Derry City reserves remain top of Ulster Senior League

DERRY CITY RESERVES remain four points clear at the top of the Ulster Senior League when they defeated Buncrana Hearts to by two goals to one on Sunday.

DERRY CITY RESERVES remain four points clear at the top of the Ulster Senior League when they defeated Buncrana Hearts to by two goals to one on Sunday.

Derry City Reserves 3

M Duffy 40, 70; C O’Brien 85

Buncrana Hearts 1

Leaders Derry City continued their impressive start to the season with a good win over visiting Buncrana Hearts thanks to two Michael Duffy goals.

Derry took the lead when Conor Harkin’s cross was met by Duffy and a great header beat the keeper. Duffy doubled Derry’s lead in the 70th minute by finishing a great through ball by Tony McNamee. Five minutes from time, Cormac O’Brien scored a goal after good play by McNamee. Buncrana finally scored in 89 minutes.

Bonagee United 1

G Magee 89

Letterkenny Rovers 4

G Cullen 36; D Walsh pen 44, 75; R Carlin 86

Letterkenny Rovers gained some revenge for their Knockalla Caravans Cup final defeat against Bonagee United after an easy derby win.

Graham Cullen scored against his former team, following a pass from Davitt Walsh. Rovers doubled their advantage just a minute before half-time from the penalty spot. Substitute Steve Okakpu raced into the box but was upended by Ryan Rainey. Walsh took the resulting spot-kick to make it 2-0 at half time.  Goal number three arrived when Walsh got his second of the game after he eased his way in from the right side and curled a shot past Bonagee keeper, Darren Smyth.  Letterkenny got their fourth in the 86th minute, this time Ryan Carlin capitalised on a short backpass from a Bonagee defender, to round Smyth and roll the ball into the net. 

Bonagee claimed a consolation in the final minute.  Greg Magee picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner past James Gallagher. 

Best for Bonagee was Darek Frankowski, while Odhran McMacken and Davitt Walsh played well for Letterkenny.  

Bonagee United: Darren Smyth, JP Doran (Bernard McMenamin), Ryan Rainey, Glen Rainey (Anthony Appiah), Darek Frankowski, Jamie Lynagh, Jason Ashmore, Greg Magee, Aidan McLaughlin, Dean Larkin, Seamus Cusack (Darren Ashmore).

Letterkenny Rovers: James Gallagher, Conal McGonigle, Dan O’Donnell, Jonathan Minnock, Glenn Hamilton, Chris Malseed (Ryan Carlin), Mark Forker, Odhran McMacken, Davitt Walshe (Jamie Doherty), Graham Cullen, Mark Harkin (Steve Okakpu).

Swilly Rovers 1

M McDaid 71

Cockhill Celtic 2

G Gill 21; A O’Donnell 89

There was victory for the Inishowen men in a very entertaining game at Swilly Park. 

Cockhill went ahead on 21 minutes when Gerry Gill fired home a superb 25-yard free kick. Cockhill’s Aidan O’Donnell tested Gareth Wade in the Swilly goal with a fine effort but Wade was equal to the task.  Marty McDaid and Micheal Doherty both tested former Swilly goalkeeper John Roulstone just before the break. Swilly equalised on 71 minutes when goalkeeper Gareth Wade’s long kick-out released Marty McDaid and he scored from close range. Roulstone, in the final 15 minutes, denied Terence Shiels and Laurence Toland with two superb stops.  The winner arrived in injury time, when Aidan O’Donnell fired home as Swilly defenders appealed for offside but match referee Tommy McAree was not for turning. Despite recent comments to the contrary, the pitch was in excellent playing condition. Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Ronan Gibson, Terence Shields, Columba O’Donnell, Ruari Kelly, Ryan Toland, Marty McDaid, Keith Hegarty, Micheal Doherty, Laurence Toland, Kyle Black. Sub: Dylan Hegarty.

