USL Results & Reports 27.07.14
DPD Div. 1
Bonagee Utd. Res. 2 5 Swilly Rovers Res.
4 Lanterns USL
Cockhill Celtic 7 1 Swilly Rovers
Drumkeen Utd. 2 0 Finn Harps Res.
Letterkenny Rovers 2 2 Bonagee Utd.
DPD Div. 1
Bonagee Suffer Setback
Bonagee Utd. Res. 2
Swilly Rovers Res. 5
Goals galore in this fixture as Swilly Rovers put an end to Bonagee Utd.’s 100% record this season in the DPD Div. 1 and may have seriously dented the home side’s title hopes too. Swilly opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute when Jason Gibson’s cross to the far post was headed home by Kyle Black. The home team responded almost immediately, when Reece Shortt’s cross into the danger area was side footed home by Odhran Barron, and they took the lead in the 8th minute when another Shortt cross was met at the back post by Kevin Doran. Gibson got on the score sheet with 18 minutes on the clock when he placed a shot to the far corner of the net from the edge of the box, giving Roy Duffy in the Bonagee goals no chance. Kyle Black got his second of the game when he scored a spectacular overhead kick that squeezed in under the bar in the 32nd minute. Their fourth arrived just before the break when Jason Gibson placed the ball between keeper and post after capitalising on a defensive error from Noel O’Donnell. Bonagee were much improved in the second half but found a Swilly backline in excellent form. Black got his hat-trick in the 52nd minute when he glanced home a header from a Ryan Shields cross. Team efforts from both sides. Referee Vincent McLaughlin.
4 Lanterns USL
Letterkenny Rovers 2
Bonagee Utd. 2
The Cathedral town derby produced 4 goals at a damp Leckview on Sunday afternoon as Bonagee showed good character to come from two goals down to earn a point against Letterkenny Rovers.
The home side thought that they had got off to the ideal start when David Shovlin netted on 7 minutes but their joy was short-lived as referee Packie Coll disallowed the goal for offside. After Chris Moran had a shot wide for Bonagee the game sprung to life on 23 minutes. Former Finn Harps man Johnny Bonner hit a rasper of a shot from 20 yards which cannoned off the bar with goalkeeper Stephen Conroy well beaten. Bonagee had a great chance to open the scoring on 32 minutes. The very lively Kevin Barr crossed for Aidan McLaughlin and his thunderbolt of a volley from 12 yards was superbly saved by Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Rovers had a couple of half efforts from Johnny Bonner before the opening goal arrived on 38 minutes, Bonagee net minder Stephen Conroy came to punch a Stevie Okakpo cross but just patted it down into the path of David Shovlin. He found Darren McElwaine with a short pass and he turned to shoot low past Conroy to put the hosts deservedly ahead. Bonagee almost levelled immediately when a slip on the greasy surface by Aaron O’Hagan was seized upon by Aidan McLaughlin but his shot went just wide.
Letterkenny started the second half the better and had numerous chances to extend their lead .Darren McElwaine, Johnny Bonner and David Shovlin all had chances to extend Rovers advantage. Rovers did double their lead on 54 minutes. Jonathan Minnock played Stevie Okapo through. He came inside past two men before hitting an unstoppable 25 yard effort straight into the top corner giving the Bonagee goalkeeper no chance at all. Rovers were rampant at this stage and Conroy had to be at his best to deny McElwaine making a super stop from point blank range on 64 minutes after Bonner worked his magic down the left hand side. Bonagee had nothing to lose and started to push forward more and they were thrown a lifeline on 69 minutes. A wonderful free kick delivered into the box by Kevin Barr found the head of Glenn Rainey who was free in the box and his header found the target. The goal seemed to invigorate Bonagee with Kevin Barr conducting the Bonagee orchestra and it was fitting that Barr was the man who was instrumental in the Bonagee equaliser on 84 minutes. A Paddy O’Loan through ball was seized upon by Barr after John Doherty had slipped. Barr raced into the box before crossing to Aiden McLaughlin and he had no problem heading into the net from 6 yards much to the delight of the visitors. Rovers did have a chance to grab all 3 points at the death but Aaron O’Hagan’s shot went over the bar before Packie Coll sounded the final whistle to ensure that this derby game ended in a draw and a share of the spoils.
Letterkenny now play Cockhill Celtic in the League Cup semi-final next Sunday while Bonagee play Fanad in a league cup shield semi-final also next Sunday
Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Glenn Gallagher, Jonathan Minnock, John Doherty, Ryan Gildea, Aaron O’Hagan, Steve Okakpo, David Shovlin, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Johnny Bonner. Subs; Jason Doherty for McMenamin 45 min.
