It was local derby day in the Rosses on Saturday and Keadue Rovers Reserves had a narrow win over St rand Rovers.
Fintown Harps also had a win by the odd goal in five in the only game placed in the Old Orchard Division One division.
Old Orchard Saturday
Fintown Harps 3
Glencar Celtic 2
In very wet conditions at Pairc Acla Fintown Harps defeated League leaders Glencar Celtic by the odd goal in five. Glencar took the lead early in the game when Paddy Rafferty found the net in the 10th minute.
Glencar’s lead was short lived as Fintown’s Daragh Gallagher got the equaliser in the 20th minute. Mick Martin put Glencar back into the lead when he had a pop at goal and caught the Fintown keeper on the hop on thirty minutes. Brian Delaney got the equaliser just before the half time whistle.
With the sides level it was all to play for in the second half. Fintown took the lead for the first time when Ciaran Thompson scored on the 75th minute. Glencar worked hard to level but to no avail. Fintown took the valuable points after a good hard fought game. Solid team performances from both sides.
Referee: Brian O Kane
Glencar Inn Saturday
Strand Rovers 2
Keadue Rovers Res 3
This local derby lived up to all the expeditions between Strand Rovers and Keadue Rovers. The game started very lively with Strand having the bulk of the possession and being rewarded with a goal which Brendan Glackin took well.
Unfortunately the game was held up for a while as an injury to Laurence McDaid, Strand Rovers, who required an ambulance to take him to hospital. When the game re-started Strand carried on from where they finished. It was 1-0 at the break.
The second half started with both teams playing some good football. Things got a bit heated for a period and resulted in 3 players being sent off.
Keadue seemed to play better with the nine men and were rewarded with an equaliser from Conor Greene. During another period of good play from both sides Strand regained the lead with a goal from Thomas Brennan. Keadue then sprung into life and two goals, one from Conor Greene and one from Corey Gallagher resulted in a 3-2 win for the visitors to Maghery.
Strand will once again feel hard done by as they didn’t deserve to be beat. Best for Keadue was Corey Gallagher with Brendan Brennan and Stephen Glackin best for Strand
Gweedore United Res 2
Cranford United Res 1
This game played in Gweedore on a cold wet day saw the home side take all three points. . United got off to the best possible start when they were awarded a penalty as Eoin De Barra was pulled down in the Cranford box.
Stephen O’ Donnell stepped up and took the penalty which was excellently saved by Oisin Blaney in the Cranford nets. Both sides played good football and there were chances at both ends.
The home side broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when a well struck free kick from Martin Doohan went in at the near post. Lee Carr and Paddy Shields had two good chances to equalise however both efforts were wide of the target.
In the 35th minute the home side made it 2-0 when a good shot from Martin Doohan was parried by Blaney in the Cranford nets and Stephen O’ Donnell ran in to score from close range. In the second half the good football continued from both sides with Cranford going in search of their first goal.
The visitors got their reward in the 50th minute when James Lee McBride scored past Whoriskey from long range. The score remained 2-1 until the end. Conor Shields, Ben McBride and Naoise Cullen played well for Cranford and it was a good team performance from United with Sean Gallagher, Hugh McFadden, and Martin Doohan excelling on the day. Referee: Paul Doherty.
Curragh Athletic Res 1
Tullyvinney Rovers 4
Curragh started this game very brightly with a Gary Heaney strike just going wide. Against the run of play Tullyvinney scored on the 45th minute from a Daniel McNulty header...Curragh pressed and pressed but the Tullyvinney defenders stood strong..The visitors doubled their lead, again through McNulty strike.
In the 82nd minute Adam Gardiner raced clear and lifted the ball over the Curragh keeper o make it three. Curragh then scored the goal of the game, a wonder strike from 45 yards out from Mickey O’Brien.
Tullyvinney scored their 4th in the 90th minute from Daithi Gardiner. Dylan Irwin was best for the Curragh. A team performance from Tullyvinney.