Erne Wanderers advanced to the semi final of the John Gorey Curran Cup with a 6-1 away victory over Drumkeen United on Saturday afternoon.
Drumkeen United 1
Erne Wanderers 6
Drumkeen took an early lead through Gavin Sweeney but Erne equalised just before half-time from Tom Hope.
Into the second and Erne took complete control of the game. They took the lead in the 50th minutes thanks to an own goal from Drumkeen defender Gavin Doherty. The floodgates then opened and Wanderers scored another four unanswered goals. Alan Russell, back with the club after a spell with Fanad United, made it 3-1, and Eamon McGrath got one before the league’s top goalscorer, Jamie Brennan, scored a brace.
Donegal Youth League (Northern Section)
Rovers go top
Letterkenny Rovers 3
Rosses Academy 1
Defending league champions Letterkenny Rovers guaranteed themselves at least a play-off in the Northern Section of the Donegal Youth League courtesy of this victory over Rosses Academy at the Aura Leisure Centre last Saturday.
In a strongly contested encounter, Rovers – who lost away to Rosses 2-1 before Christmas – knew anything other than three points and their grip on this year’s title was out of their hands.
Ben Boyle’s team, however, still remain very much in contention as a win over Swilly Rovers in their final league fixture and these two teams will renew acquaintances again on a neutral venue for the right to play Southern Section winners Erne Wanderers in the overall decider.
It’s all set up for an enthralling finish to the youth league season.
The home side held the advantage going into the break when a smartly worked moved down the right flank resulted in Peter McGlynn delivering a low cross into the box which Ryan McCloskey slid into the net from eight yards after 24 minutes.
Rovers continued to pile on the pressure as the Rosses goal came under seize while at the other end Jason Quinn had to be alert with a fine save from a rasping Luke Neely shot on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors did draw level seven minutes after the re-start. A free-kick from Adam Neely went straight through the Rovers defence and Hugh Boyle supplied a cool finish under pressure.
The contest was finely balanced at this stage but Rovers decisively went ahead midway through the half. A quick break saw McCloskey set-up Aaron Scanlon and the left winger powered home a superb low drive from the edge of the box beyond Danny Rodgers and into the net.
Rosses were rattled and fell further behind on 80 minutes. On this occasion, Scanlon was provider doing excellent work inside the penalty area before setting up substitute Jason Doherty who had the simple task of tapping the ball home into the empty net.
The game finished on a sour note for the visitors with the dismissal of Hugh Boyle for a straight red card.
Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, John Blaney, Noah Mailey, Kieran Doherty, Shane Porter, Kevin McGrath, Peter McGlynn, Dale Gorman, Michael Miller, Ryan McCloskey, Aaron Scanlon. Subs used – Jason Doherty, Brandon Wilkie, Kevin O’Donnell, Conor Coll, Ross McGahern.
Rosses Academy – Danny Rodgers, Ryan Rodgers, Adam Neely, Jack O’Brien, Patrick Gillespie, David McCarron, David Sweeney, Hugh Boyle, Leo Bonner, Conor Procter, Luke Neely. Subs used – Ryan Greane, Chris McGlanaghey, Shaun Bous, Darren Doherty.
Referee – Mick Lagan.
Donegal Youth League
Letterkenny Rovers 3-1 Rosses Academy
John “Gorey” Curran Cup
Drumkeen United 1-6 Erne Wanderers
Saturday 2nd February
Ko 2pm Extra time and penalties if required
John “Gorey” Curran Cup
Letterkenny Rovers v Cappry Rovers (S Toner)
Illistrin Fc v Bonagee United (P Duddy)
Swilly Rovers v Ballybofey United (K Logue)
Colm Breslin Cup
Drumkeen United v Drumbsr United (V McLaughlin)