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Keadue Rovers seal promotion back to the Premier Division

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Keadue Rovers seal promotion back to the Premier Division

Another weekend, and yet another twist in the race for league honours in the Brian McCormick Sports Donegal League Premier Division.
Cappry Rovers werre held to a 3-3 draw by Donegal town on Sunday - and that result followed a draw with Glenea United mid-week.
So while the Twin Towns outfit dropped four valuable points this week, Castlefinn Celtic picked up another vital win, 4-0 at Glenea.
It means Castlefinn Celtic now lead the table on the same number of points as Kildrum Tigers (37).
The Tigers have three games left to play, and Castlefinn have two.
Cappry also have three games to play but they sit four points behind the front two on 33 points.
Meanwhile in the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One, Keadue Rovers sealed promotion back to the Premier Division thanks to a 3-2 victory over Raphoe Town.

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Glenea United 0
Castlefinn Celtic 4
In wintry conditions a much changed Glenea completed their home programme.
With the aid of the strong wind Castlefinn started the better and took the lead on 15 minutes with a RonanTourish shot from the edge of the box.
Castlefinn extended their lead on 40 when Raymond Foy’s free-kick took a massive deflection and ended up in the net.
In the 2ndhalf the home side pushed hard to get back into the game but were unable to convert a number of half chances. Castlefinn extended their lead on 70 minutes when Foy took advantage of a mix up in the home defence to slot home.
Castlefinn completed the scoring on 85 minutes when Foy scored from a free-kick.
Referee: Dessie McLaughlin.


Cappry Rovers 3
Donegal Town 3
Cappry Rovers missed the chance to close the gap on the joint leaders of the league when they were held to a draw for the second game in a row at a blustery Cappry Park .
Donegal, playing with the strong breeze in the first half, put Cappry under pressure and kept the home defence and keeper Eoin Gallen busy.
In the 23rd minute the ball was parried by Eoin Gallen across the goalmouth only for David Graham to score.
Cappry responded in search of the equaliser but they couldn't find the net.Donegal got their second in the 40th minute following a tackle in the penalty area . Eoin Gallen saved the penalty but Daniel Mc Hugh following up scored from the rebound.
Cappry, playing with the strong breeze in the second half, scored within a minute of the restart when Patrick McNulty scored from close range following a block .

Cappry got on level terms in the 64th minute when Alan Gethins scored following a pass from Aaron Kelly.
Donegal, pushing forward in search of another goal, were rewarded following a free kick in the 70th minute when Daniel Mc Hugh scored.
Cappry equalised in the 87th when Trevor Gethins scored from close range. Cappry could have snatched the win at the end but were denied by the keeper.

Lagan Harps 3
Rathmullan Celtic 5
Rathmullan took the lead on five minutes when a cross from Kevin Doran was headed home by Eamonn Sheridan. Rathmullan increased the lead on ten minutes when Reggie Miller headed home from a corner.
The evergreen Sheridan scored the third on 20 minutes after a mix up in the Lagan defence and the striker finished to the corner from twenty yards. Miller got his second and Rathmullan’s fourth on thirty five minutes again heading home from a corner.
Brandon Toye completed the first half scoring on 42 minutes following up on a rebound from a Sheridan strike. Half time 5-0 Rathmullan.
Lagan came out strong after the break and on fifty minutes the Lagan centre forward tapped home after a mix up in the Rathmullan defence. Lagan pounced again and from a great through ball from Bryan Kelly, Iarlaith Mc Ginley lobbed the keeper from a tight angle great finish.
Rathmullan were rattled and from a clearance on 70 minutes Ciaran Quinn took the ball on his chest and hit a thunder bolt from thirty yards straight to the top corner. It was a wonderful strike.
Lagan kept pressing and kept the Rathmullan rear guard on their toes to the end.
Referee - Liam McLaughlin.

Temple Domestic Appliances Div One
Keadue Rovers 3
Raphoe Town 2
Keadue Rovers have secured promotion to the Premier Division of the Donegal League after this tight fought victory over Raphoe at Central Park.
Keadue conceded with Raphoe's first attack. A mix up in defence led to Ryan McGavigan poking home from close range.
The home team responded well they eventually got the equaliser their play deserved just after the half hour when David Ward dinked an effort just over the keeper with his right foot.
However Raphoe created a few half chances and on thirty eight minutes, DJ Kelly from wide on the right hit a speculative effort which went over Danny Rodgers in the home nets.
Into the second half though and Keadue were much the brighter, creating plenty of chances and were level on fifty one minutes when David Ward again finished well.
The home side, with the benefit of a strong breeze were able to control things more and generally had a lot of possession but Raphoe remained very dangerous on the break.
The home side went ahead on 76 minutes when Cory Gallagher headed into the net from a corner to make it 3-2.
Best for Raphoe were Ryan McGavigan and DJ Kelly, while best for Keadue were David Ward, Daniel McHugh and Cory Gallagher.


