Erne Wanderers claimed the CT Ball Division Two title in dramatic fashion on Sunday as they leapfrogged table toppers Deele Harps with a 2-0 win, while the other contenders Glenree could only manage a draw at Curragh.
It was a day of high drama - the Ballyshannon club started out on Sunday in third spot in the division.
But they upset the odds by recording a fantastic 2-0 victory to clinch a memorable league title.
Meanwhile, the Division One title will go down to the wire but Lagan Harps have it in their own hands. They drew with Keadue and now go to Kerrykeel next Sunday to secure the title.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan C 3 Glenea United 4
It was Glenea who were quickest off the mark though when one of Kilmacrennan’s defenders misjudged the ball and Ciaran Mc Geady fired the ball into the net.
Just two minutes later Glenea doubled their lead when a free from just outside the box deflected off Kilmacrennan’s wall and slotted into the net. Kilmacrennan got a goal back when Caolan Kelly scored an excellent goal from outside the box leaving Glenea’s keeper with no chance.
It wasn’t until the 77th minute that the next goal came. Glenea’s Darren Mc Geever was the man to score this time. Glenea were awarded a penalty on the 80th minute as one of their players was adjudged to be taken down in the box. Jason Hegarty stood up to the mark to deny Glenea a third goal.
Glenea’s Christopher Cannon found himself one on one with the keeper on the 84th minute and made no mistake putting the Glenea men 3 ahead. The last 5 minutes of the game was an exciting affair, Kilmacrennan’s Garry Gorman got two goals back and it looked like they might get a draw.
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Cappry Rovers 2
Dara Patton and Shea Coyle scored for Rathmullan while Brian Lafferty and Alan Patton got Cappry’s two goals in this end of season encounter at the Flagpole.
Kildrum Tigers 2 St. Catherines 1
Kildrum took the lead after 4 minutes when William Lynch slotted home from a Brian Coll free-kick. St. Catherine's levelled after 20 minutes when McGuire finished precisely from the penalty spot.
Kildrum restored their lead on 23 minutes when good work from Shane McIntyre and Damian Crossan set up Gary Crossan who rattled home from 25 yards.
Temple Domestic Appliances Div One
Raphoe Town 0 Convoy Arsenal 2
Convoy went ahead when Eunan Kelly curled a shot past Roy Duffy. The second half belonged to Convoy and they scored a second when a lapse in concentration let in Ryan Carlin to score.
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 Donegal Town 3
Kerrykeel netminder Shane Sandilands made three if not four outstanding saves to keep his side in the game. Donegal took the lead on 44 minutes when Benny Byrne headed them in front. Kerrykeel gave as good as they got in the second half and on 65 minutes they were awarded a penalty which unfortunately for them they missed. Donegal went on to score two more in the final ten minutes.
Bonagee United 3 Lifford Celtic 1
The home side took the lead on 53 minutes when after good work down the right by Noel O’Donnell he found Chris Darby outside the box and his shot was pushed away by the keeper and the incoming Greg Jacob who shot home from six yards. Lifford levelled on the hour after a cross into the box from the right fell to Adam Kelly and he shot home from ten yards. Bonagee got their second on 70 minutes after a Shane Kelly cross from the right to Chris Darby and he shot home from 15 yards. Kelly and Carlin were always a threat for the visitors in attack. Bonagee got their third on 88 minutes when Eamon Cannon scored direct from a corner kick.
Keadue Rovers 0 Lagan Harps 0
Lagan left Central Park with a point that could have a big bearing on the destination of the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One trophy.
The League crown is now in their own hands and a victory next Sunday against Kerrykeel would give the Orchard Park side the silverware.
It will not be easy however as the other Orchard Park men, Convoy Arsenal are breathing down their neck only a point adrift should Lagan slip up. Convoy visit Bonagee next weekend while also still in the title mix are Donegal Town who are level with Convoy and host Lifford Celtic next Sunday.
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow C 1 Ballybofey United 3
This was the last game of the season for both teams and was played in a good spirit at Tymeen. Ballybofey started brightly but Letterbarrow took the lead on 25 minutes when their top scorer for the season, John Corley, tapped in from close range.
