Donegal League round-up

GWEEDORE CELTIC took advantage of Glenea United’s free weekend to post a 4-0 home win over Dunkineely Celtic to move back to the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division, while St Catherine’s got promoted in the Milford Inn Division One.

GWEEDORE CELTIC took advantage of Glenea United’s free weekend to post a 4-0 home win over Dunkineely Celtic to move back to the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division, while St Catherine’s got promoted in the Milford Inn Division One.

Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division

Gweedore Celtic 4

C McFadden 35; F Diver 50; G Whoriskey 70, 84

Dunkineely Celtic 0

Gweedore Celtic had a convincing victory over Dunkineely Celtic in their last home game of the season.

Gary Whoriskey teed up the opening goal for Ciaran McFadden to finish to the net. Colin Ferry did the spade work for the second goal and his cross was headed home by Fionnan Diver. Whoriskey, from an acute angle, managed to squeeze in number three and he got his second with a great first time strike from the edge of the area after good work by Jamie Boyle out on the right.

Lagan Harps 2

J Gillen 35; P Rodgers 40

Drumoghill FC 0

Lagan Harps have struggled for form in the New Year but they posted an important home win over neighbours Drumoghill on Sunday. Lagan’s pressure paid off when Kevin McHugh crossed from the left and James Gillen reacted quickest to put his side ahead. The hosts extended their lead when Paul Rodgers flicked home another Kevin Kelly free.

Milford Inn Hotel Division One

Curragh Athletic 1

E Moore 37

Arranmore United 1

D O’Donnell 68 pen

Curragh and Arranmore played out a draw at the Curragh on Sunday, with the Islanders going home the more happier side with a share of the spoils.

A slick move involving Conor McCullagh, Renato and Michael Lafferty saw Eddie Moore’s first time shot fly into the top corner of the net for Curragh’s goal. The game changed when Arranmore were awarded a penalty and Daniel O’ Donnell converted the spot kick.

Gweedore United 5

S O’Donnell 17; SP McMahon 27, 38, 88; D Ferry 49

Convoy Arsenal 0

Gweedore United comfortably defeated a weak Convoy Arsenal side who have struggled all season with Sean Paul McMahon grabbing a treble.

The deadlock was broken when a well delivered corner from Padraig Doyle was met by Shane O’Donnell who headed in to make it 1-0. The home side continued to push and got their second in the when McMahon drove past the Convoy keeper from close range. He got his second and United’s third when he headed a well delivered Padraig Doyle cross into the top corner of the Convoy net to make it 3-0 at half time. In the second half the Carrickboyle men got off to a good start when Darren Ferry made it four. McMahon finished off his hat-trick when he hit a good shot into the bottom corner from 10 yards.

Rathmullan Celtic 2

E Sheridan 22; D Patton 70

Raphoe Town 0

Rathmullan Celtic ended their home campaign in style with a convincing win over Raphoe Town on Sunday

Eoin Sheridan was on the mark for the Milford Inn Division One winners as he smashed home from 20 yards to give the home team a first half lead. Birthday boy Niall Doherty whipped in a delightful first time cross which was headed into the top corner by the Donegal league marksman, Darragh Patton.

St Catherine’s 9

C Blaine 11, 34, 73; S O’Rourke 56; J Noctor 58; L Kelly 78, 81; P Murrin 85; G Mccabe 88

Dunlewey Celtic 2

St Catherine’s made sure of their promotion to the Premier Division with a great 9-2 victory over Dunlewey Celtic - with Conor Blaine scoring a hat-trick.