St. Catherines 1
Convoy Arsenal 6
The Saints took the lead inside 5 minutes of the start through a great strike from Niall Campbell, beating the keeper low to his left .
This was not to be a true reflection of the game as hat-tricks for Convoy from Conor Rodgers and Joe Mc Gill made the final score St Catherine’s 1, Convoy 6 .
The home defense struggled all day to deal with the pacey Convoy forwards and the visitors deserved their win.
Best for Convoy was Conor Rodgers while Niall Campbell shone best in a very youthful home team.


Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two
Gweedore United 5
Copany Rovers 3
Friday night's game played in good conditions at Carrickboyle under lights saw the home side get the 3 points against Copany Rovers in United's last game of the season.
United started strong and took the lead on 10mins through Ciaran Mc Fadden. United continued to push, however a hard working Copany side pulled one back in the 22nd minute with Darren Kilpatrick finishing well.
Eamonn Gallagher made it 2-1 in the 27th minute when he beat the off side trap to score.
In the 2nd half goals from Ciaran Mc Fadden and Ronan O Donnell made it 4-1.
On the hour, Daniel Okraska made it 5-1 to secure the 3 points for United when he slotted home a penalty after Noel Diver was pulled down in the box.
Copany pulled two late goals back through Ryan Johnston and Stephen Doherty.
Paul Patton played well for Copany with Frank McGee, Ownie Gallagher and Noel Diver excellent for United in this game where the home side have gone undefeated at home since the half way stage of the season.
Referee: Michael Mc Fadden.

Saturday League

Strand Rovers' 4-2 win over Glencar Celtic in Division One of the Saturday League means the title race goes right down to the wire in this division.
A win for Glencar would have handed them the title, but Strand's victory leaves the two clubs level on points at the top, each with one more game to play.
Strand play away to Arranmore United this coming weekend while Glencar Celtic host Donegal Town.
Donegal remain third in the table following a 4-1 win over Arranmore United on Saturday.
Castlefinn Celtic are fourth after beating Cappry Rovers 4-0.
There was one game played in the Saturday League Division Two with Raphoe Town defeating Lagan Harps 5-1.

ULSTER JUNIOR SHIELD
The final of the Ulster Junior Shield was played on Sunday evening with Cranford United defeating Rasheney FC 2-1 after extra time with Kevin Doherty scoring both Cranford goals in an exciting contest.

RESULTS
Glencar Inn Saturday Division One

Donegal Town Reserves 2 Arranmore United 1
Strand Rovers 4 Glencar Celtic 2
Milford United Reserves P Glenea United Reserves P
Castlefinn Celtic Reserves 4 Cappry Rovers Reserves 0

Old Orchard Saturday Div Two
Raphoe Town Reserves 5 Lagan Harps Reserves 1

Ulster Junior Shield Final
Cranford United 2 Rasheny F.C. Reserves 1 (AET)

Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division
Wednesday
Cappry Rovers 2 Glenea United 2

Sunday
Glenea United 0 Castlefin Celtic 4
Cappry Rovers 3 Donegal Town 3
Lagan Harps 3 Rathmullan Cel 5

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Keadue Rovers 3 Raphoe Town 2
Lifford Celtic 3 Dunkineely Cel 0
St. Catherines 1 Convoy Anl 6

Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two
Gweedore United 5 Copany Rovers 3

FIXTURES
Wednesday, April 25th
Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division - 7pm
Milford United v Glenea United


Thursday, April 26th
Temple Domestic Appliances Div. One - 7.30pm
Bonagee United v Raphoe Town


Friday, April 27th
Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division - 6.45pm
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Drumoghill

Sunday, April 29th
Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division
Castlefinn Celtic v Cappry Rovers
Rathmullan Celtic v Kildrum Tigers


Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Div. Two
Curragh Athletic v Cranford FC
Kerrykeel v Letterbarrow Celtic
Glenree United v Drumkeen Utd.
Copany Rovers v Whitestrand Utd.