Drumkeen and Cockhill will meet in the Donegal News League Cup final after they had convincing semi-final wins.
Cockhill Celtic 3
Finn Harps Res. 0
Cockhill proved too strong for Finn Harps in a game played in very blustery conditions.
Cockhill with aid of the wind pressed Finn Harps back for the majority of the 1st half and almost took a deserved lead when Mal Mc Dermott shot from distance brought a fine save from the Harps keeper. From the resulting corner Gerry Gills cross was met at the front post by Mark Moran to give Cockhill a 1-0 lead.
Cockhill doubled their lead on the 51st minute when Gerry Gill beat 3 defenders and his low cross was deflected for a own goal by a unlucky Harps defender. 2-0 to Cockhill.
Liam O Donnell & Malachy Mc Dermott put in 2 massive performances driving Cockhill forward throughout the game and it came to no surprise when Cockhill got a 3rd on the 79th minute when Mark Moran fed Jimmy Bradley who slotted home. 3-0 Cockhill. This ended the game as a contest and the last 10 minutes the game petered out.
Drumkeen Utd. 3
Swilly Rovers 1
The home side’s first real chance came when Richie Moore did very well beating two men and slipped the ball to Conor Carlin who fired his shot straight at Wade Carson. Mark Marley had a chance to open the scoring when his shot from distance was defl
Swilly broke the deadlock in the second half when a quick free wen to Ronan Curtis who rounded Paul McCauley and fired into the back of the net.
The goal really gave Drumkeen a wake up call and after the introduction of Eunan Kelly and Chris McBride the equilser came when Conor Carlin squared the ball to Eunan Kelly who shot straight into the back of the net.
The home side took control after they scored and Packie Mailey had a chance to put them ahead but his header was put over by Wade Carson.
David Shovlin put the home side ahead when Benny Bonner ran down the left and played a short pass to David Shovlin who took a step inside and fired into the bottom corner.
Ronan Curtis had a chance to level the game after a long ball was set up for him by his brother Blaine but he fired well over.
Seamie “Nanni” Friel wrapped the game up after he played a pass out wide to Eunan Kelly, Kelly then squared the ball and Friel finished off the move he started off the see Drumkeen into the final.
Drumkeen now advance to a meeting with title rivals, Cockhill Celtic to be played on Sunday, September 15th.
DPD Division 1
Drumkeen U. Res. 2
Letterkenny R Res. 8
Letterkenny had a big win in this game at St. Patrick’s Park.
The visitors were 4-1 up at the break with goals from Darren McElwaine, Oisin McFMenamin (2) and Odhran McMacken with Cathal Doyle getting the Drumkeen goal.
In the second half McMenamin completed his hat-trick and Trevor Scanlon and Own Grant also got on the scoresheet for the winners while Drumkeen also had an own goal.
Gerard Bonner was Drumkeen’s second half scorer.
4 Lanterns USL
Monday, September 2nd at 8pm
Fanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd.
Ref. J. McHugh
Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 6:30pm
Letterkenny Rovers v Derry City Res.
Ref. T. McAree
Thursday, Sept. 5th at 6:45pm
Kildrum Tigers v Finn Harps Res.
Ref. C. McLaughlin
Sunday, Sept. 8th at 2pm
Letterkenny Rovers v Cockhill Celtic
Swilly Rovers v Drumkeen utd.
Ref. V. McLaughlin
Saturday, Sept. 7th at 2pm
Kildrum Tigers Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Res.
Ref. T. McAree
The Ulster Senior League Inter Provincial Squad held their first training session last Tuesday in the Aura Leisure Centre in preparation for this year’s tournament in Sligo that takes place on the weekend of September 27th – 29th.
This Tuesday night, September 3rd they take on Finn Harps in Finn Park in their first of two warm up matches with an 8pm kick-off.
Joint manager Trevor Scanlon expressed his satisfaction at how the preparations are going to date: “Donal and myself talked with the players before training on Tuesday night to let them know what was expected of them and what our goals were. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to manage the squad and we believe the talent is there, so we want the players to commit to it and represent the league well.”
The team will have another training session on Tuesday, Sept. 10th also in Aura before taking on Derry City in Maginn Park on Sept. 17th and a final session on Tuesday, Sept. 24th before heading for Sligo on the 27th.
The USL will pick from the following squad:
Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, Seamus “Nanni” Friel (Drumkeen Utd.) Jonathon Minnock, Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Oisin McColgan, Johnny Havlin, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Malachy McDermott, Gerry Gill, Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Seamus Houghton, Josh Tracey, Georgie Kelly (Derry City Res.) Darren Cassidy, Paddy McLaughlin (Kildrum Tigers)..