The Saints started the game the brighter and in the 11th minute they took the lead when Blaine shot from the edge of the box and it went into the bottom corner of the net. Then, Ryan McCloskey went down the line and after some good play he cut the ball across and there was Blaine to score. Shane O’ Rourke and he slotted the ball into the roof of the net to make the score 3-0. The hosts then got on the score-sheet again when Paul Murrin broke down the wing and he cut across the six-yard box and there was Jason Noctor to put the ball into the net. In the 62 minute Dunlewey Celtic scored through xx when the Saints keeper failed to clear the ball and it was put into the net. Dunlewey Celtic scored again through xx when a shot from the edge of the Saints box was flicked in from about five yards out to make the score 4-2. Blaine completed his hat-trick when after a great run by David Conwell. A cross from Ryan McCloskey was met by Luke Kelly to head the ball home. Kelly scored again from close range to make it 7-2, then Paul Murrin scored a tap in. Gerry McCabe wrapped up the scoring for the Saints.

Donegal Town 1

JP Byrne 25

Cappry Rovers 0

Donegal finished the season with back-to-back home victories after a 1-0 win over Cappry at the Hospital Field on Sunday.

The breakthrough came when Stephen Curneen broke the offside trap to latch onto a ball from JP Byrne. After having his first effort saved he reacted quickly to scissor kick the ball to the net.

CT Ball Division Two

Cranford United 4

A Lynch 10; S Buchanan 20, 80; P Buchanan 44

Letterbarrow Celtic 1

E O’Neill 50

Cranford came within a whisker of the title but had to be content with promotion after a 4-1 win over table cropper Letterbarrow Celtic.

The hosts started fast and missed a few good chances before Arthur Lynch scored after a good corner by Chris Duffy. Shane Buchanan made it two soon after, scoring from edge of box. Philip Buchanan got the third before half-time blocking a clearance from the keeper. Letterbarrow pulled one back in second half through Emmet O’ Neill. Shane Buchanan got his second and Cranford’s fourth late on.

Copany Rovers 2

R Kerrigan 10; P McGrath 15

Bonagee United 5

M Hunter 33; N O’Donnell 55, 70; C Creevy 62J Doherty 80

Bonagee had a big win after coming from two down against Copany Rovers in this end of season encounter.

Ryan Kerrigan opened the scoring for Copany and McGrath doubled Copany’s lead when he fired home from the edge of the area. Mark Hunter pulled one back when he curled home in style. Noel O’Donnell equalised when bundling home. A Charlie Creevy free-kick put Bonagee in front just before Noel O’Donnell grabbed a second. Jason Doherty made the game safe when he clipped the ball home with a neat finish.

Drumbar United 3

S Brown 15, 30 pen; S Brighton 50

Kerrykeel 71 FC 3

M McAteer 22, 35, 40

Drumbar and Kerrykeel shared six goals in an entertaining Sunday fixture with Marty McAteer scoring three for the away side.

The home team started the stronger making some great chances, but the opener came when the keeper dropped a free from the boot of Shane Brown. Kerrykeel evened it up when Marty McAteer hit the bottom corner from a shot from outside the box. Browne scored a penalty for 2-1. but McAteer levelled from a free-kick. He got his hat-trick after confusion in the Drumbar defence. Brighton made it 3-3.

Whitestrand United 2

S Sweeney 44; J Gallagher 80

Glenree United 1

H McGee 15

Whitestrand finished their league campaign with a fine home victory over Glenree.

The visitors opened the scoring when Hugh McGee latched onto a great through ball and finished well giving the keeper no chance. The home side got level just after half time when Stephen Sweeney scored a contender for goal of the season from 30 yards. The winning goal came when James Gallagher ran from the half way line beating five Glenree players before cooly finishing into the bottom corner.

Knockalla Cup

Milford United 2

J Cullen 24; C McGinley 79

Cockhill Celtic 0

Milford United pulled off a massive shock against the Ulster Senior League kingpins with a magnificent performance that was off hard work and great team spirit.

Milford took the lead when a great move down the left ended up with Joey Cullen unleashing a cracking shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the net. Milford doubled their lead when Ciaran McGinley controlled superbly before shooting home.

Downtown Cup quarter-finals

Kilmacrennan Celtic Res 4

K McMenamin 35, 74; D McLaughlin 42; M Sweeney 59

Dunfanaghy Town 1

J McFadden 17

Kilmacrennan Celtic came from one down to defeat their neighbours Dunfanaghy Town.

The away team went in front when John McFadden latched onto a loose ball down the right and lobbed Liam McBride with a fine finish. Kevin McMenamin levelled from a free-kick. Daniel McLaughlin made it 2-1. Marty Sweeney scored the goal of the game, with a thunderbolt into the postage stamp, from fully 35 yards out. McMenamin scored his second before Liam McBride saved a penalty kick from Dunfanaghy player/manager Liam Langan.

Gweedore Celtic Res. 2

P McGarvey 20; C Botle 75

Glencar Celtic 5

E Sullivan 40, 50; S Hilley 42; P Rafferty 60; M Molloy 80

League champions Gweedore Celtic were given a rude awakening by Glencar Celtic in the Downtown Cup.

Gweedore who took the lead when Padraig McGarvey unleashed an unstoppable free kick from the edge of the box. Glencar equalised when Eugene Sullivan met a Shane Hilley cross at the back post. Hilley broke the offside trap for 2-1. Glencar went 3-1 up when Sullivan rounded the Gweedore keeper. With Glencar now on top Patrick Rafferty made it four. Gweedore Celtic upped their game after that and last week’s hero Cathal Boyle scored another cracker. As Gweedore pushed on Glencar scored again on the counter attack through Micky Molloy to round off the scoring.

Fintown Harps 3

E Molloy 33; S Boyle 60

Mulroy Celtic 0

Fintown Harps progressed to the last four of the Downtown cup with a 3-0 win over Mulroy Celtic.

Eugene Molloy adged the home side in front in the box and he sneaked in behind the keeper to put the home side in front. Fintown furthered their lead when Stephen Boyle rattled the net to make to two. Aaron Thompson then put his name on the scoresheet after good work by Shan Mc Millian and Shane Mc Loone on the wing. Mulroy tried hard to pull one back and came very close with five minutes left on the clock but Leon Thompson pulled of a great save. Fintown now go into the semi final of the Downtown Cup after a great show of football at the Comp. field in Glenties. Team performanceS by both teams.

Erne Wanderers 3

E Cleary 65; M Ward 70, 78

Gweedore United Res 1

Erne Wanderers came out on top of their quarter-final against Gweedore United played at the Lakeside Centre in glorious conditions on Saturday.

United’s first attempt on goal resulted in the striker tucking the ball under the advancing keeper to go one up against the run of play. With time running away from Erne Eamonn Cleary nodded home his eighth goal in last four games. Erne really pressed all over the pitch and finished the game really strongly with two goals from Michael Ward.

Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two

Deele Harps 1

S Gallagher 85

Donegal Town Res 1

G Ward 70

Deele Harps and Donegal Town shared the points in their Glencar Inn Division Two game.

Gary Ward struck from 25 yards a fine shot which took a slight deflection to give Donegal the lead. Deele huffed and puffed but finally got the equaliser through the evergreen Shane Gallagher, whose flicked header found the net.

Glenree United 1

K Doherty 15

Downtown United 5

S Doherty 58, 65, 75, 80

Downtown United were comfortable winners against Glenree United on Saturday thankd to four goals from Stephen Doherty.

Kevin Doherty hammered the ball in from close range to give the home side the lead.

The equaliser arrived when Downtown were awarded a corner kick and Doherty headed home. They took the lead in the 65th minute when a free-kick was deflected past the home ‘keeper. Downtown got their third goal through Doherty when Glenree were left short at the back. Two more goals from Dohertysealed the deal.

Glenea United Res 3

T Rodgers 42, 60; M McClafferty 70

Ramelton Mariners 1

P Durning 62

Glenea United kept up their promotion challenge with this fine win over the league leaders Ramelton Mariners.

Tommy Rodgers received a through ball in the box and he turned and clipped the ball home, in off the post. Rodgers was on hand to head home a Martin Doohan corner for 2-0. Almost immediately Ramelton pulled a goal back when Phil Durning headed home from close range. Glenea who regained their two-goal lead when Michael McClafferty headed home.