Dollingstown Pass Tricky Orangefield Test To Make 1/4 Final Stage For 1st Time

Dollingstown made there first ever visit to Orangefield OB in the last sixteen of the intermediate cup and despite going a goal down in the opening few minutes they responded magnificently to run out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end after a strong second half performance.

The January signings of 3 new strikers has helped strengthen the overall squad with a strong run of positive results over the last month.

One of these new signings Keith Johnston was very lively on his debut and on 20 minutes he out foxed the home defence but lifted his shot over the bar and on the half hour mark he had another chance but great double save by the young home keeper.

Minutes later as DFC kept growing into the game another young January signing Adam Patterson was was upended in the box but the home keeper saved low down from the resulting Richy Thompson penalty.

Finally on the stroke of half time DFC did get the equaliser that had been coming when Jake Redpath shot was defected past the home keeper.

The second half was largely played in the home teams final third and again Johnston was unlucky when on 52 minutes his shot was blocked on the line but Ryan Gourley followed up to hammer DFC in front.

Then on the hour mark the referee harshly awarded the home side a penalty after the returning Neil king from another long term injury was adjudged to have upended the striker but Craig Robinson pulled a superb save.

Young Patterson was then replaced by Ryan Lawless and shortly afterwards Thompson set up Johnston for his deserved debut goal.

King and Thompson then made way for new signings Elliott Rae and the returning Colin Cunningham to get some much needed match time and it was Cunningham who rounded the keeper to tap in number 4 and put DFC into the quarter final for the first time in clubs history.