Ballybofey got their equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining when Damien Glackin tapped into the empty net when the home side stopped in anticipation of a free out for a foul on the home keeper. Two minutes later, Glackin added his second when he was put through by Wizard McGowan.
Letterbarrow pushed hard for an equaliser and James Mc Groary was unlucky when the visitors’ keeper made a top corner save from his 25 yard free kick. As they pushed forward Letterbarrow left gaps at the back and Glackin secured his hat-trick (but not the match ball in this league!) in injury time.
Whitestrand United 4 Copany Rovers 0
Whitestrand started the game on the front foot when Matt McNulty broke through and slotted past the advancing Copany keeper. It wasn’t long before McNulty was through again but this time his shot went narrowly wide.
The second goal came when Kevin Loughrey broke through and scored with a shot across the keeper. The second half started in a similar vein to the first when Kevin Loughrey got his second goal with a well struck shot.
The final goal came when Shane Mc Glade made no mistake and calmly slotted past the keeper. All in all it was a good performance from Whitestrand to end their games at Mc Garvey park for this season on a high.
Deele Harps 0 Erne Wanderers 2
Visitors Erne Wanderers left Lifford with the CT Ball Division 2 title following a late twist in the title race.
Deele started slowly and never really got going and went behind following a spill from the 'keeper and Michael 'Sticky' Ward was there to tap home. Erne were strong in defence and well marshalled by Eamonn Cleary and Ryan O’ Brien and Deele couldn't break them down.
The second half was a tough encounter with little in the way of chances and as Deele pushed for the equaliser the sucker punch came when Erne broke and Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward fired home from the edge of the box. But just before that, Karl O'Brien made a save which was vital to the win.
With Curragh Athletic and Glenree drawing it was Erne who lifted the title. Best for Erne were Ryan O’ Brien and Eamonn Cleary, Dermot Slevin, Cian and David Dolan.
Curragh Athletic 0 Glenree United 0
Glenree came to Killygordon with one eye on Promotion and another on the League Title. With these two in mind this is how they went about playing the match, cautiously hopeful.
While they shaded the play for much of the game they were never far enough in supremacy to go fully at the home rearguard, deciding instead to hold what they had and maybe gain something extra on the break. That said, Curragh had the most accomplished player on the field in the evergreen Dermot Shiels who gave a lesson in defending that all young players could do with watching and learning from.
Congratulations to Glenree on their promotion.
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. 0 Drumkeen United 0
Orchard F.C. finished the season as runners-up in the Old Orchard Saturday Division Two of the Donegal Junior League. Sean O’ Donnell’s men won seven matches and drew five with only two defeats during the campaign. They scored 33 goals and conceded 16amassing twenty six points. Drumkeen United finished in third spot again winning seven matches with five draws and four defeats. One unusual statistic of the St. Patrick’s Park men was the face that they ended with a negative goal difference, -1, an unusual occurrence for a team in the higher places in the tables.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Res 0 Milford U Res 6
Milford United Reserves completed their League season with a six goal victory over Cappry Rovers Reserves.
Milford started Saturday’s game strongly and were ahead in the 8th minute when Joey Cullen finished off a good move. Milford kept the pressure on and made it 2-0 when Jamie Whelan scored from the penalty spot. It was 3-0 in the 43rd minute when JJ Fleming finished off another Milford move.
Further goals came from Joey Cullen and Ciaran Blaney.appry didn't give up and tried to get back into the game but Milford were still well on top and made 4-0 when Joey Cullen headed home at the back post. Joey Cullen completed his hat-trick with another header in the 70th minute. Milford completed the scoring in the 83rd minute when Ciaran Blaney finished well.
The Saturday League Shield
Strand Rovers 0 Drumbar F.C. 3
Drumbar F.C. are the first team through to the Final of the Saturday League Shield. Their opposition will come in the shape of either Fintown Harps AFC or Mulroy Celtic who contest the second semi-final on Saturday next at Pairc Acla, kick-off 2 p.m.