Brian McCormick Sports Cup action raises curtain on Donegal League season

Brian McCormick Sports Cup action raises curtain on Donegal League season
The Donegal League swung into action on Thursday night with action in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup.

The Donegal League swung into action on Thursday night with action in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup.

Bonagee United 4

Orchard FC 1

Bonagee United opened up their season with a 4-1 win over Orchard United.

Bonagee took the lead on 18 minutes when a Mark Hunter free kick wide on the right was met by Kevin Doran in the six-yard box and he placed the ball in the corner of the net. They got their second on 36 minutes after a good through ball from Hunter to JP Doran.

Bonagee got their third on the hour when Darren Ashmore hammered the ball home. Orchard pulled one back on 75 minutes when Niall Bonner was put through by Eddie McLaughlin and he beat the keeper. Bonagee got the final goal on 82 minutes when Marcus Oliver was put through by Darren Ashmore.

Kerrykeel ’71 FC 2

Rathmullan Celtic 3

Holders Rathmullan Celtic were given a scare by neighbours Kerrykeely ‘71 FC in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup.

Rathmullan took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Darragh Patton beat the off-side trap. Walsh saved his first effort but the rebound fell kindly to him and Patton slotted home.

Kerrykeel levelled on 50 when a Fergus Callaghan free-kick caught Ian Strain by surprise and finished up in the top corner. Play was swinging from end to end and Kerrykeel took a deserved lead on 60 minutes when Mark Friel hit an unstoppable free kick from 35 yards into the top corner.

Mark Curran scored with his first touch on 85 minutes, coolly finishing a great move which involved Patton and Boyce.

Kilmacrennan Celtic 3

Ramelton Mariners 2

Kilmacrennan came out top in this entertaining game at Ballyare.

Kilmacrennan took the lead near the end of the first half after Eddie Doherty coolly slotted home after a good throughball by Johnny Doherty. Mariners levelled midway through the second half through a Gavin Mackey penalty. Kilmacrennan took the lead again 10 minutes later after an absolutely sublime lay off from Michael McLaughlin fell to Liam McBride, who buried a sensational shot in the top corner.

Mariners though would not lie down and levelled again through Dunnion after a defensive mix-up. It looked like a draw was on the cards until Eddie Doherty somehow got the winner in the dying seconds after good work from Seamie Peoples.

Glenree United 2

Gweedore United 4

Gweedore United left Glenree Park with the three points from the first game of the Brian McCormick Cup.

Gweedore started the game brighter and scored after 20 minutes when Frank Coyle went through to finish well. The second goal of the game came in the 30th minute when Coyle was alive to the bouncing ball and sneaked it past the keeper.

In the second half Glenree were pressing hard for a goal and after great persistent work from Marty McLaughlin, who passed the ball across the area for Martin Mc Elhinney they found the net. Gweedore’s third goal scored by Mark Connolly.

Glenree pulled another goal back in the 75th minute through a header from Karl McElhinney. Connolly scored the fourth on the break.

Glenea United 1

Gweedore Celtic 1

Glenea got their season underway with a hard fought draw with Gweedore Celtic in their opening Brian McCormick Cup game.

In the second half Gweedore took the lead from the penalty spot on 60 minutes when Ciaran Ferry converted from the spot after he had been fouled in the area.

Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser and got back on level terms on 78 minutes when Denis Boyle was on hand to finish from close range after Darren McGeever squared into the box.

Convoy Arsenal 3

Tullyvinney Rovers 0

Convoy Arsenal scored three second half goals to defeat Tullyvinney Rovers.

In the 57th minute, a breaking ball fell for Mark Mailey who looped a header over the keeper to break the deadlock. The lead was doubled in the 87th minute after a great run by Johnny Keyes led to a Convoy penalty.

Darren Harvey slotted home the resulting kick. Convoy made sure of the victory in injury time after Chris Lynch set up Ryan Kettle who stroked it home.

Castlefin Celtic 3

Lifford Celtic 2

A close and excisting game at Parkview saw Castlefin finish on top against Lifford Celtic.

Castlefin opened the scoring on nine minutes when Lifford failed to clear a corner and PJ McMenamin slotted home. Lifford equalised on 29 minutes from a Jonny Robb corner and Ross Porter’s goal.

Lifford took the lead on 37 minutes from a Jonny Robb penalty. Castlefin then equalised to make it 2-2, again from the penalty spot, on 44 when Ronan Tourish scored the penalty.

On 75 minutes Ronan Tourish made it 3-2 to Castlefin with a great strike from 30 yards giving the keeper no chance.

Lagan Harps 0

Drumoghill FC 1

A late goal from Jason Burke was enough to earn Drumoghill a win in this local derby against Lagan Harps.

With a draw looking imminent Jason Burke ran onto a long ball and raced clear to score on 83minutes. Lagan threw players forward but couldn’t force the equaliser.

Dunkineely Celtic 1

Cappry Rovers 0

This Brian McCormick Group match pitched together two sides who will meet again when the League gets underway.

Clear cut chances were at a premium with the opening goal always looking likely to have a telling bearing on the final result. That’s exactly how it transpired as Peter Alvey’s opener secured the points for the home side.

Drumbar FC 2

Eany Celtic 4

Eany Celtic came out on top in a closely fought match against neighbours Eany Celtic.

Eany took the lead on 20 minutes with a header from Barry Rose from a corner. Drumbar bounced back five minutes later with a fine finish from Danny Hughes after a great through ball from Owen Harron.

Eany again went ahead after some slack marking from Drumbar and added a third from a James Flynn cross that missed everyone and sneaked in at the back post.

Drumbar’s Raymon Balogun scored a fine overhead kick to bring it back to 3-2.Drumbar again hit the post before Conor McDaid finished the game with a fourth for Eany with 10 minutes remaining.