League leaders Rathmullan and Erne both drop points


League leaders Rathmullan and Erne both drop points

Ballybofey United were the only one of the Sunday division leaders who managed to win in the Donegal League at the weekend.

The Twin Towns club made it five league wins from five with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Kerrykeel FC.

Rathmullan Celtic have been joined at the top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division by Glenea United. Rathmullan lost 3-2 at home to Castlefinn Celtic, allowing Glenea to go joint top after their win away to St. Catherine's.

In Division One, Erne Wanderers drew 0-0 at Gweedore Celtic. Their lead over second placed Donegal Town is now down to just a point.

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Rathmullan Celtic 2

Castlefinn Celtic 3

There's usually a reason why clichés are clichés and on Sunday at the Flagpole Field the soaked supporters were treated to a game of two halves. The wind dictated play and it was with its assistance that Ryan Connolly opened the scoring on 27 minutes with a free that evaded everyone in the box and ended up in the back of the net.

On 31 minutes Jude Patton opened his account for Rathmullan with a clever swivel in the box after a corner to put Rathmullan two up. Judging by his performance it should be the first of many.

The match completely turned in the second half as the wind got up and Castlefinn took full advantage first with a delightful finish by Matthew O’ Rourke on 55 minutes and then a quick fire double from ex Finn Harps player of the season Raymond Foy and a penalty dispatched by Emmett White after a handball from the unfortunate J P Doran.

Referee: Joe McHugh

Lagan Harps 4

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2

Lagan held on to claim the three points after Kilmacrennan staged a late fight back.

Lagan opened the scoring on 27 minutes when Chris Toner's cross was volleyed home at the back post by Gavin Mc Glanaghey.

Kilmacrennan responded with Jimmy Mc Elwaine heading a Michael Mc Laughlin cross just over. Lagan increased their lead on 35 minutes when Mc Glanaghey lobbed the keeper from wide on the right.

McGlanaghey completed his hat-trick on 58 minutes when he seized on a ball spilled by the keeper to fire home.

Kilmacrennan got back into it on 70 minutes when Michael McLaughlin converted a penalty. They got it back to 3-2 with the goal of the game on 75 minutes. A long ball was chested down by Timmy Burke and Christopher Dillon volleyed home.

Lagan got the insurance goal on 88 minutes when Kenny Doran got on the end of a long ball and raced clear to score.

For Lagan Ronan Gibson and Gavin Mc Glanaghey were best while Michael Mc Laughlin and Christopher Dillon were Kilmac's best.

Referee: Paddy Martin.

St. Catherines 0

Glenea United 1

Poor conditions resulted in a rather dull affair in the first half at Emerald Park. The Glenea keeper was the busier of the two keeping the visitors in the game with a great save down to his left from a Ryan Farrelly left foot shot .

Glenea came out the stronger team for the second half and started to dominate in the middle of the field as the home side tired dramatically. Their dominance paid off on 30 minutes when Eamonn Mc Hugh lobbed the Saints’ keeper from inside the box. The home team had no answer to this score and Glenea held on for a well-deserved three points.

Best for Glenea were Lee O’ Brien and Paddy Cannon. Shaun Gorrelle impressed for St. Catherine's.

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Gweedore Celtic 0

Erne Wanderers 0

Erne started best in this game that was played in blustery conditions at An Screaban. Michael Mc Kelvey did well to thwart the Erne men on several occasions. The Celts started better in the second half and were unlucky not to take the lead when Eamonn Mc Gee dragged his shot wide with the just the keeper to beat.

In the dying moments of the game Mc Kelvey again did well when he batted away an Erne shot.

Best players on show were Michael Mc Kelvey and Conor Duggan.

Referee: Ed Moore.

Raphoe Town 1

Glenree United 0

In wet conditions the match was reversed to Glenree Park and it seemed to be in the favour of the home side as they started strong in the first half with Martin Mc Bride hitting both crossbar and upright in the opening exchanges.

A controversial moment in the game came in the 35th minute when Mc Bride again hit the crossbar but it seemed to the whole of Glenree Park it crossed the line, but to the bemusement of the home team it was awarded as a free out.

The second half was a much more incident free half with two committed teams going head to head. The only goal of the game came in the 86th minute when Chris Bogle broke free and finished well to give his side the vital three points.

