Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 March 26, 2017

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE
REPORTS
Saturday 25th March 2017
Ulster Junior Shield
Glenea United Reserves 0 Illies Celtic 0
(Glenea won 4-2 on penalties)
Glenea Reserves qualified for the final of the Ulster Shield via a penalty shot-out after they had played out a hard fought draw with their Inishowen opponents. Despite the fine conditions both sides found it hard to create any clear cut chances in a tight first half. In the 2nd half Glenea started to dominate the possession but again were finding clear cut chances hard to come by, though on 65 minutes Chris Cannon headed narrowly wide from a Martin Maguire free-kick. On 70 minutes Dean Gallagher knocked down a free-kick but Martin Maguire was unable to force home the ball in a goalmouth scramble. As the half progressed Illies came more into the game and it took an excellent double save from Ciaran Gallagher to keep the home sides level and take the game into extra-time. Extra-time followed a similar pattern with neither side creating any clear chances. It was left to penalties and it was Glenea who came out victors. Mick Langan, Kevin Logue & Brian O’Kane were the officials.

Glencar Celtic 4 Cavan Town 0
On an absolute cracker of a day in Rathmullan Glencar hosted Cavan. With both teams flying high in their respective leagues this looked on paper to be a cracking contest. However the home side were in no mood to settle for just the league they lifted last Saturday in Arranmore and started in exactly the same fashion going for the jugular from the 1st whistle and could of been have been one up very early on form a Kevin O’Donnell corner when the ball fell in the 6 yard box but there was no Glencar man in the mix to prod home. It was Scanlon who made the breakthrough for the home side after Grieve’s through ball found him, he kept his composure and slotted under the advancing keeper. The Cavan side found their feet and had a spell of possession but it really came to nothing. Glencar got their 2nd through Patrick Collins with a great flowing move. Glencar had other chances towards the end of the 1st half but just couldn’t capitalise. 2-0 at half time.
The second half was much the same although Cavan changed their formation trying to get a foothold in the game. Glencar stuck to their plan and played some lovely football. The 3rd goal came from a Grieve corner and big Liam Doherty rose highest to nod home and put Glencar in a comfortable position. Cavan fought hard but just couldn’t produce the killer ball as the Glencar rearguard stood firm and we’re in no mood for conceding. Glencar’s 4th was a lovely piece of wizardry from Paddy Collins who beat a few players and finished beautifully into the bottom corner and send Glencar into the final against Glenea. Great team effort from both sides in very warm conditions.

Voodoo Venue Cup Semi-Finals
Arranmore United 0 Orchard F.C. 0
(Arranmore won on penalties)
Arranmore United welcomed Orchard FC to Ranagh Park on a day perfect for football. Both teams played teams some slick football with Arranmore’s Declan Proctor and Orchard’s Joe McCarron dominating midfield. Chances were few and far between for both sides as both defences were on top of their game. The second half was a fiery affair as both teams threw the kitchen sink at one another to get on top. Conor Proctor capitalised for Arranmore United when a scramble in the box allowed him to finish smartly much to the vocal Arranmore supports delight! This spurred Orchard on they were awarded a penalty. Joe McCarron slotted it home. Arranmore kept their heads and battled on and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside. Extra time came around and both sides were struggling with fitness and injuries under a blazing sun. John Greene made an outstanding double save after a free kick found its way through the wall, and the in-rushing striker failed to put it past the Arranmore man. No team found the net and penalties loomed. Arranmore now progress to the final when they will face local rivals Strand Rovers. Best for Arranmore were Declan Proctor and John Greene who were simply outstanding. Orchard were unlucky on the day and battled with a lot of heart.

Strand Rovers 0 Milford United Reserves 0
(Strand Rovers won 4-2 on penalties)
The Voodoo Venue Cup semi-final between Strand Rovers and Milford United was a fiery and tense affair the whole way through. The match began and straight away Milford stormed forward with Strand just managing to hold out. By the ten minute mark Strand had weathered the storm and went on the offensive, a Brendan Glackin effort just going over the bar. Milford would again take control with J.J Fleming coming close in the closing minutes of the first-half. The second half would continue on from the first with box to box action. David Hindle got the first chance of the second half but was unable to convert. Jason Mc Conigley was giving Strand problems down the wing throughout the match. Ciaran Blaney had a good run only to be stopped by a last ditch challenge by Strand captain Brendan Brennan saving Strand once again. The rest of the second half was a scrappy affair without any clear cut chances. Neither team could score during extra-time ao it went to penalties and Strand went through to the final.

Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3 Donegal Town Reserves 3
(No Report Received)

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3
Castlefin finally secured the league title after a convincing home victory over Kilmacrennan on Saturday. The home side put the pressure on from the start and eventually took the lead when a Keith Nelis shot rebounded to Gary Mc Nulty to break the deadlock after 30 minutes. In the 42nd minute Castlefin doubled their advantage when Brian Dooher played through Mc Nulty who made no mistake from close range. In the second half the hosts continued to press and made it three when Nelis finished after a great through ball by James Mc Menamin. Team Performances from both sides. Referee: George Clinton

Glenree United Reserves 0 St. Catherines Reserves 1
(No Report Received)

Erne Wanderers Reserves P Keadue Rovers Reserves P
(Match re-scheduled for Wednesday 29th March)

Sunday 26th March 2017
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 Kildrum Tigers 3
Kilmacrennan Celtic played hosts to the Kildrum men on Sunday in a Premier Division clash. Both teams were pushing for a win in this tight league. Kildrum went ahead around the half hour mark after they were awarded a penalty, Farmer hit the net from the spot. The goal must’ve woken the kilmac men and they equalised through Noah Mailey just one minute later. Just before half time Kildrum went ahead again to leave it 2-1 at the break.
Kilmac must have gotten the hair-dryer treatment in the changing room because they came out fighting and managed to equalise after just 5 minutes. It looked like the Kildrum men were hungrier as they went ahead for the 3rd time, this time from a free kick. Mousey pulled one back just before the end of for Kilmac to share the spoils. Best for Kilmac: Michael Mc Laughlin. Referee: Joe McHugh

Lagan Harps 1 Milford United 1
This was a game in which both teams were looking for three points but had to settle for a point each. The first half was largely uneventful with Kyle Black forcing a double save from Lagan keeper Darren Mc Evoy. The second half was much the same until Milford’s Gary Merritt struck a post from a free on fifty five minutes. Lagan were then reduced to ten men on sixty minutes, Michael Doherty receiving a second yellow card. Lagan upped their game but Milford took the lead on seventy minutes. Darren Mc Evoy then pulled off a superb save from another Gary Merritt free as Milford sought the lead. They got it minutes later when Kyle Black was left free at the back post and he fired home. Lagan showed great character and refused to buckle. They equalised on eight minutes. Oisin Grant met a free with an overhead kick which came off the crossbar. Mark Hunter followed up to equalise. Almost immediately Milford were awarded a penalty. Darren Mc Evoy saved Kyle Blacks attempt and Black drove the rebound against the crossbar. Both teams went flat out for the win but there were no further scores. For Milford Joey Cullen and Paul Nash battled hard while for Lagan Darren Mc Evoy was outstanding in goals with Ronan Gibson and Oran Hilley battling well. Referee was Mick Lagan.

Rathmullan Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 0
Rathmullan and Drumoghill left a sun-drenched Flagpole Field this afternoon with a point each as referee Liam McLaughlin called a halt some six minutes early owing to a serious injury. Rathmullan’s David Fisher sustained a dislocated elbow after an awkward challenge and, with an ambulance required and a long delay anticipated, both manager’s agree agreed with the ref to take their teams off and settle for a point after what had been a fairly even contest. David was taken off to A&E and everyone at RCFC wishes him well and for a speedy recovery. Big thanks to our dedicated physio Megan Harding for her sterling efforts in making him as comfortable as possible on the pitch while the ambulance was waited for. The game itself was one of very clear cut chances. The defending Premier Division champions came closest in the first half when Richie Moore curled a free-kick in the from the left hand side of the penalty box that Mark Gallagher did expertly well to divert onto the crossbar with the ball breaking kindly for the Hoops to clear. At the other end, Jamesy Gallagher came closest for the home side, also from a free kick which went just the wrong side of Paul McCauley’s post.
The second half was similar, with few clear cut chances while it briefly threatened to boil over as some tasty challenges came in from both sides around the hour mark. The lid was well and truly kept on matters by Liam McLaughlin, who is by some considerable distance the most talented official in Donegal League football right now. With the clock ticking down, it was Drumoghill that were pushing hardest for the breakthrough and they in truth will probably be left with a sense of ‘what-if’ given the Hoops would have been left soldiering with ten men for the final six or seven minutes having made all three changes already. A point each and with the sides around Rathmullan also drawing, no change at the bottom of the table. Referee: Liam McLaughlin

St. Catherines1 Castlefin Celtic 1
St Catherines squandered a few early chances coming close on two occasions but in the fifth minute and on their first attack the Castlefin’s Ian ward beat the home keeper to his right hand side for a 1-0 lead .
St Catherines played with more energy and intent but a goal before half time was difficult to find with Peter Byson marshalling his defence to keep it at 1-0 at the break. It was all or nothing for the saints in the second half as they pushed looking for an equaliser. They were awarded a penalty twenty minutes in as Ryan Farrell was tripped in the box but Brendan McGuire could not dispatch as the Castlefin keeper saved well down low to his right . The home team kept pressing and Barry Cannon will feel aggrieved that he couldn’t find the net on more than one occasion. On 60 minutes a superb cross from Stephen Muirhead was met with a header from Brendan McGuire that flew into the net to make it 1 -1 . Chance after chance fell to the home side but they never capitalised any further which left the game a draw at full time . Best for the visitors was Rowan Tourish while Ryan Farell impressed down the left side for St Catherines.
Final score 1-1

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cappry Rovers 7 Gweedore Celtic 0
Cappry Rovers won the Temple Domestic Appliances first division of the Donegal League at a sunny Cappry Park before a big crowd .Cappry opened the scoring in the first minute when Patrick Mc Nulty shot to the net. Brendan Mc Laughlin got Cappry’s second goal in the fifth minute following a corner. Gerald Melaugh made it three in the fifteenth minute when he shot to the net. Stephen Mc Dermott got Cappry’s fourth following a free kick in the seventeenth minute. Calvin Bradley scored Cappry’s fifth in the thirty second minute from a header. Patrick Mc Nulty got his second and Cappry’s sixth in the thirty ninth minute following a corner. Gweedore put the pressure on in the second half but to no avail. Patrick Mc Nulty completed his hat-trick in the sixty first minute when he headed to the net for Cappry’s seventh. Referee Andrew Mullen.

Donegal Town 3 Raphoe Town 1
In a game that was played in perfect sunny conditions Donegal dominated the early exchanges. However they found themselves one goal down after 10 minutes following a 25 yard wonder strike from the Raphoe centre midfielder. Stephen Graham equalised the score at 20 minutes capitalising on a loose ball from a Donegal corner finishing neatly into the back the Raphoe net. Donegal went ahead on the stroke of half-time. Daniel McHugh’s inch-perfect cross left Stephen Curneen the simplest of finishes from close range. 2-1 to Donegal at half time. Raphoe pressed Donegal hard for an equaliser in the second half only to be denied by the woodwork and a great safe by Donegal keeper Liam O’Meara. Donegal put the game to bed late in the second half. McHugh headed the ball back across the Raphoe net. Ben Sweeney was there to tap in from close range. 3-1 to Donegal at the final whistle.

Keadue Rovers 7 Gweedore United 2
Keadue Rovers rounded off their season with this easy win over Gweedore Utd at a sunny Central Park with perfect conditions throughout. Gweedore, needing a win, were quick out of the blocks with Ciaran McFadden going close on three minutes. They were again close with Shane O’Donnell shooting over from close range on seven minutes. Keadue settled well after that and took the lead on twelve minutes when Corey Gallagher drilled home on the right hand side. A few minutes later Ciaran McFadden who was dangerous for Gweedore, just hit over the bar after getting through the home defence. The home side made it two on sixteen minutes when a ball over the top found Conor Greene and he passed to Ryan Greene to tap in. A minute later Gweedore were back in it when Michael Barry finished a good move with a header and on nineteen minutes they were level when good skill from Ciaran McFadden led to a fine individual finish. Keadue responded well and Corey Gallagher went close hitting just wide. He wasn’t to be denied though and on twenty five minutes from a corner, he headed home from a packed box. Keadue were now well on top, creating plenty of chances and on the half hour Ryan Greene made a good run and hit an excellent effort to the bottom corner for number 4. Gweedore finished off the first half with a decent spell and came close on forty one minutes with a shot just over. At the start of the second half they continued where they left off, creating some good play and had two good chances in the first five minutes, neither of which were converted. On fifty eight minutes the home side made the game safe when a breakaway attack lead to Ryan Greene’s’ effort saved by the keeper but Corey Gallagher tapped home the rebound. Despite pressing away in the Keadue half, Gweedore just couldn’t make it pay and the home side got their sixth when Corey Gallagher ran through on the break to slot home. In the final minute Corey Gallagher again finished at close range to make it 7-2. An easy win for Keadue, who make sure of 4th spot. Best for Gweedore Utd were Ciaran McFadden & Frank McGee while for Keadue, Chris Greene and Ryan Greene were impressive and it was a five star showing from Corey Gallagher. Referee: Brian O’Kane.

Bonagee United 1 Glenree United 1
The home team came close on six minutes when a Paddy O’ Loan header from ten yards was well saved by John Doran in the visitor’s goal. The home team kept pressing and had chances through Lee Mc Monagle, Shane Kelly and Noel O’ Donnell but their efforts on goal were well of the mark. Glenree should have taken the lead on thirty two minutes when Barney Boyce broke clear and he tried to lob the advancing keeper from the edge of the box only to see his effort go wide of the post. The home side did take the lead on thirty eight minutes when the ball was cleared out of the box it fell to Rory Mc Crossan who shot home from Thirty yards to the roof of the net. Glenree started the second half well and efforts from Andrew Kelly and Keelan Mc Gee wee well saved by Carr in the home goal. Lee Mc Monagle for Bonagee was unlucky to see his strike from outside the box on seventy minutes hit the bar. Glenree kept plugging away and got the equalizer on eighty minutes when a mix up in the Bonagee defence Andrew Kelly was first to react and headed home from ten yards to level the match. Team effort by both sides. Referee John Coyle.

Deele Harps 1 Erne Wanderers 1
Played in glorious sunshine, the home side had to be content with a point against the Ballyshannon men. Deele dominated throughout but couldn’t convert their chances to win the game. Deele opened the scoring on 29 minutes when Brian Breslin weaved down the left and into the box and squared for Jordon Duffy to finish. On the stroke of half time against the run of play , a hopeful punt forward let Barry Mulligan in and he finished well. That’s how it would end despite Deele’s dominance and chances created. Team performances. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny

CT Ball Division Two
Cranford United 0 Ballybofey United 2
Tight first half with most play in the middle of the field before a good chance from Niall Doherty for Cranford. Ballybofey came close but we’re stopped with a great save from Barney Logue.
In the 2nd half Ballybofey came out quicker than Cranford and got a goal from Alan Patton .Cranford pushed hard for an equaliser but got caught on the counter attack from Barney Lafferty with a strike from outside the box. Brendan Giles and Odhran Coll were best for Cranford. Team effort for Ballybofey.

Whitestrand United 1 Drumkeen United 4
On a perfect day for a game of soccer Whitestrand took on Drumkeen United at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand were caught out in the first three minutes from a set piece and Niall Bonar with a glancing header that was clearly a training ground routine. After that Whitestrand slowly got back into the game. In the 34th minute, a through ball caught the Drumkeen back four off guard to let Johnny Sweeney through to score one on one with the keeper. This left the score at half time 1-1.
Whitestrand again started slow in the second half, this played into Drumkeen’s hands and let to their number 11 scoring a well taken goal in the 65th minute to give them the lead. This brought Whitestrand to life and they began pushing hard for an equaliser. However, the big blow came in the 82nd minute when Niall Bonar scored a lovely lob from 22 yards over the keeper into the goal. In injury time the Whitestrand keeper took down Marty Gallagher for the penalty. Up stepped Niall Bonar who duly completed his hat trick. Man of the match would undoubtedly be Niall Bonar but it was a great team performance on both sides.

Curragh Athletic 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1
This game was played in great condition at the Curragh Sports Complex. The game started well with both sides pushing for the opener, Curragh got the breakthrough on twenty minutes when the excellent Gavin Sweeney was fouled for a penalty which he took and scored. Minutes later he got his second with a great solo run. He bagged his hat-trick on forty minutes. Kerrykeel was awarded a penalty on forty four minutes to make it three one at half time. The second half saw Curragh up the tempo and yet again it was the main man Gavin Sweeney who got his fourth. That’s the way it stayed for the very impressive Curragh another three great points with Gavin Sweeney, Niall Fitzsimons and Noel Dooley standing out for the home side.

Letterbarrow Celtic 2 Lifford Celtic 1
This game was played in ideal conditions in the picturesque Tymeen between two promotion chasing sides and resulted in the home side closing the gap on Lifford with a come from behind victory.
The first half was a cagey affair with no clear cut chances as both defences dominated. Both sides had chances in the opening minutes of the second half. However, it was Lifford who took the lead on fifty minutes after a penalty was awarded when the ball hit a defenders hand from close range. Letterbarrow battled back and were rewarded on sixty minutes when the superb Dermot Slevin headed home a free kick from six yards. The game was played at a frantic pace thereafter but it was Letterbarrow who gained a lead, that they didn’t lose, on seventy five minutes when James Mc Groary slammed home a truly brilliant free kick from thirty yards that was worthy of winning any game. Best for Letterbarrow was James Mc Groary, Gerard Mc Brearty and Dermot Slevin.

RESULTS

Saturday 25th March 2017
Ulster Junior Shield
Glenea United Reserves 0 v 0 Illies Celtic
(Glenea won 4-2 on penalties)
Glencar Celtic 4 v 0 Cavan Town
Voodoo Venue Cup Semi-Finals
Arranmore United 0 v 0 Orchard F.C.
(Arranmore won on penalties)
Strand Rovers 0 v 0 Milford United Reserves
(Strand Rovers won 4-2 on penalties)
Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3 v 3 Donegal Town Reserves
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 0 v 1 St. Catherines Reserves
Erne Wanderers Reserves P v P Keadue Rovers Reserves

Sunday 26th March 2017
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 3 Kildrum Tigers
Lagan Harps 1 v 1 Milford United
Rathmullan Celtic 0 v 0 Drumoghill F.C.
St. Catherines 1 v 1 Castlefin Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cappry Rovers 7 v 0 Gweedore Celtic
Donegal Town 3 v 1 Raphoe Town
Keadue Rovers 7 v 2 Gweedore United
Bonagee United 1 v 1 Glenree United
Deele Harps 1 v 1 Erne Wanderers
CT Ball Division Two
Cranford United 0 v 2 Ballybofey United
Whitestrand United 1 v 4 Drumkeen United
Curragh Athletic 4 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Letterbarrow Celtic 2 v 1 Lifford Celtic

FIXTURES

Wednesday 29th March 2017 K.O. 7.45 p.m.
Old Orchard Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Saturday 1st April 2017 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Fintown Harps AFC (K.O. 1p.m.)
Orchard F.C. v Drumbar United
Strand Rovers v Glencar Celtic
Old Orchard Saturday Reserve Division
Donegal Town Reserves v Milford United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves

Sunday 2nd April 2017 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Milford United v Drumoghill F.C.
Lagan Harps v Glenea United
Kildrum Tigers v Castlefin Celtic
Convoy Arsenal v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Deele Harps v Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers v Drumkeen United
Dunkineely Celtic v Letterbarrow Celtic
Lifford Celtic v Eany Celtic
Cranford United v Curragh Athletic


Tributes paid to the late Roy Wilkie, the man who ‘transformed the Donegal League’

NEWS

 February 22, 2017

Tributes have been paid to former Donegal soccer administrator Roy Wikie, who died yesterday in Letterkenny University Hospital.

From Ballyholy in Raphoe, Mr Wilkie served as PRO, Administrator and Fixtures Secretary of the Donegal League during a 21-year reign from 1983 to 2004.

“He transformed the whole Donegal League,” said his good friend and former Donegal League colleague Dessie Kelly this morning.

“He was the man with all of the ideas. Roy mightn’t have had authority as such, but he could do anything and he took the Donegal League into the computer era.

“He was a genius on the computer and he was self-taught. He really brought the League forward; he was a brilliant man for football and he was a great friend to me over the years.”

Since birth, Roy suffered from muscular dystrophy and was a wheelchair user.

From his home in Ballyholy, he ran the Donegal League’s affairs for over two decades and will be sadly missed.

Remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral service at his late residence on Friday  24th February at 1.30pm with burial afterwards in the family plot at Ray Presbyterian Church, Manorcunningham.

Family flowers only, donations if desired to Independent Living C/O Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy.


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 February 12, 2017

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Glenea United 1     St. Catherines 0

In a tight fought game it was the home side that earned all 3 points. In the first half with the aid of the breeze it was the Killybegs men that started the brightest and had the home defence under pressure without creating any clear chances.

Glenea tried to get into the game were unable to get enough of the ball to do this. St Catherine’s best chance fell to Barry Cannon when got onto a through ball from Daniel Breslin but drilled his shot over the bar.

Glenea’s best chance of the half fell to Darren Ferry, when after good play from Ciaran McGeady and Lee O’Brien, allowed Ferry to get a strike on goal which Andrew McMullen smothered well. In the 2nd half it was the home side that started to get on top and almost opened the scoring on 50 minutes when Dean McCarry headed just over from a corner.

St Catherines were then next to come close to scoring when Daniel Breslin’s header from a free-kick was also just over the bar. As the game progressed the home side continued to press and went close through efforts from Ciaran McGeady and Lee O’Brien.

Glenea finally got the only goal on 78 minutes when after good work by Ryan McFadden and Dean McCarry down the right, McCarry’s cross to the far post was met by Ciaran McFadden and he drilled home from close range.

St Catherine’s pressed hard for an equaliser and when the home defence failed to deal with a cross it required John Harley to head off the line to keep Glenea in front.

As St Catherine’s pushed forward it left them open to the counter attack and it took a good save from Andrew McMullen to deny Ciaran Mc Geady from extending Glenea’s lead. Best for Glenea were Paul Sweeney and Eamonn Cannon, while Chris Murrin and Daniel Breslin were best for St Catherine’s.

Referee: Liam McLaughlin

Milford United 3     Convoy Arsenal 1

(No Report Received)

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2     Rathmullan Celtic 0

Kilmacrennan hosted Rathmullan Celtic on Sunday. It was a very tightly contested game and both back lines stayed strong to allow very few chances.

Kilmacrennan took the lead through Caolan Mc Daid in the 29th minute after nice football from Michael McLaughlin.

Kilmacrennan held onto the lead and neither keeper was tested throughout the rest of the first half. The second half was much the same and Kilmacrennan doubled their lead with 6 minutes to go through mousey and Caolan again.

This secured the 3 points for the home side.   Best for Kilmac: Liam McBride. Referee: Kevin Logue

CT Ball Division Two

Whitestrand Rovers 2      Lifford Celtic 0

On a cold brisk day Whitestrand United took on Lifford Celtic at McGarvey Park. The game pitted Whitestrand who are in mid table against Lifford who currently sit second in the league.

The game started at a frenetic pace with both teams going toe to toe.

The wind was playing an ever increasing factor and gradually Lifford began to have a few chances but the Whitestrand defence held strong.

In the 30th minute Whitestrand broke clear and after two blocked goal bound efforts Ken Dempsey lashed the ball home.

Shortly after Whitestrand broke clear again and from Kevin Loughrey’s cross Sean McGovern’s volley crashed off the post.

Whitestrand started the second half well and it wasn’t long till they had their second when Ken Dempsey doubled his tally.

Lifford were reeling and Whitestrand had more chances with Kevin Loughrey, Sean McGovern & Johnny Sweeny all going close to adding to the scoreline.

Great performance from Whitestrand and outstanding performances from all concerned but in particular Derek Edwards, Ken Dempsey & Sean McFadden

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1     Dunkineely Celtic 1

(No Report Received)

Copany Rovers 2     Curragh Athletic 3

(No Report Received)

Eany Celtic 1      Ballybofey United 5

A spirited performance from an Eany Side missing some of their regulars wasn’t enough to halt Ballybofey’s good run.

The home side started well and the game remained scoreless until the 35th minute when Damien Glackin found space in the Eany box to open his side’s account for the day.

Glackin was on hand again on the stroke of half time to extend the lead. Eany got a goal back from a corner five minutes into the second half when Shaun Griffin was on hand to put the ball in the net.

Eany pushed hard for the equaliser and were caught out on the counterattack by Glackin who completed his hat-trick.

Despite being 1-3 in arrears Eany didn’t give up and had several chances to get back into the game but the Ballybofey defence held firm.

Ballybofey extended their lead in the 80th minute when Shaun McGowan headed home from a corner. Mark Griffin added to the scoreline in the dying minutes of the game and secured the three points for the visitors

Letterbarrow Celtic 4     Drumkeen United 2

John Corley was the hero for Letterbarrow when he helped the home side to overcome a two goal deficit with a superb second half hat-trick.

Drumkeen brought a strong side to Tymeen with a good mix of youth and experience and were dominant in the opening period.

Raymond Sweeney opened the scoring when he skipped past two players before unleashing a brilliant shot into the top corner.

On 30 minutes Michael Guthrie capitalised on a defensive error to put the visitors two ahead.

However within 30 seconds of the restart John Corley made it 2-1 after a lovely through ball from Alex McNeilis.

The pair combined again on 60 minutes which resulted in Corley volleying home from the edge of the box.

The game was played at a frantic pace throughout but Letterbarrow went three-two up when James McGroary’s shot deceived the visitor’s keeper after taking a wicked deflection.

The home side secured the points on 85 minutes when McNeilis’s shot was parred by the visitors keeper into Corley’s path and he duly swept home to complete a devastating performance.

 

Glencar Inn Saturday Division

Fintown Harps AFC 2     Drumbar F.C. 2

In perfect conditions Fintown Harps welcomed Drumbar to Park Achla and it was Fintown who started the better, creating a couple of chances but all to no avail.

Then came the breakthrough when some nice play through the middle was finished well by the Fintown striker. D

rumbar responded well and got their reward when the winger cut in from the left and finished well to the roof of the net.

