Lifford Celtic’s win at Rathmullan Celtic blows Premier Division wide open

Lifford Celtic’s win at Rathmullan Celtic blows Premier Division wide open
Lifford Celtic gave themselves a great chance at retaining the Premier Divison title with a fine away win at leaders Rathmullan Celtic.

Lifford Celtic gave themselves a great chance at retaining the Premier Divison title with a fine away win at leaders Rathmullan Celtic.

Rathmullan Celtic 1

Lifford Celtic 3

Lifford Celtic stormed the second half with three clinical goals at Rathmullan Celtic to put Brendan Whyte’s side right back in the title race.

Rathmullan went into Sunday’s Hoops battle in pole position knowing that a draw or a win would leave them in a comfortable lead with three games remaining with Lifford needing three points to stake their claim to retain the title.

Eamonn Sheridan’s tireless efforts were rewarded on 25 minutes when the forward unleashed a stunning strike to beat Lee Whyte from 20 yards following a fine through ball from Kieran Gorman.

The momentum of the game changed considerably when Rathmullan winger Ryan Connolly was red carded for kicking out at Lifford defender Marcus McDonnell just after the half hour mark.

The border side levelled proceedings on 58 minutes following a corner which was met with a thundering header from the outstanding McDonnell at the edge of the area which sailed into the top left corner.

Lifford had their tails up and took the lead on 67 minutes when experienced striker Alan Gethins capitalised on a defensive schoolboy error to tap in from six yards much to the heartache of the Seaside faithful.

The visitors dominated and dictated the play and soon extended their lead on 77 minutes when yet again the Seasiders were guilty of a defensive error which was clinically finished by David Gethins from inside the six-yard line.

Gweedore Celtic 0

Kilmacrennan Celtic 0

In their last home game of the season Gweedore Celtic will be satisfied with their hard earned point against Kilmacrennan Celtic.

The visitors had the best of the exchanges early on as twice Mickey Mc Kelvey had to be at his best as he denied certain goals as Kevin Mc Menamin had clear cut chances to break the deadlock.

The home side were content to play on the counter attack and their only chance of note was a Brendan Mc Geady effort as half time approached.

Curragh Athletic 0

Glenea United 2

Glenea United produced a smash and grab victory in Killygordon against Curragh Athletic.

The goals came from from Michael Barry on 19 minutes and Eamon McHugh on 84 minutes.

Dan O’ Brien had the best effort of the match on 61 minutes but again Coll produced a great save low to his left.

But to be fair Glenea were strong in midfield and always made it hard for the home side.

Watson Hire

Division One

Lagan Harps 1

Cappry Rovers 0

Lagan gave themselves a great chance of staying up after a hard fought win over title challengers Cappry Rovers.

Lagan scored the vital goal on 27 minutes through Eunan Diver. Austin Marron crossed and Diver’s initial header came back off the crossbar before he headed home the rebound.  Conor Harley then came to Lagan’s rescue with a double save from a dangerous Cappry free on 300 minutes.

The Lagan defence cleared a dangerous Cappry corner on sixty minutes and Conor Harley pulled off a superb save from Benny Mc Laughlin’s volley from the edge of the box. Cappry continued to do most of the attacking but couldn’t find a way through a superb Lagan defence.

Dunkineely Celtic 5

Bonagee United 2

Dunkineely’s victory over Bonagee at Darney Park was not as easy as the scoreline suggests.

Dunkineely took the lead on 16 minutes when Adrian Nesbitt chased a ball into the corner and played it back to Colin McNicholas who fired in a great strike to the net from 30 yards.

Bonagee kept pushing forward and were rewarded on 26 minutes. Dunkineely failed to clear the ball and Darren Coyle fired home from 12 yards.

Dunkineely retook the lead two minutes later when Declan Murrin poked the ball home following a corner.

They added a third on 36 minutes when Andrew Mackey finished from close range after good work by Adrian Ward and Adrian Nesbitt. Bonagee got a goal back on 43 minutes when Darren Coyle fired home a great free from the corner of the penalty area.

