Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

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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

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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

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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

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 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
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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


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 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

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 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.

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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

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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

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 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

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 April 10, 2016

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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

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 March 27, 2016

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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

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 March 6, 2016

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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

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 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


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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 February 7, 2016

Donegal League Banner newREPORTS

Saturday 6th February 2016

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Mulroy Celtic P Arranmore United P

(Match Postponed)

Strand Rovers 2 Orchard F.C. 2

Strand welcomed a strong Orchard side to Maghery today and apart from a bit of wind conditions weren’t bad and what a game it turned out to be. Strand won the toss and decided to play with the wind in their back for the first half and played as if they were sitting top of the league. They gave Orchard no time on the ball and worked hard in all areas of the pitch winning tackles and pressing hard with chances coming and going and a goal disallowed from a corner. It was a set piece that broke the deadlock with a wonder strike from Darragh Hanlon straight to the top corner. 1-0 at the break. Orchard had the wind in their backs for the 2nd half. For the first 10 minutes Orchard piled on the pressure and pushed men forward. Orchard equalised when a corner wasn’t dealt with and the game was level again. Strand started to play better stuff again against and Doalty Boyle always looked a threat up top. It was a lay off from him to Paddy Glackin that created Strands’ 2nd goal. Glackin made great work to dribble around the defender and tuck it away to make it 2-1. Both teams went all out to take the most from the match. An Orchard attack and cross from the left side of the box saw the Strand defender Gerard Diver try to head clear but mistakenly he put through his own net. The game could have gone either way before the end but a draw was probably a fair result. Good team performances from both teams and a good showpiece for the Donegal league.

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 Curragh Athletic Reserves 5

(No Report Submitted)

St. Catherines Reserves 0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1

St Catherines hosted Drumoghill on a wet and windy day in Emerald Park. The hosts started brightest and had good chances to go ahead through Stevie Anderson and Daniel O’ Keeney but Drumoghill’s keeper saved both chances. Drumoghill broke on the counter attack and forced a good save from Shane O’Gara in the Saints goal. Stevie Anderson had another one on one but couldn’t convert. The only goal of the game came after 50 minutes when a shot from 25 yards found the corner of the net. St Catherines pushed hard for an equaliser but couldn’t make a break through. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Pauric Hegarty
Milford United Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 2
This game was switched to Glenea with Milford’s pitch being unplayable. It was a game of two halves with Milford playing with the wind in the first half. Despite dominating possession they couldn’t find a breakthrough. The second half saw the roles reversed with Glenea dominating with a strong wind behind their backs. Milford held out mostly down to stand in keeper Shane Mc Fadden pulling off a number fine saves. Glenea took the lead with 10 minutes to go with Daniel Cannon finding room in the box to drill home. With Milford pushing for an equaliser they were caught on the break in injury time with Aodhan Ferry finishing to make it 2-0. With Glenea going for the title they can breathe a sigh of relief as this was a tough game for them. A great team effort from both teams with Shane McFadden standing out for Milford.

Keadue Rovers Reserves P Cappry Rovers Reserves P
(Match Postponed)

Donegal Town Reserves 2 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3

Castlefin started the better of the two teams and found themselves two goals ahead after 20 minutes. Mark Loftus’ 20 yard effort neatly placed into the bottom corner opened the scoring for Castlefin. Loftus doubled Castlefin’s lead 5 minutes later when he ran onto the end of Paul Logue’s well placed back post cross. Loftus hammered the ball past the Donegal keeper. Donegal pulled a goal back 5 minutes before half time through Jamie McCrea. McCrea headed home a well delivered Oisin Gorrell corner kick. Donegal started the second half better and started to play some good football. David “Ted” Bustard levelled the teams on 55 minutes. Bustard found himself one on one with the Castlefin keeper and calmly rounded him to finish into an open net. Castlefin’s James Mc Menamin had the final say in this game. Mc Menamin’s corner kick was awkward for the Donegal keeper and curled into the top corner.

Sunday 7th February 2016

Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division

Cappry Rovers 3 Castlefin Celtic 2

Cappry Rovers claimed a deserved three points at a wet and windy Cappry Park when they defeated Castlefin Celtic in an entertaining game. Cappry took the game to the visitors and were a goal up in the ninth minute when Aaron Kelly won the ball and raced forward to put the ball in the net past the advancing keeper. Castlefin were close to equalising from the centre but a save from the Cappry keeper kept the home team in front. Cappry doubled their lead in the eighteenth minute when the Castlefin defence failed to clear the ball and Aaron Kelly nipped in to score his second. Castlefin kept pressing to get a goal back but the Cappry defence held firm. Castlefin went a goal further behind in the thirty seventh minute when Brian Lafferty broke through the defence to slot the ball past the keeper for Cappry’s third. In the second half Castlefin went in search of a quick goal to put the pressure on the home team and they were rewarded in the fifty second minute when Matthew O’ Rourke won the ball and he shot to the top corner of the net from twenty yards. Cappry’s backs were to the wall at this stage as the visitors upped the pressure but they held firm. J P O’ Malley got Castlefin’s second goal in the sixty third minute when he scored from close range following a free kick. Conor Mc Bride made a very crucial double save in the dying minutes to keep Cappry in the driving seat and claim all three points as they bid to get up the table again. Best for Cappry were Brian Lafferty and Aaron Kelly. Best for Castlefin were Ian Ward and Johnny Doherty. Referee: Marty Quinn.
Gweedore Celtic 1 Glenea United 1
The two North West teams shared the spoils at An Screaban in this local derby. Glenea were sharp in the opening ten minutes and hit the front as early as the 7th minute when Lee O’ Brien rose unchallenged and headed home from a corner by Mulhern. Gweedore were rocked by the goal but gradually they managed to get back into the game. They nearly managed an equaliser when Shane Porter’s free came off the crossbar but it was cleared to safety. The second half saw Gweedore in the ascendancy but it was the away team who nearly scored. From a breakaway Glenea piled forward and with only the keeper to beat Mulhern shot wide. They were made to rue that miss as Gweedore equalised in the 25th minute when Declan Doherty shot through a crowded goalmouth. Brendan Mc Geady saw his shot go wide shortly afterwards and Ciaran Gallagher saved Porter’s free as the home team looked for the winner, but it ended all square. Best for Gweedore Eugene Ferry, Damien O’ Sullivan and for Glenea Kevin Mulhern and Sean Coll. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.
Milford United P Kildrum Tigers P
(This match was Postponed)
St. Catherines P Kilmacrennan Celtic P
(This match was Postponed)
Drumoghill F.C. 2 Rathmullan Celtic 1
Drumoghill FC went top of the table with this hard earned victory against fellow title hopefuls Rathmullan Celtic. But they had to do it the hard way, coming from behind after Niall Carruthers early strike had put the sea-siders into the lead. Liam O’Donnell’s strike in the second half was enough to clinch victory after Paddy Collin’s equaliser just before half time. There were little between the sides for much of the game with both sides enjoying large spells of good possession. Rathmullan took the lead on 12 minutes when Connolly’s cross found the unmarked Carruthers and the big midfielder had all the time in world to pick his spot. The goal triggered the home side into action and they were the dominant team for the remainder of the half and they deservedly levelled matters on 38 minutes. Chris Malseed’s free kick was flicked on by Paddy Rafferty, partially cleared by Rathmullan’s net-minder Gallagher but the ball fell kindly for Paddy Collins who was in the right place at the right time to head home. Drumoghill picked up from where they left off by starting the second half in the ascendency and they regained the lead in the 52nd minute. Richie Moore was the architect when he sent Liam O’Donnell clear in the inside right channel and the striker made no mistake from 22 yards. From then on though Rathmullan were on top with Eamon Sheridan a constant thorn in Drumoghill’s side. The striker had two efforts saved and will feel he should have restored parity on 82 minutes when he headed straight at McCauley. Although dominant the visitors were constantly thwarted as Ray Quinn Benny Bonner and Chris O’Donnell were in no mood to relinquish their slender lead and they deservedly held out for three crucial points. Referee: Paddy Martin
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Keadue Rovers P Cranford United P
(This match was Postponed)
Gweedore United 1 Bonagee United 2
This game played in wintry conditions at Carrickboyle saw the visitors take the 3 points thanks to a brace from Shane Kelly. Bonagee with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half began well. However the home side settled well and played well in spells throughout the first half limiting Bonagee to long range efforts. The visitors had decent chances from long range with the best shot from Austin Marring in the 26th minute which was excellently saved by Shaun Mc Clafferty. Gweedore did well against a strong breeze however Bonagee broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time with a good 10 yard finish from Shane Kelly. In the second half the home side went all out in search of an equaliser with John Carr making a great save from a Shane O’ Donnell free kick in the 46th minute. The home side continued to press and got their deserved reward in the 55th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden finished well from 12 yards after good work by Michael Barry. Gweedore had good chances to take the lead with Shane O’ Donnell hitting the post and Darren Ferry hitting the crossbar. Bonagee got the winner on the break in the 79th minute when the home defence didn’t clear their lines and Shane Kelly again finished well from 6 yards. Good team performance from Bonagee and Shane O’ Donnell was excellent for the home side. Referee: Michael Mc Fadden.
Convoy Arsenal 5 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2
Despite the cold weather conditions were perfect for football in Orchard Park on Sunday. The game started at a hectic pace with the ball moving from end to end. The deadlock was broken after only 5 minutes when Conor Cairns pocked the ball home from a Darren Harvey corner. Convoy nearly doubled their lead two minutes later only for a great save from the Kerrykeel keeper. It proved crucial as in the tenth minute Kerrykeel drew level via a Ducky Callaghan header. The tempo never dropped and after a few more missed chances Convoy regained the lead in the 22nd minute. It all started from a Kerrykeel corner with Lee Guthrie winning the ball in the Convoy box and driving up the pitch. He then proceeded to release Johnny Robb who twisted his way free to slot a finish in off the post. Convoy extended their lead in the 39th minute when Johnny Robb got his second with a fine volleyed finish after some good work by Emmett Mc Nulty and Marty Vance down the Convoy right. Five minutes into the second half Kerrykeel got a foot back into the game when Niall Doherty scored a screamer of a free-kick. This gave the visitors a bit of hope and they put Convoy under some pressure for the next 5 minutes. The home side started to settle again after this though and had a great opportunity to regain the two goal advantage when they were awarded a penalty. Johnny Robb stepped up to try and complete his hat-trick only for the keeper to pull of another fantastic save. Convoy weren’t going to sit back though and did get their 4th when Ryan Carlin curled in a lovely strike from 25 yards. It was 5 -2 minutes later with Ryan Carlin knocking in a rebound after some more great work from the Kerrykeel stopper. The last twenty minutes saw Kerrykeel pushing forward with Convoy looking a constant threat on the break and only for the Kerrykeel keeper Convoy could have had another two or three goals. Best for Convoy were Marty Vance and Conor Cairns with the Kerrykeel goalkeeper outstanding.
Lagan Harps 1 Donegal Town 3
Donegal Town went to the top of Division One after a deserved win over Lagan in a match switched to Rathmullan. Playing with the aid of a strong wind Donegal pinned Lagan back from the start. The Lagan keeper pulled off two good saves early on to keep Donegal at bay. The Lagan defence struggled to cope with Donegal’s lively strikers Joe Mc Intyre and David Graham throughout and they were to prove central to the result. Donegal scored on eleven minutes when Joe McIntyre got free down the right and his cross was headed in by David Graham. They increased the lead on fifteen minutes when Donal Mc Hugh beat off a few weak challenges before crossing for Joe Mc Intyre to bundle home. It was 3-0 to Donegal Town on twenty minutes when Donal Mc Hugh again held off a couple of challenges before firing home. Lagan improved as the half wore on and Kenny Doran passed up a good opportunity when pulling his shot wide when through on forty minutes. A great effort from Chris Toner was well saved by the Donegal keeper just on the stroke of halftime. Lagan pressed more in the second half with the aid of the wind but Donegal were always dangerous on the break. Mark Hunter pulled a goal back when he scrambled the ball home on seventy minutes but Donegal held on well to the end. For Lagan Chris Toner and Marty Brogan for best. For a committed Donegal Town side Joe Mc Intyre and David Graham were excellent. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin
Lifford Celtic P Raphoe Town P
(This match was Postponed)
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps P Curragh Athletic P
(This match was Postponed)
Erne Wanderers 4 Whitestrand United 0
Erne Wanderers hosted Whitestrand on Sunday in the Lakeside Centre in wintery conditions and recorded a comfortable four nil win. The home team got off to the best possible start when Alan Russell scored inside five minutes when he latched onto a through ball and tucked it under the keeper. Erne were enjoying a lot of possession but couldn’t force the second goal until the thirty seventh minute when a long punt from Karl O’ Brien was nodded down by Sticky Ward and Seamus Kane shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. Russell then did brilliantly down the left and crossed into the box for Sticky Ward to head home from five yards. Kane got his second of the match on fifty five minutes when Ward won the ball off the centre back and squared it for Kane to shoot into the top corner. Erne had all the ball after this but couldn’t add to the scoreline hitting the post through Ward but were happy enough with the outcome. Best for Erne was Seamus Kane while Strand tried hard all game. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.
Copany Rovers P Letterbarrow Celtic P
(This match was Postponed)
Ballybofey United 4 Eany Celtic 3
This game was switched to Eany Park as the corresponding fixture had been switched to Ballybofey in the first half of the season. Ballybofey travelled weary of the battle that lay ahead, they would be meeting a team who, after making a poor start to the season, were improving almost weekly. Ballybofey went ahead through Mark Griffin but Eany soon replied. Des Mc Groarty got them level and Stephen Griffin gave them the lead. Griffin then scored his second to give Eany a two goal advantage. United could not withstand another reversal if they were to keep in touch with the CT Ball Division Two pacesetters. Shaun Mc Gowan and Damien Glackin both scored to bring the sides level at 3-3. This was a great open tussle played in a sportsmanlike manner and neither side wanted to lose the game. That said neither sat back to hold out for a draw and with the final whistle nearing Mark Griffin added to his season’s tally to give Ballybofey a victory which was hard earned against a competitive Eany side. Referee: John Coyle.
Dunkineely Celtic 1 Glenree United 4
Played in very wet conditions at Darney Park Glenree will be very happy to come away with all three points. The first half was evenly contested and finished scoreless. Both teams created half chances but failed to convert them. Dunkineely took the lead on the hour mark when Paul Murrin converted from the penalty spot. Glenree equalised from the spot on 65 minutes with a twice taken penalty by Barney Boyce. Glenree continue to press and added three more goals in the final 15 minutes through John Doherty, Conal Gallagher, and Carl Mc Elhinney. Referee: Maurice Laverty.

