Donegal travel to Sligo for crunch Oscar Traynor encounter

Donegal travel to Sligo for crunch Oscar Traynor encounter
The attention within Junior Soccer circles in Donegal will once again focus mainly on the Oscar Traynor Trophy this weekend.

The attention within Junior Soccer circles in Donegal will once again focus mainly on the Oscar Traynor Trophy this weekend.

Having fallen to a heavy defeat by the Inishowen League last week, Stephen Corcoran, manager of the Donegal League side, knows that only victory over the Sligo/Leitrim League on Sunday will see his side progress to the latter stages of this season’s competition.

Corcoran was of the opinion that the 4-1 scoreline flattered the Inishowen men and believes that he has assembled a good panel who are well capable of winning in Sligo.

“Sligo play a 4-5-1- system and crowd the midfield area. They have one particularly good ball player who can split a defence with his passes but we will be aware of this and deal with it accordingly,” said Corcoran.

Whilst confirming that the recently Amateur capped Garbh Gallagher is still unavailable for selection, Corcoran reports a clean bill of health throughout the other players in his squad.

“Everyone’s available, it’s a winner takes all affair and our lads are up for the challenge and intend returning through Ballyshannon with the victory necessary to go forward to the next round of the competition.”

Hopefully Corcoran’s side can achieve what the League hasn’t managed for a number of seasons.

LEAGUE ACTION

With the League representative side in action the programme for Saturday and Sunday is somewhat diluted.

Fintown Harps play their first match in four weeks when they welcome League leaders Glencar Celtic to Pairc Achla. Glencar have amassed an impressive eighteen points from six matches to date but will be aware of the task ahead with Fintown looking to narrow the gap at the top of the Old Orchard Saturday Division One.

Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two leaders Arranmore United have a free weekend so second placed Gweedore United Reserves will be using their game-in-hand to attempt to narrow the gap at the top to three points.

Cranford United Reserves will be the visitors to Carrickboyle. Elsewhere Strand Rovers host Keadue Rovers Reserves and there will also be a derby atmosphere in the air at the “New Camp” when Curragh Athletic Reserves welcome neighbours Tullyvinney Rovers.

The sole remaining fixture in the Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division on Sunday will be the meeting of Cranford United and Donegal Town.

Both these side are currently struggling in the top flight but three points for either on Sunday would see them move a few places up the table.

Keadue Rovers welcome Gweedore United to Central Park on Sunday for a Watson Hire Division One encounter. Also in that Division there will be a bottom of the table clash when Bonagee United make the trip to play Eany Celtic at Eany Park.

Eany need to take the points from this one if they are to remain in touch with the other sides in the bottom half.

Three matches are listed for the CT Ball Division Two. Deele Harps and Ballybofey United do battle at the Athletic Grounds in Lifford.

Letterbarrow and Dunlewy attempt to reign as the Celtics go head to head at Tymeen. The Uniteds of Whitestrand and Glenree meet at Whitestrand Park in the day’s final encounter.

After the results of last weekend nothing can ever be taken for granted in the Donegal League. That’s one of the aspects that makes it the appealing League that it is.

A victory in Sligo and the usual mix from around the grounds would make for another exciting weekend.

Brian McCormick Sports Premier League

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff

Milford United FC 6 3 1 2 18 9 9

Gweedore Celtic 6 3 1 2 10 5 5

Glenea United 5 3 1 1 9 3 6

Rathmullan Celtic 5 3 1 1 10 6 4

St Catherines FC 6 2 2 2 11 19 -8

Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 5 2 2 1 11 13 -2

Lifford Celtic FC 3 2 1 0 3 2 1

Donegal Town FC 6 1 3 2 12 15 -3

Cranford FC 5 0 2 3 5 9 -4

Curragh Athletic FC 5 0 5 0 6 14 -8

Watson Hire Sunday Division One

Castlefin Celtic 6 4 1 1 18 10 8 13

Drumoghill FC 5 4 1 0 15 4 11 12

Kerrykeel 71 FC 6 3 2 1 22 16 6 10

Gweedore United FC 5 3 1 1 12 6 6 10

Cappry Rovers 4 2 0 2 11 6 5 8

Lagan Harps FC 6 2 2 2 15 15 0 8

Dunkineely Celtic FC 5 2 3 0 15 18 -3 6

Keadue Rovers FC 5 1 3 1 8 11 -3 4

Bonagee United FC 6 1 4 1 8 12 -4 4

Eany Celtic FC 6 0 5 1 8 34 -26 1

CT Ball Sunday Division Two

Convoy Arsenal FC 7 5 2 0 11 9 2 15

Copany Rovers FC 7 4 1 2 10 7 3 14

Glenree United FC 6 4 1 1 10 5 5 13

Whitestrand United FC 4 3 0 1 10 2 8 10

Dunlewey Celtic 5 3 1 1 10 4 6 10

Deele Harps FC 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 7

Raphoe Town 7 1 5 1 11 16 -5 4

Letterbarrow Celtic FC 6 1 4 1 9 15 -6 4

Ballybofey United FC 5 1 4 0 8 14 -6 3

Drumbar FC 7 0 5 2 5 13 -8 2

Old Orchard Saturday Division One

Glencar Celtic 6 6 0 0 21 3 18 18

Erne Wanderers FC 7 5 2 0 18 8 10 15

St Catherines FC 7 4 2 1 14 14 0 13

Fintown Harps AFC 5 3 1 1 11 5 6 10

Castlefin Celtic Res 7 3 3 1 16 19 -3 10

Glenea United 7 3 4 0 14 15 -1 9

Orchard FC 7 2 4 1 11 18 -7 7

Ramelton Mariners FC 7 1 6 0 9 19 -10 3

Mulroy Celtic 7 1 6 0 7 20 -13 3

Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two

Arranmore United 9 8 1 0 21 6 15 24

Gweedore United FC Res 8 6 2 0 27 15 12 18

Donegal Town FC Res 9 5 1 3 23 17 6 18

Glenree United FC Res 9 4 3 2 25 25 0 14

Keadue Rovers FC 7 3 3 1 24 18 6 10

Curragh Athletic FC 8 2 3 3 15 21 -6 9

Tullyvinney Rovers 7 2 3 2 10 14 -4 8

Cranford FC 8 1 4 3 17 22 -5 6

Milford United FC Res 9 1 6 2 10 27 -17 5

Strand Rovers FC 8 0 6 2 7 14 -7 2