MILFORD UNITED thumped neighbours Kilmacrennan Celtic to move up to second place in the Donegal League Premier Division behind champions Gweedore Celtic.
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Milford United 4
C Bradley (23, pen 44), D McLaughlin (38), C McCafferty (65)
Kilmacrennn Celtic 1
M Friel (37)
There was a significant win for Milford United against neighbours Kilmacrennan Celtic on derby day at Moyle View Park.
Milford took the lead Christy McCafferty launched a long throw into the box to his strike partner Chris Bradley and he controlled it superbly on the chest and then he pulled off an amazing overhead kick.
Kilmacrennan equalised when a mix-up saw Mark Friel nip in to stroke home from close range. Milford regained the lead through skipper Darren McLaughlin, with a strike from 20 yards in the bottom corner.
Right on the stroke of half-time Milford extended their lead further when Bradley was upended in the box by Liam McBride and the striker dusted himself down and struck home from the spot. The second half was end to end stuff with both sides creating chances but it was’t until the 65th minute when McCafferty tapped home a fourth.
Dunkineely Celtic 1
D Quigley (52)
Lagan Harps 1
J Gillen (78)
Dunkineely Celtic and Lagan Harps shared the spoils on Sunday at Darney Park.
The home side took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Damien Quigley picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and hit a tremendous shot to the top corner of the net. Lagan got a deserved equaliser on 78 minutes when a blocked shot fell to Oisin McMenamin and he crossed for James Gillen to score from six yards.
Eany Celtic 1
M Shovlin (2)
Gweedore Celtic 2
C McFadden (12), C Ferry (80)
Champions Gweedore Celtic came from a goal down to take the points against Eany Celtic.
Martin Shovlin got Eany off to the perfect start when he found the net on two minutes. The visitors replied when Ciaran McFadden found space in the Eany box to score the equaliser. On 80 minutes Gweedore finally broke the Eany defence when Colin Ferry latched onto a loose ball.
Lifford Celtic 1
Castlefin Celtic 2
M O’Rourke, S McGlinchey
Lifford Celtic failed to make up for their hammering at Cockhill Celtic’s hands in the Knockalla Caravans Cup final when they lost out to neighbours Castlefin Celtic in the league.
It was the visitors who started the stronger and they took the lead when Paul Harvey intercepted a pass and drove forward and had a great shot that hit the post and fell to a unmarked Matthew O’Rourke who tapped into an empty net .
Castlefin doubled their lead when a free-kick by Kieran Brennan was headed home by Simon McGlinchey. That goal seemed to fire Lifford into action and a Matthew Carlin cross was headed in by Aaron Vanbeck.
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Arranmore United 2
B McGarvey (18), G McGlanaghy (43)
Cappry Rovers 3
A Kelly (20), L Gallagher (35, 55)
Cappry Rovers came away from the island with a hard earned three points.
Arranmore took the lead on 18 minutes when a 20-yard strike from Benny McGarvey found the bottom corner via the post. The lead was short lived as Aaron Kelly tapped in from a yard out.
The visitors took the lead with a great strike from Leo Gallagher from all of 30 yards. The home side however went in on level terms as Gavin McGlanaghey finished neatly following good work from McGarvey.
Cappry scored what proved to be the winner on 55 minutes when Leo Gallagher finished well following a great break.
Curragh Athletic 2
J Sweeney (6), M O’Brien (74)
Dunlewey Celtic 0
Curragh produced their best performance of the season to overcome a stubborn Dunlewey Celtic.
And it took them only six minutes to take the lead when Jason Sweeney was fouled outside the box and his quick free kick caught Joe Rodden off guard from 20 yards. Brendan McGeady and John Cannon tried hard for the visitors throughout, but when Michael O’Brien’s powerful header from George Woods’ corner made it two.
Donegal Town 2
D Kelly (47), JP Byrne (70)
St Catherine’s 2
R Boyle (20), C O’Rourke (80)
A very entertaining game was played out at a frantic pace at the Hospital Field and finished with the spoils being shared.
