Inishowen League: All the action from the weekend

Here’s this week’s round-up of the Inishowen Football League Reports, Results and Fixtures: 

Jackie Crossan Premier Division

Illies Celtic 0

Buncrana Hearts 2

The opening half of this game was  a typical local derby fiercely contested and very few chances at either  end. Illies had an early chance after Patrick Curran crossed for Liam Doherty who fired wide at the back post when well placed. The remainder of the half saw defences on top and  was a very scrappy affair. In comparison the second half was a cracking contest. Illies started well when Sean McCallion broke through and saw his attempted chip land on the roof of the net.  The same player then pounced on a sloppy pass  in the visitors defence but Taylor Clarke advanced to block his effort.  Buncrana upped the tempo in the final half an hour and broke the deadlock on 65 minutes when Jamie McDaid advanced on the left and crossed for Shaunie Bradley to head to the roof of the net past Johnathan Noone.  Substitute Sean Mullan then had  a rising effort just clear the bar before the same player was upended in the area in the 81st minute. Kieran McDaid stepped up to drill the ball low into the bottom corner from the penalty spot  and seal the points.

Carn FC 3

Aileach FC 0

At the Patricks Park  it was an even start to the game before Caoimhin McFeely had a shot which was superbly saved by Daniel McDaid. Carn eventually got a grip on the game and broke the deadlock midway through the half when Liam McWeeney crossed from the right for Kyran Cantwell to power a header to the top corner from just inside the area. Just before the break they doubled their lead after good build up play along the right ended with McWeeney squaring for Cade Cooke to slot home from close range. Aileach tried hard on the resumption but were restricted to long range efforts from Aaron Nash , McFeely and  Gavin Doherty which failed to trouble  McDaid. The home side sealed the points then  after David McGeady parried a Cian Burke effort which fell kindly to Cooke to slot home.

Moville Celtic 0

Cockhill Celtic 7

Moville have built from the bottom this year and were always up against it when they faced leaders Cockhill. In a lively opening Corey McBride saw an effort saved by Ryan Coyle while at the other end Ryan McColgans effort was well saved by Harry Doherty. Cockhill got on top then and Garbhan Friel headed wide when well placed before they took the lead in the 35th minute.  Liam Grants corner to the back post was headed  home by Lee McColgan. Cockhill upped the tempo after the break and with Moville having to replace their centre halves the visitors ran riot. Friel headed home Grants corner on 55 minutes before home keeper Coyle could only parry Grants cross and the loose ball was slotted home by Jay Bradley. McBride then fired a free kick to the net through a crowd of players before Bradley scored his second with a looping header in the 77th minute. Two late goals from Friel to complete his hat trick  the first a twenty five yards strike and the second in off the under side of the bar were  the final action.

Greencastle FC 7

Glengad United 1

Greencastle got back on track after last weeks defeat with a comprehensive win at Chapel Lane. They took the lead on 7 minutes after Nathan Harkin intercepted a defensive pass and advanced to drill low past Zach Conlon. Glengad replid with a Terence Doherty effort which went just wide before the same player raced onto a long ball cut inside and curled a superb left footed effort past Jason McCallion to make it level. But Greencastle got back in front minutes later after a corner broke out to Odhran Kennedy whose powerful effort took a  slight deflection on its way past Conlon. Three goals in a ten minute period before the interval ended the game as a contest. Brennan Moore controlled a Jamie McCormick free before rifling to the roof of the net before Moores cross was fired home on the half volley by Nigel McMonagle. Shaun Doherty then fed McMonagle  on the stroke of half time  and he cut in to unleash a superb left footed effort to the top corner. Greencastle were well on top after the restart  and Kennedy was denied by a good save from Conlon who also gathered DJ Canavans header from the corner.  At the other end a Matthew Mooney cross found Terence Doherty whose goal bound volley cannoned back off his own player. Greencastle added their sixth goal in the 86th minute after  Harkins ball over the visitors defence found substitute  Conor Gillen to unleash a superb volley to the top corner.  After Shaun Doherty had two efforts blocked the ball fell to Harkin who controlled  before drilling low to the corner to complete the scoring.

