Saturday 24th September 2022
Voodoo Venue Cup
Glencar Celtic 5 v 1 Cranford United Reserves
With both teams starting well it was Glencar who hit the net first in the 10th minute, Pajo Rafferty finished well from a Paddy Cullen pass. Cranford made it one each in the 25th minute with a goal from Paddy Mc Geever. Pajo got another in the 35th minute after a great assist from Graham Cullen. After the break, Glencar were more settled and got a 3rd from Jordan Mc Ginley. Cranford had chances but Pajo rounded off his hat-trick in the 75th minute and Jordan got his 2nd in the 86th minute. Best for Cranford was Jamie Hunter and another great team performance by Glencar.
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 v 0 Swilly Rovers Reserves
Kilmacrennan were defeated Swilly in this Voodoo Venue Cup fixture which was switched to Swilly Park. Swilly started brightly but could not score despite some early pressure. Chris Dillon scored a cracking free kick to make it 1-0 to Kilmacrennan after 15 minutes. Kilmacrennan missed numerous chances to add to their lead in the first half. The second half started with both sides creating good chances but failing to covert, that was until the ball found its way to Phillip Buchanan who finished well inside the box to make it 2-0. Swilly pushed hard to get back into the game and Kilmacrennan looked very dangerous on the break. Ryan Mc Daid could have pulled one back for Swilly late on but fired his shot straight at the keeper. Battling performances from both sides. Referee: Colm Mc Conigley
Milford United Reserves 2 v 0 Ramelton Mariners
With nothing to play for but bragging rights going into the league, the home side came out victorious.
Corey Mc Conigley opened the scoring after 3 minutes, connecting with a well-placed ball from his father Ciaran to get the home side ahead. Jason Mc Cahill had his side well organised throughout the game with Brandon Wilkie and Booby Hanlon looking to cause bother throughout the first half. It was a half of back and forth play with a lot of good playmaking but Milford managed to hold out the visitors. The second half with a lot of well worked balls to Wilkie but Milford Keeper John Matthews pulled of some great saves. Milford introduced Johnny Logue in the second half and he made an instant impact with a great through ball to Mc Conigley again who placed the ball in the back of the net. A great battle between these two teams.
Copany Rovers 4 v 4 Fintown Harps AFC
(No Report Submitted)
St. Catherines Reserves 3 v 5 Drumbar F.C.
Drumbar proved too strong for St Catherine’s in an entertaining game at Emerald Park. They went in front after 15 minutes when Rion Carr latched onto a poor back pass to slot home but the home side were level within 3 minutes when Charlie Boyle scored after a goalmouth scramble. Both sides had several chances to take the lead with Conor Gillespie and Dave Taylor going close for Drumbar and Barry Cannon just wide with a fine effort for St Catherine’s. Drumbar regained the lead shortly afterwards when Adam Duncan scored with a fine header after the home defence failed to clear. The visitors started the second half strongly and Paul O’ Donovan and Tom Daly capitalised on poor home defending to go 4-1 up. St. Catherines responded well and Calvin Mooney went close with two good efforts before slotting home to reduce the deficit with five minutes left. There was still time for two more goals with Tom Daly getting his second and James Callan converting a penalty for the Saints. Best for St Catherines were Barry Cannon and Josh Cunningham. For the visitors, Mark Duffy and Tom Daly stood out. Referee: George Clinton
Keadue Rovers Reserves 4 v 0 Dunlewey Celtic
Keadue Rovers Reserves won their first game of the season with this convincing win over Dunlewey in good conditions at Central Park. It took a while for the game to settle but after 15 minutes the home team got a foothold with Aidan Boyle and Ryan Connors missing chances. Dunlewey had an effort from distance just over on 21 minutes. The home side faced a resolute Dunlewey defence but eventually took the lead on thirty minutes when Daniel Bonner neatly steered a volley to the bottom corner. On thirty-seven minutes Matthew Comiskey hit a good free kick which was well saved. Aidan Boyle then went on a mazy run and his shot was saved. Keadue extended their lead on forty-four minutes when Matthew Comiskey’s free kick found Pauric Neely who tapped in on the line. At the start of the 2nd half the game was put beyond doubt when Daniel Bonner shot low and hard after a goalmouth scramble. The tempo dropped from that point on with Keadue completely on top and Dunlewey’s only chance came on sixty-five minutes with a shot that went wide after a good move. Keadue completed the scoring on eighty-two minutes, Daniel Bonner was on the end of a right-wing cross. A good win for Keadue ahead of next week’s league opener. A team performance from Dunlewey while best for Keadue were Daniel Bonner, Matthew Comiskey, Aidan Boyle and Ryan Connors. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.
