Donegal Junior League
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Milford United 3 Rathmullan Celtic 0
Milford won the big derby battle at Moyle View in tough conditions. Milford got a dream start when PJ Hagan put a delightful ball over the defence for Gary Merritt to rattle home from a tight angle after just 15 seconds. Rathmullan playing with the wind pressed hard for an equaliser but failed to create any clear cut chances. Milford went two up on 66 minutes when Gary Merritt pounced on a defensive error to drill home. Substitute Peter Doherty tapped home from two yards on 85minutes to complete the scoring. Best for Milford were Paddy People’s, Johnny Logie and Gary Merritt.
Kildrum Tigers 1 Donegal Town 1
Played at Station Road Kildrum took the lead after 33 minutes when Declan Curtis squared to Reece Laird who made no mistake from 6 yards. Donegal Town equalised on 41 minutes from a corner kick which was poorly defended. Donegal Town had the wind behind their backs in the second half and had a couple of great chances to go ahead but John Roulston made a couple of great saves.
Glenea United 1 St. Catherines 2
In windy conditions for football it was the home side that started the brightest despite playing against the strong breeze. St. Catherine’s came more into the game as the half progressed but were finding it difficult to create any chances. They then took the lead on 35 minutes when the home defence failed to deal with a free-kick into the box and Brendan Maguire fired home from close range. In the 2nd half Glenea pressed hard for an equaliser and came close on a couple of occasions. Glenea went two down on 80 minutes when David Conwell was played in and he slotted home from the edge of the box. Glenea pulled goal back on 88 minutes when Darren Mc Geever’s corner went all the way into the net. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Ed Moore.
Cranford United 3 Gweedore Celtic 3
In a reverse fixture Cranford and Gweedore shared the points at An Screaban. Gweedore took the lead in the 20th minute when Ciaran Ferry headed in Paul Gallagher’s corner. They should have increased their lead through Diver and Gallagher but their efforts came off the post and crossbar. The away team hit Gweedore for two quick goals early in the second half first through Mc Veigh and then Black. Gweedore upped their game and equalised through Dan Mc Bride from a Brendan Devine throw. Gweedore then hit the front when Thomas Diver chipped the keeper from twenty yards for the goal of the afternoon. With eight minutes left Seimi Friel levelled the game following an error in the home defence. Gweedore almost stole it in injury time when Sean O’ Donnell, on as sub, saw his effort cleared off the line. Overall a draw was a fair result in very difficult conditions. Best for Gweedore: Dan McBride and Chris Mc Fadden. Best for Cranford: Seimi Friel. Referee: Paddy Martin.
Cappry Rovers 1 Drumoghill F.C. 0
This game was played in poor conditions in Cappry. Drumoghill had a strong wind behind them in the first half and pressed hard to go in front but the home team defended well. Cappry were dangerous on the break in the first half with Alan Patton going close on a couple of occasions but both his efforts went wide. Benny Bonner’s 25 yard free kick on thirty five minutes just skimmed over the crossbar. Cappry held out to keep the game scoreless at half time. The breakthrough came in the 53rd minute when Benny Bonner’s corner found the net. In the 57th minute Benny Bonner chipped the Drumoghill keeper Mc Cauley from 40 yards but his effort came back off the post. Drumoghill pressed hard to get level but the Cappry defence dealt well with the pressure. The closest Drumoghill came was when Liam O’Donnell got free in the box but his effort was cleared of the line by Gary Dunnion. Drumoghill kept pressing but couldn’t get through the Cappry defence. Referee: Kevin Logue
Watson Hire Division One
Whitestrand United 2 Copany Rovers 2
On a cold bleak January day this was a real relegation six pointer at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand started the game off on the front foot and had Copany on the defensive. Ryan Mc Cleary was inches away from getting the opening score on the board. Against the run of play the Copany attacker broke and was taken down by Paul Lynch and the referee had no choice but to award the penalty. David Graham easily dispatched the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way on 22 minutes. Then Copany broke up the pitch and scored when Darragh Brogan calmly slotted past the keeper. This was harsh on Whitestrand. The second half started much like the first with the Whitestrand on the front foot. Whitestrand kept pressing for a goal that just wouldn’t come. The Copany resistance was finally broken when Paddy Sheridan broke up the wing and crossed for Paul Lynch to calmly slot past the keeper. Whitestrand had finally made the breakthrough and they got the equaliser that their endeavour deserved when Gary Duggan scored with a towering header into the top corner. It ended with honours even.
