New Era For DFC Reserves Starts With 3 Points After Tough Lurgan Town Encounter

On Saturday 5th September 2020 seen Dollingstown Reserves make the short trip to Lurgan to play the first league game of the season vs Lurgan Town Reserves. The team had put in a lot of hard work in pre-season in preparation but due to a large numbers of injuries went into the game with a depleted squad, but this didn’t stop Dollingstown leaving Lurgan with the 3 points.

First Half

Both teams started the game with a lot of intensity creating a fair amount of chances in the game in a scrappy start, but after 10-15 mins Dollingstown really started to settle into the game with some sharp passing. Dollingstown had to back to back chances with a close effort from Stevie Drumm and a great block from the Lurgan Town player from a Spence strike after good link up play with Hughes. Dollingstown finally got the lead after great build up play seen Drumm set free and use his pace to get away from the defence to square the ball to Hughes for a well taken finish. 1-0. Not long after seen another Dollingstown goal and another goal for Hughes after pinball in the Lurgan Town’s box seen the ball find the net after a back heel finish. 2-0. Lurgan created a big chance of there own before the break but a good stop from Ellison keep the lead of 2 goals at the break.

Second Half Into the second half the tide of the game changed with Lurgan Town coming out fast and trying to bring the game to Dollingstown, creating some big chances of there own but again Ellison in goal and the back 4 stood firm. Forced changes for Dollingstown seen McDowell leave the pitch for White and the goalscorer Hughes make way for Dickson later in the game let Dollingstown bring fresh legs to the pitch and continue the battle to keep a clean sheet on the opening day with big help through a brilliant defensive performance from Thompson. Dollingstown created a big final chance with a high ball being taken down with a fantastic touch from Spence to drive away from the defence and square to Toland who narrowly missed the target.

Full Time 2-0

Man Of The Match – Martin (Doc) Hughes

Well Done to the boys on a winning start to the season. And also best of luck to Lurgan Town F.C for the season ahead.

Liggett Hat-Trick Defeats Limavady In Five Star Performance
The game went ahead despite the heavy pitch and a strong wind as DFC tried to retain there place in top 3 spot.
Liggett headed wide in opening few minutes before Rodgers broke the deadlock when he fired home from a corner and it stayed this way through to half time.In the opening minutes Johnson fired high into the top corner after Hand played him through and then a good move via McCullough , McConnell and Johnson set up Liggett to tap home.

Credit to Limavady who had only 2 substitutes got one back after a good break down the right.

Liggett restored the 3 goal lead when he turned smartly inside the area to score at the near post.

Mooney, Hand and McCullough all then made way for Rea, Kernaghan and Jones before Liggett wrapped up the win with another hat trick for the challengers.

Devastating Duke Bags Four As Impressive Dollybirds Bring Back 3 Points

With this being the only match played today in the PIL it was important DFC got back to winning ways after the recent defeat to Bangor and they did thus emphatically away to Moyola Park who themselves were coming of a resounding cup victory the previous week themselves.

DFC set the tempo very early on with twin strikers Liggett and Johnson combining very well and there strike partner Thompson had to leave the pitch early with an injury and was replaced by Duke, and what an impact he made with his very first touch tapping in from close range after the home keeper dropped a cross from Glen Hand.

His second goal minutes later was sublime after Johnson played him in down the channel but he beat the keeper to the ball before converting from a very acute angle.

DFC has two further great chances before the interval but despite great build up play they failed to convert them.

Credit to Moyola they came more into the match in the second half and got a goal back despite the heroic efforts of Maguire in goals.

Mooney almost restored the 2 goal lead but his header was cleared off the line.

Manager Uprichard then changed the shape of the team to help combat Moyola and Liggett was replaced by young Sean Toman.

McConnell returning after injury today then went on a run from inside his own half and set up Duke who rifled his shot into the roof of the net for his hat trick.

Mooney then made way for Kernaghan before Johnson went on a great run resulting in his shot coming back of the bar and that man Duke was there again to head in number 4 of the afternoon.

This was a strong resolute team performance against a very strong opposition.

Penalty Win Puts Dollingstown Into 1/4 Final Draw Of Intermediate Cup

Both teams served up a tense game that went all the way to extra time and penalties before DFC got there name in the hat for the quarter final draw.

In very windy conditions both teams battled hard on what must be one of the biggest pitches around in the local game,

Paterson on his comeback from injury only lasted 8 minutes before a recurrence and he had to be replaced by Elliot Rea and Rodgers forced a fine save from the home keeper before finally going in front on 33 minutes when Liggett headed home from a sublime cross by Hand,

DFC had a triple chance right in half time but the home keeper pulled off fantastic saves to leave it only 1-0 at the interval.

Crumlin scored a great equaliser from distance early in the second half before Johnson latched on to a good pass from Thompson to restore the lead again however the home side fired home another unstoppable shot to equalise again as the game ebbed and flowed.

Maguire then pulled off an amazing save to force extra time and penalties with Hand scoring number 5 to get the away team over the line and into the quarter finals.

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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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.

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.