THERE WAS plenty of action yesterday in the Fr O’Gara Cup and games, too, in the Reserve League of the Inishowen League. Here’s how it panned out:
Hannon Greene Fr O’Gara Cup
Glengad Reserves 1 Redcastle United (Redcastle win 4-3 on penalties )
THE opening 20 minutes was an even affair with both sides playing some good football but neither goalkeeper called upon.
Midway through the half Redcastle had the first chance after a corner fell to Greg Breslin and his powerful low twenty five yards effort was turned round the post at full stretch by Michael McLaughlin.
Glengad shocked their higher division opponents when they took the lead on 40 minutes after Ryan Greene broke on the left and his deep cross was headed past Ryan McCole by PJ McDaid.
The home side spurned a gilt edged chance on the stroke of half time to increase their lead after Greene released Eugene McLaughlin in a one-on-one but he shot tamely at McCole.
Redcastle started the second period well and Breslin broke into the area but was denied by a point blank save by McLaughlin.
At the other end Stephen Mclaughlin fed McDaid who was denied by the advancing McCole.
Redcastle equalised on 80 minutes with Breslin beating the offside trap to slot high past McLaughlin.
Glengad had a late chance and were out of luck when Joe Doherty’s effort crashed off the bar from fifteen yards.
The only chance of extra time came to the home side in the first half when a Greene effort from twenty yards came off the angle of the post and bar.
In the shootout Redcastle advanced and won four three in the shootout.
Aileach Youths 1 Carrowmena Reserves 0
THE same two teams met a week after Carrowmena inflicted a heavy defeat on Aileach with a lot of changes made on both sides.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the first half with no real chances of note at either end due to some quality defending by Paul Duffy for Carrowmena and Paul McCrudden for Aileach.
The opening of the second half started in the same fashion until in the 67th minute when Dean Gill had a drive from the edge of the box tipped over the bar by Gerard Gill in the Carrowmena goal.
Minutes later at the other end Samuel Breidin fired over from the edge of the box.
The game looked destined to go to extra time until a Ryan McDaid corner eluded everyone in the centre of the goalmouth before Josh Arbuckle fired a superb half volley at the back post across Gill into the far corner for what proved to be the winner with five minutes left on the clock.
Sea Rovers 5 Cockhill Colts 0
ROVERS got off to a dream start in the fifth minute when Damien Ward fired a twenty yards free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner past Declan Caldwell.
Three minutes later it became two nil after Keelan Doherty beat his man and squared for Gerard McEleney to drill low past Caldwell from sixteen yards.
Keelan Doherty then fired narrowly wide before a Gary Collins effort brought a fine save from Caldwell.
Rovers pressed on and added a third on 34 minutes when good work by Paddy Doherty saw his cross swept home by Martin Ward from twelve yards.
Cockhill tried to respond and before the interval Frank Gribben was denied by a superb save from Glen Watson.
Rovers started the second period well and on 51 minutes a quick break saw Martin Ward find Collins on the right hand side and he squared to Graham Morgan, but he miscued when the goal was open.
Minutes later they made it 4-0 when Damien Ward converted a penalty awarded after Keelan Doherty was upended.
Cockhill tried to respond with Kevin McDaid and Gary Breslin both off target.
Rovers added their fifth on 84 minutes when Damien Ward found Kevin Harkin and his cross was slotted home at the near post by Shay Rodgers.
Moville Reserves 3 Buncrana Reserves 0
IN good conditions the home side took the lead on 3 minutes when a Conor Radcliffe corner was headed home by Puaric Parkinson from close range.
Buncrana replied and from another corner Eamon Moran had a header well saved by Ryan Coyle.
Moville replied with Finn McLaughlin feeding Kyle Harkin but from an angle he fired into the side netting.
The visitors replied and a Noel O’Donnell effort from inside the area was well held by Coyle.
On the half hour Radcliffe fired over before Parkinson fed McLaughlin who turned well and fired low to the corner to make it two nil.
Buncrana tried hard and Craig Doherty had a late effort just over the bar.
Buncrana had the first chance of the second half and Doherty’s cross just eluded the inrushing John O’Laughlin before Adam Doherty had a goal bound effort cleared away by Declan Diver.