St Catherine’s started the better of the two sides and took the lead when a mistake in Donegal’s defence allowed Ronan Boyle to nip in and slot home. Donegal came out fighting at the beginning of the second half and an excellent corner delivery from Raymond Mc Groary was nodded home by Darren Kelly to square things up.
It was another set piece midway through the second half which saw Donegal take the lead as JP Byrne rise highest to nod the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner. St Catherine’s equalised when a pinpoint cross from Jason Noctor was headed home from close range by Conor O’Rourke.
Gweedore United 1
S O’Donnell (44)
Raphoe Town 0
A solitary goal from Shane O’Donnell at Carrickboyle saw Gweedore Celtic collect all three points against Raphoe Town.
The visitors found it difficult to break down a well organised United defence, however they had their best chance of the first half on 40 minutes when the ball fell to David Craig who hit well from close range but Cathal Gillespie, the United keeper. produced an excellent save. The home side broke the deadlock when Charlie O Donnell’s cross found Shane O’Donnell, who rounded Roulston to cooly slot into the net.
Rathmullan Celtic 4
Eoin Sheridan (5), D Patton (30), P Sheridan (44), Eamonn Sheridan (80)
Convoy Arsenal 1
J Toner (10)
Rathmullan Celtic’s good form continued with a 4-1 home win over Convoy Arsenal on Sunday.
The Seasiders got off to the perfect start after five minutes when midfield maestro Eoin Sheridan scored with a stunning strike. Convoy came straight back into the game, equalising with a well taken shot inside the area from Jason Toner. Rathmullan regained the lead on the half-hour mark through Dara Patton.
Just on the stroke of half-time, Paddy Sheridan scored a curling strike into the right bottom corner and dedicated the goal to his late grandfather, as the winger then left proceedings to attend the funeral. Eamonn Sheridan capped off a fine performance and memorable week as the striker finished off a Seaside sweeping move on 80 minutes.
Rathmullan Celtic would like to sincerely thank Convoy Arsenal for agreeing to play Sunday’s league match at 12 noon due to a funeral in town. Both sides observed a minute’s s silence for the late James Sheridan, before the early kick off.
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Bonagee United 1
M Oliver (65)
Keadue Rovers 4
D Boyle (28), M Boyle (46, 60), A Hanlon (86)
Bonagee United were no match for Keadue Rovers at Dry Arch Park on Sunday.
Keadue took the lead when the Bonagee defence appealed for offside but Doalty Boyle hammered the ball home from the edge of the box. Keadue got their second after a mix-up in the box and the ball broke loose to Mark Boyle who tapped home from six yards.
Keadue got number three on the hour when a long ball out of defence was picked up by Doalty Boyle just inside the Bonagee half he played the ball through to Mark Boyle, who poked the ball to the net from 10 yards out. Bonagee pulled one back after good play from Martin McElhinney down the left side - he found Marcus Oliver just inside the box and the Bonagee striker made no mistake from 12 yards out.
Keadue got their fourth when Adrian Sweeney played a great ball to Adrian Hanlon on the right he cut inside the defender and his shot went straight to the bottom corner.
Cranford United 1
L Buchanan (30)
Cranford United came away with the points from their derby against Whitestrand United.
The home side took the lead after a good long pass by Liam Doherty to Shane Buchanan who rounded the keeper and scored from a tight angle. In the second half Whitestrand came into the game more and put alot of pressure on Cranford but the meanest defence in the Donegal league held out.
Glenree United 3
D McGroddy (30, 78), N Doherty (65)
Copany Rovers 2
T Given (35), A Scott (46)
In first meeting of these two sides in a number of seasons it was Glenree who triumphed on the day to secure another three points in what is turning out to be a tight division.
An exquisite strike from Daniel McGroddy, who chested the ball, controlled it on his knee and volleyed it 30 yards into to the visitors net in one movement, put the hosts in front. Copany were level when Thomas Given waltzed through United’s defence to equalise.
It was Rovers who took an early advantage in part two when Aaron Scott struck a daisy cutter to put the visitors into the lead. Niall Doherty was on hand to convert with a diving header for 2-2. All square again but Daniel Mc Groddy had other ideas when he leaped like an Atlantic Salmon to head home the winner.
