Glenea United Reserves continued on their good run hitting St. Catherine’s for four while Orchard hit four against Castlefin
Old Orchard Saturday
Glenea United Res 4
St. Catherines Res 0
Glenea Res continued their unbeaten run with this well earned victory over St. Catherines. The home side started well and took the lead on 5 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed home a corner.
Glenea quickly extended their lead when Padraig McGee converted from the penalty spot after a handball. The home side continued to dominate the game and their pressure finally paid off after 35 minutes when Eamonn McHugh got onto a through ball, beat last defender and fired home for the 3rd goal. I
n the second half St. Catherines tried hard to get back into the game and came close to pulling a goal back only to be let down by some wayward finishing. As the half progressed the home side started to get on top again and on 65 minutes got their 4th goal when Eamonn McHugh was on hand to slot the ball home after it broke to him in the box. Glenea had a couple of chances to increase their lead but were denied by some good goalkeeping from the visiting keeper.
Best for Glenea were Michael Mc Clafferty and Eamonn McHugh, while it was a team effort from St. Catherines.
Referee: Martin Coll.
Orchard F.C. 4
Castlefin Celtic Res 1
Orchard started this game well and took the lead after 15 minutes when Chucky Sweeney stole the ball from the defender and raced in on goal and finished well from six yards.
Orchard doubled their lead two minutes later. A great through ball from “Red” found Niall Bonner who finished the move off well. Castlefin pushed hard and had a few chances before half time but a well marshalled defence kept them out. Orchard started the second half in the same fashion as the first. Chucky Sweeney should have made it three only the keeper saved well.
The game’s third goal came on 65 minutes when Niall Bonner hit a good volley from 12 yards and the keeper got a hand on it but couldn’t keep it out. Castlefin pulled a goal back shortly after this when there was a mix up in the Orchard defence and the Castlefin striker got in and finished from three yards. Orchard got their fourth on 85 minutes. A good ball from “Eddy” found Luke Friel who raced through and finished well from 5 yards.
Best for Orchard were Andrew Doherty and Niall Bonner. Good team effort by Castlefin.
Mulroy Celtic 1
Glencar Celtic 2
Two teams at different ends of the table played out a very entertaining encounter. Glencar fresh of an eight one victory last week picked up where they left off and pinned the home side back from the first whistle. They took the lead when the clinical Pajo Rafferty broke clear after a mistake in the home defence and cooly slotted home.
They had a chance to double their lead ten minutes later when they won a penalty, Rafferty stepped up and brought an excellent save from Jerome Doherty in the Mulroy goal. Mulroy threatened on occasions and were unlucky not to equalise when a free kick found a spare man but the header drifted wide. With half time approaching Glencar made it two nil when a shot from the edge of the box sneaked into the bottom corner, Shane Hilly with the goal. Mulroy took to the field for the second half with a brisk breeze at their back and put Glencar under pressure.
They pulled a goal back from a free kick twenty five yards out, Eamon Sweeney with a superb curling effort into the top corner.
The home side with their tails up had chances to draw level, the best dropping to Paul Martin one on one but his shot flashed wide. At times the away side showed why they’re are closing in on the title with passing that was a joy to watch creating chances in the process. Good team performance from home side, Sully and Ray Quinn impressed for Glencar.
Fintown Harps AFC 1
Erne Wanderers 5
Amid cold conditions it was Erne Wanderers who opened the scoring when David Dolan scored in the first minute. In the 15th minute Erne’s Michael Ward furthered their lead when he made no mistake in front of the goal. Michael Ward then scored from a rebound of a free kick with 5 minutes left in the first half. Fintown tried hard to get a score on the board but all to no avail.
The second half started better for the Harps when Shan Mc Millian took on the Ballyshannon defence and slotted into the back of the net. Micheal Ward then put two further goals into the Fintown net in the space of 10 minutes. The game finished 5-1 to Erne Wanderers. Team performance by both. Referee: Martin Mc Elhinney
Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two
Arranmore United 2
Glenree United Res 2
A draw was a fair result from this match on the Island. The first half ended scoreless as Glenree defended into a stiff breeze and dealt well with Arranmore’s best efforts. Glenree started the second half in blistering fashion when Damien Nelis finished brilliantly from 20 yards on 48 minutes. The lead was short lived however as the home side struck back on 52 minutes when Ruan Reynolds knocked home from 4 yards following good work from Declan Proctor, Arranmore took the lead on 56minutes when Benny Mc Garvey struck an unstoppable free kick from 30yards into the top corner, The home side had chances to finish the game off but did not take them. Glenree made them pay for this and deservedly got an equaliser on 80 minutes when John Mc Clafferty powered home a header from a corner. Both sides pushed hard for the winner but it finished all square. Fair result all round. Good team performances. Referee: Marty Quinn.
Curragh Athletic Res 1
Gweedore United Res 2
Curragh started well and should have opened the scoring when a Bernard Lafferty corner was nearly converted by Shea Hannigan. Gary Heaney kept constant pressure on the Gweedore backline but the defence stood strong. Martin Doohan scored a 30th minute penalty for Gweedore to give them the lead.
They went further in front when Shaun Paul Mc Mahon scored in the 55th minute for Gweedore. Curragh started to press more and were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute. Justin Mc bride cooly converted the spot kick. Curragh then had good chances fall to Shane Elliott and Gary Heaney only for the keeper to save well.
Best for Curragh was Shaun Maxwell. Team effort from Gweedore.
Referee: Andrew Mullin.
Donegal Town Res 1
Tullyvinney Rovers 0
Donegal Town welcomed Tullyvinney Rovers to the Hospital Field on Saturday. This was a very keenly contested match. Donegal had chances through a glancing header from Ted Bustard and shots from Joe Mc Intyre and James Feighney but found the Tullyvinney keeper in excellent form. Tullyvinney to their credit put Donegal under sustained pressure until half time and had shots from Renato.
Donegal net minder James Mc Daid was in sparkling form making three vital saves. Donegal kept the pressure on in the second half and their hard work paid off when James Feighney beat the off side trap and he finished cooly under the body of the Tullyvinney keeper. Donegal pressed on from this and Chris Hegarty went on a surging run and found himself one and one against the Tullyvinney keeper who made an excellent save. Donegal welcomed back Daniel Mc Hugh after a lengthy lay off.
Best for Donegal were Chris Hegarty, Joe Mc Intyre, James Feighney and Daniel Mc Hugh. Team performance from Tullyvinney.
Milford United Res 2
Keadue Rovers Res 1
Milford came out on top in a closely contested match at Moyle View. Milford had the better of the opening twenty minutes but we’re unable to test the keeper with some great defending from Keadue. Milford took the lead on thirty minutes through Ciran Blaney after good work by JJ Fleming. The second half began at a frantic pace with Keadue pushing forward and Milford trying to hit them on the break.
Keadue got a deserved equaliser on sixty minutes when they scored from a free header from a corner. The game was end to end for the last 20 minutes with the winner coming in the eighty fifth minute when Brendan McGinley got on the end of a Johnny Sweeney corner.
Good game of football from both sides.