Donegal Premier League battle looks like going down to the wire

Kilmacrennan and Castlefinn neck and neck

Staff reporter


Staff reporter


Donegal Premier League battle looks like going down to the wire

It looks as if the battle for the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division will go down to the wire after both Kilmacrennan Celtic and Castlefinn Celtic won their away games.

Castlefinn are three points behind but have a game in hand, while Kilmacrennan have just two games left.

There is a mighty battle at the bottom also and on Sunday Rathmullan Celtic and Glenea United shared the spoils which leaves both still in danger.

In the Saturday League Strand Rovers just need a point from their two remaining games to clinch the Division One title.

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Cappry Rovers    0

Kilmacrennan Celtic  2

Kilmacrennan Celtic extended their lead at the top of the table to six  points with this win over Cappry Rovers in perfect conditions at Cappry Park on Thursday night.

Kilmacrennan started the brighter and should have gone ahead on 5 minutes when Seami Friel put it over. Caolan Mc Daid had a chance later when he lobbed the keeper only for ball to go wide of post.

Cappry came more into the game as it went on and it evened out without any goals at half time. Kilmacrennan edged it in the second half and were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute when Caolan Mc Daid was brought down. Michael Mc Laughlin scored from the spot. As Cappry pushed forward, they were stretched at the back and Seaimi Friel added a second on 65 minutes.

Donegal Town  2

Castlefinn Celtic  5

Castlefinn stayed in touch as they came out on top in this highly entertaining encounter at the Hospital Field. Donegal were very slow out of the blocks and the visitors took full advantage of some lacklustre defending to race into a two-goal lead, the first through Emmet Whyte with Ronan Tourish adding the second.

Donegal settled and deservedly found themselves back in contention when Ben Sweeney fired home, after good work from Ronan McHugh and Joe McIntyre. McIntyre levelled things 15 minutes into the second half as the Town began to dominate proceedings.

Donegal pressed on in search of a winning goal, but it was Castlefinn who found themselves in front when Rory Dalton reacted quickest to a loose ball in the area. JP Malley sealed the win for his side a minute later when he finished well to give his side some breathing space. Rory Dalton added another for Castlefinn in the dying moments.

Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle

Rathmullan Celtic  0

Glenea United 0

Michael Deeney’s Hoops welcomed old foes Glenea to a blustery Seaside in a must win relegation battle for both sides but it turned out to be a goalless game with Shaun Gallagher saving a Padraig McGee penalty in the first half as a share of the spoils seemed the fairest outcome.

The Hoops came  into this match on the back of a fine away draw at title chasing Castlefin as their fight for survival has taken somewhat of a Renaissance with two wins and two draws in their last four outings.

Darren Ferry was upended on 15 minutes inside the area which resulted in a spot kick for McGee. The striker’s effort was exquisitely saved by Hoops shot stopper Gallagher much to the thunderous applauds of the Seaside faithful.

The second period saw the Hoops come into the game more with Mark Wilson leading the line well and Eoin Sheridan driving forward more in search of that elusive opener but it simply wasn’t to come. Reggie Miller went on a mesmerizing run on 86 minutes on the left wing skipping past the defence but his effort, from a very accuse angle, narrowly went over the crossbar in what was the only real clear cut effort of the half. Glenea United’s Darren Ferry was the stand out player in midfield with his composure on the ball and passing, while Shaun Patton was immense between the posts for the Hoops alongside Mark Wilson up front.

The Hoops now travel to Keadue Rovers in their penultimate game of the season followed by a final home game against St Catherine’s in their bid to maintain Premier League status and it’s quite simply all to play for.

Referee: Mick Lagan 

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Bonagee United 5

Convoy Arsenal 0

Bonagee celebrated their Division One style with a goalfest against Convoy Arsenal. After a number of efforts were not availed off in the first half, the floodgates opened on 47 minutes with Aidan McLaughlin firing home. Goals follows from Eamon Cannon, McLaughlin completing his hat-trick and Mark Hunter.

Referee: Con Mc Laughlin

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Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.    3

Curragh Athletic  2

The champions Kerrykeel finished off their season with a well-deserved win over Curragh Athletic. The home team played against the breeze in the first half and started strong with Paddy Carr putting them in front on 10 minutes after heading home a Kevin Mc Gonigle cross.

Curragh drew level on 20 minutes when Micky Black scored direct from a free kick. Curragh took the lead on the stroke of half time when Keelan Mc Daid headed home from a corner.

With the wind at their back for the second half Kerrykeel dominated possession and had numerous chances to score but the Curragh keeper was having a fantastic game. Kerrykeel drew level with 20 minutes remaining when Johnny Friel scored from the spot after the lively Evan Hewitt was fouled in the area.

Five minutes later they were in front with Kevin Mc Gonigle scoring from close range after good build up play from Sean Little. C

urragh could not get out of their box and Kerrykeel struck the cross bar twice in quick succession from Michael Mc Devitt and Johnny Friel free kicks. Referee Gerald Devine blew the whistle to end a fantastic season for the Kerrykeel side.

Best for Kerrykeel: Patsy Friel, Paddy Carr and Michael McDevitt. The Curragh goalkeeper was outstanding throughout.

Referee: Gerald Devine.

Saturday League round-up


Saturday 13th April 2019

Glencar Inn Saturday Division One

Oldtown Celtic  0

Arranmore United  3

A good game, played in tough windy conditions in Rathmullan, saw Arranmore race out of the blocks and into the lead when a free kick was given and fired home from the edge of the area.

They soon doubled the lead from a free header at the back post. Oldtown grew into the game and had chances to equalise but Arranmore stood strong at the back and added a third from close range with 10 minutes to go.

Castlefin Celtic Res      0

Strand Rovers  4

Strand Rovers kept their title aspirations on track with this victory over an under strength Castlefin at a stormy Park View. Dylan Boyle put the visitors ahead in the 5th minute with a wind assisted chip over the keeper. The same player doubled the advantage shortly afterwards with a fine finish from an acute angle. Brendan Glackin made it three from close range just before half-time.

Castlefin battled hard in the second half but the result was sealed when Dylan Boyle completed his hat-trick in the 60th minute with an exquisite finish from just inside the box. Best for Castlefin were Lee Mc Laughlin and Pauric Lafferty while Dylan Boyle and Doalty Boyle impressed for Strand. Referee: Barry Hunter

Dunlewey Celtic 1

Donegal Town Res 5

Donegal Town took full advantage of the gale force conditions at Glentornan Park and in the first half they went 5-0 up before the break with the wind causing havoc for a make shift Dunlewey side.

Dunlewey pulled one back in the second half but it was too little too late. Donegal Town defended well to hold out for the 3 points.

St. Catherines Reserves        1

Glencar Celtic 4

This was an evenly contested game for the first 30 minutes. St. Catherine's scored first when Steven Anderson’s free-kick on the edge of the box found the Glencar net. St. Catherine's went in at the break one up. Early in the second half Glencar scored a penalty. They then pressed on and added three more before the end.

Best for St. Catherines were Nathan Byrne and Shane O’ Gara.

Old Orchard Saturday Division Two

Milford United Reserves      1

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves  1

Milford had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and took the lead after 15 minutes. A Milford corner was headed into the net by a Drumoghill defender for an own goal. Milford had more chances to double their lead but some good defending kept them out.

With the wind behind Drumoghill in the second half it was all Drumoghill and they finally got the equaliser on 75 minutes. Milford held out till the final whistle to make it to the final 3-1 on aggregate. A good team performance from both teams. 

Referee: Brian O’Kane