RESULTS
Saturday 6th February 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Mulroy Celtic P v P Arranmore United
Strand Rovers 2 v 2 Orchard F.C.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 v 5 Curragh Athletic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 0 v 1 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Milford United Reserves 0 v 2 Glenea United Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves P v P Cappry Rovers Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves 2 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Sunday 7th February 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Cappry Rovers 3 v 2 Castlefin Celtic
Gweedore Celtic 1 v 1 Glenea United
Milford United P v P Kildrum Tigers
St. Catherines P v P Kilmacrennan Celtic
Drumoghill F.C. 2 v 1 Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Keadue Rovers P v P Cranford United
Gweedore United 1 v 2 Bonagee United
Convoy Arsenal 5 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Lagan Harps 1 v 3 Donegal Town
Lifford Celtic P v P Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps P v P Curragh Athletic
Erne Wanderers 4 v 0 Whitestrand United
Copany Rovers P v P Letterbarrow Celtic
Ballybofey United 4 v 3 Eany Celtic
Dunkineely Celtic 1 v 4 Glenree United

FIXTURES
Saturday 13th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Drumkeen United v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)
Orchard F.C. v Fintown Harps AFC
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves
Glenea United Reserve v St. Catherines Reserves
Cappry Rovers Reserves v Milford United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves
Glenree United Reserves v Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 14th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Glenea United v Rathmullan Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Milford United
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic v Lagan Harps
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Gweedore United
CT Ball Division Two
Letterbarrow Celtic v Eany Celtic
Whitestrand United v Dunkineely Celtic
Deele Harps v Ballybofey United
Curragh Athletic v Copany Rovers
Knockalla Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.
Swilly Rovers v Cappry Rovers
Glengad F.C. v Kildrum Tigers
Buncrana Hearts v St. Catherines
Letterkenny Rovers v Drumoghill F.C.


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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 January 31, 2016

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REPORTS
Saturday 30th January 2016

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

St. Catherines Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 1
(No Report Submitted)

Sunday 31st January 2016

Ulster Junior Cup

Glenea United 1 Moville Celtic 3

In wet conditions Glenea continued their good run in the Ulster Cup with a hard earned victory over Moville. The home side started well and took the lead in the first minute when Ciaran Mc Geady got onto a Jason McGee pass and Mc Geady fired home from the edge of the box. Glenea extended their lead on 5 minutes when Kevin Mulhern picked up a loose ball in midfield and from 25 yards found the corner of the net. Glenea continued to look for a third goal but as the half progressed Moville came more into the game and had a number of chances to score but failed to convert them. On the stroke of half time Glenea got their third when Moville failed to deal with a free-kick and it broke to Ciaran Mc Geady and he found the net again. In the 2nd half Moville pushed hard for a goal and the home side were content to play on the break. Joe Doherty forced a couple of good saves from Ciaran Gallagher in the home goal, but Glenea looked dangerous on the break and went close on a couple of occasions to extending their lead with Ciaran Mc Geady hitting the bar. Moville pulled a goal back on 90 minutes when Joe Doherty scored with a fine shot from the edge of the box. In a good team performance Sean Coll, Jason McGee and Ciaran Mc Geady were at the fore for Glenea, while Joe Doherty was best for Moville. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.

Kildrum Tigers 7 Lifford Celtic 0

Kildrum started brightly and were two up within 10minutes, goals from Mickey Crossan and Glenn Bovaird. Two became three when Glenn Bovaird scored a great free kick just before half time. Gareth Colhoun then scored after a good solo run. Kildrum dominated the 2nd half with two goals Reece Laird and one from O’ Donnell. Great team performance from Kildrum. Best for Lifford was Colin Carlin

Aileach 3 Erne Wanderers 2

(No Report Submitted)

Cavan Town 1 Convoy Arsenal 0

(No Report Submitted)

Ulster Junior Shield
KS Eagles 1 Glencar Celtic 5
Declan Scanlon has scored many important goals for Glencar Celtic. His strike to open the scoring against KS Eagles in the Ulster Junior Shield on Sunday afternoon will surely rank among those for future discussion. Eddie Mc Laughlin added two to the Donegal League side’s tally while stand-in goalkeeper Paddy O’ Kane saved a penalty to keep the Letterkenny men on course for the next round. Eugene O’ Sullivan and Jordan Mc Ginley completed the scoring.

Moville Celtic 1 Glenea United Reserves 3
(No Report Submitted)

Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1
A last gasp strike in injury time from super striker Eamonn Sheridan sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for Rathmullan over local derby rivals Kilmacrennan to put the Hoops in title contention after Gary Gorman’s opener was cancelled out by Ryan McCullough’s stunning equaliser at the end of the first half. At a rain soaked Flagpole field, the Hoops thrashed out a much needed but thoroughly deserved win to put their title credentials back on track as a resolute Kilmac defence narrowly lost out on a point having soaked up all of the pressure for the majority of the game with Gary Gorman leading their charge. Despite dominating possession in the opening period, the Hoops failed to take advantage and Eamonn Sheridan was left to rue a guilt edged chance on 33 minutes when the striker was put clean through one-on-one with keeper Jason Hegarty but his strike went wide of the target. Kilmac duly punished this missed effort and from Hegarty’s goal kick, winger Chris Waddle took advantage of a poor clearance and crossed in from the right wing for Gary Gorman to calmly slot his strike past Mark Gallagher in the Hoops goals. The Hoops upped the tempo and raids on the Kilmac defence with McCullough’s strike from outside the area saved well by Hegarty on 41 minutes, while Eamonn Sheridan saw the keeper save his header on 43 minutes as the visitors held on to their slender lead. The equaliser finally came in first half stoppage time as Ryan Connolly jinked in from the right wing before slipping Sheridan through on goals and his neat pass to the unmarked McCullough resulted in an exquisite dummy strike before curling a stunning right footed strike into the bottom right corner. Rathmullan dominated the second half but again were getting no result from the determined Kilmac defence. On 58 minutes Gorman produced a superb sliding tackle inside the area to block Sheridan’s strike which would easily have netted while Dara Patton saw his strike saved once again by the impressive Hegarty between the posts on 68 minutes. Kilmac were reduced to 10 men on 83 minutes when Mark Friel got his second yellow card following a late tackle on Shea Coyle. The Hoops took advantage and pushed centre half Coyle up front and it almost paid dividends as his header inside the area produced a remarkable reflexive finger tip save from Hegarty on 88 minutes. As the final whistle loomed, Kilmac’s defence thought they had earned their rewards but a final attack from the Hoops proved decisive. Paddy Sheridan whipped in a cross from the wing which Coyle headed down for Sheridan to unleash a dramatic clincher inside the six yard box to leave the Hoops singing in the rain and seal the win for the Seaside faithful. James Gallagher, Paddy Sheridan and Ryan McCullough spearheaded a superb Hoops team performance while Kilmac’s defence marshalled by Gary Gorman were matched by the class of keeper Jason Hegarty.

Gweedore Celtic 1 Drumoghill F.C. 4
The visiting team went away from Gweedore with all three points after an impressive performance. Having scored mid-way through the first half courtesy of Pajo Rafferty Drumoghill found themselves level with ten minutes left .Gweedore clawed their way back into the game and when they equalised through Declan Doherty and with momentum behind them, it seemed as if they could push on and take all three points. However poor defending at a corner allowed Rafferty to score his second and the crucial goal for Drumoghill. The home team went in search of a second equaliser but were caught twice in the 89th and91st minutes with Richie Moore and Keith Malseed scoring. Best for Gweedore Damien O’ Sullivan and Joe Bonar. For Drumoghill Pajo Rafferty ,Chris Malseed. Ref: Joe Mc Hugh

Cappry Rovers 3 Milford United 4
Milford earned a valuable three points with a hard fought win over Cappry Rovers, holding on in a tight finish to win 4.3. Milford led 3-0 at half time with Adam Serrinha scoring the first after 5 minutes, a good finish from 12 yards. Two further goals came when Mark Flood headed home a Gary Merritt free kick and then Kyle Black finished a good run to tap home. Gary Merritt drove home following a good run by Kyle black who squared his cross for his strike partner to finish. Milford looked like they would run out comfortable winners but to their credit Cappry Rovers kept working hard and got back into it from the penalty spot when Colm Melaugh scored. Darren O’ Leary then tapped home before he then scored a 40 yard free kick which went into the roof of the net to leave a tense finish. To be fair to both teams they deserve great credit for playing good football in tough conditions. Referee: Paddy Duffy

Castlefin Celtic 0 St. Catherines 3
In wet and windy conditions at Park View it was St.Catherines who left with all three points. St.Catherines first chance came to Barry Rose who’s effort came off the post after 23 minutes. Castlefin looked to break the deadlock on the half hour mark, Matthew O’Rourke’s effort through a crowded box forced St.Catherines keeper Michael Mullin into a good save. St.Catherines took the lead four minutes before half time, a good cross from Conor O’ Rourke on the right wing found Barry Rose who headed into the top corner. Castlefin had a good chance to equalise on 48 minutes, Matthew O’Rourke and JP Malley playing a one two, Malley’s shot going narrowly wide. St.Catherines doubled their lead on 54 minutes, Barry Rose got his second after his strike took a deflection to beat Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Menamin. St.Catherines wrapped up all 3 points in the 73rd minute when a Barry Rose cross from the right wing found Gary Mc Hugh who took it excellently on the volley and finished into the top corner. Referee: Con McLaughlin

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Lagan Harps P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. P
(Match Postponed)

Bonagee United 3 Cranford United 2
Cranford came close on eight minutes when a shot from the edge of the box from Andrew Kelly went over the bar. Bonagee opened the scoring on eleven minutes when a cross from the left wing fell to Shane Kelly and he shot home from the edge of the box. Three minutes later Bonagee should have scored but Paddy Mc Gowan headed over from ten yards .Mc Gowan did score on twenty minutes after he was put through by a great pass from Eamon Cannon and he shot home from just inside the edge of the box. Brendan Devine for the visitors saw his strike from twenty yards just go wide of the post on twenty five minutes. Niall Doherty for Cranford saw his header from a corner go over the bar from ten yards on forty eight minutes. Mc Gowan again headed over from a Cannon cross from six yards on fifty minutes. Bonagee went three up on the hour when Cannon played the ball down the wing to Marty Mc Elhinney and his cross into the box was headed home from twelve yards by Paddy Mc Gowan. Bonagee had chances to go further ahead through Kelly and Mc Gowan but failed to finish easy chances. Cranford kept plugging away and Keelan Mc Gee scorer on seventy minutes when he shot home from eighteen yards. Cranford got their second on eighty minutes when a corner from the left was punched away by the keeper and the ball fell Niall Doherty at the back of the box and his shot flew into the top corner of the net. Team efforts by both sides in very difficult conditions.

