THE Donegal News League Cup saw wins for Cockhill Celtic, Letterkenny Rovers and Drumkeen United over the weekend.
Cockhill Celtic FC 2
(P McKinney 38, G Friel 63)
Swilly Rovers FC 0
Cockhill Celtic recorded a 2-0 home victory over Swilly Rovers in the Donegal News League Cup.
A goal in each half from strikers Paul McKinney and Garbhain Friel was enough to see them past a gallant Rovers side.
The home side struck the opener on 38 minutes when, after the Rovers defence failed to clear a Friel cross from the right, McKinney pounced on the loose ball to smash it high into the net from eight yards.
The second half was only five minutes old when Cockhill’s Friel clipped a neat cross to the back post but Doherty’s header was over the bar. Swilly again struggled to get going in the second period and their only outlet was long ball to Curtis in attack.
On 53 minutes Cockhill’s Liam O’Donnell let fly with a shot from 25 yards but with Wade beaten the ball crashed off the crossbar, McKinney was ruled offside when he headed the loose ball into the unguarded net.
The home side scored the second goal on 63 minutes when Jimmy Bradley played the ball to Friel inside the area but as the defenders pushed him away from goal the big striker found space to drill home.
Letterkenny Rovers 1
(J Minnock 68)
Derry City Reserves 0
A spectacular winner from Jonathan Minnock gave Letterkenny Rovers the perfect start to the defence of their Donegal News Ulster Senior League Cup with victory over Derry City at Leckview Park yesterday.
With just over 20 minutes remaining, the former Finn Harps defender cracked home a wonderful left footed strike from 20 yards to edge the clash.
Indeed, only for an inspired performance from the former Manchester United Academy goalkeeper Joe Coll – making his debut for the Candystripes – the home could easily have won by a more comfortable margin. The only blemish on an otherwise good afternoon for new manager Trevor Scanlon was the late dismissal of striker Davitt Walsh for an act of petulance inside the Derry half.
The blustery conditions caught hold of Odhran McMacken’s corner but Minnock picked the ball up from a wide position skipped past two Derry defenders before unleashing an unstoppable drive beyond the reach of Coll.
Letterkenny Rovers: Shane O’Gara, Oisin Grant, Aaron Scanlon, Kieran Gorman, Jonathan Minnock, Glenn Gallagher, Odhran McMacken, Chris Malseed, Steve Okakpu (Jason Doherty 75 mins), Davitt Walsh, Keith Malseed.
Derry City: Joe Coll, Collie McGeehan, Shaun Curran, Caolan McLaughlin, Gary Barrett, Conal Kelly, Conor Harkin, Paul Ramsey, Kyle Curran, Tony McNamee, Josh Tracey.
Drumkeen Utd 2
(E Kelly 9 , J Gallagher 56)
Kildrum Tigers 0
Drumkeen United were the runners-up in last year’s League Cup and they started this year’s competition with a win over Kildrum Tigers.
The hosts got off to a good start when a corner kick by David Craig was misjudged the Kildrum keeper, the ball fell to Eunan Kelly who made no mistake.
Then 10 minutes into the second half a great ball into the box by Richard Moore found Jimmy Gallagher who scored Drumkeen’s second. Kildrum tried hard to get back into the game but found the home team’s defence well on top. A run by Eunan Kelly beat three defenders but his shot went narrowly wide.
Donegal News League Cup Group A
Drumkeen United 2 -0 Kildrum Tigers
Cockhill Celtic 2-0 Swilly Rovers
Letterkenny Rovers 1-0 Derry City Reserves
Donegal News League Cup Group A
Fanad United v Bonagee United
Bonagee Utd. v Drumkeen Utd, P Duddy
Kildrum v Finn Harps, T McAree (Ref.)
Derry City v Cockhill Celtic, C McLaughlin
Swilly Rovers v Letterkenny Rovers, S Toner