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Kilmacrennan Celtic topple champs Glenea United

Garreth Concar , St Catherines breaks down the wing during yesterday's clash with Milford United. 2101cg71

Garreth Concar , St Catherines breaks down the wing during yesterday's clash with Milford United. 2101cg71

KILMACRENNAN CELTIC moved to joint-top of the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division with a 1-0 away win against last year’s champions, Glenea United.

Lifford Celtic, who are joined by Kilmacrennan Celtic on 18 points, were hammered 4-0 at home by Rathmullan Celtic, while Gweedore Celtic grabbed a precious 2-1 win at bottom of the table Castlefin Celtic.

Glenea United........................................0

Kilmacrennan Celtic..............................1

Kilmacrennan Celtic produced what might be termed a massive result come the season’s end when they left Glaserchoo with a 1-0 win over champions Glenea United.

The home side started well and Michael Barry went close and they continued to push for the opening goal, making chances on a number of occasions through efforts from Kevin Mulhern, Sean McBride and Denis Boyle.

Glenea started the second half still pushing for the lead goal, but found themselves one down on 50 minutes when Raymond Shields headed home a corner with Kilmacrennan’s first effort on goal.

Glenea kept going forward looking for an equaliser but the Kilmacrennan goal led a charmed life as a series of goal bound efforts were blocked by the away defence.

Rathmullan Celtic..................................4

Lifford Celtic...........................................0

Rathmullan Celtic sent out a message of their clear intentions to claim a remarkable league treble with a scintillating four-goal victory over table-toppers Lifford Celtic.

Mark Curran’s side won the CT Ball Division One two seasons ago and the Milford Inn Division One last. Now, with three wins on the bounce in 2013 scoring 14 goals and conceding none, they are eyeing the biggest prize yet.

The table-toppers went behind to an early goal after five minutes when Paddy Sheridan scored from an in swinging corner to set the tone for the afternoon ahead.

In the second period Dara Patton set up Eoin Sheridan on the edge of the area on 55 minutes and the midfield dynamo scored with an outrageous chip from 20 yards.

Oisin McMenamin put the game beyond doubt on 65 minutes with a stunning free kick into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Rathmullan earned the Seasiders a penalty with two minutes remaining which was dispatched with class from the very impressive Paddy Sheridan.

Lagan Harps...........................................2

Dunkineely Celtic...................................1

This game was reversed to Darney Park but Dunkineely failed to take advantage and fell to a disappointing defeat.

Lagan took the lead on the hour when Shane Browne finished from close range after a good break on the left wing.

Dunkineely equalised on 70 minutes when Aaron Byrne picked up a clearance 30 yards from goal and beat one player before firing a great shot to the corner of the net.

Instead of building on this Dunkineely conceded two minutes later when a Brian Kelly shot from 20 yards took a wicked deflection and ended up in the net.

Castlefin Celtic.......................................1

Gweedore Celtic....................................2

Castlefin’s run of bad luck continued into when Gweedore Celtic claimed all three points in Parkview yesterday as Dan Curran struck a stoppage time winner for the visitors.

Castlefin started the brighter and took the lead through Damien McGlinchey after good work from Barry Tourish with seven minutes played.

Gweedore upped the tempo and were awarded a penalty after a handball in the home defence but Castlefin keeper Paul Logue saved Tomas Diver’s spot kick.

In the second half both sides pushed in search of goals and in the 60th minute Gweedore got their equaliser after a scramble in the home defence the ball fell to David Mc Gee, who poked home.

Castlefin pressed for the winner spurned great chances through Barry and Ronan Tourish and Kieran Brennan. In the 92nd minute Gweedore got the winner when a Curran shot bulleted into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Watson Hire Division One

Curragh Athletic...................................1

Cappry Rovers.........................................0

A goal inside the first minute ended up to be the winning goal in a very close derby match played in Killygordon as Curragh Athletic moved three points clear at the top.

A move involving Kevin Rafferty and Paddy Collins ended up with Shane Barclay sliding the ball past the stranded Brendan O’ Meara.

The second half saw the home side begin to show why they are top with Ryan Carlin and Shane Barclay ever dangerous up front.

In fact the home side produced the best chance of the second half when a Ryan Carlin shot was parried by O’Meara but Collins just could not convert the rebound.

Rafferty did have the ball in the net on 71 minutes but it was ruled out for offside.

Arranmore United.................................0

Ballybofey United...................................0

Arranmore United and Ballybofey played out a scoreless draw on the island.

The away team went close twice with deflected free kicks from the edge of the box. Arranmore threatened occasionally with Mark Ward going close with a header at the back post and Conor Proctor going close with a half volley.

In the final minutes Arranmore threw everyone forward to try to get the much needed three points but the away side coped well with the pressure.