Strand Rovers 2 v 1 Arranmore United
Great conditions in Strand Park for the local derby. Both teams started off the match having good early chances from. Arranmore took the lead in the 13th minute when the ball was swung in from a corner and Strand Rovers failed to clear, leaving Peadar Boyle to score at the second attempt. for Strand hit back in the 35th minute with a long-range strike from Jordan Saville to leave the sides level at half time. A tight second half with both sides playing defensive football. Cian mc Gee’s lobbed attempt came off the bar with Jordan Saville the quickest to react to put the ball in the back of the net. Arranmore pushed hard for a second goal but Strand’s strong defence came out on top.
Ballybofey United Reserves 0 v 4 Kildrum Tigers Reserves
Early and late goals saw Kildrum Tigers Reserves earn three points on their visit to Dreenan on Saturday. They went ahead after five minutes and doubled their lead on fifteen. Ballybofey United Reserves did create a few openings, Caolan Marley and Johnny Bell coming closest to finding the Kildrum net. Colin Kearns was to the fore for the home side who had Daniel Crawford to thank when he twice thwarted Kildrum when a third goal looked likely. The custodian could do nothing to stop the Station Road men on eighty minutes however, nor on eighty-five as two late goals gave a somewhat one-sided look to the scoreline, perhaps a bit harsh on the hosts but Kildrum’s more experienced campaigners won out on the day with a good team performance. Daniel Taberski was Ballybofey’s best player on the day.
Cappry Rovers Reserves 3 v 1 Oldtown Celtic
Oldtown Celtic were the visitors to Cappry Park on Saturday and it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the first half with an excellent strike from distance that found the bottom corner.
Cappry struck back on the half hour mark through an excellent Kyle Rutledge pass that sent Odhran O’Connor away who finished cooly past the keeper. Cappry came closest to going ahead before the break when a well struck free kick from Ryan Mc Ghee hit the crossbar. Cappry did eventually go ahead through Odhran O’Connor who fired home a second goal after good work from Ronan Carlin. Oldtown did push for an equaliser and tested Cappry goalkeeper Dylan Doherty from close range. Niall Ryan topped off an excellent performance when he fired home a third goal and secured the win for Cappry.
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1 v 0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Castlefin picked up their first points of the Voodoo Venue Cup in their final game of the group. A superb Ryan O’ Hagan lob midway through the first half was enough for the hosts to claim the victory. The home side had further second half chances through Francie Brolly and Tiernan Mc Connell but they couldn’t extend their lead. The home side had to stay alert late on as Drumoghill piled on the pressure.
Sunday 25th September 2022
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
St. Catherines 3 v 4 Glenea United
A frantic start resulted in an early lead for the Saints due to the Glenea centre half failing to clear his lines and the ever alert Josh Maxwell popped the ball over the head of the helpless Glenea keeper on 5 minutes.
The same defensive mistake occurred only one minute later when Ciaran Mc Fadden’s strike looped off a Saints’ defender and, wind assisted, fell over the head of the Saints’ keeper to make it 1 – 1 on 6 minutes.
