Dollingstown v Valley Rangers

2.15pm  15 October 2016

Mid Ulster League, Intermediate A Division
Dollingstown 1 Valley Rangers 3 (att 35)

I missed out on visiting Dollingstown during their brief stint as an Irish League club, which ended when they were relegated last season, but made amends as I saw my first game in the Mid Ulster League.

Prior to this fixture Dollingstown looked well on track for an immediate return to the higher level, but they lost their 100% record against a determined Valley Rangers.

The visitors struck twice in the first half, but I felt they might be vulnerable if Dollingstown got a goal back. My theory was tested early in the second half, and was almost immediately debunked when Valley quickly responded with a third goal.

Dollingstown is a small village just outside Lurgan. The football club are based at Planters Park, a rural venue well out of the village and easy to miss if travelling by car.

The ground is neat, tidy and dominated by a seated stand that runs most of the length of one side. The pitch is fully enclosed by fencing adorned with advertising boards, and at one end a series of portable buildings serve as changing rooms, toilets and a clubhouse.

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