Cockhill Celtic: John Roulstone, Keelan McLaughlin, William O’Connor, Willie McLaughlin, Malachy McDermott, James Bradley, Gerry Gill, Liam O’Donnell, Aiden O’Donnell, Gerard McLaughlin, Johnny Bonner. Subs: Peter Doherty, Derek Doherty, Christy McLaughlin, Paul McKinney, Oisin McColgan, Greg Shields, Leo McColgan.

Drumkeen United 1

C Carlin 65

Fanad United 2

G Friel 30; E Kelly 42

Reigning champions Fanad United ground out their second win of the season against Drumkeen on Sunday.

After a 2-1 win on opening day against the same opposition, Fanad went into the lead on the half-hour. After a strong run down the right side by Gareth Friel, he played a one-two on the edge of the box with Eunan Kelly. Friel then shot past Paul McCauley to give Fanad a 1-0 lead. In the 42nd minute, a Fanad won a corner that Drumkeen failed to clear, the ball then fell at the feet of Eunan Kelly, who scored Fanad’s second on the stroke of half time to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.

In the 65th minute a through ball from Mark Marley found Conor Carlin, who ran in to score. Drumkeen were all over Fanad in the last 15 minutes but could not get a deserved equaliser.

DPD First Division

Drumkeen United 0

Bonagee United 3

J Boland 30, 38, 60

Bonagee United enjoyed a comfortable away win over Drumkeen United as Jason Boland scored a hat-trick.

It was Bonagee that made the break through when a good ball from Stephen Keys found the impressive Boland who shot home to give the away team the lead. Bonagee went two up when Boland scored his second and the same player added a third after the break.

Swilly Rovers 1

E Diver 44

Kildrum Tigers 3

W Lynch, D Crossan and K Doran

A triple substitution midway through the second half by Kildrum player-manager Johnny McGinty sealed a fine win for the St Johnston men in a entertaining game at Swilly Park.

William Lynch of Kildrum, Ronan Curtis of Swilly both went close in the first half with two fine efforts just wide. Swilly went ahead on 44 minutes when Eunan Diver converted a penalty with aplomb, after a foul on Dylan Hegarty.

William Lynch, Damien Crossan and Kevin Doran finished with long range efforts near the end to seal the points.  Crossan, Gary Crossan and McGinty came on with Kildrum 1-0 down and this changed the game.

Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Anthony Fisher, Johnny Boyle, Dylan Hegarty, Dylan Quinn, David Fisher, Paul Fisher, Barry Mooney, Ronan Curtis, Eunan Diver, Ryan McDaid.

Kildrum Tigers: Michael Lynch, Barry O’Donnell, Kevin McBrearty, Shane Porter, Conor Crossan, Glen Bovaird, Kevin Browne, Paul Toland, Kevin Doran, William Lynch, Gareth Colhoun.


4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Bonagee United 1-4 Letterkenny Rovers

Derry City Reserves 3-1 Buncrana Hearts

Drumkeen United 1-2 Fanad United

Swilly Rovers 1-2 Cockhill Celtic

DPD First Division

Swilly Rovers 1-3 Kildrum Tigers

*Drumkeen United 0-3 Bonagee United

*Match abandoned due to serious injury suffered by Drumkeen player


Wednesday, 7:30pm

4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Kildrum Tigers v Drumkeen, P Duddy Derry City v Swilly Rovers, T Moyne Letterkenny Rovers v Buncrana Hearts, T. McAree Fanad United v Bonagee United, P Coll

Saturday, 7pm

Swilly Rovers v Bonagee United, T Moyne

DPD First Division

Friday, 7:30pm

Bonagee United v Swilly Rovers, T McAree

Saturday, 2pm

Kildrum Tigers Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers Reserves, D McCafferty

Saturday, 6pm

Donegal News League Cup semi-finals

(Extra-time and penalties)

Saturday, 6pm

Kildrum Tigers v Letterkenny Rovers

T McAree; S Toner and C McLaughlin

Sunday, 2pm

Fanad United v Drumkeen United

P Duddy; P Coll and D McCafferty