Gweedore Celtic extend Premier lead

GWEEDORE CELTIC moved four points clear at the top of the Donegal League Premier Division with a 3-1 win over a Milford United side that started the day in second place.

GWEEDORE CELTIC moved four points clear at the top of the Donegal League Premier Division with a 3-1 win over a Milford United side that started the day in second place.

Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division

Gweedore Celtic 3

C Ferry (10), T Diver (40)

Milford United 1

K Doogan (30)

Gweedore Celtic moved four points clear at the top of the Donegal League Premier Division with a 3-1 win over a Milford United side that started the day in second place.

The league champions went in front with Odhran MacNiallais doing the spade work as he carried the ball into the penalty area and when his shot was blocked by the away keeper Colin Ferry was on hand to knock the ball home.

The match was levelled with Karl Doogan rising high to head home from a corner. A purple patch by Gweedore just before half-time was the turning point of the game. First a great move involving MacNiallais, David Ward and Gary Whoriskey, saw the latter’s cross land in the box and Tomas Diver headed powerfully to the corner of the net. A minute later Diver was on hand again when he got his feet to a loose ball and slipped it past the keeper.

A minute’s silence was held before the start of the match for Neily Mulligan and Dolly Sweeney who passed away this weekend.

Kilmacrennan Celtic 3

P Buchanan (73), M Friel (79), J Sandilands (89)

Dunkineely Celtic 2

J Armstrong (20), A Nesbitt (65)

Kilmacrennan crawled themselves back from two goals down to collect all three points against Dunkineely Celtic.

The visitors’ Jason Armstrong made no mistake when he collected a stray pass and blasted into the top corner from 15 yards. As Kilmacrennan continued to push, Dunkineely broke in numbers and Adrian Nesbitt headed home from close range.

Kilmacrennan were forced to go all out and it paid off when Timmy Burke played Phil Buchanan through on goal and he blasted home. Mark Friel got the equaliser six minutes later. Just when it seemed to be heading for a draw super-sub John Sandilands was in the right place at the right time to round a remarkable win.

Lifford Celtic 1

J Patton

Lagan Harps 3

O McMenamin (2), C Doherty

As Lagan Harps’ pitch waterlogged pitch was not playable this game was played in Lifford but Damien McFadden’s team still took the points.

In a tight first half it was Lagan who took the lead when Oisin Mc Menamin scored after a mix-up in the Lifford defence. Then on the stroke off half-time they doubled the lead when Ciaran Doherty scored with a header from a corner. The second half was a closer game with Lifford scoring from a Jude Patton piledriver. Lagan scored their third goal when McMenamin scored after a cross from Doherty.

CT Ball Division Two

Cranford United 0

Ballybofey United 1

D Crossan (pen)

In a close encounter in Cranford Park Ballybofey came out on top thanks to a controversial penalty. Both defences were on top and it was from a penalty Ballybofey got the winner when Darragh Crossan stepped up and found the bottom corner. In a heavy pitch Ballybofey fought the hardest and held out the Cranford attack .

Keadue Rovers 3

D Gallagher (25), M Boyle (30), A Hanlon (48)

Glenree United 2

D McGroddy (29, 35)

Keadue maintained their recent impressive run with this narrow victory over Glenree at Central Park.

Rovers took the lead when a ball played over the top found Darren Gallagher and he lobbed the advancing keeper for a good finish. The lead lasted just four minutes when a cross from the right was met with a good header from Daniel McGroddy.

Only one minute later on the half hour Keadue were back in front, good work from Sean Bonner and Darren Gallagher crossing the ball for Mark Boyle to nod home from close range. It was 2-2 when a cross from the right again was met by a header which Ciaran Sharkey saved well but Daniel Mc Groddy again was on hand to hit the rebound home.

At the start of the second half Adrian Hanlon went on a solo run and shot from twenty five yards into the bottom corner for a super finish.

Kerrykeel 1

F Friel (89)

Bonagee United 3

M Doherty (35), P McLaughlin (54), M Hunter (86)

Bonagee claimed all three points in Rab’s Park after a hard fought game against Kerrykeel – on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts as they hit the woodwork on four occasions, had a man sent off and missed a penalty.

The game swung in Bonagee’s favour when Michael Doherty finished well. Kerrykeel were reduced to 10 men when Michael McDevitt was adjudged to have handled on the line. Mark Hunter stepped up but his strike was brilliantly saved by Mark McConigley in the 71 goal. Bonagee doubled their advantage when Paul McLaughlin broke the offside trap and cooly beat the Kerrykeel keeper. The 10 men were awarded a lifeline after Cathal Martin was brought down inside the box with Darren Coyle seeing red. Sean Callaghan stepped up but the keeper, Noel O’Donnell, came out on top with a fine save. Bonagee made the points safe on eighty six minutes when Martin Hunter finished well. The game ended after the home side got a consolation goal when Fergal Friel finished superbly.

Glencar Inn Division Two

Donegal Town Res. 3

D Bustard, K Devaney, C McMonagle

Deele Harps 3

P Colhoun (2), P Lynch

Deele Harps came from three down to force a share of the spoils at the Hospital Field.

Donegal Town put their noses in front when David Bustard got his head to a Kevin Devaney free-kick from just inside the Deele half. Devaney doubled Donegal’s lead shortly after when a magnificent strike from 40 yards. Things got even better for the home side when Conor McMonagle pulled the ball down inside the area and hit a left footed half volley into the top corner.

Donegal were in a commanding position at the break but it all changed early in the second half. Deele were able to pull two quick goals back in the first 10 minutes of the second half, first through Paul Colhoun and then a long range effort from Paul Lynch put them right back in the game. Donegal had a few chances to re-establish their lead but a

penalty five minutes from time allowed Colhoun to double his tally and ensure both teams left with a point. Best for Donegal were Conor McMonagle and Kevin Devaney. Team performance from Deele Harps.