GLENEA UNITED moved to the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division for the first time this season although was it a case of one point gained or two dropped against Kilmacrennan Celtic?
Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2
E Doherty 75, 90
Glenea United 2
McFadden pen 48; D McGeever 60 Glenea United squandered a two-goal lead at Kilmacrennan Celtic but it was enough for them to move a point clear at the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division.
After a scoreless first half, the second was a tense affair as Glenea seemed somewhat cautious. However, they were awarded a penalty on the hour mark as Ryan McBrearty was adjudged to have pulled Barry McGinley down in the penalty box. McFadden picked himself up and slotted the penalty into the back of the net. The hosts continued to push but were caught when Shaun Maguire’s pass found Darren McGeever at the back post to leave the score 2-0. Kilmacrennan found the back of the net through Eddie Doherty. With time almost up, Kilmacrennan were awarded a free-kick on the half way line. Hugh Gorman, standing in for the suspended Kilmacrennan manager Sean Sandilands, pushed everyone forward however Doherty somehow found space in the Glenea defence and volleyed home.
Milford United 3
M Flood 10; B Murray 27; PJ Hagan 60
Lagan Harps 0
Milford eased to victory with a very routine victory over an understrength Lagan Harps side to consolidate third place.
The home side started the brightest and took the lead when Mark flood cracked home a free kick from all of 35 yards into the top corner of Damian Mc Fadden’s net. Milford doubled their lead when Flood and PJ Hagan combined well with flood sending Hagan through on goal only to see his shot well saved but the rebound fell to Brendan Murray. who dispatched the ball into the bottom corner. Hagan got the goal that his hard work deserved after the break.
Eany Celtic 2
B Tourish og 48; M Ward pen 70
Castlefin Celtic 1
E White 6
Eany Celtic eased their relegation worries to move level on points with Castlefin Celtic.
The visitors were first on the score-sheet when Emmet White found the net with a long-range shot. Early in the second half a low Eany cross was directed to the net by the Castlefin player Barry Tourish to make the game level. Eany were playing better football at this stage and Aidan Meehan was pushed over in the box and Mark Ward scored the penalty.
Lifford Celtic 3
D Patton 23; J Patton 50, 70;
Drumoghill FC 1
R Tinney 20
Lifford Celtic got a much needed win to move out of the bottom two and leave Drumoghill rooted to the bottom of the table.
Richard Tinney, with a tap-in, gave the visitors the lead. The goal seemed to spark Lifford into action and they drew level when Damien Patton scored. In the second half it was all Lifford with Mark Neeson pulling the strings in the middle of the park. He sent Jude Patton through and with work to do but Patton finished like a pro. With Lifford on top and pushing hard the ball broke again and it was Patton who finished well to make it 3-1.
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Convoy Arsenal 0
Rathmullan Celtic 7
E Sheridan 10, pen 34; R Connolly 27, 60, pen 65; D Patton 70, 80 The form book was adhered to at Orchard Park in Convoy as Ryan Connolly’s treble helped table toppers Rathmullan Celtic hammer the side on the bottom, Convoy Arsenal.
Rathmullan took the lead when the Convoy defence stood still to let Eamon Sheridan score with a free header from six yards. Connolly doubled the lead when he converted from the six -yard box and Eamon Sheridan converted a penalty for the travelling side for a 3-0 interval lead. Connolly scored his second and Rathmullan’s fourth with a great strike to the top corner from 25 yards and completed his hat-trick when he converted the second penalty of the match. Darragh Patton added two goals in the final quarter.
Cappry Rovers 0
St Catherine’s 2
C Blaine 73, 78 St Catherine’s remain in a good position to gain automatic promotion thanks to a 2-0 away win at Cappry Rovers.
The hosts certainly had their chances to get in front but were made pay in the final 17 minutes when Brian Dorrian’s team scored twice. Conor Blaine put the visitors in front when he chipped Gareth Patton in the Cappry goal from 15 yards. The Killybegs team increased their lead when Blaine beat the offside trap to score to the bottom corner of the net. Cappry tried to get a goal back but to no avail.
CT Ball Division Two
Ballybofey United 0
Cranford United 1
J Gallagher 70
Cranford United moved into joint-second place with Ballybofey United thanks to a 1-0 win against the Twin Towns outfit.
The turning point came when Ballybofey goalkeeper Eamonn McAuley was sent off for a foul on Cranford’s mid-season acquisition Philip Buchanan. Cranford got the decisive goal when Danny McBride sent a good cross into the penalty area and Joe Gallagher arrived at the back post to head the visitors into the lead.
Copany Rovers 2
D Graham 53, 68
Glenree United 4
G Ward og 14; D Coyle 26; P McGroddy pen 37, J Doherty 59 Glenree United’s 4-2 win at Copany Rovers means they are still in the promotion chase at the top of the table.
The away team took the lead on following an own goal from goalkeeper luckless goalkeeper Gary Ward. The visitors went two up when Damien Coyle broke through unopposed and sent a low drive home. Paddy McGroddy’s penalty made it 3-0, an incident that also saw Copany lose a player to a red card. Copany grabbed a lifeline when Marty McGrath broke into the box and squared for David Graham to tap home at the back post but Glenree added a fourth when John Doherty capitalised on a bad defensive error to fire home. Graham grabbed his second when he got on the end of a flick-on and fired into the corner of the net.
Drumbar United 0
Whitestrand FC 0
There was nothing to separate Drumbar United and Whitestand United as the game ended in stalemate.
Drumbar started this game very well and were nearly rewarded when Danny Hughes ran through and hit the crossbar. Hughes had another great chance when he broke through again and shot from distance this time hitting the upright.
Kerrykeel 71 FC 3
M McHugh 15; S Friel 20, 80;
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
A McGinley 68 Kerrykeel 71 finished their home campaign with a fine win over Letterbarrow Celtic.
The deadlock was broke on fifteen minutes when Brian Mc Bride played a superb through ball to Sean Callaghan and he squared for Mark McHugh to fire home from six yards. It was two soon after when Sean Friel broke down the left side and fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Letterbarrow got back into the game when Anthony Mc Ginley broke the off-side trap and slotted passed Mark McConigley. Kerrykeel wrapped up the points when Friel found himself in space and cooly put the ball over the keeper.
Ulster Junior Cup
Gweedore Celtic 2
D Diver 43, T Diver pen 47
Moville Celtic 3
McMonagle 62, S Cannon 80; A Orr 102 An extra time goal by Alan Orr paved the way for Moville Celtic to move into the semi-finals of the Ulster Cup after they came from 2-0 down at Gweedore Celtic. After the break, Tomas Diver’s spot kick was converted following a hand ball in the box. Fifteen minutes later the lead was cut to one when Mc Monagle scored from a close range. The visitors were level when Shane Cannon’s shot went in off the post. It seemed to be heading for penalties but a good goal by Adrian Orr sealed the issue although Gweedore had a chance in the last minute when a David McGee header came off the post