Keadue Rovers Reserves were the big scorers in the Glencar Inn Saturday League, firing si past Gweedore United Reserves
Most of the rest of the games in both leagues were draws or resulted in narrow victories.
Old Orchard Saturday
St. Catherines Res 2
Ramelton Mariners 1
St. Catherines’ Res played host to Ramelton Mariners and secured all three points from the match. The home side failed to capitalise on their first half supremacy, their two best chances falling to Gerry Mc Cabe and Luke Kelly. Ramelton’s would have been the happier camp when the interval arrived with the deadlock unbroken.
The second half started lively with both teams creating half chances. On seventy minutes Gerry Mc Cabe scored from six yards to give the hosts the lead, the plaudits for the assist going to Shane Mc Guinness. On eighty minutes Mariners got a penalty when Saints’ keeper Shane O’ Gara fouled Oisin Duffy and it was Duffy himself who converted the resulting kick.
The Saints pressed hard looking for a winner and it came on eighty five minutes when Gerry Mc Cabe was fouled in the Mariners’ box. Brian Smith stepped up and sealed the win for The Saints. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Paul Doherty
Glenea United Res 2
Mulroy Celtic 1
Glenea United Res got their first win of the Saturday League season with this well deserved victory over Mulroy. Glenea opened the scoring on 2 minutes when Neil Mc Geever headed home a Shane Coll Cross. As the first half wore on Mulroy came more into the game and Eamonn Sweeney came close with an effort from 25 yards which was well saved by Ciaran Gallagher. In the second half Glenea got their 2nd goal on 50 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed home a Donal Coll corner.
Glenea almost made it three on 55 minutes when, after good work by Sean Mc bride and Dean Gallagher, Conor Mc Clafferty saw his effort well saved. Mulroy got back into the game on 65 minutes when Paul Martin took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot the ball home. Mulroy pushed hard for an equaliser and were almost rewarded on 89 minutes, only for Glenea keeper Ciaran Gallagher to deny them.
Best for Glenea were Kevin McFadden, Donal Coll and Dean Gallagher, while Eamonn Sweeney was best for Mulroy.
Referee: Brian O’ Kane
Fintown Harps 2
Orchard F.C. 2
Orchard’s Niall Bonner opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the first half. From then on Fintown’s heads were down and they couldn’t seem to get into the game. However they pushed hard for the equaliser and with 18 minutes gone in the second half Darragh Gallagher scored to bring them back on level terms.
Then, in the 65th minute, Fintown took the lead after great work by Brian Delaney and Daragh Gallagher created a chance which Christopher Mc Glynn finished. With 15 minutes left on the clock Orchard levelled the game again through Stephen Kelly. Good team performances by both sides. Referee: Michael Mulhern
Glencar Inn Saturday
Arranmore United 3
Milford United Res 0
Milford United Res failed to field for this Division Two match and therefore the three points go to Arranmore United by virtue of a three goals to nil scoreline.
Tullyvinney Rovers 1
Donegal Town Res 1
Tullyvinney almost broke the deadlock when Martin Alexander played a one two with Stephen Devine before firing a thunderbolt that struck the crossbar. This seemed to spur Donegal into action when they forced a fine save from Nigel Hegarty. Tullyvinney finished the half the stronger with Paul Mc Daid and Stephen Devine controlling the midfield and creating numerous chances for the lively Mervyn White.
Tullyvinney started the second half the stronger and took the lead when Adam Gardiner scored a wonder goal from the half way line. Tullyvinney were well on top at this stage but Donegal Town scored from a quick breakaway when the unmarked Ted Bustard scored from six yards with a header. Both teams had appeals for penalties waved away. In the end a draw was a fair result. Best for Tullyvinney were Steve Devine and Adam Gardiner, good team effort from Donegal Town. Referee: Barry Hunter.
Curragh Athletic Res 2
Strand Rovers 2
Curragh went in front after 10 minutes with Gary Heaney scoring from a Gary Quinn cross. Niall Fitzsimons shot over on 25 minutes after good work by Justin Mc Bride. Curragh scored again in the 36th minute from a Dan O’ Brien strike. In the 43rd minute Strand scored from a corner that Thomas Brennan headed home.
Strand equalised in the 63rd minute when Paddy Glackin took the ball down and hit an unstoppable strike from 25yards. Michael Dullaghan pulled of a brilliant save in the 75th minute from Paddy Glackin. Curragh pushed for a winner and the Strand keeper pulled off two great saves, both from Gary Heaney. A draw was a fair result. Best for Curragh were Michael Dullaghan and Damien Reilly. A solid team performance from Strand Rovers.
Glenree United Res 2
Cranford United Res 2
In this local derby match it was the homeside who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Damien Nelis rose highest to head home. Glenree almost went two up but Emmet Haughey saw his shot narrowly miss the top corner. The away side were back on level terms in the 35th minute when Johnny Wilhare scored.
The second half was fifteen minutes old when Damien Nelis restored Glenree’s lead from the penalty spot. Cranford levelled again through Lee Lynch’s well hit shot after 87 minutes. A good team performance from Cranford. Best for Glenree were Damien Nelis and John Coll. Referee: Ed Moore
Keadue Rovers Res 6
Gweedore United Res 2
Keadue Rovers continued their good run in the Saturday league with another win at Central Park. Gweedore looked the more lively and deservedly took the lead on thirteen minutes. Sean Paul McMahon was fouled in the box and he took the resultant penalty. His effort hit the post but Stephen O’Donnell dispatched the rebound. After twenty minutes Luke Neely had the home side’s first opportunity which he poked wide. On thirty seven minutes though Keadue were level when Adrian Hanlon’s free kick was met by Chris Greene’s close range header.
On 49 minutes Gweedore went ahead again when Stephen O’Donnell got the ball, beat a few defenders and unleashed a great effort past Chris Mc Glynn in the Keadue nets. Keadue pulled level ten minutes later when Daniel Bonner scored a fine goal with a chip over the keeper from outside the box. The game’s turning point came on seventy minutes when Gweedore’s goalkeeper was hurt and had to be replaced. Conor Greene headed firmly to the net to give Keadue the lead. On eighty minutes Keadue scored again through sub Alan Rodgers. Two more late goals from Adrian Hanlon on eighty three minutes and Corey Gallagher in injury time completed the scoring. Best for Gweedore United were Brian Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell while best for Keadue were Corey Gallagher and Conor Greene. Referee: Kevin Doherty.