Dunkineely finally got a fourth on 63 minutes when Alan Lyons played a great ball over the Bonagee defence and Andrew Mackey raced through to lob the keeper.

Bonagee kept pushing but were caught again on 83 minutes when Andrew Mackey robbed a defender and played in Adrian Nesbitt who rounded the keeper to score.

Eany Celtic 0

Gweedore United 7

An experienced Gweedore team were too strong for a young Eany side at Eany Park.

The visitors  got the perfect start when Hugh Martin Curran breached the Eany defence to score from close range on 10 minutes.

Patrick McFadden and Michael Connolly added goals to make it 3-0 at halftime. Eany had a good spell after half time and were unlucky not to get on the score-sheet.

A breakaway attack by Gweedore yielded a fourth for Paddy Mc Fadden . As the game entered its last 15minutes Hugh Martin Curran, Kieran McFadden and Michael Connolly added to the score-sheet . Good team performances from both sides

CT Ball Division Two

Drumbar F.C. 0

Deele Harps 5

DeeleHarps ran riot in the second half to win convincingly at Drumbar FC.

Deele took over in the second half and dominated play.

After Deele’s second goal Drumbar kept pushing to get back into the game but this cost them with gaps being left at the back and the away team punished them.

Convoy Arsenal 4

Ballybofey United 0

Convoy Arsenal enjoyed a big win over their neighbours Ballybofey United.

Ballybofey just couldn’t get into the game and Convoy’s domination finally paid off when Shane Mc Laughlin finished a Ryan Kettle free kick in the 27th minute.

The lead was doubled just four minutes later when Kettle won the ball deep in the Ballybofey half and squared for Ryan Carlin to slot past the goalkeeper.

The game got a bit scrappy until Convoy settled down on the ball again and started to take control.

The game was settled in the 75th minute when Ryan Kettle’s third assist of the day set up another goal for Ryan Carlin who rounded the keeper to slot the ball into the empty net.

There was no respite for Ballybofey as some good work down the Convoy right set up Ryan Carlin to complete his hat-trick just a minute after his second.

Dunlewy Celtic 1

Copany Rovers 5

In an entertaining game it was the league leaders Copeny Rovers who took all three points from Dunlewy Celtic.

They held a 2-1 lead at half after they came back from an early goal from John Cannon. The home side fought well in the second half but the visitors showed why they are top when a quick free-kick resulted in a second from Rooney. Soon afterwards they got their fourth from the spot and near the end they got their fifth from a header.

Raphoe Town 3

Glenree United 1

Raphoe Town defeated Glenree United by three goals to one.

Raphoe found the Glenree keeper in fine form when he pulled of fine stops from Mark Bogle and Gavin Mc Brearty.

Raphoe took the lead in the 25th minute and what a goal it was after some great link up play from the two Craigs, Stephen and David.

They found Emmett Kelly free and from thirty yards he let fly with a glorious effort that nestled in the top corner.

The second half was only five minutes old when young Mark Bogle turned in the box and finished with a powerful shot. Credit goes to Gavin Mc Brearty after his determination gave Bogle the chance but the young man’s calmness in front of goal was a joy to watch. Raphoe were attacking at will now and in the 63rd minute Stephen Craig put the game to bed with a fine finish.

Glenree started to play a bit of football after this and got a goal back when Christy Bogle headed past his own keeper, a bit of rustiness after being out for a few months. Raphoe finished well with substitutes Micheal Quinn and Craig Kelly combining well but were unlucky not to hit the target.

Letterbarrow Celtic 2

Whitestrand United 1

Letterbarrow continued their good form of recent weeks with a great home victory against a side fighting for the title.

Whitestrand went in at half-time one up.  James Kelly with a well worked finish. Letterbarrow responded well and scored with a great header from Christopher Burke after James Mc Groary’s perfected set piece. Kevin McBrearty got the winner well into injury time which crushed the hearts of the away team.