QPS’s poor start to the season continued yesterday with a home defeat to Greencastle while in Division 1 Moville and Clonmany Reserves had high-scoring wins in Division 1.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
QPS 1 Greencastle FC 3
QUIGLEY’S Point Swifts’s poor start to the season continued in Muff on a wet Sunday afternoon, losing 3-1 to an impressive Greencastle side.
The result sees the Muff team remain without a point after four games, while Greencastle picked up their second win of the season.
The opening minutes were tightly contested, with chances few for both sides. Michael Barr headed over for Greencastle on twenty minutes after a good Matthew Henry free-kick.
Chris Montieth and Simon Wallace also had early half-chances for the Swifts but neither troubled Pauric Doherty in the Greencastle goal.
The away side should have taken the lead on 25 minutes. A quick Greencastle free-kick caught the home defence napping, and Joe Doherty was only denied by an excellent Oisin Burke save.
Greencastle took control and Ronan Doherty was unlucky to see a superb volley from twenty yards go just over the bar on 31 minutes.
Two minutes later, Christy Hegarty spurned another great chance when he cut inside from the right but shot well over when well placed to score.[adrotate group=”37″]
Greencastle’s pressure eventually paid dividends, scoring twice on either side of half time. Three minutes before the break, a Christy Hegarty free-kick from the right beat everyone in the Quigley’s Point box before fortunately dropping into the net at the back post.
On 51 minutes it was 2-0, when a searching cross from Gavin Harkin on the right found Joe Doherty unmarked in the box, who headed home from six yards.
The away side continued to press the game. Ronan Doherty made a fine run from the half-way line but shot wide, while Oisin Burke made another strong save from Michael Henry.
On 58 minutes, Greencastle made it 3-0. Another good cross, this time from Michael Henry, was met by the head of Hegarty to claim his second goal of the game.
Quigley’s Point hit back immediately, scoring a minute after Greencastle’s third. Some good play in midfield found Jordan McLaughlin out on the right, and the Point man’s superb dipping shot found the top right corner from 25 yards. On 62 minutes Chris Montieth shot just wide from 16 yards after some good pressure from the home team.
Greencastle looked to regain control of the game, and should have added to their tally. Another quick free-kick on 65 minutes found Christy Hegarty unmarked in the box, but he blasted over from ten yards.
Hegarty had another good chance six minutes later to complete his hat-trick, picking up a loose defensive ball but again he shot over from a good position.
The away side finished the game strongly, with James Henry unlucky not to add to their lead after a squared byline pass from Hegarty on 77 minutes. A superb last-ditch tackle from Steven Grant denied Ronan Doherty tapping in two minutes later.
Point goalkeeper Oisin Burke then pulled off a tremendous treble save from a late Greencastle corner to keep the final score-line at 3-1.[adrotate group=”38″]
Strand Hotel Division One
Moville Celtic 7 Illies Celtic 3
MOVILLE got a dream start when in the third minute a Conor Doherty pass split the defence for Finn McLaughlin to run onto and fire low past Johnathan Noone from sixteen yards.
Doherty then had another good effort on target which Noone parried well. Illies responded and Paddy Doherty blasted high over the bar.
The home side then added a second goal on 9 minutes when great work by Michael McNaught took him past two defenders before squaring for Conor Doherty to sidefoot home from the edge of the area.
Illies reduced the deficit on 14 minutes when Paddy Doherty converted after a Stephen Grant header had been blocked on the line by McNaught.
Illies pressed with Kevin O’Loughlin heading over before JP Donaghey raced onto a Dominic Doherty flick but Liam Grimley advanced to smother well.
Stephen Grant unmarked headed wide before a Paddy Doherty diving header flew just wide on the stroke of half time.
Moville, as in the first half, got off to a flyer on 47 minutes when Jack Keys low cross was dummied by Mclaughlin for Conor Doherty to superbly chip Noone. Illies battled well and both Donaghey and Martin Coyle were denied by good saves from Liam Grimley.[adrotate group=”81″]
On 58 minutes Coyle cut in from the left and when his effort came off the bar to Dominic Doherty he somehow headed over from point blank range.
Moville responded and Finn Mclaughlin saw an attempted chip come off the bar before Charlie Gill had a header parried by Noone. Conor Doherty completed his hat trick with a sublime chip to make it 4-1 before a through ball from PJ Barr allowed Mcnaught to poke the ball past the advancing Noone.
Illies did reduce the deficit with the goal of the game when Coyle unleashed a thunderbolt to the roof of the net.
Moville responded and Gill made it 6-2 when he fired a left footed effort in off the crossbar.
Illies hit back and got a third goal when the home defence failed to clear a corner allowing William McLaughlin to drill home from ten yards. The home side however had the final say after good work by McNaught on the right saw his cross swept home by Norbert Indyka from close range.[adrotate group=”53″]
Clonmany Reserves 5 Carrowmena FC 3
CLONMANY got a dream start when Jack Doherty found Brendan Doherty to side foot home past Dean McGeoghaghan from 12 yards on five minutes.
They increased their lead on 16 minutes when Martin Kelly intercepted a clearance and headed to Aiden Friel who lobbed the stranded McGeoghgaghan.
It became three nil on 22 minutes when Michael Harkin split the defence for Jack Doherty to slide the ball low past the outrushing keeper.
A minute later it became four after Friel released Dessie Doherty through the middle before poking past McGeoghaghan from 12 yards.
Carrowmena got a goal back then after Jude Harkin fed Conor Lafferty who powerfully hammered high past Liam McGonigle from 10 yards. McGeoghaghan then made a good save from Friel on 33 minutes.
After a quiet opening to the second half Brendan Doherty found the overlapping Declan Grant who glanced a header home from close range to make it 5-1 on 67 minutes.
Carrowmena rallied and reduced the deficit on 82 minutes when Robert Kane fired a free to the roof of the net and minutes later they made it 5-3 when Colin Doherty beat the offside trap to slot low past the advancing.