Fintown then regained the lead before halftime when Odhran was taken down in the box with the penalty was duly converted.

The second half was very close with chances for both sides but Drumbar started to really press and they got their reward with a shot from distance. 2-2 it ended which was a fair result for both teams.

Dunlewey Celtic 0     Glencar Celtic 2

In wonderful condition’s it was the visitors who took all three points with Garvan Grieve starting the scoring with a well taken goal.

They increased their lead when Ciaran Doherty finished a move that started from defence and finished in a goal.

The second half was nip and tuck and the home side came close a few times but were unable to get a goal.

The Glencar team deserved all three points and look hot favorites to take the league title. Best for Dunlewey were Paul Coll and Keith Sweeney. Team performance from Glencar.

Orchard F.C. 2     Strand Rovers 1

This game was played at Letterkenny Community Centre. It was a very entertaining game from the start.

A good flowing move down the right hand side found Joe McCarron who’s shot took a slight deflection that lead to Orchard’s first goal. Orchard went 2-0 ahead when Krissi McLaughlin put in a good cross and found Ciaran Gibson’s head and the back of the net before the break.

Strand Rovers pulled one back early in the second half from a free kick and that found Jack Doherty and he scored from close range. Orchard keep pressing for a third but good defending from Strand Rovers keep them at bay.

Saturday Reserve Division

Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4     Glenree United Reserves 0

Castlefin maintained their lead at the top of the table with a hard fought victory over a stubborn Glenree side on Saturday in Parkview. In a dull first half the hosts created the only opportunity of note when Keith Nelis headed wide after a Simon Mc Glinchey pass.

In the second half Castlefin made the break through when Gary McNulty broke down the left and crossed to Nelis who smashed home from 12 yards after 48 minutes. In the 58th minute Nelis doubled the home sides advantage when he converted a penalty. Castlefin kept pushing and Gary McNulty had an effort well saved from the visiting keeper.

Nelis completed his hat-trick when he rose highest to head home a McNulty corner after 75 minutes.

In the closing minutes Castlefin completed the scoring when Gary Healey found himself in space and squared to Paul Logue who headed home. Best for Castlefin: Marty Owens. Best for Glenea: Team Performance. Referee: George Clinton

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2     Erne Wanderers Reserves 0

The first half was very even with the only chance of the half falling to Ethan McCready who forced a fine save from the Erne keeper.

The first goal of the game arrived on the hour mark when Ross Hamilton won possession in midfield to sent Ethan McCready through on goal, with a lovely ball in behind the Erne defence to fire Drumoghill ahead.

Goal number two arrived five minutes later when Ross Hamlin sent Caolan O’Donnell through on goal to seal all three points for Drumoghill. Referee: Brian O’ Kane

Keadue Rovers Reserves 3     St. Catherines Reserves 2

This reserve league game, which was switched to Strand Park, Maghery on Saturday afternoon saw Keadue Rovers take all three points in an entertaining game.

It was a good day for football and the visitors were the brighter starters with more possession. Keadue though started to create a few chances, a cross from Daniel Bonner just headed wide by Ryan Greene.

Another few openings came Keadue’s way before the 10th minute but against the run of play it was St. Catherine’s who took the lead with John Joe McGinley hitting a fine effort to the corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Keadue made a good response and Corey Gallagher was just wide with an effort on seventeen minutes.

For the next 15 minutes the home side pushed St. Catherine’s back but not much fell in the way of chances and the visitors had a good effort just wide on the half hour.

Keadue were level on 32 minutes when a cross from the right was handled and Chris Greene finished the penalty into the top corner.

With most of the possession towards the end of the first half Ryan Greene was unlucky with an effort just wide of the far post. Keadue made a good start to the second half but were trailing on fifty minutes when an error in the home defence led to a tap in at the near post from Charlie Boyle to give St. Catherine’s the lead.

Near the hour mark Keadue made a double substitution and it gave them extra legs pinning the visitors back and getting plenty of crosses into the box.

By the 70th minute Keadue were very unlucky when a cross from the left, met by Ryan Greene, was hooked off the line.

From the resultant corner again Keadue hit a shot which was cleared off the line.

They got their reward though 15 minutes from the end when Daniel Bonner met a cross at the near post with a neat finish.

St Catherine’s remained dangerous on the break though and a header was just wide on eighty minutes. Keadue continued to press for the winner and were rewarded in the ninetieth minute when a corner ended up with Damien Hanlon tapping in for Keadue.

A good game with Keadue deserving the three points in the end.

Best for St. Catherine’s were John Joe McGinley, Charlie Boyle and Shane O’Gara while best for Keadue were Hugh Moy, Aaron Boyle and Ryan Greene. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 4     Donegal Town Reserves 2

Kilmac got back winning ways after a great team effort against Donegal Town.

They took lead on 30 minutes after a great passing move saw Ciaran Bonner run onto Sean Sandiland’s pass to score.

On 60 minutes Sean Sandilands scored at the near post after a great pass from Dara McGrath. Donegal scored on 65 minutes through Stephen Curneen.

‘Budgie’ scored a fine goal on 75 minutes after great work down the right wing he beat two defenders and unleashed a great shot from 30 yards into top corner.

On 80 minutes Ciaran Bonner scored after running onto a great cross from Deckie Sweeney.

Donegal scored on 90 minutes when Ciaran Monaghan beat the off side trap and cooly finished.

Best for Kilmac were Dara McGrath, Ciaran Bonner and veteran Sean Sandilands. Team effort from Donegal Town. Referee: Con McLaughlin

Glenea United Reserves 3     Cappry Rovers Reserves 0

Glenea Reserves continued their good home run with a well-earned victory over Cappry.

In a tight first half both sides tried hard to create openings but found both defences in good form.

Glenea eventually opened the scoring on 35 minutes when the away defence failed to deal with a long through ball and Michael McHugh was on hand to lob the ball into the net from 20 yards.

Cappry continued to press and it took a fine save from Shaun McClafferty on the stroke of half time to keep the home side in front.

Glenea started the second half well but failed to take advantage of a number of openings.

As the half progressed Cappry came back into the game and went close with a number of chance, but it was the home side that scored next on 67 minutes when Conor McClafferty came onto a clearance 25 yards out and his effort flew into the top corner.

Cappry pressed hard to pull a goal back but were open to the counter attack and on 85 minutes were punished by Martin Ferry who got onto a long through ball to beat the defender and slot home.

Best for Glenea were Eamonn McHugh and Michael Mc Clafferty, while it was a team effort from Cappry. Referee: James Malseed

 

RESULTS

 

Saturday 11th February 2017                      

Glencar Inn Saturday Division

Fintown Harps AFC                       2 v 2                   Drumbar F.C.

Dunlewey Celtic                              0 v 2                   Glencar Celtic

Orchard F.C.                                    2 v 1                   Strand Rovers

Saturday Reserve Division

Castlefin Celtic Reserves                 4 v 0                   Glenree United Reserves

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves                2 v 0                   Erne Wanderers Reserves

Keadue Rovers Reserves                 3 v 2                   St. Catherines Reserves

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves       4  v 2                   Donegal Town Reserves

Glenea United Reserves                   3 v 0                   Cappry Rovers Reserves

 

Sunday 12th February 2017

Knockalla Cup

Drumoghill F.C.                               2 v 1 a.e.t.          Bonagee United          

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Kildrum Tigers                                 P v P                  Drumoghill F.C.

Milford United                                3 v 1                   Convoy Arsenal

Glenea United                                  1 v 0                   St. Catherines

Kilmacrennan Celtic                         2 v 0                   Rathmullan Celtic

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Cappry Rovers                                P v P                   Erne Wanderers

CT Ball Division Two

Whitestrand Rovers                         2 v 0                   Lifford Celtic

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.                           1 v 1                   Dunkineely Celtic

Copany Rovers                                2 v 3                   Curragh Athletic

Eany Celtic                                      1 v 5                   Ballybofey United

Letterbarrow Celtic                          4 v 2                   Drumkeen United

 

 

FIXTURES

 

Saturday 18th February 2017           K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)

Voodoo Venue Cup                           (K.O. 1.30)

Arranmore United                               v                      Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Orchard F.C.                                       v                      Keadue Rovers Reserves

Milford United Reserves                    v                      Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves

Dunlewy Celtic                                   v                      Strand Rovers

Glencar Inn Saturday Division

Glencar Celtic                                     v                      Fintown Harps AFC

Saturday Reserve Division

Glenea United Reserves                      v                      Glenree United Reserves

Cappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Drumoghill F.C. Reserves

Donegal Town Reserves                     v                      St. Catherines Reserves

Castlefin Celtic Reserves                    v                      Erne Wanderers Reserves

 

Sunday 19th February 2017             K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Drumoghill F.C.                                  v                      Kilmacrennan Celtic

St. Catherines                                      v                      Convoy Arsenal

Kildrum Tigers                                    v                      Rathmullan Celtic

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Keadue Rovers                                    v                      Gweedore Celtic

Bonagee United                                   v                      Raphoe Town

Erne Wanderers                                   v                      Gweedore United

Deele Harps                                        v                      Glenree United

Donegal Town                                                v                      Cappry Rovers

CT Ball Division Two

Ballybofey United                              v                      Curragh Athletic

Whitestrand United                            v                      Copany Rovers

 

Knockalla Cup                                  (K.O. 1.30)

Milford United                                   v                      Clonmany Shamrocks

Glenea United                                     v                      Castlefin Celtic


Donegal League – All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 February 5, 2017

REPORTS

Glencar Inn Saturday Division

Drumbar F.C. 1 Arranmore United 1

Arranmore made the long trip to Drumbar for the second time in a month and started the brighter of the two sides keeping and moving the ball very well trying to unlock a very sturdy Drumbar defence. The first half had very few talking points as both sides seemed to cancel each other out. Both sides had chances with no real threat on goal. Into the second half and it was Drumbar who started brightly creating the more clear cut chances. The game seemed to come to life mid-way through the second half when Arranmore were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Drumbar box and the Islanders went 1-0 up when the dead ball was rifled into the corner giving the Drumbar keeper no chance. Drumbar heads didn’t drop and as the game progressed the Drumbar lads upped their game pressing well and connecting well with each other, when eventually Drumbar level things up after a goalmouth scrabble saw Daniel Bennett quickest to react to make it 1-1. The temperature of the game went up a notch with both side looking to nick a winner and both sides coming close on a few occasions but 1-1 was how it ended, probably a fair result. Man of the Match for Drumbar was youngster Aidan Mc Hugh, who put in a very sturdy show at right back

Strand Rovers 3 Dunlewey Celtic 3
Strand once again welcomed Dunlewy to Strand Park for this league fixture. Dunlewy were out for blood after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Strand last time out. The game started full of passion as both sides took the game by the scruff of the neck trying to wrangle control of the game in the opening minutes. Dunlewy and Strand both had chances as Lorcan Gallagher and Paddy Glackin both had shots saved but the deadlock was not to last as a corner from Brendan Mc Geady found Lorcan Gallagher who put the ball away in fine style to give Dunlewy the lead. Strand hit back almost straight away when a header from Paddy Glackin came close to levelling the scores. Strand’s patience and heart led to a magnificent goal from Jack Doherty who lobbed the ball over Dunlewy Keeper Joseph Ferry. Paddy Glackin then netted to make it 2-1. After the break the action resumed as Dunlewy levelled the score, again through Lorcan Gallagher. Dunlewy went ahead when a cross wasn’t cleared, it fell to Eamon Callum who drilled the ball home.. Strand took control again and after multiple corners finally were rewarded when Michael Ward put the ball away to make it 3-3. Adraw a fair outcome in the Rosses.

Orchard F.C. 1 Fintown Harps AFC 0
This game was played at Letterkenny Community Centre on a fine day for football however the under-foot conditions made it hard for both teams to play attractive football. Both teams created chances in the first half with Micheal Sweeney going close on a number of occasions for Orchard and young Toner going close for Fintown but the first half finished scoreless. The second half started and both teams had chances to go in front but it was Orchard who took the lead through Giovanni People’s after Joe Mc Carron put a neat cross into the box Gio headed the ball home. Fintown were reduced to 10 men after a player picked up a second booking with 20 minutes to go. They had a second player sent off 5 minutes later for a tackle. Fintown still pressed for an equaliser but it didn’t come, Orchard had chances to double their lead but couldn’t and the game finished 1-0

Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 Cappry Rovers Reserves 5
In a reversed fixture, Cappry welcomed Kilmacrennan to Cappry Park. The game got off to a lively start with both teams putting the pressure on but Cappry broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Kyle O’Meara chipped the keeper. Cappry kept the pressure on the Kilmacrennan defence for the rest of the 1st half and it paid off when defender Ethan Mc Glynn headed the ball into the net from a Kyle O’Meara corner kick. Kilmacrennan had good spells of possession but couldn’t find their way past the defensive back four of Paddy Long, Petie Lafferty, Darren Bonner and goalscorer Ethan Mc Glynn. Kilmacrennan came back into the game in the 2nd half, creating some superb chances but couldn’t get the ball past Cappry goalkeeper Paddy Friel. David Carr put Cappry three up with a close range shot from within the visitor’s box. Strong midfield play from Conor and Shane Laverty, Shaun Bannigan and NP McDaid kept the chances coming for Cappry and a superb low strike into the left corner from outside the box from Conor Laverty gave Benji O’Meara’s men their 4th goal of the game. Kilmacrennan didn’t give up though with some magnificent play in midfield but still couldn’t find the Cappry net. 79 minutes into the game and striker, David Carr netted his 2nd goal to put the game to bed. An entertaining game from both teams.

Donegal Town Reserves 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2
Keadue took the lead early in the game through a long range effort. Donegal weren’t long behind and got themselves back on level terms after 15 minutes. Gary Ward’s defence splitting ball left Ronan McHugh one on one with the Keadue keeper and McHugh finished neatly. 1-1 at half time. Donegal took the lead early in the second half through David Ted Bustard. Shaun Kennedy’s dangerous cross into the box was powered into the Keadue goal by the head of Bustard. Keadue levelled the game again on 75 minutes. But it was Donegal who would go on to secure all three points. A Ryan Hegarty free kick was turned into the Keadue goal by Donegal’s Stephen Graham. 3-2 Donegal at the final whistle.

St. Catherines Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 2
(No Report Received)

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4
Castlefin Settled the quicker in this game and took the lead on ten minutes through a Gary Mc Nulty strike from the edge off the box Drumoghill came more into the game after this but found it hard to break through a solid Castlefin defence. The second half started at a fast pace with Drumoghill searching for the equaliser and Castlefin hitting on the counter attack and on the hour mark got their reward when Keith Neillis beat the offside trap to slot home Castlefin’s second goal off the game Drumoghill hit back almost straight away when after some good play from Gareth Hamilton and Richard Tinney in the middle, John O’ Kane went through on goal to hit a lovely shot into the bottom corner Drumoghill pushed for the equaliser but it was Castlefin’s day and they added two quick goals in the last ten minutes through Marty Owens to secure all three points.

Glenree United Reserves 0 Milford United Reserves 1
On a day when conditions couldn’t have been better it was the away side that left Glenree Park with the three points after a closely contested game. The only goal of the match came after ten minutes and was scored by Ronan Doherty. Glenree started the game with ten players and got an eleventh during the match but couldn’t find an equaliser.

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
St. Catherines 3 Drumoghill F.C. 1
St Catherines started brightly and showed their intent early on with some strong challenges in the middle of the park. Barry Cannon broke loose on 10 minutes and shot low across Paul Mc Cauley, the Drumoghill keeper, to find the bottom corner and make it 1 – 0. The goal of the game came on 34minutes. David Conwell will never catch a half volley like this again. From the corner of the visitor’s 18 yard box his shot was unstoppable and flew into the corner of the visitor’s net to make it 2-0.
St Catherines were well on top now and a great team goal scored by Christy Cunningham on 42minutes made it 3-0 . This wasn’t the end of the goals for the first half. Liam O’ Donnell slotted home to give the visitor’s some hope. Drumoghill found themselves up against a well organised St Catherines defence however and rarely troubled Michael Mullins goal in the second half. The home side dug in and realised the importance of three points and never committed too much going forward, occasionally catching Drumoghill on the break but failing to finish. Ryan Carr and Christy Cunningham were excellent on the right wing for the home team. All in all a superb team effort by the Saints and a well-deserved final score of 3-1

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Milford United 3
Kilmacrennan played hosts to Milford in a tightly contested game in Kerry keel. Kilmacrennan started off the brightest with two early goals from Caolan Mc Daid. Milford came out flying for the second half, scoring two goals early on. The last few minutes were tense after Kilmacrennan had a man sent off, and Milford went away with the three points courtesy of a very late goal from Gary Merritt. Referee: Paddy Martin

Kildrum Tigers 0 Glenea United 2
Kildrum started brightly and were totally in control but a tame header from 18 yards deceived the Kildrum keeper and sneaked in past him. Kildrum regained control and started to look like getting an equaliser when they were hit with another sucker punch 20 minutes into the second half when a long ball into the Kildrum box wasn’t dealt with and Mc Geady sneaked in front of the Tiger’s keeper to finish. Kildrum piled on the pressure but couldn’t get the ball into the net. Glenea defended well but Kildrum will wonder how they never got something out of the game.

Castlefin Celtic 4 Rathmullan Celtic 2
Castlefin secured a massive three points with a hard fought home victory over Rathmullan on Sunday. Castlefin took the lead when PJ Mc Menamin broke down the left and crossed to JP Malley who tapped home after 15 minutes. Both sides pressed thereafter but couldn’t create any clear cut opportunities. Castlefin doubled their lead in the 46th minute, Malley played through Jonny Robb who finished low into the bottom corner. The hosts increased their lead when Marty Owens chased down a back pass and the clearance deflected off Owens back to trickle into the net with 63 minute’s played. Almost immediately Rathmullan pulled a goal back when Dara Patton danced passed two defenders and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards. In the 70th minute Castlefin made the game safe when Mc Menamin’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Owens. In the closing stages Patton got his second goal of the afternoon but it was only a consolation for the visitors. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Best for Castlefin: Peter Bryson and Jonny Robb. Best for Rathmullan: Mark Gallagher.

Lagan Harps 2 Convoy Arsenal 0
Lagan got three big points when two late goals earned them victory over Convoy. Both teams huffed and puffed in the first half with Mark Hunter and Michael Doherty going close on a couple of occasions for Lagan and Shane Barclay and Anthony Bogle going close for Convoy. The second half was just as scrappy with both sides guilty of wasting possession. Lagan finally made the breakthrough on eighty two minutes when Mark Graham lobbed over the defence and Philip Doran lobbed the advancing keeper. Convoy should have equalised when Darren Mc Evoy palmed away a shot from Anthony Bogle and the resultant rebound was headed wide from six yards. Lagan sealed victory when Mark Hunter scored from the penalty spot after a foul. For Lagan Glenn Gallagher and Mark Hunter were best with Anthony Bogle and Shane Barclay best for Convoy. Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Glenree United 4 Erne Wanderers 3
The home side came out on top in this seven goal thriller. It looked to be going all Glenree’s way after 25 minutes of the game when they we’re 4-1 up after Erne conceded a penalty after 50seconds which Barney Boyce dispatched past the keeper. Erne then with their first attack made it one each. Keelan Mc Gee tucked away the second goal and then in the 20th minute Andrew Kelly finished superbly from 20 yards to make it three. Marty Mc Laughlin then made it four and the home side seemed to be cruising until Erne hit back with two goals, the third was a nicely worked goal with a fine finish on the half volley before half-time. The second half was on a knife edge with both teams passing up opportunities but it was the home team missing the guilt edged ones. Glenree dug in though and held out for an important three points on their fight for survival.
Referee: John Coyle

Bonagee United 3 Gweedore United 2
Bonagee Utd hosted Gweedore Utd at Dry Arch Park on this nippy Sunday afternoon with a must win for both teams. Going into this game Bonagee Utd were 4 points ahead of their opponents but having lost their last 3 encounters this was certainly a 6 pointer for both sides. The game started off reasonably lively with Gweedore having the better chances in the first 5 minutes with the pacey Garvan McFadden making life difficult for the Bonagee backline. On 12 minutes Bonagee’s Rory Mc Crossan played a perfect ball into space for Bonagee’s No 10 Noel O’Donnell to come onto and with the Gweedore Utd defence caught napping, O’Donnell slotted easily past the keeper to put Bonagee 1 up. Gweedore argued that O’Donnell was off side but Referee Frank Duff was having none of it. On 23 minutes Bonagee hit the upright from a corner and the ball went out for a kick out. From the kick out Gweedore’s No 10 Garvan McFadden went straight up the pitch to slot past Bonagee Keeper John Carr to level the game. Gweedore were now taking the game to Bonagee and in the 38th minute McFadden was through again but John Carr stood his ground and the ball was put well wide of the Bonagee goal. At the start of the 2nd half, Bonagee had most of the play in the first 15 minutes and they capitalised on it in the 58th minute when big Noel O’Donnell got his brace. The game now was getting scrappy with tired legs and lazy passes giving the opposition chances on both sides. On 64 minutes Bonagee No 6 Paddy McGowan crossed in a great ball from the far side line and Graham Cullen met it with his head to make it 3 – 1 to Bonagee. Gweedore Utd now started to up the ante and got just rewards on the 68th minute when Garvan McFadden again took a shot from the edge of the 18 to make it a 3 – 2 game going in to the last 20 minutes. There was some nail-biting passages of play from both sides in the last quarter of the game and Bonagee should have finished it off in the 77th minute when Lee Mc Monagle was straight through with only the Gweedore No 1 to beat but the Keeper stood tall. Gweedore also had a great chance to equalise on 79 minutes with a free kick which just skimmed over the crossbar. As the game fizzled out it could have gone anyway and Bonagee were fortunate to get the win and a must needed 3 points.The Game ended Bonagee Utd 3 Gweedore Utd 2. Best for Gweedore Utd were Shane O’Donnell & John McFadden. Best for Bonagee Utd were Glenn Rainey, Rory Mc Crossan and Noel O’Donnell. Referee: Frank Duff.

Raphoe Town 1 Keadue Rovers 1
Raphoe Town and Keadue Rovers shared out the spoils in this game which was reversed to Central Park in Keadue. It was a tough day for football with conditions heavy. Keadue had the first opportunity on three minutes when Donal Rodgers volleyed over from a Conor Greene cross. In the sixth minute Raphoe had a good effort from long range tipped over by Luke Neely. From the resultant corner though, they took the lead with a far post header from David Craig. Raphoe were better for a while after that but on fifteen minutes Sean Yank Boyle was through on the right hand side following a good ball but his shot went just wide. As the half went on Raphoe began to sit back a bit more inviting Keadue on but were dangerous on the break and were forcing Keadue into long range efforts. On thirty eight minutes Keadues’ Ryan Greene had a shot from thirty yards well saved and the follow up was also brilliantly saved by Roy Duffy in the Raphoe goal. Keadue’s strong end to the first half was rewarded on thirty nine minutes when good link work round the box led to Corey Gallagher firing home to the net from a low angle on the right. At the start of the second half Raphoe were much the brighter and had a shot wide after forty six minutes. The game got pretty scrappy after that, not helped by wet and windy conditions. Around the hour mark Keadue started to get some joy down the right side getting some crosses into the box but Raphoe were defending stoutly. It started to open up in the last fifteen minutes with Raphoe having a good chance in the seventy seventh minute but the chance was cleared. A minute later Sean Yank Boyle’s shot was saved with Hugh Moy’s follow up also blocked. On eighty one minutes Conor Greene was through but his shot was again well saved by Roy Duffy. Although Keadue were proving strong in the last ten Raphoe had a goal disallowed two minutes from time for an infringement. Overall, a fair result for both sides. Best for Keadue were Conor Greene and Hugh Moy while best for Raphoe were Jamie Gallagher and Roy Duffy. Referee: James Malseed.

Gweedore Celtic 2 Donegal Town 1
This game was played in glorious winter sunshine at an Screaban. Donegal Town took the lead on 20 minutes when Joe McIntyre was quickest to react from a good save from Michael Mc Kelvey. The Celts turned up the tempo in the 2nd half and Colin Ferry equalised for the hosts with a brilliant solo goal. Gweedore now had momentum and Na Ceiltigh took a deserved lead through Tommy Diver from a Jamie Boyle cross. Gweedore held out for the win with Cathal Mulligan in midfield and Odhran Mc Niallais in centre-half most impressive for the hosts. A good display from both sides. Referee: Michael McFadden.

Cappry Rovers 7 Deele Harps 1
Cappry Rovers started this game in Cappry Park in whirlwind fashion when they were on the attack from the first minute. Cappry broke the deadlock in the 7th minute when Calvin Bradley scored from an Aaron Kelly cross. Darren O’Leary made it 2-0 in the 15th minute from a corner. Gerard Melaugh made in 3-0 in the 20th minute. Darren O’Leary got his second and Cappry 4th in the in the 22nd minute. It was 5-0 in the 40th when Alan Gethins finished well from a Paddy Mc Nulty pass. Brendan Mc Laughlin scored the 6th in the 41st minute from an Alan Gethins cross. Calvin Bradley scored his 2nd and Cappry’s 7th in the 44th minute following a good passing move involving Aaron Kelly and Alan Gethins. In the second half Cappry took the foot of the pedal and played keep ball but still created a few chances. Deele got a consultation goal in the 75th minute through Shane Gallagher. Team Performance from Cappry. Cathal Mc Gowan was best for Deele. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin.

CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 5 Curragh Athletic 2
Letterbarrow Celtic came out on top of a very competitive game at Tymeen which was played in perfect conditions for football. Alex Mc Neillis opened the scoring for the home side when he beat the offside trap to slot home into the corner of the net after ten minutes. Both sides had good chances denied by the respective keepers in a lively first half which ended one nil. Curragh opened the second half brightly and equalised when James Sweeney finished well after a good counter attack. However, Letterbarrow regained the lead on sixty minutes when Alex Mc Neillis did brilliantly to create space in the box and curl a fine finish in off the post. Five minutes later Dermot Slevin headed home a corner for the home side and on seventy minutes, Alex Mc Neillis completed his hat-trick with a close range finish. Curragh didn’t give up and pulled a goal back on eighty minutes when James Sweeney glanced home a header from a free kick. James Mc Groary gave Letterbarrow their fifth on ninety minutes with a screamer from thirty yards. Best for Letterbarrow was Alex Mc Neillis with James Sweeney a constant threat for the visitors.