Keadue Rovers 2 Dunkineely Celtic 0
Keadue Rovers got back to winning ways with this important victory over Dunkineely Celtic at Central Park. The game was played in tough conditions with a gale force wind throughout. Dunkineely had the first chance with a close range effort which was well saved by Ciaran Sharkey in the Keadue goals. As the half went on Keadue began to impose themselves more on the game. Keadue took the lead deservedly on twenty seven minutes when Packie Mc Gonagle’s cross was headed in by Hugh Yank Boyle from the edge of the area. Dunkineely had a great chance on forty two minutes but once again Ciaran Sharkey made a good save. Into the second half and Dunkineely had a lot more possession. They were unlucky on forty eight minutes with a header which was just wide of the target. Keadue then began to get more possession around midfield and created a few chances. On sixty eight minutes they made the game safe when a high ball wasn’t dealt with and Sean Yank Boyle scored. They almost made it three when Adrian Hanlon’s free kick came close on seventy minutes. Dunkineely had a good closing ten minutes with plenty of the ball and had an effort cleared off the line but Keadue held firm for the victory. Best for Dunkineely were goalkeeper John Mc Mullin and Andrew Mackey while best for Keadue were Cian Boyle and Packie Mc Gonagle. Referee: Mick Lagan.
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Curragh Athletic 0
Due to a water-logged Rab’s Park Kerrykeel ‘71 had to switch their home fixture to Tri-a-lough. A great game of football was played by two attacking sides and credit must go to both teams in what were terrible conditions with heavy rain and high winds. Kerrykeel started the New Year with the best possible result and a hard earned three points. Curragh had a great chance to take the lead through Calvin Bradley but his shot was well saved by Brendan Friel. The ‘71 started to win the midfield battle and on eighteen minutes Cathal Martin played in Johnny Friel who brilliantly rounded the keeper only for the referee to flag off-side. Kerrykeel should have went in front on the stroke of half time when Fergal Friel beat two men only to see his shot fly inches wide of the near post. The second half was a ping pong battle with both teams going at it hammer and tongs and it was Johnny Nanny who put the home side in front on sixty eight minutes after great work from his strike partner Colm Mc Conigley. Curragh, to their credit, pushed the ‘71 till the end and forced Brendan Nanny into a string of fine saves. Referee: John Coyle
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 2 Bonagee United 3
Deele welcomed Bonagee to The Athletic Grounds on a challenging day for football. In an evenly contested first half Deele took the lead on 25 minutes when a neat flick from Barry Curran sent Shane Gallagher free and he cooly finished to the bottom corner. Bonagee equalised on 40 minutes when a Darren Hunter free kick was met by Noel O’ Donnell whose glancing header deceived the Deele goalkeeper. The key turning point was in the 65th minute when a Deele defender was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the box resulting in a penalty and red card. The spot kick was scored by Frank Mc Brearty. The ten men of Deele rallied again and equalised within 2 minutes of the restart when Darren Gillespie hammered home from inside the box. Bonagee registered the winner on 80 minutes when Peter McNamee’s cross found Aidy McLaughlin and he shot past Deele’s keeper. The home side continued to press but were disappointed in the end not to get something from the game.
Letterbarrow Celtic 0 Raphoe Town 3
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Ballybofey United 1 Glenree United 3
Glenree had a fruitful venture to Finnside on Sunday afternoon. After falling behind to a Damien Glackin goal which separated the sides at the interval Glenree rallied after the break. They scored three without reply from a home side who have not been having the best of things lately despite promising so much before the Christmas recess. Glenree now move on to ten points with Ballybofey still on twelve having added nothing to their account since the turn of the year.
Eany Celtic 2 Convoy Arsenal 2
It was two of Eany’s young guns who got the goals that gave Eany a good start for 2015.. It was the table topping visitors that got on the score sheet first with a headed goal by John A. Kee on 15 minutes. They got a second from Jason Elliot ten minutes later when he followed in after a free kick that hit the crossbar. Despite going two goals down Eany never lost their shape and got a goal back just before half time when John Rose fed a pass for Conor Burke to shoot to the net. Both teams had chances in the second half to add to their tallies but both defences stood firm. John Rose capped a fine performance by laying on the perfect pass for Thomas Gallagher to fire home the equaliser in the 85th minute.
