St. Catherine’s and Milford United were the big winners in the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division on Sunday.
The Killybegs side had a goal to spare over Donegal Town while Milford had a 3-1 win over Curragh.
Whitestrand United were the big scorers on the day, hitting Copany Rovers for five.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic 1
Glenea United 2
Glenea United visited Flag Pole on Sunday and returned to Glasserchoo with all three points. After an eventful first half in which neither team could find an opening goal this match really came to life on the resumption of play. Denis Boyle got the opener when he converted from the penalty spot after Ryan Mc Fadden had been fouled in the box.
Oisin Mc Menamin had the home side back on level terms when he scored from close range.
Glenea secured the points when Darren Mc Keever scored after receiving a cross field ball from Sean Mc Bride. Oisin Mc Menamin was unlucky not to find a second equaliser as the match wore on but it wasn’t to be and Rathmullan now prepare for another home fixture next weekend against St. Catherine’s.
Gweedore Celtic 3
Cranford United 0
On a good day for football Gweedore Celtic had a comfortable win in the end but Cranford were well in the game until the latter stages.
The visitors could have gone ahead as early as the third minute when Philip Buchanan got behind the Gweedore defence but Christopher Sweeney spread himself to block the shot.
The home team took the lead on twenty five minutes. Chris Porter’s corner went directed to the back of the net via the post. They doubled their lead on forty minutes when Colin Ferry beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to roll the ball into the net.
Cranford started the second half well but didn’t create any clear cut chances. As the half went on Gweedore pressed and were guilty of missing several chances. Fionnan Diver scored the third goal following good work by Brendan Mc Geady on the left.
Best for Gweedore were Christopher Sweeney and Chris Porter. For Cranford Kyle Black and Philip Buchanan worked hard. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle
Milford United 3
Curragh Athletic 1
Milford United recorded a great home win over a very impressive visiting side. Milford took the lead on 5 minutes when Mark Flood converted a penalty. Brendan Murray broke into the box and was upended for the penalty and subsequently hurt his back and was removed by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital.
The game was lively with both teams playing good football. Milford created a lot of chances but failed to convert.
On 70 minutes Ciaran McGinley fouled Ryan Carlin for a penalty from which Curragh levelled the match. Milford went two one up five minutes later when Gary Merritt broke down the left and picked out Christy Mc Cafferty who showed good movement in the box to drive the ball home. With five minutes to go Lee Burke did well down the left and his cross was directed home by Gary Merritt.
Best for Curragh were Garbh Gallagher and Shane Barclay, while the Milford team worked hard as a unit against a very strong Curragh side. Referee: Paddy Martin.
St. Catherine’s 3
Donegal Town 2
The Saints started the brighter and on fifteen minutes opened the scoring when Jason Noctor was brought down in the penalty area. Noctor stepped up to convert the penalty. Donegal created a couple of half chances in the first half but none troubled Saints keeper Micheal Mullin.
The second half took some time to get going and on sixty five minutes Jason Noctor scored a half volley from twenty yards after a defensive clearance dropped to him. The Saints controlled for large spells of the game and on seventy five minutes Conor Doherty scored after a surging run from defence saw him latch onto a Shane Molloy through ball. Docherty shot hard and low under “The Town” keeper.
Donegal scored on 80 minutes through Benny Byrne after a mix up in the Saints’ defence. Donegal caught St. Catherine’s’ defence off guard again on eighty five minutes when David Bustard latched onto a loose ball after a scramble in the box. Team performances both teams. Referee: Ronan Floyd.
Watson Hire Division One
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3
Gweedore United 2
The ‘71 got back to winning ways with victory over a strong Gweedore side. Both teams started well with Ciaran Mc Fadden causing the Kerrykeel defence problems with his lightning pace.
Kerrykeel went in front on ten minutes when a Marty Mc Ateer free kick ended up in the net after it took a deflection off Gweedore centre back Frank Mc Gee. Kerrykeel were controlling play and got a brilliant second on twenty eight minutes, this time Fergus Callaghan broke clear down the right wing and crossed for Kevin Loughrey to tap in from six yards. Kerrykeel started the second half looking to kill the game and both Loughrey and Callaghan forced brilliant saves from the Gweedore keeper.
Gweedore got a lifeline on sixty seven minutes when Ciaran Mc Fadden broke clear and coolly lifted the ball over Sean Friel.
The ‘71 weathered the storm for ten minutes and renewed their two goal cushion on seventy five minutes when Niall Doherty brilliantly flicked the ball home after a great Johnny Friel cross. With time running out Gweedore threw everything at the ‘71 defence and got their second on ninety one minutes when Frank Mc Gee scored after a goal mouth scramble.