Bonagee Utd; Stephen Conroy, Mark Harkin, Jamie Lynagh, Glenn Rainey, Paddy O’Loan, Frankie McBrearty, Eoin Sheridan, Chris Moran, Aidan McLaughlin, Kevin Barr, Ryan McFadden. Subs; Noah Sanni for McFadden 72 mins, Gareth Breslin for Moran 78 mins
Ref; Packi Coll
Drumkeen Up to Fourth
Drumkeen Utd. 2
Finn Harps Res. 0
Drumkeen took the points with a well-deserved victory against Finn Harps at a damp St Patricks park on Sunday. The home team dominated the first half without having anything to show for their efforts and it was early in the second when they finally got their reward. The goal when it came will be the subject of a bit of banter in the home dressing room. Benny Bonner’s free kick seemed to go directly in but Gavin Reilly claimed a touch. Whether he touched it or not is debatable but he probably distracted goalkeeper Shaun Patton. The home team doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Richie Moore scored a good goal from the right side of the box. As the half wore on they could have added a few more with peter McNamee having a couple of opportunities which went wide and they were also caught off side on numerous occasions. Despite all their possession they could not manage any more goals but will be happy to get back to winning ways. Paul McCauley had a quiet enough afternoon in the Drumkeen goal as Harps didn’t cause him too many problems.
DRUMKEEN – Paul McCauley. Kevin Boyle, Benny Bonner, Rory Feeney, Phillip Whyte, Chrissy Mc Bride, Odhran Grant, Richie Moore, Peter McNamee, Gary Patton. SUBS Gerard Bonner on for McNamee, Johnny Black on for McNamee.
FINN HARPS. Shaun Patton, Conor McGlynn, Hugh Moy, Shaun McGowan, Dylan Quinn, Conor McBride, Dars McConnell. Chris Darby, Cathal McDevitt.
Referee Marty McGarrigle.
Cockhill Edge Closer to Title
Cockhill Celtic 7
Swilly Rovers 1
Cockhill proved too strong for a Swilly side missing a few regulars in Maginn Park, Buncrana. The open 20 minutes were fairly even with neither keeper tested. Cockhill got the breakthrough when an excellent cross from Oisin McColgan found the unmarked Garbhán Friel to glance a header past Wade in Swilly goal. Cockhill doubled their lead on 25 when Conor Carlin curled a fine 20 yarder to the top corner of the Swilly net. Cockhill went 3 up when William O Connor sent Garbhán Friel for his second as he slotted low past Wade. Swilly got a lifeline on the 45th minute when Lawrence Toland broke from midfield before rounding Cullen in Cockhill goal to make it 3-1. Half Time Cockhill 3 Swilly 1.
Cockhill continued to dominate and they got their 4th on 50 minutes when Friel grabbed his hat trick when he connected with Ciaran Mc Laughlin’s cross. Carlin then got Cockhill’s 5th when he pounced on a defensive error on 55 minutes. Swilly threatened now and then and came close twice through Calvin Mooney and Kyle Black. Derek Doherty grabbed a 6th for Cockhill when he played a great 1-2 with Connor Carlin. Derek then grabbed the 7th in the final minutes when he reacted smartly to some hesitant defending in the Swilly defence. Final score Cockhill 7 Swilly Rovers 1. Cockhill with two games remaining need a point to retain the USL title, with Letterkenny away and Derry City at home, it certainly won’t be easy.
DPD First Division 27.07.14
4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 27.07.14
Wednesday, July 30th at 7pm
Div. 1 Cup Preliminary Rd.
Swilly Rovers Res. v Fanad Utd. Res. Ref. M. McGarrigle
4 Lanterns USL
Derry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. (Maginn Park) Ref. V. McLaughlin
Saturday, August 2nd at 2pm
DPD Div. 1
Fanad Utd. Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. Ref. C. McLaughlin
Letterkenny Rovers Res. v Swilly Rovers Res. Ref. M. McGarrigle
Donegal News League Cup Semi-Final at 6:30pm
Swilly Rovers v Derry City Res.
Ref. S. Toner; Assts. P. Coll & V. McLaughlin
Sunday, August 3rd at 2pm
Donegal News League Cup Semi-Final
Letterkenny Rovers v Cockhill Celtic
Ref. P. Duddy; Assts. M. McGarrigle & V. McLaughlin
Shield Semi-Final at 2pm
Bonagee Utd. v Fanad Utd. Ref. M. Quinn
Wednesday, August 6th at 7pm
Shield semi-final (e.t. & pens)
Finn Harps Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. V. McLaughlin
4 Lanterns USL
Derry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. (Maginn Park) Ref. M. McGarrigle