THE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE had four teams in Inter-League action at the weekend and they all contributed to a 100 per cent start to this year’s Inter-League series.
The Donegal Schoolboys League thank Bonagee United and Convoy Arsenal for the use of their facilities.
U-13 Eurotab Inter-League Cup
Donegal Schoolboys 3
Played in near blizzard conditions in Culdaff Donegal Schoolboys started their Inter-league campaign with comfortable 3-0 victory.
The first goal came after 10 minutes when Shane Blaney made no mistake with his first time shot. Following a short delay for a heavy hail shower the game restarted and Donegal again pinned their opponents into their own half.
On 20 minutes captain Jack Keaney released Shane Doherty down the right and he put in a terrific cross into Sean McBride to power an unstoppable header into the roof of the net.
McBride, at this stage, was running the Inishowen back-line ragged and five minutes into the second-half he received the ball 40 yards out and powered his way past the Inishowen defence and slotted home confidently from 10 yards out for his second of the game. With all five substitutes on the pitch Donegal pushed for the fourth but the Inishowen keeper was in inspired form and it wasn’t to be for the excellent McBride, who was extremely unlucky not to complete his hat-trick.
Donegal: Deeney, Little, Mogan, Gavigan, Gormley, Doherty, Mc Kelvey, Keaney, McNamee, Blaney, McBride. Subs: O’ Brien, Curran, Hannigan, Ryan, Byrne.
U-15 John Farrell Inter-League Cup
Donegal Schoolboys 5
The wintry conditions that prevailed around the county didn’t miss Convoy and neither did the joy of winning a competitive match for the Donegal Schoolboys League.
Paddy Diver opened the scoring on 15 minutes when he was first to react when the Inishowen ‘keeper could only parry away Kieran McPherson’s free-kick. Five minutes later Adam McHugh increased the lead when he cut into the box and curled a left-looted shot into the top corner.
McPherson got the third goal when he ran from the half-way line. Further goals from Caolin Mc Daid and Daire O’ Baoill sealed the victory in what was a good all-round team performance.
U-16 Paul O’ Neil Inter-League Cup
Donegal Schoolboys 3
Anthony Gorman’s Donegal Schoolboys U16 side got off to a solid start in this season’s Inter-league campaign with a well deserved 3-0 win over Inishowen at Buncrana on Saturday. The visitors settled well and took the lead when Sean Hume tapped in a corner from Chris Flanagan with under 10 minutes on the clock. Padraic Ferry fed Darragh Black, who played in Kennedy Boachie to slot home the second as the half hour approached.
The game was ended as a contest when Noah Mailey played a delightful ball over the top for Kennedy Boachie who beat international keeper Harry Doherty with a clever finish.
Donegal Schoolboys U-14 team
Players born in 1998
With the prestigious Kennedy Cup fast approaching Donegal Schoolboys under the management of Eunan Brolly are seeking to finalise their squad. Eunan organised a thre- team training / match session in Rathmullan on Thursday last. Wexford and District Schoolboys and Roscommon and District Schoolboys both attended the event which gave Eunan the opportunity to look at some fringe squad players. He is asking all team managers to contact him directly if they feel that they have a player who deserves a chance at this level. An open trial will be held in the near future and new players as well as those who may have been involved in the past are invited. Contact Eunan on 087-2389586. Thanks to Rathmullan Celtic for their facilities and referees Gerry Gallagher and Marty Quinn.