Not for the first time the weather was the winner on Saturday last with just three games going ahead in local soccer in Donegal
Old Orchard Saturday
Erne Wanderers 0
Glenea United Res 3
Erne Wanderers hosted Glenea United in absolutely atrocious conditions at the Lakeside Centre on Saturday. It was the away side who claimed all three points as they proved more clinical on the day. With United winning the toss and opting to play against the wind in the first half it was Erne who had all the possession but really struggled to cut open the away defence.
They should have opened the scoring after 5 minutes however when a kick out landed all the way into the away teams area and David Dolan, with only the keeper to beat, somehow screwed it wide. With the game littered with goal kicks and throw-ins it was not pretty to watch. It remained scoreless until the interval.
The second half was hardly two minutes old when Glenea took the lead. Dean Gallagher intercepted a ball from Wanderers backline and shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Erne got going again and created a couple of chances but their finishing let them down. Glenea got number two on the hour mark when Erne failed to clear a corner and Shane Penrose found the back of the net.
Erne threatened on few occasions but couldn’t hit the net and were caught out on the break in the last minute when Connor McGee chipped the keeper from 18 yards.
A poor day at the office for the understrength champions with no real stand out performers and the Glenea ‘keeper was their best on the day.
Referee: Michael Mulhern.
Glencar Inn Saturday
Tullyvinney Rovers 1
Strand Rovers 2
This match was switched to Maghery. Strand had the better of the first twenty minutes and were rewarded in the twenty fifth when Jonathan Stewart scored a superb goal. After retaining their lead until the interval Strand went further in front through Brendan Glackin who registered on fifty minutes just when Tullyvinney were getting a foothold in the game.
The visitors persisted in the ever worsening conditions and pulled a goal back on seventy minutes when Stephen Sweeney scored. Strand held out for the final twenty minutes and by doing so recorded their first ever victory since joining the Donegal Junior League at the start of the current season.
Best for Tullyvinney were Adam Gardener and Ronata while best for Strand was Jonathon Stewart, Paddy Glackin, Brendan Brennan and Brendan Glackin.
Curragh Athletic Res 1
Fintown Harps 3
This game played on Wednesday night saw Fintown score in the in the 24th minute through a header from John Molloy. Gary Heaney went close with a header from a Shane Elliott cross as Curragh tried to get back on level terms.
Fintown doubled their lead in the 60th minute when an Aaron Thompson strike beat the Curragh keeper. Curragh then scored in the 62nd minute when good work from Justin mc bride set up Shane Elliott. Fintown completed the scoring in the 85th minute with a Brian Delaney strike to finish the game off as a contest.
Best for Curragh was Dylan Irwin. A team effort from Fintown Harps.