Donegal League round-up

Glenea United blew the Donegal League Premier Division wide open with a 2-1 win over Gweedore Celtic – the champions’ first defeat in 13 months, a run of 25 games. Milford got back to winning ways following their cup exit while Kilmacrennan hit Drumoghill for five.

Glenea United blew the Donegal League Premier Division wide open with a 2-1 win over Gweedore Celtic – the champions’ first defeat in 13 months, a run of 25 games. Milford got back to winning ways following their cup exit while Kilmacrennan hit Drumoghill for five.

Milford got back to winning ways following their FAI Junior Cup exit while Kilmacrennan Celtic hit Drumoghill for five. Rathmullan Celtic and Keadue Rovers are still in front in their respective divisions.

Brian McCormick Premier

Dunkineely Celtic 2

A Mackey 63, 71

Castlefin Celtic 1 M Lafferty 51

Dunkineely Celtic moved out of the relegation zone with an important 2-1 win against a Castlefin Celtic side that are not clear of the danger themselves.

The visitors took the lead when Mark Lafferty was given too much space and he fired an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. Dunkineely equalised when Pauric Conaghan played in Andrew Mackey and he beat the defence to score. Dunkineely took the lead on 70 minutes when Cian Kennedy crossed from the left and Mackey nipped in to beat the keeper. Milford United 3 

PJ Hagan 30, 70; C McCafferty 60 (pen)

Eany Celtic 2

D Boyle 54, 85 (pen)

Milford erased the memories of their FAI Junior Cup drubbing at the hands of Pike Rovers with a win over Eany Celtic.

Peter Doherty’s side took the lead when PJ Hagan finished from the edge of the box from a pass from David Curley. Eany got back into the game when a mix-up in the Milford defence resulted in Declan Boyle’s equaliser. Milford’s lead was restored when Christy McCafferty scored from the penalty spot and a great throughball from Karl Duggan resulted in Hagan finishing well. An Eany penalty from Boyle ensured a nervy finish.

Lifford Celtic 3

D Patton 15, R Porter 35, J Connolly 80

Lagan Harps 0

Lifford Celtic got a much needed win against a struggling Lagan Harps side at Greenbrae.

The hosts opened the scoring when a corner by Kevin McBrearty was flicked home by Damien Patton. Lifford scored again when McBrearty struck a good free-kick that was headed in by Ross Porter. James Connolly rolled the third into an empty net following a poor clearance from Lagan’s Damien McFadden.

Drumoghill 2

R Tinney 28, 47

Kilmacrennan Celtic 5

T Burke 65, 82; G Gorman 68, 70, 85 (pen)

A Gary Gorman inspired Kilmacrennan Celtic came from two down to score five goals in the last 25 minutes to leave the Moss with the points.

Drumoghill were leading 2-0, thanks to a Richard Tinney brace, and cruising towards three precious points to help ease relegation concerns.

However, Kilmacrennan striker Timmy Burke raced onto a long ball and crossed for Kevin McMenamin to steer the ball home at the back post and reduce the deficit. Then, Gorman rose highest to guide the ball home from McMenamin’s corner and repeated the trick to give his side the lead for the first time.

Burke added a fourth on 82 minutes to kill off the contest. Gorman got the chance to complete his hat-trick on 85 minutes when Vincent McLoughlin adjudged Colin Watson to have controlled the ball with his hand and awarded the penalty. Gorman made no mistake to make it 5-2.

Milford Inn Hotel Division One

Arranmore United 0

Rathmullan Celtic 2

D Patton 32, 45

Rathmullan Celtic kept their noses in front in the Milford Inn Division One with a 2-0 away win over Arranmore United thanks to Daragh Patton’s brace.

The league leaders took the lead with a good finish from Patton. On the stroke of half time Owen Sheridan’s well struck shot was brilliantly saved by Arranmore’s goalkeeper Frankie Early but unluckily for him it rebounded off the post and fell to the feet of Patton, who doubled his scoring tally with a tap in.

Raphoe Town 1

P Gallagher 43

St Catherine’s 3

S O’Rourke 22, J Noctor 55, C Blain 66

Second-placed St Catherine’s are still on track for promotion after a 3-1 win at Raphoe Town on Sunday.

The Killybegs team took the lead when Shane O’Rouke made no mistake after rounding Paul Carbury. The Raphoe goalkeeper then kept his side in the game with a penalty save from Charles Smith’s spot kick. Raphoe rallied after this and Paddy Gallagher got them back on level terms with a superb finish. Two second half goals won it for the team managed by Brian Dorrian, the first an excellent shot from 25 yards by Jason Noctor and the second a firm header from Conor Blain at the back post.

