Letterkenny Rovers defeat neighbours Bonagee United in the Ulster Senior League

Letterkenny Rovers defeat neighbours Bonagee United in the Ulster Senior League
Armed with their new signing Kevin Deery, Letterkenny Rovers defeated their neighbours Bonagee United at Dry Arch Park.

Armed with their new signing Kevin Deery, Letterkenny Rovers defeated their neighbours Bonagee United at Dry Arch Park.

Bonagee Utd. 1

Letterkenny Rovers 2

Clear cut chances were scarce in the first forty five, with only Frankie McBrearty’s effort from distance that Jason Quinn expertly pushed onto the post was the only opportunity of note.  

The second half sprung to life when just thirty seconds from the kick off, the visitors to the lead.  A throw in from Kevin McGrath reached Darren McElwaine on the edge of the box.

The Convoy man laid the ball off to Steve Okakpu, who drilled home from ten yards.  The visitors doubled their lead in the 59th minute. McElwaine, who battled well with the Bonagee defence all afternoon, scored after a goalmouth scramble.

This somehow spurred Bonagee into life and they had a couple of good chances just after that when Aidan McLaughlin struck the bar from close range and Aaron Harkin made Quinn push one around the post.  

McLaughlin did reduce the deficit with 14 minutes to go when he turned inside the area and placed the ball into the far corner. Bonagee did pushed for an equaliser, but Letterkenny held out for all three points in their pursuit for silverware this season.

Bonagee: Darren Smyth, Jamie Lynagh, Daryl McDermott, Darek Frankowski, Gareth Breslin, Mark Harkin, Frankie McBrearty, Daryl Brown, Aaron Harkin, Aidan McLaughlin & Kevin Barr.

Letterkenny Rovers: Jason Quinn, Barry O Donnell, John Doherty, Johnny Minnock, Neil Lloyd, Matt Harkin, Aaron O Hagan, Kevin Deery, Kevin McGrath, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin.

Swilly Rovers 0

Cockhill Celtic 4

Champions Cockhill maintained their place at the top of the 4 Lanterns USL table after a good victory in a sun drenched Ramelton on Easter Sunday over a disappointing Swilly Rovers.

A double from Gerald McLaughlin and further strikes from Mark Moran and Derek Doherty sent the Inishowen men home with full points after a job well done as they prepare for a top of the table clash with Letterkenny Rovers next weekend.

McLaughlin scored from six yards to make Cockhill 1-0 leaders on six minutes.

After a Moran header on 10 minutes, McLauglin headed home to make it 2-0 to Cockhill.

Martin Mc Daid hit the post for Swilly on 21 minutes. Cockhills Moran made it 3-0 firing home from 10 yards on 26 minutes.

Doherty’s deflected show made it 4-0 on 40 minutes. Swilly David Fisher shot inches wide on 50 minutes.

Swilly improved a lot in the second half but the damage had already been done. Injuries during the game to Ryan Shields and Gareth Wade certainly did not help the Swilly cause.

Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Darren Dunsworth, Gareth Collioun, Marty Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Ryan Shields, David Fisher, Marty Mc Daid, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Calvin Mooney.

Subs: Mark Wilson, Cathal Diver, Duncan Patterson, Damien Friel, Ryan Mc Daid, John Roulstone

Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen, Kieran Mc Lauglin, Peter Doherty, Jonny Hauelin, William O Connor, Derek Doherty, Liam O’Donnell, Malachy Mc Dermott, Gerard Mc Laughlin, Mark Moran, James Bradley

Subs: Conor Kelly, Oisin Mc Colgan, Michael Moore, Lee Mc Carron, Paul Mc Kinley, Aidan O Donnell.

Fanad Utd. 1

Derry City Res 4

The young Fanad United side were no match for the very impressive Derry City Reserves at Traigh-a-Loch.

Derry started strongly and took the lead in the second minute. A Nathan Boyle cross was met at the back post by Ciaran Harkin who made no mistake.

It didn’t take long for Derry to extend their lead however as in the 12th minute a cross from the right from Shay Dunlop deceived young Fanad keeper Shane Graham and Cormac Burke scored with a header.

Fanad were given hope in the second minute of the second half. Following a defensive mix up, David Edwards finished into the bottom corner from close range to reduce the deficit.

Derry however responded in spectacular fashion two minutes later. When the ball broke to Cormac Burke 30 yards out, he unleashed an unstoppable swerving shot into the top corner.

Five minutes later Derry put the game to bed. Michael Barr’s cross from the right was met by the un-marked Conor McDermott who made no mistake with his header.

Fanad United: Shane Graham, Ronan Sweeney (Oisin Hasset 60), Joe Friel, Declan Sweeney, Kevin Murray, Glenn McNulty (Shay Durning 13), Dean McCarry, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards, Johnny Logue, Conor Mathewson (Kyle Burke 41) 

Derry City: Ciaran Gallagher, Shay Dunlop, Mark Timlin, Conor Barr, Caolan McLaughlin, Cormac Burke, Ciaran Harkin, Nathan Boyle, Conal Kelly, Conor McDermott, Michael Barr. 

Drumkeen Utd 2

Finn Harps Res 1

Finn Harps Reserves the visitors to St  Patrick’s Park on a sunny Easter Sunday,

The home side welcomed Ryan Gildea and David Shovlin back to their starting line up, Drumkeen had several chance in the first half ,Conor Carlin ran on to a Eunan Kelly flick on but his effort went narrowly wide of the post, Eunan Kelly also shot wide after he was put in by Shovlin.

Darren McCready also had a lovely effort well saved by Shaun Patton, Harps were lively and were dangerous on the break but Stephen Conroy didn’t have to make a save until the 25th minute, the first half ended scoreless,

Both teams started the second half brightly, Darren McCready Had a couple of efforts that went over the bar,at the other end Harps forced few corners and a couple of free kicks which were well dealt with by the home defence,

The first goal of the game came on 70 minutes, David Shovlin passed to Ronan Coyle who played a lovely pass to Darren Cassidy who fired it home. Drumkeen doubled their lead shortly after when they were awarded a penalty,

Conor Carlin was brought down in the box and referee Vincent Mc Laughlin had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, he also gave a straight red card to Harps defender for the last man tackle.

Darren McCready took the penalty and made no mistake. That looked like game over but with just a couple of minutes left Harps pulled a goal back. A Gareth Harkin corner was headed home by Graham Fisher, this made for a nervy last few minutes for the home side but they held on and got a hard earned win,

Drumkeen: Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Dean Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Paddy McLaughlin, Philip Whyte, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready, Eunan Kelly, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, subs Chris Mc Bride on for white 65 mins, Ronan Coyle on for Kelly 71 mins, Gavin Reilly on for Carroll 71 mins,

Finn Harps: Shaun Patton, Graham Fisher, Shane Porter,, Paul McDermott ,Ryan Curran, Darragh Black, Mark Forker, Shane Buchanan, Paul McVeigh, Gareth Harkin, Ciaran Scanlon, SUBS Matthew Henry on for Shane Buchanan 68 mins, Dean Mc Connell on for Darragh Black, Chris Flanagan on for Ryan Curran,.


Bonagee 1-2 Letterkenny

Swilly 0 -4 Cockhill

Finn Harps 1-2 Drumkeen

Fanad 1-4 Derry City Res.


4 Lanterns USL

Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:45pm

Swilly Rovers v Fanad Utd. Ref. V. McLaughlin

Friday, 25th at 7pm

Drumkeen Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. T. McAree

Sunday, 27th at 2pm

Cockhill Celtic v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. Duddy

Bonagee Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. Coll