Gweedore Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a convincing 7-0 victory over Lifford Celtic, while in Division One St Catherine’s smashed 10 past Convoy Arsenal.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Gweedore Celtic 7
O McNelis 15, 80; T Diver 35, 60; C Ferry 50, 55; E Cannon 70
Lifford Celtic 0 As the scoreline suggests this was a comfortable victory for the home side. Odhran McNelis, Tomas Diver and Colin Ferry helped themselves to a brace while Eamon Cannon, making his first appearance of the season, also got on the scoresheet.
Best for Gweedore David Ward and Jamie Boyle. A team effort from Lifford.
Referee: Kevin Logue
Milford Inn Hotel Div One
Donegal Town 3
JP Byrne 50; S Curneen 65; A McFadden 68
Arranmore United 3
B Brennan 25; D O’Donnell pen 38; B McGarvey 55
An entertaining contest was played at the Hospital Field as Donegal Town had to come from two goals down on two occasions.
Goals by Brendan Brennan and an O’Donnell penalty had the Islanders 2-0 up the break, but two goals in quick succession midway through the half from Stephen Curneen and Aidan McFadden gave the homne side a share.
Donegal tried in vain to get the winner with the best chance falling to McFadden but his effort was poked just past the post.
Best for Donegal were Clint Walsh and Conor Mc Monagle. Best for Arranmore was Brendan Mc Garvey.
Gweedore United 0
Curragh Athletic 1
In a very close encounter a George Bates goal separated the sides. United bossed proceedings for much of the game but Roy Duffy in the Curragh goal proved the difference in a man of the match display, denying Shane O’Donnell, Joe Duffy, Seamie McGlynn and Darren Ferry on numerous occasions.
The same pattern continued in the second half with Frank McGee was denied also as Gweedore just couldn’t find the net.
With the game nearing an end the saves kept coming even the sweeper Brian Gallagher seeing his shot well saved and pushed round the post for a corner. Cathal Gillespie was the only man on the Gweedore team not to have a shot at goal went up for the corner and saw his header go wide.
St. Catherine’s 10
R Farrell 3; S Molloy 10, 68, 82; S O’Rourke 13; C Blaine 32, 53; B Cannon 49, 78; R McNelis 78
Convoy Arsenal 0
St. Catherine’s were on the rampage at Emerald Park, hitting Convoy for 10. They were 4-0 up at the break and Shane Molloy completed his hat-trick in the second half as the Saints were inspired.
CT Ball Division Two
Bonagee United 1
M Doherty 34 pen
M Sweeney 18, 75; K Loughrey 65, P McVeigh 85
Whitestrand got an early lead from Michael Sweeney but a Michael Doherty penalty had Bonagee level.
Strand got the lead back on 65 minutes through Kevin Loughrey and then when Bonagee were reduced to ten men, they took advantage with Sweeney and Paul McVeigh adding further goals.
Best for Whitestrand were Paul Mc Veagh, Michael Sweeney and Shaun Mc Govern. Best for Bonagee United Noel O’ Donnell and Damien Mc Clafferty.
Referee Paddy Martin.
Cranford United 4
S Buchanan 25; C Doherty 30, 87; J McFadden 43
Keadue Rovers 2
S Bonner pen 40; D O’Donnell 60
Cranford were 3-1 up at the break thanks to goals from Shane Buchanan, Conor Doherty and James McFadden to a Sean Bonner penalty.
Doalty O’Donnell left just a goal between them in the second half but a late Conor Doherty effort sealed victory.
Team effort for Cranford. Paddy Bonnar and Mark Forkar best for Keadue.
Copany Rovers 1
T Given 57
Kerrykeel 71 5
F Friel 10; S Nanny Friel 32, 56, 69; S Coshia Friel 66
Inspired by the two Seamus Friels, with ‘Nanny’ grabbing a hat-trick, Kerrykeel eventually eased to a five one victory over Copany in Ballyshannon.
They were two up at the break and despite Thomas Given getting a Copany goal, the Friels were on fire to give Kerrykeel victory.