Convoy Arsenal 0

Curragh Athletic 1

M Lafferty 32

Curragh Athletic remain in third place after a single goal win at Convoy Arsenal.

The away team took the lead when Michael Lafferty tapped in from 10 yards. Convoy came more into the game in the second half and almost equalised when a dipping effort from Shane McLaughlin was plucked out of the top corner. 

Cappry Rovers 3

C McLaughlin 66; S McGlynn 84, 90

Gweedore United 1

E Ferry 49

Cappry Rovers left it late to secure the points against Gweedore United when two late goals from Shaun McGlynn secured the points.

Frank McGee missed an early Gweedore penalty, putting the ball wide of the post but managed to take the lead after half-time, when Eugene Noel Ferry scored.

Cappry got on level terms when a shot from Christopher McLaughlin went into the bottom corner of the net. The home side upped the ante in search of the winner and were rewarded when McGlynn was on hand to hammer the ball to the net. McGlynn got his second and Cappry’s third in added time.

Dunlewey Celtic 0

Donegal Town 3

D McGarrigle 30, S Kenny 55, B Byrne 70 Donegal Town came away with all three points as Dunlewey Celtic never got into the game.

The visitors got their first through Danny McGarrigle when he nodded home from close range. Donegal Town got their second when Stephen Kenny knocked in a cross and Benny Byrne got the third when he broke through.

CT Ball Division Two

Kerrykeel 1

M McAteer 9

Keadue Rovers 4

G Gallagher 30, 49; D Boyle 75, J Gallagher 90

League leaders Keadue Rovers stepped closer to the league title with a 4-1 win over Kerrykeel. 

Kerrykeel went in front on nine minutes when Jerome Burke pulled the ball back for Marty McAteer to fire home. Keadue drew level when Gary Gallagher fired home from close range. They took the lead with a quick counter attack with Doalty Boyle crossing for Gallagher to head home. Boyle put the game to bed on when he tapped in at the back post. Jake Gallagher scored a free-kick in the dying seconds.  

Drumbar United 1

C Nixon 27 (pen)

Bonagee United 0

Drumbar had their first home game since November on a sticky pitch and managed to beat Bonagee by a single goal.

The deadlock was broken when the lively David Giblin broke into the penalty area and was tripped. Ciaran Nixon converted the resulting penalty. The second half saw some half chances created by both sides as the pitch got heavier, Bonagee enjoyed some great possession but the home defence stood strong.

Copany Rovers 4

M McGrath 13, 68; D Graham 28; D Harron 58

Whitestrand United 2

M Sweeney 76, S Sweeeny 80

A late fightback by Whitestrand was not enough to gain anything from their fixture against Copany Rovers in Donegal Town.

Copany took the lead when Marty McGrath was first to capitalise on an under-hit backpass. David Graham fired home in emphatic fashion for 2-0. David Harron headed home a third after the break and were four goals to the good soon after - a super throughball from substitute Brian Travers found McGrath and he fired home from 25 yards with another clever finish. Whitestrand pulled one back when Michael Sweeney sent a drive from the edge of the area into the corner. Whitestrand reduced the deficit further when Stephen Sweeney found himself with space to score.

Ballybofey United 4

E McAuley 35 (pen), C Doherty 65, 72, B McMenamin 88

Letterbarrow Celtic 0

Ballybofey United maintained their promotion push when they defeated Letterbarrow Celtic at the Finn Valley Athletic Complex in Stranorlar on Sunday.

The home team took the lead when goalkeeper Eamonn McAuley converted a penalty. Substitute Conor Doherty got their second goal when he calmly picked his spot after been put through by Alan Patton.

Doherty got his second when Andrew Bonner cushioned the ball into his path and the striker made no mistake. Left-Back Bernard Mc Menamin completed the scoring when he deftly lifted the ball to score.

Cranford United 1

B Giles 22

Glenree United 2

P McGroddy 30, 85

A Patrick McGroddy brace helped Glenree win their local derby in a tight game away to their neighbours Cranford United.

The home team started brighter and Brendan Giles finished well from inside the box, after good work by Danny McBride, to give Cranford the lead.

Glenree levelled on the counter attack when McGroddy scored with a neat finish from the edge of the box. With five minutes remaining and the match looking like going to end in a draw, Glenree got the winner with McGroddy scoring from close range.