Raphoe Town 3 Keadue Rovers 1
Raphoe Town welcomed ‘The Gulls’ to a very cold and wet Deele College Grounds. The weather had taken a turn for worse after a fine morning but the Deele pitch held up well in the conditions. It was a very tense first half with both teams very evenly matched Raphoe had a few half chances with David Craig coming very close and Jamie Gallagher had a great effort tipped over the bar by the impressive Keadue keeper. Keadue then came more into it and the home side had Craig Kelly to thank as he made a super clearance off the line with keeper Roy Duffy well beaten. Then Duffy made a great save from a snap shot from a Keadue forward. The second half belonged to the home side and a great move involving Frankie Mc Brearty, Oliver Quinn and David Craig was finished superbly by Emmett Kelly. Raphoe kept up the pressure and we’re awarded a penalty when captain Jamie Gallagher was brought down and up stepped Frankie Mc Brearty with nerves of steel to send the keeper the wrong way and score. Raphoe went again and after a superb pass by Stephen Craig the impressive Frank Mc Brearty took one touch and curled a superb strike past the Keadue keeper who made a few fine stops after this. Danny Doogan’s men kept going and got a goal back in the 80th minute but it wasn’t enough as the game petered out. A good team effort from a Keadue team with a few great young players. Oliver Quinn, Frankie Mc Brearty and David Craig were outstanding for Raphoe. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny

CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps P Copany Rovers P
(Match Postponed)

Whitestrand United 0 Ballybofey United 4
On a cold wet day Whitestrand United took on Ballybofey United at Mc Garvey Park. The game started at a frenetic pace and Ballybofey took an early lead when Ronan Mc Menamin scored with a shot from the edge of the box. The early setback did not deter Whitestrand who began to take control of the game. However Ballybofey remained dangerous on the counter attack. Whitestrand had chances but failed to take them as the game edged towards halftime in poor conditions. Ballybofey took a two goal lead early in the second half when Damien Glackin broke the offside trap and calmly rounded the keeper. The Whitestrand defence and management claimed in vain for offside but the goal stood. Then as the conditions deteriorated Ballybofey added to their lead when Mark Griffin crossed the ball and it went straight into the goal. This goal seemed to end the game as a contest and the final score was added to when Ballybofey added a late fourth.

Letterbarrow Celtic 7 Dunkineely Celtic 2
Letterbarrow Celtic came out on top in this encounter which was played in very wintery conditions. The home side opened the scoring after ten minutes when John Corley struck a fine shot with his left foot from twenty yards out. Dunkineely went close to an equaliser on twenty minutes but Corley made it two nil on the counter attack. John Corley secured his hat-trick on fifty minutes after a neat one two with Gerard Mc Brearty. Five minutes later James Mc Groary found the top corner from just inside the box to give Letterbarrow a commanding lead. Dunkineely fought back well and were denied by James McDaid on a number of occasions before John Ban Gallagher pulled one back from a corner. Kieran Kennedy made it four two when he finished from six yards. With Dunkineely pushing forward Letterbarrow were able to exploit the gaps at the back and Gerard Mc Brearty made it 5-2 on seventy minutes when he calmly slotted home from close range. Conor McDaid scored Letterbarrow’s sixth after some good control and it was Mc Brearty who finished the scoring when he got his second on eighty five minutes.

RESULTS
Saturday 30th January 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. P v P Arranmore United
Fintown Harps AFC P v P Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines Reserves 3 v 1 Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 31st January 2016
Ulster Junior Cup
Glenea United 1 v 3 Moville Celtic
Kildrum Tigers 7 v 0 Lifford Celtic
Aileach 3 v 2 Erne Wanderers
Cavan Town 1 v 0 Convoy Arsenal
Ulster Junior Shield
KS Eagles 1 v 5 Glencar Celtic
Moville Celtic 3 v 1 Glenea United Reserves
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic 2 v 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Gweedore Celtic 1 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.
Cappry Rovers 3 v 4 Milford United
Castlefin Celtic 0 v 3 St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lagan Harps P v P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Bonagee United 3 v 2 Cranford United
Raphoe Town 3 v 1 Keadue Rovers
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps P v P Copany Rovers
Whitestrand United 0 v 4 Ballybofey United
Letterbarrow Celtic 7 v 2 Dunkineely Celtic

FIXTURES
Saturday 6th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Mulroy Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)
Strand Rovers v Orchard F.C.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Curragh Athletic Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Sunday 7th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Cappry Rovers v Castlefin Celtic
Gweedore Celtic v Glenea United
Milford United v Kildrum Tigers
St. Catherines v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Drumoghill F.C. v Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Keadue Rovers v Cranford United
Gweedore United v Bonagee United
Convoy Arsenal v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Lagan Harps v Donegal Town
Lifford Celtic v Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps v Curragh Athletic
Erne Wanderers v Whitestrand United
Copany Rovers v Letterbarrow Celtic
Ballybofey United v Eany Celtic
Dunkineely Celtic v Glenree United


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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NEWS

 January 24, 2016

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REPORTS

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Arranmore United 1     Drumbar F.C. 0

Arranmore United welcomed Drumbar F.C. to Rannagh Park for this tussle. Drumbar started well but they just couldn’t get going properly, playing one man up top. Arranmore created chances through Conor Proctor, Chris Mc Glanaghey and Gavin Mc Glanaghey but the visiting defence held out. In the 2nd half Arranmore dominated the play as Drumbar played with all their men in their own half apart from the lone striker. In the 63rd minute Arranmore finally broke down Drumbar’s resilience when a brilliant cross field ball was fired home to the roof of the net from the back post area. Arranmore peppered the goal late on with Michael McHugh, Conor Proctor and Przemeck Turski all going close but Arran just couldn’t find a 2nd. Drumbar applied the pressure for the last five minutes and won a few corners but the home team did really well to hold out for a massive three points. Team performance from Drumbar while Chris Mc Glanaghey and Conor Proctor were the best for Arranmore. Referee: Maurice Laverty

Orchard F.C. P     Fintown Harps AFC P

(This match was postponed)

Drumkeen United 1     Mulroy Celtic 5

Drumkeen welcomed Mulroy to St Patricks Park on Saturday Afternoon for this game in the Saturday League, Drumkeen had a good chance early on when a long pass from the back from Michael Patton eventually found its way to Peter McNamee who failed to get his shot on target. At the other end Michael Sweeney ran at the Drumkeen defence and despite the close attention of Shaun Gallagher and Chris Kyle he managed to get a shot away but unfortunately for him it hit the post. The visitors did score on 27 minutes when Michael Sweeney fired a shot into the corner of the Drumkeen net. The lead did not last long however as Peter Brannigan scored with a lovely glancing header following a free kick from Chris Kyle. There were no more goals in the first half so it was all square at the break. Drumkeen struggled to get their passing game together all during this game and gave the ball away on numerous occasions. Michael Sweeney was proving to be very hard to deal with and he scored his second goal when he fired home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box. Joe Kerr added a third goal shortly after and the game was slipping away from Drumkeen although they did have a couple of chances one of which was a Liam McGill free kick which hit the crossbar. Mulroy’s fourth goal was a well worked one, Benny Kyle passed the ball out from the back to the ever dangerous Sweeney who ran at the Drumkeen defence before unselfishly passing to Johnny Friel in the middle who was left with the simple task of passing it into the open net. The game was now beyond Drumkeen and Paul  Coyle scored a fifth shortly before full time, The scoreline was probably a little bit harsh on Drumkeen who although not playing well did create a few chances which they failed to take while Mulroy made the most of their chances and this proved to be the difference between the teams. The visitors went home with all three points which keeps them still very much involved in the title race.

Strand Rovers 0     Glencar Celtic 1

A game of two halves in Maghery as Glencar paid Strand a visit. The game started lively with both teams enjoying spells of possession but it was the away team who began to boss and seemed to be first to every ball. They were rewarded twenty minutes in when a mistake from Strand allowed Glencar to take the lead. Strand did have a few chances as did Glencar in both halves but on the laws of average Glencar bossed the first half and Strand the second. Glencar’s defence stood tall and took three valuable points back to Letterkenny. A good team performance from Glencar with Kevin Mc Govern and Doalty Boyle best for Strand.

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Erne Wanderers Reserves 3      Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4

Erne came out of the blocks full of confidence and went close early on with Seamus Kane and Mark Dorrian linking down the left cutting the Castlefin back four to pieces with some great one touch passing. Packie Hill also came close. Wanderers’ pressure paid off with Kane whipping a ball in for James Kelly to nod home at the back post. Sean Gallagher, Shane Goan, Ryan O’ Brian and Hill kept it tight at the back and easily dealt with anything Castlefin had to offer. Just before half time Wanderers pushed forward in search of another but were caught on the break and conceded against the run of play,

The Second half started like the first with the home side going 2-1 up with a free kick from Packie Hill. Hill went for power over accuracy and the keeper couldn’t control it and spilled it over the line. Castlefin woke up after that and came into the game creating a few chances. With 30minutes left on the clock they again equalised. The home side felt aggrieved feeling the attacking player to be a good yard offside. Castlefin went ahead late on for the first time in the game and doubled their lead with ten minutes to go. Erne weren’t done yet though and pulled one back from the spot with Hill stepping up to convert.

Milford United Reserves 3     Glenree United Reserves 2

Milford welcomed Glenree to Moyle View Park. Milford dominated the first half an hour but somehow found themselves one down after failing to clear a corner. Ben McNutt found the back of the net for Glenree. Milford continued to press and were rewarded in the 55th minute, an Anthony Hegarty free kick from 30 yards managed to miss everyone and go in at the back post to make it 1-1. Ten minutes later Milford took the lead, after a fine passing move was finished off by Darren Mc Laughlin. Milford then made 3-1 in the 70th minute through the ever reliable PJ Hagan. Glenree were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute with Kevin Doherty making no mistake to make it 3-2. Milford held on for a deserved victory with Darren McLaughlin and PJ Hagan standing out, a team effort from Glenree. Referee: James Malseed

Keadue Rovers Reserves 1     Donegal Town Reserves 1

This game played in bad conditions made it hard for both sides to play football throughout. Donegal Town dominated the opening stages of the 1st half but Keadue took control of the final 20 minutes of the half coming close on a few occasions. The second half started with both teams pushing for the opener and it was Keadue who found it after good work from Luke Neely as he ghosted past a few Donegal men and finished well to the corner of the net. Donegal Town kept pushing and found an equaliser from a free kick on the edge of the Keadue box. Both teams tried hard for the winner but the game ended all square. Good team performance from both young sides.

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3     Cappry Rovers Reserves 0

Drumoghill’s first goal arrived on twenty minutes. Liam O’ Donnell watched his goal bound free kick hit the cross bar with the keeper beaten but a quick acting Mark Gibson rushed in to head home from close range. Goal number two followed from the centre-kick. Good work from Kevin Higgins and John O’ Kane  won possession and a quick one-two sent Ethan Mc Cready through on goal and with only the keeper to beat he  made no mistake. Drumoghill where in control from that moment on and added a third on the hour mark when Conor Mc Nulty headed home from a corner kick.  Team performance from Cappry with Ethan Mc Cready and Mark Gibson best for Drumoghill.

Glenea United Reserves 7     Curragh Athletic Reserves 0

On a blustery day at Glasserchoo a very youthful Curragh team took the field against a determined Glenea team who scored right from the kick off through Dean Gallagher. This was quickly followed by a Paudgie Mc Gee penalty and before half time Ciaran Mc Geady scored the third. After the break Dean Gallagher again led the charge followed by Mc Geady who completed his hat-trick and with a late goal from Patrick Cannon completing the route that sent Glenea back to the top of the Reserve League table. A team effort by Curragh  with Ciaran Mc Geady and Dean Gallagher best for Glenea. Referee:  Joe Mc Hugh.

