DERRY CITY RESERVES still remain in a strong position at the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League despite being held to a 2-2 home draw against Cockhill Celtic.
Derry City Reserves 2
Cockhill Celtic 2
Cockhill will feel slightly disappointed going away from the Brandywell with only a point in their 2-2 draw with the table toppers.
Derry opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Ramelton native Tony McNamee cut in from the right and clipped the ball into the box to brother Barry, as the Cockhill defence appealed for handball the referee waved play on and he shot low past John Roulstone.
Cockhill levelled the game on 38 minutes when Paul McKinney and Kieran McLaughlin linked up well on the right before the latter released striker Gerard McLaughlin. His well struck effort was saved but Kieran McLaughlin shot the rebound low into the bottom left.
On 55 minutes Cockhill went in front when a long clearance from Roulstone was flicked on by striker McLaughlin to Aiden O’Donnell who made his way into the box and after rounding his marker shot low into the bottom corner. With 10 minutes left Tony McNamee picked up possession wide on the left and after tricking his way passed his marker made his way into the box to shot low to the corner but with Cockhill keeper Roulstone only able to get a hand on it and Raymond Foy was alert in the six-yard box to toe poke home from close range.
Swilly win at Station Road
Jason Gibson’s Swilly Rovers triumphed by the odd goal in five against Kildrum Tigers in an exciting game.
Kildrum Tigers 2
Swilly Rovers 3
Former Derry City midfielder Darren McCready tested Gareth Wade in the Swilly goals on 10 minutes, and he produced a stunning save. Kildrum went ahead on 25 minutes when Ronan Coyle burst into the Swilly penalty area and finished with aplomb from 15 yards.
On 33 minutes Swilly Rovers were level after Michéal Doherty’s free-kick found Ronan Curtis in space and he produced a lovely cheeky back-heel into the net.
On 35 minutes Swilly’s Ruairi Kelly hooked the ball off his own goal line as Gavin Doherty’s effort was goal-bound. Then, Kyle Black’s backward header was well-saved by Michael Lynch in the Kildrum goal.
On 72 minutes Kildrum’s Darren Cassidy cut in from the right and produced a stunning pile-driver high into the roof of the net for a brilliant goal. Four minutes later Laurence Toland crossed from the left, and Ronan Curtis headed home in some style from six yards. The winning goal came in the 88th minute when Marty McDaid threaded through a superb defence-splitting pass to Doherty, who rounded the goalkeeper for a cool finish.
Kildrum Tigers: Michael Lynch, Barry O’Donnell, Darren Cassidy, Ciaran Doherty, Johnny McGinty, Neil Lloyd, Darren McCreadie, Damien Crossan, Gavin Doherty, Ronan Coyle, Oisin McMenamin. Sub: Cormac Carlin.
Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Ronan Gibson, Laurence Toland, Columba O’Donnell, Ruairi Kelly, Marty McDaid, Keith Hegarty, Kyle Black, Darren Dunworth, Ronan Curtis, Micheal Doherty. Sub: Dylan Hegarty (used).
Referee: Terence Moyne.
Drumkeen extract their revenge
Just two weeks after suffering defeat in the Ulster Senior League Cup at the hands of Letterkenny Rovers, Drumkeen United responded in emphatic fashion to record arguably their most impressive result of the season.
Letterkenny Rovers 1
Drumkeen United 5
Perhaps, the pivotal moment in the game was Richie Moore’s superb headed goal on the stroke of half-time that gave Drumkeen the lead going into the break and Benny Bonner’s hard working side never relinquished control of the match from that point on. The game had been a fairly close contest for the opening forty-five minutes. Rovers created some early chances only for Cormac Carlin to ease in behind the home defence and break the deadlock on 28 minutes. The sides were level ten minutes later when Glenn Hamilton powered a header past Paul McCauley from a Jonathan Minnock corner. But, it was another set piece that restored the visitors’ advantage as Moore’s near post header from a Carlin corner was well placed into the net. Rovers had early chances in the second half through Jamie Doherty and Hamilton to restore parity before a terrific strike from Jamie Gallagher on 50 minutes gave Drumkeen further breathing space. And they wrapped up the points with late goals from Carlin and also Chris Kyle to put a real shine to the scoreline and leave Rovers reflecting on another home defeat.
Away win for Bonagee United
Buncrana Hearts suffered another home defeat despite a strong second half performance, losing 3-1 against Bonagee United.
