There was a big win for Lifford Celtic against Cranford United on Sunday in the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division.
In Division One Adrian Hanlon scored four for Keadue, while Castlefin hit Eany for seven.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Cranford United 2
Lifford Celtic 3
Played in heavy conditions in Greenbrae Park, Cranford settled quickest and hit the front on ten minutes as Philip Buchannan scored following a corner. Cranford continued to press and would have been out of sight in the opening half hour only for Lee White in the Lifford goals who pulled off number of quality saves. Lifford gradually got a foot hold in the game as the 40th minute mark loomed and should have equalised when they were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Johnny Robb but the Cranford netminder was equal with a fine save.
Robb redeemed himself on the stroke of half time finishing from close range amongst a goalmouth scramble to make it one apiece. A draw didn’t suit either side so early in the second half chances where at a premium and both sides committed men forward. With twenty minutes remaining Seamie McLaughlin put Cranford back in front with a fine strike to the top corner.
The three points looked destined for Cranford until Robb popped up again with a poachers finish from close range on 80 minutes. A draw may have been a fair result for both teams but no one told Ross Porter who struck one from 25 yards to Cranford’s top corner to give Lifford the lead with only minutes remaining, keeping Lifford in the hunt for honours. Best for Lifford: Lee White, best for Cranford Seamie Nani Friel.
Milford United 0
Gweedore Celtic 0
Milford and Gweedore played out a goalless draw in a fiery and hard fought game at Moyle View Park. Neither keeper had much to do for the
ninety minutes except for goal kicks as both teams lacked a bit of guile to create chances.
Gweedore’s Colin Ferry had the ball in the
net after 30 minutes but was ruled off side. In the second half it was all Milford who pushed for a winner to keep their slim title challenge
on track, and despite even playing four up for the final fifteen minutes they failed to score with a few chances falling to Christy Mc Cafferty, Paul
Shields and Damian Casey. Both teams can be commended for hard work. Referee: Marty Quinn.
Watson Hire Division One
Bonagee United 1
Keadue Rovers 7
Keadue came close on six minutes when Adrian Sweeney put Corey Gallagher through but Carr in the home goal made a great save. The same player headed over three minutes later after a cross into the box from Jack O’ Brien. Bonagee took the lead on fifteen minutes when Sean Crossan crossed to Darren Coyle and the striker hammered home from the edge of the box. Keadue started the second half on top and levelled the game on fifty minutes when a cross into the box from Adrian Hanlon was headed home by Luke Neely.
Two minutes later and Keadue took the lead after a corner. The ball broke loose in the box and Adrian Hanlon was first to react and find the back of the net from ten yards. The visitors piled on the pressure and Hanlon got his second on seventy minutes after a great through ball from Neely. Hugh Boyle made it 4-1 to the visitors on seventy five minutes when he shot home from just inside the box after a cross from Hanlon. Ciaran Gibson and Paddy Mc Laughlin had good efforts saved by Ben Boyle in the visitor’s goal. Keadue got their fifth on eighty minutes when Hanlon shot home from close range after a cross from Luke Neely.
Hanlon got his fourth goal of the game on eighty seven minutes with an overhead kick from six yards. Luke Neely got the final goal of the game on ninety minutes when he broke down the right cut inside the defender and shot home from fifteen yards. Team effort from Keadue. Best for Bonagee Paddy Mc Laughlin and Ciaran Gibson. Referee: Ronan Floyd.
Eany Celtic 0
Castlefin Celtic 7
Castlefin left Eany with all three points in the bag following a three goal return from a ten minute spell midway through the first half . The first of these was on twenty minutes when Matthew O’ Rourke found the back of the net when he stroked the ball home from close range. This was followed up by a brace by Ronan Tourish, the first from a header and the second after a breakaway when Eany were on the attack.
They got a fourth on the stroke of half time when JP Malley got the first of his two goals. Kieran Brennan got the goal of the day with a thunderous strike from thirty meters on 70 minutes. O’ Malley and O’ Rourke completed the scoring in the last five minutes. Good team performances from both sides
Drumoghill F.C. 2
Cappry Rovers 0
A brilliant double strike from Damian Crossan secured a priceless three points for Drumoghill in this top of the table clash, which was played at the home of Rathmullan Celtic.
Goals in each half from the midfielder were ultimately the difference in the two sides as chances were few and far between in a game in which defences were on top.
Drumoghill started brighter but had to wait until the 21st minute to break the deadlock when Crossan rose highest to head home Kevin Kelly’s right wing corner.
Having taken the lead, Drumoghill were content to absorb whatever it was that Cappry had in their locker. Their best player on the day, Barney Lafferty, always looked the most likely source of an equaliser with his creativity in midfield but David O’Carroll and Chris O’Donnell were in no mood to surrender.
Drumoghill stood strong as the game wore on and were rewarded with eight minutes to go when Crossan rifled home his second after Richie Moore’s effort had been saved.
A big result for Drumoghill as the race for honours looks like going down to the wire.