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Donegal Town 5 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0
Donegal Town were on top from the start. Joe Mc Intyre almost opened the scoring after just five minutes when he carried the ball from the centre of midfield and blazed the ball across the Kerrykeel goal. Donegal came close again three minutes later when Ciaran O’Reilly’s corner kick to the front post was poked just wide by Declan Brown. David Graham opened the scoring for Donegal when he got on the end of McIntyre’s cross and fired low towards the front post leaving the Kerrykeel keeper no chance. McIntyre was involved again soon after, this time setting up Daniel McHugh. McHugh’s top corner effort was tipped over brilliantly by the Kerrykeel keeper James Sunderland. Kerrykeel’s only chance of the first half came from a free kick, Fergal Friel’s brilliant effort from 25 yards hitting the bar. Graham doubled Donegal’s lead on 41 minutes hammering the ball high into the Kerrykeel net. 2-0 Donegal at half time. Donegal dominated the second half and doubled their lead within five minutes, Graham setting McHugh up for a delightful chip. Graham then blasted past the Kerrykeel keeper to complete his hat-trick. Benny Byrne finished off the scoring for Donegal. 5-0 at the final whistle.
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 4 Dunkineely Celtic F.C. 0
Deele welcomed Letterbarrow to The Athletic Grounds for the only game in Division Two. The home side dominated in difficult conditions but spurned numerous opportunities in the first half with Brian Breslin, Shane Gallagher and Conor Catterson all going close. Half time 0-0. Deele upped their game and their second half finishing was impressive. The deadlock was broken when left back Paul Lynch curled in a superb left footed free kick on 55 minutes. Goal two came on 60 minutes when a Paul Lynch corner was met full on by Tom Mullan who powered home a header. The contest was over on 70 minutes as speed merchant Brian Breslin raced up the left, cut inside and fired home from 20 yards. The goal of the game was served up by young Kevin Lynch whose mazy run beat three defenders and finished with a cheeky chip over the keeper. Conor Catterson showed well with a great vocal performance in midfield. Team performances. Referee: Con McLaughlin
Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 3 UCL League 2
The Donegal Junior League representative side have qualified for the Quarter Final of the Oscar Traynor Trophy. On Sunday afternoon they entertained the Dublin based UCFL at ‘The Moss’, Drumoghill. They fell behind to an early goal after only two minutes. The set-back was only temporary however. Christopher Malseed headed them levelled on eighteen minutes when he rose well to meet Kyle Black’s left wing cross. Black himself put Donegal ahead fifteen minutes later. It remained 2-1 until the interval. The visiting keeper was caught out by Ryan Gildea’s long free-kick into the box after the re-start as the Donegal lead was instantly doubled. Gildea was then adjudged to have fouled a UCFL forward by referee Joe Mc Hugh who pointed to the spot. Christopher Sweeney could do nothing to stop the spot-kick and the lead was reduced to the minimum. Donegal held on however and on a few occasion they could maybe have re-established their two goal cushion.

RESULTS
Saturday 23rd January 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United 1 v 0 Drumbar F.C.
Orchard F.C. P v P Fintown Harps AFC
Drumkeen United 1 v 5 Mulroy Celtic
Strand Rovers 0 v 1 Glencar Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 3 v 4 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Milford United Reserves 3 v 2 Glenree United Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 v 1 Donegal Town Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3 v 0 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Glenea United Reserves 7 v 0 Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 24th January 2016
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Donegal Town 5 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 4 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic F.C.

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal Junior League 3 v 2 UCL League

FIXTURES
Saturday 30th January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)
Fintown Harps AFC v Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines Reserves v Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 31st January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Ulster Junior Cup
Glenea United v Moville Celtic (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Kildrum Tigers v Lifford Celtic (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Aileach/Monaghan v Erne Wanderers (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Cavan Town v Convoy Arsenal (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Ulster Junior Shield
KS Eagles v Glencar Celtic (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Moville Celtic v Glenea United Reserves (K.O. 1.30p.m.)
Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Gweedore Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.
Cappry Rovers v Milford United
Castlefin Celtic v St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lagan Harps v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Bonagee United v Cranford United
Raphoe Town v Keadue Rovers
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps v Copany Rovers
Whitestrand United v Ballybofey United
Letterbarrow Celtic v Dunkineely Celtic


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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 January 17, 2016

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REPORTS

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Arranmore United 0 Glencar Celtic 0

Arranmore played host to Glencar Celtic on the Island in a ding dong battle. Both teams were at it from the start with Glencar’s neat football creating one or two chances for Conor Gibbons and Eddie Mc Laughlin. Arranmore had chances of their own through the Mc Glanaghey brothers but the away keeper Dominic Friel was outstanding on the day and denied both brothers from the first minute to the last. Arranmore upped the tempo after the change around and came close through Gavin, Chris and then Reynolds but again the way keeper was having the game off his life. Sean O’ Hara was creating havoc down the Arranmore right sending ball after ball into the danger area. Declan Scanlon, on in the 2nd half, almost got the breakthrough for Glencar but he was denied when running clean through, first by the home keeper then by Danny Rodgers. Michael McHugh saw a header go wide late on for the islanders and a combination of centre back and goalkeeper denied Chris Mc Glanaghey a last minute winner as he dived to head the ball home only for it to be taken off his head at the last moment. Best for Glencar was Dominic Friel who had a day you wish for as a goalkeeper while Chris Mc Glanaghey and Sean O’ Hara were the pick from the Arran lads. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin

Fintown Harps AFC 0 Strand Rovers 4

In wintery conditions at Pairc Achla Fintown Harps hosted Strand Rovers.
In the first half Fintown were in control of the game creating numerous goal chances but just not scoring. Strand eventually settled down and it became a 50/50 game. In the second half both teams came out fighting. Strand to the 1st goal of the game taken well by Adam Mc Hugh. Fintown dominated again for the next ten minutes but their hard work just didn’t pay off. In the 20th minute Strand scored another, this time from Doalty Boyle. Shortly afterwards Shan McMillan scored to make it 3-0 in the 25th minute. As the visitors applied pressure to Fintown’s defence Dara Hanlon secured the win with a 4th goal. Great team performances from both sides. Referee: Brian O’ Kane

Mulroy Celtic 4 Orchard F.C. 3

Mulroy Celtic came out on top in a feisty encounter against league leaders Orchard F.C. Orchard came into the game massive favourites, unbeaten all season and destroying all in front of them. Mulroy took an early lead when Michael Sweeney headed home from a superb Joe Kerr free kick. Dead ball expert Kerr caused bother with his deliveries all day and soon he added a second when his delivery was carried over the line by the Goalkeeper. Tempers flared and tension grew and Orchard’s lack of discipline was punished with a red card mid-way through the first half. Mulroy capitalised and went three up when Michael Sweeney bust through and calmly slotted home. The game threatened to spill out of control at times but to Orchard’s credit they regrouped in the second half and before Mulroy knew what hit them it was 3-2. Orchard pressed for the equaliser but another Mulroy break saw Johnny Friel add a fourth, finishing magnificently under pressure . Orchard came again and pulled another back to make for a tense last five minutes however the Mulroy defence held on for what was an unexpected but superb victory. Mulroy had heroes all over the pitch with Mc Garvey, Shane Friel and Johnny Friel magnificent throughout however man of the match went to veteran skipper Michael Mc Grory who led by example throughout putting his body on the line for the cause . Michael Doherty showed his class for Orchard despite being closely shielded by the tireless Mc Garvey.

Drumbar F.C. 1 Drumkeen United

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Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 Glenea United Reserves 2

The home side started off strong but went behind on 20 minutes from a penalty after Wanderers captain Packie Hill was deemed to have fouled the Glenea striker, Glenea came to life after the penalty but failed to take any of their chances with the Erne back four keeping tight and clearing their lines. Stephen McLaughlin and Dan Warnock came close for Erne. The equaliser came just before half time through Hill. The second half saw Glenea apply some early pressure but again some quick thinking at the back and some top drawer saves from Karl O’ Brien in the Wanderers net kept the score even. As the half wore on Erne got back into the game and started creating chances again, pushing forward for a winner Wanderers were caught short at the back and conceded a second goal with five minutes remaining on the clock. The game finished 2-1 in Glenea’s favour. Referee: Maurice Laverty

St. Catherines Reserves 7 Cappry Rovers Reserves 0

St Catherines opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Daniel Breslin tapped home from close range. Breslin doubled his tally after 18 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box. Cappry looked dangerous on the counter attack and Shane O’Gara produced an excellent save from a one on one situation. Kristian McNelis got St Catherines third on forty minutes with a finish from inside the penalty box. Daniel Breslin completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on fifty four minutes and on 60 minutes grabbed his fourth of the game when he rounded the Cappry keeper. Kristian McNelis and Shaun Gorrell completed the scoring for the home team. Best for St Catherines were Shaun Gorrell and Daniel Breslin. Team performance from Cappry. Referee: Seamus Mc Grory

Milford United Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3

This game was switched to Rathmullan because of a waterlogged pitch in Milford. Castlefin started the brighter and went one up after ten minutes through Mathew O’Rourke. Just five minutes later it was 2-0, a speculative shot from outside the box from Mathew O’Rourke managed to slip through the keeper’s hands. Castlefin found themselves down to ten men after only half an hour. Milford struggled to create any clear cut chances until the 88th minute when Elliot Serrinha found space in the box to fire home. With Milford pressing for an equaliser they were caught on the break, Keith Nelis found the back of the net with the last kick of the game. Mathew O’Rourke was best for Castlefin. Referee: Michael McFadden

Donegal Town Reserves 2 Glenree United Reserves 1
Donegal Town were on top from the off, a number of early chances falling to the forward pairing of David “Ted” Bustard and Aaron Gallagher. Donegal’s best chance came half-way through the first half, Bustard displaying his athleticism with an overhead kick that was narrowly tipped over the bar by Glenree’s keeper. The breakthrough came on the stroke of halftime, a threaded through ball from Adrian Ward finding the feet of Bustard who blasted it home from close range. The second half commenced much in the style of the first half with Donegal Town dominating the play. Contrary to play it was Glenree who found the net first, Kyle Doherty converting a penalty awarded when the Glenree striker was brought down inside the Donegal Town box. This signified a change in the style of the game, Glenree were back in action. However, deservedly Donegal Town were the victors with “Ted” Bustard once again finding the back of the net, dispatching a loose ball in the Glenree box.

Drumoghill F.C. 3 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2

Drumoghill came out on top in this hard fought game against a spirited Curragh side who gave as good as they got in a highly entering game in ‘The Moss’ . The visitors took the lead on fifteen minutes when Micky Kearny latched onto a loose ball in the 18 yard box which he hit first day high in to the top corner leaving Toner no chance in goals. Drumoghill settled well after this and took the game to Curragh but it wasn’t until the fortieth minute they breached the Curragh defence when Karlos Rodgers played a lovely ball in behind for Marcus Oliver to run onto and slot past the Curragh keeper . Three minutes later Drumoghill where ahead when Kevin Higgins’ header hit the back off the net from a Christy Martin corner kick. Curragh equalised in the sixty minute when Shea Hannigan headed home from a corner Both teams played some great attacking football for the final thirty minutes in search of that one goal that would win the game and it was Drumoghill who got it when Marcus Oliver again latched onto a John O’ Kane pass to round the keeper and fire home the winner on eighty five minutes Best for Drumoghill were Marcus Oliver and John O’ Kane with Micky Kearny staring for the Curragh . Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Gweedore Celtic 0 Milford United 4

Four first half goals gave the away team all three points and set them up as title contenders. Gweedore’s game was littered with mistakes, all of which were duly punished by a hungry Milford team. All the goals came in a ten minute spell midway through the half when Milford enjoyed a purple patch. The scores came courtesy of Black, Serrahina, Flood and Merritt. The second half saw Milford resting on their lead and run out easy winners. Best for Gweedore were Chris Mc Fadden ,Joe Bonar and Ciaran Mc Hugh and an all-round team performance from Milford. Referee: Mick Lagan
St. Catherines3 Cappry Rovers 1
St. Catherine’s played host to Cappry Rovers in Emerald Park on Sunday afternoon. The game was only six minutes in when Cappry were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Darren O’ Leary who saw his penalty saved by the St. Catherine’s keeper Michael Mullin. On thirteen minutes St. Catherine’s were given a penalty and Shane O’ Rourke saw his kick saved by the Cappry keeper. Cappry took the lead on Fourteen minutes when Aaron Kelly scored from inside the box. St Catherine’s came into the game after that and on thirty one minutes Barry Rose got the ball on the edge of the box and hit a shot that went into the bottom corner of the Cappry net to level the scores at the break. The second half started with both teams trying to get in front. Barry Cannon found space inside the Cappry box on seventy minutes and he fired his side into a 2-1 lead. Cappry had a couple of chances but they could not find an equaliser as Michael Mullin in the St. Catherine’s goal made some good saves. With eighty five minutes gone Barry Rose got the ball and he shot through a crowed Cappry penalty area to put St. Catherine’s 3-1 up and settle the contest.

