HERE’S A full round-up from the Donegal Saturday League action that took place yesterday.
Glencar Inn Division One
Milford United Reserves 0 Arranmore United 3
Both sides started well, Brian Proctor put the visitors ahead after some good work down the right that ended with a good finish past Gallagher in the Milford nets.
The Islanders doubled their lead midway through the first half after a cruel deflection somehow crept under Gallagher.
Milford pushed to get back into the game with ex-manager Ciaron Gibbons coming close with what would have been a one in a million volley had it gone in.
Ryan Campbell also came close. Milford competed well in the 2nd half but an Aiden Proctor goal 20 minutes into the second half killed the game completely, it was a well-deserved strike, he had terrorised the Milford right side for much of the game.
Milford introduced several subs towards the end but even the fresh legs of Corey Strain and Enda Merritt couldn’t get Milford back into the game.
Glencar Celtic P-P Fintown Harps AFC
(No Report, Match Postponed)
Keadue Rovers Reserves 2 Strand Rovers 1
Keadue Reserves continued their recent good form to move second in the table after this hard-fought victory over neighbours Strand Rovers on Saturday at Central Park.
The visitors were quicker out of the blocks, both Shane O’Donnell and Matthew O’Donnell had good chances but both shot over the bar. Keadue got into it more after the opening ten minutes as both Peter McGee and Jack Doherty got to the pace of the game and started ruling midfield.
Michael Greene had the home side’s first good chance on eighteen minutes when his shot on the turn was saved by Kevin McGovern.
It began to get scrappy half-way through the half but on twenty-five minutes a good run down the right wing by David McCarron ended up with a cross into the Keadue box where it deceived the defence and Doalty Boyle nipped in at the back post to score.
Strand were the hungrier outfit in the opening half and despite a decent closing ten minutes from Keadue, where Luke Neely had a shot over the bar, they were good value for their lead.
In the second half Keadue made a substitution at the start and were on the front foot straight away.
On 47 minutes a free kick from Damien Hanlon was blocked on the line. The home side continued to press but Strand were holding firm. Keadue started to create openings following some good work and forced several set pieces.
The pressure finally paid off after 66 minutes when Adam Neely’s free-kick was fumbled and Damien Hanlon followed up to poke it over the line for the equaliser. Keadue were now dominating and Shaun Yank Boyle had a great chance on 74 minutes but fired over. It looked like ending in a draw when after a corner-kick Damien Hanlon fired low to the net in a crowded penalty box.
In injury time Keadue almost added a third but it went just wide. It ended in a deserved victory for Keadue.
Best for the visitors were Matthew O’ Donnell, Shane O’Donnell, Doalty Boyle and David McCarron, while best for Keadue were Damien Hanlon, Luke Neely, Michael Greene and Malachi Boyle. Referee: George Clinton.
Kildrum Tigers Reserves P-P Glenea United Reserves
(No Report, Match Postponed)
Old Orchard Division Two
Cranford United Reserves 0 Copany Rovers 3
Copany Rovers overcame Cranford United Reserves in this basement match at Cranford Park. In fact they led 3-0 at the interval and never looked back.
The visitors knew that a victory would keep them in touch with the sides above them in the table and they produced a decent performance to do just that.
They are now on six points alongside Cranford with a game less played. Ballybofey United Reserves are next on nine points.
Drumkeen United Reserves 4 Drumbar F.C. 0
Drumkeen got back to winning ways with a good victory against visitors Drumbar on Saturday afternoon. The visitors had been in good form in recent weeks but they found Drumkeen just too strong on the day.
Rory Gildea opened the scoring for Drumkeen with a great 35-yard free-kick midway through the first half. Ryan Feeney added a second goal before half time.
Drumbar tried hard throughout but it wasn’t to be their day.
Aaron Doherty added two second-half goals to claim all three points and complete a good day for the home team.
Good team efforts from both teams in a good sporting contest played on another cold day at St Patrick’s Park.