Kerrykeel held on for an important three points to get their season back on track.
Best for Kerrykeel: Martin Mc Ateer and Mark Friel. Best for Gweedore: Lee Ferry. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh
Castlefin Celtic 2
Bonagee United 1
A lively start in Parkview saw the away team create the first few chances. Castlefin settled into the game when Matthew O’Rourke found the back off the Bonagee net to give them the lead after 13 minutes, his curling shot from 20 yards giving the Bonagee keeper no chance.
Both teams pressed forward in search of a goal before half time but all without reward. Castlefin started the second half the brighter. JP Malley beat the off-side trap and squared the ball across the box for Matthew O’Rourke to get his and Castlefin’s second goal on 47 minutes.
Bonagee searched to find a way back into the game putting the Castlefin defence under pressure. In the 86th minute Bonagee pulled one back through Darren Coyle’s header.
Referee: Ed Moore. Best for Castlefin: Matthew O’Rourke. Best for Bonagee: Team performance
Drumoghill F.C. 2
Keadue Rovers 1
Drumoghill FC bounced back from their derby defeat with this narrow victory over Keadue Rovers thanks to first half strikes from the deadly duo of Liam O’Donnell and Michael Doherty. Drumoghill opened the scoring on 18 minutes when, after enterprising work down the right from Ronan Gibson and Kevin Kelly, it was Liam O’Donnell who rose above James Boyle who nod home Kelly’s cross. Drumoghill extended their lead on 32 minutes with a brilliant strike from Michael Doherty. Doherty took Del Crossan’s pass in his stride, knocked the ball past Adam Neely on the right wing and surged goalwards before finishing neatly leaving Boyle helpless.
It was all Drumoghill at this stage and it was only the excellent Ben Boyle with a string of saves that kept Keadue in the contest. The second half saw Keadue become much more of a threat as Adrian Hanlon and Mark Sweeney started to dominate midfield.
They halved the deficit on 76minutes with the goal of the game - a superb strike from David Ward from 25 yards that flew past Regan. It set up a frantic finale in which Keadue again had the ball in the net (Luke Neely adjudged to have been in an offside position) and Doherty twice going close from Drumoghill counter attacks. In the end Drumoghill held out for the win. Referee: Paddy Duffy.
Eany Celtic 3
Lagan Harps 3
A draw was the fair result from this match in which Eany Celtic got their first points of the season. The visitors opened the scoring on ten minutes when a clearance was deflected into the path of Eunan Diver who scored with a shot from distance.
Lagan doubled their advantage on twenty minutes when James Cullen crossed for Brian Kelly to score. Eany opened their account ten minutes later when Paul Mc Groarty was put through by John Rose. Good work from Rose again unlocked the Lagan defence and James Shovlin chipped the keeper to equalise.
Eany started the second half where they left off the first and a corner from Kevin Meehan was met by the head of Mark Ward and Eany were ahead 3-2 on the hour .Lagan put huge pressure on the home defence and eventually got the equaliser in the 75th minute when Drew Conway scored amid a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Both teams had chances to clinch all three points in the final minutes. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Liam Farren
CT Ball Division Two
Ballybofey United 3
Raphoe Town 2
In this game of two halves Raphoe returned home pointless after having the better of the opening exchanges. They took the lead with a well directed header early on. After being clawed back they again went in front, this time courtesy of John Gregg’s own-goal.
But their interval lead wouldn’t hold. Ballybofey United came out a different side for the second half and duly secured their first points of the season. Andrew Duncan’s equaliser in the first half had kept them in touch with their East Donegal neighbours. John Gregg then made amends for his earlier mistake when he scored Ballybofey’s second.
Alan Catterson got the winner for the home side with fifteen minutes remaining. Two team performances on the day. Referee: James Malseed
Glenree United 2
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
On a sunny day in Carrigart it was Glenree United who took the lead when a poor clearance from a Letterbarrow defender fell nicely for Damien Nelis. His shot was well saved by the keeper but the rebound fell to Danny Langan and he drilled the ball into the top corner to make it 1-0 with 11 minutes gone.
Letterbarrow came into the game and had a couple of shots which were well saved by John Cunningham in the Glenree goal. The second goal came in the 28th minute when Damien Coyle put the ball through to Damien Nelis who laid it off for Andrew Kelly to finish into the bottom corner.
In the second half Glenree had numerous chances to finish off the game but the Letterbarrow keeper kept the score at 2-0. In the 80th minute Glenree gave away a free-kick just outside the box and Paul Murrin curled the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-1. A few late scares for Glenree towards the end but the game finished 2-1 to the home team.
Good team performance from both teams. Referee: Paul Doherty