Glencar Celtic close in on Donegal League Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One

Glencar Celtic close in on Donegal League Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One
Glencar Celtic have been in dominant form in the Old Orchard Inn Division One this season and can win the championship on Saturday.

Glencar Celtic have been in dominant form in the Old Orchard Inn Division One this season and can win the championship on Saturday.

Although the club has enjoyed some success in its 10-year existence, they are on the cusp of winning the First Division for the first time, which would add to their Downtown Cup successes of 2011 and 2012.

With only three dropped points all season - a 3-2 loss against Fintown Harps in November - Glencar have won their last nine outings in the division.

The most recent of those successes was the 2-1 win at Mulroy Celtic last Saturday with Shane Hilley and Paddy Rafferty the goalscorers.

The week beforehand, Rafferty netted six in an 8-1 hammering of Fintown, thus extracting revenge for their only blot on the copybook this season in the league.

The Letterkenny based side can only be caught by third placed Erne Wanderers, who are nine points adrift in third place.

Glencar have a strong squad with the likes of former Finn Harps midfielder Chris Malseed, Ruairí Kelly, who played for Letterkenny Rovers last season, and the likes of Eugene Sullivan, Ry McFeely in goal and Paddy Collins.

Rafferty is a constant source of goals and has 17 in the league this term.

“We’ve had a good season with just the one loss in the league,” said midfielder Garvan Grieve, who is Glencar’s joint-manager with John ‘Junior’ Russell.

“We’ve never won this league before and it would be nice to claim it now with the club being 10 years old this year.”

Glencar, who travel to St Catherine’s on Saturday, can wrap up the title with one point from their next three outings.

Even a win for Orhard FC over Erne will be enough,

The Glencar Inn Division Two is also reaching a climax but Arranmore will have to wait a week or two.

Jerry Early’s side are five points clear of Donegal Town with three games in hand.

Meanwhile, in the Donegal League Premier Division, champions Lifford Celtic and leaders Rathmullan Celtic are headed on a collision course.

Mark Neeson’s goal gave their border side a 1-0 win over Kilmacrennan Celtic in a fixture that was reversed to Greenbrae Park on Sunday.

At the same time, Rathmullan were overcoming neighbours Milford Celtic 4-2 to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table.

Lifford on Sunday welcome St Catherine’s, who have enjoyed a fine season but last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Gweedore Celtic ruled them out of the title race.

Lee White’s team have a game in hand, against Curragh Athletic, prior to their season finale at Kilmacrennan Celtic, who play Rathmullan on Sunday.

Interestingly, on the last day, Rathmullan must travel to Glenea United - the side they held 4-4 last season to deny the title as well as toppling them 2-1 in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup final.

Kilmacrennan are fighting to avoid relegation alongside an already doomed Curragh Athletic.

In the Watson Hire Division, Drumoghill FC are top of the standings but Cappry Rovers, 5-1 winners against Bonagee United last night, still have title ambitions.

Also, Copany Rovers are just a point away from claiming at CT Ball Division Two heading into the final series of games this season, which take place on Sunday, April 13.

Copany have a home fixture against Raphoe Town on Sunday week and should they get a result, it will mean the end of the chase for Whitestrand United, who are second three points behind, and Deele Harps, who are six off the pace with a game in hand.

Fixtures

Saturday, 2pm

Orchard Inn Division One

Fintown v Mulroy Celtic

Castlefin v Ramelton

St Catherines v Glencar Celtic

Orchard v Erne Wanderers

Glencar Inn Division Two

Curragh v Arranmore, 1pm

Tullyvinney Rovers v Glenree

Cranford v Gweedore United

Sunday, 2pm

Ulster Junior Cup

Clonmany v Gweedore Celtic

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Lifford Celtic v St. Catherines

Kilmacrennan v Rathmullan

Watson Hire Division One

Keadue Rovers v Drumoghill

Cappry Rovers v Dunkineely

CT Ball Division Two

Raphoe Town v Deele Harps

Wednesday, 6:45pm

Watson Hire Division One

Cappry v Castlefin Celtic

Glencar Inn Division Two

Milford v Glenree United