Drumoghill F.C. 5 Castlefin Celtic 0

Drumoghill FC haven’t won a Premier Division title in over 20 years but did their hopes no harm with this deserved victory over Castlefin Celtic to leapfrog their fellow contenders. Drumoghill were impressive throughout although Castlefin will feel that they didn’t do themselves justice at all. Paddy Rafferty and Christopher Malseed made the big difference on the day, both managing to help themselves to a brace of goals. They were also instrumental in setting up the opening goal on 18 minutes when Malseed stole possession from Johnny Doherty in midfield and sent Rafferty clear and the striker picked out Liam O’Donnell at the back post to open the scoring. Castlefin enjoyed their share of the ball during the opening half with Ronan Tourish and Barry Tourish causing concern down the flanks but they were unable to create any chances of note. They were made to pay on the stroke of half time when Malseed hammered home to double the home side’s lead. The next goal was always to going to be vital and Drumoghill grabbed it early in the second half to settle the game as a contest. Gerard Mc Granaghan and Malseed combined in midfield to send Liam O’Donnell clear and he found Rafferty who converted from 10 yards. Within minutes it was 4-0, Malseed driving home from the edge of the area with the aid of a deflection. It was courtesy of another deflection that enabled Rafferty to make it 5-0 on 64 minutes, although the scoreline was now one that was becoming harsh on the visitors. Drumoghill were worthy victors and will hope this result provides the platform for them to maintain their challenge for the title whilst Castlefin will be hoping that they can bounce back in their next outing. Referee: Paddy Duffy
Kilmacrennan Celtic 4 Glenea United 4
Glenea opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Ciaran Mc Geady was played in by Lee ‘O’Brien and he slid the ball home. Kilmacrennan equalised on 25 minutes when Ciaran Kelly hammered the ball home from close range after Ciaran Gallagher had made a good save.
Glenea retook the lead on 37 minutes when Padraig McGee scored from the penalty spot. Kilmacrennan once more equalised on 43 minutes when Michael McLaughlin scored direct from a corner. Glenea went ahead on 50 minutes when Darren Mc Geever headed home a free-kick. Glenea extended their lead on 75 minutes when Ciaran Mc Geady turned on the edge of the box and found the corner of the net. Kilmacrennan pulled a goal back on 89 minutes when Ryan Shields headed home a corner. Kilmacrennan equalised on 97 minutes when Timmy Burke scored from close range. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Kevin Logue.

Kildrum Tigers 4 Rathmullan Celtic 2

Rathmullan started brightly and took the lead when Eamon Sheridan fired home from 30 yards. Kildrum struck back straight away when Reece Laird latched onto a short back pass and finished precisely. Rathmullan restored their lead when Eoin Sheridan finished after a mix-up in the Tigers defence. Kildrum struck back again straight away when after great play on the left hand side McIntyre found Crossan who made no mistake with a header at the front post. Kildrum starter brightly in the second half and took the lead after a great passage of play along the back line and Gary Crossan played a brilliant ball through to Reece Laird who again made no mistake. Rathmullan piled on the pressure to try and get the equaliser but Kildrum stayed resilient and got another when the evergreen Glenn Bovaird played Laird through and again he made no mistake. Best for Kildrum were Reece Laird, Glenn Bovaird, Conor Crossan and Gareth Colhoun. Best for Rathmullan were Shea Coyle, Eamon Sheridan and Ryan Mc Cullagh.

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Bonagee United 2 Keadue Rovers 0

Bonagee opened the scoring on eight minutes when the ball broke to Austin Marron just outside the box and he shot home to the top corner of the net. Two minutes later Shane Boyle saw his strike from ten yards saved by Carr in the home goal. Keadue came close to levelling the game on fourteen minutes when a great strike from Ryan Greene beat the keeper but defender Paddy O’ Loan cleared off the line. Lee Mc Monagle and Noel O’ Donnell had chances but their strikes on goal were well saved by Ciaran Sharkey in the visitor’s goal. Shane Boyle again came close on twenty minutes only to see his header from a throw in just go over the crossbar. Keadue also had good efforts from Rory Gallagher and Conor Greene but again Carr was in great form in the home goal. Bonagee got their second goal on seventy five minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a push inside the box and Eamon Cannon shot home from the spot. Team efforts by both sides. Referee: Paddy Martin.
Cranford United 5 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1
Cranford started well with a double each from Andrew Kelly and Niall Doherty, the second from Kelly a fine chip over the advancing keeper. Kerrykeel got a lifeline when Niall Doherty converted a penalty but this was short lived as Kelly completed his hat-trick to restore the gap. Kerrykeel pushed well in the second half but couldn’t manage to find the goals they needed.
Gweedore United 1 Donegal Town 3
Donegal Town came to Carrickboyle following a heavy defeat last week and took all three points following a good spirited hungry performance. The visitors got off to the best possible start when Joe McIntyre broke the off side trap with a good run and he finished well after only two minutes. United began to push and a minute later Gavin Mc Bride’s excellent free kick was brilliantly saved by Dermott Mc Cafferty and Jonathon Harkin missed the rebound. In the 8th minute Frank Mc Gee’s shot was parried onto the post by Mc Cafferty to keep his team one up. As the home side continued to push they were caught on the break in the 11th minute when a pacey David Graham finished well to make it 2-0. It was an up-hill struggle for the home side from here on in against a hungry well organised Donegal side. United had decent chances through Michael Barry, Ciaran Mc Fadden and John Mc Fadden but were unlucky on each occasion. In the second half the home side continued to push and pulled one back in the 54 minute when an excellent Darren Ferry corner was headed in by Frank Mc Gee. United looked as if they were getting back into the game however Danny Byrne secured the three points for Donegal when he finished well in the 77th minute to make it 3-1. The visitors had good chances following their third goal however Charles Doherty in the United nets was excellent on each occasion. It was an excellent team performance from Donegal Town with Shane O Donnell, Charles Doherty and debutant Adi O’Gara excelling for United on the day. Referee: James Malseed
Convoy Arsenal 1 Lifford Celtic 1
Orchard Park, under the lights, hosted an incident packed game on Saturday night. Convoy Arsenal sitting top of the table took on a struggling Lifford Celtic. As we all know in football the form books mean nothing and Lifford started the brighter of the two teams as Convoy Arsenal failed to find any rhythm. Convoy did get a foothold after a shaky start and should have taken the lead when Johnny Robb failed to convert a one on one. Minutes later it was Lifford who took the lead when Paul Martin headed home from a corner. Convoy were given a route back into the game in the 34th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately Johnny Robb was again foiled by the Lifford Stopper who pulled off a fine save. Convoy piled on the pressure for the remainder of the first half but couldn’t find the equaliser despite hitting the woodwork twice. Lifford came out in the second half looking to hold on to their lead meaning an extended period of Convoy pressure. On the hour mark Convoy won their second penalty of the night when Ryan Carlin was brought down in the box. Carlin dusted himself off to take the penalty himself but then proceeded to blaze the spot kick over the bar. It was starting to look like one of those nights for Convoy until the 70th minute when Darren Harvey’s free-kick found the back of the net for Convoy’s equaliser. Convoy pushed on for the winner but Lifford held firm and the game finished all square. Lifford should be really encouraged by what they seen especially the back line and keeper who contained Convoy well. Convoy on the other hand need to pick themselves up and go again so they can continue the great season they are having. Referee: Andrew Mullin.
Lagan Harps 1 Raphoe Town 0
A goal from the penalty spot on fifty eight minutes from Kevin Kelly was the deciding moment in a closely fought affair. Played on a sticky pitch with both defences largely on top one goal always looked like deciding it. Lagan had a goal chalked off when Mark Hunter headed home on twenty minutes but he had fouled keeper Roy Duffy. David Craig had a diving header deflected for a corner and Jason Quinn saved Jamie Gallagher’s shot from the corner, as Raphoe responded. Kenny Doran had Lagan’s best chance but volleyed wide when Mark Hunter knocked a corner on. The decisive moment arrived when Kenny Doran was taken down on the box and although Roy Duffy got his hand to Kevin Kelly’s shot it made the back of the net. Both teams battled hard for the next goal and although Marty Brogan went close and Mark Hunter hit a post Lagan couldn’t get the second. Frank Mc Brearty and Oliver Quinn had good efforts for Raphoe but there were to be no more goals. For Lagan Paul Rodgers, David O’ Herlihy and Mark Hunter were best. For Raphoe Frank Mc Brearty, Christy Bogle and Emmett Kelly were best. Referee: Ed Moore.
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 3 Curragh Athletic 2
Whitestrand United’s first game after the Christmas break saw them play Curragh Athletic on a cold brisk day at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand started on the front foot and they missed one or two good early chances. The first goal came after good work by Shane Mc Glade ended with the striker firing past the Curragh keeper on 23 minutes. Curragh equalised when a looping shot from Garvan Tinney went over the despairing dive of the Whitestrand keeper against the run of play. Curragh then settled into the game and the game was more even as in got closer to half time. The second half started in a similar vein to the first with Whitestrand on the front foot. Again the pressure told when the excellent Kevin Loughrey crossed for Paul lynch to nod home a towering header leaving the keeper with no chance. The game was then delayed for an injury to the Curragh keeper who had to be substituted. Whitestrand then made the game safe with a third as Kevin Loughrey crossed for Shane Mc Glade to fire home. Curragh kept plugging away and eventually did get what proved to be a consolation when Jason Sweeny fired home. Best for Whitestrand were Kevin Loughrey & Shane Mc Glade.
Glenree United 1 Deele Harps 1
This was a tight battle between the top two in the Division. Glenree took the lead on thirty minutes when Colin Gallagher freed Karl Mc Elhinney. The game had started as a tight affair and that is how it resumed with much of the play centred around the middle of the field. Glenree held their lead until the interval. Deele levelled five minutes after the re-start when Thomas Mullan scored from the edge of the box as the ball broke following a corner kick. It remained tight until the end and neither teams managed to get a winning goal.

Dunkineely Celtic 2 Ballybofey United 4
A poor first half performance by Dunkineely Celtic made the task of getting a result from this game very difficult. Dunkineely had the first effort on goal in the fourth minute but Conor Shovlin’s shot was just wide. Ballybofey took command after this with Wizard Mc Gowan dictating things in midfield. They opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Mc Gowan played a great ball down the inside left channel which was knocked across the six yard line and Damien Glackin taped home. Dunkineely fought to get back into the game and Johnny Cassidy had a shot from distance well saved. Ballybofey also had chances and could have added to their tally with better finishing. They got a second on 37 minutes in a move similar to the opener with the final touch coming off a defender. They struck for a third on the stroke of half time when Mickey Lynch scored from close range following a goalmouth scramble. Dunkineely made a couple of changes at half time and improved their performance considerably. They created a number of half chances and got the breakthrough on the hour mark when Paul Murrin crossed from the left and Aaron Byrne headed home from six yards. They added a second shortly after when Aaron Byrne pounced on a defensive mistake and finished well from 10 yards. Despite their efforts Dunkineely could not force an equaliser due to poor finishing and some last ditch defending. Ballybofey broke in the final minute and Damien Glackin finished from 10 yards to seal the victory. Best for Ballybofey was Damien Glackin who a thorn in the Dunkineely side all day and for Dunkineely Pauric Conaghan put in a solid shift. Referee: Mickey Mulhern.
Eany Celtic 4 Copany Rovers 1
On a day perfect for football Eany welcomed their neighbours to Eany Park. The home side had a comfortable victory in the end but it was late in the game when Paul Mc Groarty, hitting a hat-trick, secured the win. The visitors survived a blistering start by the home side in which Eany had several chances, but it was the Eany Keeper that had to the first fine save on twenty minutes when clearing ball from just below his bar. The home side continued to press and they got their reward in the 35th minute when Brian McCabe fired home from a Conor McGowan cross. The second half started similar to the first with Eany in control. On the hour Copany were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Roger Leonard gave the Eany Keeper no chance when his shot went in on the angle between the crossbar and the right hand post. The game remained tight for the next period. In the 70th minute Paul Mc Groarty put Eany back into the lead when he latched onto a cross from the wing. It was Mc Groarty again in the 80th minute who put Eany 3-1 ahead when he finished a fine team move. Paul completed his hat-trick in the 85th minute to round off a good performance and leave the final score 4-1. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.

Letterbarrow Celtic 0 Erne Wanderer 6
Erne Wanderers took advantage of a weakened Letterbarrow Celtic in Tymeen with a strong attacking performance. Letterbarrow took a blow early with an injury to their keeper which later forced him off and with no reserve keeper on the bench left the home side vulnerable. Despite having a couple of early chances Letterbarrow fell behind on fifteen minutes when Sticky Ward pounced on a sliced clearance. Further goals from Ward, Dermot Slevin, David Spratt and a hat-trick from Sean Kane sealed a dominant seven nil victory for the visitors.

