Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One champions Erne Wanderers got the better of St Catherine’s at Emerald Park on Saturday, while Glencar Celtic hammered Castlefin Celtic .
Old Orchard Saturday Division One
St. Catherines 2 Erne Wanderers 3
The home side opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Brian Smith scored from a corner kick delivered by Donal Mc Guire.
Michael Ward levelled the scores on thirty four minutes when his shot from inside the 18-yard box found the top corner.
Erne took control of the game and pressed for a second. It came on 43minutes when Ward nipped in behind The Saints’ defence and placed his shot neatly under the keeper.
The second half saw Erne start the brighter and on fifty five minutes David Dolan scored Erne’s’ third when he pounced on a loose ball and fired high into the top corner of the net.
Gary Cunningham scored for St Catherine’s on 75 minutes when he headed home from a cross by Donal McGuire. The Saints pressed hard for the third but it didn’t come.
Castlefin Celtic 0 Glencar Celtic 6
This match was reversed to the flagpole in Rathmullan but it made little difference.
Glencar had a sluggish start but after they broke the deadlock the flood gates opened and they went in 4-0 to the good at half-time with braces fromPatrick Rafferty and Stephen Browne.
The second half was very dead and Castlefin defended well with their keeper making countless good saves.
However Paddy Collins and Chris Malseed did find the net with two late goals. Best for Glencar were Ruairi Kelly and Chris Malseed.
Glenea United 4 Ramelton Mariners 0
In wintry conditions it was the home side that came out on top with a well earned victory over the Mariners.
Glenea started brightly and had the away side under pressure but were unable to find the finishing touch.
As the half progressed Ramelton came more into the game and came close with a couple of efforts.
Glenea opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Padraig McGee’s free-kick was misjudged by the away keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Glenea continued to dominate in the second half and extended their lead on 55 minutes when Ramelton’s keeper saw his attempted clearance blocked by Dean Gallagher and the ball rebounded into the net.
Glenea’s third goal arrived on 70 minutes when Dean Gallagher got down the right and his cross shot found Tommy Rodgers who slotted home.
Glenea completed the scoring on 87 minutes when good interplay between Shane Coll and Tommy Rodgers allowed Rodgers to drill the ball across the goalmouth where Dean Gallagher stabbed the ball home.
Best for Glenea were Declan Mc Garvey, Sean Sweeney and Dean Gallagher.
Mulroy Celtic 1
Orchard F.C. 2
Played in crisp dry conditions both teams enjoyed spells of possession but very few clear cut chances were created.
The game remained scoreless until half time. The away side broke the deadlock when a simple free kick was floated into box was exquisitely flicked into the net by Niall Bonnar.
The second followed soon after, with an element of luck, when Charles McLaughlin headed against a Mulroy defender and it trickled into the net.
In fairness to Mulroy heads didn’t drop. A very determined run from Seamus Coyle ended up with Packie Mc Elwaine who rounded the keeper and expertly dispatched into the net.
Orchard left with all three points.
Glencar Inn Saturday
Arranmore United 1 Donegal Town Reserves 3
Donegal Town travelled to the Island this weekend and showed their title aspirations with a determined 3-1 victory.
Gavin Mc Glanaghy put Arranmore one up early on with a left footed strike from the edge of the box.
This is how it stayed until two minutes before half-time when Daniel McHugh jinked inside the box beating two players before tucking the ball home.
Donegal started the second half the brighter and Daniel Mc Hugh made it 2-1 when he toe poked home from a corner which wasn’t cleared.
Arranmore went close straight afterwards but Donegal caught the home defence on the hop as a great cross from the right found James Feignedly at the back post and he headed home
Glenree United 2 Strand Rovers 1
In fine conditions for football in Glenree Park it was the homeside who totally dominated the first ten minutes playing some fine passing football.
They were rewarded in the eighth minute when a header from Robert Moore opened the scoring.
Glenree were opening up the strand defence at will but some super goalkeeping and some poor finishing kept the away team in the match.
The away side stuck at it and we’re rewarded in the 30th minute when Brendan Glackin broke free to round the keeper and slide it into the empty net.
The away side got a great lift from this and upped their game coming close to taking the lead only for some great keeping by Daryl Gibson.
In the second half Glenree started brightly again but failed to capitalise on their chances.
The away side still threatened in the second half but couldn’t find the vital pass in the final third.
Then in the 67th minute Max Davis swung in a superb cross for Karl Mc Elhinney to nod past the keeper.
The last 20 minutes were well battled out by the two sides with both keepers pulling off top drawer saves. Glenree saw the game out and earned a tough three points.
Keadue Rovers 4 Cranford United 1
Keadue continued their decent start to Division 2 of the Saturday league with this good win over Cranford at Central Park.
The game started off fairly lively with both sides making chances.
Following a good spell from the home side they went ahead on ten minute when Adrian Hanlon took down the ball at the edge of the area and chipped it ball over the keeper for a fine finish.
They could’ve went further ahead but Cranford cleared the ball off the line a few times. By midway through the half Cranford were coming into the game but not forcing Keadue’s keeper into any saves.
In the last 10 minutes of the half Keadue upped the tempo and had a number of good efforts from Corey Gallagher and Adrian Hanlon.
On 42minutes the home side took control. Following a great ball from Adrian Hanlon Ryan Greene controlled well and finished over the keeper.
A minute after that Corey Gallagher rounded off a good Keadue move with a shot to the corner of the net.
Into the second half and Cranford had a bit more urgency and on 56 minutes came close from a free kick which was well saved by Danny Rodgers.
Adrian Hanlon made it 4-0 with another good individual effort.
To their credit Cranford kept plugging away and got a consolation goal when Kevin Fisher poked home on 86 minutes.