Keadue Reserves made it through to the quarter-final of the Voodoo Venue Cup but only just against a very determined Gweedore side. It was a decent day for football at Central Park and Gweedore, assisted by a strong breeze, had the brighter opening ten minutes.
By fifteen minutes Keadue were getting on top and Ultan Boyle had a shot deflected to the net by Luke Neely but the goal was disallowed.
Keadue did go ahead on twenty minutes when a good ball from Luke Neely was thumped home low to the net by Boyle.
The away side responded well and had a couple of efforts just wide before the half-hour mark. However, on thirty-two minutes a fine Keadue move down the left wing led to a ball played through to Daniel Mc Hugh and his pinpoint cross met Michael Greene on the run who struck first time to the net.
Gweedore again though were good in their response and had a lot of the ball but didn’t threaten the home goal in that time. At the start of the second half, Gweedore had one back on forty-eight minutes when centre-half, Donal Mac Giolla Bhride, poked home from close range after a corner.
They were buoyed by this and just after the hour a ball to the far post led to a missed chance. They were deservedly level after sixty-three minutes when Johnny Gallagher tapped home in a crowded box. The home side though did have a good patch after this and with the introduction of a few subs had a lot more of the ball but didn’t stretch the away keeper.
On seventy-three minutes Luke Neely had a great chance but it was well saved by the Gweedore keeper. Damien Hanlon had a free kick for Keadue wide on seventy-eight minutes with the home side well on top.
Just after eighty minutes, Michael Coll saw his shot saved by Ben Boyle following a mix up in the home defence.
Just when it looked like extra time a ball played over the top by Ultan Boyle was met by substitute Christy Greene who poked the ball over the line past the advancing keeper for what proved to be the winner.
A decent game of football and while Keadue prevailed it was a very dogged effort from a plucky Gweedore side who were a little unlucky. Best for Gweedore Celtic were Conor Boyle, Donal Mac Goilla Bhride and Michael Coll while best for Keadue were Michael Greene, Luke Neely and Daniel McHugh.
Referee: Tony McNamee.
St. Catherine’s and Milford started the Cup tie well, the pace and quality of play from both teams in the first half was of an exceptionally high standard. Each team had chances in the first period but due to some outstanding defending, it remained scoreless at half-time.
Cappry Rovers Reserves 1 Glencar Celtic 3
Underdogs Fintown Harps pulled off a dramatic result in the Voodoo Venue Cup on Saturday afternoon. From the start, Fintown were up for this match putting the Donegal side under pressure. In the fifteenth minute, Fintown won a free outside the box.
Glenea United Reserves 2 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3
Glenea Reserves’ interest in this year’s Voodoo Cup was ended with this defeat in a hard-fought game. Castlefin playing with the aid of a strong breeze started well and took the lead on two minutes when Mathew O’Rourke’s header from a deflected shot was turned in at the back post by Sean Kennedy.
Glenea tried hard to get back into the game but found themselves two down on 15 minutes when Matthew O’Rourke was played in and he drilled the ball home from a tight angle.
Glenea were still finding it difficult to create any clear-cut chances and it was Castlefin that almost extended their lead on 40 mins when a header from a corner came back off the bar.
In the second half, it was the home team that started the better and almost pulled a goal back on 48 minutes when Michael Ferry got onto a Neil McGeever cross but saw his effort well saved by Keith Nelis.
Glenea continues to press and were rewarded on 6o minutes when Michael Ferry took advantage of a mix up in the away defence and his cross was turned in from close range by Christopher Barrett.
Glenea equalized on 62 minutes when from a Padraig McGee free-kick, Christopher Barrett headed back across goal and Nathan O’Brien was on hand to steer the ball home.
Glenea pushed for a winner but were rocked on 80 minutes when after good work down the left the resultant cross found Mathew O’Rourke and he scored from close range.
As Glenea pushed on for an equalizer they left themselves open at the back and Castlefin had a couple of chances to extend their lead but were denied by a couple of good saves from Shaun McCafferty.
Glenea almost got their equalizer in injury time but Nathan O’Brien saw his effort from the edge of the box come back off the post. Tommy Rodgers and Odhran McBride did well for Glenea, Mathew O’Brien was always a threat for Castlefin.
Strand Rovers 5 Oldtown Celtic 1
Strand Rovers took the lead in the first minute of the game when Doalty Boyle crossed the ball into the penalty area to find Dylan Boyle who opened the scoring. Strand increased their lead midway through the first half with a Conor Greene volley from ten yards out.