Buncrana Hearts 1
Bonagee United 3
Neither side performed overly well in the opening exchanges, with not a single chance of note in the opening 15 minutes. Bonagee however hit the front towards the 20 minute mark, when Darren Ashmore rounded Hearts keeper Shane O’Gara and slotted the ball into an empty net. Ten minutes later, Gareth Brown doubled the visitors’ lead, firing low past O’Gara from inside the penalty area.
The second half saw a massive change in Hearts. Gerard Boyle brought a good save out of the Bonagee keeper, before Declan Fullerton had a shot blocked by Noel O’Donnell. However, the Hearts were the creators of their own downfall when a surging run by Brown was halted by Robbie Fullerton inside the box, and from the resulting spot-kick, Bonagee right-back Greg Magee made no mistake.
Bonagee looked happy to defend their lead, and produced a number of brave blocks from Hearts efforts. As time wore on, Buncrana became more desperate to score and McDermott had a long range effort come off the post with Harley beaten.
In the dying minutes, Bonagee’s Jason Ashmore was given his marching orders by referee Paul Duddy after an altercation with a number of Hearts players. Shortly after, McDermott scored a consolation goal for the Hearts, as he curled a wonderful effort into the top corner from 25 yards out.
DPD First Division
A very entertaining game at sun drenched Swilly Park where youth certainly got it’s chance finished all square.
Swilly Rovers Reserves 2
Bonagee United Reserves 2 Swilly went ahead on 28 minutes when clever work by Eunan Diver released Ronan Curtis. His shot was parried by John Carr in the Bonagee goal but Ryan McDaid finished well from close range.
It was two on 36 minutes, Diver again the provider setting up McDaid who scored from close range.
Mark Graham, with a fine 25-yard drive, brought Bonagee back to 2-1 on 43 minutes. Bonagee equalised on 86 minutes after a controversial throw-in was awarded to Bonagee’s Jordan Toye who headed home from close range.
Strong protests by Swilly but referee Mc Aree was not for turning. Match referee Tommy McAree. Best for Swilly Rovers were Ciaran Diver, James McCahill and Ronan Curtis. Best for Bonagee were Noel O’Donnell, John Carr and Mark Graham.
4 Lanterns USL
Buncrana Hearts 1-3 Bonagee United
Derry City Reserves 2-2 Cockhill Celtic
Kildrum Tigers 2-3 Swilly Rovers
Letterkenny Rovers 1-5 Drumkeen United
DPD Couriers First Division
Kildrum Tigers Reserves 1-0 Letterkenny Rovers Reserves
Swilly Rovers Reserves 2-2 Bonagee United
4 Lanterns USL
Derry City Reserves v Buncrana Hearts - T Moyne
Letterkenny Rovers v Bonagee United - S Toner
Swilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic - P Coll
Fanad United v Drumkeen United - P Duddy
Derry City Reserves v Swilly Rovers - S Toner
Buncrana Hearts v Letterkenny Rovers - P Melaugh
Bonagee United v Fanad United - P Coll
Drumkeen United v Kildrum Tigers - T McAree
DPD First Division
Letterkenny Rovers Reserves v Swilly Rovers Reserves - P Duddy
Kildrum Tigers Reserves v Drumkeen United Reserves - T Moyne
Ulster Senior League table
P W L D F A GD PTS
Derry City 14 10 1 3 43 21 22 33
Kildrum Tigers 15 7 3 5 35 24 11 26
Cockhill Celtic 16 7 4 4 32 22 10 25*
Swilly Rovers 15 6 4 5 33 28 5 23
Letterkenny Rovers 14 7 6 1 25 27 -2 22
Fanad United 14 6 4 3 17 19 -2 21*
Drumkeen United 16 5 9 2 36 41 -5 17
Buncrana Hearts 15 2 10 3 21 37 -16 9
Bonagee United 15 3 12 0 25 48 -23 9
(*Cockhill Celtic v Fanad United game on June 6 null and void)
Leading league goalscorers
14 - Michael Duffy (Derry City Reserves)
9 - Aiden O’Donnell (Cockhill Celtic), Conor Carlin (Drumkeen United), Richie Moore (Drumkeen United), Ronan Coyle (Kildrum Tigers)
8 - Ryan Curran (Derry City Res.)
7 - Gerry Gill (Cockhill Celtic), Sean Ferry (Drumkeen United)