The main talking point of Sunday’s action in the Donegal Junior Football League was the introduction of Strand Rovers from Maghery.
Brian McCormick Cup
Strand Rovers 0 Keadue Rovers 3
Strand Rovers made a losing start to life in the junior bracket against their neighbours Keadue Rovers.
It was played in good conditions and in good spirits with the away team’s scorers Adam Neely, Donal Rodgers penalty and Ryan Greene.
Dunlewy Celtic 2 Arranmore United 3
Arranmore United have returned to Saturday football but they got their Brian McCormick Sports Cup off to a wining start on Sunday at Dunlewey Celtic.
It was the visitors who took the lead with Geared Diver providing the killer pass for Mark Ward to convert.
The home side drew level when Michael McLaughlin drilled home from a Christy Cannon cross.
It was Christy Cannon himself who then put the home side ahead after a great move .
Arranmore got back on level terms when a kick out from keeper Hugo Cannon landed at the feet of Geared Diver who in turn knocked it swiftly back goal wards and caught out the home keeper.
The game’s last attack saw the visitors brake the offside trap and Chris McGlanaghey beat the approaching keeper to give the visitors a hard earned victory.
Orchard FC 4 Mulroy Celtic 0
Orchard collected all three points at home after a big win over Mulroy Celtic.
It took until the 35th minute for Orchard to open the scoring when Redmond Doherty fired home from the edge of the box.
Niall Bonner made it two when he slotted past the keeper from close range.
Then Stefan Gillan made it three on 78 minutes when he collected Joe McCarron’s cross field ball.
In the 85th minute Eddie McLaughlin slotted home from six yards after some good play by Niall Bonner.
Rathmullan Celtic 1 Bonagee United 1
Played in a blustery conditions, both Rathmullan Celtic and Bonagee United served up an entertaining encounter.
Shortly after the break the opening goal arrived when a free kick from Darren Ashmore found Ian Strain’s net from 30 yards.
That woke Rathmullan up but they had to wait until the 80th minute before evergreen Mark Curran found space in the box to beat Paul Doherty at his near post.
Milford United 2 Glencar Celtic 2
Glencar came to Milford and left with a point after a hard fought contest with a share of the spoils a fair result.
Glencar took the lead after 20 minutes when Stephen Browne volleyed home.
Milford got back on level terms on 55 minutes when Lee Burke finished well from a Johnny Sweeney through ball.
Glencar responded five minutes later when Stephen Browne finished excellently past Caolan Mc Gettigan.
PJ Hagan levelled the game on 80 minutes, lobbing the keeper from 20 yards.
Gweedore Celtic 8 Glenree United 1
A five goal salvo by Colin Ferry gave Gweedore Celtic a convincing victory over Glenree United.
Gweedore opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Ferry sent a looping header over the keeper from Brendan McGeady’s cross.
The second goal arrived five minutes before the break with Ferry again the marksman.
Ferry completed his hat-trick on 50 minutes. With the home team well on top now Ferry bagged his fourth on 55minutes. Five minutes later Ferry fed John Walsh to fire home.
The best goal arrived on sixty five minutes when Ferry fired into the top corner from the edge of the box.
McGeady and Jamie Boyle completed the scoring for Gweedore. Damien Nelis scored a late consolation for Glenree.
Cranford United 1 Glenea United 3
Cranford opened their season with this Brian McCormick Cup loss against a Glenea United team in superb conditions at Cranford Park.
Both teams started cautiously but they game sparked into life when Darren Mc Geever scored from the penalty spot for Glenea on 15 minutes.
The second half saw a free kick for Glenea that was scored by Darren McGeever to put two between the teams.
Good work by Hughie Bradley and Brendan Giles resulted in a Cranford penalty, which Philip Buchanan dispatched to put the minimum between the teams with 15 minutes remaining.
However the game was put to bed when Donal Coll scored a screamer from 30 yards which was worth the admission fee on its own.
Tullyvinney Rovers 1 Deele Harps 1
There was nothing between neighbours Tullyvinney Rovers and Deele Harps.