Moville then replied with McLaughlin releasing Harkin but his effort was well saved by Sullivan.
Minutes later McLaughlin released Michael McNaught but again Sullivan advanced to smother.
Good interplay by the visitors then created a chance for Doherty but he blazed over before on 72 minutes Michael Doherty miskicked when well placed in front of goal.
The same player then unleashed an effort which Coyle turned onto the bar before being cleared.
Moville sealed the points when Pearse Doherty crossed for Norbert Indyka who powered a header to the bottom corner.
McNaught had a late chance but O’Doherty advanced to smother well while at the other end the visitors were denied a consolation when Doherty raced clear but Coyle advanced to block.
Redcastle Reserves 1 Clonmany Reserves 3
IN the 6th minute a Daniel Harkin effort from the edge of the area was parried by Liam McGonigle but Harkin reacted first to drill the loose ball home to give the home side a shock lead.
Clonmany had a lot of possession but had to wait until the 44th minute to get an effort on target when a Brendan Doherty effort from twenty yards was well saved by Mark Doherty.
Two minutes into the second period the visitors equalised when an Alan Friel cross broke to Marty Doherty who headed home from ten yards.
Clonmany continued to press and took the lead when Friel picked out Doherty in the area and he fired to the top corner from sixteen yards.
They sealed the tie on 86 minutes after a Marty Doherty effort was well parried by keeper Doherty but Conor Doherty reacted first to slot home.
Cockhill Youths 2 Dunree United 4 (after extra time)
DUNREE had much the better of the first half and created three good chances.
Liam Baldrick headed wide when unmarked before a Conor Doherty cross found Shaun Doherty but he also headed wide.
Their final chance of the half came on 42 minutes when Ryan Bradley’s header was brilliantly tipped over by Sean Parker.
Cockhill stunned the home side when they broke the deadlock against the run of play on 62 minutes when Eoin Deery fired a stunning volley from all of forty yards to the top corner past Philip Doherty.
Five minutes later the home side went two up when a superb Ronan McLaughlin cross was slotted home at the back post by Michael Gallagher.
Dunree rallied and reduced the deficit on 75 minutes after good work by Liam Baldrick saw Thomas Doherty poke the ball home.
They forced extra time with an 85th minute equaliser after Daniel McLaughlin curled a superb effort through a crowded area and past Parker.
With extra time looming Dunree struck for the lead in the 108th minute when great work by Darryl Moran set up Mclaughlin and he cooly slotted home.
In the final minute Moran raced clear and rounded Parker to make it four two.
Rasheney FC 2 QPS Reserves 1
IN the early exchanges Charlie Doherty had a twenty two yards free well held by David Bell before at the other end a good run by Ultan McCool saw him flash a dangerous cross across the face of goal.
Rasheney took over then for a spell with Bell making a brilliant save from a deflection off one of his own players before Anthony Doherty had an effort well held by the young keeper.
Midway through the half John Grant advanced from midfield but fired well over.
Somewhat against the run of play the Point opened the scoring when Paul Hegarty’s free from the edge of the area squirmed from the grasp of Kieran Friel and over the line.
Rasheney got back on terms on 34 minutes when a Charlie Doherty ball over the top released who controlled well before blasting high past Bell from 14 yards.
They went close again when a defence splitting pass from Grant released Paddy McGilloway but his effort was again saved.
At the other end Joe Johnstone broke into the area and fired a dangerous effort across goal and just past the far post.
On the stroke of half time Rasheney’s Declan McLaughlin broke past two men and fed Damien Friel but he blazed wildly over.
Rasheney started the second period on top and Bell was in top form to make saves from McGilloway twice and Declan McLaughlin in the opening quarter.
In a rare break Johnstone raced into the area and was denied by a combination of defender and goalkeeper Friel.
Rasheney got what proved to be the winner on 68 minutes when a Damien Friel corner was chested to the net at the back post by Charlie Doherty.
Both Anthony and Charlie Doherty had shots which just cleared the bar as they looked to finish the game off.
The Point tried to force extra time but the nearest they came was a Fergal Buchanan effort which Friel gathered at the near post.
The final chance came for the home side on 88 minutes when substitute Ben Lafferty advanced through the middle and his effort produced a stunning save from Bell.
