Action from the Saturday League meeting of Drumkeen United and Drumoghill FC at St. Patrick's Park
The top three teams in the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division all won on Sunday with Castlefinn Celtic maintaining their narrow two-point advantage following their win over St. Catherine’s.
Kilmacrennan Celtic and Milford United stay joint second after they recorded wins against Glenea United and Rathmullan Celtic respectively.
Keadue Rovers had been due to host Kildrum Tigers, but that match was postponed due to a bereavement.
Castlefinn Celtic were fancied to keep their good run of results going as they hosted a St. Catherine’s team still without a league win this season.
But in a closely fought contest, Castlefinn lead just 1-0 at half time with JP Malley scoring. Ronan Tourish and Rory Dalton put them 3-0 up and on their way to another three points before St. Catherine’s found the target with a late penalty scored by Odhran McGuinness.
Daire McDaid hit both goals as Kilmacrennan recorded a fine 2-0 win at home to Glenea. Both goals came in the opening 21 minutes as Kilmacrennan made it six wins from nine games.
At Flag Pole Field it was also 2-0 as the visitors Milford won their local derby with Rathmullan thanks to goals from Adam Serrinha and Gary Merritt.
Saturday League action from Drumkeen United v Drumoghill FC
In the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One, the battle of the top two ended all square at Cranford Park on Sunday as Cranford drew 2-2 with Bonagee.
The home side had gone in front through Kevin Doherty only for Chris Toner to equalise and leave it 1-1 at half time.
David O’Donnell fired Cranford back into the lead in the second half but Glenn Gallagher’s penalty gave leaders Bonagee a well earned draw.
Their lead at the top however, is down to three points as Lifford Celtic climbed to second on the back of a 5-2 win against Gweedore Celtic.
The Gaeltacht men were in front when Colin Ferry scored early on but goals from Paul Lynch and Niall Coyle saw Lifford lead 2-1 at the break.
Lynch scored again shortly after half time only for Thomas Diver’s penalty for Gweedore leaving it 3-2. But substitute Shane Brennan scored two goals to complete another good win for the Lifford men.
There was a local derby at Orchard Park where visitors Drumoghill beat Lagan Harps 2-0 thanks to two late goals from substitute Riidha Abdullah.
And at St. Patrick’s Park, Drumkeen United maintained their place among the leading sides with a 2-1 win over Ballybofey United.
Lee Guthrie struck twice for Drumkeen, both goals coming from the penalty spot. In between those goals, Jude Patton had levelled for Ballybofey.
Raphoe Town have gone level on points with Kerrykeel at the top of the Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Centre Division Two.
Raphoe were 5-0 winners at home to Copany Rovers on a day when Kerrykeel were held to a 2-2 draw at Glenree.
DJ Kelly hit a brilliant hat-trick for Raphoe in what turned out to be a convincing win against Copany. Raphoe were 1-0 up at half-time through Glen McDaid. Kelly hit three after the break with Stephen Craig scoring the other.
Sean Little and Conor McGonigle got the goals for Kerrykeel but it wasn’t enough to give them a win at Glenree for whom Barney Boyce and Eoghan Kelly scored.
Letterbarrow are in third, just a point behind when they came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Whitestrand.
Ken Dempsey gave Strand the lead only for Diarmaid Slevin to equalise for the Tymeen men. Gerard McBrearty volleyed the winner 19 minutes from time.
In Sunday’s other game, Curragh Athletic were 3-1 winners against Deele Harps. Tim Callaghan scored twice and Mickey Black got the other goal as Curragh stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead.
Deele pulled one back in the second half, but they weren’t to deny Curragh the win.
The gap at the top of the Glencar Inn Division One in the Donegal Saturday League is out to six points.
Strand Rovers recorded another win, defeating St. Catherine’s 3-1. However, with second place Glencar Celtic only drawing 0-0 with Dunlewey Celtic, Strand are suddenly looked in a commanding position at the top of the table.
Two goals from Connor Greene had Strand on their way to three points against St. Catherine’s. Jack Doherty hit the third as Strand ran out 3-1 winners.
They play Arranmore United next weekend. The Islanders also hit three goals in a 3-1 win at home to Castlefinn Celtic. Brian Proctor scored twice in the win with the other scored by Aidan Proctor.
It was all square in Glasserchoo where Glenea United drew 1-1 with Oldtown Celtic. Michael Devine scored for Oldtown with Glenea’s equaliser scored by Pudgy McGee.
In the Old Orchard Division Two, Kildrum Tigers are now five points clear at the top after they won 1-0 away to Gweedore Celtic. Christopher Cronin got a late winner for the Tigers.
Second placed Milford United went down to a 5-3 defeat at home to Fintown Harps.
Seamus Ellis, Eunan Gallier and Alton Gallagher were among the goals as Fintown took the points.
Fintown are now third in the table and Drumoghill stay fourth despite losing 3-2 to Drumkeen United. Michael Guthrie struck the winner in this game.
Elsewhere Cappry won 5-1 at Drumbar.
Glencar Inn Division One
Arranmore Utd 3 v 1 Castlefin Celtic
St. Catherines 1 v 3 Strand Rovers
Glenea United 1 v 1 Oldtown Celtic
Donegal Town P v P Keadue Rovers
Glencar Celtic 0 v 0 Dunlewey Celtic
Old Orchard Division Two
Milford United 3 v 5 Fintown Harps
Gweedore Cel 0 v 1 Kildrum Tigers
Drumbar F.C. 1 v 5 Cappry Rovers
Drumkeen United 3 v 2 Drumoghill
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Keadue Rovers P v P Kildrum Tigers
Rathmullan Cel 0 v 2 Milford United
Glenea Utd 0 v 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Castlefin Celtic 3 v 1 St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Div One
Lifford Celtic 5 v 2 Gweedore Celtic
Lagan Harps 0 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.
Cranford United 2 v 2 Bonagee Utd
Drumkeen Utd 2 v 1 Ballybofey Utd
Donegal Physiotherapy & performance Centre Division Two
Curragh Athletic 3 v 1 Deele Harps
Gweedore Utd 0 v 2 Dunkineely Cel
Letterbarrow Cel 2 v 1 W'strand Utd
Glenree Utd 2 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Raphoe Town 5 v 0 Copany Rovers
FAI Junior Cup
Evergreen 4, Cappry Rovers 3
Saturday, January 19
Glencar Inn Division One
Strand Rovers v Arranmore Utd
Castlefin Celtic v Glenea United
Oldtown Celtic v Donegal Town
Keadue Rovers v Glencar Celtic
Dunlewey Celtic v St. Catherine's
Old Orchard Division Two
Kildrum Tigers v Milford Utd
Cappry Rovers v Gweedore Celtic
Drumkeen Utd v Drumbar
Drumoghill FC v Fintown Harps
Sunday, January 20
Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division
Donegal Town v Kildrum Tigers
Castlefin Celtic v Kilmacrennan Cel
Cappry Rovers v Glenea United
Temple Domestic Appliances Div 1
Lagan Harps v Convoy Arsenal
Cranford FC v Gweedore Celtic
Drumkeen Utd v Drumoghill FC
Ballybofey Utd v Bonagee Utd.
Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Centre Division Two
Deele Harps v Gweedore Utd
Dunkineely Cel v Letterbarrow
Whitestrand Utd v Glenree Utd
Kerrykeel v Raphoe Town
Copany Rovers v Curragh Athletic