HOLDERS Milford United were knocked out of the Ulster Junior Cup by Lifford Celtic, while Glenea United maintain their place at the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division after coming from behind to defeat Dunkineely Celtic. Elsewhere, Rathmullan Celtic moved into second place thanks to a 3-2 win away to Gweedore Celtic after they had trailed 2-0.
Ulster Junior Cup
Milford United 1
Lifford Celtic 2
Milford United were defeated at home on Sunday by Lifford Celtic in the quarter-final of the Ulster Junior Cup.
The reigning champions took the lead mid-way through the first half when a well worked team goal was finished by Peter Doherty.
Lifford however hit a purple patch in the second half and a pair of goals from Gavin Gallagher and Damien Patton, within five minutes of each other, ensured their path through.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 1
Kilmacrennan crashed out of the Ulster cup after a poor performance against a spirited Killylough.
The opening goal came in the middle of the first half when Ronan Stirrat raced in front of the Kilmacrennan defence and coolly converted a Declan Treanor cross.
In the second half Kilmacrennanshowed some signs of urgency but were caught on the break when Emmet Crudden blasted home from close range.
The visitors caught Kilmacrennan on the break once again with five minutes remaining when an unmarked Declan Treanor finished from twelve yards.
Kilmacrennan were awarded a penalty with 90 minutes played when Timmy Burke was fouled in the box. Michael Mc Laughlin sent the keeper the wrong way.
Brian McCormick Premier Division
Glenea United 4
Dunkineely Celtic 2
Glenea are now four points clear at the top of the Premier Division after a hard-fought win over Dunkineely Celtic.
The home side started brightly and were rewarded on four minutes when Kevin Mulhern headed home a Denis Boyle free-kick.
Ryan McFadden was on hand to stab the ball home from close range from a Sean Coll cross for 2-0.
Dunkineely got themselves back into the game on 43 minutes when Andrew Nesbitt got onto a through ball and he slotted it home.
In the second half it was the away side that started well and equalised on 49 minutes when Andrew Ward took advantage of indecision in the home defence to force the ball into the net.
Glenea were rewarded on 70 minutes when Declan McGarvey’s through ball found John Harley, who laid it into the path of McFadden to slot the ball into the goal.
Glenea’s fourth goal came on 82 minutes when after good work down the left and McFadden drilled the ball across the face of the goal and Sean McBride was on hand to tap the ball home.
Gweedore Celtic 2
Rathmullan Celtic 3
Rathmullan Celtic came back from two down to come out on top in this game at An Screaban thanks to a late goal from their sweeper Patrick Patton.
The game hinged on three major decisions five minutes before half time. With Gweedore in a two goal-lead Rathmullan were handed a lifeline with the awarding of two penalties and the sending off of a Gweedore player for a hand ball.
The two penalties were well dispatched by Eoin Sheridan to leave it 2-2 at the break. Gweedore had raced into a lead after two minutes with Thomas Diver scoring after a great cross from Cathal Mulligan.
With Gweedore soaking up the pressure they hit the away team on the break when John Walsh finished from a Mulligan’s cross.
Watson Hire Division One
Donegal Town 4
Keadue Rovers 1
Donegal Town maintained their title challenge with a solid display at home against Keadue Rovers.
Benny Byrne broke the deadlock when he curled the ball past the keeper from outside the area. Keadue were right back in it when Sean Boyle fired home from a corner which Donegal failed to clear properly.
Donegal captain JP Byrne put the hosts back in front shortly after when he flicked home an excellent delivery from Danny McGarrigle. Benny Byrne put daylight between the sides when the ball bounced perfectly for him to smash an unstoppable left foot volley home.
Substitute Stephen Curneen sealed the victory when he headed home from a Conor McMonagle cross late on.
CT Ball Division Two
Drumbar United 0 Gweedore United 1
Gweedore United needed just a single goal to get the better of Drumbar United yesterday afternoon.
This was a hard fought match with few chances but the best of them coming to the very lively Ciaran McFadden.
He scored the only goal of the game after 75 minutes, this came after a good counter attack which fell to Mc Fadden who shot from 18 yards.
Dunlewy Celtic 0
Kerrykeel ‘71 kept their 100 per cent home record intact with a hard fought win over a strong Dunlewey outfit.
The ‘71 went in front on 38 minutes with the Club’s top goal scorer Johnny Friel firing an unstoppable shot past Lee McFadden.
Kerrykeel got the all important second on sixty nine minutes when brilliant work from Martin Mc Ateer set up Mark Friel who fired home from six yards.
The hosts killed the game off on seventy five minutes when Trevor Alcorn played in Martin Mc Ateer who cooly lobbed the keeper from 20 yards.
Convoy Arsenal 6
Copany Rovers 0
Convoy Arsenal had a resounding 6-0 home win against Copany Rovers yesterday at Orchard Park.
A low cross to the far post was met with a first time strike by Kieran Gillen to make it 1-0. Convoy went further ahead in the 23rd minute when a corner was sent home by Johnny Kee at the back post.
Convoy started the second half the same as the first and scored within seven minutes when Shane Mc Laughlin hammered the ball into the net from a corner.
