Delightful Dollybirds

Dollingstown striker Richard Thompson.
Dollingstown striker Richard Thompson.

The season just gets better for Dollingstown as they chalked up another impressive win.

On this occasion it was Glenavon’s Irish Cup opponents Moyola Park who were dispatched from Planter’s Park on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

Manager Gary Duke had all three of his centre backs missing plus injured left back Dwayne Kerr but his new look defence got to grips early on although new signing Gareth Ringland, who was making his debut at centre back had an early scare when his back pass in the opening few minutes was lifted by the keeper resulting in a free kick inside the area, but Moyola were not able to capitalise.

Moyola then felt hard done by again on 15 minutes when they had a goal disallowed following a challenge on keeper Fletcher. This finally seemed to spur the home side on and on 20 minutes they went in front when the hard working Thompson pulled the ball back from the bye line for Neil Clydesdale to fire low into the corner of the net.

Moyola kept plugging away and keeper Fletcher had to be alert to punch away from a free kick. Then on the half hour Thompson scored his 14th goal of the season when following a great through ball from Donaghy he turned and rifled the ball into the net.

The home side were slow in starting the second half and Moyola scored the crucial third goal of the game courtesy of an own goal by debutant Ringland whose clearance from a free kick spun off the outside of his foot and put Moyola back into the game

A minute later Dowie the Moyola number nine missed a sitter from 6 yards out after a great break down the left.

Manager Gary Duke then took off King and replaced him with Colin Cunningham who sent a message of his intent with a great effort that the keeper pushed over the bar.

Clydesdale then tested the Moyola keeper minutes later with a rasper that the keeper again managed to push over the bar. From the resulting corner debutant Richard Ringland, who was having a solid game, scored the third goal to wrap up the game .

Dollingstown thank match sponsor Hasletts from Augher and ball sponsor Ivy West coffee shop in Dollingstown.

Dollingstown have also been drawn away to Glenavon in the Mid Ulster cup on Tuesday 10th February but priority remains to keep accumulating points in the league before then as very tough games coming up in the next few weeks against Lurgan Celtic at home and then away to Limavady.

Team: K Fletcher, J Redpath, A King, J Gibson, M Denver, G Ringland, N Clydesdale, R Thompson, A Walker, M Hughes, R Donaghy.

Subs used: C Cunningham, A Montgomery, M Fegan.

The match this Saturday at Sport&Leisure has been cancelled.