Strand Hotel First Division

Dunree United 1

Cockhill Youths 2

This local derby  saw the visitors create the first chance after Darragh McDermott headed a Ryan McDaid cross over the bar. Cockhill then broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after Marc Doherty converted a left wing cross from six yards. A mix up in the home defence resulted in an own goal which put the visitors two ahead. But Dunree got back into the contest before the break after Sean McColgan fed Bernie Doherty who  fired into the bottom corner from twenty five yards. The second half was a tighter affair with a lot of the play in the midfield area and defences on top. Dunree s Bernie Doherty spurned a good chance when he got in behind the visitors defence but fired straight at Eoin Colhoun. Cockhill were always dangerous on the break and when Paul Mullan  got clear he failed to trouble Adam Harrigan in the home goal.  Dunree did have a late chance to salvage a point when McColgan had a clear sight of goal but shot over the bar.

Clonmany Res 2


After shipping nine goals a month ago to the same opposition the home side were fired up to avoid a repeat. They started well with a Jason Devlin effort turned round the post by Conor O’Neill and from the corner the ball was cleared to DJ McGeoghagan whose effort from distance was comfortable held by O Neill. The Point however opened the scoring on 6 minutes after Daniel McMenamin collected a loose ball on the edge of the area before unleashing an effort which took a deflection to wrong foot Kieran Friel in the home goal and the ball nestled in the bottom corner. But Clonmany levelled on 14 minutes after a corner on the left broke to mark Doherty who found Steve Harkin and he laid the ball into the path of Devlin to fire low past O Neill. Good interplay minutes later between a number of Clonmany players ended with the ball being worked out to Conor Doherty(R) on the right and his  cross came off  a defender and into the net. The visitors responded and a John McCloskey cross found the unmarked Oisin Hillen who headed wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy. The game was held up for a period then after Ross Nicholas sustained an injury and a speedy recovery is wished to Ross. Clonmany had much the better of the second half and a Steve Harkin flick from a corner was well blocked by O Neill. Shane McCaul then spread a crossfield pass to Jake O Donnell whose low cross just evaded the sliding Devlin. Both McCaul and O Donnell then had efforts narrowly wide. The visitors  finally responded and equalised in the 85th minute when Oisn Hillen broke on the left beat a defender and  clipped the ball neatly over Friel. They almost snatched a winner then after  a Seamus McFadden cross found Mark Murray who sidestepped a defender but his effort was smothered by Friel. Clonmany had the final chance when McCaul ran onto a long ball but O’Neill advanced to clear the danger.

Rashenny FC 6

Aileach Res 2

Rashenny took an early lead after a Ryan Doherty corner deflected  off a defender and into the net. But the visitors were level within a minute when Dillon McGrory sent Stephen Doherty clear of the home defence and he made no mistake with a good low finish.  In the 15th minute Rashenny regained the lead when Shane Cregan fed Cormac Dillon whose low cross was converted by the inrushing David McLaughlin. Again Aileach almost responded immediately with a Josh Boyle effort which crashed off the bar. Ryan Dohertys corner for the home side were causing havoc and on  28 minutes they scored again this time Dillon slotted home.Before the break another corner from Doherty was headed home by Gareth McKeever to make it four one at the break. Rashenny started the second half well and increased their lead after a David McLaughlin cross found McKever sliding in to force the ball home. Aileach ket at it and when McGrorys cross from the left found Anthony Doherty he made no mistake from ten yards. But midway through the half the home side completed the scoring after Declan Mclaughlin picked out Dillon  who slid the ball past Dylan Porter from close range. The visitors kept plugging away with McGrory denied a goal by a fine finger tip save from Gavin McLaughlin. The final chance fell to the home side when Tyler McEleney was denied by Porter in the Aileach goal.