The second half started and it was end to end stuff but in the 65th minute a through ball played by Denis McBride was latched onto by Adam Gardiner and he was upended in the box by the Deele keeper .Up stepped Anthony Dignam to blast home the penalty.
Deele pressed forward in the remaining minutes and they drew level with the last kick of the game when a throw-in from Paul Lynch was not cleared and it fell to James Mc Nulty who blasted home.
Lifford Celtic 5 Convoy Arsenal 1
Brian McCormick Premier Division champions Lifford Celtic enjoyed a comfortable win over Convoy Arsenal.
Lifford took the lead against when Johnny Robb beat the offside trap to finish neatly.
Lifford’s lead didn’t last long as Convoy’s reply was immediate when Brian Harvey equalised from the edge of the box.
Johnny Robb struck his and Lifford’s second on the 30-minute mark after good approach play from Cian Patton and Declan Laverty.
Robb grabbed his hat-trick on the hour mark as he cut in from the left following a through ball from Stuart Carlin to finish to the bottom corner.
As the game was coming to a close Lifford added on two further goals as Robb grabbed his fourth and Johnny Mahon got on the score sheet to leave the score 5-1.
Curragh Athletic 4 Ballybofey United 0
Curragh strolled to an easy victory over neighbours Ballybofey United in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup.
Eddie Moore opened the scoring on 33 minutes when he headed home a rebound from the crossbar.
It was two on 43 minutes when Ryan Carlin drilled home. John McLaughlin then headed in on 76 minutes before the same player scored the goal of the match on 86 minutes.
Drumoghill FC 2 Raphoe Town 2
The spoils were deservedly shared as Drumoghill twice came back against Raphoe Town to secure a share of the points thanks to a brace from Jason Burke.
Raphoe opened the scoring on 22 minutes through a Paddy Gallagher free kick after Emmet Kelly was upended on the edge of box.
Gallagher’s strike was firmly hit and although Mc Cready got hands on it, he was unable to prevent it from going into the net.
The lead was short-lived though as Drumoghill restored parity seven minutes later, Jason Gibson and Stephen Davenport combined well to send Jason Burke clear and the striker hammered home from 12 yards to level the scores at the break.
Raphoe took the lead after a mix-up at the back allowed Mark Bogle all the freedom in the world to put Raphoe back into the ascendency on 57 minutes.
Drumoghill though lack nothing in character and forced a second equaliser when Burke flicked in at the back post from McIntyre’s 80th minute corner to secure his side a valuable point.
Cappry Rovers 3
Fintown Harps AFC 1
Cappry Rovers defeated Fintown Harps 3-1 in an entertaining game in the Brian Mc Cormick in Cappry Park on Sunday.
The opening goal arrived in the 37th minute following a cross from Aaron Kelly, the ball was bundled home from close range by Kyle Lafferty.
Dylan Ramsey got Cappry’s second goal in the 42nd minute when he shot to the bottom corner of the net.
Cappry went in front when a penalty kick was scored by Brian Delaney.
The hosts secured the points in the 87th minute when following a rebound substitute Pete Lafferty, who was also making his debut for the seniors, scored from close range.
Eany Celtic 1
Dunkineely Celtic 5
A young Eany Celtic side were well beaten a strong Dunkineely side in their first home match of the season in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup.
The visitors got the perfect start through Andrew Mackey on 10 minutes, with Ciaran Kennedy adding a second six minutes later. Barry Rose got one back for Eany on the half hour mark .
Eany came out looking for the equaliser from the start of the second half and were caught out by a counterattack from which Colm Mc Nicklaus got the first of his brace.
He followed up quickly with his second ten minutes later. Alan Lyons got Dunkineely’s fifth in the 80th minute .
Donegal Town 0
Copany Rovers 4
A weakened Donegal Town side lost out to Copany Rovers in a reversed fixture.
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze Copany dominated the early stages and took the lead when David Graham finished well at the front post.
Copany doubled their lead from the spot when Clarke was brought down inside the area.
Graham stepped up to score his second and it stayed that way until half time.
Graham completed his hat-trick just after half time when he prodded home from inside the area after good work wide on the left hand side.
Due to an injury Donegal played the majority of the second half with 10 men but the win was sealed in stoppage time when Copany added a fourth goal.