Bonagee United seal first division USL championship

Kildrum Tigers 3 Buncrana Hearts 1 Kildrum Tigers overcame Buncrana Hearts at Station Road Park on Sunday as Raymond McDaid's team remain on course for a second placed finish with the league title already nestling in Letterkenny.

Ronan Coyle fired Kildrum into a first-half lead and it stayed that way until the early minutes of the second-half when they broke for a second - this time Gavin Doherty made no mistake in finding the back of the Buncrana net.

Buncrana pulled one back when Sean Michael Boucher-Hayes picked his spot and beat Gareth Wade to bring his side back into it. However, Kildrum sealed the points when Coyle bagged his second of the game to make the win safe. Kildrum play Fanad United on Sunday next in a shoot-out for second place.

DPD Couriers USL First Division

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Bonagee United did enough at St Patrick's Park in Drumkeen on Saturday afternoon to clinch the DPD Couriers USL First Division championship.

A draw would have done, but a three goals to one win was more than enough for Bonagee to become only the second winners of the second flight, after Swilly Rovers' success 12 months ago.

On 30 minutes, Chris Moran put Jason Ashmore in for the opening goal, but the lead was short-lived as within five minutes the score was level when Peter McNamee scored a screamer from 25 yards.

Bonagee's Shane Gibbons, on the hour, played in captain Mark Harkin, before the win was rounded off by an excellent individual goal from Rory McGilloway, who ran half the length of the pitch before netting. The goal sparked the celebrations for the team managed by Peter Moran and Tony O'Carroll. They have a chance to make it a double this weekend in the First Division Cup final against Killea FC, which will be played at Station Road in St Johnston.

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Kildrum Tigers 2

Swilly Rovers' manager Columba O'Donnell's late introduction of Tony McNamee proved to be a masterstroke. The home side trailed by a goal and were playing with only 10 men, as Johnny Boyle had received a second yellow card after 50 minutes.

McNamee soon started to change things, and levelled the scores, at 2-2, after only three minutes action. His low well-placed shot gave Kyle Tinney no chance in the Kildrum goal.

McNamee had Tinney beaten once more in the 79th minute, only to see his shot rebound off the post. He then passed to Leonard Boyce who finished coolly to give Swilly victory.

The game was a lively entertaining encounter throughout, and Kildrum got off to a great start with Blain Curtis finding the net after only 6 minutes. Marty McDaid came close on a couple of occasions before making the scores 1-1 on the quarter-hour, as he turned in a Laurence Toland cross.

Swilly, in particular, had chances aplenty, with Eunan Diver providing several nice crosses for McDaid, Leonard Boyce and Paul Fisher. On the stroke of half-time, Boyce went very close, seeing his effort rebound off the post.

Kildrum's Keith Patton forced a fine save from John Roulstone. The Swilly goalkeeper was beaten, however by Damien Crossan in the 58th minute. Crossan had a fine game for Kildrum, who were well supported by Shane Browne in defence.

But Swilly upped their game with only 10 men and hard work from Marty Boyce, Laurence Toland and Barry Mooney eventually brought the brace of goals, which guaranteed Swilly second place in the league.


Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Sunday 27th September, 2pm

Kildrum Tigers v Fanad United Tommy McAree

Cockhill Celtic v Drumkeen United Stephen Toner

Letterkenny Rovers v Derry City Con McLaughlin

Swilly Rovers v Buncrana Hearts Joe McHugh

Monday 28th September, 7.30pm

Convoy Arsenal v Bonagee United Tommy McAree

USL First Division League Cup Final

Saturday 26th September, 2pm at Station Road Park St Johnston - extra time and penalties if necessary

Killea FC v Bonagee United Joe McHugh


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