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
J McGroary (10)
Kerrykeel 71 1
T McBride (70)
Letterbarrow Celtic and Kerrykeel Club 71 had to be content with a point apiece after Sunday’s fixture.
The hosts took an early lead when James McGroary fired low past the keeper from just inside the area on 10 minutes. With 20 minutes to go a good break by Kerrykeel saw the ball fall to Tommy McBride in the penalty area and he slotted it into the corner of the net to level the score.
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Castlefin Celtic 4
T Devlin (35), B Dooher (50, 65), M Curran (75)
Milford United Reserves 1
A O’Donnell (85)
Castlefin Celtic ran out convincing winners in this highly entertaining game on Saturday.
The game was evenly contested for much of the first half until Tommy Devlin scored a well taken goal to leave the home side leading at half-time. Just five minutes on the clock Devlin executed a perfect cross for Brian Dooher to score from close range.
Dooher was again on target giving the keeper no chance from the edge of the box. Marcus Curran sealed the victory with a well taken individual goal after chasing down a long ball. Aiden O Donnell scored a late consolation goal for the visitors with five minutes left on the clock.
Gweedore Celtic Reserves 4
C McFadden (pen 20), J Carroll (22), S Doherty (25), J Sweeney (65)
Gweedore United Reserves 2
SP McMahon (40, 84)
Gweedore Celtic came out on top in a hard fought local encounter against Gweedore United played at the Screabán.
This game started slowly but came to life when Shaun Doherty was taken down in the penalty area and Christopher McFadden dispatched the penalty to the roof of the net. Two minutes later it was two when Cathal Campbell put a ball through for James Carroll to score. Carroll became the provider on for Shaun Doherty to score at the near post. United pulled one back when Shaun Paul McMahon scored.
Celtic got the fourth when Cathal Mulligan set up John Sweeney to score from an acute angle. United got their second late on.
Kilmacrennan Celtic Res 2
K McMenamin (17), D McLaughlin (25)
Erne Wanderers 2
D McNulty (35), M Ward (83)
There was little between the teams at Lurgy Park between two of the title favourites Kilmacrennan and Erne Wanderers but the Ballyshannon side went home the happier.
A Kevin McMenamin piledriver from 35 yards gave Kilmacrennan the lead and then the same player set Daniel McLaughlin away and he raced through on goal and made no mistake when the opportunity arrived. Erne came more into the game as the half wore on and they pulled one back when a Michael Ward shot at goal fell to the feet of Darren McNulty who made no mistake from six yards.
With seven minutes left, Mark Doran played a long ball out to McNulty on the left hand side where he played a perfect ball into the Kilmacrennan area and Michael Ward met the ball perfectly on the head to score a well deserved equaliser.
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Glenree United 0
Fintown Harps 4
J Rider (15, 30), A Thompson (70), D Gallagher (82)
Fintown Harps enjoyed a comfortable away win against Glenree United on Saturday.
In the 15th minute the away side took the lead when a header from the back post somehow wriggled into the net from Jim Rider. It was two on the half-hour. It was the sun that effectively ended the game for the home side in the 70th minute when a long ball from the Fintown right back which could not be seen by the Glenree defender or keeper, missed the ball only for Aaron Thompson to pouch a tap in. Fintown scored their final goal in the 82nd minute when some good play lead to a through ball which Darragh Gallagher slotted coolly into the net.
Ramelton Mariners 8
K Coyle, P Gallagher (3), C McCahill (2), R Fisher , D Buchanan
Donegal Town Reserves 1
Ramelton Mariners hammered Donegal Town reserves on home turf on Saturday with Paul Gallagher grabbing a hat-trick.
Mariners started off very well, taking the lead after five minutes through Kevin Coyle. Donegal Town equalised shortly after that. Mariners upped their game and took the lead through a goal from Gallagher, going in at half-time 2-1. Mariners came out dominating the second half with six goals - two from Corey McCahill, two more for Paul Gallagher to complete his hat-trick, Ricky Fisher which his play totally deserved, Damien Buchannan rounded the game off.