COCKHILL YOUTHS AND Moville Celtic made it two wins from two yesterday in the Strand Hotel First Division. Here’s a full round-up of the action:
STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION
Aileach Res 2-1 Illies Celtic
AILEACH took the lead on 12 minutes when a right wing cross found Adam Barr who slotted home from 12 yards past Johnny Noone.
They increased their lead on 40 minutes when Conor Harkin found Stephen Doherty and he volleyed to the roof of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Aileach keeper McGeady denied Illies Paddy Doherty with a fine save before Illies got a goal back on 43 minutes when Pio Donaghey broke and fired a unstoppable shot past McGeady.
Illies then had a shot cleared off the line by David Ryan and Campbell shot over just before half time.
In the second half Conor Harkin had a shot cleared by Dominick Doherty at the other end William McLaughlin shot wide for Illies and Paddy Doherty brought a fine save from McGeady as Illies looked for the equaliser.
The final effort came from Aileach’s Stephen Doherty who blasted wide as the home side held on for all three points.
Sea Rovers 1-8 Cockhill Youths
THIS was pretty much a one sided affair with Cockhill Youths leading 4-0 at half time with Daniel Doherty opening the scoring on 10 minutes.
They added a second from Darragh Mc Dermott slotting home from close range, the third goal came from the penalty spot Daniel M Doherty slotting low past Glen Watson.
Sean Paul Fullerton then added a fourth from a free at the back post to give Cockhill a comfortable lead at half time despite Sea Rovers having a goal disallowed for offside just before the break.
It was much of the same in the second half with Daniel Doherty getting the fifth goal.
Daniel M Doherty scored another penalty and Mc Dermott got his second of the day Cockhill wrapped it up with an eight goal before Sea Rovers got a goal on 89 minutes when Damian Ward dispatched a free to the top corner
Carrowmena 1-2 Moville
THE first local derby lived up to the mark with a few yellow cards to both sides and a sending off for the home side.
After 10 minutes, the home side won a corner, drove in by Conor Lafferty found the head of the in-rushing Christie McGeogegan and his shot was goal bound only to see it cleared off the line by Micheal McNaught.
Moville raced up the field straight away and a neat ball from Finn McLaughlin found Connor Doherty out on the right side he beat his marker and his shot rattled off the upright with McGeady beaten.
Moville’s pressure paid off. Finn McLaughlin, mastering midfield, raced down the left side to the end line, cut in and drove the ball low across goal. The home side cleared, but only into the path of Billy McCann who tapped in.
Moville now in the driving seat should have increased their lead when a corner fell to the feet of Charlie Gill, who blasted the ball over the bar from 10 yards.
Carrowmena came more into the game and pushed Moville into their own third Conor Radcliff pushing the ball into the path of Tony McClennaghan, and finding Harry McCormick wide on the right he chipped ball into the box but nobody was there to finish.
Moville increased their lead a throw in down the left found Charlie Gill. He chipped the ball to Steven Kearney who clipped ball in between the centre haved to find McNaught nipping in and heading into the top left hand side of McGeady’s net.
Conor Radcliff drove across goal, but no-one could apply the finish, before Tony McClenaghan had another effort well tipped over by Grimley.
They did draw level when Harry McComick hit the ball on the half volley and a stunning effort flew to thr top corner. Radcliff was sent off late on, but Moville took the win.[adrotate group=”38″]
Redcastle Utd 1 QPS Reserves 1
THE visitors had the first opportunity when Josh Mclaughlin’s goal-bound shot from Gavin Grant’s cross was blocked by defender in the first minute.
McLaughlin threatened again when Redcastle lost the ball in midfield but McCole rescued the home side with a full stretch save.
Redcastle’s Harry McQuillian set up Sean Curran but he dragged his shot wide when well placed.
The visitors took the lead when Jack McConnellogue caught the home defence napping to slot home.
Colm McLaughlin replied for the home side and had a header cleared off the line from a McQuillan corner.
Redcastle tried to get more into the game as the second half began and from a Eunan Mullen corner McQuillan’s goal bound effort was cleared away to safety.
The Muff side side were still dangerous on the break and a Seamus Doherty block prevented a certain goal after the home keeper spilled a high ball.
Joe McCauley got Redcastle back in the game when he fired a rocket to the top corner to drag the home side level.
Buoyed by this Redcastle pushed for a winner but they were left to rue a number of near misses.
The visitors were reduced to ten men on seventy five minutes and were now under constant pressure from the home side.
Redcastle couldn’t make the required breakthrough and the Muff men could have won the game on the break when Josh Mclaughlin was denied by a great McCole save.[adrotate group=”37″]
Rasheney FC 3 Clonmany Reserves 3
THE visitors opened the scoring on 10 minutes when, from Ryan Doherty’s excellent left wing cross, Aaron Harkin’s diving header flew past Devine.
Minutes later Conor O’Neill crossed to the back post but Damien Friel could not direct his shot onto the target.
Oisin Hession then had a 25 yard free held by Devine before a 30 yard effort from Declan Grant rebounded back off the angle after a corner was cleared out to him.
After half an hour David McLaughlin played the ball in to Anthony Doherty right in front of goal but he was quickly closed down by defenders and the danger averted.
Doherty tested Clonmany keeper Liam McGonigle from distance but he claimed the ball at the second attempt.
Just before the break the visitors increased their lead in similar fashion to their opening goal when Doherty again delivered low from the left and Harkin claimed his second when he glanced home at the near post to an unguarded net.
On 51 minutes slackness in defence allowed John Grant to gain control inside the box and push the ball across to McLaughlin who skied over from close in. However, he redeemed himself a minute later when he was played in by a delightful lofted forward delivery from Charlie Doherty and, although McGonigle made an excellent close-range save, he could not hold on and McLaughlin managed to force the ball home.
Rasheney pressed for an equaliser and after Declan Grant headed out a Damien Friel lob from under his own bar Charlie Doherty latched onto Anthony Doherty’s weighted pass and ran in on goal only for McGonigle to get to the ball ahead of him.
Grant got free inside the area and had an effort deflected for a corner.
On 69 minutes Charlie brought Rasheney back on level terms when he scored from the spot following an infringement and the home side hit the front when a free sliced off a Clonmany defender and then awkwardly off McGonigle for James McConnalogue to score from close range.
Clonmany completed the scoring and made it 3–3 with 10 minutes remaining when Andrew Doherty headed home from a corner in a crowded area.[adrotate group=”46″] Tags: