Arranmore maintain top spot

Glenea through to Ulster Junior Shield

Arranmore maintain top spot

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Arranmore United 3

Mulroy Celtic 0

Arranmore ran out 3-0 winners to maintain a good position at top of the league. Sharpshooter Gavin McGlanaghy had Arranmore ahead and he almost made it two before the break.

Early in the second half a Declan Proctor free-kick found the head of Benny McGarvey to make it 2-0 and McGlanaghy hit the third with Proctor again involved.

The Arranmore defensive partnership of Mike McHugh and Danny Rodgers kept Michael Sweeney quiet for the majority. Declan Proctor Michael McHugh and Gavin c Glanaghey were best for Arran and it was a team performance from Mulroy.

Referee: Brian O’Kane

Fintown Harps AFC 0

Drumkeen United 3

In this reversed game at St. Patrick’s Park, Drumkeen were too strong for an understrength Fintown side.

Marty Gallagher headed home a Ryan Kettle cross for the first, and they another from Peter McNamee before half-time.

The second half was pretty much the same and Peter McNamee added a third on the hour mark to wrap up the points. Fintown battled on bravely in this game but the home team just had too much for them on the day. A good sporting display from both teams which was well handled by referee Gerry Gallagher.

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Donegal Town Res 2

Erne Wanderers Res 1

The fixture was played at the Lakeside Centre. Donegal Town opened scoring when David “Ted” Bustard was taken down by the Erne keeper, following a beautifully flighted long ball from Ryan Hegarty. Gary Ward made no mistake from the mark.

Erne got level from another penalty but ‘Ted’ Bustard got the winner for Donegal, for whom Warren Montgomery impressed.

Keadue Rovers Res 4

St. Catherines Res 1

It was the visitors who took the lead in the first few minutes of this game after a free kick rebounded to a St Catherine's player and he finished well. This seemed to spark the Keadue team into life as they went on to dominate the firsthalf finding the net 4 times with 3 goals coming from Donal Rodgers and one from James Ferry to leave Keadue

St Catherine's dominated the 2nd half and had several good chances but failed to convert any. The games finished 4-1 to Keadue. Good team performances from both.

Curragh Athletic Res 1

Milford United Res 2

This game between Curragh and Milford Res was played under lights in the Curragh Sports Complex. Curragh were the better footballing side with some nice passing from Dermot Shields and Michael Kearney who were pulling the strings in midfield. It was 0-0 at half time. The second half saw Milford start well with JJ Fleming scoring on 54 minutes. Curragh came into it more and more but a slip was punished when Kieran Blaney scored. Curragh got one back though Simon Cromie.

Glenree United Res 2

Drumoghill F.C. Res 2

This reversed game at ‘The Moss’ was very competitive and ended in a draw. It was Glenree who took the lead through a super strike from Martin Cullen in the 30th minute.

In the second half the equaliser came through Mark Griffin in the 53rd minute. It was end to end and the Glenree outfit took the lead again when Cathal McGinley Snr. swung in a peach of a cross which John McClafferty firmly finished past the keeper on 67 minutes. In the final passage of play Drumoghill won a free kick which was flicked onto the back post and was finished by Mark Griffin for his second of the game and to ensure his team a draw. Best for Glenree were Martin Cullen and Conor Casey. Referee: Barry Hunter.

Castlefin Celtic Res 6

Cappry Rovers Res 0

The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute when Matthew O'Rourke latched onto a ball over the top and slotted home. Castlefin dominated throughout and Paul Logue increased their lead after his shot from 20 yards nestled in the bottom corner after 35 minutes.

The second half began in the same sort of fashion and a Keith Nelis cross found Gavin Mc Nulty who finished well at the back post on 55 minutes. The remainder of the second half was a one sided affair and the hosts increased their advantage with goals from James Mc Menamin, Thomas Devlin and O’ Rourke.

Best for Castlefin: James Mc Menamin and Gavin Mc Nulty. Best for Cappry: Team performance.

Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin

Ulster Junior Shield

Cootehill Harps 0

Glenea United Res 3

Glenea United Res ensured that the Donegal Junior League would have at least one representative in the Ulster Junior Shield Final this season.

On Saturday they travelled to Co. Cavan to take on Cootehill Harps Res in the first of two semi-finals to be contested over the weekend.

The Donegal Junior League have an enviable history in this competition since it’s inception in the season of 2013/2014. The inaugural winners were Raphoe Town who defeated Aileach Res in a close final played at Maginn Park. Twelve months later it was the turn of Convoy Arsenal to revel in glory. They also defeated Inishowen League opposition to claim the crown. Diamond Park, Ballyare was the venue for their historic victory over Glengad Res. Fast forward to 2016 and the prospect of an all Donegal Junior League Final.

Glenea United Res drawn away to Cootehill Harps Res and Glencar Celtic gifted a home match against Killylough F.C. Kevin McFadden, son of Tommy, is at the helm of the Glasserchoo second string this season. They are currently in a great position in the Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division sitting just two points behind Castlefin Celtic Res with a game in hand. An extended Cup run can work both ways but McFadden will be focusing totally on the positives having reached the Final without doing any damage to their League Title ambitions.

On Saturday Tommy Rodgers opened the scoring before Michéal McHugh doubled their advantage. Some knowledgeable in the game will tell you that 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline as the leaders can easily lose focus and get overhauled. That wasn’t allowed to happen on the high spec Astro Turf of the Cootehill venue.

Donal Coll got Glenea’s third goal to ensure his team have a final to look forward to come the closing weeks of the 2014.2015 season.