4 Lanterns USL
Cockhill Celtic 4 0 Bonagee Utd.
Derry City Res. 3 5 Swilly Rovers
(match reversed to Swilly Park)
Letterkenny Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd.
DPD First Division
Swilly Rovers Res. 0 4 Kildrum Tigers Res.
Cockhill Celtic 4
Bonagee Utd. 0
Cockhill started off on the front foot and pinned Bonagee back for long periods in the1st half. Bonagee played with 3in the centre midfield with the hard working Anthony Appiah up front. Cockhill almost broke the deadlock on 19th minutes with Gerard Mc Laughlin crossing for Garvin Friel to head narrowly over. A minute later Johnny Havlin hit the bar from a Gerry Gill corner. On the 31st minute Bonagee almost broke the stalemate when Anthony Appiah brought a good save from Gavin Cullen, the ball broke and Cockhill countered with Garvin Friel crossing for Mark Moran to tap inn at the back post: 1-0 to Cockhill. Cockhill continued to dominate with numerous half chances but Bonagee almost drew level on the stroke of half time with Appiah spurning a a great chance. Cockhill got a second goal on the 48th minute when Jimmy Bradley fed Garvin Friel who held of a defender and coolly slotted via the Bonagee post. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bonagee with Cockhill creating numerous chances in the second half. A 3rd arrived when Jimmy Bradley for Aiden O Donnell to slot home from 5 yards. Cockhill grabbed a 4th in the 89th minute a corner from Christy Mc Laughlin corner was headed home by Johnny Havlin. Final score Cockhill 4 Bonagee 0.
Letterkenny Rovers 2
Fanad Utd. 1
Second half goals from Letterkenny Rovers’ in-form strike force of Darren McElwaine and Oisin McMenamin ensured all three points for the home side in this tight tussle with Fanad United at Leckview Park. It was an important victory for Trevor Scanlon’s side as they looked to build on last week’s impressive showing in their 6-1 defeat of Swilly Rovers and move a step closer to securing a third place finish. However, this game remained in the balance right up until the end as the hosts conceded a penalty within sixty seconds of doubling their advantage and Brian McVeigh’s spot kick for Fanad made for an uncomfortable finish.
Indeed the visitors played most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Oisin Hassett. The opening forty-five minutes was rather low key. The main talking point was a McElwaine header which was scooped off the line ten minutes before the break. However, the Convoy man did find the target seven minutes after the re-start. Jonathan Minnock swung in a left footed corner and McElwaine’s powerful header from inside the box found the back of the net. Hassett’s red card two minutes later following an altercation with Chris Malseed had the visitors in further trouble. Rovers pressed for the second goal and while Kevin McGrath came close twice, they did eventually double their lead with seventeen minutes remaining. Jason Doherty skipped in from the right wing before he sliced open the Fanad defence with a precise pass through to Oisin McMenamin and the diminutive striker stroked the ball home past Jordan McBride for his fourth goal in two games. Fanad replied immediately when substitute Anthony Doherty upended David Edwards inside the box and McVeigh made no mistake from the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Jason Quinn got down well to deny an effort from Edwards while McElwaine and Kieran Doherty both had chances to wrap up the win in the closing minutes.
Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Dan O’Donnell, Jonathan Minnock, Ruairi Kelly (Anthony Doherty on 46 mins) , Chris Malseed, Jason Doherty (Aaron Scanlon on 85 mins) , Glenn Gallagher, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Kevin McGrath.
Fanad United – Jordan McBride, Myles McBride (Pauric Ferry on 76 mins), Daire McDaid, Ryan McGonigle, Glenn McNulty, Paddy McGrenaghan (Oisin Shiels on 90 mins) , Conor Matthewson (Kyle Burke on 85 mins) , Oisin Hassett, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards, Aiden Sweeney.
Referee – Warren Harvey
DPD First Division
Swilly Rovers Res. 0
Kildrum Tigers Res. 4
Kildrum Tigers sealed the first division title with an impressive 4-0 win over a youthful Swilly Rovers team. Kevin Barr, the ex Derry City player with two fine goals and one a piece from Barry O Donnell and William Lynch sealed the victory. Swilly’s Bobby Hanlon an eleventh hour stand could not be faulted as swilly were short regular keepers Gareth Wade, Caelon Bolton and John Roulston. Kildrum were 1-0 up at half time but they overpowered Swilly in the second half to seal the victory. Both teams had a player each dismissed in the second half. Young Bobby Hanlon performed very well for the home side with a good team display for the visitors and newly crowned First Division champions.
Match Referee : Thomas Mc Aree
4 Lanterns USL
Monday, August 26th at 7:45pm
Finn Harps Res. v Drumkeen Utd
Ref. T. McAree
Wednesday, August 28th at 7pm
Derry City Res. v Fanad Utd.
Ref. P. Coll
Sunday, September 1st at 2pm (E.T. & Pens if required)
Donegal News League Cup Semi-Finals
Cockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res.
Ref. P. Duddy; Assts. T. McAree & P. Coll
Drumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers
Ref. S. Toner; Assts. C. McLaughlin & V. McLaughlin
4 Lanterns USL
Monday, September 2nd at 8pm
Fanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd.
Ref. J. McHugh
DPD First Division
Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30pm
Bonagee Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res.
Ref. C. McLaughlin
Friday, August 30th at 6:30pm
Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res.
Ref. V. McLaughlin
USL Squad for Inter Pros Named
Joint Managers, Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon have named their 20 man panel for this years Inter Provincial tournament that will take place in Sligo the weekend of September 27th – 29th. The USL squad begin their campaign on the Friday night with a game against the Leinster Senior League with the teams playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw in last year’s tournament. They will then take on their Connacht counterparts on Saturday afternoon before finishing their weekend with a game against holders, Munster. All players are asked to attend training at the Aura Leisure Centre this Tuesday, August 27th at 7:45pm and to bring astro runners.
Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, Seamus “Nanni” Friel (Drumkeen Utd.) Jonathon Minnock, Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Oisin McColgan, Johnny Havlin, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Malachy McDermott, Gerry Gill, Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Seamus Houghton, Josh Tracey, Georgie Kelly (Derry city Res.) Darren Cassidy, Paddy McLaughlin (Kildrum Tigers).