Kilmacrennan Celtic’s battle to avoid the relegation play-off spot received a boost with this victory at The Moss. Goals at the start of each half and another late in the first had them 3-0 ahead and looking comfortable but Drumoghill Celtic who will play Division One Football next season kept trying and were rewarded for their efforts with two late goals of their own. KILMACRENNAN CEL. 4 V 2 KILMACRENNAN CEL. Kilmacrennan Celtic got off to the best possible start when Timmy Burke put Gary Gorman through and he slotted the ball past stand-in keeper Liam O Donnell in the opening minute. Ryan Shields nearly made it 2-0 a minute later but O Donnell denied him with a good save. Drumoghill had a chance to equalise in the 9th minute when the impressive Dylan Mc Elhinney’s cross found Ethan Mc Cready but he headed wide, In the 25th minute Mc Elhinney’s free-kick from 30yds force an excellent save from keeper Jason Hegarty. Kilmacrennan were on top and Paddy Sheirdan and Gary Gorman both went close while at the other end another Mc Elhinney cross found the head of Sean Cleary and forced another good save from Hegarty. Drumoghill had been playing a risky high line in defence and it backfired in the 39th minute when Ryan Shields timed his run and Gerard ‘Zola ‘ McGranaghan inch perfect pass sent him clear , and he took the time afforded to him to make it 2-0. CHARLIE COLLINS WAS AT THE MOSS. It was 3-0 in the 47th minute, John ‘Rab ‘ Sandilands sent over a dangerous cross, Gary Gorman contested in the air and when the ball dropped in front of him Timmy Burke drilled it past David Crawford who had replaced the injured Liam O Donnell at half-time. Both teams used their bench after this, Kilmacrennan made four changes in a short period and before they all settled in Drumoghill pulled a goal back. Mc Elhinney chased a through ball, headed over the advancing Hegarty and Ridha ‘ Salah ‘ Abdullah headed home. A minute later it could easily have been 3-2. Mc Elhinney was quickly onto a slack pass in the Kilmacrennan defence and his drive from 18yds was only inches wide with keeper Hegarty beaten. This spurred Raymond Shields into action , Timmy Burke hit a post and Gary Gorman had a chance. They scored again in the 87th minute when impressive sub Conor Mc Fadden’s run and cross found Gorman who lobbed keeper Crawford. There was just time for a second Drumoghill goal , Kyle Devine blasting home from close range after a short corner had caught Kilmacrennan’s defence not paying attention to leave the final score 4-2 in the visitors favour. The result moves Kilmacrennan Celtic two points ahead of Rathmullen Celtic who play title contenders Kildrum Tigers at Flagpole Park on Sunday and two points behind Donegal Town who they travel to meet next weekend. Milford Utd with 24 points are still in the mix and visit Rathmullan in their final game but should be ok ( maybe ? ). Perhaps best to suggest that like the race for the title , it’s all to play for to avoid the relegation play-off spot in the Premier Division. . KILMACRENNAN CEL : Jason Hegarty, Gerard Mc Granaghan ( Paul ‘Rua’ McBride 60mins ), John Sandilands ( Patrick Tobin 70mins ) Mark Friel , Kieran Gorman, Eamonn Martin , Michael Mc Laughlin ( Ciaran Mc Ginley 75mins ), Ryan Shields , Timmy Burke , Gary Gorman , Paddy Shierdan ( Conor Mc Fadden 60 mins ). . DRUMOGHILL CEL : Liam O Donnell (David Crawford h/t ), Lee Duncan ( Jack Smith 85mins ). , Paddy Mc Laughlin , Lee Smith , Kyle Devine , Richard Tinney , Dylan Mc Elhinney , Carlos Rodgers , Ridha Abdullah , Ethan Mc Cready ( Kieran Devenny 73mins ),Sean Cleary. REFEREE : Joe Mc Hugh.
Valuable points for Kilmacrennan Celtic At The Moss.
Author of 'Boxing In Donegal: A History (2021)' - the definitive history of the sport in County Donegal - and 'Relentless: A Race Through Time', the 2019 memoir of former Irish Athletics Team Manager Patsy McGonagle. From St Johnston and now based in Letterkenny, Chris was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.