A 7-0 win for Cockhill Celtic against Bonagee leaves them just a point short of retaining the Ulster Senior title.
Kildrum’s challenge was ended by Letterkenny Rovers in a 0-0 draw at Leckview Park, while Fanad United’s 7-0 victory over Killea keeps their slender hopes alive.
The title will be decided in the final game when Fanad have to visit Cockhill in two weeks time as the men from the Kingdom must win in Cockhill to force a play-off for the trophy.
Next week see’s a break from League action with the Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup taking centre stage and there are three mouthwatering ties in prospect with Cockhill having home advantage over Kildrum Tigers while at Leckview, Letterkenny Rovers will host two time winners, Fanad Utd. In the remaining game Bonagee Utd. will host Drumkeen Utd.
Bonagee Utd 0
Cockhill Celtic 7
The reigning Champions stay on course to retain their title with this comprehensive victory yesterday afternoon.
Bonagee began the game very well and dominated the first quarter hour, with both Aidan McLaughlin and Chris Moran having early chances for the hosts. With Cockhill coming more into the game, the pace of Mark Moran and Derek Doherty was causing all sorts of issues for the home defence.
The breakthrough arrived in the 26th minute, when Aidan O’Donnell powered home a Doherty cross. Conor Harley was certainly the busier keeper for the remainder of the first forty five with his woodwork being struck on three different occasions by Mal McDermott, Liam O’Donnell and Paul McKinney.
Cockhill began the second half as they finished the first and scored a further 5 goals before the hour mark. Paul McKinney scored three of those to claim his hat-trick, but not to be outdone, Aidan O’Donnell completed his treble in the 60th minute.
The rout was complete with five minutes to go, this time McDermott scoring the goal of the game when he lobbed Harley from 20 yards.
Best for Bonagee was Conor Harley and Johnny Havlin, with the front pairing of McKinney and O’Donnell excellent for the reigning champions.
Referee: Tommy McAree
Letterkenny Rovers 0
Kildrum Tigers 0
Report: Diarmaid Doherty
Kildrum Tigers needed a victory in this end of season game at Leckview Park to keep their title hopes alive. But it was Letterkenny who created the better chances over the 90 minutes.
Rovers worked hard throughout with young Odhran McMacken and Gareth Boyle impressing in midfield and Glen Hamilton excellent in the centre of defence.
Jamie Doherty went closest to breaking the deadlock on 20 minutes but after breaking through on goal his chip over Tigers keeper, Marty McGinty, clipped the underside of the crossbar.
At the other end, the visitors created a number of set piece situations but for all their effort, they failed to test James Gallagher in the Rovers goal.
It was a similar pattern after the break. McMacken was denied the opener thanks to a brilliant stop from McGinty while Boyle and Mailey also went close.
Kildrum introduced Ronan Coyle, Sean McGowan and Darren McCreadie in the closing stages. However, apart from a penalty claim following a foul on Darren Cassidy and a close range volley from Kenny Doran, they never looked like finding that all important goal.
Lkenny Rovers: James Gallagher, Conal McGonigle, Dan O’Donnell, John Doherty, Glen Hamilton, Odhran McMacken (Michael Miller 60), Jamie Doherty, Gareth Boyle, Darren McElwaine, Josh Mailey, Oisin Grant (Ciaran McPherson 55).
Kildrum: Marty McGinty, Dermot Kelly, Neil Lloyd, Paddy McLaughlin, Russell Porter, Damien Crossan (Darren McCreadie 75), Glen Bovaird (Sean McGowan 75), Kenny Doran, Gavin Doherty, Matthew Crossan (Ronan Coyle 65), Darren Cassidy.
Referee: Donal McCafferty
Assistants: Packie Coll, Mick Lagan.
Fanad Utd 7
Killea FC 0 Fanad Utd. fielded their strongest team, the same team that overcame Buncrana in midweek and were quick out of the blocks and were two goal up within fifteen minutes, the first being an unfortunate own goal by a Killea defender on ten minutes, the second from Alan Gethins five minutes later.
In the second half Fanad went three up from Trevor Gethins on 48 minutes. From then on it was all down hill for Killea as Fanad threatened to run riot. The fourth goal, Alan Gethins second, came on fifty-five minutes with an easy chance following some loose play from the Killea defence.
Fanad added three more, before the final whistle, from Cannon (56), Friel (60) and Kelly scored just before the final whistle to make it seven nil and set up a thrilling final day clash in Cockhill that Fanad must win to force a play-off for the title.
Referee: Paul Duddy
FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup Round 2 at 2pm
Cockhill Celtic v Kildrum Tigers. T McAree, Assts. J. Coll & P. Melaugh
Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad United. P. Duddy Assts. D. McCafferty and M. Lagan
Bonagee United v Drumkeen United. S. Toner Assts. C. McLaughlin and A.N. Other .
P W D L F A GD Pts
Cockhill Celtic 17 11 5 1 48 13 35 38
Kildrum Tigers 18 10 6 2 46 21 25 36
Fanad United 17 11 2 4 38 18 20 35
Letterkenny Rrs 18 6 7 5 30 26 4 25
Killea FC 17 7 2 8 31 37 -6 23
Drumkeen United 18 5 6 7 31 41 -10 21
Swilly Rovers 18 5 4 9 23 48 -25 19
Buncrana Hearts 18 5 3 10 28 37 -9 18
Bonagee United 17 4 2 11 19 39 -20 14
Derry City 18 4 1 13 25 40 -15 13
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