Swilly fight back to earn a point against Letterkenny


Swilly fight back to earn a point against Letterkenny

by Staff Reporter

Two games were played on Sunday in the Ulster Senior League and despite being held by Swilly Rovers at Leckview Park, Letterkenny Rovers lead the way at the top of the table.

Derry City Reserves recorded a 7-0 win over Bonagee at Templemore.

Swilly fight back

Refereeing decisions were the main talking point at Leckview Park on Sunday afternoon as Swilly Rovers bravely battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

Letterkenny Rovers 2

Swilly Rovers 2

The home side finished with nine men following the controversial late dismissals of Paul Boyle and Darren McElwaine.

It was the visitors who started the better and twice came close through Ryan McDaid, who forced Sean Friel into a smothering save, while Lawrence Toland also came close in the opening minutes. Letterkenny came close on a a number of occasions through Kevin McGrath, Chris Flanagan, Paul Boyle and Igor Arriel(twice).

The opening goal arrived on 40 minutes and a wonderful goal it was, with Christy Connaghan firing a splendid 20 yard volley past Caolan Bolton.

It was Connaghan again who extended the lead on 59 minutes when firing home from close range after a delightful pass from Kevin McGrath.

That should have been game, set and match for Eamon McConigley's men but Swilly got one back on 65 minutes when Kyle Burke's shot beat Friel low to the corner to make it 2-1.

Swilly got the equaliser on 85 minutes when Jordan Toland was adjudged to have been dragged back by Paul Boyle, and referee Paul Duddy pointed to the spot.

Boyle saw a straight red for some verbals in the ensuing incident, but Toland was able to brush himself off and score the penalty.

The home side were further shocked just two minutes later Darren McElwaine was red carded for an apparent elbow on an opponent.

Derry win

At the Templemore Sports Complex on Sunday, Derry City Reserves were 7-0 winners over Bonagee Utd.

First team player, Max Karner, Cathal Farren and an own goal left Derry three to the good at half time. Karner scored again after half time with the other goals coming from Patrick McClean and Stephen Duffy (2).

There are no fixtutres in the USL next weekend due to the Interprovincials which take place in Cork.