FAI Junior Cup
Evergreen 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1
Kilmacrennan Celtic’s FAI Junior Cup adventure is over for another year. Having qualified for the National stages of this prestigious competition they travelled to Kilkenny on Sunday to play Evergreen F.C. Despite falling behind they never gave up and after going two down they scored through Michael Mc Laughlin. Having to score another left them vulnerable at the back and they lost another goal before the end. Although defeated they were in the match until the last five minutes and will now concentrate their efforts back on their League campaign as they chase promotion to the Premier Division of the Donegal Junior League.
Ramelton Mariners 3 Mulroy Celtic 4
Cranford United Reserves 1 Glencar Celtic 4
Glencar hosted Cranford in Rathmullan on a very cold day. The first chance of the game came on 15 minutes with Mark Graham winning the ball to cross for Seany Houston to head narrowly wide. Glencar opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Garvan Grieve fed Jason Doherty who finished well. Jason Doherty doubled Glencar’s advantage when Steven Browne did very well to square for Doherty to tap into the empty net. Cranford rallied and were unlucky not to get a goal back from a corner only for the ball to be cleared off the line.
Glencar started brightly in the second half with some good passing but there was no end product as conditions worsened. Glencar finished off the game as a contest mid-way through the second half, scoring two quickfire goals through Browne. Cranford were awarded a penalty which Jaydee stepped up and slotted home with the last kick of the game. Best for Cranford were James McBride and Jaydee. Best for Glencar were Mark Graham and Seany Houston.
Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 Glenea United Reserves 1
Keadue and Glenea played out a draw in the home team’s final group game of the Downtown Cup at Central Park on Saturday. The game was played in poor conditions with wintry showers and a gale force winds. Glenea went ahead slightly against the run of play when a ball cleared out of the defence was lost by the home midfield and a good ball was played through to Ryan McFadden who beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper for a tap in. Keadue responded well to falling behind and were level within five minutes. Good work from Paul Yank Boyle saw the ball to Sean Yank Boyle who fired low to the corner. Ciaran Boyce in the Glenea nets made a superb stop but James Ferry was there to tap home the rebound. The home side remained on top for the last ten minutes of the first half without forcing the keeper into a save. In the second half Keadue had the benefit of the wind but it was Glenea who were sharper in the opening stages of the half. Keadue brought on a few substitutes mid-way through the half who won them more possession and Sean Yank Boyle was prominent. A fine effort from Aidan Gillespie on seventy five minutes was again brilliantly saved by the Glenea keeper and ten minutes from the end Keadue’s Luke Neely was played through but his shot was very well saved. Glenea battled all the way to the end securing a draw despite Keadue dominating. Best for Glenea were keeper Ciaran Boyce, Padge McGee and Kevin McFadden while best for Keadue were Sean Yank Boyle, Damien Hanlon and Cian Boyle.
Referee: Barry Hunter.
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Tullyvinney Rovers 4
Tullyvinney took the lead after seven minutes. A cross found Matthew Grant and his excellent volley gave Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Glinchey no chance. Castlefin equalised two minutes later when Matthew O’Rourke found Brian Dooher who shot past Nigel Hegarty in the Tullyvinney net. James Mc Menamin could have given Castlefin the lead with a 25 yard strike but for an excellent save from Hegarty. Tullyvinney then had two good chances to take the lead before half time with Garvan Tinney and Matthew Grant both going close.
