DONEGAL League Premier Division leaders Cappry Rovers made it seven league wins in a row with a comfortable home win over Keadue Rovers at Cappry Park .
Cappry Rovers 2 Keadue Rovers 0
By Charlie Collins at Cappry Park
Played in very blustery conditions the quality of football was to be applauded as both teams endeavoured to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible.
The home side have a strong squad assembled this season and included GAA All Star Frank McGlynn in midfield and another Ronan McNamee on a very strong looking bench.
Cappry had the early chances and were rewarded in the 14th minute with an opening goal. Jamie Doherty had pulled a good chance wide in the 8th minute and was denied five minutes later when he followed up Brendan McLaughlin’s cross by a good block in the box.
A minute later it was 1-0. Calvin Bradley did well to retain possession just outside the Keadue penalty area and when the ball dropped into his path Brendan McLaughlin hammered a super strike to the roof of Danny Rodgers net from 25 yards.
Rodgers denied Paddy McNulty a minute later and Alan Gethins follow-up was blocked as the home team began to dominate in the difficult conditions.
In the 28th minute Aaron Kelly drove forward and when he was blocked Jamie Doherty shot just wide .
Four minutes later it was 2-0. Sean McBride did well out wide on the right and his cross was headed home by Paddy McNulty at the far post.
McBride crashed a piledriver off the crossbar in the 38th minute and Alan Gethins went close just before half-time as it remained 2-0 at the break.
Keadue had an early chance after the break, Brendan Gallen saving well from Shaun Boyle in the 50th minute.
In fact the visitors had a good opening twenty minutes of the half but gradually Cappry got a grip on things as the strength of the wind increased to near gale-force.
Alan Gethins shot was just over in the 65th minute and Paddy McNulty should have scored after cutting inside in the box but he shot over the bar from 12 yards.
The game remained competitive but failed to produce any second-half goals.
Cappry Rovers didn’t real mind that as no matter what happens anywhere else in the Division this weekend they will top the table into the 2020 restart in January.
Cappry Rovers: Benny Gallen; Darren McGowan, Aaron Kelly, Darren O’Leary, Benny McLaughlin; Sean McBride, Frank McGlynn, Calvin Bradley, Jamie Doherty; Paddy McNulty, Alan Gethins. Subs: Padhraic Patton for Bradley (80) Gerard Melaugh for McNulty (86) Karl McGlynn for McBride (90).
Keadue Rovers: Danny Rodgers; Danny McGlynn, Chris Greene, Adam Neely, Calum Boyle; Jack Boyle, Paddy Bonner, Aidan McHugh, David Ward; Luke Neely, Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle. Subs: Adam McCafferty and Hugh Moy for J.Boyle and Ward (half-time), Michael Greene for C.Boyle.
Referee: Mick Lagan