Local derby ends all square in Donegal Town

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Local derby ends all square in Donegal Town
By Sports Reporter sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

With little league action due to the Oscar Traynor Cup tie at the weekend, the big game in the Donegal League on Sunday was a local derby at the Hospital Field.

It proved a close match and in the end Donegal Town and Erne Wanderers shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

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Donegal Town 1 . . . Erne Wanderers 1

Donegal started the game the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to be a goal in front after five minutes. Donegal were awarded a penalty on the 15th minute mark when Declan Browne was brought down inside the Erne box and Raymond Mc Groary made no mistake from the spot.

Erne started the second half the better of the two teams and soon got themselves back on level terms. Micky Ward headed the ball on to the feet of David Dolan and he made no mistake from close range. Both teams were reduced to 10 men soon after following a scuffle between two players. Erne dominated the remainder of second half and will feel unlucky not to pick up all three points. Donegal’s goalkeeper Liam O’Meara pulled of a number of first class saves to earn his team a point.

Gweedore United 1 . . . Cappry Rovers 4

The home side took a deserved lead in the 14th minute when a great pass from Darren Ferry was well finished into the bottom corner from 15 yards giving Mc Bride in the Cappry nets with no chance.

The visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time when United failed to clear and Bradley finished well after a good cross from Gerard Melaugh. In the second half Cappry dominated possession and made it 2-1 in the 60th minute after Bradley once again finished well from close range. It was 3-1 in the 75th minute when Ryan Mc Hugh tapped in from close range. Mc Hugh was on the mark again in the 81st minute when he got Cappry's fourth.

Keadue Rovers 4 . . . Bonagee United 1

Keadue Rovers got their first points of the league campaign. In blustery conditions Shaun Yank Boyle had them ahead; Cory Gallagher added a second to see Keadue 2-0 at half-time.

Ryan Greene made it 3-0 before Bonagee got back in the contest after missing a penalty when Shane Kelly goaled on 60 minutes, However, Keadue closed out the game Cory Gallagher got his second and his side’s fourth.

Best for Keadue were Cory Gallagher, Shaun Yank Boyle and Daniel McHugh while best for Bonagee were Shane Kelly, Graham Cullen and Dylan Sweeney.

Referee: Con McLaughlin.

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Letterbarrow Celtic 8 . . .Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2

Letterbarrow provided long serving Club Chairman James McGroary with his perfect 60th birthday present. The visitors opened the scoring on ten minutes when Kevin Mc Gonigle’s cross deceived the home keeper.

The lead was short lived as Dermot Slevin headed home from a corner to draw the sides level. On 30 minutes Nathan Carr put Letterbarrow into the lead when he headed home from close range after a superb counter attack.

The home side added further goals from Dermot Slevin early in the second half and Gerard McBrearty got the fourth.

Thirty nine years to the day after his father scored for the club on his 21st birthday James McGroary Junior scored a fifth after he turned in a great cross. Nathan Carr added the sixth before Donal Callaghan pulled one back. However Alexi Mc Neilis added two further goals in the final ten minutes to secure a big win for Letterbarrow.