Castlefin started the second half the brighter with Keith Nelis and Gavin McNulty each having good chances. Tullyvinney took the lead again on 61 minutes after a mix-up in the Castlefin defence, Matthew Grant tapping home from a yard out. Grant got his and Tullyvinney’s third a minute later. Good work in midfield from Gavin Mc Brearty set up Grant who availed of the space to finish from the edge of the box. Matthew O’Rourke pulled one back for Castlefin on 67 minutes after Tullyvinney failed to clear the ball in the box. Castlefin searched for an equaliser but failed to make their chances count. Tullyvinney got their fourth on 76 minutes from the penalty spot, Daniel McNulty stepping up to finish calmly to wrap up all three points. Best for Castlefin: Brian Dooher. Best for Tullyvinney: Matthew Grant. Referee: Andrew Mullan
Orchard F.C. 4 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2
In an entertaining game it was Curragh who opened the scoring on forty minutes when a mistake in the Orchard rear-guard was punished. Orchard replied with minutes when some good work down the right by John Boyle was finished off from close range by Niall Bonner. Orchard started the second half bright and Niall Bonner added two goals in the fifty and fifty fifth minutes to put Orchard in front. Curragh never gave up and where back in it on the seventy fifth minute when Bernard Lafferty slotted home from close in. Curragh came close on a couple of more occasions but could not find a way past Tommy McLaughlin in the Orchard goal. Orchard wrapped up the game in the eighty fifth minute when John Boyle scored from close range after some good work by Francie McGinley. Best for Orchard: Tommy McLaughlin, Paddy McLaughlin and Niall Bonner.
Erne Wanderers 0 Drumbar F.C. 2
Erne Wanderers hosted Drumbar F.C. at the Lakeside Centre on Saturday in absolutely atrocious conditions in the Downtown Cup. It was a day to forget for the hosts as a terrible performance saw the away side take all three points. The away side hit the front on the half hour mark when Erne got caught trying to play out from the back and the ball fell to a Drumbar player 25 yards out and he lobbed the ball into the net with the keeper stranded. Erne missed two open goals and hit the woodwork four times, this added to a couple of saves from the away keeper held the home side scoreless. A counter-attack on the hour mark finished the home side off. A good result for Drumbar. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.
Fintown Harps AFC 1 St. Catherines Reserves 1
Fintown hosted St. Catherines in the Cup on Saturday at Pairc Achla. In the first half Fintown took control creating a few chances. Shan McMillan sent a great ball to Aaron Thompson who scored but it was disallowed. St.Catherines hadn’t any goal attempts in the first half.
In the second half, with it starting to snow, both teams came out fighting. St Catherines scored through Aaron Walsh to go in front. In the dying minutes of the game John McFadden fed Shan McMillan and he levelled the match. Man of the match John Mc Fadden Referee: Ed Moore
Arranmore United P v P Strand Rovers
Milford United Reserves P v P Glenree United Reserves
Ramelton Mariners 3 v 4 Mulroy Celtic
Cranford United Reserves 1 v 4 Glencar Celtic
Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 v 1 Glenea United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 4 Tullyvinney Rovers
Orchard F.C. 4 v 2 Curragh Athletic Reserves
Erne Wanderers 0 v 2 Drumbar F.C.
Fintown Harps AFC 1 v 1 St. Catherines Reserves
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Milford United 3 v 0 Rathmullan Celtic
Kildrum Tigers 1 v 1 Donegal Town
Glenea United 1 v 2 St. Catherines
Cranford United 3 v 3 Gweedore Celtic
Cappry Rovers 1 v 0 Drumoghill F.C.
Watson Hire Division One
Whitestrand United 2 v 2 Copany Rovers
Keadue Rovers 2 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic
Lagan Harps P v P Castlefin Celtic
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 0 Curragh Athletic
CT Ball Division Two
Deele Harps 2 v 3 Bonagee United
Letterbarrow Celtic 0 v 3 Raphoe Town
Ballybofey United 1 v 3 Glenree United
Eany Celtic 2 v 2 Convoy Arsenal
FAI Junior Cup
Evergreen 3 v 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Saturday 17-01-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glenea United Reserves v Arranmore United ( k.o. 1p.m. )
Drumbar F.C. v Donegal Town Reserves
St. Catherines Reserves v Erne Wanderers
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Tullyvinney Rovers v Orchard F.C.
Mulroy Celtic v Cranford United Reserves
Glenree United Reserves v Ramelton Mariners
Glencar Celtic v Milford United Reserves
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Rathmullan Celtic v Cranford United
St. Catherines v Drumoghill F.C.
Lifford Celtic v Milford United
Watson Hire Division One
Kilmacrennan Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
CT Ball Division Two
Glenree United v Bonagee United
Raphoe Town v Ballybofey United
Dunlewy Celtic v Deele Harps
Letterbarrow Celtic v Eany Celtic