Drumkeen United 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2
Drumkeen took all three points from this game thanks to a hat trick from Birthday boy Niall Bonner and a goal from Kevin Bonner. The visitors made the better start in this game and could have taken the lead but for Drumkeen Keeper Michael Gibson who managed to keep the ball from crossing the line before Kevin Boyle cleared it to safety. The home team then took the lead, probably against the run of play, when a ball fell to Kevin Bonner just inside the box and he fired it home .A Niall Bonner diving header doubled their advantage shortly after when the ball was headed back across the box to him following a free kick out on the left by Liam McGill. Kerrykeel then pulled a goal back when they were awarded a penalty which was calmly taken by Bernard Mc Gettigan. Niall Bonner then added a third Drumkeen goal from the penalty spot to give them a two goal cushion at the break. The visitors began the second half well and pulled a goal back early in the half. Drumkeen extended their lead again when Niall Bonner found himself one on one with Keeper Shane Sandilands who he rounded before stroking the ball home to complete his hat trick. At four goals to two ahead you would think the game was over but not in this case as Kerrykeel kept going and were awarded a penalty for hand ball which unfortunately for him and Kerrykeel Brian McBride blasted over the bar. The visitors made life very hard for Drumkeen in the last quarter of the game and although the home team could probably have added another couple of goals during the game they were happy enough to get the three points on the board. A good team effort from both sides in a hard fought but sporting game. A Special mention for Niall Bonner who celebrated his birthday with his second hat trick in two games.

Ballybofey United 6 Whitestrand United 1
Damien Glackin found his shooting boots again on Sunday afternoon as Ballybofey United stretched their lead at the top of the Division. Backed up by a goal apiece from Mark Griffin and Alan Patton, Glackin netted four times to give the home side a comfortable victory over a hard working Whitestrand side. The Twin Towns side look a decent bet for Promotion at this stage but they will be taking nothing for granted as a lot can change in the latter stages of the season. Lifford Celtic and now Dunkineely Celtic too are still well within striking distance and Brian Lafferty’s side still have both of the afore mentioned sides to play. That said the Finnsiders have put a really impressive string of results together this term.

Copany Rovers 0 Cranford United 5
Cranford got off to a great start and Joe Gallagher got a great first half hat-trick. Copany made a better start to the second half and pushed for a goal but Cormac Toland and Brendan Giles had fine finishes to close out the game. Joe Gallagher and Danny Mc Bride were brilliant for Cranford, with a team effort from Copany

Dunkineely Celtic 4 Lifford Celtic 1
On a beautiful day for football Dunkineely welcomed Lifford Celtic to Darney Park. Dunkineely Celtic started the game more briskly and had the Lifford defence under pressure when in the 14th minute Adrian Nesbitt missed a glorious chance but he made amends a minute later, a great through ball from Alan Lyons found Nesbitt who made no mistake to make it 1-0 to the home side. It was all Dunkineely and in the 22nd minute a free kick from Lyons was headed over Givens in the Lifford nets to make it 2-0.With Aaron Byrne &Alan Lyons dominating midfield for the home side a long clearance from Gavin Mulreany in the home goal found Nesbitt who chipped the keeper to make it make it 3-0 to the home side at half time. Lifford knew they had to come out stronger in the 2nd half but still were unable to break down the home defence with Young Jordan Watters and Aiden Duddy and Johnny Cassidy excellent. Lifford got back into it in the 60th minute when a cross from Ross Porter found Jason Mc Brearty who had an easy tap in to make it 3- 1. But almost from the restart a cross from Paul Murrin found that man Nesbitt again to make it 4- 1 to the home team and it took some good goal keeping from Givens to keep the score at 4- 1. A Great all round Display from the home side, a team performance from Lifford. Referee: Seamus Mc Grory.

RESULTS

Saturday 4th February 2017
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Drumbar F.C. 1 v 1 Arranmore United
Strand Rovers 3 v 3 Dunlewey Celtic
Orchard F.C. 1 v 0 Fintown Harps AFC

Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 v 5 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves 3 v 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 1 v 2 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 4 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 0 v 1 Milford United Reserves

Sunday 5th February 2017
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
St. Catherines 3 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 3 Milford United
Kildrum Tigers 0 v 2 Glenea United
Castlefin Celtic 4 v 2 Rathmullan Celtic
Lagan Harps 2 v 0 Convoy Arsenal
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Glenree United 4 v 3 Erne Wanderers
Bonagee United 3 v 2 Gweedore United
Raphoe Town 1 v 1 Keadue Rovers
Gweedore Celtic 2 v 1 Donegal Town
Cappry Rovers 7 v 1 Deele Harps
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 5 v 2 Curragh Athletic
Drumkeen United 4 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Ballybofey United 6 v 1 Whitestrand United
Copany Rovers 0 v 5 Cranford United
Dunkineely Celtic 4 v 1 Lifford Celtic

FIXTURES

Saturday 11th February 2017 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Fintown Harps AFC v Drumbar F.C.
Dunlewey Celtic v Glencar Celtic
Orchard F.C. v Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Glenea United Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves

Sunday 12th February 2017 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kildrum Tigers v Drumoghill F.C.
Milford United v Convoy Arsenal
Glenea United v St. Catherines
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cappry Rovers v Erne Wanderers
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand Rovers v Lifford Celtic
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Dunkineely Celtic
Copany Rovers v Curragh Athletic
Eany Celtic v Ballybofey United
Letterbarrow Celtic v Drumkeen United


Harps legend Kevin McHugh signs in Donegal League

NEWS

 February 3, 2017

Finn Harps legend Kevin McHugh is poised to make a return to action – after signing in the Donegal Junior League. Continue reading “Harps legend Kevin McHugh signs in Donegal League”


Donegal League: All the reports and results from the weekend

NEWS

 December 11, 2016

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE

REPORTS

Sunday 11th December 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic 1 Glenea United 4
Glenea eventually ran out comfortable winners of what was, for a long time, a close affair at the Flagpole. The Hoops will be left to ponder what might have been had a 66th minute volley from Jude Patton not cleared the crossbar by the slenderest of margins, with Glenea leading 2-1 at the time. As it was, the visitors led at half time through a Lee O’ Brien strike. Ryan McFadden made it two shortly after the break before Patton reduced Rathmullan’s arrears. O’Brien scored again from close range before Ciaran McFadden took advantage of a defensive mix-up to make it four late on. The win ensures the Glasserchoo outfit can enjoy their Christmas dinner as table-toppers while Rathmullan have plenty to ponder after five straight losses on league duty. Referee: Marty Quinn

Kildrum Tigers 1 St. Catherines 1
Kildrum started well and went one up on 3 minutes when Colhoun crossed for Lynch who made no mistake. St Catherines started to come into the game and looked dangerous from the long ball. Kildrum nearly went 2 up on a few occasions through Crossan, Coll and Curtis but the saints held on. Kildrum were awarded a penalty 3 minutes into the second half but Lynch saw his poor effort saved by the saint’s keeper. Kildrum controller proceedings and looked likely to get a second but were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute. The Saints scored when the resulting free kick was not cleared and their midfielder riffled home from 30 yards giving the keeper no chance.

Milford United 3 Castlefin Celtic 5

Lagan Harps 2 Drumoghill F.C. 2
Lagan and Drumoghill shared the points in a hard fought derby. Lagan got off to a great start with a goal in the second minute. A long crossfield ball from Marty Brogan was finished at the back post by Michael Doherty. They went close again when a deep cross from Chris Toner was headed off the line by Ray Quinn. Drumoghill went close when Marcus Oliver flicked on a cross and Chris Malseed got a head to another one but Lagan keeper Darren Mc Evoy saved brilliantly on both occasions. Drumoghill edged possession but Lagan, with Michael Doherty, pulling the strings were the more dangerous. Lagan increased their lead on twenty three minutes when Kenny Doran fired home after a goalmouth scramble. They went close again when Chris Toner hit the post from a Mark Hunter cross. Drumoghill came out determined in the second half and with Philip White and Chris Malseed getting on top in midfield they began to push Lagan back. Lagan could have extended their lead when Kenny Doran broke through but he shot narrowly wide. Drumoghill responded with Richie Moore striking a post. They finally made the breakthrough when Lagan failed to clear a long thrown in from Carlos Rodger. Liam O’ Donnell forced the ball home. The equaliser was similar on eighty two minutes, with another long throw causing bother, and Chris O’Donnell headed home. Both teams went for the win but a draw was a fair result. For Lagan Darren Mc Evoy. Marty Brogan and Ronan Gibson were best while Chris Malseed, Richie Moore and Philip White were best for Drumoghill. Referee: Paddy Duffy.

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 2 Gweedore Celtic 2
A hard fought draw between two determined teams at Deele College. Raphoe created the better chances early on but Odhran Mac Nelis hit the bar after 15minutes from a 40yrd free kick to serve warning from Gweedore.
Raphoe opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with Oliver Quinn hitting the bottom corner from a great volley. Celtic equalised seven minutes later through Mac Nelis after a mix up in Raphoe defence. Celtic took the lead on 60 minutes from a corner. Raphoe got the equaliser they deserved, a great finish from DJ Kelly. Good game from both teams.

Cappry Rovers 3 Gweedore United 0
Cappry secured the points in this entertaining game played in Cappry Park when they won by three goals to nil.
Cappry went on the attack from the start in search of the opening goal and they opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute when Aaron Kelly crossed the ball and found Gerald Melaugh who drilled the ball to the net. Cappry continued to press and created a few more chances. Cappry increased their lead in the thirty fourth minute when Arron Kelly crossed the ball and once again it was met by Gerald Melaugh and he rifled it to the bottom corner of the net passed the diving keeper. Calvin Bradley got on the score sheet in the forty second minute when he received a cross from Stephen Carr to score the bottom corner of the net through a crowded goalmouth. Gweedore tried to get back into the game but the home defence and good keeping denied them from scoring. Referee Con Mc Laughlin.

Donegal Town 7 Glenree United 0
Donegal started the better of the two sides and moved the ball well at the beginning of the half. Stephen Curneen opened the scoring for Donegal on 15 minutes when he turned quickly at the edge of the Glenree box and fired low from 18 yards into the bottom corner. Eoin Slevin came close to doubling Donegal’s lead forcing a great save from the Glenree when he struck from 20 yards. Curneen doubled Donegal’s lead on 35 minutes. Donegal’s right back Brighton carried the ball from 30 yards to the Glenree end line and cut the ball back across the six yard box leaving Curneen the easy of finishes from close range. Donegal led by two at the break. Following a fine passage of play from Donegal at the beginning of the second half Daniel McHugh spotted the Glenree keeper off his line and finished the ball superbly into the top corner. Joe McIntyre hit Glenree for a 4th within seconds of the tip off, McIntyre’s long range effort deflected over the Glenree keeper. Curneen completed his hat-trick on 60 minutes with a neat finish low to the bottom corner. Daniel McHugh got Donegal’s sixth on 65. McIntyre carried the ball into the 6 yard box and cut the ball back for McHugh to finish from close range. Curneen got his forth late in the game making it 7-0 to Donegal at the final whistle. Great performance from start to finish by Donegal.

Keadue Rovers 5 Erne Wanderers 2

Bonagee United 2 Deele Harps 0
The home side came close on ten minutes when a Paddy Mc Gowan cross from the right was headed over by Lee Mc Monagle. Mc Monagle made no mistake on seventeen minutes when his strike from all of thirty yards flew into the top corner of the net. Shane Gallagher for Deele saw his strike on twenty minutes saved by Carr in the home goal. Deele started the second half on top and had strikes on goal by Cathal Mc Gowan and Michael Crawford. Mc Monagle got his second on eighty minutes after Kevin Mc Hugh in midfield found Sean Crossan wide on the left and his cross into the box was hammered home by Mc Monagle from ten yards. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin.

CT Ball Division Two
Ballybofey United 2 Dunkineely Celtic 0
Ballybofey United welcomed Dunkineely Celtic to Stranorlar on Saturday night for what will be both sides last game prior to the Christmas break. Going into the game only eight points separated the teams with Dunkineely having a game in hand so it was a perfect opportunity for the Darney Park men to close the gap at the top of the table. In what was one of the closest matches at the venue this season Dunkineely came out with only victory on their mind. They put it up to Ballybofey from the start. Indeed they had several decent chances and but for some slack finishing could have taken the lead. With the visitors shading the early exchanges Ballybofey were forced to defend deep and rely on the odd counter attack. Neither side could find an opening goal however and the game remained scoreless at the interval. The second half was only minutes old when Ballybofey took the lead. A corner from the left was headed against the Dunkineely crossbar and fell to Alan Patton who had the simplest of tasks in firing home from six yards. There were protests from the Dunkineely players and officials claiming that the ball had indeed came back off the stanchion behind the crossbar but the match referee was well positioned to have a clear view and had no reason to disallow the goal. This was to lead to a period of wayward play as reeling from the allowance of the goal Dunkineely became undisciplined in their play. They had a man dismissed and fell further behind when Mark Griffin teased the defence along the edge of the box before picking his spot and firing home past Gavin Mulreany. What had been a good game for the spectators had no turned into a scrappy affair. With the extra man Ballybofey were never threatened and despite not scoring again they held on easily to claim the three points that will see them hold top position over the Christmas break. One of the brightest lights on the night was the performance of a youthful Daragh Murrin who played well in the Dunkineely attack. For Ballybofey Karl Dunnion looked assured between the sticks. Both sides had several seasoned campaigners among their ranks with each having the former Finn Harps senior players in their dugouts, Brian Lafferty Snr. of Ballybofey and Paul Mc Geoghan of Dunkineely. No doubt these two sides will have a major say in the final outcome of this seasons League Title.

Saturday 10thDecember 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division

Dunlewey Celtic 1 Glencar Celtic 3
In cool Winter conditions it was the visitors who started off well but found Micheal Mc Causland, Mark Roarty and Keith Sweeny in fine form for Dunlewey. Patrick Mc Fadden opened the scoring when he headed home a Micheal Roarty cross. The home team held on to half time with Paul Coll doing great work in midfield. The second half saw a revved up Glencar and they got back on level terms when Paddy O’ Kane knocked in from close range. It was nip and tuck after that until Micky Monley popped up to score much to the relief the Glencar supporters. They were able to relax more when a quick break led to Declan Scanlon finishing the game as a contest. A tight game with Paul Coll and Mark Roarty best for Dunlewey and it was a very solid team performance from Glencar Celtic.

Orchard F.C. 1 Strand Rovers 1
(No Report Received)

Saturday Reserve Division

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Milford United Reserves 3
Milford left ‘The Moss’ with all three points but it was Drumoghill who got off to a good start on twenty minutes when Ethan Mc Cready hit the net after some great work from Mark Gibson and John O’ Kane sent the young striker through. Milford got their equaliser on thirty five minutes when Conor Meakin pounced on a defensive error to go one on one with the Drumoghill keeper, slotting the ball low into the bottom corner. Drumoghill seemed to switch off after this which and allowed Milford to grab two more goals before half time the first arriving on forth minutes through Ryan Campbell and the second coming from a set piece on forth five minutes which Raymond Friel headed home. To Drumoghill’s credit they played the second half at a better pace creating chance after chance but unable to crack the Milford defence. They also had a penalty saved by the Milford keeper. Team performance by Drumoghill with Raymond Friel impressive for the visitors.

St. Catherines Reserves 0 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3
(No Report Received)

Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1
In a game played under the lights on Friday night in Cappry Park it was the youthful home side who got off to a flying start when they took the lead inside 5 minutes when Stephen Carr got through and finished well. The home side made it 2-0 in the 8th minute when Darren Bonner scored direct from a corner. Keadue kept playing and created a few chances before halftime but couldn’t find a way through the home defence. The 2nd half started with the away side pushing to get a goal back. Cappry were always dangerous on the break and could have made it 3-0 but Kyle Lafferty headed wide. Keadue got a goal back in the 80th minute when Eoin Doogan headed home a free kick. The home team held out for the 3 points. Two team performances. Referee: Andrew Mullan

Sunday Report
Ballybofey United 2 Dunkineely Celtic 0
Ballybofey United welcomed Dunkineely Celtic to Stranorlar on Saturday night for what will be both sides last game prior to the Christmas break. Going into the game only eight points separated the teams with Dunkineely having a game in hand so it was a perfect opportunity for the Darney Park men to close the gap at the top of the table. In what was one of the closest matches at the venue this season Dunkineely came out with only victory on their mind. They put it up to Ballybofey from the start. Indeed they had several decent chances and but for some slack finishing could have taken the lead. With the visitors shading the early exchanges Ballybofey were forced to defend deep and rely on the odd counter attack. Neither side could find an opening goal however and the game remained scoreless at the interval. The second half was only minutes old when Ballybofey took the lead. A corner from the left was headed against the Dunkineely crossbar and fell to Alan Patton who had the simplest of tasks in firing home from six yards. There were protests from the Dunkineely players and officials claiming that the ball had indeed came back off the stanchion behind the crossbar but the match referee was well positioned to have a clear view and had no reason to disallow the goal. This was to lead to a period of wayward play as reeling from the allowance of the goal Dunkineely became undisciplined in their play. They had a man dismissed and fell further behind when Mark Griffin teased the defence along the edge of the box before picking his spot and firing home past Gavin Mulreany. What had been a good game for the spectators had no turned into a scrappy affair. With the extra man Ballybofey were never threatened and despite not scoring again they held on easily to claim the three points that will see them hold top position over the Christmas break. One of the brightest lights on the night was the performance of a youthful Daragh Murrin who played well in the Dunkineely attack. For Ballybofey Karl Dunnion looked assured between the sticks. Both sides had several seasoned campaigners among their ranks with each having the former Finn Harps senior players in their dugouts, Brian Lafferty Snr. of Ballybofey and Paul Mc Geoghan of Dunkineely. No doubt these two sides will have a major say in the final outcome of this seasons League Title.

Drumkeen United 1 Lifford Celtic 2

Letterbarrow Celtic 5 Cranford United 3
This game was played in a sombre atmosphere following the recent death of Letterbarrow man, Liam Mc Hugh. A minute’s silence was observed before the game in his honour. The first goal of the game came on ten minutes when Gerard Mc Brearty tapped home after good work from Kevin Mc Brearty. Mc Brearty got on the scoresheet himself after twenty minutes when he finished at the far post from a James Mc Groary free kick. John Gallagher pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break. The home side started the second half brightly and were rewarded when Allan Foxton scored from the penalty spot. However, the visitors didn’t give up and made it 3-2 on sixty minutes, a speculative effort from Brendan Giles deceived the home keeper. Cranford pulled level on seventy five minutes when Giles slotted a neat finish into the corner of the net. Letterbarrow were not to be beaten on the afternoon and goals from Pauric Coyle and Allan Foxton sealed the three points for the home side. Letterbarrow Football Club would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to the McHugh family and also to the family of Gerard Mc Brearty on their recent bereavements.

RESULTS

Saturday 10thDecember 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Dunlewey Celtic 0 v 3 Glencar Celtic
Orchard F.C. 1 v 1 Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 3 Milford United Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 0 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves

Sunday 11th December 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic 1 v 4 Glenea United
Kildrum Tigers 1 v 1 St. Catherines
Milford United 3 v 5 Castlefin Celtic
Lagan Harps 2 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 2 v 2 Gweedore Celtic
Cappry Rovers 3 v 0 Gweedore United
Donegal Town 7 v 0 Glenree United
Keadue Rovers 5 v 2 Erne Wanderers
Bonagee United 2 v 0 Deele Harps
CT Ball Division Two
Ballybofey United 2 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic
Drumkeen United 1 v 2 Lifford Celtic
Letterbarrow Celtic 5 v 3 Cranford United


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 December 4, 2016

Here’s how all of this weekend’s action in the Donegal Junior Leagues panned out.
Continue reading “Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures”


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 November 27, 2016

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE
REPORTS
Saturday 26th November 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Fintown Harps AFC 0 Orchard F.C. 6
There were no goals in the opening twenty minutes with chances at a premium. Orchard then benefitted from a penalty and added three further goals to lead by four at the break. Orchard added two more in the second half with the Man of the Match, Michael Sweeney, completing his hat-trick.

Dunlewey Celtic 0 Drumbar F.C. 2
In wonderful conditions it was the visiting team who took all three points. Caolan Loughney scored after Ciaran Boyce had made a great save only for the rebound to fall kindly for Caolan to score. The second half was nip and tuck for both teams. Shaun Fegan increased the lead with a powerful shot into the top corner. The home side pressed hard but we’re unable to get a goal back. Best for Dunlewey were Keith Sweeney and Hugh Penrose with Drumbar producing a team performance.

Glencar Celtic 3 Strand Rovers 0
This match was played at the Flagpole in Rathmullan and Glencar took full advantage of their home advantage. Micky Molloy opened the scoring when he headed Glencar into the lead. Paddy O’ Kane got their second as they dominated the proceedings. Strand Rovers battled hard however and the Glencar rearguard had to be alert at all times. Rory Gallagher scored from the edge of the box to finish the game as a contest. Referee: Liam Mc Conigley

Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P Cappry Rovers Reserves P
( Re-Scheduled for Tuesday 29th in Cappry K.O. 7 p.m. )

Keadue Rovers Reserves 3 Donegal Town Reserves 0
Keadue came out on top in this mid table clash at Central Park on Saturday. On a decent day for football it was Donegal Town with the brighter start in the first few minutes and they had the first effort of note on five minutes. The home side responded with a shot from Jordan Doogan on ten minutes just wide of the post. By the twentieth minute Donegal Town had another a few half chances from long range and were overall the more composed team with Keadue having to do with chances on the break. However as the game went past the half hour they began to come more into it. Frances Gallagher shot just wide and then Ultan Boyles’ shot was saved on thirty eight minutes after a good period of pressure. Keadue went ahead when a free kick from Ethan Harkin bounced in the penalty area and Ultan Boyle poked it in at the near post with his right foot. On the stroke of half time Donegal Town should have levelled when a corner led to a flicked effort going just over the bar. Into the second half and Keadue were much the brighter in the opening minutes and made it 2-0 on forty eight minutes when Ultan Boyle ran onto a fine ball over the top from Eoin Duggan and hit a low shot past the advancing keeper. To their credit Donegal Town created a few chances and the home keeper had to save well on sixty four minutes after another good Donegal effort. Keadue were troubling Donegal on the break and created more and more openings. Michael Greene was very unlucky on eighty minutes following good pressure. just dragging his shot wide of the post. Keadue scored a third to wrap things up on eighty nine minutes when Francis Gallagher tapped in from close range. Overall a good team performance from Donegal despite the scoreline while best for the home side were Ultan Boyle, Michael Greene and Eoin Duggan. Referee: Mick Lagan.

Erne Wanderers Reserves 2 St. Catherines Reserves 4
( No Report Submitted )

Milford United Reserves 7 Glenree United Reserves 2
Milford welcomed Glenree to Moyle View Park on a cold misty day for a game. Milford started strong and took the lead through Chris Duffy. It was 2-0 soon after with Conor Meakin tapping in a JJ Fleming cross. Chris Duffy got his second to make it 3-0. Conor Meakin found the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his second to make it 4-0 at halftime. Milford were awarded a penalty on the hour mark and JJ Fleming made no mistake to open his account. It was soon 6-0 with JJ Fleming finding the bottom corner for his second of the game. Glenree got one back with Coyle breaking through the Milford back line to find the back of the net. Ryan Campbell made it 7-1 for Milford before Sean Clyde got a header from a corner for Glenree to make it 7-2. A good team effort from Glenree and good all round performance from Milford.

Sunday 27th November 2016
FAI Junior Cup
Kildrum Tigers 4 Erne Wanderers 2
( No Report Submitted )

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 1 Donegal Town 1
It was honours even at Deele College in Raphoe on Sunday as the league leaders, Donegal Town, came from behind to earn a valuable point. In an even contest, both teams created good openings in the first half. DJ Kelly saw a goalbound header blocked by Donegal Town defender Brighton, while at the other end, Stephen Curneen pounced on a sloppy back-pass but Raphoe keeper, Roy Duffy made a good save. Two minutes into the second half, Raphoe took the lead when DJ Kelly volleyed to the net after Christy Bogle’s free was flicked on by substitute Keelan Bogle. But Donegal Town’s response was swift. They drew level when Daniel McHugh found room inside the penalty area and shot to the corner of the net. The visitors almost grabbed a second on the hour but Joe McIntyre’s effort produced a fine save from Duffy. Referee: Marty Quinn.

Gweedore United 2 Keadue Rovers 1
This local derby played in glorious conditions at Carrickboyle saw the home side collect a vital 3 points in a tight encounter. In the opening half United began well and got an early lead when Ciaran Mc Fadden and Michael Barry linked up well with Barry shooting into the top right corner from 18 yards to make it 1-0 after 3 minutes. The home side continued to press and saw decent chances for Barry and Mc Fadden up front however Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle in the Keadue nets did well. United continued with good play from Frank Mc Gee, Kevin Cassidy, Shane O’ Donnell and Adrian O’ Gara. After 35 minutes of play Keadue began to get on top and saw good shots from Chris and Conor Greene all well saved by Charles Doherty in the United nets. In the second half Keadue continued to press and play well testing Doherty on a number of occasions. Corey Gallagher got Keadue back on level terms in the 64th minute with a good shot through a crowded box. It looked like Keadue were going to get a second but Doherty in the United nets was excellent to deny Danny Mc Glynn, Conor Greene, David Ward and Corey Gallagher. United showed a lot of spirit and came back into the game with 25 minutes remaining. The home side got the winner in the 82nd minute when Mark Mc Fadden rounded two defenders and shot low from 25 yards into the bottom corner leaving Boyle in the Keadue nets with no chance to make it 2-1 securing a much needed 3 points for Gweedore United. Conor Greene played well for Keadue with a spirited team performance from the home side.

Cappry Rovers 4 Glenree United 0
A Calvin Bradley Hat-trick for Cappry Rovers in this game played in Cappry Park along with a Patrick Mc Nulty goal secured the points for the home team. Cappry took the game to Glenree from the start and they went in front in the thirty first minute when Calvin Bradley was fouled in the area and the referee pointed to the spot and Calvin Bradley scored from the spot. Cappry increased their lead in the forty seventh minute when Patrick Mc Nulty scored with a shot following a cross from Gerald Melaugh. Glenree created a few chances after that but the home defence and keeper Conor Mc Bride kept them from scoring. Calvin Bradley got his second and Cappry’s third in the fifty fourth minute when he received a cross from Gerald Melaugh and he scored to the bottom corner of the net. Calvin Bradley completed his Hat-trick and Cappry’s fourth in the seventy fifth minute following a cross from Gerald Melaugh when he controlled the ball beat the defence and shot to the net.
Glenree had a few shots on goal but to no avail.

CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers 1 Lifford Celtic 3
Lifford Celtic visited Copany Rovers on Sunday afternoon and in the process kept up their challenge for League Division Two honours. They went ahead after only three minutes however Copany recomposed their charges and managed to hold off the Lifford attack force until they added a second on sixty minutes. The home side than threatened to derail the Lifford train when they pulled a goal back on seventy minutes. Lifford were not to be hauled back however and got the assurance goal on seventy five minutes.

Ballybofey United 6 Cranford United 1
Damien Glackin struck five times as Ballybofey United retained their spot at the top of the CT Ball Division Two League Table. Alan Patton got the opener in this match having only recently returned after a period out injured. Joe Gallagher got a late consolation goal for Cranford when Ballybofey led by five but Glackin had the final say as he did what he does best and scored the game’s last goal to help deliver another three valuable League points to Brian Lafferty’s side.

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 6 Curragh Athletic 4
( No Report Submitted )

Eany Celtic 4 Whitestrand United 1
The home side continued their good run with a 4-1 win at home. They started well and went close in the first five minutes through Paul Mc Groarty. Eany continued to press and finally got their reward when Caolin Gaffney scored form inside the box. Whitestrand pressed and a long clearance from their goalkeeper found Ian O’ Riordan in space and he struck to make the score 1-1. It was end to end for a period and then Eany found their rhythm and went ahead in the 40th minute when Stephen Griffin scored. The score remained 2-1 to half time. At the start of the second half ‘Strand had a good chance to equalise but O’ Riordan’s shot went narrowly wide. Eany found a dominant spell after this but it wasn’t until the hour mark when Griffin found space outside the box and his strike from 30 yards found the top corner. Eany had several chances to extend their lead but found the Whitestrand defence well marshalled. Eany’s final goal came in the 80th minute when a Stuart Johnston pass found Daniel Gallagher on the wing. The Eany winger made good work to break into the box and tuck the ball home to score his first goal for Eany seniors.

RESULTS
Saturday 26th November 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Fintown Harps AFC 0 v 6 Orchard F.C.
Dunlewey Celtic 0 v 2 Drumbar F.C.
Glencar Celtic 3 v 0 Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P v P Cappry Rovers Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves 3 v 0 Donegal Town Reserves
Erne Wanderers Reserves 2 v 4 St. Catherines Reserves
Milford United Reserves 7 v 2 Glenree United Reserves
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Inishowen League 2 v 1 Donegal Junior League
Sligo Leitrim League 2 v 5 Monaghan Cavan League

Sunday 27th November 2016
FAI Junior Cup
Kildrum Tigers 4 v 2 Erne Wanderers
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 1 v 1 Donegal Town
Gweedore United 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers
Cappry Rovers 4 v 0 Glenree United
CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers 1 v 3 Lifford Celtic
Ballybofey United 6 v 1 Cranford United
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 6 v 4 Curragh Athletic
Eany Celtic 4 v 1 Whitestrand United

FIXTURES
Tuesday 29th November 2016 K.O. 7 p.m.
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves ( In Cappry Park )

Thursday 1st December 2016 K.O. 7 p.m.
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves (At The Lakeside Complex )

Saturday 3rd December 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Ulster Junior Shield
Strand Rovers v Cavan Rovers (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Orchard F.C. v Glencar Celtic (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Fintown Harps AFC
Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 4th December 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Ulster Junior Cup
Gweedore Celtic v Monaghan Town (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Buncrana Harps v Kilmacrennan Celtic (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Aileach F.C. v Cranford United (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
St. Catherines v Clones Town (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Ulster Junior Shield
Redcastle F.C. v Glenea United Reserves (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
FAI Junior Cup
Grattan United v Drumoghill FC
Abbeyfeale United v Kildrum Tigers
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Glenea United v Convoy Arsenal
Castlefin Celtic v Lagan Harps
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Gweedore United v Raphoe Town
Erne Wanderers v Cappry Rovers
Deele Harps v Keadue Rovers
CT Ball Division Two
Drumkeen United v Copany Rovers
Letterbarrow Celtic v Dunkineely Celtic
Eany Celtic v Lifford Celtic
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Whitestrand United


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 November 20, 2016

REPORTS

Saturday 19th November 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Arranmore United P Orchard F.C. P
( Match Postponed – No Report )

Drumbar F.C. 2 Strand Rovers 2
The opening half was littered with chances for the home side created by some creative play in midfield from Caolan Loughney and Stanley Hammond. The chances fell to Ray Balgoun, Aiden Cassidy and Kevin Martin but the efforts of the Strand goalie and the woodwork denied Drumbar. The conversion of chances rate was at 100% for the visitors as Paddy Glackin converted the visitor’s only sniff at goals in the opening half.
The second half continued as the 1st had left off but the home side were finding it harder to create as many chances and the visitors sought to protect their lead. It looked like it would be another one of those days as the final 10 minutes approached but Ray Balogun found another gear in the Drumbar attack by converting a rebound through many defensive legs from inside the box. It ended at 2-2 and both teams will feel they could have won it on the day.

Dunlewey Celtic 2 Fintown Harps AFC 2
A cold afternoon in Glentornan and a good battle between two good sides. The first half saw Fintown start sharper but Dunlewey fought their way back into the game. Daniel Cannon pulled off a good save tipping away a good strike from 30 yards out. Fintown then took the lead with a powerful strike from Keelan Mc Monagle into the top corner. Dunlewey pulled one back when Shaun Mc Cafferty broke through the defence and latched onto a through ball and very calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Fintown went on the front foot again and went back into the lead with Odhran McDevitt providing the finish this time. Shaun Mc Cafferty then capitalised on a loose ball in the box to pull things level just before half time. In the second half both sides had chances to win it and particularly Fintown when they were unlucky not to score only for the upright to keep the ball out. The game ended all square in a hard fought game between two attacking sides. A strong team performance from Fintown. Paul Coll provided a very solid performance in the middle of the park, and Shaun Mc Cafferty doing the business up top.

Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines Reserves 4 Glenree United Reserves 0
Glenree were only able to field 10 men but defended bravely in the first half to keep the score at 0-0 after 45minutes. Cathal Mc Ginley playing centre half for the visitors kept his side very well organised but eventually the pressure told on his defence and after a long scrap in the box Charlie Boyle poked home on 60minutes. This gave the home side confidence and they began to pass the ball better. Conor Knox flew up the line and continued into the box and beat the keeper at his near post to make it 2-0. Brandon Mc Ginley then latched onto a super through ball from Eamonn Bonner and slotted comfortably home for number three on 80minutes. John Joe Mc Ginley capped off a good second half performance from the saints when he struck a powerful shot passed the Glenree keeper on 85minutes. Best for St. Catherines was Conor Knox and Cathal Mc Ginley was best for the visitors

Donegal Town Reserves P Milford United Reserves P
( Match Postponed – No Report )

Glenea United Reserves 5 Erne Wanderers Reserves 2
Glenea completed the first half of their league programme with a well-deserved victory over Erne. In a close fought opening quarter both sides were looking to create chances but were unable to put either keeper under pressure. The home side eventually took the lead on 27 minutes when, after good play between Conor Mc Clafferty and Martin Maguire, the ball reached Martin Ferry and he fired home from the edge of the box. Glenea extended their lead on 36 minutes when Chris Cannon picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and his long range effort flew into the net. Glenea almost got a third on 40 minutes when Martin Ferry got free but saw his chip over the keeper come back off the bar. In the 2nd half the home side started strongly and on 57 minutes extended their lead when Ciaran McFadden got down the left and his pull back found Martin Ferry who hammered the ball in at the near post. Glenea added a 4th on 70 minutes when Aodhan Ferry’s strike on goal was saved but Conor Mc Clafferty was on hand to knock in the rebound. Erne pulled goal back on 75 minutes when Michael Mc Gahan got through the home defence and slotted home. Glenea regained their 4 goal advantage on 80 minutes when Aodhan Ferry, after a good run, saw his effort saved but Michael Mc Clafferty reacted quickest to slot home. Erne completed the scoring on 90 minutes when Aron Farren scored from close range. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll, Chris Cannon and Aodhan Ferry while it was team effort from Erne

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P Keadue Rovers Reserves P
( Match Postponed – No Report )

Sunday 20th November 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Convoy Arsenal 2 Kildrum Tigers 3
( No Report Submitted )

Drumoghill F.C. 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1
Champions Drumoghill maintained their unbeaten start to the defence of their title with this hard earned victory over an impressive Rathmullan Celtic. The final scoreline may suggest that this was a comfortable victory for the home side but it was anything but. The game was in the balance right up until Pajo Rafferty’s brilliant strike from an 89th minute counter attack. Rathmullan threw everything at Drumoghill during the final 10 minutes in search of an equaliser but were finally undone when Chris Malseed and Liam O’Donnell combined to send Rafferty clear and the striker was cool and composed to lob the ball over Sean Black and finally seal the deal for the reds. This was an even affair throughout, but Drumoghill had the killer instinct on the day and that was ultimately the difference between the sides. The first half was high on quality with both teams passing the ball quickly and with intent. Chris Malseed opened the scoring for reds on 18 minutes when he evaded the challenges of David Fisher and Shaun Patton to drive the ball beyond Black. The lead though was short lived with full back David Millar heading past McCauley a few minutes later to leave the scores level at the break.
The second half was end to end as both teams went in search for the goal that looked likely to be decisive. Chances were in limited supply though between with both defences looking solid. JP Doran, in particular, was superb for the visitors and made countless last minute tackles to counter the threat of a dangerous Drumoghill attack. Not even he though could do anything to prevent Drumoghill taking the lead on 66 minutes. The impressive Malseed sent Liam O’Donnell through on the inside right channel and his cross found Ritchie Moore who made no mistake from 18 yards. Darragh Patton came closest to equalising for Rathmullan when his 30 yard free kick came back off the crossbar although Eoin Sheridan will be disappointed not to have equalised from the rebound. It just wasn’t going to be Rathmullan’s afternoon, a fact that was confirmed when Rafferty raced away to make it 3-1 in the dying moments and secure another three points for the reds. Referee: Mick Lagan.

Glenea United 2 Lagan Harps 2
The home side started brightly and went close on a couple of occasions to opening the scoring. They had to wait however until the 30th minute when the visiting defence failed to deal with Eamonn Cannon’s in swinging free-kick and Dean Mc Carry was able to force the ball home from close range. Glenea continued to press and forced the Lagan keeper into a couple of good saves. Lagan almost equalised on 40 minutes when a quick break down the right by Gavin Mc Glanaghey saw his cross just headed wide. Lagan got level on 43 minutes when a long ball found Gavin Mc Glanaghey and he slotted home from a tight angle. In the 2nd half Glenea started well and regained the lead on 60 minutes when Eamonn Cannon’s through ball found Ciaran Mc Geady and he slotted home from close range. Glenea almost extended their lead when a Ciaran McFadden effort came back off the bar. Lagan were then thrown a lifeline on 85 minutes when they were awarded a penalty which they converted. Both sides, in the closing minutes, had chances to take all three points but failed to convert them. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Kevin Logue

Kilmacrennan Celtic P Milford United P
( Match Postponed – No Report )

Castlefin Celtic 1 St. Catherines 1
Castlefin and St.Catherines played out a hard fought draw in Parkview on Sunday. In a game with few chances a draw was a fair outcome. In the first half the visitors looked dangerous on the break and Brendan Maguire blazed over after he found space on the left. The hosts created a decent chance of their own when JP Malley went close after a Emmet White through ball. The hosts started the brighter in the second half and in the 60th minute they took the lead when White played Ronan Tourish down the right. He squared to Malley who smashed home. Malley had a chance to double the lead five minutes later but he blazed over from close range. In the 80th minute St Catherines drew level when Dan Breslin poked home after a cross from the right. Castlefin had a chance to win it when White hit the outside of the post in the 85th minute after a Stephen Roulston cross from the left. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Best for Castlefin: Peter Bryson and Simon Mc Glinchey. Best for St.Catherines: Michael Mullin

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Bonagee United 5 Erne Wanderers 1
The visitors came close on seven minutes when a cross into the box from the right was headed over from ten yards by Marty Dorrian. The home side took the lead on seventeen minutes when Lee Mc Monagle squared the ball to Shane Kelly just outside the box and his cross was hammered home by the incoming Gareth Temple from ten yards. Bonagee got their second on the stroke of half time when Paddy Mc Gowan hammered home a free kick from twenty five yards. Erne had great chances on forty seven and fifty minutes fall to Seamus Kane only for his shots to go wide for a corner and from the corner the ball broke to Marty Dorrian who shot over from six yards. The home team got their third on the hour when a great through ball from Shane Kelly found Lee Mc Monagle who rounded the keeper on the edge of the box and shot home. Two minutes later Paddy Mc Gowan got his second for the home side when he saw the keeper off his line and his strike from thirty yards flew into the top corner of the net. Erne kept pressing and strikes on goal from David Dorrian and Seamus Kane were well saved by Carr in the home goal. Conor Temple got the fifth for Bonagee on eighty minutes. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny.

Keadue Rovers 6 Glenree United 0
Keadue Rovers made it two league wins in a row to continue their decent form of recent weeks with this convincing win over Glenree at Central Park. It was decent conditions for football despite lots of rain in the lead up to the match. The home side were quick to settle and in the first ten minutes had three good chances falling to Sean Yank Boyle and Corey Gallagher. Glenree had their first chances after ten minutes following a goalmouth scramble their effort went just over the bar. Keadue took the lead on seventeen minutes when a penalty was awarded for handball and Corey Gallagher converted. Just four minutes later a free from just inside his own half saw Jack O’Brien float the ball straight to the corner of the net. Glenree again came out and did well creating a few openings of their own and the game was very open. Good chances again fell to Corey Gallagher. It was 3-0 to the home team on thirty seven minutes when good work from Sean Yank Boyle lead to Conor Greene firing home from close range. At the start of the second half the away side started the brighter without creating anything in chances and the game became a little scrappy for a while. Just before the hour mark Keadue upped the tempo and got their fourth when good work from Sean Yank Boyle let Conor Greene in with a low effort to the corner. Corey Gallagher made it five on sixty three minutes when he ran onto a ball over the top and put the ball through the keepers’ legs for a fine finish. Keadue completed their scoring on seventy five minutes when Conor Greene was on the end of a ball into the box slotting home from close range for a hat-trick. The last fifteen minutes saw Keadue hitting on the break while Glenree kept possession.
A good team effort from Glenree while best for Keadue were Conor Greene, Corey Gallagher and Sean Yank Boyle. Referee: Liam Mc Conigley.

Donegal Town 5 Gweedore United 1
Donegal Town dominated the early play with several early chances. Donegal had a good chance to open the scoring following a free kick on 5 minutes but the ball flashed across the Gweedore goal with nobody able to get the vital touch. Daniel Mc Hugh also went close on 10 minutes for Donegal but he watched his shot pass narrowly wide. Donegal went ahead on 15 minutes when McHugh ran through and scored with a low shot that went under the Gweedore net minder’s body. Mc Hugh doubled the lead on 35 minutes when he slotted home after the Gweedore keeper parried a shot into his path. Gweedore applied the pressure and got one back early in the second half. A fine run by the Ciaran Mc Fadden who’s shot that beat the Donegal keeper. Donegal regained their two goal lead 3 minutes later when Stephen Curneen latched onto a through ball and finished well. Joe Mc Intyre went close shortly after for Donegal but shot into the side netting. Ben Sweeney made it 4-1 on 70 minutes with a fine goal. Mc Hugh went close to completing his his hat-trick with a direct free only to be denied by a good save. With just minutes remaining Donegal stretched their lead when sub Gary Ward put in a fine cross for Ted Bustard to head home to make it 5-1. Referee: Barry Hunter

Cappry Rovers 3 Raphoe Town 2
Cappry secured all three points in an entertaining game played in Cappry Park. Brendan Mc Laughlin opened the scoring for Cappry in the fourteenth minute when he scored with a shot past the diving keeper. Cappry scored again in the twenty sixth minute when Stephen Carr won the ball and he lifted it over the advancing keeper. Aaron Kelly made it three for Cappry in the forty second minute when he drilled a low shot to the corner of the net. Raphoe tried in vain in search of a goal but to no avail. Raphoe went on the attack in the second half in search of a quick goal and they were rewarded in the fifty sixth minute when they were awarded a penalty following an infringement and Ryan Mc Cullagh scored from the spot. Cappry created a few chances but couldn’t score. Raphoe reduced the deficit in the seventy fifth minute when D.J Kelly scored after he beat the offside trap to score from close range. Both sides created a few chances but they failed to score.
Darren O’ Leary, Stephen Carr and Gerald Melaugh were best for Cappry. Seamus Bogle and David Craig were best for Raphoe. Referee: Paddy Martin.

Deele Harps 0 Gweedore Celtic 5
Deele welcomed table toppers Gweedore Celtic to The Athletic Grounds and their game plan went out the window as early as the 1st minute when a hopeful ball forward was headed back to the Deele keeper who caught the ball and was subsequently bundled over and Colm Ferry put the ball in the net. Both teams waited on the whistle for a free out. Referee Con McLaughlin much to the shock of both teams awarded the goal. Deele were playing the better football throughout and Jordan Duffy hit the bar and Brian Breslin had a strong penalty decision waved away but the Gweedore side took their chances following mistakes at the rear and further goals from Colm Ferry and Odhran Mac Niallais left it 3-0 the break. That’s how the game stayed until 85 minutes despite Deele’s constant pressure and Tom Mullan had two good chances but Sweeney done well in goals. Two late goals from Mac Niallais and Ferry made this into a freak result. Well done to Gweedore Celtic who deserved their win but Deele will feel they deserved more.

CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 5 Curragh Athletic 0
On a cold frosty afternoon Whitestrand United took on Curragh Athletic at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand made a quick start when they capitalised on a kick out from Curragh and Kevin Loughrey scored after 3 minutes. Shane Mc Glade scored from a good cut back to make it two nil after a period of domination on 24 minutes. The third goal came from a good finish from Liam O’ Riordan. The fourth goal came when Matthew Gallagher hit a ball over the top and Mc Glade broke through to score his second of the game and left Whitestrand 4-0 up at half time.
The second half started with Whitestrand on the front foot. The main talking point was when the Curragh midfielder went in hard on the Whitestrand player and caused a scuffle which resulted in a questionable call from the referee to send off two Whitestrand players and one Curragh player. The final goal came when Sean Martin headed home from a good cross. Best for Whitestrand were Martin Gallagher and Shane Mc Glade
Referee: Dessie McLaughlin

Cranford United 1 Eany Celtic 4
( No Report Submitted )

Lifford Celtic 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 0
Lifford Celtic 1 Letterbarrow 0
Lifford had a great chance on 5 minutes when striker Connolly was sent clear by Kevin Mc Brearty but a Letterbarrow defender got a last gasp challenge in before he could get the shot away. Lifford dominated the ball and created a few decent chances but a combination of great defending and poor finishing kept the game level. Letterbarrow were proving to be dangerous on the counter attack and Lifford’s defence were kept on their toes throughout. Half time 0-0. Lifford upped their game in the second half and were playing some great football, creating chances for Connolly, Mc Brearty, Gethins and Porter but somehow the ball wouldn’t go in for the home team. Mahon and Mc Brearty were in fine form in the middle of the park and eventually the breakthrough came when Mc Brearty opened up the Letterbarrow defence with a pass and Connolly raced clear to finish into the bottom corner. Lifford kept pressing and went close twice through Connolly and Gethins but the second goal just would not come on the day. The game finished 1-0 to Lifford for another valuable three points. Declan Lafferty and Mark Carlin were best for Lifford. Letterbarrow’s goalkeeper also had a fine day.

Dunkineely Celtic P Drumkeen United P
( Match Postponed – No Report )

Copany Rovers 0 Ballybofey United 6
( No Report Submitted )

RESULTS
Saturday 19th November 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Arranmore United P v P Orchard F.C.
Drumbar F.C. 2 v 2 Strand Rovers
Dunlewey Celtic 2 v 2 Fintown Harps AFC
Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines Reserves 4 v 0 Glenree United Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves P v P Milford United Reserves
Glenea United Reserves 5 v 2 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P v P Keadue Rovers Reserves

Sunday 20th November 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Convoy Arsenal 2 v 3 Kildrum Tigers
Drumoghill F.C. 3 v 1 Rathmullan Celtic
Glenea United 2 v 2 Lagan Harps
Kilmacrennan Celtic P v P Milford United
Castlefin Celtic 1 v 1 St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Bonagee United 5 v 1 Erne Wanderers
Keadue Rovers 6 v 0 Glenree United
Donegal Town 5 v 1 Gweedore United
Cappry Rovers 3 v 2 Raphoe Town
Deele Harps 0 v 5 Gweedore Celtic
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 5 v 0 Curragh Athletic
Cranford United 1 v 4 Eany Celtic
Lifford Celtic 1 v 0 Letterbarrow Celtic
Dunkineely Celtic P v P Drumkeen United
Copany Rovers 0 v 6 Ballybofey United

FIXTURES
Saturday 26th November 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Fintown Harps AFC v Orchard F.C.
Dunlewey Celtic v Drumbar F.C.
Glencar Celtic v Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Erne Wanderers Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Inishowen League v Donegal Junior League ( 6.30 )

Sunday 27th November 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
FAI Junior Cup
Kildrum Tigers v Erne Wanderers ( K.O. 1.30 )
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town v Donegal Town
Gweedore United v Keadue Rovers
Cappry Rovers v Glenree United
CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers v Lifford Celtic
Ballybofey United v Cranford United
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Curragh Athletic
Eany Celtic v Whitestrand United


Soccer: Lagan Harps held at home by St Catherine’s

NEWS

 November 15, 2016

Lagan Harps FC News:

Our men’s team drew 2-2 at home to St Catherines in the league. Mark Graham and an og were the scorers. Next Sunday they face a tough away game against Glenea Utd. Our u/16 boys team reached the Ulster final stage of the National cup where they will meet Swilly Rovers.

They beat Cappry Rovers 2-1 with goals from Jack O’Donnell and Jack Parke.

Thanks to Drumoghill FC for the use of the Moss. Our u/14 boys lost their final league game 3-0 to Cappry Rovers. Our u/14 girls had a great 3-0 away win v Strand Celtic (Sligo) with goals from Shannon Cunningham, Niamh Sweeney and Jessica Leese.

In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,13,22 and 23. Fourteen people had two numbers with Monica Gribben drawn out and winning €50. Next weeks jackpot is 7350.


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 November 6, 2016

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE

REPORTS

Sunday 6th October 2016

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Gweedore United 1 Cappry Rovers 4
This game played in good conditions at Carrickboyle saw the visitors leave with the three points following a good second half display. In the opening half it was United, with the aid of the strong breeze, who created good early chances for Michael Barry, Eoin Ward and Darren Ferry. 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 home side continued to press and saw a number of good chances well saved by Conor Mc Bride. The visitors began to create a number of chances and Paddy Mc Nulty and Calvin Bradley brought the best out of Brian Gallagher in the United nets. The visitors equalised on the stroke of half time when United failed to clear and Bradley finished well after a good cross from Gerrard 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 4th to secure a good three points. Mark Mc Fadden was unlucky not to pull one back in the 88th minute when his excellent shot was cleared. Paddy Mc Nulty was excellent for Cappry with Eoin Ward excelling for United on the day. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin

Keadue Rovers 4 Bonagee United 1
Keadue Rovers won to get their first points of the league campaign. The game was played in blustery conditions with the first effort of the game coming on eight minutes when Shaun Yank Boyle had his shot saved. Another chance from a header fell to Corey Gallagher two minutes later but Keadue were rewarded for their good early spell when Shaun Yank Boyle finished well low to the net on twelve minutes. After a few more half chances Keadue went two up just after the half hour when a great ball through the home defence by Shaun Yank Boyle was met on the run by Corey Gallagher and he made no mistake with a first time effort firing home having spotted the keeper off his line. It was to remain the same until half time and the home side were good value for their lead. In the second half Ryan Greene had a good chance in the opening minutes but had his effort saved, he wasn’t to be denied two minutes later with number three when Corey Gallaghers’ cross was met at the far post. Bonagee though to their credit kept plugging away and close to the hour mark forced a few free kicks and had more possession and on fifty eight minutes were awarded a penalty following a foul in the box. Paddy Mc Gowan however missed the spot kick. On the hour mark Bonagee did score when full back Shane Kelly lobbed the keeper from distance for a good goal. Bonagee did have a lot more possession from that point on but didn’t really force the keeper into any saves. The home side were good on the break with David Ward and Corey Gallagher doing well. In the last minute of the game, from a through ball, Corey Gallagher made it 4-1 on the run, finishing well with his left foot. A good Keadue victory and a battling performance from Bonagee with the scoreline a bit harsh on them. Best for Keadue were Corey Gallagher, Shaun Yank Boyle and Daniel McHugh while best for Bonagee were Shane Kelly, Graham Cullen and Dylan Sweeney. Referee: Con McLaughlin.

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 5 minutes. Ben Sweeney had too much pace for the Erne defence when he broke from the halfway line but was unlucky to see his shot pass wide of the post. 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. Donegal had a number of other good chances in the first half but failed to stretch their lead. 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 reminder of second half and will feel unlucky not to pick up all 3 points. Donegal’s goalkeeper Liam O’Meara pulled of a number of first class saves to earn his team a point. 1-1 the full time score.

CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 8 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2
Letterbarrow provided long serving Club Chairman James Mc Groary with his perfect 60th birthday present. The visitors opened the scoring on ten minutes when Kevin Mc Gonigle’s cross deceived the home keeper and found the top corner of the net. The lead was short lived as Dermot Slevin headed home from a corner to draw the sides level. On thirty minutes Nathan Carr put Letterbarrow into the lead when he headed home from close range after a superb counter attack. The home side made it three one just after the restart when Dermot Slevin slotted home from inside the box. Five minutes later Gerard Mc Brearty made it four for Letterbarrow when he poked home after a scramble in the box. Thirty nine years to the day after his father scored for the club on his twenty first birthday James Mc Groary Junior scored a fifth after he turned in a great cross. It was six shortly after that when Nathan Carr’s work rate was rewarded when he scored from eight yards. Donal Callaghan pulled a goal back for the visitors with a superb free kick. However Alexi Mc Neilis added two further goals in the final ten minutes to secure the points.