Referee: Mickey Mulhern

Gweedore United 1

Deele Harps 1

This game was changed to Saturday night and played in good conditions under the floodlights at Carrickboyle in front of a large turnout.

United had the majority of possession in the opening half and saw good early chances for Gary Mc Fadden, Michael Barry, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Frank Mc Gee all excellently saved by Martin Mongan in the Deele nets.

The home side took a deserved lead in the 24th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden finished well past Mongan.

In the second half Deele began to press in search of an equaliser with Shaun Gallagher, Shaun O’ Reilly and Brian Breslin playing well.

Deele got a free kick just outside the 18 yard box in the 92nd minute. Shaun Gallagher curved the free into the bottom right corner off the post to earn a good point for the visitors.

Referee: Marty Quinn.

Donegal Town 3

Keadue Rovers 1

Donegal got off to a flying start through Benny Byrne and found themselves a goal ahead after only ten minutes.

Byrne was involved again soon after, this time taking the ball down inside the Keadue box and setting up Stephen Curneen who made no mistake from ten yards.

Keadue came at Donegal strong towards the end of the first half and were rewarded for their efforts. Keadue's Donal Rodgers pulled the ball back to Ryan Greene who fired low past the Donegal keeper. Keadue were the better side in the second half and probably deserved something from the game. But Donegal remained resilient in defence and David Graham sealed all three points late in the game finishing low past the Keadue keeper.

Cappry Rovers 3

Bonagee United 0

Cappry made the break-through in the tenth minute when Calvin Bradley scored with a shot from twenty yards.

The second arrived in the 58th minute following a corner the ball fell to M.P.Mc Daid at the back post and he scored from close range.

Patrick Mc Nulty sealed the points for Cappry in the 71st minute when he won the ball and shot to the top of the net.

Best for Cappry were M. P. Mc Daid and Patrick McNulty. Graham Cullen was best for Bonagee.

Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin.

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Dunkineely Celtic 4

Cranford United 3

At a wet and blustery Darney Park, Dunkineely got off to a flyer when after just 2 minutes a great through ball from Paul Murrin found Andrew Mackey and he lobbed the keeper to open the scoring.

However, it was short-lived when Philip Buchanan got on the end of a good cross in the 7th minute to equalise.

Both sides had chances but it was the home side who struck again in the 35th minute through Alistair Rodgers to make it 2-1 to the home side at the break.

Dunkineely came out for the 2nd half with a good strong wind behind them and struck again in the 60th minute when Andrew Mackey made great work when he rounded the keeper to make it 3-1.Five minutes later Buchanan won a penalty and he made no mistake from the spot. Five minutes after that they were level through an own goal.

Both teams pushed for the winner and it was the home side who got it from a corner. Pauric Mc Intyre headed home a great goal in the 85th minute.

Ballybofey Utd 4

Kerrykeel 0

Ballybofey United extended their good start to the season by another week when they defeated Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. on Sunday afternoon at the Finn Valley Complex in Stranorlar. Ballybofey led by two at the break courtesy of goals from Gary Mc Girr and Damien Glackin.

In the second half Glackin added his second before Dan O’Brien completed the scoring from close range. Kerrykeel fought until the end but Hughie Walsh and his side will have better days at the office.

Referee: Andrew Mullin.

Drumkeen United 10

Curragh Athletic 3

This game was reversed to the Curragh because of a waterlogged pitch in Drumkeen but the change of venue did not seem to worry Drumkeen too much as they ended up with a comprehensive victory in Killygordon.

Four goals from Peter McNamee, two each from Niall Bonner and Aaron Doherty and a goal apiece from Eoghan Kennedy and Jason Moore ensured that Drumkeen took all three points.

Eany Celtic 2

Letterbarrow Celtic 2

Letterbarrow took the lead after 20 minutes when Dermot Slevin banged home a free kick. However, the lead didn’t last long whenEany equalised on 30 minutes with a free kick of their own. The sides went in level at half time.

Against the run of play Eany took the lead in the 70th minute when Pauric Mc Hugh tucked home.

The visitors kept pressing and were rewarded when their keeper took a free kick from inside his own half and it deceived everyone and went straight in to the net.

Referee: James Malseed