Redcastle United 2

Carn Res 1

League leaders  Redcastle began well with an Alan Clarke cross finding Stephen Grant but his  close range effort was well saved by Kyle Harkin. They continued to press and on 21 minutes Aiden Cunningham fed Gavin Grant  who shot narrowly wide. The pressure told seven minutes later after an Eamon Doherty effort was parried by Harkin allowing Shaun Curran to slot the loose ball home. Good play by Cunningham and Grant ended with a Marc Bell effort just off target. Carn rallied and go back into the game after Anthony Dohety found Dayton Cooke who fired a stunning effort from twenty yards to the top corner giving Michael McCole no chance. But the home side regained the lead on the stroke of half time after a Curran free found Josh McConnellogue to head home. Play swung from end to end on the restart and the home side had the first opportunity when Grant collected possession in midfield and fed Clarke who fired just wide. Carn responded and  Doherty fed Shay  Fallon whose low effort from the edge  of the area was well saved by McCole. Clarke then had two efforts for the home side shooting wide before heading over the bar. They continued to press and on 82 minutes a Curran cross found  Clarke again but he headed just the wrong side of the post.

Inishowen Engineering Division Two 

Sea Rovers 1

Carrowmena FC 1

Sea Rovers got the first break of the game after 15 minutes when Conor Mc Geoghan got the ball just outside the box and unleashed a good shot  to put the ball beyond the keeper Mark Barry to give the home side the lead. It was fairly quiet for the remainder of the half with little to no chances coming for either side and both defences well on top. Rovers had the first chance of the second half  but Conor Mc Closkey saw his shot saved by the Carrowmena keeper Barry. Minutes later Rovers Conor Mc Geoghan was taken down in the box and won a penalty but the Carrowmena keeper got down to save well. Carrowmena made a break and a mix up in the Rovers defence saw them punished when Gérard Gill tapped in from close range . The home side were denied a winner late on  with a Connor Mc Closkey shot crashing off the bar as honours ended even.

Cockhill Res 4

Rashenny  RES 2

Cockhill started the match well but failed to capitalise on their early pressure without forcing Rashenny keeper, Sam Coyle, in to action.

Cockhill were made to pay midway through the first half as Rashenny grew in to the match and were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Caylum Long stepped up to rifle a great free kick into the bottom corner past Cockhill’s Lee McColgan. Just before half time Cockhill deservedly got back on level terms. A quick counter attack saw James Porter pick out Ethan O’Toole who slotted the ball past Coyle. That equaliser just before the break lifted Cockhill and they took the lead early in the second half with another quick break away. This time Caolan Moore played in Niall Breslin who drove in to the box and made no mistake firing past the out rushing  Coyle.Rashenny responded well and put the Cockhill defence under pressure forcing a mix up in defence and the ball ended up in the net off a Cockhill defender to level the match again. With the next goal crucial in this tightly contested match it took some neat link up play from Cockhill to open up the Rashenny defence. Ethan O’Toole played a clever pass into the path of Niall Breslin to bag his second, firing low in to the far corner past  Coyle. Rashenny kept pushing and nearly equalised again when James McConnelogue saw his header from a corner just drift over the bar. Cockhill made the points safe near the end with the goal of the match. Cahir McDaid made space for himself 25 yards out and curled a superb effort into the top corner for a hard earned win.

Redcastle Res 3

Dunree Res 2

After ten minutes Dunree goalkeeper Philip Doherty pulled off a brilliant double save, first  a shot from Gary Kelly from ten yards and then a point blank save from Oisin Sweeney on the rebound. Redcastle took lead after 15 minutes when a Shay Sweeney cross was tapped home at the far post by Conor McCallion. After 20 minutes a cross from Darren Harkin was headed just wide by Gary Kelly but  Redcastle went two up on the half hour when a great through ball from Calliou O’Kane put Conor McCallion through to chip keeper from ten yards.  Dunree came close  before the interval when a Paul Jackson shot from 20 yards was well saved by Oisin Quigley down to his right.

Dunree started the second half well and scored after 50 minutes when a great run and cross from Paul Jackson was hammered into the net by Patrick Doherty from twelve yards. Dunree were on top at this stage and it was no surprise when they equalised after 65 minutes after another cross by Jackson was headed home at the far post by David O’Hagan from eight yards. Redcastle rallied and regained the lead  after 70 minutes when  great work from Kyle Steele with  his pass sending Gary Kelly through to score from twelve yards. A great solo run by Oisin Sweeney  then brought another great save from Philip Doherty. Dunree almost snatched a share of the spoils with  a Neil Moran free kick from twenty yards was turned around the post by Oisin Quigley in the Redcastle goals.