Eany Celtic 4 Curragh Athletic 0
(No Report Received)

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 1 Cavan / Monaghan League 2
The Donegal Junior League were defeated in their opening match in this season’s Oscar Traynor Trophy. They were two down at the interval after Enda Hessin and Dean Connolly scored for the Monaghan/Cavan League. Kyle Black pulled one back for Brian Dorrian’s side early in the second half but they were unable to find an equaliser. They will now probably need to win their remaining two matches to progress to the next stage of the competition.

SATURDAY REPORTS
Saturday 5th October 2016

Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Drumbar F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 2
Glencar came out on top in a close match played in difficult conditions in Drumbar. After early pressure Glencar took the lead following a poor clearance when the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Paddy Collins and he slotted neatly into the far corner. The home side didn’t let the heads drop and soaked up the Glencar pressure before drawing level on the counter attack midway through the second half. Gareth Cassidy poking home following a defensive mix up. Just when the game looked to be heading for a draw Rory Gallagher found himself free in the Drumbar box to fire the decisive winner for Glencar. Positives to be taken for both teams with title chasing Glencar taking the valuable points while Drumbar look now to be heading in the right direction with another solid display.

Dunlewey Celtic 0 Strand Rovers 0
(No Report Submitted)

Saturday Reserve Division
Milford United Reserves 4 Erne Wanderers Reserves 3
Milford took the lead after 20 minutes with JJ Fleming finding the back of the net at his second attempt. It was 2-0 soon after with Ryan Campbell robbing an Erne defender of possession to race through on goal and calmly slot home. Erne came back strong and pulled a goal back on 35 minutes with Michael Bowring scoring. It was 2-2 soon after with Mickey Gahan breaking the offside trap to slide home. Milford came out strong in the second half and made it 3-2 with Conor Meakin sending in a great cross and Ciaran Blaney was on hand to flick home. It was 4-2 on 70 minutes after another great cross, this time from Raymond Friel who found JJ Flemings head who nodded home for his second of the game. It was a nervy finish after Erne were awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go. Packie Hill made no mistake to make it 4-3. Milford held on though for a much needed 3 points. A good team performance from Milford with JJ Fleming standing out. Best for Erne was David Dorian.

Glenree United Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 3
The first half was hampered by poor weather conditions, making it hard for both sides to get the ball down and play. It was Keadue that went in at half time a goal up after they took the lead in the last minute of the half when the midfielder played a high ball through and ran through and tucked it away into the net. Twenty minutes into the second half Keadue were two up after the ball clipped the defender from a corner and spun onto the head of the Keadue striker and into the net. The third goal came from a cross that wasn’t dealt with and killed off any chance of the home side getting anything out of this match.
Best for Glenree: John Mc Groddy. Team effort from Keadue Rovers.

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6
Kilmac left The Moss with all three points and it was nothing more than they deserved. Drumoghill started well and were ahead on five minutes when Ross Hamlin fired home from close range after beating the off side trap. Kilmac were level on ten minutes when Micheal Mc Laughlin converted from the penalty spot. Kilmac really got going after this and grabbed two quick goals before half time through Ryan Langan who slotted one in at the back post from a Timmy Burke cross and Micheal Mc Laughlin got his second of the day when he latched onto a Ciaran Bonnar ball in behind the Drumoghill defence. Kilmac started the second half where they left off and got another two quick goals through Darren Mc Ginley and Christopher Dillon. Drumoghill however did pull one back through Jaydee only for Micheal Mc Laughlin to round off his team’s performance with the final goal of the game, and his own hat-trick, when he rounded the keeper to slot home.

St. Catherines Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 3
St. Catherine’s played host to Glenea United in the Saturday Reserve Division in Emerald Park. Both teams started the game very well, creating chances of which neither team could maximise. St. Catherine’s had a good chance to score when they had a shot that was saved by the Glenea goal keeper. Just as it looked that both teams would go into the half time break all level Glenea were awarded a penalty. Glenea one nil up at half time. The second half started with St. Catherine’s looking to get back on level terms but no matter how many chances they created they could not get passed the Glenea defence or goalkeeper. Midway through the second half Glenea doubled their lead when the ball was put into the box and the St. Catherine’s keeper came but missed it and it fell to a Glenea player who put the ball into the net. St. Catherine’s kept trying to get on the score sheet but nothing was going right for them. Glenea then scored a third goal when they played the ball into the box and a Glenea player beat a couple of players and put the ball into the net. 3-0 the final score.

Donegal Town Reserves 1 Cappry Rovers Reserves 4
Cappry Rovers ran out easy winners at The Hospital Field in this fixture with a very poor performance from the Donegal Town side. The home side nearly opened the scoring on five minutes when Joe Lafferty had a header from corner cleared off the line. It was end to end stuff from these two young teams but it was Cappry who went ahead when Brendan Mc Laughlin scored with a low shot from the edge of the box on twenty minutes. Cappry doubled their lead on the half hour when David Carr scored with a header at the back post. Donegal had several good chances to get back into the game and just before half time Ted Bustard headed home from a fine free kick from Matthew Mc Kenna on the left wing. The second half was brighter and both teams had chances but failed to convert and as the game wore on Cappry made it 3-1 after a defensive mix up. Cappry completed the scoring on seventy five minutes when Pete Lafferty scored the goal of the game from a direct free kick.
Best for Donegal were Ryan Hegarty, Matthew Mc Kenna, and Ted Bustard. Best for Cappry was Brendan Mc Laughlin. Referee: Frank Duff

RESULTS
Saturday 5th October 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Drumbar F.C. 1 v 2 Glencar Celtic
Dunlewey Celtic 0 v 0 Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Milford United Reserves 4 v 3 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 0 v 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2 v 6 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 0 v 3 Glenea United Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves 1 v 4 Cappry Rovers Reserves

Sunday 6th October 2016
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Gweedore United 1 v 4 Cappry Rovers
Keadue Rovers 4 v 1 Bonagee United
Donegal Town 1 v 1 Erne Wanderers
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 8 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Eany Celtic 4 v 0 Curragh Athletic

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 1 v 2 Cavan / Monaghan League

FIXTURES
Saturday 12th November 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Strand Rovers v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)
Glencar Celtic v Orchard F.C.
Fintown harps v Drumbar F.C.
Saturday Reserve Division
Glenree United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves

Sunday 13th November 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Convoy Arsenal
Milford United v Rathmullan Celtic
Lagan Harps v St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Gweedore Celtic v Cappry Rovers
Glenree United v Bonagee United
CT Ball Division Two
Cranford United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Ballybofey United v Drumkeen United
Lifford Celtic v Whitestrand United


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

NEWS

 October 30, 2016

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE

REPORTS

Saturday 29th October 2016
Ulster Junior Shield
Milford United Reserves 1 Illies Celtic 1
( Illies won 3-2 on penalties )
Milford welcomed Illies Celtic to Moyle View Park on a good day for a game. Milford started the stronger and had a few chances before JJ Fleming broke the deadlock on the half hour mark. He outpaced the Illies defence before rounding the goalie and finishing smartly to put Illies one up. It should have been 2-0 soon after with Conor Meakin sending in a good cross. JJ Fleming cushioned it down for Ciaran Blaney to smash home but the referee gave offside to the bemusement of everyone. Illies came back strong in the second half and got the equaliser in the 65th minute. A free kick was sent into the box and an unfortunate Milford defender saw his headed clearance hit the post but Adrian Donaghey-Doherty was on hand to turn home. Both sides had chances to win it in normal and extra time but it would go to the lottery of penalties. Both keepers pulled of great saves but it was Illies who came out on top 3-2. A great effort from both teams and played in a good spirit but it’s Illies who progress to the next round of the Ulster shield.

Glenea United Reserves 9 Moville Celtic 1
The away side started the stronger and had most of the possession in the first 10 minutes. Glenea settled and a good move from Tommy Rodgers down the left resulted in a free kick which was well finished by Eamonn Mc Hugh. Martin Ferry scored two in quick succession from inside the box after being well set up by Conor Mc Clafferty for both, Moville broke the offside trap on the stroke of halftime to leave it 3-1 at the break. Glenea took control in the second half with Martin Maguire, Shane Ferry, Sean Mc Bride, Mark Harley, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Conor Mc Clafferty all scoring to put Glenea through to the next round. Referee: Michael Mulhern

Glenree United Reserves 1 Cockhill Celtic Youths 5
Cockhill took the lead five minutes into the match when the ball was delivered into the box and struck high into the home side’s net. Glenree should have been back on level terms by half time but they squandered too many chances.
It was the away team who took control in the second half and were four up by the 75th minute.
Glenree got one back when Damien Nelis fired one into the Cockhill net from close range.
It was the away team who finished the scoring for the day when they hit their 5th in the 88th minute and stride into the next round. Team effort from Cockhill. Best for Glenree were Conor Casey and Padraig Mac Ginty

Orchard F.C. 5 Cavan Town 1
Orchard created numerous chances and broke the deadlock on 12 minutes after Michael Sweeney beat two defenders and scored in the bottom corner. Cavan created a few chances but couldn’t beat Tommy Mc Laughlin in the Orchard net. Eddie Moore doubled Orchard’s advantage on 30 minutes. The third goal was scored after Joe Mc Carron took a corner which Rory O’ Gorman got his head to and buried it in the back of the net. The second half started and Cavan pulled a goal back through Kyle McKenna. Orchard’s fourth goal was scored by Michael Sweeney again after he riffled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box. Paddy Mc Laughlin rounded off the scoring for Orchard after a mix up in the box. Team performance from Orchard and a good team effort from Cavan Town.

Saturday Reserve Division
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1
Castlefin secured a hard earned three points over a stubborn Keadue side in Parkview on Saturday. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to impress in the opening exchanges. The hosts created the first chance when Keith Nelis latched on to a Gary Mc Nulty through ball but he failed to convert from close range. Mc Nulty then had a chance himself but he poked his shot just past the post. Keadue took the lead against the run of play when James Boyle’s shot trickled over the line with 40 minutes on the clock. The home side continued to press in the second half and equalised when Nelis flicked on a long clearance to Stephen Roulston who rounded the keeper to slot home with 60 minutes played. In the 75th minute the hosts took the lead when a McNulty free kick found Marty Owens who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the net from 20 yards. Keadue piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but the Castlefin defence stood firm. Referee: Pauric Hegarty.
Best for Castlefin: Stephen Roulston and Marty Owens. Best for Keadue: Ben Boyle

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 St. Catherines Reserves 3
Eddie Doherty scored after 7 minutes from the edge box. On 12 minute Ryan Langan scored a header after a great cross from Dan Conaghan . Paul Mc Eldowney ran straight through on goal on 23 minutes and finished cool after fine ball from John Doherty. Kilmac got their 4th on 36 minutes, again by the lively Ryan Langan. St Catherine missed a penalty on 42 minutes, shooting wide. On 47 minutes Stephen Leslie scored from a penalty . Kilmac then made it 5-1 and Ryan Langan completed his fine hat-trick, scoring from edge box. On 75 minutes a fine run by veteran Seamus Mc Laughlin set up Edwin Doherty to slot home. Straight from kick off a great strike from inside his own box by Stevie Anderson sailed over Kilmac keeper.On 90 minutes Paul Mc Fadden scored great goal. Team effort by St Catherines and great display from hard working Kilmac team . Referee: Sean O’Donnell.

Sunday 30th October 2016
Ulster Junior Shield
Carrowmena F.C. 0 Glencar Celtic 3

Culdaff F.C. 3 Erne Wanderers 0

Drumkill Rovers 2 Strand Rovers 3

Ulster Junior Cup
Lagan Harps 2 Culdaff F.C. 4
For the second year in a row Culdaff overcame Lagan in the Ulster Junior Cup. Lagan had started well and Chris Toner exchanged passes with Gavin Mc Glanaghey before forcing a good save out of Darragh Mc Laughlin. The resultant corner was headed off the line by a Culdaff defender. Lagan took the lead on twenty minutes when Frankie Mc Brearty split the defence for Kenny Doran to race clear and score. Culdaff equalised on twenty eight minutes when a penalty was awarded for handball and Benny Mc Laughlin scored. Within ten minutes Mc Laughlin had completed his hat-trick when the Lagan defence twice failed to deal with long balls from the back and he raced through to score. Lagan went close when Michael Doherty’s free was palmed over the bar by Darragh Mc Laughlin. Lagan were on top for most of the second half with Michael Doherty again forcing a good save from Mc Laughlin. Lagan got their second when Chris Toner found Kenny Doran and he side stepped a defender before firing home. Lagan pressed but couldn’t force the equaliser. Culdaff completed the scoring when Benny Mc Laughlin crossed for Michael Coyle to score. Lagan’s best were Ronan Gibson, Frankie Mc Brearty and Kenny Doran. For Culdaff Benny Mc Laughlin, Ryan Greene and Darragh Mc Laughlin were best. Referee was Joe Mc Hugh

Ballybofey United 2 Lifford Celtic 1
Ballybofey United brought their good League form into the Ulster Junior Cup for the visit of Lifford Celtic to the Twin Towns on Sunday afternoon. It remained scoreless until the interval with neither side able to break the deadlock. Mark Griffin finally opened the scoring for Ballybofey on sixty minutes. The home side were guilty of missing several chances as they enjoyed having the upper hand on their fellow Division Two challengers. Lifford then equalised when Johnny Mc Mahon netted from the penalty spot. Despite passing up on several further chances the home side eventually put the result to bed when Brian Lafferty did well to hold off the defender and burst into the penalty area before beating the outrushing Lifford goalkeeper. Ballybofey will progress to the next round of the Cup and on this showing there will be a few decent matches in store between these two sides when they meet in Division Two of the Donegal Junior League.

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Cavan Town
Kilmacrennan Celtic advance to the next round of the Ulster Cup with a good solid victory over Cavan Town on Sunday. Conditions were perfect for football on the day and it was the home team that settled the quickest and forced the Cavan men to defend almost from the first whistle. Cavan Town did defend well but the break through goal arrived in the 22nd minute when Mark Friel was in the right place following a clever pass from Timmy Burke and Friel rifled the ball past the advancing Cavan keeper. As hard as Kilmac tried, a second goal in the first half would not arrive and all credit must go to the Cavan defence. The second half was a more evenly contested game as the Cavan men pushed further up the pitch forcing the Lurgysiders to defend their lead. As the game progressed Kilmac got the insurance goal in the 82nd minute when Ciaran Mc Ginley put Caolan Mc Daid through on goal and the young striker made no mistake when he was afforded the chance. Credit to Cavan Town they pushed right up to the final whistle and never gave up but it is the Kilmacrennan men who go through to the next round. It was a good team performance from both teams while Kilmac’s Mark Friel was the stand out player on the day. Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin.

Glenea United 3 Erne Wanderers 1
Game started off slowly with neither team creating much in the first 25 minutes. Erne took the lead in the 27th minute when a well worked moved ended with David Dorrian shooting from 12 yards. Glenea equalised in the 44th minute when an Eamonn Mc Hugh pass split the defence for Lee O’ Brien to calmly find the back of the net from the edge of the box. Glenea took the lead in the 60th minute when Mc Hugh assisted again to feed Ciaran Mc Geady who rounded the keeper to finish. Peter Boyle in the Erne nets saved well from an Eamonn Cannon shot, before Glenea were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute. Erne pressed but were caught out in the 80th minute when Ciaran Mc Geady latched onto a Ryan Mc Fadden pass to make it three for Glenea.

Bonagee United 0 Glengad United 3
Glengad should have taken the lead on seven minutes only for Terence Doherty to shoot wide from ten yards. The visitors were awarded a penalty on fifteen minutes when Terence Doherty was fouled in the box and Adam Byrne’s spot kick was saved by Carr in the home goal. The visitors had chances through Shane Canning Nigel Mc Monagle and Stephen Mc Laughlin but Carr was in fine form in the home goal. Noel O’ Donnell came close on forty minutes for the home team only for his strike on goal deflected wide. Lee Mc Monagle and Austin Marron for Bonagee were always a threat up front. Glengad took the lead on the hour when the ball was crossed to the edge of the box to Shane Canning and his strike from twenty yards found the bottom corner of the net. They got their second on eighty minutes after great pay down the right by Nigel Mc Monagle who squared the ball into the box for Mark Smith to tap home from ten yards. The home side had a few good chances on eighty three and five through Mc Monagle and Mc Gowan but there strikes on goal were deflected wide. The visitors got their third on eighty eight minutes when Terence Doherty broke clear of the Bonagee defence and shot home from the edge of the box. Team efforst by both sides. Referee: Michael Connelly.

Cranford United 3 Killylough F.C. 0
It was a tight first half in Cranford Park with only a headed goal from Joe Gallagher separating the sides. The second half started with Killylough having a good spell of possession but Cranford were able to see it out and got their reward with a good break with Andrew Kelly converting a through ball from Keelan Mc Gee. Cranford closed the game out and completed the scoring with another header this time Brendan Giles hitting the target.

Buncrana Harps 2 Keadue Rovers 1

Cootehill Harps 1 Castlefin Celtic 0

Illies Celtic 3 Convoy Arsenal 2

St. Catherines 4 Clonmany Shamrocks 1
Clonmany started the brightest and deserved their 1-0 lead after eleven minutes when Jason Devlin slotted past the Saint’s keeper. Daniel Breslin had two great chances and finally slotted home after twisting and turning the Clonmany defence to make it one apiece after 15 minutes. The home side grew more into the game and Paul Mc Fadden latched onto a cross giving the Clonmany keeper no chance with a powerful volley on 31 minutes.
Ryan Farrell scored two great individual goals in the second half to make the final score 4-1. The second of his goals a 25 yard screamer to the top corner really put the icing on the cake for a fine individual performance.
Best for Clonmany was Michael Harkin in the middle of the park and the home keeper , Shane O’ Gara.

Glaslough 2 Drumoghill F.C. 2
( Drumoghill won 4-2 on penalties )

Aileach F.C. 3 Milford United 1

Raphoe Town 1 Clones Town 2

Rathmullan Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 1
( Gweedore won 4-3 on penalties )
Gweedore Celtic emerged successful after a tense shootout at the Flagpole with goalkeeper Michael Mc Kelvey the hero for the men from Screaban. Mc Kelvey produced some Bruce Grobbelaar-esque antics on the goal line throughout the shootout and duly saved two crucial efforts from the Hoops while he also fired past Sean Black with his own team’s final spot-kick. After a scoreless first half in cold conditions it was the home side that edged in front midway through the second half. Niall Carruthers, lively all afternoon on the wing, was the man with the golden touch curling home from 20 yards past Mc Kelvey. Gweedore stuck to their task gainfully and they were rewarded with ten minutes left when Odhrán Mac Niallais sprung the offside trap to level the tie. Jude Patton came closest to finding an elusive winner during extra time but it was to be dreaded shootout to decide this game. Rathmullan drew first blood as Black produced an outstanding stop top deny Mac Niallais but successful efforts from Jamie Boyle, Cathal Mulhern, Eamon McGee and the man of the moment Mc Kelvey gave Gweedore four from their five in the shootout. Jude Patton, Eoin Sheridan and Kevin Doran were all successful for the home side but Mc Kelvey got his hands on the efforts of Derek Edwards and Ryan Connolly to send Gweedore on their way.

Gweedore United 2 Monaghan Town 4
This Cup clash was played in perfect conditions at Carrickboyle and it was Monaghan Town who progress to the next round. It was the visiting side that started the quickest and took the lead in the 20th minute when Ronan Straite’s shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner passed Brian Gallagher in the Gweedore goals. Monaghan Town doubled their lead five minutes later when a free kick from 18 yards was saved by Gallagher but Adrian Mc Anespie reacted quickest to tap home the rebound. Gweedore had an opportunity to pull one back in the 40th minute when Micheal Barry shot from 20 yards just went over the Keeper’s crossbar.
Gweedore started the second half better and were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute for a handball by one of the Monaghan defenders, Shane ‘Baggio’ O Donnell stepped up but the Monaghan keeper saved well but O’ Donnell reacted quickest to score the rebound to make it 2-1. Gweedore were growing in confidence but were caught with a sucker punch in the 60th minute when Monaghan regained their two goal cushion when Sean Mc Crudden shot home from 12 yards to make it 3-1 to the visitors. Monaghan got their fourth in the 70th Minute when Ronan Straite got his second of the game with a free header at the back post. Gweedore pulled one back in the 75th minute following a good one two between Ciaran Mc Fadden and Michael Barry left Barry one on one with the Monaghan keeper and he made no mistake from 18 yards. That was to be the last goal of the game as Monaghan closed out the game and will enjoy their long trip back to Monaghan. Ronan Straite was excellent for Monaghan Town while it was a good team effort from Gweedore who will turn their attention back to League football after this cup exit. Referee: Micheal McFadden

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Cappry Rovers 2 Donegal Town 2
This game was played in perfect conditions in Cappry Park. This was a real even contest but Cappry struck first when Conor Laverty played Calvin Bradley through in the 15th minute to finish well. Donegal got back level when they scored following a free kick, Aaron Slevin scoring at the back post. The game was still level at half time. Donegal Town went in front when Aaron Slevin found the net again. Cappry tried to get back into the game and finally got level when Gerard Melaugh scored in the 85th minute. Cappry nearly won the game when Calvin Bradley had his effort in the 90th minute cleared off the line. Two team performances.

CT Ball Division Two
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Eany Celtic 5
Eany went three up in this match before the home side finally found their feet and managed to grab a goal back. It was all too little too late unfortunately for the Kerrykeel lads as Eany went on to score another brace and win the game easily in the end.

Whitestrand United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 2
Whitestrand United took on Letterbarrow FC at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand were following two recent good away results. The game started with Letterbarrow on the front foot and this set the tone for the first half. They were well organised and took their first clear chance when a defensive mix up led to a goal from Alex Mac Niallais. Letterbarrow stayed on top and were rewarded for their play when Gerard Mc Brearty hit a superb volley to take a 2-0 lead into half time. Whitestrand started the second half with renewed vigour and were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty which was coolly dispatched by Shane Mc Glade. The introduction of Kieran McLaughlin made a huge difference and the equaliser came when Liam O’ Riordan took his chance well when through one on one. Whitestrand pushed hard for a winner but had to settle for a point. Best for the Strand were Kieran McLaughlin and Shane Mc Glade.

Dunkineely Celtic 4 Copany Rovers 0
Dunkineely Celtic pressed from the start and had a few good chances in the first 20 minutes through Adrian Nesbitt & Andrew Mackey with Paul Murrin hitting the bar and only for some fine goal keeping by Copany keeper Stephen Doherty kept the score level at the break .Dunkineely came out for the 2nd half pressing high up the field and were awarded a free on the edge of the box in the 50th minute. Andrew Mackey put it into the top right hand corner giving the keeper no chance. Celtic increased their lead in the 72nd minute when a good cross from Adrian Nesbitt was turned into his own net by a Copany defender. It was all Dunkineely and Mackey got the 3rd on 85minutes from a great pass from Paul Murrin. Mackey was then taken down for a penalty and Martin Cunningham made no mistake from the spot. Best for Dunkineely were Adrian Nesbitt, Damien Quigley and Alistair Rodgers. For Copany their keeper Stephen Doherty was outstanding and Stephen Brady. Referee: Brian o Kane

RESULTS

Saturday 29th October 2016
Ulster Junior Shield
Milford United Reserves 1 v 1 Illies Celtic
( Illies won 3-2 on penalties )
Glenea United Reserves 9 v 1 Moville Celtic
Glenree United Reserves 1 v 5 Cockhill Celtic Youths
Orchard F.C. 5 v 1 Cavan Town
Saturday Reserve Division
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 v 3 St. Catherines Reserves
Sunday 30th October 2016
Ulster Junior Shield
Carrowmena F.C. 0 v 3 w/o Glencar Celtic (Carrowmena Withdrew from competition) Culdaff F.C. 3 v 0 w/o Erne Wanderers (Reserves Erne did not field) Drumkill Rovers 2 v 3 Strand Rovers
Ulster Junior Cup
Lagan Harps 2 v 4 Culdaff F.C.
Ballybofey United 2 v 1 Lifford Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 0 Cavan Town
Glenea United 3 v 1 Erne Wanderers
Bonagee United 0 v 3 Glengad United
Cranford United 3 v 0 Killylough F.C.
Buncrana Harps 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers
Cootehill Harps 1 v 0 Castlefin Celtic
Illies Celtic 3 v 2 Convoy Arsenal
St. Catherines 4 v 1 Clonmany Shamrocks
Glaslough 2 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.
( Drumoghill won 4-2 on penalties )
Aileach F.C. 3 v 1 Milford United
Raphoe Town 1 v 2 Clones Town
Rathmullan Celtic 1 v 1 Gweedore Celtic
( Gweedore won 4-3 on penalties )
Gweedore United 2 v 4 Monaghan Town

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Gweedore United P v P Raphoe Town (Both teams playing in Ulster Junior Cup)
Cappry Rovers 2 v 2 Donegal Town
CT Ball Division Two
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 5 Eany Celtic
Whitestrand United 2 v 2 Letterbarrow Celtic
Dunkineely Celtic 4 v 0 Copany Rovers

FIXTURES

Saturday 5th October 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Drumbar F.C. v Glencar Celtic
Dunlewey Celtic v Strand Rovers
Saturday Reserve Division
Milford United Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves
Glenree United Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves

Sunday 6th October 2016 K.O. 2p.m. ( Unless Stated )
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Gweedore United v Cappry Rovers
Keadue Rovers v Bonagee United
Donegal Town v Erne Wanderers
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Eany Celtic v Curragh Athletic

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League v Cavan / Monaghan League (K.O. 1.30) Drumoghill


Donegal League: All the weekend reports

NEWS

 October 16, 2016

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE

SUNDAY REPORTS

Sunday 16th October 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Rathmullan Celtic 2 Castlefin Celtic 3

There’s usually a reason why clichés are clichés and on Sunday at the Flagpole Field the soaked supporters were treated to a game of two halves. The wind dictated play and it was with its’ assistance that Ryan Connolly opened the scoring on 27 minutes with a free that evaded everyone in the box and ended up in the back of the net. On 31 minutes Jude Patton opened his account for Rathmullan with a clever swivel in the box after a corner to put Rathmullan two up. Judging by his performance it should be the first of many.