Within 15 minutes of the second half it was 4-0 to Convoy when Chris Lynch collected a loose ball at the back post and fired home.
In the 69th minute Keelan Gillen crossed for Darren Harvey to drive the ball high into the net from the back post.
Micky Melaugh scored in the 72nd minute after harassing the Copany defence and pouncing on a loose ball.
Bonagee United 2
Glenree United 1
Bonagee United got a home win against Glenree United yesterday on a 2-1 scoreline.
Bonagee took the lead on 12 minutes when Kevin Doran won the ball wide on the left and cut inside and hammered home from 25 yards.
Glenree came close with strikes on goal from Daniel McGroddy, Michael Gallagher and Damien Nelis.
Bonagee got the second goal on the hour when Doran played a great through ball to Darren Coyle on the half way line and the Bonagee striker held off the defender and hammered the ball home from the edge of the box.
Glenree scored on 68 minutes when Nelis beat two defenders down the left and found Mc Groddy on the edge of the box and his shot found the bottom corner of the net.
Whitestrand United 0 Letterbarrow Celtic 1
Whitestrand today lost ground in the promotion push with a shock 1- 0 defeat against a battling Letterbarrow side .
Whitestrand deserved to lose a game in which they simply failed to turn up . The Letterbarrow winner came from a magnificent free-kick.
Old Orchard Inn Division One
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1
Ramelton Mariners 1
Castlefin and Ramelton played out a 1-1 draw in perfect conditions on Saturday in Parkview.
The hosts began the brighter of the two teams and took the lead with 15 minutes played when Mark Lafferty picked up the ball in midfield, skipped past two defenders and slotted into the net from 12 yards.
The visitors started the second half the brighter and their pressure was rewarded in the 65th minutes when a cross from the left was turned in by Corey McCahill.
Erne Wanderers 5
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 1
Erne Wanderers went a step closer to securing the league title on Saturday when they defeated Kilmacrennan at the Lakeside.
Erne took the lead on 20 minutes when Michael Ward squared for Peter McGonigle to side foot into the bottom corner.
The second half started with Kilmacrennan levelling matters when JJ Fleming scored at the near post.
Ward then scored straight away when Eamon Cleary squared to him. Cleary then added the third goal five minutes later.
Ryan O’Brien added number four on 65 minutes. The scoring was complete on 80 minutes when Diarmuid Spratt raced clear to cooly finish across the keeper.
Glenea United 3 Mulroy Celtic 2
Glenea reserves continued their good run of form with this hard earned victory against Mulroy Celtic.
On 30 minutes Mulroy took the lead when the home defence failed to deal with a ball into the box and it broke to Kevin Shiels. He fired home from the edge of the area.
Glenea equalised two minutes later when after good work down the right Martin Doohan’s cross was slid home by Michael McClafferty at the back post.
In the second half Glenea continued to take the game to the visitors and went close on a number of occasions. Mulroy were content to play on the break looking to pinch a goal.
Glenea took the lead on 65 minutes when Shane Coll’s free-kick was headed home by Shane Ferry. Mulroy almost equalized on 70 minutes when Cillian Talbot got through and rounded the keeper but saw his effort cleared off the line by John Harley.
Glenea extended their lead on 85 minutes when Shane Ferry got onto Sean Sweeney’s through ball and he slotted the ball home.
Mulroy pulled a second goal back in the last minute when Cillian Talbot finished neatly from the edge of the box.
Glencar Inn Division Two
Tullyvinney Rovers 0 Glenree United Reserves 3
Glenree United left Tullyvinney Rovers with three goals and three points on Saturday.
In the 22nd minute the Tullyvinney defence failed to control a high ball and Vinnie McLaughlin opened the scoring for Glenree.
Two minutes into the second half and Tullyvinney were again caught sleeping in defence leaving Kevin Doherty free at the back post to score from close range.
In the 80th minute Vinnie McLaughlin secured all three points for Glenree when the Tullyvinney offside trap was broke down and he raced through to score from an acute angle.
Donegal Town 1
Milford United 2
Milford United left the Hospital Field with the three points after a hard fought victory.
The opening goal went to Milford, a corner headed home at the back post by Benny McGinley.
Just before half time Milford put themselves into a commanding position when Ciarán McGinley’s well placed header nestled in the bottom corner.
Donegal reacted well in the second half and forced the game. David Bustard broke the offside trap to round the keeper and get the hosts back into it.
Keadue Rovers 3 Gweedore United 0
Keadue Rovers were impressive winners at Central Park on Saturday.
On 27 minutes Keadue went ahead with Luke Neely’s shot going under the keeper.
Into the second half and on 55 minutes Neely struck from close range following a fine move. On the hour Keadue made the game safe when Darragh Hanlon headed home from a rebounded shot.
Downtown Cup Group C
Downtown United 1 Deele Harps 1
The final game in Group C finished all level after a tough entertaining match at Errigal College between Downtown United and Deele Harps.
Deele opened the scoring after only 10 minutes when a corner to the back post was headed home.
As half time approached Downtown got themselves back on level terms when a ball down the left from Nicky Mc Garrigle found Bonner who drove a low hard cross into the box where Luke Friel slotted home at the back post.