Castlefin were big winners in a seven goal driller at Park View on Saturday while Erne Wanderers went on a scoring spree.
Old Orchard Saturday
Castlefin Celtic Res 4
Glenea United Res 3
Played in glorious weather conditions at Park View it was an even affair for most of the first half as both teams failed to take their chances.
Glenea made the breakthrough in the 44th minute when Tommy Rodgers found himself in the clear and he drilled the ball past the Castlefin keeper.
Rodgers then made it 0-2 to Glenea on the stroke of half time when he got his head to a corner kick. Castlefin pulled one back on the hour when a James McMenamin free kick found Marcus Curran who converted.
The home side levelled in the 70th minute. A Peter Bryson ball from the back line found Marcus Curran. Again he applied the final touch. Castlefin took the lead 2 minutes later from a James McMenamin shot that beat the Glenea keeper.
Glenea levelled the game once more when the Castlefin defence failed to clear the ball and Kevin McFadden ran through to make it 3-3 on 74 minutes. Both teams went looking for a winner. Castlefin managed to take all 3 points courtesy of an 89th minute winner.
Referee: Brian O’ Kane. Best for Castlefin: Darren Bogan. Best for Glenea: Tommy Rodgers
Fintown Harps AFC 1
St. Catherines Res 2
In a hard fought game at Pairc Acla both teams created some early chances. Mc Brearty went close on ten minutes for St Catherine’s and Darragh Gallagher did likewise for Harps on 15 minutes.
St. Catherine’s broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with Mc Brearty finding the net after a break from defence. They went two up when Luke Kelly finished a good move with a great strike.
Harps got a penalty just before half time but Gallagher’s strike was saved. Harps with it all to do pulled one back early in the second half. Harps then pushed for the equaliser but to no avail. Good team performances from both sides.
Referee: Charlie Crerand
Mulroy Celtic 0
Erne Wanderers 5
Played in perfect conditions both teams were missing a few players on the day but the away side went away with a comfortable three points.
They pressed high from the off and took the lead inside twenty minutes when a shot from Dermot Slevin from outside the area took a big deflection and wrong footed the keeper.
They doubled their lead when poor defensive play allowed Cian Dolan to sweep the ball home. The game was effectively over before half time when the away side struck again through Mark Dorrian.
The second started a little better for the home side with home debutant Mark Carr showing a bit of confidence on ball and trying a few long range efforts. But in truth Erne were still well in control and added their fourth and fifth goals through another from Slevin and the fifth a goal of beauty when Michael Mc Neely caught the Mulroy keeper way out of his goals and he floated a perfectly weighted shot into the net from all of forty yards.
Best for the home side were Dougie and Sonic. Away sides Dorrian, Slevin and Spudy excelled throughout.
Orchard F.C. 3
Ramelton Mariners 1
Orchard started off the stronger team and on 15 minutes they scored the first goal of the game through a solo effort from Niall Bonner.
The Mariners settled after this and through good team play got back on level terms when Joe Coyle finished off a well worked move 10 minutes later.
Mariners were now playing the better football and Orchard had a man sent off. This seemed to boost the Orchard’s performance level and a minute before half time they regained the lead when Niall Bonner latched onto a loose ball in the Mariners half and ran on to score another great goal.
The second half saw both sides creating chances with no reward.
As the Mariners pushed for the equaliser in the dying minutes of the game Bonner, on the counterattack, outpaced the Mariners central defender to complete his hat-trick. Man of the match Niall Bonner.
Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two
Arranmore United 3
Gweedore United Res 0
Arranmore ran out 3-0 winners in their 1st home outing of the season.
The first half was even with both teams going close several times. In the second half Danny Rodgers set up Gavin Mc Glanaghy who fired home.
Ten minutes later it was two with Daniel O’ Donnell Mc Glanaghey’s provider on this occasion. Gweedore always looked dangerous from set pieces but Danny Rodgers, Declan Proctor. Michael Mc Hugh and Ruan Reynolds defended well.
With 10 minutes to go Mc Glanaghey turned provider when he set up Conor Proctor who completed the scoring.
Best for Arranmore were Declan Proctor and Daniel O’ Donnell. In a good team performance Darren Whoriskey played brilliantly for Gweedore United.
Donegal Town Res 2
Strand Rovers 1
Donegal Town came out on top in this encounter played in excellent conditions at the Hospital Field.
Donegal, who dominated the game for long periods, put the visitors under pressure early on creating several chances. The opening goal came after 20 minutes when Ciarán O’Reilly slipped past two defenders to fire home to the bottom corner from just outside the area.
Strand were then presented with a great opportunity when a misplaced pass across goal was latched onto by Darragh Hanlon and the striker made no mistake to level things up. It stayed that way until the break.
Donegal pressed forward in numbers and after good work from James Feighney on the right hand side, Ciarán O’Reilly was on hand to finish when Feighney’s effort came back off the ‘keeper.
Despite creating a host of chances Donegal were unable to put the game to bed with Nathan Ward and Paul Gerard Duncan both going close on occasions.
A game played in a good spirit with solid team performances from both sides.