Downtown Cup Group A

Glencar Celtic 1

P Rafferty 14

Erne Wanderers 4

M Dorrian 1, 85; D Dolan 43; D McNulty 45+2

Erne Wanderers flew from the traps in their fine 4-1 away win at Glencar Celtic on Saturday.

The Ballyshannon side were one up in the first 30 seconds when Mark Dorrian converted a cross from David Dolan. Patrick Rafferty restored parity. Erne started to take charge after this and a mix-up between the defence and the keeper let David Dolan in to make it 2-1. Two minutes into first half stoppage time Darren McNulty scored again for the away team. Mark Dorrian got his second of the game to make it 4-1 and to end the game as a contest.

Deele Harps 2

D McNulty 30, S Gallagher 81

Glenea United Res 0

Deele Harps got back to winning ways with a goal in each half in a comfortable display at the Athletic Ground against Glenea United.

A great pass from Conor Catterson was taken first time by Daniel McNulty, who fired home to the top corner. Shane Gallagher to settle the game as he finished a one-on-one to secure the victory.

Downtown Cup Group B

Glenree United Res 2

J Rodgers 5, S Crompton 26

Castlefin Celtic Res 5

J McMenamin 20, B Dooher 44, G McNulty 75, 85, JP Logue 88

There were goals aplenty as Castlefin Celtic ran riot at Glenree United’s expense.

Glenree opened the scoring when John Rodgers curled in a free kick.  Jamie McMenamin equalised for the away team but Glenree regained the lead when Stephen Crompton headed in at the back post from a corner. Brian Dooher scored Castlefin’s second after some good build up play. Then, in the closing stages, Gary McNulty’s cross, aided by the wind, sailed into the top corner to give the away side the lead. McNulty scored his second when he finished well. A mix-up in the Glenree defence allowed John-Paul Logue to score a late fifth for Castlefin.  

Downtown Cup Group C

Tullyvinney Rovers 2

M Alexander 50; G Tinney 69

Kilmacrennan Celtic Res 5

J Gorman 12; K McMenamin 24; K McElhinney 35; I McElhinney 64; S O’Donnell 87

Kilmacrennan Celtic did the hard work in the opening half to post a 5-2 win at understrength Tullyvinney Rovers. 

James Gorman, Kevin McMenamin and Karl Mc Elhinney had the away team three up before the break. After half-time Tullyvinney came more into the game and eventually broke the visiting defence when Martin Alexander scored with a header from the edge of the six-yard box.

Kilmacrennan stretched their lead again when Ian McElhinney scored with a fine shot. Garvan Tinney scored Tullyvinney’s second goal five minutes later when he scored from an acute angle. The away side finished off the scoring when Shaun O’Donnell was on the mark.

Donegal Town Res 1

R Abdouladh 35

Mulroy Celtic 4

JP Malley 12, 43; P McElwaine 25, 66

Mulroy Celtic came away from the Hospital Field in Donegal Town with a comfortable win.

The visiting team went 2-0 up through JP Malley and then Packie McElwaine, both from crosses from the left wing - Malley’s a near post touch and McElwaine’s a header. Donegal Town pulled one back with a goal from Riadha Abdouladh.  Mulroy scored again before the break with a cracking over-headed kick from Malley, which looped over Mark Brown in the Donegal goals.  Malley scored again in the second half to complete the scoring

Downtown Cup Group D

Downtown United 1

S Toye 42

Gweedore Celtic Res 3

C Boyle 50, P McGarvey 55, W McBride 85 

Gweedore Celtic made the most of a reversed fixture to post a 3-1 win over Downtown United.

Downtown lost goalkeeper Liam McLaughlin on the half-an-hour mark when the custodian sustained a hand injury but opened the scoring when Stephen Toye reacted quickest in the box and chipped the ‘keeper to open the scoring.

Gweedore were back on level terms when a Cathal Boyle shot from 30 yards flew into the top corner giving stand-in ‘keeper Sean Sweeney no chance. They added their when Padraig McGarvey slotted home from 10 yards after a great run. Gweedore added there third in the when Willie McBride reacted quickest in a goalmouth scramble to slot home.

Gweedore United Res 3

M Byrne 32, 56; D McCafferty 60

Cranford United Res 0

Gweedore United lit up Carrickboyle on Friday night to defeat Cranford United under the floodlights.

The home side broke the deadlock when Matthew Byrne scored. The second came when Barney Logue’s pass was intercepted by Byrne, who made no mistake driving past Logue from close range to make it 2-0 and the third came from Danny McCafferty.