup But Come Away With Narrow Defeat

DFC made the long trip to championship side Ballinamallard United in the 5th round of the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup on Saturday and came away with a very narrow 1-0 defeat.

DFC set up to keep the game tight from the opening minutes and the home side should have scored when a free header from a left wing cross was headed over the bar.

Then after failing to clear there lines DFC were almost outdone but the shot was deflected for a corner and Maguire then pulled off a fine save to keep the score line blank.

On a rare break away Hand fired over the bar before another fine stop by Maguire who was finally beaten with what turned out to be the only goal of the game on 44 minutes despite saving the initial shot he was beaten on the follow up.

Credit to DFC in the second half as they changed formation with Liggett replacing Patterson and they controlled aspects of the game which will be pleasing for the management team.

A neat move down the right between Gourley and Thompson seen a good shot dip over the bar and Thompson was thought one on one with the keeper in a race for the ball but again failed to convert.

Thompson then made way for Elliott Rea and in the final minute the all exclusive chance came there way but Acheson shot was smothered by Connolly in the home goal.

We would like to thank Ballinamallard for there kind hospitality and wish them all the best in the next round.

Back to league action now for the remainder of the season starting with a very difficult home fixture next Saturday against a resurgent Moyola Park team.