Keadue Rovers.......................................1

Eany Celtic..............................................1

Keadue Rovers and Eany Celtic ended level at Central Park yesterday on a bitterly cold afternoon.

It was Keadue who were much quicker out of the blocks and had a couple of decent chances with brothers Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle and Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle going close with a couple of efforts.

Eany took the lead on 57 minutes, against the run of play, when winger Martin Shovlin took advantage of a defensive slip to shoot to the corner of the net.

Finally, Keadue’s pressure paid off on 80 minutes when Mark Boyle’s ball through found Doalty Boyle who just beat the keeper to the ball slotting home to the corner.

CT Ball Division Two

Copany Rovers.......................................0

Bonagee United......................................3

Bonagee left it very late to get the better of Copany with three goals in the last five minutes to keep their place at the top of the table.

On 85 minutes Ross Hanlon was fed through by Shane Kelly, after a terrific run from the right back, and Hanlon fired to the corner of the net to the jubilation of the visiting party.

After putting in a huge effort Copany let their heads drop and two minutes later Darren Coyle’s effort squirmed under Stephen Doherty to make it two on 87 minutes. On 88 minutes Kevin Dolan scored the pick of the three with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

Gweedore United....................................3

Kerrykeel................................................2

Gweedore United got all three points when they came through an exciting match against Kerrykeel at Carrickboyle.

The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes when a corner from Mark Friel was tapped past Liam Mc Fadden by Fergal Friel.

United levelled two minutes later when an excellent pass from Niall Friel was slotted home by Michael Connolly to make it 1-1.

The home side then took the lead in the 34th minute when Connolly turned provider with a good pass to Ciaran McFadden who neatly beat Mark McConigley.

Gweedore went 3-1 up in the 68th minute when good play once again from the lively Connolly was excellently capitalised on by McFadden.

Kerrykeel pulled one back in the 88th minute when Mark Friel finished well after a goal mouth scramble.

Glenree United.......................................2

Whitestrand United................................0

Glenree United got back to winning ways again as they beat Whitestrand United.

Glenree went ahead when Andy Logue chipped a delightful ball over the defence and Damien Nelis lobbed the out-coming keeper on 35 minutes.
 After the half time Bovril the men in red got motoring again and it was the midfield maestro again, Andy Logue, who was the creator when he slid the perfect pass to Damien Coyle and he struck to make it two on 50 minutes. 


Dunlewy Celtic.......................................4

Convoy Arsenal.......................................1

With the hills of Dunlewey covered in snow this game had a wintery feeling about it but it was the home team who made the most of their home advantage against Convoy Arsenal.

The game started brightly for the visitors but it was the home side who were two ahead by the interval thanks to Christy Cannon’s brace.

The second half was only a few minutes gone when Daniel Cannon made it three when he scored from a tight angle.

The victory was sealed for the home side when Christy Cannon was brought down in the box and he stepped up to power home his hat-trick and secure the three points for the home side.

Downtown Cup Group A

Glenea United Reserves.........................1

Cranford United Reserves.......................0

Glenea kept their unbeaten run in the Downtown Cup going with this hard earned victory over Cranford.

In cool conditions it was the home side that started the brightest and took the lead on 15 minutes from the penalty spot. Martin Maguire’s initial effort was well saved by the keeper but Maguire reacted quickest to knock home the rebound.

Cranford came close on 85 minutes when Anthony Kelly’s effort from the edge of the box came back off the post. Team efforts from both sides.

Downtown Cup GroupB

Donegal Town Reserves.........2

Keadue Rovers Reserves.........1

Donegal Town finished off their Downtown Cup group stage fixtures with a hard fought victory over Keadue Rovers at the Hospital Field.

After a scoreless first half, Joe McIntyre capitalised on the early pressure when he broke through on the left hand side to fire the ball home from just inside the area.

Donegal doubled their lead shortly after when Ryan Gallagher broke out of defence and slipped it through to Ciarán O’Reilly who turned just outside the area to fire the ball home into the far corner.

Keadue got back into the game after they worked the ball well from a throw in and a superb near post finish from Darragh Hanlon put them right back in it.

Downtown Cup Group C

Glenree United Reserves........1 Downtown United......................3

Glenree United got the better of Downtown United’s challenge on Saturday.

The teams went in all square at half time with the home side feeling that a lead would have been deserved.

The first goal came on the hour mark, following a header to score for the Downtown.

Their lead did not last long though as from another corner, KarlMc Elhinney got in well ahead of the keeper with a bullet header.

With 10 minutes left a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box which and Mickey Freeman stepped up to put Downtown ahead for the second time in the match.

The home side decided to go for the equaliser and when on the attack got caught on the break, Ciaran Lafferty having an easy tap in for the third and decisive goal.

 

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