Erne Wanderers hosted fellow promotion rivals Cappry Rovers and the hosts were left to rue a poor first half showing when they trailed by two goals to nil.
Cappry were the better team in the opening half and deserved their lead. Wanderers started the second half on the front foot and scored through David Dolan inside two minutes when he followed up an Alan Russell shot to head home.
The homesters had Rovers penned in for spells in the second period but couldn’t get the breakthrough to equalise and after David Dolan spurned a great chance to draw level Erne got hit with a sucker punch when Bradley scored after he got on the end of a monster throw in to slip home the third. Wanderers kept going and created some good chances but found the visiting keeper in great form as he made three or four excellent saves. Best for Erne was Russell while the Cappry keeper had an excellent outing.
Referee: John Coyle.
Cappry Rovers 4 – 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic
3rd place was up for grabs for Benji O’Meara’s Cappry side on the Reserve League Table if they could gain 3 point over Kilmacrennan Celtic, who have been in good form this season so far. Cappry got things off to a good start with most of the action in Kilmacrennan’s half and in particular on the left side with Shaun Bannigan creating goals chances. The visitors soon turned things around to put pressure back on the home side and the game was end to end for both teams but it was Kilmac’s Cathal Gallagher who broke the deadlock with a low shot from the edge of the Cappry box to put the visitors ahead. Kilmac continued to push at the hosts creating chances but unable to capitalise. Cappry came back into the game again in the last 15 mins with plenty of pressure coming from the midfield presence of Conor and Shane Laverty and on the 34th minute when ball came back out from a Cappry attack in the visitors box onto the path of right winger Jack Burke, who then scored with superb strike to level the scoreline until half time.
2nd half started lively for both teams but it was Cappry’s Steven Carr who terrorised the Kilmacrennan defence and after beating 3 players, put the home side ahead on the 56th minute. Cappry continued to dominate passion in the 2nd half and held off the visitors well thanks to defenders Petie Lafferty and William McGlynn holding off Kilmac’s attacks with plenty of breaks from Aaron Kelly and Paddy Long pushing up to create goal chances. And those chances came with NP McDaid lodging a 3rd goal for Cappry on the score sheet and substitute Kyle O’Meara beating the Kilmac goalkeeper on the 81st minute to put the home side 4 up. Big efforts from both teams on the night.
Cappry were also in action Saturday last when they welcomed Glenree to Cappry Park and played out a scoreless draw which will feel like 2 points lost as Glenree picked up their 1st point of the campaign.