RESULTS
Saturday 16th January 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United 0 v 0 Glencar Celtic
Fintown Harps AFC 0 v 4 Strand Rovers
Mulroy Celtic 4 v 3 Orchard F.C.
Drumbar F.C. 1 v 3 Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 v 2 Glenea United Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves 7 v 0 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Milford United Reserves 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves 2 v 1 Glenree United Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. 3 v 2 Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 17th January 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Gweedore Celtic 0 v 4 Milford United
St. Catherines 3 v 1 Cappry Rovers
Drumoghill F.C. 5 v 0 Castlefin Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic 4 v 4 Glenea United
Kildrum Tigers 4 v 2 Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Bonagee United 2 v 0 Keadue Rovers
Cranford United 5 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Gweedore United 1 v 3 Donegal Town
Convoy Arsenal 1 v 1 Lifford Celtic
Lagan Harps 1 v 0 Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 3 v 2 Curragh Athletic
Glenree United 1 v 1 Deele Harps
Dunkineely Celtic 2 v 4 Ballybofey United
Eany Celtic 4 v 1 Copany Rovers
Letterbarrow Celtic 0 v 6 Erne Wanderers

FIXTURES
Saturday 23rd January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Drumbar F.C. (K.O. 1p.m.)
Orchard F.C. v Fintown Harps AFC
Drumkeen United v Mulroy Celtic
Strand Rovers v Glencar Celtic
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Glenea United Reserves v Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 24th January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Donegal Town v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps v Dunkineely Celtic F.C.

Oscar Traynor Trophy K.O. 1.30 p.m.
Donegal Junior League v UCL League (@ The Moss, Drumoghill)


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

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 January 10, 2016

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REPORTS

Old Orchard Saturday Division

Glencar Celtic 4 Fintown Harps AFC 0

Glencar Celtic’s home game was reversed to Fintown. The Glencar men meant business with Liam Doherty scoring direct from a free kick early on. Glencar doubled their lead when in form striker Conor Gibbons finished well from the edge of the box. Gibbons then turned provider for Glencar’s third passing for Graham Cullen to score. Eddie McLaughlin finished the game as a contest after netting Glencar’s fourth and final goal. Fintown pushed hard though towards the end and almost brought the score to 4-1 only for Glencar stopper Dominic Friel making a wonder save low to his right. Team performance from Fintown. Mark Graham, Graham Cullen and Conor Gibbons were best for Glencar Celtic. Referee: Maurice Lafferty

Strand Rovers 2 Mulroy Celtic 2
Strand welcomed Mulroy to Maghery on a glorious Winter’s day. Mulroy started sharp and always looked a threat when breaking forward. It took a while for Strand to get up to speed but once they did it was evenly fought up until ten minutes from half time when a throw-in from Mulroy wasn’t dealt with and Johnnie Friel pounced and tucked it away to leave it 1-0 at half time. For the second half Strand came out fighting like a home side should and it wasn’t long before Doalty Boyle struck the back of the net to equalise, Strand pushed on from there and had numerous chances. Strand took the lead with a superb goal from Brendan Glackin from distance. Mulroy came back to life and big Michael Sweeney pinned one to make it 2-2. The match was very open with play switching from end to end, a credit to both sides but it was to end in a draw when Ed Moore blew up what was a great game to start the second half of the season

Orchard F.C. 2 Drumbar F.C. 0
Orchard were made to fight all the way to claim victory over a much improved Drumbar F.C. The heavy pitch certainly didn’t help either side produce much free flowing football. In the 15th minute Orchard were awarded a penalty after Niall Bonner was brought down by the Drumbar keeper after a fine ball from Micheal Doherty. Doherty took the spot kick and was rather fortuitous to see his mishit penalty just about evade the keeper. Orchard doubled their lead just before half time when Doherty’s ball over the top was brilliantly controlled by Bonner who made no mistake with a calmly taken right foot finish to the bottom corner. Both teams cancelled each other out in the second half with very little by way of goalmouth action. Conor Mc Brearty did however come close when his curled effort came back off the crossbar. Two good battling team performances. Referee: Mick Lagan

Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 1
The away side started the better against a young Cappry side. They pressed from the start looking for the opening goal but were unable to find a way through the Cappry defence from open play. The home team went close to scoring when Neil Patrick Mc Daid hit the crossbar from a tight angle. Erne did open the scoring when they scored direct from a free kick. The game remained 1-0 at half time. The home team started the second half much better and had Erne pushed deep into their own half. They came close to getting back level when Conor Laverty found Leo Gallagher with his cross but the Erne keeper made a fine save. Cappry were pressing to get back level but couldn’t find a way through the Erne defence. Erne were dangerous on the counter attack. With ten minutes to go Cappry finally got the goal they deserved when Kyle O’Meara finished well at the near post. Cappry pressed for a winner but couldn’t find one. Two decent team performances on the day. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin

Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5 St. Catherines Reserves 2
Castlefin Celtic Reserves got the New Year off to the perfect start with a convincing 5-2 home victory over St.Catherines Reserves on Saturday. The home side started off the brightest and were rewarded for their pressure when Keith Nelis stabbed home a Brian Dooher cross with 10 minutes played. The hosts began to dominate and doubled their advantage when a Simon Mc Menamin kick-out released Matthew O’ Rourke who squared to Nelis who tapped in after 34 minutes. In the second half the visitors started on the front foot and pulled a goal back when Daniel Keeney broke through and finished well after 49 minutes. In the 66th minute Castlefin increased their lead when a David Stewart through ball found Marcus Curran who raced through and slotted home. In the 70th minute Matthew O’ Rourke capitalised on an error in the visitors defence to tap home. O’ Rourke got his second goal when he converted a penalty after he was upended in the box. St Catherines pulled a goal back when David Mc Guinness poked to the net in the last minute. Best for Castlefin: Marcus Curran. Best for St Catherines: Shane O’ Gara. Referee : George Clinton

Glenree United Reserves 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 4
This game was played in surprisingly good conditions. Keadue opened the scoring when wee Sean “yank” Boyle pounced on a defensive mix up and finished well to the bottom corner. Glenree found an equaliser after some poor defending from the home team as the ball found the net via a Keadue player. Keadue regained the lead and control when Daniel Bonner scored a fine header from a corner. Chris Greene also got on the scoresheet after a good header, also from a corner, found the net. Keadue were awarded a penalty after Ryan Greene was fouled in the area, he duly dispatched the penalty to make it 4-1 to Keadue and that’s how it finished. Good team performances from both sides.

Curragh Athletic Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 2
In the early stages it was clear to see Christmas had taken its toll with both teams just lacking their touch. After 15 minutes however the game was well and truly on. High tempo and determined work by both teams ensured this was going to be a tight one. The visitors had good possession on the wings whilst the Curragh seemed stronger in the middle. A number of chances fell to both sides and the Donegal Town lads had the ball in the back of the net when a hooked ball found their centre forward who lobbed the outrushing Jason Woods but it was ruled offside. Curragh also had a couple of chances, Paddy Cassidy and Simon Canning both going close.
Curragh seemed sluggish coming out after the break and Donegal soon found themselves in the lead. Driving on from midfield Enwright’s fine strike found the net on 52minutes. Donegal Town went two up ten minutes later following a sustained piece of pressure from the Curragh. Simon Cromie had just been foiled by the Town keeper when on the counter attack good work by the Donegal wingers played in Liam Bustard. James Sweeney got the Curragh goal.

Glenea United Reserves 1 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 0
Glenea Reserves continued their good league run with this hard earned victory over Drumoghill. With both sides feeling rusty after the break it took a while for the game to settle down with chances at a minimum. As the half progressed Glenea started to get on top and were rewarded on 25 minutes when, after Neil Mc Geever was fouled in the box, Padraig McGee converted the resultant penalty. Glenea pressed hard to double their advantage but were unable to add to their tally. In the 2nd half it was tight affair with neither side able to create any clear cut chances but as the half progressed it was the away side that looked likeliest to score with both John O’Kane and Liam O’Donnell being denied by good saves from Ciaran Boyce. Best for Glenea were Ciaran Boyce & Daniel Cannon, while Liam O’Donnell and John O’Kane were best for Drumoghill. Refere: Michael McFadden.

FAI Junior Cup
Rathmullan Celtic 0 Regional United 3

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kildrum Tigers 0 Glenea United 3

Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Castlefin Celtic 2
Kilmacrennan Celtic entertained Castlefin Celtic on Sunday afternoon at the Errigal College Grounds. Prior to the game the sides lay eight places apart in the Premier Division table. It looked likely that the visitors were going to widen that gap as they raced into a two goal lead. Firstly JP Malley reacted sharply when Barry Tourish’s shot came back off the post. The frontman made no mistake from six yards with goalkeeper Jason Hegarty unable to prevent the goal. There was little Hegarty could do either fifteen minutes later when Malley swivelled and sent an inch perfect shot into the top corner from twenty yards out. Despite falling behind Kilmacrennan didn’t give in and pulled a goal back before the interval when Kieran Gorman scored. The second half was a closely fought affair with both teams having good spells and chances. Ryan Shields levelled the scores on seventy five minutes to claim a share of the spoils for the home side. Referee: James Malseed. Kilmacrennan produced a good team performance while Peter Bryson was outstanding for Castlefin.

Drumoghill F.C. 2 Cappry Rovers 0

St. Catherines 2 Gweedore Celtic 2

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cranford United 1 Lagan Harps 8

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Raphoe Town 5

Lifford Celtic 1 Bonagee United 3

Gweedore United 0 Keadue Rovers 1

Donegal Town 0 Convoy Arsenal 8

CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 5 Whitestrand United 0

Curragh Athletic 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 1

Erne Wanderers 4 Eany Celtic 0

Copany Rovers 1 Dunkineely Celtic 4

Ballybofey United 1 Glenree United 5
Glenree United cemented their place at the top of the CT Ball Division Two table with a comprehensive win over Ballybofey United at the Finn Valley Complex on Sunday. They went ahead as early as the first minute when they scored from the penalty spot through Barney Boyce. The home side never produced the form they are capable of and fell further behind before the interval. Glenree added three further goals in the second half and a lone Shaun Mc Gowan strike was the only reply from the Finnsiders. Damien Nelis (2), Marty Mc Laughlin and Colin Gallagher were the other Glenree scorers.

RESULTS
Saturday 9th January 2016
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Drumkeen United P v P Arranmore United
Glencar Celtic 4 v 0 Fintown Harps AFC
Strand Rovers 2 v 2 Mulroy Celtic
Orchard F.C. 2 v 0 Drumbar F.C.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves 1 v 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5 v 2 St. Catherines Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 1 v 4 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Curragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 2 Donegal Town Reserves
Glenea United Reserves 1 v 0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves

Sunday 10th January 2016
FAI Junior Cup
Rathmullan Celtic 0 v 3 Regional United
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Kildrum Tigers 0 v 3 Glenea United
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 2 Castlefin Celtic
Drumoghill F.C. 2 v 0 Cappry Rovers
St. Catherines 2 v 2 Gweedore Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cranford United 1 v 8 Lagan Harps
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 5 Raphoe Town
Lifford Celtic 1 v 3 Bonagee United
Gweedore United 0 v 1 Keadue Rovers
Donegal Town 0 v 8 Convoy Arsenal
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 5 v 0 Whitestrand United
Curragh Athletic 1 v 1 Letterbarrow Celtic
Erne Wanderers 4 v 0 Eany Celtic
Copany Rovers 1 v 4 Dunkineely Celtic
Ballybofey United 1 v 5 Glenree United

FIXTURES
Saturday 16th January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United v Glencar Celtic (1 p.m.)
Fintown Harps AFC v Strand Rovers
Mulroy Celtic v Orchard F.C.
Drumbar F.C. v Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Donegal Town Reserves v Glenree United Reserves
Drumoghill F.C. v Curragh Athletic Reserves

Sunday 17th January 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Gweedore Celtic v Milford United
St. Catherines v Cappry Rovers
Drumoghill F.C. v Castlefin Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Glenea United
Kildrum Tigers v Rathmullan Celtic
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Bonagee United v Keadue Rovers
Cranford United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Gweedore United v Donegal Town
Convoy Arsenal v Lifford Celtic
Lagan Harps v Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United v Curragh Athletic
Glenree United v Deele Harps
Dunkineely Celtic v Ballybofey United
Eany Celtic v Copany Rovers
Letterbarrow Celtic v Erne Wanderers


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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NEWS

 December 13, 2015

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Ulster Junior Cup

Kildrum Tigers 5 Cavan Rovers 1

Kildrum opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Damian Crossan finished off a great piece of play from the Tigers. Cavan scored a few minutes later thanks to a mix-up in the Kildrum defence. Kildrum dominated the remainder of the game with Reece Laird banging in 4 goals. Best for Kildrum were Packi Coll an Reece Laird

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Glenea United 1 Castlefin Celtic 3

This game was abandoned with the visitors leading by three goals to one.

Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 0

Kilmacrennan Celtic secured their first league win on Sunday when they defeated Gweedore Celtic in a game that was switched to Gweedore. There was some good football being played with Kilmacrennan the stronger side in the first half. They had numerous chances but weren’t rewarded until the 42nd minute where Christy Connaghan converted with the help of Gavin Gorman and Michael McLaughlin. Gweedore had a few good chances also but Kilmacrennan’s Gavin Gorman and Ryan Shields held strong at the back to deny them their equaliser. Gweedore came out fighting and dominated for the first 20 minutes of the second half, creating some good chances, but Kilmacrennan were hungry for a win. Kilmacrennan were awarded a penalty on the 76th minute. It was taken by Christy Connaghan but Gweedore’s keeper pulled off a great save to deny them the chance to double their lead. The last 15 minutes were intense, it was looking like Gweedore were going to get their equaliser, but a few vital saves from Jason Hegarty ensured Kilmacrennan came away with all three points. Best for Kilmac were Caolan Kelly, Gavin Gorman and Ryan Shields. Best for Gweedore : A team effort. Referee: Paddy Duffy

Rathmullan Celtic 3 St. Catherines 3

Dara Patton’s in-form side welcomed Premier League Champions St. Catherine’s to a blustery Flagpole for what was an entertaining clash with both sides taking a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw. The Hoops got off to the perfect start with winger Ryan Connolly scoring with a glancing header from a Chris Doran cross after 10 minutes, but the reigning champions dug deep and were level after the quarter hour mark with their sharp shooter Rose volleying in from 20 yards out past Hoops’ keeper Mark Gallagher. As the game approached half time the Saints hit a sucker punch to the Seasiders when their left midfielder Daniel Breslin volleyed into the roof of the net from outside the area, following a corner, to give the visitors that all important lead going into the interval. The second half saw the tempo lifted by Patton’s Hoops who dominated the possession and attacks with Ryan Gildea going close, after a solo run, and shooting just wide on 50 minutes. A defensive mix-up gifted St. Catherine’s an opportunity allowing Rose straight through one-on-one with Hoops keeper Gallagher on the hour mark. Rose’s strike was blocked by Gallagher with the breaking ball falling to Barry Cannon who had an open net to stroke the ball into and give the visitors a two goal advantage. Patton rang the changes with Eamonn Sheridan making an immediate impact. He led the line well and linked the play as Rathmullan fought to get something from the game. A brace from Shea Coyle in the closing minutes did just that. Best for Rathmullan were Niall Caruthers, Eamon Sheridan and Shea Coyle. Best for St. Catherines was Rose. Referee: Mick Lagan.

Drumoghill F.C. 1 Milford United 3

Milford United demonstrated their own title credentials in this top of the table cash by producing an impressive performance at The Moss. Gary Merritt was their two goal hero on the day putting his side one up early in the contest before scoring again in the dying minutes to clinch the points after Paddy Collins had pulled one back for the home side. This was a game that was played at an electric pace throughout, both teams enjoying periods of dominance, but the visitors’ ruthless streak inside the box that ultimately led to them grabbing the points. They started brightly and were a goal up inside 3 minutes. Gary Merritt gained possession from a short corner, cut on to his right foot and found the top corner from the edge of the box. Milford dominated the opening period and should really have doubled their lead on 15 minutes when Merritt again that raced through onto Damian Casey’s through ball, but his lob over the advancing Toner was cleared to safety after Christopher O’Donnell somehow beat the ball to the goal line. As half time approached Drumoghill started to gain the upper hand and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the periods before and after half time. It was during this period that Richie Moore twice hit woodwork and it started to look like it wouldn’t be Drumoghill’s day. As Drumoghill dominated they became vulnerable to the counter attack and it was from such a venture forwards that Milford doubled their lead. Paul Nash sent PJ Hagan clear on the right wing and the full back’s superb cross was guided home at the back post by Joey Cullen on 68 minutes. Drumoghill though responded immediately. Chris Malseed and Philip Whyte combined in midfield and it was Malseed’s pass the beat the offside trap to send Liam O’Donnell clear and his cross was hammered beyond Mc Gettigan at the near post by Paddy Collins to set up a frantic finish. Drumoghill threw everything they could at Milford during the final 20 minutes but Johnny Logue was equal to anything that Drumoghill could throw at them before Merritt raced away to make it 3-1 on 89 minutes and clinch victory for the visitors. Referee: Ed Moore

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic 0 Donegal Town 3
Played in wintery conditions Lifford welcomed Donegal Town to Greenbrae in search of a much needed three points, but it wasn’t to be. During the first half Donegal created the better goal scoring opportunities as Lifford dominated possession. Donegal got their opener following a goal mouth scramble on 20 minutes. The second half was much the same as the first with Lifford keeping the ball for long spells but rarely threatening, Donegal capitalised on this and doubled their advantage on the hour mark. Donegal put a gloss on their performance and the result when they converted a late penalty.

Lagan Harps P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. P
(Match Postponed due to unplayable pitches)

Convoy Arsenal 4 Bonagee United 1
Convoy made in four wins in a row with a comfortable home win against Bonagee. On a cold frosty day it was the away side who made the better start to the game and were well on top for the first ten minutes but never created any dangerous chances. Convoy slowly came into the game and got on top of things in midfield and started to create chances through Robb, Brolly and Harvey. The pressure paid off when the Bonagee keeper couldn’t hold on to a ball put into box by Elliott and Brolly was first to react to it and was brought down by the keeper. Up stepped Robb to put the home side one up from the spot.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw both teams score. Convoy doubled their lead to 2-0 when Harvey slotted the ball under the Bonagee keeper. Bonagee responded by making a few changes and sending there danger man Mc Monagle up front. Immediately he pressed hard and won a corner. From the resulting corner Temple managed to poke the ball into the roof of the net amongst all the bodies in the box. With Bonagee confidence lifted they tried hard to break down the Convoy defence but with no luck. Convoy almost got their third from a speculative volley from Guthrie from twenty yards out only for the Keeper to tip it over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner Convoy got a deserved third through Robb who was on hand to poke the ball into the net in the crowded box. Convoy created chances still through Bogle, Patterson and Guthrie. The result was finally put to bed in the eighty fifth minute when Gary Brolly beat the keeper from the edge of the box. One has to give credit to both teams, both teams played well in such poor conditions for a football match.
Raphoe Town 7 Cranford United 0
Raphoe welcomed Cranford to a bitterly cold Deele College Grounds on what was the last game for the home side before the Christmas break. Raphoe started this game well and were a goal up inside the first ten minutes when David Craig scored with a great header from a Christy Bogle corner. The pressure was kept on Cranford and Raphoe hit a second with a superb finish from Seamus Bogle. Cranford had a few half chances after this and forced Roy Duffy into a couple of fine saves in the Raphoe goal. Then on the half hour Craig got his second after a great move involving Frankie Mc Brearty and Jamie Gallagher. the third came just before half time when Oliver Quinn finished with ease. The second half was more of the same as the home side kept up the pressure and David Craig completed the hat-trick his performance deserved with a fine finish after good work by Jamie Gallagher. Then goal machine Seamus Bogle got his second after very unselfish play by the excellent Frank Mc Brearty. Young sub Keelan Kelly finished the scoring when he got on the end of a Stephen Laird corner. A team effort from and under strength Cranford and a fine team performance from the home side Referee: James Malseed.

CT Ball Division Two
Curragh Athletic 2 Ballybofey United 0
A goal in each half secured the three points from this match for Curragh Athletic. Ballybofey will have had little else on their mind during their short journey home other than how they were returning to the Twin Towns with nothing to show for their endeavours. Countless missed chances was their main source of despair but some great goalkeeping from Jason Woods also added to their woes. Curragh will be glad of the three points as the League enters the Christmas break.

Deele Harps P Dunkineely Celtic P
(Match Postponed due to unpayable pitches)

RESULTS

Sunday

Ulster Junior Cup

Kildrum Tigers 5 v 1 Cavan Rovers

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Glenea United 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic
Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 0 Gweedore Celtic
Rathmullan Celtic 3 v 3 St. Catherines
Drumoghill F.C. 1 v 3 Milford United
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Lifford Celtic 0 v 3 Donegal Town
Lagan Harps P v P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Convoy Arsenal 4 v 1 Bonagee United
Raphoe Town 7 v 0 Cranford United
CT Ball Division Two
Curragh Athletic 2 v 0 Ballybofey United
Deele Harps P v P Dunkineely Celtic

Christmas Update

The Executive Committee of the Donegal Junior League have decided to cancel all matches over the Christmas and New Year period. The Committee took the decision so that families could enjoy the festivities together without having to wonder about fixtures been on or off. There are many thousands of people connected with the League in one way or another and it is the wish of the League that all can enjoy this special time. So to the Players, Managers, Coaches, Physios, Club Committee Members, our Referees and members of the local Media and all their families the Donegal Junior League wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you all around the grounds in 2016.


DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

NEWS

 November 23, 2015

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Old Orchard Saturday Division

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This match was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions however the pair retained their positions at the top of the Old Orchard Saturday Division without kicking a ball. Drumkeen have joined Orchard on fourteen points, having gained a point against Glencar Celtic, but the Letterkenny side remain in second with a game in hand.
Glencar Celtic 3 Drumkeen United 3
This game was played in perfect conditions at The Flag Pole and didn’t lack goals. Drumkeen started well and had an early spell of possession but Glencar soon found their rhythm and came into the game with crisp passing but just couldn’t find the killer ball to create a clear opening. Drumkeen went one up when a route one ball over the top turned into a foot race between Liam Doherty and Peter Brannigan. Doherty seemed to have done enough to win a goal kick when the two clashed shoulders in the box only for the referee to point to the spot much to the confusion of Doherty and the rest of his Glencar team mates. Chris Kyle stepped forward and buried his spot kick high into the side netting giving the keeper no chance. Glencar fell victim to that decision and lost concentration and Brannigan and Drumkeen took full advantage doubling their lead two minutes after the restart. A Garvan Grieve strike from the edge of the box halved the advantage making it 2-1 at the break.
Glencar got off to a flier at the start of the second half, Grieve played a ball over the top of the Drumkeen defence and Eddie McLaughlin latched onto it and fizzed a ball across the 6 yard box and Jordan McGinley slotted home. It was end to end then for a period with both teams having chances but both defences stood firm. The visitors took the lead again when a cross from the right wing caused confusion in the Glencar defence and veteran Brannigan rose highest to head home. Glencar dug deep and had three corners in quick succession but the Drumkeen defence were equal to everything Glencar threw at them. It was looking like another home defeat for Glencar but they showed good character and played right to the end and got their reward two minutes from time. They won a free kick 20 yards out and Eddie Mc Laughlin’s daisy cutter, under the wall, was well saved down to the keepers right but he could only parry and Mark Graham’s backheel found Jordan McGinley who slotted home for his second of the game to break Drumkeen hearts and there large support. Good team effort from both sides.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division

St. Catherines Reserves 3 Erne Wanderers Reserves 1

Erne opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Peter Boyle raced through and fired past Paddy Byrne in the Saints goals. Kristian McNelis had Saints back on level terms after 30 minutes. Saints should have been out of sight at half time with Kristian McNelis and Donal Mc Guire missing numerous good chances.
Brian Smith put the home team in front from the penalty spot on 75 minutes after Stevie Anderson was taken down in the box. On 87 minutes Stephen Muirhead made sure of the points when he headed home from a free kick. Good team performances. Referee: George Clinton

Milford United Reserves 0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1

Drumoghill won the bragging rights in this hard fought game which had been switched to The Moss due to a water logged pitch in Milford. Milford however will wonder how they did not get something out of this game as they pressed Drumoghill to the final minute looking for that all important equaliser. Both teams had played some good football in the first half with Ethan Mc Cready and Mark Gibson having their goal bound shots well save by the Milford net minder and John Maddigan. Drumoghill started the quicker in the second half and where ahead on sixty minutes when Mc Cready delivered a lovely ball into the box which John Rodgers fired home. Milford did fight back but found the defence duo of Tinney and Maddigan hard to break down. Milford did have one last chance when the ball fell to Ryan Gamble in a one on one with Micheal Toner but his shot was well saved by the Drumoghill keeper. Referee: Brian O’ Kane

Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 Glenea United Reserves

This game which was reversed to Glenea was played in testing conditions and it was a strong Glenea team who drew 1st blood when they broke through the Keadue defence and their striker finished well. The first half finished 1-0 to Glenea. Keadue started the 2nd half much brighter and levelled the game when a Daniel Bonner strike from the edge of the area found the net. Glenea’s second goal was a little fortuitous as a mistake in the Keadue defence allowed Glenea in to capitalise and make it 2-1. Keadue pushed hard for a leveller but were caught on the break as Glenea rounded off the scoring to finish the game 3-1 in their favour. Team effort from Keadue with Kevin Mulhern and Paudgie Mc Gee best for Glenea.