Referee: Paddy Martin
Gweedore United 3
Dunkineely Celtic 0
This game played in Carrickboyle saw the home side collect all three points following a convincing performance. The game started with both sides pushing for the opener with good play and half chances at each end. The home side took the lead in the 23rd minute following good play and a dummy by Ciaran Mc Fadden which was well finished by Shane O’ Donnell to make it 1-0. United settled well after the opening goal and began to push for a second. The second goal came in the 26th minute when good play from the home side was excellently finished by Ciaran Mc Fadden past Murrin in the Celtic net to make it 2-0.
In the second half the visitors were reduced to ten men in the 48th minute after the ball was stopped on the line by a hand and the ref had no option but to award a penalty. Declan Murrin saved the resulting penalty and gave the visitors a chance to get back into the game. United continued to dominate with Ciaran Mc Fadden, Brian Gallagher and Darren Ferry going close but Murrin did well on each occasion.
The visitors did well to hold United and had a number of half chances on the break, however they could get past the well marshalled Gweedore defence. United ensured the three points in the 85th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden hit a screamer from 25 yards into the top right corner to make it 3-0. It was a good team effort from Dunkineely, however the home side played well with Ciaran Mc Fadden and Frank Mc Gee excelling on the day. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh
CT Ball Division Two
Drumbar F.C. 2
Copany Rovers 5
Copany moved into pole position in Division Two with this comprehensive victory over neighbours Drumbar F.C. A David Graham hat-trick helped the title chasers record an important result as they played their game in hand and went a point ahead in the table. Best for Drumbar was Joe Gallagher while Leonard and Graham excelled for Copany.
Glenree United 0
Ballybofey United 2
It was a great day for a game in Mevagh parish but the sun didn’t shine in the home dressing room at full time as Ballybofey Utd ran out two nil winners.
Glenree started the game the brighter and they came close on several occasions through Paul Coyle and Andrew Kelly but the away keeper was up to the task each time.
The first half finished 0-0 and with no changes from either team the 2nd half resumed at a more upbeat tempo. Glenree were unlucky again on 46 minutes not to have broken the deadlock through Oisin Langan. The attacking style of play from Glenree resulted in a breakaway by Ballybofey who were awarded a penalty which David White converted. Ballybofey got their 2nd on 75 minutes when a long ball invited the Glenree keeper to come off his line and the ball was headed over his head again by White. Two good team performances. Referee: Martin Mc Anenney
Dunlewy Celtic 1
Convoy Arsenal 1
In an entertaining game in Dunlewey the spoils were shared. Both teams started brightly and both keepers were tested. Lorcan Gallagher pulled off a fine save while Hugo Cannon tested out the convoy keeper with a curling cross. The second half was nip and tuck with Paul McFadden and John Cannon pulling the strings for the home side.
The breakthrough came with a magical run from James Hendry Alcorn who crossed in to Manus Cannon to volley home. This didn’t upset the visitors and they hit back when James Toner knock home from close range. Best for Dunlewey John Cannon, Stephan Gallagher, Patrick Cannon and Kevin Doohan.
Team performance from Convoy
DONEGAL ( SUNDAY) LEAGUE TOP SCORERS
Kyle Black Cranford FC 8
Gary Merritt Milford United 8
Eamon Sheridan Rathmullan C 8
Alan Gethins Lifford Celtic 7
Eoin Sheridan Rathmullan C 7
Ryan McFadden Glenea United 6
Joey Cullen Milford United 6
Jason Noltor St Catherine’s FC 6
WATSON HIRE DIVISION 1
LIam o’Donnell Drumoghill FC 16
Jonathan Friel Kerrykeel 71 15
Andrew Mackey Dunkineely C 14
J.P. Malley Castlefin Celtic 12
Ciaran McFadden Gweedore Utd 11
Mark Friel Kerry keel 71 11
Shaun Boyle Keadue Rvs 9
Adrian Nesbitt Dunkineely Celtic 9
Michael Connolly Gweedore Utd 9
Paddy McGranaghan Kerrykeel 8
Alan Patton Cappry Rovers 8
Darren Coyle Bonagee United 7
C.T. BALL DIVISION 2
Shane Gallagher Deele Harps 11
Michael Sweeney Whitestrand 9 Ryan Carlin Convoy Arsenal 8
Adam Gallagher Raphoe Town 8
Paul Lynch Whitestrand FC 8
Michael Kellaugh Convoy Arsenal 7
John Cannon Dunlewey Celtic 6
Andrrew Kelly Glenree United 5
David Langan Glenree United 5
Ciaran McGeady Dunlewey C 5
OLDE ORCHARD INN ( DIVISION 1 SAT)
Paddy Rafferty Glencar Celtic 11
Dean Gallagher Glenea United 10
Neil Bonnar Orchard United 6
David Dolan Erne Wanderers 6
Keith Neli Castlefin Celtic 6
Christopher McGlynn Fintown H 5
Darragh Gallagher Fintown H 5
GLENCAR INN (DIVISION 2 SAT)
David Bustard Donegal Town Res 10
Gavin McGlanaghy Arranmore U 9
Damien Nelis Glenree Utd Res 9
Sean P McMahon Gweedore U Res 9
Brendan Brennan Strand Rovers 7
Adrian Hanlon Keadue Rvs Res 7
David Harron Donegal Town 6