THE Donegal Youth League select flew out of the blocks against the Sligo-Leitrim Youth League in their opening FAI Youth Inter-league competition outing at Ballyare on Saturday but still had to be content with a share of the spoils.
DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE 2
SLIGO-LEITRIM YOUTH LEAGUE 2
After only three minutes Jason Doherty nipped in for the home side and slotted past Niall Cox, the Sligo-Leitrim goalkeeper. Then, just five minutes later the same player was on the mark when he glanced home a header from a free-kick from Kieran Doherty.
New Donegal manager Sean Sandilands could hardly have hoped for a better start as his side bossed the early exchanges. Conor McGlynn also shaved the post on 11 minutes before Odhran McMacken rattled an upright.
Despite their early domination, Sligo-Leitrim posted a warning shot from their first meaningful escapade into Donegal territory, when Myles Keane hit the top of the crossbar. Cox in the visiting goal was a frequent participant but his side got back into the game on 39 minutes when Dylan Edwards, from a fine cross by Paddy Wolfe, pulled a goal back.
Edwards was then out of luck when he hit the woodwork before the break but after the changing of ends, McMaken also hit the woodwork, this time from all of 40 yards out - it was the fourth time in the match the goalframe had averted a goal. But 10 minutes into the second half, Edwards, this time from a fine ball by Kevin Coen, volleyed home a fine equaliser for 2-2. And although Donegal dominated from then until the end, with Jason Doherty and Martin McBride going close, the Sligo-Leitrim side were more than happy to leave for home with a point - one that looked highly unlikely after eight minutes.
Donegal YL: Jason Carr; Kieran Doherty, Eunan Doherty, Ryan McGonagle, Ciaran Tourish; Conor McGlynn, David Edwards, Pauric Carr, James Gillen; Jason Doherty, Odhran McMacken.
Sligo YL: Niall Cox; Adam Gaffney, Andrew Hone, Shane Kilcawley, Dylan Conboy; Adam McGoldrick, Kevin Coen, Paddy Wolfe, Myles Keane; Dylan Edwards, Aaron McGoldrick.
Referee: Mick Lagan.