Results & Reports 15.06.14
DPD Division 1 Results
Letterkenny Rovers Res. 4 1 Drumkeen Utd. Res.
Fanad Utd. Res. 1 1 Swilly Rovers Res.
Letterkenny Rovers Res. 4
Drumkeen Utd. Res. 1
A strong Letterkenny Rovers team overcame a youthful Drumkeen Utd on the opening day of the reserve League season at Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon in a game which saw the visitors finish the game with 9 men following a double sending off on the hour mark.
Following early efforts by Peter McNamee and Jerome Duffy for the visitors it was Rovers who almost went ahead on 7 minutes. Kevin McGrath with some good work on the right set up Stephen O’Donnell and his thunderous shot hit the post much to the relief of Michael Gibson in the Drumkeen goal. The relief was short-lived though as O’Donnell secured the opening goal on 13 minutes. The always lively Stevie Okakpo played the big Manor man through on goal and his low shot easily beat Gibson to put Rovers ahead.
Further efforts by O’Donnell and the returning Christopher Malseed followed before Drumkeen got a deserved equaliser in a wonderful counter attacking move..Letterkenny lost possession on the edge of the visitors box which fell to Kevin Bonner. His angled pass led to Peter McNamee nicely beating the offside trap before rounding the advancing Letterkenny net minder Jason Quinn outside his own box and coolly finishing to the bottom corner. Indeed McNamee was a thorn in the side of Jonathan Minnock and John Doherty in the first half and had a couple of other chances to put the visitors ahead shooting narrowly over on a couple of occasions.
Rovers dominated possession though for most of the half and had a great chance on 42 through a super pass and move between Okakpo and Neil Lloyd which led to Okakpo just missing the target from 12 yards. Rovers domination was emphasised when they took the lead right on the stroke of halftime. After man of the match Okakpo had a rasper of a shot cannon off the bar the rebound fell to Kevin McGrath on the right. He played O’Donnell through and his cross was headed home by Darren McElwaine to ensure the hosts held an interval lead.
The second half started in much the same vein with excellent chances spurned by O’Donnell and McGrath before the games big talking point on 61 minutes. An incisive pass through by McGrath found Stephen O’Donnell he played the ball across the edge of the 6 yard box to McElwaine who scored with the Drumkeen defence shouting offside from the initial pass. While Rovers were celebrating the goal ref Stephen Toner brandished a red card to dismiss Chris Kyle for dissent. Lee Guthrie then showed dissent and was also sent off to reduce the visitors to 9 men. From then on it was only a matter of playing out the game and numerous chances came and went for Rovers with Okakpo and O’Hagan both having efforts narrowly wide before Rovers scored their 4th goal on 76 minutes. Gibson did well to save Okakpo’s shot but could only parry it into the path of Glenn Gallagher and he made no mistake keeping his composure to coolly slot home from 12 yards. Drumkeen had a couple of half chances through Lee Kennedy and Kevin Bonner to reduce the deficit while Letterkenny substitute Gareth Doherty had a couple of chances which flew narrowly wide. It was always going to be a tough battle for the young Drumkeen team against a very strong Letterkenny side but they battled hard especially when reduced to 9 men.
Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Glenn Gallagher, Neil Lloyd, Jonathan Minnock, John Doherty, Aaron O’Hagan, Kevin McGrath, Christopher Malseed, Darren McElwaine, Stephen O’Donnell, Stevie Okakpo. Subs; Ryan Gildea for Minnock 63, Gareth Doherty for O’Hagan 63, Kieran Doherty for McElwaine 81
Drumkeen; Michael Gibson, Sean Lapsley, Kevin Boyle, Chris Kyle, Paul Bonnar, Lee Guthrie, Eunan Doherty, Liam McGill,Kevin Bonner, Peter McNamee, Jerome Duffy. Subs; Ebe Philips for Duffy 30, Lee Kennedy for Doherty 58, Conor Laverty for McGill 82.
Referee; Stephen Toner
Fanad and Swilly Open With Draw
Fanad Utd. Res. 1
Swilly Rovers Res. 1
Fanad United and Swilly Rovers shared the spoils in this opening fixture in the Ulster Senior League Reserve division. Fanad started the stronger and had the first opening in the 10th minute when a deep cross from Glenn McNulty was just missed by Oisin Hasset in the box. In the 14th minute a long clearance from Fanad keeper Joe Coll found Conor Matthewson who shot straight at Caolan Bolton in the Swilly net. A minute later Bolton saved well from a Dean McCarry free kick. Swilly started to come into the game and in the 18th minute Gorey McCahill shot over when well placed. Fanad took the lead in the 25th minute when Conor Matthewson went on a mazy run into the box. His initial shot was well saved but Oisin Hasset was on hand to score from the rebound. 10 minutes later Swilly had Kyle Black to thank when he made an excellent tackle in the box to deny David Edwards who was through on goal. A minute later a Daniel O’Donnell cross was met by Brian Pyper whose header was easily saved by Joe Coll.
Swilly started the 2nd half strongly and in the 50th minute Johnny Logue made an excellent block in the box from a Kyle Black shot. In the 60th minute substitute Oisin Duffy sent in a dangerous deep cross into the Fanad box which Joe Coll did well to palm away at full stretch, with a number of Swilly players waiting. Swilly’s pressure paid off in the 70th minute when Ryan McDaid cut in from the left to score at the near post. Fanad almost took the lead again in the 76th minute when Conor Blaney’s pin point cross was met by Oisin Hasset who hit the post with his header. Fanad were reduced to 10 men in the 85th when Jordan McBride received a 2nd yellow card following a clash with Oisin Duffy. Kyle Black had two more chances in the closing stages but shot over then wide on both occasions. Best for Fanad were Johnny Logue, Glenn McNulty and Oisin Hasset. Best for Swilly were Oisin Duffy, Kyle Black and Conor Gormley.
Fanad United Res: Joe Coll, Ronan Sweeney (Conor McGonigle 79), Mylie McBride, Dean McCarry (Jaydee Azawiye 57), Glenn McNulty, Johnny Logue, Conor Matthewson (Conor Blaney 65), Jordan McBride, David Edwards, Oisin Hasset, Adam Serrinha
Swilly Rovers Res: Caolan Bolton, Ryan McDaid, David Fisher, Anthony Fisher, Conor Gormley, Kyle Black, Kevin Coyle (Cathal Diver 57), Daniel O’Donnell, Gorey McCahill (Glenn McElhinney 55), Brian Pyper (Marty McDaid 65), Cormac Toland (Oisin Duffy 55)
Ref: Vincent McLaughlin
Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30pm
4 Lanterns USL
Finn Harps Res. v Swilly Rovers Ref. S. Toner
Donegal News League Cup
Derry City Res. v Fanad Utd. Ref. T. McAree
Saturday, June 21st at 2pm
DPD Division 1
Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Fanad Utd. Res. Ref. T. McAree
Swilly Rovers Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. Ref. P. Duddy
Sunday, June 22nd at 2pm
Donegal News League Cup
Bonagee Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. S. Toner
Fanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. Duddy
Wednesday, June 25th at 7:30pm
Donegal News League Cup
Drumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. T. McAree
Letterkenny Rovers v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. Coll
Wednesday, July 2nd at 7:30pm
Knockalla Caravans Cup Semi-final (e.t. & pens)
Swilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic Ref. TBC
Donegal News League Cup
Finn Harps Res. v Derry City Res. Ref. V. McLaughlin