The match completely turned in the second half as the wind got up and Castlefin took full advantage first with a delightful finish by Matthew O’ Rourke on 55 minutes and then a quick fire double from ex Finn Harps player of the season Raymond Foy and a penalty dispatched by Emmett White after a handball from the unfortunate J P Doran. Rathmullan had a couple of chances before the final whistle but Castlefin went home with the three points. Referee: Joe McHugh

Kildrum Tigers 3 Drumoghill F.C. 3 (No report available yet)

Milford United 2 Convoy Arsenal 2 (No report available yet)

Lagan Harps 4 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2

Lagan held on to claim the three points after Kilmacrennan staged a late fight back. Lagan started well and should have opened the scoring in ten minutes. Gavin Mc Glanaghey beat the offside trap but keeper Jason Hegarty took the ball away from Gavin as he tried to round him. Hegarty then produce another save to block a Michael Doherty shot from close in. Kilmacrennan went close when Christopher Dillon shot over from a free-kick. Lagan opened the scoring on twenty seven minutes when Chris Toner’s cross was volleyed home at the back post by Gavin Mc Glanaghey. Kilmacrennan responded with Jimmy Mc Elwaine heading a Michael Mc Laughlin cross just over. Lagan increased their lead on thirty five minutes when Gavin Mc Glanaghey lobbed the keeper from wide on the right. Kilmacrennan went close again with Michael Mc Laughlin shooting just over and Rab Sandilands just too high with a free. Kilmacrennan started the second half well and Christopher Dillon flashed a cross just wide of the back post. Gavin Mc Glanaghey completed his hat-trick on fifty eight minutes when he seized on a ball spilled by the keeper to fire home. Kilmacrennan got back into it on seventy minutes when Michael Mc Laughlin converted a penalty. They got it back to 3-2 with the goal of the game on seventy five minutes. A long ball was chested down by Timmy Burke and Christopher Dillon volleyed home superbly from the edge of the box. Lagan got the insurance goal on eighty eight minutes when Kenny Doran got on the end of a long ball and raced clear to tap home. A hard fought but sporting game. For Lagan Ronan Gibson and Gavin Mc Glanaghey were best while Michael Mc Laughlin and Christopher Dillon were Kilmac’s best. Referee: Paddy Martin.

St. Catherines 0 Glenea United 1

Poor conditions resulted in a rather dull affair in the first half at Emerald Park. The Glenea keeper was the busier of the two keeping the visitors in the game with a great save down to his left from a Ryan Farrelly left foot shot . Glenea came out the stronger team for the second half and started to dominate in the middle of the field as the home side tired dramatically. Their dominance paid off on 30 minutes when Eamonn Mc Hugh lobbed the Saints’ keeper from inside the box. The home team had no answer to this score and Glenea held on for a well-deserved three points. Best for Glenea were Lee O’ Brien and Paddy Cannon. Shaun Gorrelle impressed for St. Catherines.

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Gweedore Celtic 0 Erne Wanderers 0

Erne started best in this game that was played in blustery conditions at An Screaban. Michael Mc Kelvey did well to thwart the Erne men on several occasions. The Celts started better in the second half and were unlucky not to take the lead when Eamonn Mc Gee dragged his shot wide with the just the keeper to beat. In the dying moments of the game Mc Kelvey again did well when he batted away an Erne shot. A well fought game with a good effort from either team. Best players on show were Michael Mc Kelvey and Conor Duggan. Referee: Ed Moore.

Raphoe Town 1 Glenree United 0

In wet conditions the match was reversed to Glenree Park and it seemed to be in the favour of the home side as they started strong in the first half with Martin Mc Bride hitting both crossbar and upright in the opening exchanges. A controversial moment in the game came in the 35th minute when Mc Bride again hit the crossbar but it seemed to the whole of Glenree Park it crossed the line even the away goalkeeper reacted that way but to the bemusement of the home team it was awarded as a free out. The second half was a much more incident free half with two committed teams going head to head. The only goal of the game came in the 86th minute when Chris Bogle broke free and finished well to give his side the vital three points. Referee: Mickey Mulhern

Gweedore United 1 Deele Harps 1

This game was changed to Saturday night and played in good conditions under the floodlights at Carrickboyle in front of a large turnout. The home side will feel that it was two points dropped as they were well in control of proceedings until two minutes into injury time in what was a very good game. United had the majority of possession in the opening half and saw good early chances for Gary Mc Fadden, Michael Barry, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Frank Mc Gee all excellently saved by Martin Mongan in the Deele nets. The home side took a deserved lead in the 24th minute when Michael Carroll’s kick out fell to Michael Barry who put a great pass through to Ciaran Mc Fadden who finished well past Mongan to make it 1-0. United had a number of other opportunities before the break however it remained 1-0 until the interval. In the second half Deele began to press in search of an equaliser with Shaun Gallagher, Shaun O’ Reilly and Brian Breslin playing well. Breslin hit a good shot in the 61st minute which went just wide of Carroll’s goal. United had a number of half chances however couldn’t find that all important second goal. Deele had a headed close range effort excellently saved in the 85th minute. Other than that chance the home defence looked comfortable and it looked like they had secured the three points. Deele got a free kick just outside the 18 yard box in the 92nd minute. Shaun Gallagher curved the free into the bottom right corner off the post to earn a good point for the visitors. It was an excellent team performance from United with Mongan and O’Reilly excelling for Deele on the night in an entertaining encounter. Referee: Marty Quinn

Donegal Town 3 Keadue Rovers 1

Donegal got off to a flying start through Benny Byrne and found themselves a goal ahead after only ten minutes. Byrne was quickest to react finishing from close range when Declan Browne’s header came back off the post. Byrne was involved again soon after, this time taking the ball down inside the Keadue box and setting up Stephen Curneen who made no mistake from ten yards. Keadue came at Donegal strong towards the end of the first half and were rewarded for their efforts. Keadue’s Donal Rodgers pulled the ball back to Ryan Green who fired low past the Donegal keeper. Keadue were the better side in the second half and probably deserved something from the game. Donegal’s Declan Browne had a goal line clearance and Donegal keeper Liam O’Meara made a few fine saves. But Donegal remained resilient in defence and David Graham sealed all three points for Donegal late in the game finishing low past the Keadue keeper.

Cappry Rovers 3 Bonagee United 0

Cappry Rovers secured the points when they overcame Bonagee United by virtue of a 3-0 score-line at a wet and windy Cappry Park. Cappry took the game to the visitors from the start and in the seventh minute they hit the post from a free kick. Cappry made the break-through in the tenth minute when Calvin Bradley scored with a shot from twenty yards. Bonagee upped their game in search of the equaliser but couldn’t find a way through a strong Cappry defence. Cappry created a few more chances but couldn’t score. They upped their game in the second half in search of the second goal and it arrived in the 58th minute following a corner the ball fell to M.P.Mc Daid at the back post and he scored from close range. Patrick Mc Nulty sealed the points for Cappry in the 71st minute when he won the ball and shot to the top of the net past the advancing keeper Cappry could have scored again but the Bonagee keeper made a good save. Best for Cappry were M. P. Mc Daid and Patrick Mc Nulty. Graham Cullen was best for Bonagee. Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin.

CT Ball Division Two

Dunkineely Celtic 4 Cranford United 3

At a wet and blustery Darney park Dunkineely got off to a flyer when after just 2 minutes a great through ball from Paul Murrin found Andrew Mackey and he lobbed the keeper to open the scoring however it was short lived when Philip Buchanan got on the end of a good cross on the 7th minute. Both sides had chances but it was the home side who struck again on the 35th minute through Alistair Rodgers to make it 2-1 to the home side at the break. The home side came out for the 2nd half with a good strong wind behind them and struck again in the 60th minute when Andrew Mackey made great work when he rounded the keeper to make it 3-1.Five minutes later Buchanan won a penalty and he made no mistake from the spot. Five minutes after that they were level through an own goal. Both teams pushed for the winner and it was the home side who got it from a corner. Pauric Mc Intyre headed home a great goal in the 85th minute. Best for Dunkineely were Andrew Mackey and Alastair Rodger.

Copany Rovers 0 Whitestrand United 4 (No report available yet)

Ballybofey United 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0

Ballybofey United extended their good start to the season by another week when they defeated Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. on Sunday afternoon at the Finn Valley Complex in Stranorlar. Ballybofey led by two at the break courtesy of goals from Gary Mc Girr and Damien Glackin. In the second half Glackin added his second before Dan O’ Brien completed the scoring from close range. Kerrykeel fought until the end but Hughie Walsh and his side will have better days at the office. Referee: Andrew Mullin.

Drumkeen United 10 Curragh Athletic 3

This game was reversed to the Curragh because of a waterlogged pitch in Drumkeen but the change of venue did not seem to worry Drumkeen too much as they ended up with a comprehensive victory in Killygordon. Four goals from Peter McNamee, two each from Niall Bonner and Aaron Doherty and a goal apiece from Eoghan Kennedy and Jason Moore ensured that Drumkeen took all three points in this Division 2 fixture. Drumkeen got off to a great start when Niall Bonner scored just after the kick off. That lead was short lived however as Tim Callaghan equalised almost immediately for the Curragh. Drumkeen were dominating the game and while Curragh battled away they found themselves behind by 4 goals to 1 at half time. Things got even worse for them in the second half when Drumkeen added a further 6 goals. Renato did pull a couple of goals back for the Curragh but that was as good as it got for them on a day they will want to forget as Drumkeen were just too strong for them on the day. Curragh will have better days again in the future but today it is Drumkeen who are the happier as they got back to winning ways after a few draws.

Letterbarrow Celtic 2 Eany Celtic 2

In the most local of local Derby’s the men from Letterbarrow travelled the short distance to Eany Park. Just as expected the game was physical and energy sapping. Letterbarrow took the lead after 20 minutes when Dermot Slevin banged home a free kick however the lead didn’t last long when the home side equalised on 30 minutes with a free kick of their own. The sides went in level at half time. The Second half saw the game settle and Letterbarrow started to get the technical side of their game flowing with a dominate display, but missing multiple chance in front of goal. Then against the run of play Eany took full advantage in the 70th minute when Pauric Mc Hugh tucked home a tidy finish to give the lead to the home side. The visitors kept pressing and where rewarded when their keeper took a free kick from inside his own half and it deceived everyone and went straight to the net. A Minutes science was observed for George McMullan and Tony Mc Cleary. Referee: James Malseed


Donegal Soccer club folds prior to 2016/17 season

NEWS

 August 16, 2016

Saturday League club Mulroy Celtic have announced today that they are folding as a club.

The decision was made after talks with the Donegal League executive over the past number of weeks.

A club statement was published on their Facebook page this morning claiming that the lack of signings and money were factors in making the decision to disband as a club.

“The tough decision came after a struggle to raise money and to sign players. Its a shame to see the club go but unfortunately people just don’t have the appetite for soccer anymore.”

The club which has been very competitive over the 6 years of existence will be a huge loss to the Donegal League. Enda Martin and Shane Friel were the running power behind the club. People had doubted that the club would last 6 months but the fantastic work and dedication these men put into Mulroy Celtic saw them compete for 6 years.

MulroyCelticMulroy Celtic’s statement took the opportunity to thank the Donegal League in giving them every opportunity to remain as a club in the league.

“We can only apologise to the Donegal League for the late decision but its better doing it now than during the season which would have been inevitable. A big thanks to Terry Leyden, Jimmy Haughey and Declan Sherlock who gave us every opportunity to stay in the league.”

#FarewellFromMulroy

 


DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 April 18, 2016

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REPORTS

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Drumoghill F.C. 2 Kildrum Tigers 2

Christopher O’Donnell’s late header ensured Drumoghill salvaged a point from this pulsating clash at The Moss. Only time will tell how crucial this point will be when the final points are tallied at the end of the season, but it is a point that puts Drumoghill clear at the top of the table for now as well as ensuring that opponents Kildrum Tigers are kept at bay. For so long though it looked like Drumoghill would secure all 3 points after David O’Carroll’s brilliant volley put them ahead early in the second half. There seemed little danger as O’Carroll gained possession on the edge of the area but he swivelled and drove the ball into the top corner on the half volley. It would’ve been a goal worthy of winning any match but a late double strike from Gareth Colhoun looked like it might secure the points for the visitors as the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. Colhoun’s equaliser arrived on 81 minutes after a period of incessant Kildrum pressure, Drumoghill finally succumbing after Paul McCauley had saved from Shane McIntyre but could only look on in despair as Colhoun hammered home the equaliser. Colhoun then put his side ahead on 86 minutes after Damian Crossan had sent him clear to again give McCauley no chance in goal for Drumoghill. Sandwiched between Colhoun’s double strike though was a gilt edged opportunity for Chris Malseed to restore his side’s lead. After a brilliant one two between Richie Moore and Paddy Rafferty Malseed found himself clear on goal but Bovaird’s brilliant block ensured the scores remained level. Just as Kildrum were ready to celebrate a crucial win Drumoghill restored parity. It came from Benny Bonner’s deep corner in added on time and O’Donnell rose highest to somehow squeeze a header past Jonny Mc Ginty at the back post and level the scores. The goal sparked wild scenes for the home side as they celebrated what could be a vital point. A terrific game in which neither side deserved to lose. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh

The Saturday League Cup

Drumkeen United 4 Arranmore United 1

Having lost both League games against the Islanders it was the Home Team who came out on top in this League Cup Semi Final at St Patrick’s Park on Saturday afternoon. It was very cold in Drumkeen and there was still a hint of snow in the air as this game kicked off. The first half was a tight enough affair with very little between the teams. Anthony Browne had an effort for Drumkeen which hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the line and into the arms of a grateful Arranmore goalkeeper. At the other end Gavin Mc Glanaghey had a shot which went just wide and so it remained scoreless at the break. Peter Brannigan fired the home team ahead early in the second half. Gavin Mc Glanaghey is always a goal threat for Arranmore and he equalised shortly afterwards when he got on the end of a ball over the top and finished well past keeper Michael Gibson. Drumkeen were dominating the second half and playing some nice football and it was no surprise when they took the lead. Aron Doherty got the goal when he got a great touch on a cross from the right wing. Anthony Browne got the third goal and it was no more than he deserved as his strong runs from midfield had been causing Arranmore problems throughout the game. Arranmore did a have couple more efforts from Gavin Mc Glanaghey but by and large the home defence were very solid and keeper Gibson was largely untroubled throughout the second half. Peter Mc Namee is always a good bet to score for Drumkeen and he added a fourth goal following a pass from Anthony Browne. This was a good all round team effort for Drumkeen but a special mention for Anthony Browne and Liam Mc Gill who were both excellent in midfield. A team effort for Arranmore who tried hard throughout but it was not to be for them as they found the home team too good on the day. Referee: Liam McLaughlin

Orchard F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 2

Glencar Celtic defeated Orchard F.C. in the semi-final of the Saturday League Cup. Two Seany Houston goals saw Glencar come from behind after Micheal Doherty had given the Orchard men the lead at the Flagpole Field. Glencar will now play Drumkeen United in the Saturday League Cup Final on Saturday next at a time and venue to be confirmed.

The Saturday League Shield

Fintown Harps AFC 0 Mulroy Celtic 3

Mulroy Celtic will play Drumbar F.C. in the inaugural Saturday League Shield Final. The Final will take place on Saturday next with the time and venue yet to be confirmed by the League.

 

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Cappry Rovers Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 0

Cappry started the game well and had a few early chances. Glenree’s defence held them out until the 22nd minute when Conor Laverty scored following a through ball from Michael Lafferty. Cappry kept pressing for a 2nd but couldn’t find a second goal before half time. The home side made it 2-0 in the 57th minute when Conor Laverty scored a penalty. The home side made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when Ross Doherty scored. Two team performances.

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 5
An understrength Kilmacrennan Celtic played host to league leaders Drumoghill on Sunday at Errigal College. Drumoghill dominated the full 90 minutes scoring the first of their five goals after just 3 minutes. They doubled their lead in the 7th minute before going 3 up in the 14th minute. Kilmacrennan’s goalkeeper was kept busy for the full game with shot after shot coming from Drumoghill. Kilmacrennan had a few chances but they had no luck. A penalty and an OG Completed the Drumoghill tally. Best for Kilmacrennan were: Jason Hegarty and Liam Mc Bride. Best for Drumoghill: Pajo Rafferty
Milford United 1 Kildrum Tigers 1
Milford and Kildrum shared the spoils at Moyle View Park in a tight game. In a game of 2 halves Milford should have led and we’re unlucky not to score. Milford pushed for a goal and it came with 15 minutes to go when Jonny Logue fired home from 10 yards. Kildrum played well in second half and scored through Jonny Mc Intyre with a tap in from 2 yards with 7minutes to go. Milford pushed again for the win and Kildrum should have scored only for poor finishing and good saves from Caolan Mc Gettigan. A draw was probably a fair result. Referee: Marty Quinn
Castlefin Celtic 0 Glenea United 3
Castlefin suffered a disappointing home defeat against a rampant Glenea side. In the opening exchanges Castlefin started the brighter and were unlucky not to take lead with chances falling to Barry Tourish and JP Malley. The visitors upped their game and were rewarded when Aodhan Ferry broke down the left and squared to Ciaran Mc Geady who tapped home with 42 minutes played. In the second half Glenea started where they left off and doubled their lead when Mc Geady broke clear and finished well after 55 minutes. The hosts pressed to cut the deficit but were caught on the break when Mc Geady picked up a loose to complete his hat-trick. Team performance from Castlefin. Best for Glenea: Ciaran Mc Geady. Referee: Mick Lagan

St. Catherines 1 Rathmullan Celtic 1
(No match report received)

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Donegal Town 4 Lifford Celtic 2
Donegal started this game the better of the two sides and dominated possession for the first twenty minutes. Despite Donegal’s bright start it was Lifford who opened the scoring against the run of play. Paul Martin’s fine strike left the Donegal keeper no chance. It wasn’t long until Donegal levelled the scoring. The Lifford defence struggled to deal with a Donegal corner kick and Danny Mc Garrigle fired the ball into the net from close range. David Graham put Donegal a goal ahead on the stroke of half time following a Joe McIntyre cross. Colin Carlin grabbed a goal for Lifford midway through the second half to level the scores for a second time. Donegal were soon back on top, this time through Joe McIntyre. McIntyre’s free kick from the edge of the box bounced awkwardly in front of the Lifford keeper and found the back of the net. Declan Browne secured all the points for Donegal late in the game. Benny Byrne headed a back post cross across the goal and Browne made no mistake heading home from close range.
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 Lagan Harps 2
Lagan Harps went into Sunday’s League encounter with Kerrykeel ’71 FC. knowing that a win would secure the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One title and with it would come promotion to the Premier Division. This would be a great achievement and the weight of expectancy seemed to burden Keith Hegarty’s men as they fumbled their way through the first half. Their best efforts were foiled by Shane Sandilands, the Kerrykeel goalkeeper. Five minutes into the second half they made the breakthrough when Kevin Kelly was fouled in the penalty area and up stepped Mark Hunter to despatch from twelve yards. Still Lagan found it difficult to settle and it wasn’t until Hunter added his second that Lagan relaxed and played a more fluent brand of football. Kerrykeel are to be commended for their efforts on the day, with Convoy Arsenal and Donegal Town also in the running for the League crown, they put up a good fight against their Manorcunningham based opponents. Referee: Ed Moore.
Bonagee United 2 Convoy Arsenal 3
Convoy came close on three minutes after a cross from Paul O’ Leary into the box fell to Anthony Bogle but he shot wide from ten yards. Bonagee took the lead on fifteen minutes when Chris Darby shot home from the edge of the box. Darren Harvey levelled for the visitors three minutes later when his free kick from twenty yards found the top corner of the net. The home side went ahead on twenty three minutes when a strike from outside the box by Eamon Cannon found the back of the net. Eunan Kelly made it two each on thirty nine minutes when Darren Harvey crossed from the right and he headed home from six yards. Convoy got the winner on eighty minutes after the ball fell to Garry Brolly after a goal mouth scramble and he shot home from six yards. Ciaran Mc Carron saw his strike from outside the box hit the bar for the home team on eighty six minutes. Marty Mc Elhinney saw his strike on ninety minutes well saved by the Convoy keeper. Referee: Paddy Duffy.
Cranford United 0 Raphoe Town 3
Raphoe Town gained three points from this match against Cranford United but the outcome had no bearing on the league table on the last day of matches in the Division.

RESULTS
Wednesday 13th April 2016
Drumoghill F.C. 2 v 2 Kildrum Tigers
Saturday 16th April 2016
The Saturday League Cup
Drumkeen United 4 v 1 Arranmore United
Orchard F.C. 1 v 2 Glencar Celtic
The Saturday League Shield
Fintown Harps AFC 0 v 3 Mulroy Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves 3 v O Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 17th April 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 5 Drumoghill F.C.
Milford United 1 v 1 Kildrum Tigers
Castlefin Celtic 0 v 3 Glenea United
St. Catherines 1 v 1 Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Donegal Town 4 v 2 Lifford Celtic
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 v 2 Lagan Harps
Bonagee United 2 v 3 Convoy Arsenal
Cranford United 0 v 3 Raphoe Town

FIXTURES
Friday 22nd April 2016 K.O. 7 p.m.
Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-Final
Milford United v St. Catherines @ Diamond Park, Ballyare
Saturday 23rd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
The Saturday League Cup Final
Drumkeen United v Glencar Celtic
The Saturday League Shield Final
Drumbar F.C. v Mulroy Celtic

Sunday 24th April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kildrum Tigers v Gweedore Celtic
Cappry Rovers v Drumoghill F.C.
Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-Final
Castlefin Celtic v Glenea United @ Diamond Park, Ballyare


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 April 10, 2016

Donegal-League-Banner-newREPORTS

Saturday 9th April 2016

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Orchard F.C. 0 Drumkeen United 0

Orchard F.C. finished the season as runners-up in the Old Orchard Saturday Division Two of the Donegal Junior League. Sean O’ Donnell’s men won seven matches and drew five with only two defeats during the campaign. They scored thirty three goals and conceded sixteen amassing twenty six points. Drumkeen United finished in third spot again winning seven matches with five draws and four defeats. One unusual statistic of the St. Patrick’s Park men was the face that they ended with a negative goal difference, -1, an unusual occurrence for a team in the higher places in the tables.

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Cappry Rovers Reserves 0 Milford United Reserves 6

Milford United Reserves completed their League season with a six goal victory over Cappry Rovers Reserves. The victory means that the men from Moyle View finish in fifth place in the table, three points ahead of Donegal Town Reserves. Cappry Rovers Reserves played most of the season with youth players who will have learned from their experiences and will be better prepared for next season due to this fact. Milford started Saturday’s game strongly and were ahead in the 8th minute when Joey Cullen finished off a good move. Milford kept the pressure on and made it 2-0 when Jamie Whelan scored from the penalty spot. It was 3-0 in the 43rd minute when JJ Fleming finished off another Milford move. Cappry didn’t give up and tried to get back into the game but Milford were still well on top and made 4-0 when Joey Cullen headed home at the back post. Joey Cullen completed his hat-trick with another header in the 70th minute. Milford completed the scoring in the 83rd minute when Ciaran Blaney finished well.

The Saturday League Shield

Strand Rovers 0 Drumbar F.C. 3

Drumbar F.C. are the first team through to the Final of the Saturday League Shield. Their opposition will come in the shape of either Fintown Harps AFC or Mulroy Celtic who contest the second semi-final on Saturday next at Pairc Achla, kick-off 2 p.m.

Sunday 10th April 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 Glenea United 4

The game between Kilmacrennan and Glenea on Sunday had a late start and neither team seemed to get into the game for the first 15 minutes. It was Glenea who were quickest off the mark though when one of Kilmacrennan’s defenders misjudged the ball and Ciaran Mc Geady fired the ball into the net. Just two minutes later Glenea doubled their lead when a free from just outside the box deflected off Kilmacrennan’s wall and slotted into the net. It took a while for Kilmacrennan to get into the game but just before half time they got a goal back when Caolan Kelly scored an excellent goal from outside the box leaving Glenea’s keeper with no chance. The second half started off at a much quicker pace with both teams having a good few chances. It wasn’t until the 77th minute that the next goal came. Glenea’s Darren Mc Geever was the man to score this time. Glenea were awarded a penalty on the 80th minute as one of their players was adjudged to be taken down in the box. Jason Hegarty stood up to the mark to deny Glenea a third goal. Glenea’s Christopher Cannon found himself one on one with the keeper on the 84th minute and made no mistake putting the Glenea men 3 ahead. The last 5 minutes of the game was an exciting affair, Kilmacrennan’s Garry Gorman got two goals back and it looked like they might get a draw but it wasn’t to be. Best for Glenea were Ciaran Mc Geady, Darren Mc Geever. Best for Kilmac were Caolan Kelly, Michael McLaughlin.
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Cappry Rovers 2
Dara Patton and Shea Coyle scored for Rathmullan while Brian Lafferty and Alan Patton got Cappry’s two goals in this end of season encounter at the Flagpole.

Kildrum Tigers 2 St. Catherines 1

Kildrum started like a house on fire and took the lead after 4 minutes when William Lynch slotted home from a Brian Coll free-kick. St. Catherine’s levelled after twenty minutes when Maguire finished precisely from the penalty spot. Kildrum restored their lead on twenty three minutes when good work from Shane McIntyre and Damian Crossan set up Gary Crossan who rattled home from 25 yards. Kildrum were well in control in the second half and threatened through Colhoun, Crossan and McIntyre but couldn’t get the killer goal. The Saints pushed men forward late on but the Tigers were resilient and were well worthy of the three points.

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Raphoe Town 0 Convoy Arsenal 2

Raphoe and Convoy enjoyed a good battle at the Deele College Grounds on a fine day for football. It was an even first half with both teams having chances. Convoy went ahead when Eunan Kelly curled a shot past Roy Duffy. The second half belonged to Convoy and they scored a second when a lapse in concentration let in Ryan Carlin to score. Good performances from both teams. Referee: James Malseed.

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 Donegal Town 3

Donegal Town had the most of the possession in the first half of this match at Rab’s Park. Kerrykeel netminder Shane Sandilands made three if not four outstanding saves to keep his side in the game. Donegal took the lead on forty four minutes when Benny Byrne headed them in front. Kerrykeel gave as good as they got in the second half and on sixty five minutes they were awarded a penalty which unfortunately for them they missed. Donegal went on to score two more in the final ten minutes of the game.

