Gweedore Celtic produced a super performance to get the better of Clonmany Shamrocks and book their place in the final of the Ulster Junior Cup on Sunday.
The Donegal League side will now meet Glengad in the final in three weeks time following their narrow 1-0 semi final win.
Meanwhile in the league, the top two in the Premier Division, Rathmullan Celtic and Lifford Celtic, both won again. The leaders in Division One, Drumoghill FC, also won.
Ulster Junior Cup
Clonmany Shamrocks 0
Gweedore Celtic 1
The Donegal League will once again be represented in the Final of the Ulster Junior Cup. Despite a disappointing league campaign, by their standards, Gweedore Celtic have proved more than capable when cup football is the order of the day. Pitted against Clonmany Shamrocks of the Inishowen League their task on Sunday was all the more difficult as they had to travel to contest the semi-final. From the opening exchanges and what followed it soon became clear that one goal could be enough to win the tie. This is exactly how it panned out and it was the men from An Screaban who got the all important strike.
Recently awarded Player of the Month for January in the Donegal League, Chris Porter played his part in the build up to the deciding goal. After making a run along the wing he crossed for Brendan Mc Geady who timed his run to perfection and calmly flicked the ball past the local custodian with ten minutes remaining in the fixture.
Clonmany pushed for an equaliser and Gweedore had another chance in the closing minutes but John Walsh saw his effort saved.
Gweedore will play Glengad F.C. in the final in three weeks time.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Lifford Celtic 2
St. Catherines 1
Played in blustery conditions in Greenbrae Park, St Catherine’s attempted to de-rail Lifford’s title challenge. Chances during the first half were few and far between with both defences coming out on top.
St Catherine’s hit the front with a freak goal on the half hour mark. A Jason Noctor shot was caught by the wind and was chested to the net from the edge of the box by Willie Hakkenun. Lifford protested for handball but to no avail.
Lifford stormed out of the blocks early in the second half and grabbed their equaliser as Alan Gethins finished following a through ball from Lee White on 50 minutes. Lifford should have hit the front on the hour mark but Gethins fluffed his lines from the penalty spot. The diminutive forward made amends for his miss, calmly finishing another through ball from Lee White on 75 minutes.
White, Lifford’s number 1, almost got on the score sheet as he brought a fine save from his opposite number from a 60 yard free kick as full time approached. The result keeps Lifford in the hunt for league honours.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 0
Rathmullan Celtic 3
Rathmullan Celtic cruised to a win over struggling Kilmacrennan Celtic at the Flagpole with Dara Patton and Eamonn Sheridan netting the goals for the Hoops. Kilmacrennan were reduced to ten men to compound their misery for the final five minutes. The Hoops now go into their final fixture away to Glenea United on April 27th knowing that a victory at Glasserchoo over Tom Coll’s troops will at least guarantee them a play-off with Lifford Celtic. The table toppers took the lead on 41 minutes when in form striker Dara Patton hit the net after a scintillating dribble past the Kilmacrennan defence, finishing off with a low strike into the bottom corner. Chippy Barrett almost doubled the advantage on the stroke of half time following a goal mouth scramble but was denied by the outstanding Kilmacrennan keeper Mark Gallagher.
In the second period Eamonn Sheridan was denied twice on two separate occasions by Gallagher. Kilmacrennan faced a daunting wind, which the Hoops took full advantage of, and struggled to make any impression on a resolute Hoops defence. The Seasiders continued to push for a second with Shea Coyle heading inches over from a corner on 62 minutes. Yet again the Kilmacrennan shot stopper Gallagher denied Eamonn Sheridan with a finger tip save on 70 minutes but the keeper could do nothing to stop Sheridan finally hitting the target on 73 minutes after sub Ryan Connolly crossed in from the right, Sheridan heading in.
The contest was over when referee Ed Moore awarded the Hoops a penalty following a push on Connolly from Gavin Gorman who was shown red on 86 minutes. Eamonn Sheridan made no mistake from the resulting spot kick to round off a fine performance. Referee: Ed Moore
Watson Hire Division One
Keadue Rovers 1
Drumoghill F.C. 2
Keadue Rovers lost out to Drumoghill at Central Park in a crucial game on Sunday. The game was played in difficult conditions because of a strong breeze. Keadue had the brighter opening against the wind with Adrian Hanlon forcing the away keeper into a good save on ten minutes. By the half hour mark Drumoghill were starting to take control and Richard Moore had a fine curling effort tipped on to the post by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle.
Keadue went close on thirty three minutes when Corey Gallagher’s free kick almost caught the Drumoghill keeper off his line but it went just over the bar.
On forty minutes Keadue took the lead when good work from Adrian Hanlon led to the ball being flicked into the path of Corey Gallagher who finished well.
Into the second half and Drumoghill were quick out of the blocks with a shot over the bar on 47 minutes. However, Keadue had a great chance to finish the game on 52 minutes when Corey Gallagher’s shot hit the post.
Drumoghill were level though on 71 minutes when following a goalmouth scramble Carlos Rodgers poked home.
It looked like finishing in a draw but in the last minutes Drumoghill grabbed a winner when Richard Moore took down a ball and finished past the keeper with a left foot strike to prompt great team celebrations. Drumoghill have one game left at home to Bonagee next Sunday while Keadue make the trip to Eany Celtic.
Referee: Ronan Floyd.
Cappry Rovers 5
Bonagee United 1
In a game played on Wednesday night, Cappry took the lead in the 8th minute when Brian Lafferty’s corner was headed home by Stephen Mc Dermott. Bonagee came back into the game after this but the Cappry defence was well on top. In the 31st minute Stephen Mc Dermott added his and Cappry’s second following a good passing move involving Brian Lafferty and Kevin McGlynn. In the 34th minute Brian Lafferty played Alan Patton through who saw his shot saved by the keeper, Patton squared the rebound for Kevin Mc Glynn to tap home from six yards.
Kevin McGlynn turned provider for Cappry’s 4th goal in the 40th minute when he split the defence for Aaron Kelly who finished well. Cappry started the second half brightly and added a fifth in the 54th minute when Stephen Mc Dermott played Alan Patton through and he made no mistake from the edge of the box.
Bonagee got a late consolation goal when Reece Shortt scored with a header at the near post.
Best for Cappry: Stephen Mc Dermott, Brian Lafferty and Benny Kyle. Best for Bonagee: Sam Murphy.
Referee: Liam Farren.
CT Ball Division Two
Raphoe Town 3
Deele Harps 1
Raphoe Town came from behind in this local derby played at Deele College in Raphoe. Brian Breslin gave Deele Harps an early lead which they held until the interval.
Raphoe Town then produced a purple patch which lasted for 15 second half minutes and saw them score three without reply and in doing so win the match and climb into third position in the CT Ball Division Two table. Gavin Mc Brearty got the equaliser before Kieran McGowan, under pressure from Jamie Gallagher, scored an own goal to put Raphoe into the lead. The busy Gallagher then secured the points when he scored from inside the box with the Deele keeper, Christopher Roulston, stranded.
With only one round of matches remaining any one of three teams, Raphoe Town, Convoy Arsenal or Deele Harps could take third spot and get into the Promotion/Relegation play-off. After this game it’s advantage Raphoe Town.