Best for Copany was Pete Walsh, with a strong team effort by the away side where the two Seamus Friels stood out.
Referee: Martin Mc Cafferty
Ballybofey United 3
D Redmond 15; C Doherty 60, 87
Drumbar United 1
E Brogan 22
Drumbar United belied their lowly league position when they came to Ballybofey on Sunday and pushed the league leaders from the first whistle to the last.
Darragh Redmond, who must surely be the most exciting young player in the league, put Ballybofey into the lead in the fifteenth minute when he was sent clear in the box by Alan Patton’s clever pass and unleashed an unstoppable shot.
Drumbar were level inside seven minutes with a goal that could be a candidate for Question Of Sport’s What Happened Next occurred. Ballybofey left-back Barney Mc Menamin assisted by Kevin Melaugh seemed to have snuffed out a Drumbar attack with a backpass to ‘keeper Bradley, who cleared upfield. Enda Brogan, sensing that the keeper was still out of position, drove a speculative shot from inside his own half directly into the Ballybofey net.
Conor Doherty replaced Darragh Crossan on the Ballybofey team and it was he who was to provide the goals that kept his side on top of the CT Ball Division Two over the Christmas break. On 60 minutes he pressurised the visiting netminder who fumbled the ball and Doherty calmly stroked it into an empty net. With five minutes remaining Doherty was sent clear in the box by Bonnar’s nicely weighted lob and the second half substitute made no mistake.
A good all round team performance from Drumbar United who going by this showing will climb the table in the second series of games. Gregg at the back and Melaugh in midfield formed a strong spine on which Ballybofey built this important mid-season victory.
Referee: Denis O’ Donnell.
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
S Conneely 60
Glenree United 4
N Doherty 42, P McCrudden 49; M McLaughlin 75; D Coyle 85
In very wintery conditions, Glenree came out on top in a hard fought encounter at Tymeen.
They took the lead through Niall Doherty just before the break and Pat McCrudden beat the offside trap to make it two on the restart.
While Shane Conneely pulled a goal back, further goals from Marty McLaughlin and Damien Coyle sent the visitors home with all three points.
Niall Doherty was best for Glenree. Shaun Gallagher and Stephen Graham were best for Letterbarrow.
Willie Duffy Saturday Division One
Dunfanaghy Town 1
Erne Wanderers 0
This was a slow game in which both sides failed to gather any momentum. With few chance early on Wanderers where first to settle but failed to keep any pressure on the Dunfanaghy defence. Half time came with neither keeper having been tested properly. The second half was much the same until late on when the Dunfanaghy strikers caught the
Wanderers defence napping and scored the only goal of the game
Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two
Fintown Harps 6
D Gallagher 6, 57; B Delaney 16; JP Breslin 26; Stephen Pirate 60; Aaron Thompson 75
Cranford United Res 1
In very windy and wet conditions at Pairc Acla Fintown were three up at half-time and never looked in danger.
Team performances by both teams.
Ramelton Mariners 6
P Durning 13, 32; P Stevenson 70; P Galllagher 73, 82; C McCahill 86
Glenree United Res. 5
J Happi 18, 76; M Buchanan 78; N Doherty 83; Doherty 87
The Mariners and Glenree played out a remarkable 11 goal thriller at Rab’s Park on Saturday. Mariners led 2-1 at half-time and when they went 4-1 up with 17 minutes left, it seemed the game was over.
But in a remarkable finish, Glenree hit back to leave it a nail-biting affair at the end.
Best for Mariners were Barry Coyle and Kevin Coyle. Glenree were best served by Owen Mc Loughlin and Kevin Doherty. Referee James Malseed had a fine game
Donegal Town Res. 2
D McCafferty 65, C McDaid 75
Tullyvinney Rovers 0
Despite a bright start from Tullyvinney, Donegal went on to dominate most of the match. However it took until the middle of the second half before they got their noses in front.
Best for Donegal were Niall Harvey and Ryan Earley. Team performance from Tullyvinney Rovers.