Bonagee United 3 Lifford Celtic 1

The first chance of the game fell to Paul Carlin for the visitors on twenty minutes but he shot wide from ten yards. A Shane Kelly cross on twenty five minutes for the home side was headed over by Greg Jacob from six yards. Eamon Cannon for Bonagee saw his strike from thirty yards hit the cross bar on forty three minutes. The home side took the lead on fifty three minutes when after good work down the right by Noel O’ Donnell he found Chris Darby outside the box and his shot was pushed away by the keeper and the incoming Greg Jacob who shot home from six yards. Lifford levelled the match on the hour after a cross into the box from the right fell to Adam Kelly and he shot home from ten yards. Bonagee got their second on seventy minutes after a Shane Kelly cross from the right to Chris Darby and he shot home from fifteen yards. Kelly and Carlin were always a threat for the visitors in attack. Bonagee got their third on eighty eight minutes when Eamon Cannon scored direct from a corner kick. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Barry Hunter.

Keadue Rovers 0 Lagan Harps 0

Lagan left Central Park with a point that could have a big bearing on the destination of the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One trophy. The League crown is now in their own hands and a victory next Sunday against Kerrykeel would give the Orchard Park side the silverware. It will not be easy however as the other Orchard Park men, Convoy Arsenal are breathing down their neck only a point adrift should Lagan slip up. Convoy visit Bonagee next weekend while also still in the title mix are Donegal Town who are level with Convoy and host Lifford Celtic next Sunday.

CT Ball Division Two

Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 3

This was the last game of the season for both teams and was played in a good spirit at Tymeen. Ballybofey started brightly but Letterbarrow took the lead on 25 minutes when their top scorer for the season, John Corley, tapped in from close range. Ballybofey got their equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining when Damien Glackin tapped into the empty net when the home side stopped in anticipation of a free out for a foul on the home keeper. Two minutes later, Glackin added his second when he was put through by Wizard McGowan. Letterbarrow pushed hard for an equaliser and James Mc Groary was unlucky when the visitor’s keeper made a top corner save from his 25 yard free kick. As they pushed forward Letterbarrow left gaps at the back and Glackin secured his hat-trick (but not the match ball in this league!) in injury time.

Whitestrand United 4 Copany Rovers 0

On a cold brisk Spring day Whitestrand United took on Copany Rovers at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand started the game on the front foot when Matt McNulty broke through and slotted past the advancing Copany keeper. It wasn’t long before McNulty was through again but this time his shot went narrowly wide. Whitestrand kept up the pressure with Copany only rarely venturing into the opposition half of the pitch and the second goal came when Kevin Loughrey broke through and scored with a shot across the keeper. The second half started in a similar vein to the first when Kevin Loughrey got his second goal with a well struck shot. Whitestrand had numerous chances with long range shots from both Loughrey and Brendan Callaghan going close to extending the lead. The final goal came when Shane Mc Glade made no mistake and calmly slotted past the keeper. All in all it was a good performance from Whitestrand to end their games at Mc Garvey park for this season on a high. Best for Whitestrand were Kevin Loughrey and Matt McNulty

Deele Harps 0 Erne Wanderers 2

Visitors Erne Wanderers left Lifford with the CT Ball Division 2 title following a late twist in the title race. Deele started slowly and never really got going and went behind following a spill from the keeper and the unfortunate Deele defender tapped into his own goal. Erne were strong in defence and well marshalled by Eamonn Cleary and Ryan O’ Brien and Deele couldn’t break them down. The second half was a tough encounter with little in the way of chances and as Deele pushed for the equaliser the sucker punch came when Erne broke and Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward fired home from the edge of the box. With Curragh Athletic and Glenree drawing it was Erne who lifted the title. Best for Erne were Ryan O’ Brien and Eamonn Cleary.

Curragh Athletic 0 Glenree United 0

Curragh and Glenree played out a fairly uneventful match at the Oaktree Complex on Sunday afternoon. Glenree came to Killygordon with one eye on Promotion and another on the League Title. With these two in mind this is how they went about playing the match, cautiously hopeful. While they shaded the play for much of the game they were never far enough in supremacy to go fully at the home rearguard, deciding instead to hold what they had and maybe gain something extra on the break. That said, Curragh had the most accomplished player on the field in the evergreen Dermott Shield who gave a lesson in defending that all young players could do with watching and learning from. He controlled everyone around him without any fuss and his presence surely motivated this performance from Curragh, one of their best of the season. Congratulations to Glenree on their promotion.

RESULTS

Saturday 9th April 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. 0 v 0 Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves 0 v 6 Milford United Reserves
The Saturday League Shield
Strand Rovers 0 v 3 Drumbar F.C.

Sunday 10th April 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 4 Glenea United
Rathmullan Celtic 2 v 2 Cappry Rovers
Kildrum Tigers 2 v 1 St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 0 v 2 Convoy Arsenal
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 v 3 Donegal Town
Bonagee United 3 v 1 Lifford Celtic
Keadue Rovers 0 v 0 Lagan Harps
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 1 v 3 Ballybofey United
Whitestrand United 4 v 0 Copany Rovers
Deele Harps 0 v 2 Erne Wanderers
Curragh Athletic 0 v 0 Glenree United

FIXTURES
Wednesday 13th April 2016 K.O. 6.45
Drumoghill F.C. v Kildrum Tigers
Saturday 16th April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
The Saturday League Cup
Drumkeen United v Arranmore United (K.O.1 p.m.)
Orchard F.C. v Glencar Celtic
The Saturday League Shield
Fintown Harps AFC v Mulroy Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 17th April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.
Milford United v Kildrum Tigers
Castlefin Celtic v Glenea United
St. Catherines v Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Donegal Town v Lifford Celtic
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Lagan Harps
Bonagee United v Convoy Arsenal
Cranford United v Raphoe Town


DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 March 27, 2016

Donegal League Banner newREPORTS

Sunday 27th March 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Gweedore Celtic 3 Cappry Rovers 3

Despite racing into an early two goal lead Gweedore had to rely on an injury time equaliser from Shane Porter to earn a draw against Cappry. Jamie Boyle had the home team two up in the first ten minutes but Cappry pulled one back through Alan Patton just before the break. One minute into the second half Thomas Diver had a chance to restore his teams two goal advantage but he miss-hit with the goal at his mercy. Cappry went in search of the equaliser and got it from a free kick by Darren O’ Leary with fifteen minutes remaining. Cappry seemed to have grabbed all three points when Colm Melaugh pounced to score in the 90th minute. In injury time a Michael Roarty corner was finished by Porter to level the game. Best for Gweedore were Shane Porter and Eugene Ferry. For Cappry, Darren O’ Leary and Alan Patton

Milford United 2 Castlefin Celtic 0

Milford United joined Drumoghill F.C. at the top of the Premier Division with a hard fought win over Castlefin on Sunday afternoon. Milford started the game at a blistering pace, playing some of their best football of the season, and were two up at half time, but really should have been further ahead. The first goal came on 15 minutes when Johnny Logue directed a Paul Nash shot in to the corner of the net. PJ Hagan had two glorious chances pushed over the bar by the visiting keeper before he broke on the right side of the field and unleashed a magnificent finish to the bottom corner. Gary Merritt’s excellent free kick hit the post before Hagan again from the right blasted over the bar. Castlefin, in the second half, came more into the game and Milford worked hard to keep them at bay with Johnny Logue and Caolan Mc Gettigan making a few good blocks to keep them out. Merritt, Hagan, Duffy and Serrinha all had good chances to extend the lead. Milford have three games to play and need maximum points to be in with any chance of Silverware.

St. Catherines 1 Glenea United 3

(No Report Submitted)

Drumoghill F.C. P Kildrum Tigers P

(Match Postponed)

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Rathmullan Celtic 2

Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan played out a very evenly contested draw in Letterkenny.
Kilmacrennan took the lead after Michael McLaughlin fed Chris Dillon who played a fine through ball to Daire McDaid who raced through and finished well. Rathmullan equalised through a long range effort from Dara Patton and were then awarded a penalty but Jason Hegarty made a fine save. Rathmullan then took the lead through Eamonn Sheridan. Kilmac then lost John Sandilands due to a weakness in his shoulder. The second half was very even bit Kilmacrennan bagged a late equaliser when a Dara McDaid penalty left Mark Gallagher in goal with no chance. It finished 2-2 which was a fair result. Team performances from both sides but Michael McLaughlin took man of the match with another towering display.
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Lifford Celtic 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0

Kerrykeel were bright in the first half with a strong wind on their back and had the
Lifford defence under pressure for periods. They were limited to half chances as Lifford’s hard working back four led by centre half Martin kept them at bay. Lifford took the lead in the first few minutes of the 2nd half as striker Hamilton held the ball up with his back to goal and when spotting the run of his strike partner Colin Carlin played a fine ball over his shoulder to allow Carlin to race clear of the defence and round the keeper before slotting into the net. Lifford got their second on 60 minutes when a shot from Carlin was parried by the keeper and Hamilton was first to react with a finish into the bottom corner. Kerrykeel pushed hard after this to try and get into the game but never really troubled the Lifford keeper. Lifford nearly made it three when a fine move down the left between Carlin and Roulston was almost finished by Mc Nulty at the back post but he headed over. Carlin, Martin and Roulston were the standouts for the Lifford side, team performance from Kerrykeel

Lagan Harps 4 Bonagee United 0

Lagan kept up their title challenge with a home win over local rivals Bonagee. Bonagee went close on two minutes when Austin Marron beat the offside trap. Jason Quinn did well to knock his effort away with his feet. Lagan went close on eight minutes when Kenny Doran headed a corner against the bar. Lagan took the lead on twenty minutes when Mark Hunter diverted a Gerard Hilley shot past the keeper. It was two nil five minutes later when Kenny Doran’s shot was spilled by the keeper who then brought Mark Hunter down as he went for the rebound. Hunter got up to fire home the penalty. Bonagee responded with efforts from Glen Rainey and Austin Marron just off target. Lagan got their third on forty minutes when Chris Toner headed back across goal and Kenny Doran headed in. Glen Rainey then headed against the bar as Bonagee looked to respond. Lagan made it four on halftime when Mark Hunter fired home a Chris Toner cross. The second half started as the first with Austin Marron beating the offside trap. Although he rounded the keeper he shot across goal from a narrow angle. Glen Rainey headed against the bar for Bonagee on sixty minutes and Lagan’s Kevin Kelly hit the post on seventy minutes. Neither team was able to muster a score as the game petered out. For Lagan Seamie People’s, Chris Toner and Mark Hunter were best. For Bonagee Oisin Kelly and Glen Rainey were best. Referee: Micky Mulhern.
Donegal Town 5 Keadue Rovers 0
Donegal Town dominated this game from start to finish and rarely looked threatened throughout. Danny Mc Garrigle put Donegal ahead after only 3 minutes when he ran onto a short free kick and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards. Daniel McHugh doubled Donegal’s lead within 5 minutes. Following a nice one two pass with Joe McIntyre, McHugh tapped the ball in from less than 5 yards. David Graham got Donegal’s third of the first half when he headed Ciaran O’Reilly’s cross into the net from close range. Donegal continued the second half in a similar fashion. Graham converted a Stephen Curneen cross for Donegal’s fourth goal. Joe McIntyre rounded off the scoring for Donegal when he turned his marker and placed the ball neatly into the bottom corner.
Cranford United 4 Gweedore United 2
Cranford went ahead early when Andrew Kelly turned smartly and fired in from close range. Both teams had good chances to score before the half time whistle but were unable to find the net. Gweedore came out on the attack after the break and were rewarded with the equaliser however Kelly got his second not long after to restore Cranford’s lead, and completed his hat-trick, his third of the season, to give Cranford what looked like a comfortable lead. However, to Gweedore’s credit, they came back fighting and found the net with 15 minutes left to give them a chance, but this was short lived as Caolan McGee broke the offside trap and finished neatly past the keeper.

CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers 0 Glenree United 4
(No Report Submitted)

Deele Harps 1 Ballybofey United 0
(Remaining 17 minutes from previous match)
Deele entertained Ballybofey in odd circumstances at The Athletic Grounds. The powers that be made the decision to resume the action with only the remaining 17 minutes to be played of the game previously abandoned with Deele leading 1-0 through Shane Gallagher’s goal and that’s the way it stayed with Deele withstanding a Ballybofey onslaught as the visitors went for broke. Deele defended as a team and took the points. Team Performances. Referee: Barry Hunter

REPORTS
Saturday 26th March 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Keadue Rovers Reserves 3 Cappry Rovers Reserves 0
(No Report Available)
St. Catherines Reserves 2 Milford United Reserves 2
St. Catherines opened the scoring on 35 minutes when Stevie Anderson scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the area. John Joe Mc Ginley put the home team two up on 70 minutes with a neat finish from close range. Kieran Blaney scored on 75 minutes for Milford and James Wilson equalised on 85 minutes after a finish from close range. Good performance from both teams. Referee: George Clinton
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 5 Donegal Town Reserves 4
Played in windy conditions this game did not disappoint the fans. Drumoghill just held on as they had a five goal lead before Donegal staged a great comeback. Drumoghill playing with the aid off the wind in the first half took the lead on twenty minutes direct from a Ethan Mc Cready corner. Drumoghill got a second when Mc Cready turned provider with a well-placed cross into Carlos Rodger which he headed home from close range. Drumoghill’s third arrived on forty minutes when John Rodgers hit a screamer from thirty five yards to beat the Donegal net minder. Drumoghill started the second half well and added goal number four through Mark Gibson after John Maddigan played a lovely ball in behind the Donegal defence. Goal number five arrived two minutes later when Liam O’ Donnell chipped the keeper after a great solo run from mid-field. Drumoghill seemed to switch off after this and Donegal got right back into the game with two quick goals from Ted Bustard to give his team a fighting chance. Donegal where now pushing for every ball and got their third goal when Gary Ward reacted well to a loose ball in the Drumoghill box to slot home with ten minutes remaining. Ward was again on the mark in the ninetieth minute from a corner kick slotting home a loose ball at the back post. Good team performances from both teams
Voodoo Venue Cup
Arranmore United 1 Glencar Celtic 1
( Glencar Celtic won 4-2 on penalties )
Glencar Celtic have booked their Voodoo Venue Cup Final place courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over newly crowned League Champions Arranmore United. Glencar’s dominance bore fruit on the hour mark when Declan Scanlon put them into the lead. Their advantage was short-lived however and Michael Mc Hugh was the man who got Gerry Earley’s side level. The game went to penalties and the Letterkenny outfit prevailed.
Glenea United Reserves 2 Strand Rovers 0
Two Martin Maguire goals in a ten minute second half spell send Tommy Mc Fadden’s Glenea United Reserves into the Voodoo Venue Cup Final where they will face Glencar Celtic. Strand Rovers had a couple of half chances in the match but the Glasserchoo men are having a good season and are also in line for League Honours. The Inaugural Voodoo Venue Cup Final is sure to be an entertaining match between two well-rehearsed sides.

RESULTS
Saturday 26th March 2016
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Keadue Rovers Reserves 3 v 0 Cappry Rovers Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 2 v 2 Milford United Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 5 v 4 Donegal Town Reserves
Voodoo Venue Cup
Arranmore United 1 v 1 Glencar Celtic
( Glencar Celtic won 4-2 on penalties )
Glenea United Reserves 2 v 0 Strand Rovers

Sunday 27th March 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Gweedore Celtic 3 v 3 Cappry Rovers
Milford United 2 v 0 Castlefin Celtic
St. Catherines 1 v 3 Glenea United
Drumoghill F.C. P v P Kildrum Tigers
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 2 Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic 2 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Lagan Harps 4 v 0 Bonagee United
Donegal Town 5 v 0 Keadue Rovers
Cranford United 4 v 2 Gweedore United

CT Ball Division Two
Copany Rovers 0 v 4 Glenree United
Deele Harps 1 v 0 Ballybofey United
(Remaining 17 minutes from previous match)

FIXTURES
Wednesday 30th March 2016 K.O. 6.30 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Curragh Athletic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves (K.O. 6.45 p.m.)

Saturday 2nd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Strand Rovers (K.O. 1p.m.)
Drumkeen United v Glencar Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 3rd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Bonagee United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Cranford United v Convoy Arsenal
Gweedore United v Raphoe Town

CT Ball Division Two
Erne Wanderers v Curragh Athletic
Copany Rovers v Deele Harps
Ballybofey United v Whitestrand United
Dunkineely Celtic v Letterbarrow Celtic
Glenree United v Eany Celtic

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Clare Junior League v Donegal Junior League, Boora, Co. Clare


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 March 6, 2016

Donegal League Banner newREPORTS

Saturday 05th March 2016

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Arranmore United 3 Fintown Harps 0

Arranmore United gained these three valuable points without kicking a ball as Fintown Harps could not field a team due to a local Wedding.

Drumbar F.C. 0 Mulroy Celtic 2

The home side commanded the first half of the game with Alex Mc Neilis, David Giblin and Ray Ray causing the visitors a plenty of problems. Ray hit the crossbar in the opening 5 minutes. Daniel Bennett demonstrated how to toe poke the ball over the bar from inside the box in the 10th minute. Meanwhile the visitors went one ahead at the opposite end. The second half continued along the same lines. The corners and free kicks counts both headed into double figures. The visitors again showed that it’s a simple game and hit their second with 15 minutes to go. The substitutes for Drumbar Vinay Breslin and Radek created an opportunity to claw one back but with the keeper beaten the ball went just the wrong side of the post. Great team effort from both sides.

Drumkeen United 3 Strand Rovers 0

A Peter McNamee hat-trick ensured that Drumkeen took all three points from this Saturday League encounter. Drumkeen dominated the first half but only had a goal to show for their efforts. They also had the best of the second half and doubled their advantage when Peter McNamee scored a great goal following a throw in as he took one touch and fired it home from 20 yards out. Mc Namee completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot following a foul on Peter Brannigan. He stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. The visitors rarely troubled the Drumkeen defence throughout this game and Drumkeen were worthy winners. The League title is now beyond Drumkeen but this result keeps them in the running for second place.

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Milford United Reserves 5 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1

Milford won this game after a great first half performance had them 5-0 up. Milford were fast out of the traps and went 1 up with Ryan Flood scoring from a very tight angle. It was soon 2-0 when Raymond Friel headed from a Anthony Hegarty corner. Jason Mc Conigley made it 3-0 scoring at the back post from a good Ryan Flood cross. He got his 2nd of the game after good build up play from Ciaran Blaney and Darren McLaughlin found himself through on goal to fire home. After more good play from Milford Darren McLaughlin got a well deserved goal to make it 5-0. To their credit Keadue came out for the second half much stronger and pulled one back through Francis Gallagher. Milford went on to miss a couple of good chances but ran out comfortable winners. Great team performance from Milford with Jason Mc Conigley, Anthony Hegarty and Darren McLaughlin standing out. Team effort from Keadue.

Glenea United Reserves 2 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2

Glenea reserves completed their home league programme undefeated with this hard earned draw against their title rivals. In a quiet opening both sides were finding it difficult to create any clear chances with neither keeper under any pressure. Castlefin opened the scoring on 26 minutes when a through ball found Ronan Tourish at the corner of the box and he slipped the ball past the home keeper to find the corner of the net. Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser and were rewarded on 35 minutes when Ciaran Mc Geady, was played in by Eugene Maguire, slotted the ball home. Glenea almost took the lead on 40 minutes when, after good work by Eugene Maguire, Lee O’ Brien saw his effort was well saved. In the 2nd half the home side started strongly and went close on a couple of occasions. They were rewarded on 60 minutes when Lee O’Brien’s well placed through ball released Ciaran Mc Geady and he slotted home for the lead goal. Both sides were finding it hard to get control of the game and on 70 minutes Castlefin equalised when from a corner the ball reached James Mc Menamin and his effort looped over everyone into the net. With the result having a big bearing on the league run in both sides looked for a winner and it was the away team that came closest at the end when it took a number of great saves from Ciaran Gallagher to keep the game level. Best for Glenea were Ciaran Gallagher, Eugene Maguire and Lee O’Brien, while Ronan Tourish was always a danger for Castlefin. Referee: Keith Ferry

Cappry Rovers Reserves P Curragh Athletic Reserves P

This match was postponed as neither pitch was playable

Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 Glenree United Reserves 0
Erne had all the early chance is this game, hitting the woodwork and firing wide when the opportunities arose. Early in the second half Erne broke the deadlock from a free kick on the edge of the box. Ryan O’ Brien whipped it in and Mark Dorrian reacted with a glancing header into the far corner. Both teams had a few chances late on but failed to take them. Referee: Frank Duff.

REPORTS

Sunday 06th March 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Kildrum Tigers 2 Cappry Rovers 1

Kildrum took all 3 points from a scrappy affair on a lovely spring day at Station Road. Both teams tried hard in the opening half hour but the deadlock wasn’t broke until 41minutes when Reece Laird cooly slotted home after great play on the right hand side. The Tigers doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Laird latched onto a loose ball to get his second of the game. Cappry pushed hard and pulled one back after a horrendous OG from Shane McIntyre. Laird could have wrapped the game up and got his hat-trick but he failed to convert from the penalty spot. Good displays from both teams.
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Milford United 3
(No Report Submitted)

Glenea United 0 Drumoghill F.C. 1
Liam O’ Donnell’s 26th minute goal was enough to see Drumoghill F.C. retain their lead at the top of the Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division. They faced a possible banana skin as they set out for Glasserchoo to face Glenea United who seldom allow points to leave Mc Gettigan Park unearned. In a tight opening it was Joe Coll who had to make a couple of good saves to keep the teams level. As the half progressed the home side came more into the game and began to create a couple of openings for themselves. Drumoghill opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a wayward shot fell to Liam O’Donnell and he slotted home. In the 2nd half the home side started well and went close to equalising when Ciaran Mc Geady just failed to connect with an Eamonn McHugh cross and later Lee O’Brien had his shot well saved after good work by Christopher Cannon. As the home side pushed on Drumoghill tried to play on the break and went close from a couple of corners. However in the end Glenea were unable to pull back the important goal. Best for Glenea were John Harley and Lee O’Brien, while Terence Shiels was best for Drumoghill. Referee: Kevin Logue.

St. Catherines 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3
(No Report Submitted)

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Keadue Rovers 4
Kerrykeel started the better with Niall Doherty nearly opening the scoring on two minutes with a near post header from a Brian McBride cross. Keadue took the lead on ten minutes when Sean Boyle scored a header from a corner. Kerrykeel responded well and were level five minutes later when a Niall Doherty free kick came back off the crossbar and Brian McBride was on hand to fire home. Shaun Patton was on great form for the ‘71, causing Keadue all sorts of problems on the right hand side, it was his cross on 26 minutes that should have been put home by Andrew Friel but his shot was well saved by the Keadue keeper. The second half was end to end stuff but it was Keadue who went in front on 65 minutes when Ryan Green slotted home after good work by Corey Gallagher. Kerrykeel pushed all out in attack and forced Boyle into numerous saves from Mylie McBride, Niall Doherty and Niall Carr. Keadue won a penalty on 84 minutes to put Keadue 3-1 up. With Kerrykeel pushing Keadue caught them on the break with a fourth goal scored by Breslin. Kerrykeel got one back on 90 minutes with Shaun Patton scoring from close range after great work by Michael Mc Devitt. Best for Kerrykeel: Shaun Patton, Andrew Friel and Brian McBride. Team performance from Keadue. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin
Raphoe Town 5 Bonagee United 2
Raphoe welcomed Bonagee to a dry but cold Deele College Grounds on what was a perfect day for football. This game started evenly enough with both sides sussing each other out and it was going to take something special to unlock the defences and that’s exactly what we got when young Oliver Quinn picked up the ball and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the Bonagee net giving the keeper no chance. Raphoe kept pushing and got a second when the superb Frankie Mc Brearty picked out David Craig with pinpoint pass and David smashed home the header from close range Raphoe where well on top and got a third when a brilliant move involving Frankie, Oliver and Jamie Gallagher resulted in Gallagher firing a pinpoint cross for the impressive Christy Bogle to slam home at the back post, Gallagher was involved again as he twisted the blood in the Bonagee defenders as he twisted and turned them until eventually he was taken down for a penalty and Frankie Mc Brearty slotted home from 12 yards. Raphoe thought that this game was over but Bonagee had other ideas and started the second half on top and pulled a goal back from a corner then five minutes later scored again when Mc Monagle scored a great goal into the top corner. They had a few half chances after this but Raphoe put the game to bed when David Craig scored on the break. Best for Bonagee: Mc Monagle and Cannon a great team performance from Raphoe. Referee: Paddy Duffy.
Convoy Arsenal 3 Lagan Harps 0
This top of the table clash between Convoy Arsenal and Lagan Harps played at Orchard Park, the Convoy version, was always likely to be a close affair as both teams have their eyes on the title. The home side got off to a dream start when they took the lead in the fifth minute when James Kee swept home from inside the box. It was an exciting first half played at a really high tempo with both sides creating numerous chances but surprisingly finished with only the one goal. The second half started almost identical to the first when Convoy scored again. It was Ryan Carlin who volleyed the ball home after some brilliant work by Marty Vance down the left wing. The two goal lead was in danger almost straight away as Lagan were awarded a penalty with their next attack. Thankfully for Convoy the crossbar came to the rescue and they could breathe a sigh of relief. The game was in no way over but and only for some amazing stops from Chris O’ Donnell in the Convoy goal the sides could have been level. The next big incident saw Lagan reduced to 10 men leaving them with a mountain to climb. Lagan made a few changes to try and get back into the game but it was Convoy who got the next goal as Johnny Robb released Darren Harvey who cooly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home. Lagan tried to push on but a really solid Convoy defence held firm to claim a clean sheet and a vital victory. Referee: Mick Lagan
Lifford Celtic 2 Gweedore United 2
Lifford and Gweedore United met at the Greenbrae in the border town for what turned out to be a really entertaining game of football. Both teams went at it from the off with a strong Gweedore side being matched for effort by an inexperienced but committed Lifford outfit. Lifford went ahead on 20 minutes after neat one touch play involving Carlin, Gethins and Hamilton sent midfielder McNamee racing clear and he finished expertly over the advancing goalkeeper. Gweedore regrouped after this setback and starting pushing Lifford back, looking for an equaliser. Their hard work was rewarded when a ball from midfield split the Lifford defence open and the striker calmly slotted past White in the Lifford goal to level. Lifford started the 2nd half well and created a few half chances. Martin thought he had headed Lifford ahead again only for the ball to be cleared off the line. Lifford did take the lead on a breakaway soon after when young striker Kelly hit a fine shot into the bottom corner after a great ball from Gethins. Gweedore again started attacking and were level from a free on the right when keeper White came for a ball inside a crowded box and cleared only for the ball to fall to a Gweedore player who finished into the bottom corner. Gweedore pushed hard after this for the much needed win to stay in the promotion hunt but were held by a hard working Lifford team. Lifford almost grabbed all three points in the last minute when striker Kelly seemed likely to tap in at the back post only for the Gweedore keeper to make a great save at his feet. A draw was probably a fair result at the end. Best for Lifford were McNamee, Gethins and Kelly, good solid team performance from Gweedore

CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 2
On a brisk Spring day Whitestrand United took on Letterbarrow Celtic at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand started the game very quickly and were a goal up within four minutes when Johnny Sweeny smashed in from close range. Whitestrand continued to be on top and had other chances before Anthony Fisher hit a sweetly struck shot that flew into the bottom corner from well outside the box. The third goal came when Whitestrand’s Kevin Loughrey had a shot that found the bottom corner. The final goal of a very productive first half performance came when Kevin Mc Carry was found in the six yard box and he had all the time in the world to put his shot past the keeper. The second half started at a much slower pace and the game seemed to be edging towards a comfortable win for Whitestrand. Letterbarrow got what appeared to be a consolation goal when Josh Ritchie scored. However the last moments of the game were made edgy when Connor Mc Daid hit a fantastic strike into the top corner of the goal. Whitestrand won the game but it was much closer in the end than it appeared to be edging to at halftime. Best for Whitestrand were Anthony Fisher and Sean Paul Sweeney.
Deele Harps 10 Eany Celtic 0
Deele entertained Eany at The Athletic Grounds on a perfect day for football. Deele were like a wounded animal following last week’s result and dominated from the first whistle to the last with Chris Roulstone a mere spectator in the Deele goal. The goal scorers were Shane Gallagher (2) Kevy Mc Brearty (2), Brian Breslin , Thomas Mullan, Kenan Gallagher grabbed his first Deele goal and a hat-trick from the excellent Gary Mc Girr completed the route. A great team performance from Deele.
Curragh Athletic 3 Dunkineely Celtic 0
Curragh Athletic received a walkover on Sunday when Dunkineely Celtic were unable to field. Not a club to be in the spotlight for negative reasons, hopefully the Darney Park men will get themselves sorted out and return to action next weekend.
Erne Wanderers 3 Ballybofey United 1
Erne Wanderers have moved into pole position in the CT Ball Division Two of the Donegal Junior League. On Sunday afternoon they defeated Ballybofey United at the Lakeside Complex in Ballyshannon. In a fiercely contested battle the Ernesiders came out on top with a 3-1 victory. The hosts started well and broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when Philip Patton played in Seamus Kane on the right side of the area and he finished superbly across the keeper into the bottom corner. Erne were bossing proceedings but failed to add to the scoresheet and were made to pay on twenty seven minutes when the visitors got in behind for the first time and Damien Glackin finished past O’ Brien. Wanderers struck back straight away when Patton flicked the ball on past the visitor’s defence and Oisin Roper burst through at pace and raced away and tucked it away under the keeper with his left foot for a super goal. The visitors started the second half on top but Wanderers broke away on fifty five minutes and Kane hit a great strike from the edge of the box to give a bit of breathing space to the home side. The Wanderers’ defence was solid throughout, superbly lead by Eamonn Cleary and Ryan O’Brien and in truth Erne squandered a number of chances to extend their lead. Ballybofey battled hard to the end in what was a real physical battle but Erne were good value for the win which keeps their promotion chances alive. Best for Erne were Cleary in defence and Dorrian in midfield while Ballybofey battled till the end. Referee: Marty Quinn.