Carn FC 2 Culdaff Reserves 1 (after extra time)
FIRST Division leaders Carn FC hardly expected to be pushed all the way by the visitors who lost four one to Carn Reserves last week.
But Culdaff were very well organised with Niall McLaughlin in midfield and Aiden Cunningham superb as the lone striker.
Culdaff had the first chance after 16 minutes when a William Hutchinson effort was well smothered by JJ Doherty in the home goal.
Carn as expected began to dominate things after this and Brandon Browne, Declan McGonagle and Shane Doherty all had efforts on target comfortably dealt with by Callum Doherty as the half ended scoreless.
Carn made the breakthrough on 65 minutes when Cathal Doherty converted a penalty low to the corner after Browne had been upended in the area.
They failed to increase their lead and in the final minute a deep cross from Hutchinson was headed home by Niall McLaughlin.
In extra time the home side regained the lead on 96 minutes after Cathal Doherty headed home his second of the game after a superb Shane Doherty cross.
They sealed the tie on 107 minutes when Doherty completed his hat trick again from the penalty spot after Darragh Deery was upended.
Inishowen Engineering Reserve Division One
Rasheney Reserves 3 Greencastle Reserves 0
RASHENEY started brightly with Alan Doherty firing wide after a shot on the run before Paul McConalogue well placed fired weakly at Seamus Bovaird.
Greencastle had a good spell then with a Tom Heuston free cleared away by Eamon Reidy before Puaric Gille was narrowly off target with a twenty yards effort and a dangerous John McDermott cross was well claimed by Declan Grant in the home goal.
On the half hour a superb diagonal ball from Rasheney’s Kyle Devlin found Doherty who laid it off to Conor O’Neill but his effort was blocked.
Greencastle responded and when Tom Heuston advanced into the area only a last ditch tackle from Fergal Doherty saved the day.
Greencastle pressed again and after a corner both Gillen and Mark Browne had efforts blocked by the home defence.
On 39 minutes the home side broke the deadlock when O’Neill’s cross found McConalogue who laid it off to Kyle Doherty and he turned well to fire high to the roof of the net.
On the stroke of half time Kieran Bonner had an effort well gathered by Grant.
Two minutes into the second period John McLaughlin beat two men and laid the ball off to Kyle Doherty who drove low past Bovaird to the far corner to make it two nil.
A McConalogue cross on 55 minutes was hooked over the bar by Jack Mclaughlin from ten yards.
Greencastle spurned a good chance when John McDermott got in behind the home defence and from twelve yards his low effort was superbly held by Grant.
Rasheney then made it three nil on 66 minutes when a long ball found McConalogue who beat the outrushing Bovaird to the ball and rolled it into the empty net from all of thirty yards.
Greencastle kept trying and a Heuston free looked destined for the top corner but Grant tipped it onto the bar and Gillen’s follow up effort was blocked.
Rasheney had late chances with Alan Doherty in the clear denied by Bovaird while Kyle Doherty spurned a chance of a hat trick when Bovaird smothered well.
Dunree Reserves 4 Carn Reserves 3
DUNREE got off to a flying start and opened the scoring on 3 minutes when Bernie Doherty laid the ball back to Peter O’Neill twenty five yards out and he hammered a superb effort to the top corner.
They doubled their lead when Neil Moran collected a ball on the edge of the area and cut inside before shooting to the roof of the net from sixteen yards.
Carn rallied and reduced the deficit midway through the half when Joseph McKinney curled a free kick from the edge of the area past the wall and keeper James Gill.
The visitors got back on terms on 37 minutes when McKinney advanced on the left and his cross cum shot flew over Gill to the roof of the net. Carn started the second period well and a Ryan Davenport effort was well saved low to his left by Gill.
Dunree retook the lead on the hour mark when Bernie Doherty found Adam McLaughlin and he slipped the ball into Evan Barry to fire low to the corner from fifteen yards.
They made it four two after Moran fed Doherty and he placed the ball low past Daniel McCallion.
Carn rallied and reduced the deficit on 85 minutes when the unmarked davenport headed low to the corner after a corner.
They had a late chance to salvage a point when Davenport failed to direct a free header on target.Tags: