GAA Young Footballer of the Year, Ryan McHugh, was on top of his game for St. Catherine’s yesterday as he hit the only goal of the game in the top of the table clash at Cappry Park.
His Donegal senior counterpart Odhran MacNiallais was also in top form as he hit the winner for Gweedore Celtic against Donegal Town.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Cappry Rovers 0
St. Catherine’s 1
In this top of the table clash played in perfect conditions at Cappry Park both defences were on top in a very entertaining opening half with play swinging from end with no clear cut chances being created.
St. Catherine’s started the strongest in the second half but the Cappry rearguard stood firm and keeper Eoin Gallen doing well.
The visiting keeper made a few good saves when called upon.
The breakthrough came for the visitors in the sixty second minute when, following a short corner, the ball broke to a St. Catherine’s player who squared to Ryan M Hugh who scored from close range. Cappry piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser but try as they did they couldn’t find a way past the visitor’s defence and keeper.
Team performance from Cappry. Shane O’Rourke and Ryan Mc Hugh were best for St. Catherine’s.
Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.
Kildrum Tigers 1
Glenea United 1
An understrength Glenea United visited Station Road and returned West with a share of the spoils. The Glasserchoo men actually took a first half lead, helped by a goalkeeping mishap. Kildrum, still on the hunt for a first Premier Division victory, earned a point when Johnny Mc Ginty scored from the penalty spot midway through the second half.
Donegal Town 1
Gweedore Celtic 2
This game was played in perfect conditions on the Hospital Field. Gweedore Celtic got off to a flying start. An Odhran Mac Niallais throw in caught the Donegal defence off guard and Gweedore’s Cathal Campbell slotted home from close range. Donegal Town tried hard to get back into the game in the first half but they were kept at bay by a very strong Gweedore side.
A solid performance was put in by Gweedore’s Peter Mc Gee who cleaned up any loose ball in the centre of midfield. Donegal came out strong in the second half.
Conor Mc Monagle’s 40 yard rocket levelled the scores after 50 minutes and Donegal looked like they could claim all three points. Mac Niallais, who was having a cracking game, ran through the centre of the park and slotted home to the bottom corner from 18yards.
Watson Hire Division One
Castlefin Celtic 4
Copany Rovers 0
Castlefin kept their good start to the season going with a win at home to Copany.
Castlefin took the lead after 4 minutes when a PJ Mc Menamin corner deflected off the Copany defender into his own net. Copany came more into the game after the goal putting the Castlefin defence under pressure.
Castlefin doubled their lead two minutes before the break. Ronan Tourish finished low and hard into the bottom corner. Castlefin started the second half the better and made it three on 56 minutes, Barry Tourish’s cross found JP Malley who made no mistake slotting home.
Malley should have had his second minutes later after rounding the keeper but was unable to take advantage. Castlefin had numerous chances in the second half but failed to make them count.
Ronan Tourish wrapped up the three points with his second and Castlefin’s fourth on 85 minutes. Tourish’s low shot was too strong for the Copany keeper as he could only get his fingertips on the ball.
Referee: Paddy Duffy
Dunkineely Celtic 0
Gweedore United 1
This game was settled by a wonder strike from 35 yards by Michael Connolly after 7 minutes. Both teams struggled to create any clear openings for the remainder of the game with both defences well on top. Gweedore dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead on 7 minutes when Michael Connolly picked up possession 35 yards from goal and let fly with a terrific shot which went in off the crossbar.
Dunkineely responded and tried to get back into the game. Their best chance came on 15 minutes when James Byrne ran from the halfway line and had his shot from 18 yards blocked for a corner. Aaron Byrne headed the resulting corner just over. The next real chance fell to Gweedore on 35 minutes when a shot from 16 yards was tipped around the post.
Dunkineely dominated the second half but failed to break down a resolute Gweedore defence. Daniel Gallagher, Paul Murrin and Andrew Mackey all had efforts saved or blocked. Gweedore relied on hitting on the break but failed to test the home keeper. Dunkineely still await their first points of the season but are improving with each performance.
Referee: Liam Farren
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0
Lagan Harps 4
Kerrykeel suffered a bad defeat to Lagan Harps at home but the scoreline is harsh on the ‘71 men. The first half was a tight affair with Kerrykeel starting the better. Damien Mc Fadden made a great save on the stroke of half time from a Mylie Mc Bride strike.
Lagan won the game with a five minute blitz at the start of the second half with Kevin Doran netting a hat-trick on 53, 58 and 61 minutes. The home side battled away and on a good day would have scored a couple but Mc Fadden was in fine form. Stephen O’Donnell netted the fourth on 90 minutes to round off the scoring. Best for Kerrykeel: Marty Mc Ateer, Seimie Coshia and Mylie Mc Bride.
Team performance from Lagan. Referee: Ronan Flood
CT Ball Division Two
Bonagee United 7
Glenree United 1
Bonagee went ahead on four minutes when a good cross from the right by Frank Mc Brearty found Darren Ashmore and he hammered home from ten yards. Noel O’ Donnell made it two nil on ten minutes when a great strike by Lee Mc Monagle from twenty five yards was pushed away by the keeper only for the ball to fall to O’ Donnell and he shot home from six yards. Frank Mc Brearty made it three on twenty minutes.
Glenree had a few strikes from Ross Hamlyn and John Doherty but they went wide of the post. Max Davis had a great strike from twenty five yards for the visitors on twenty five minutes but his effort was just over the bar. Lee Mc Monagle made it four on thirty five minutes after a great cross from Aiden Mc Laughlin. Ross Hamlyn got on the score sheet for the visitors on forty minutes.
Carr in the home goal made a great save two minutes later from Hamlyn from a corner. Noel O’Donnell made it five for the home team on forty three minutes. Bonagee got number six on seventy minutes when a cross from Aiden Mc Laughlin found Peter Mc Namee on the edge of the six yard box and he headed home. Glenree had a few chances through Boyce and Mc Bride but there efforts were wide of the mark.
Bonagee got number seven on 85 minutes when a Lee Mc Monagle cross into the box was turned into his own net by a defender. Team efforts by both sides. Referee: Kevin Logue.
Deele Harps 1
Dunlewey Celtic 1
On a great day for football Deele entertained Dunlewey at The Athletic Grounds. Deele started brightest with Shane Gallagher going close on a couple of occasions but found the visiting goalkeeper in good form.
Dunlewey themselves were not shy in attacking and took the lead on 30 minutes when Mark Roarty’s high cross - come - shot eluded everyone and found the net. The second half was evenly contested with both sides coming close to scoring. Deele did equalise on 75 minutes when a hand ball in the box resulted in a penalty which Shane Gallagher coolly slotted home. A draw was the fair result on the day.
Referee: James Malseed
Eany Celtic 2
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
The teams kicked off in Coolshannon with the sun shining, two local teams level on points at the bottom of the CT Ball Division Two, having yet to record a win this season. Eany midfielder and captain on the day Des Mc Groarty opened the scoring 40 minutes into the game with a superb strike. T
he first half finished with Eany leading in a must win game. Letterbarrow’s Barry Rose had the sides level scoring just after halftime, Eany replied with a goal only minutes later from Paul Mc Groarty.
There were opportunities for both sides to score before the end of the game with Liam Mc Groarty hitting the crossbar with a vicious shot. Letterbarrow came close to levelling but failed to beat Eany’s goalkeeper Gavin Mulreany.
FAI Junior Cup
Illies Celtic 3
Ballybofey United 3
(Illies won 4-3 a.e.t.)
Ballybofey United carried the Donegal League flag into Inishowen for this FAI Junior Cup battled but despite putting op a good fight they returned from Illies defeated. Illies went in at the break one to the good, partly thanks to their ‘keeper’s penalty save just before the interval whistle.
The second half saw an improvement in the goal scoring departments of both sides. Illies went two up but Ballybofey levelled. Illies hit the front again only for the resilient Finnsiders to draw level. Calvin Mc Gowan, Ryan Kelly and Damien Glackin got the Ballybofey goals that sent this match into extra time. Despite dominating the additional minutes Ballybofey conceded in the last minute of the game to exit the FAI Junior Cup for another season.
Illies will represent the Inishowen League in the next round with neighbours Culdaff F.C. The Donegal League will have the names of Milford United and Kilmacrennan Celtic in the pot.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 4
Curragh Athletic 0
Kilmacrennan took the lead early on a cold and foggy evening in Killygordon. Great play from Daire McDaid led to a goal from Christy Conaghan in the 14th minute. Kilmacrennan kept the momentum going from then on and increased their lead in the 34th minute after a pinpoint free kick from Ryan Shields found Rab Sandilands who crossed into the penalty area and the prolific Gary Gorman doubled Kilmacrennan’s lead.
Curragh came out fighting in the second half but Kilmacrennan fought back with another goal from Gary Gorman in the 53rd minute after some great play from Timmy Burke and Aidan Sweeney down the right hand side. Curragh’s cause wasn’t helped after being reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute.
The Lurgy men took full advantage of the extra man and pressed hard with near misses from Michael Mc Laughlin and Declan O’Donnell. Their efforts were rewarded in the 68th minute with a glorious goal from Daire McDaid from outside the box.
Best for Kilmacrennan Celtic: Michael McLaughlin, Timmy Burke and Rab Sandilands
Good team effort from Curragh Athletic. Referee: Gerry Gallagher
Milford United 4
Lifford Celtic 3
Milford came out the winners from a hard fought exciting seven goal thriller at Moyle View Park to advance to the national stages of the FAI Junior Cup. Lifford were first off the mark after three minutes when Cian Patton
slotted home. Milford responded on 35 minutes when Jamie Henna tapped home from a Mark Flood cross. The first half ended level with both sides having chances to take the lead.
Three minutes into the second half Cian Patton again got on the end of a good through ball to slot home. Milford began to create chances and got their reward when henna again slotted home following a scramble in the box from a corner. Milford pushed for the winner and looked extremely dangerous from set pieces and Paul Shields had a great header from the Gary Merritt corner crash off the cross bar and Jamie Henna was on hand to drive the ball home and complete his hat-trick.
Milford had a few chances through Joey Cullen and Gary Merritt to extend the lead. Milford were awarded a penalty on 75mintues when Lee Burke was upended in the box and Mark Flood stepped up and coolly slotted the ball to the keeper’s right. Alan Gethins scored a goal on the counter attack for Lifford on 85 minutes to make for a nervous finish for the home side who worked hard and stood strong to hold out for a good victory.
Great team performances by both sets of players. Referee: Mick Lagan.