Culdaff Res 1

Moville Res 1

Played in Caratra Park on Saturday evening  this was an evenly contested game with a draw a fair result.  C.uldaff opened the scoring when Dermot Diver converted a penalty after Oisin McLaughlin was fouled in the area a lead they  held until the break. On the stroke of half time they almost added another but Billy Humes effort was truned round the post by Norbert Indyka.  Moville started the second half on the front foot forcing the home side back but they found clear chances hard to come by.  Both Danny Murphy and Andrii Klymen went close with good efforts.They eventually equalised when a Danny Murphy effort took a big deflection to wrong foot Odhran Douglas in the home goal. The home side almost snatched a late winner after substitute Christopher Connor evaded a defender in the area but dragged his effort narrowly wide.

Gleneely Colts 6

Rashenny ROVERS 0

Gleneely opened the scoring midway through the half  when Matthew Doherty was fouled in the box and  Shane Diver dispatched the penalty after the second attempt when Roger McGilloway saved his initial shot. They increased their lead minutes later  when Shane Diver blasted home from eight  yards after good work by Ryan Tabbitt in the box. On 36minutes  good work by Matthew Doherty on the right wing who drove to the edge of the box and fizzed a cross to the back post for Tristan McColgan to tap home. The home side almost added another on the stroke of half time but Roger McGilloway made a great save from Ryan Tabbitts penalty. Shane Diver got his hat trick in the 50th minute  when he made a good run down the left and into the box to squeeze a shot inside the left hand post. It was all Gleneely at this stage and after Diver found Edward Reid he fired a first time effort to the top corner.

 After that both   Tabbitt and Paul Doherty both hit the post on separate occasions. They completed the scoring  when Paul Doherty scored from the spot after Shane Diver was fouled. The visitors battled throughout and but for McGilloway would have suffered an even heavier defeat.

Glengad Res 6

Aileach Youth 0

The home side started well with long range efforts from Conor McGonagle and Jayden McDaid failing to trouble Dylan Clarke in the Aileach goal. Their best chance came on 35 minutes after McDaid intercepted a back pass  but fired wide when well placed.  Aileach s first chance came when McIntyre collected possession on the edge of the area, turned and unleashed an effort which Michael McLaughlin turned round the post at full stretch. Glengad had the last chance of the half when Caolan McColgan beat a defender and from a tight angle saw his effort saved by Clarke. The visitors struck for the decisive goal of the game after the restart when Ryan Wilson cut in from the right and squared the ball for Aaron Doherty to slot home from ten yards. Glengad tried hard  but found the visitors defence a tough nut to crack and neither side created a chance of not as the visitors claimed the points.

Illies Res 0

Cockhill COLTS 3

This local derby clash  played on Saturday evening was much closer than the final scoreline suggests. Illies stared the better and in the 15th minute Oran Doherty ran onto a ball over the top rounded keeper Graham Doherty but somehow fired over the bar.The same player had another chance on the half hour mark when Michael Grant found him but this time keeper Doherty blocked his effort.  Against the run of the play the experienced visitors opened the scoring after Gerry Gill saw an effort cleared off the line by William McLaughlin as far as Aiden O Donnell who fired to the roof of the net. On the stroke of half time they doubled their lead with Bernard Gubbins  feeding Gavin Doherty on the left and he beat a defender before slotting low past  Conor Doherty in the home goal. Illies started the second half well and spurned a gilt edged opportunity on the hour when Oran Doherty saw his spot kick well saved low to his left by Graham Doherty. On 71minutes Liam O Connor found Conor Doherty o the left and he cut in before seeing his right footed effort crash back off the angle of the post and bar. Cockhill then sealed things in the final minute after a Gill free kick was superbly saved by the home keeper Doherty but Darragh Lyons reacted quickest to slot home.

Inishowen League: All the action from the weekend was last modified: October 9th, 2023 by Staff Writer