RESULTS
Saturday 05th March 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United 3 v 0 Fintown Harps
Drumbar F.C. 0 v 2 Mulroy Celtic
Drumkeen United 3 v 0 Strand Rovers
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Milford United Reserves 5 v 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Glenea United Reserves 2 v 2 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserve P v P Curragh Athletic Reserves
Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 v 0 Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 06th March 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kildrum Tigers 2 v 1 Cappry Rovers
Rathmullan Celtic 2 v 3 Milford United
Glenea United 0 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.
St. Catherines 2 v 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 v 4 Keadue Rovers
Raphoe Town 5 v 2 Bonagee United
Convoy Arsenal 3 v 0 Lagan Harps
Lifford Celtic 2 v 2 Gweedore United
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 4 v 2 Letterbarrow Celtic
Deele Harps 10 v 0 Eany Celtic
Curragh Athletic 3 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic
Erne Wanderers 3 v 1 Ballybofey United

FIXTURES
Saturday 12th March 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C . v Glencar Celtic
Drumbar F.C. v Strand Rovers
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Glenree United Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves v Milford United Reserves
Curragh Athletic Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves

Sunday 13th March 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic v Gweedore Celtic
Kildrum Tigers v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Glenea United v Milford United
Drumoghill F.C. v St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lagan Harps v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Lifford Celtic v Raphoe Town
Donegal Town v Cranford United
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps v Curragh Athletic
Copany Rovers v Letterbarrow Celtic
Eany Celtic v Dunkineely Celtic
Knockalla Cup
Cappry Rovers v Cockhill Celtic


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 February 21, 2016

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REPORTS

Saturday 20th February 2016

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Orchard F.C. 2 Arranmore United 2
This top of the table clash ended 2-2 with the visitors, maybe, happier with a draw as it keeps them two points ahead of Orchard with a game in hand. The first half produced very little with neither side having any clear cut opportunities. Arranmore took the lead after 60 minutes when Gavin Mc Glanaghey curled home from 15 yards out. Orchard almost got back on level terms five minutes later when an Arranmore defender cleared off the line for a corner. They came even closer from the resulting corner when Redmond Doherty saw his beautifully struck shot from 25 yards out come back off the post. Orchard did find an equaliser when a great cross from John Boyle was handed by an Arranmore defender giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Micheal Doherty kept his nerve to slot home. The goal certainly lifted Orchard and they began to get on top of proceedings. However Arranmore were always dangerous on the counter attack and they broke away to make it 2-1 with Mc Glanaghey getting his second of the day after rounding the keeper to score a fine goal from a difficult angle. It looked like Arranmore were going to take the three points but Joe McCarron had other ideas. With virtually the last kick of the game his cross from the left evaded everyone to sneak in at the back post. Best for Orchard was John Paul Doran. Best for Arranmore was Gavin Mc Glanaghey.
Mulroy Celtic 7 Fintown Harps AFC 1
Mulroy cruised to victory in today’s game against Fintown which was played in tough conditions in Tri a Loch. Mulroy dominated throughout, Shane Friel getting an early goal after good approach play from Michael Sweeney. Sweeney himself had a fine afternoon bagging five goals with Shaun Martin getting the other . Mulroy now travel to Arranmore for a mouth-watering fixture next weekend. Best for Mulroy were Michael Sweeney and Enda Coll. Ref: Con McLaughlin
Drumbar F.C. P Strand Rovers P
(Match Postponed)
Drumkeen United P Glencar Celtic P
(Match Postponed)
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1
Erne went 1-0 up in the first minute with a ball over the top playing in Mark Dorrian, the Keadue keeper pulled off a great save but the ball fell kindly to Aaron Fannon who slotted it home. The home side kept the pressure on and doubled their lead on 15 minutes with Nicky Sheerin scoring from a free kick from just outside the area. Erne created a few more chance in the first half but failed to capitalise fully on their possession. The second half was more of the same but as the game wore on Keadue found their feet and started creating a few chances of their own and pulled a goal back in the dying minutes. The game finished 2-1 giving Erne back to back wins going into next week’s away game against Donegal Town Reserves.
St. Catherines Reserves P Milford United Reserves P
(Match Postponed)
Glenea United Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 0
Glenree played Glenea at Glasserchoo in wintery conditions. There were few clear cut chances in the first half and sides where level at half time. Glenea started the better in the second half and duly took the lead via a Glenree own goal. They then quickly extended the lead from a free kick. They made it 3-0 when they scored from some good passing that lead to a cross and a headed goal at the back post. The match ended 3-0. Glenree’s John Mc Clafferty had a fine performance. A good team performance from Glenea. Referee: Michael Mc Fadden

Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0
Castlefin maintained their perfect home record with a comfortable victory over neighbours Curragh Athletic. The hosts started the brighter and created the first chance when Matthew O’Rourke broke through but failed to finish from close range. In the 20th minute a Michael Dunnion free kick from the left was headed home by Ian Ward at the back post. Castlefin began to dominate and created numerous chances but James Mc Menamin and O’ Rourke failed to convert. The second half began in the same fashion and the hosts doubled their lead when Ronan Tourish broke down the left and squared to Matthew O’ Rourke who tapped home from 12 yards with 55 minutes on the clock. Castlefin increased their lead ten minutes later when a Tourish through ball played in Keith Nelis who slotted home. Curragh’s Simon Cromie had the visitor’s best chance but he shot narrowly wide in a frustrating day for the visitors. Best for Castlefin were: Michael Dunnion and Damien Doherty. Best for Curragh were: Simon Cromie and Jason Woods. Referee: James Malseed

REPORTS
Sunday 21st February 2016
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 1 NEFL 1
(Donegal Junior League won on penalties a.e.t.)
The Donegal Junior League representative side battled their way through to the semi-final of this year’s tournament. They defeated the NEFL on Sunday afternoon at ‘The Moss’ and are now looking forward to a semi-final against the Clare League. The game will be played in Clare on a date still to be finalised. NEFL took the lead after only eight minutes and it was a body blow that Donegal failed to shrug off until the interval. They were the better team from the start of the second half and more than deserved Kyle Black’s equaliser. When extra time couldn’t separate the sides it went to a penalty shoot-out. When the prescribed five penalties were taken the teams were still deadlocked at 4-4. Sudden death was gaining momentum when Donegal netminder Joe Coll sprang to his right to save from Delaney and League Chairman John Joe Mc Cafferty will now be steering his coach towards the banner County where his League squad managed by Brian Dorrian will hope to qualify for the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final 2016. Indeed that Final, should it transpire, could be against the Inishowen League who are the current holders of the Trophy. They face the Galway League in their Quarter Final next month hoping to qualify for a semi-final against the Leinster Senior League.
CT Ball Division Two
Erne Wanderers 1 Glenree United 1
Erne Wanderers hosted Glenree United on Sunday and the hosts were left scratching their heads at how Glenree stole a point in the 92nd minute. Erne played against the elements in the first half and controlled the game creating a couple of chances. Glenree struggled to get near O’ Brien’s goal and it stayed deadlocked until halftime. The second half was all Erne and how they didn’t score until the seventy ninth minute will remain a mystery as Ballyshannon man John Cunningham kept everything out that was threw at him until Sticky Ward tapped home from 6 yards when Cunningham could only parry Phillip Patton’s shot into ward’s path. They thought they saw the game out when they cleared a free kick. Glenree however sneaked in at the back post to equalise with a fine finish from Patrick Mc Groddy from a narrow angle.
Deele Harps 5 Copany Rovers 2
Deele welcomed Copany to The Athletic Grounds on Sunday and the home side took all three points to maintain their push for promotion. In difficult pitch conditions Deele settled best and were pressing well but lacking the final pass to break down the Copany defence. It was 29 minutes before the deadlock was broken when talisman Shane Gallagher tapped home following good work from Kevy Mc Brearty. The second half began with Deele pressing but against the run of play Copany equalised on 55 minutes. A long punt forward from the Copany keeper was misjudged by two Deele defenders and Gary Mc Groary finished well. Deele rallied again and regained the lead on 68 minutes when Shane Gallagher wriggled free on the right and centred for Kieran McGowan who rifled home to the roof of the net. On 72 minutes Shane Gallagher was played in by Barry Curran and Gallagher made no mistake firing low past the keeper. The game was over as a contest on 79 minutes when Shane Gallagher completed his hat-trick. Left back Paul Lynch pressed high and poked the ball through to Gallagher who finished clinically. Goal five came on 85 minutes when the impressive Paul Lynch rampaged through from left back and played a one-two with Kevy Mc Brearty then a one-two with Shane Gallagher before firing home through the keeper’s legs. Copany grabbed another goal on 90 minutes when Deele lost possession on half way and Paul Patton scored a cracker from 20 yards. Team Performances. Referee: Michael Mulhern.

RESULTS
Saturday 20th February 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. 2 v 2 Arranmore United
Mulroy Celtic 7 v 1 Fintown Harps AFC
Drumbar F.C. P v P Strand Rovers
Drumkeen United P v P Glencar Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves P v P Milford United Reserves
Glenea United Reserves 3 v 0 Glenree United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 v 0 Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 21st February 2016
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 1 v 1a.e.t. NEFL
(Donegal Junior League won on penalties)
CT Ball Division Two
Erne Wanderers 1 v 1 Glenree United
Deele Harps 5 v 2 Copany Rovers

FIXTURES
Saturday 27th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Mulroy Celtic (K.O. 1p.m.)
Fintown Harps AFC v Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Donegal Town Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves
Curragh Athletic Reserves v Milford United Reserves
Glenree United Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves

Sunday 28th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Ulster Junior Cup
Kildrum Tigers v Glenea United (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Ulster Junior Shield
Glencar Celtic v Killylough F.C. (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Cootehill Harps v Glenea United Reserves (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Cappry Rovers v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Rathmullan Celtic v Milford United
Castlefin Celtic v Gweedore Celtic
Drumoghill F.C. v St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Convoy Arsenal v Keadue Rovers
Cranford United v Lifford Celtic
Gweedore United v Lagan Harps
Donegal Town v Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Eany Celtic v Curragh Athletic
Letterbarrow Celtic v Deele Harps
Glenree United v Whitestrand United
Ballybofey United v Copany Rovers
Dunkineely Celtic v Erne Wanderers


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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 February 14, 2016

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REPORTS

Saturday 13th February 2016

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Drumkeen United 1 Arranmore United 2

It was dry but bitterly cold in Drumkeen on Saturday afternoon as Arranmore were the visitors for this Saturday League top of the table Clash. Drumkeen started well and dominated the early minutes of the game during which they created several chances which they failed to convert. They did take the lead after thirteen minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball. Peter McNamee who had played the ball that led to the penalty stepped up and calmly slotted it home giving Arranmore keeper Green no chance. The home team continued to dominate the game and both McNamee and Brannigan had chances to add to their season’s tally which they failed to do. During this period towards the end of the half Arranmore did force a few free kicks and corners without really troubling Michael Gibson in the Drumkeen goal. Drumkeen had a really good chance when Michael Patton was unlucky to see his shot hit the post and the ball came back out to Peter McNamee but he was unable to finish from close range. Despite all of their first half dominance the home team only had one goal to show. It was the visitors who started well in the second half and their early pressure paid off when a foul on Gavin Mc Glanaghey out on the left wing resulted in a free kick. Declan Proctor took the free kick which struck the arm of a Drumkeen player and referee Martin Mc Annaney pointed to the spot. Benny Mc Garvey stepped up and scored the penalty to level the score at one goal apiece. Arranmore were now having the best of it and had another penalty shout denied by the referee. They took the lead on the hour mark when a Benny Mc Garvey through ball found and unmarked Gavin Mc Glanaghey just inside the box and he finished well for what proved to be the winner. Drumkeen threw everything at it towards the end and at times left themselves vulnerable to the counter attack. They did not concede any more goals but they were unable to find an equaliser and it was the visitors who took all three points.
Orchard F.C. 2 Fintown Harps AFC 1
Orchard came away with the 3 points from a game that was reversed to Fintown after Orchard’s pitch was deemed unplayable. Fintown took an early lead when a long ball caused some confusion in the Orchard back-line and Fintown striker John Joe running through for a nice finish that was aided by a strong breeze. Orchard got back on level terms when Niall Bonner’s pin point cross into the box found Gio Peoples who’s neatly flicked header gave the keeper no chance. Orchard scored what proved to be the winner in the final minute of the first half when Peoples played a ball over the top for Jerome Burke who slotted into an empty net after the Fintown keeper had spilled the initial pass. Orchard couldn’t add to their tally in the second half however they did have chances for Bonner, Peoples, and John Boyle. A solid team performance from Fintown with Gio Peoples and Rory O’ Gorman impressing for Orchard.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 3
Both teams played out an entertaining game in ‘The Moss’ but it wasn’t till the hour mark that the first goal arrived as both defences in top form. Erne took the lead via a penalty after John Maddigan was judged to have fouled Mark Dorrian who converted the resulting penalty. Their lead was short lived as Drumoghill grabbed the equaliser ten minutes later when Mark Gibson sent Kaolan O’ Donnell through on goal and after rounding the defender he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. The game looked like it was going to end all square but up stepped Phillip Patton with two quick goals in the last ten minutes to ensure his team victory. Referee: Andrew Mullin
Glenea United Reserve 1 St. Catherines Reserves 0
Glenea Reserves continued their good home form with a hard earned victory over St. Catherines. In a game of few chances it was the home side that created most of them and took the lead on 25 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed home a Martin Doohan corner. In the 2nd half the away side came more into the game but were unable to create any clear cut chances and it was Glenea that came closest at the end of the game to increasing their lead when Martin Maguire and Michael McHugh were denied by good saves. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin
Cappry Rovers Reserves P Milford United Reserves P
(Match Postponed)
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0
Castlefin maintained their charge for the title with a comfortable home victory over Keadue on Saturday in Park View in bitter conditions. The hosts started the brighter and were rewarded for their pressure when Ian Ward collected a loose ball deep inside the Keadue half and played through Ronan Tourish who slotted home with seven minutes on the clock. Castlefin maintained the pressure and doubled their advantage when a Matthew O’ Rourke cross from the right was volleyed home by Ward at the back post in the 20th minute. In the 27th minute the home side increased their lead again when Tourish capitalised on an error in the visitor’s defence and slotted home from 15 yards. The home side created numerous chances through O’ Rourke, Tourish and Ward but they were denied by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. In the second half the visitors pressed the home side back but their defence stood firm. The hosts created a few chances on the break but couldn’t find a way past Boyle who was in fine form. Best for Castlefin: Paul Logue and Ronan Tourish. Best for Keadue: Ben Boyle Referee: Pauric Hegarty

Glenree United Reserves 0 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0
This game was reversed to the New Camp. A combative first half saw few chances. Glenree went closest with a speculative effort from Pat Mc Groddy that rattled the bar and which was subsequently cleared off the line. The second half was similar with both sides creating chances but unable to convert. Game finished 0-0 earning both sides a deserved point.

Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Glenea United 2 Rathmullan Celtic 1
Glenea got a vital win in their battle against relegation. In a tight first half both sides battled to get on top and clear openings were at a premium. Rathmullan almost opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Shay Coyle headed a corner against the post. On 30 minutes Eamonn Sheridan got onto a through ball but saw his effort saved by Joe Coll. Glenea best effort saw Ciaran Mc Geady get onto a loose ball, beat a defender but drag his shot wide of the goal. The away side opened the scoring on the stroke of half time when Eamonn Sheridan was allowed to get onto a through ball and slotted the ball into the corner of the net. In the 2nd half Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser but failed to take advantage of a couple of chances that came their way until the 65 minute when Lee O’ Brien headed home a Sean Coll corner. The home side continued to press for a winner and were rewarded on 73 minutes when a Dean Mc Carry cross was headed against the post by Ciaran Mc Geady and Darren Mc Geever was on hand to fire home the rebound. Rathmullan tried to respond but were unable to create any clear cut chances until he 88th minute when the home defence failed to deal properly with a long ball and it broke to Rathmullan but the resultant effort went wide of the post. Best for Glenea were Dean Mc Carry, John Harley and Ciaran Mc Geady while Eamonn Sheridan was best for Rathmullan. Referee: Paddy Duffy
Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 Milford United 0
Sunday’s game saw Kilmacrennan play host to Milford at Errigal College. Milford caught Kilmac on the back foot and dominated the game for the first 10 minutes creating numerous chances on goal, this was the wake-up call Kilmacrennan needed and they picked up the pace. Early in the first half Milford’s Adam Serrinha found himself one on one with Kilmac’s keeper, Jason Hegarty but Jason managed to pull off a vital save to keep the game alive for the Kilmac men. Milford looked like scoring again on the 35th minute but once again Jason Hegarty held strong to deny them their lead. At the other side of the park Kieran Gorman had the best chance and came close to putting the Kilmac men ahead with a header that went a few inches wide of the near post just before half time. The second half started scrappy between these rival teams with both teams defending well. Milford came close to taking the lead but Kilmacs’ new signing Seamie Friel cleared the ball after Gary Merritt’s free kick struck the crossbar in the dying minutes of the game. Best for Kilmacrennan: Seamie Friel, Daire McDaid and Christopher Dillon. Solid team effort from Milford. Referee: Joe McHugh
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic 1 Lagan Harps 3
Lifford started off well in the first half with both team pushing for goals. Lagan came close on a few occasions but couldn’t find the net. Lifford took the lead in the 20th minute. In the second half Lagan started the better and equalised after 10 minutes through Kenny Doran. Lagan kept the push on the Lifford men and were rewarded with another two goals, both from Mark Hunter. Best for Lifford were Square Mc Nulty and Paul Carlin good team performance from Lagan.

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 Gweedore United 7
What a game of football at Rab’s Park as Gweedore came out on top in a twelve goal thriller. When one is sitting at the bottom of the table things don’t seem to go to plan and it was like that today for the ‘71 as it seemed that every little mistake was punished by the away side. Both teams started well and Gweedore took the lead on eight minutes when Kerrykeel failed to clear their lines and Sean Mc Ginley fired home. The home side were level on twelve minutes with Mylie Mc Bride poking home from a Damien Watters cross. Gweedore punished the Kerrykeel defence on eighteen minutes, this time Baggio Boyle fired home from six yards. The home side levelled on thirty minutes when a great Sean Patton corner was headed home by Tony Mc Bride. Kerrykeel were well on top but allowed Gweedore a two goal cushion at half time after shocking defending in the space of two minutes before the break which allowed Ciaran Mc Fadden to score twice. Kerrykeel pushed hard at the start of the second half and had good chances from Donal Callaghan and Cathal Martin, but again Gweedore hit them for six with two more goals in the space of five minutes with Mc Fadden and Boyle both netting. With thirteen minutes remaining Donal Callaghan gave the home side hope after a great finish from a Mylie Mc Bride pass. Two minutes later Miley Mc Bride made it 6-4, this time receiving a great ball from Niall Car to slot past the keeper. Just two minutes later, Kerrykeel got a fifth to set up a grandstand finish, Andrew Friel sending a drive into the top corner from 15 yards. Kerrykeel threw everything at Gweedore for the last five minutes but Brian Gallagher cleared everything. With just seconds remaining Ciaran Mc Fadden wrapped up the scoring, catching the ‘71 on the break and coolly rounded Shaun Friel. Heartbreak for the ‘71 after such a gallant fight-back. Best for Kerrykeel: Miley Mc Bride, Niall Carr and Shaun Patton. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Eany Celtic 1
South County rivals Letterbarrow and Eany play out this drawn match at Tymeen on Sunday afternoon. The game started in usual derby mode with neither side wanting to give anything away. Letterbarrow thought they had taken the lead when Christopher Burke scored but his effort was disallowed by match official Ed Moore. Pauric Mc Groarty gave Eany the lead on 55 minutes when he scored from close range. After this however it was all Letterbarrow. They got a deserved equaliser on 75 minutes when Joyce Porter scored direct from a corner. The home side had two great chances to claim all three points but they could convert neither opportunity. The game ended in a draw with Roper and Kenna best for Eany and Christopher Burke of Letterbarrow Man of the Match. Referee: Ed Moore.

Whitestrand United 0 Dunkineely Celtic 0.
There were few chances created by either team in this match. The Dunkineely back four were holding strong with the Dunkineely Keeper the voice of authority. Whitestrand did make a big push in the final 5 minutes of the 1st half but to no avail. The 2nd half started a bit more eventful with Whitestrand breaking forward but lacking the final ball. A chance did come to Whitestrand in 67th minute but they hit the crossbar. Dunkineely were hoping for a Whitestrand defensive error to capitalise on but it never came. As the Game entered the final quarter it rather petered out as both Teams seemed to accept the score as it stood. Referee: John Coyle.
Deele Harps 1 Ballybofey United 0
Deele entertained Ballybofey at The Athletic Grounds and the away side settled best in the opening minutes but the Deele defence were in control. Deele grew into the game and created several good chances through Kevy Mc Brearty, Shane Gallagher and Kevin Lynch all going close. Kevin Lynch had a good penalty shout on 25 minutes but the referee waved play on. Deele took the lead on 29 minutes when good work from Johnny Mahon led to Kevy Mc Brearty feeding Shane Gallagher who rifled home from 20 yards. The second half was a tight affair with few chances at either end but Deele were dominating possession. The game was uneventful until the 74th minute when the referee abandoned the match much to bemusement of both teams. Referee: Barry Hunter.

Curragh Athletic 0 Copany Rovers 2
This was a game played in perfect conditions at Curragh Sports Complex. Copany started well scoring in the second minute when Paul Patton headed home. After that it was all Curragh from then on but some good defending from Copany denied them any way into the match. In the eighty ninth minute a long ball over the top for Lee Johnstone gave him the opportunity to seal the points and he duly took it.

RESULTS
Saturday 13th February 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Drumkeen United 1 v 2 Arranmore United
Orchard F.C. 2 v 1 Fintown Harps AFC
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 3 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Glenea United Reserve 1 v 0 St. Catherines Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves P v P Milford United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 0 v 0 Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 14th February 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Glenea United 2 v 1 Rathmullan Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 0 Milford United
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic 1 v 3 Lagan Harps
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 v 7 Gweedore United
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Eany Celtic
Whitestrand United 0 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic
Deele Harps 1 v 0 Ballybofey United
Curragh Athletic 0 v 2 Copany Rovers

FIXTURES
Saturday 20th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)
Mulroy Celtic v Fintown Harps AFC
Drumbar F.C. v Strand Rovers
Drumkeen United v Glencar Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Milford United Reserves
Glenea United Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 21st February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League v NEFL @ The Moss, Drumoghill (TBC)
CT Ball Division Two
Erne Wanderers v Glenree United
Deele Harps v Copany Rovers