Donegal Town Reserves 2 Cappry Rovers Reserves 0

The game was scoreless at half time following a quiet first half. Both teams played some very tidy football but neither could break the deadlock. The game began to stretch in the second half and it was Donegal who opened the scoring through David “Ted” Bustard. Donegal’s Nathan Ward carried the ball through the middle of the park and slipped a through ball between the Cappry defence to Ben Sweeney. Sweeney’s inch perfect cross found Bustard who made no mistake from close range. Cappry pushed hard for an equaliser but it was Sweeney who secured all three points for Donegal. Following a Cappry free kick the ball broke loose and Sweeney picked it up on the half-way line, drove into the Cappry box and finished neatly into the bottom corner. 2-0 to Donegal at the final whistle.

Glenree United Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3

Castlefin took the lead midway through the first half when possession was given away in midfield by the home side. A nice bit of football unlocked the Glenree defence and the ball was coolly slotted into the back of the net. Glenree pushed for the equaliser with Conor Casey running riot on the right wing for the home side but some good defending by Castlefin stopped the strikers from getting a clear shot on goal. The second half was one-way traffic with Castlefin trying their best to get the second and put the points out of Glenree’s reach. The home side held on well up until 70 minutes when a free for the away side was whipped in from the half way line and the ball wasn’t dealt with resulting in Castlefin’s second. With 5 minutes left the away side got their third, and what a gaol it was. A free from the left hand side of the box whipped in and smashed off the opposite post just under the bar and zipped into the net. Glenree got a consolation goal within two minutes of the restart. A good performance from Glenree’s young players who are getting better by the game. Best for Glenree: Conor Casey, Cathal Mc Ginley Jnr. & Ian Mc Elhinney. Team effort by Castlefin Celtic.

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Milford United 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic 0
Milford United came out on top with a great win over neighbours Kilmacrennan Celtic at Moyle View Park on what was a heavy pitch for both teams. It was a fairly even contest in the first half with both sides creating half chances but no goals for either side as the teams went in at half time. In the second half Milford started to get a grip of things and were rewarded with Gary Merritt finishing off a good move. Milford’s second goal in the 60th minute was a bit more fortunate when a poor back pass put the Kilmacrennan keeper under pressure and his clearance came off the back of Gary Merritt and ended up in the back of the net. Merritt completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes after some good spade work by Kyle Black. Kieran Gorman was best for Kilmacrennan and it was a great team performance form Milford, Final score.

Gweedore Celtic 1 Kildrum Tigers 2

Despite being down to ten men Kildrum staged a remarkable comeback to turn a one nil deficit into a two one victory. Two late strikes from Damien Crossan and Shane Mc Intyre cancelled out a lead which Gweedore held from the fifth minute. Shane Porter poked home to give the home team the perfect start. Gweedore had further chances to extend their lead through Jay Dee Alawiye and Thomas Diver but they failed to hit the target. Kildrum were reduced to ten men when Lynch was sent off in the 60th minute but this only spurred them on and they took the game to Gweedore and got their just reward with those two late strikes. Referee: Mick Lagan

Cappry Rovers 1 Glenea United 1
(No Report Submitted)

Castlefin Celtic 3 Rathmullan Celtic 0

Castlefin took an early lead on 4 minutes, Ronan Tourish’s excellent free kick from 25 yards went straight into the top corner. Rathmullan’s best chance of the half fell to Eoin Sheridan who’s effort came off the cross bar after 15 minutes. Both teams struggled to create any clear cut chances for the remainder of the half. Castlefin doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half when Ronan Tourish’s through ball found Mark Lafferty one on one with the Rathmullan keeper Mark Gallagher. Lafferty tapped the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner. Castlefin then began to pile pressure on the Rathmullan defence, Ronan Tourish’s chance going the closest bringing a great save from Mark Gallagher. Castlefin wrapped up all three points in the 70th minute. Mark Lafferty’s cross from the left wing found JP Malley who got a head to it from 6 yards out to finish into the net at the front post. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Best for Castlefin: Peter Bryson and JP Malley.
Best for Rathmullan: Team performance.

St. Catherines 1 Drumoghill F.C. 2
(No Report Submitted)

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cranford United 0 Gweedore United 7
(No Report Submitted)

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Lifford Celtic 2
(No Report Submitted)

Keadue Rovers 1 Donegal Town 1
(No Report Submitted)

Bonagee United 1 Lagan Harps 3

Lagan opened the scoring on six minutes when Mark Hunter shot home from six yards. Lagan came close again on ten minutes when Mark Hunter broke down the right and his strike from the edge of the box went just wide of the post. Kenny Doran for the visitors shot over on twelve minutes from ten yards after he was put through by Glen Gallagher. Lee Mc Monagle came close for the home team on twenty minutes after a good cross from Paddy Mc Gowan from the left. Hunter again came close on twenty five minutes for the visitors after a great cross from Doran which he headed over from six yards. Eamon Cannon and Gareth Temple had strikes on target but nothing to bother Mc Fadden in the Lagan goal. Lagan got their second through Kevin Doran on forty minutes when a Mark Hunter cross from the right into the box he hammered home from twelve yards. Lee Mc Monagle scored for Bonagee on fifty five minutes when he shot home to the roof of the net from just outside the box. Mark Harkin got Lagan’s third on sixty three minutes when he broke down the left cut inside the defender and hammered home to the bottom corner of the net. Team effort by both sides. Referee: John Mc Glanaghey.

Convoy Arsenal 3 Raphoe Town 1

As with most matches between these two teams the game started at a hectic pace. Raphoe had the better of the opening exchanges and never let the home side settle on the ball. Keelan Gillen looked sharp up front for the visitors and came close to breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions. Despite all the Raphoe pressure it was Convoy who took the lead through Darren Harvey who curled a lovely free-kick into the top corner. Convoy lifted their game after this point and got their second in the 34th minute when Gary Brolly tapped in after the Raphoe keeper couldn’t hold another Convoy free-kick. It looked like Convoy would go in at half time with a two goal lead until Raphoe scored a free-kick of their own when Stephen Laird riffled home from 25 yards out. The second half was more of the same with both teams battling it out in the middle of the pitch. Convoy looked to keep things tight and hit Raphoe on the counter attack for the remainder of the game and it worked well as the home side were creating the better of the chances and only for some great work from the Raphoe goalkeeper they could have extended their lead. Raphoe started to force a lot of free-kicks around the Convoy penalty area and these looked to be their best chance of an equaliser. Lee Guthrie then put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go when he broke from deep to beat the offside trap and at the second attempt headed the ball home to give Convoy the two goal cushion they were searching for. Raphoe pushed to get back into the game but Convoy held out comfortably in the end to continue a good start to life in Division One. Best for Convoy were James Kee and Anthony Bogle with Roy Duffy and Keelan Gillen best for Raphoe. Referee: Liam mc Laughlin

CT Ball Division Two
Dunkineely Celtic 1 Eany Celtic 2

This game was evenly balanced for the first 15 minutes with both sides playing some good football. Cian Kennedy had a shot just over in the third minute and Emmet Kennedy had a great effort cleared off the line when he lobbed the keeper from the edge of the area as the home team threatened. On 16 minutes a through ball caught the home defence out and resulted in the keeper receiving a red card. Stephen Griffin scored the resulting penalty to give Eany the lead. Eany started to take control of the game and doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Mark Ward fired home from 20 yards. Dunkineely to their credit came back into the game and pulled a goal back on 32 minutes when Jon Gallagher headed home a Paul Murrin corner. Aaron Byrne saw his header from a Paul Murrin free go just wide as Dunkineely pushed for an equaliser. Eany came out strongly in the second half to try and kill the game off. Stephen Griffin had his shot on 49 minutes blocked by a last ditch tackle. Dunkineely came more into the game and dominated for long spells. They had numerous chances and only a combination of poor decision making and resolute defending kept them from getting the equaliser their play deserved. Despite the pressure from 10 man Dunkineely Eany held on for the win. Dunkineely had good performances from Jon Gallagher and Ronan Kennedy who took over goals and made a number of fine saves. Stephen Griffin and Mark Ward were best for Eany. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny

Ballybofey United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 0

Ballybofey United welcomed Letterbarrow Celtic to town on Sunday afternoon but sent them back home with little to celebrate. Niall Mc Closkey gave PH Bonar’s men a half time lead at the Finn Valley Complex. In the second half the home side started to get their game into a higher gear and added to their tally through Damien Glackin, Conor Doherty and Ronan Mc Menamin. This victory keeps the Twin Towns men in contact with the table toppers as December looms on the horizon. Although lagging behind on points they have two games in hand which they will need to win to make up the ground on Glenree United and Erne Wanderers. Deele Harps are also well in the mix at this stage.

Copany Rovers 0 Whitestrand United 2
(No Report Submitted)

Erne Wanderers 0 Deele Harps 3

Erne Wanderers hosted Deele Harps on Sunday at the Lakeside Centre in perfect conditions and it was the away side that went back through the gap happiest after some clinical finishing saw them leave with all three points. The game was fifteen minutes in when Deele got in behind the home team and Ryan O’ Brien could only bring down the Harps’ striker inside the box and Gallagher dispatched the penalty to Boyle’s left. Erne were seeing a lot of the ball but were lacking a cutting edge as the away side proved hard to break down. Harps then doubled their lead on forty minutes when Wanderers lost possession in the middle of the pitch and Deele broke at pace with numbers and their striker finished well past Boyle. The second half was a lot better from Erne and they laid siege to the away goal but chance after chance went abegging with some terrible finishing and excellent saves kept them scoreless. Harps broke in the 90th minute, to rub salt into the wounds, and the midfielder slotted under Boyle for number three. The scoreline didn’t reflect the game but Deele defended very well and played brilliant on the counter attack and leave Wanderers scratching their heads at the scoreline. Referee: John Coyle.

Glenree United 3 Curragh Athletic 2

Glenree hosted Curragh today in an entertaining affair. The away side took the lead when Neil Lloyd rose highest to power a header home leaving the home side trailing at half time. Glenree started brightly in the second half and won a penalty through Colin Gallagher. Barney Boyce made no mistake from the spot. The home side then took the lead when a free kick was palmed out by the goalie and fell at the back post for Johnny Mc Clafferty who volleyed home. Glenree extended their lead from another corner when Pat Mc Groddy found space and finished well. The away side pulled one back through Gary Heaney when he broke through and drilled home. Glenree held on to take all three points.

RESULTS
Saturday 21st November
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Orchard F.C. P v P Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.) Postponed
Glencar Celtic 3 v 3 Drumkeen United
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines Reserves 3 v 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Milford United Reserves 0 v 1 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves Reversed
Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 v 3 Glenea United Reserves Reversed
Donegal Town Reserves 2 v 0 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Glenree United Reserves 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Sunday 22nd November
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Milford United 3 v 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Gweedore Celtic 1 v 2 Kildrum Tigers
Cappry Rovers 1 v 1 Glenea United
Castlefin Celtic 3 v 0 Rathmullan Celtic
St. Catherines 1 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Cranford United 0 v 7 Gweedore United Reversed
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 2 Lifford Celtic
Keadue Rovers 1 v 1 Donegal Town
Bonagee United 1 v 3 Lagan Harps
Convoy Arsenal 3 v 1 Raphoe Town
CT Ball Division Two
Dunkineely Celtic 1 v 2 Eany Celtic
Ballybofey United 4 v 0 Letterbarrow Celtic
Copany Rovers 0 v 2 Whitestrand United
Erne Wanderers 0 v 3 Deele Harps
Glenree United 3 v 2 Curragh Athletic

FIXTURES
Saturday 28th November K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )
Ulster Junior Shield
Glenea United Reserves v Orchard F.C. (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Mulroy Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)
Fintown Harps AFC v Drumkeen United
Glencar Celtic v Drumbar F.C.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
St. Catherines v Glenree United Reserves

Sunday 29th November K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )
Oscar Traynor Trophy The Moss, Drumoghill
Donegal Junior League v Sligo / Leitrim League