The goals kept coming and on 9 minutes Glenea took the lead through Lee O’ Brien as he deflected a ball with one touch into the bottom corner of the Saints’ net. It was end to end stuff with both teams fully committed to attacking football and producing a string of good saves by both keepers. The Saints got back on level terms with a simple ball over the top which was latched o to by man of the match Josh Maxwell and he calmly slotted low past Joe Coll in the Glenea goal. The second half kicked off with the teams level and on 53 minutes the Saints took the lead after a superb solo dribble and cross from the left by Josh Maxwell was met sweetly by Ryan Carr. On 60 minutes Dessie Mc Laughlin awarded a penalty which was calmly dispatched by Ciaran Mc Geady and the teams were level again at 3-3. The Glenea winner came on 80 minutes, a super cross from the right was headed bravely into the Saints’ net by Calvin Murray and the three points were secured for the visitors. An excellent game of football with both teams giving 100% commitment. Ciaran mc Fadden had an excellent game in midfield for Glenea while Josh Maxwell shone brightest for the Saints.
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Raphoe Town 2 v 3 Convoy Arsenal
(No Report Submitted)
Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Centre Division Two
Dunkineely Celtic 1 v 5 Curragh Athletic
The game was played in blustery conditions at Darney and it was the visitors who took the early lead after two minutes with a well taken goal by Calvin Bradley. Dunkineely rallied and created chances but could not convert and after nineteen minutes Curragh extended their lead with a goal from J.P. Malley from a counter-attack after the Curragh keeper had saved well to his left after a good Dunkineely move. Curragh pressed home their advantage and converted twice more before half time with goals from Calvin Bradley and J.P. Malley. Dunkineely started the 2nd half brightly with an excellent strike from Jack Boyle which found the back of the Curragh net. Both teams created chances but the final score of the game came from the boot of J.P. Malley for his hat-trick and a well-deserved win for the visitors.
Gweedore United 3 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.
This game played at a wind-swept Gweedore saw United take a good three points from a scrappy affair due to the difficult conditions. The cross wind caused difficulties for both sides, however it was the home side who settled into the game quickest. In the 10th minute Ciaran Mc Fadden made it 1-0 when a lovely through ball by Steven Doyle split the defence and Mc Fadden finished well past the oncoming Duffy in nets. Doyle himself came close in the 14th minute however Roy Duffy saved well. In the 18th minute Ciaran O’ Donnell headed just over from a Drumoghill corner. In the 22nd minute the visitors equalised when they were awarded a penalty which Liam O’ Donnell finished well. The home side saw the best of the chances for the remainder of the half, however Duffy, who also saved a penalty in the 37th minute kept his side in the game. In the 2nd half United took the lead in the 49th minute when Conor Mc Fadden’s cross come shot dropped in at the back post for 2-1. Drumoghill were back on level terms in the 61st minute when United didn’t clear their lines and a high ball in the wind was headed into their own net for an OG to make it 2-2. The best goal, and the winner, was saved until the end when Steven Doyle Mc Fadden, who had his penalty saved earlier, scored a screamer into the top corner from 20 yards leaving Duffy in nets for Drumoghill with no chance. Drumoghill pushed in search of another equaliser however Gweedore managed to see it out until the end to secure another good three points. Referee: Trevor Hay.
Lagan Harps 1 v 2 Cranford United
Lagan’s undefeated start to the season came to a halt when they went down to a strong Cranford side. Cranford started well and Chris Carr put them ahead after five minutes. Lagan came back strongly and equalised through Taylor Cassidy. Lagan started the second half well but Cranford regained the lead after a goalmouth scramble ended with a shot deflected past keeper Michael Toner. Lagan then lost Kenny Doran to injury and failed to really trouble a solid Cranford defence.
Lifford Celtic 0 v 9 Ballybofey United
(No Report Submitted)
Whitestrand United 0 v 1 Deele Harps
An own goal in the 95th minute gave Deele Harps all three points in a keenly contested and entertaining match between two youthful teams at Mc Garvey Park. In a game where there were plenty of missed goal scoring opportunities for both teams, it seemed that the game would end scoreless. However, a Deele Harps corner in the 5th minute of added time saw Scott Mac Beth’s effort come back off the bar, hit the back of Strand defender, Paddy Walsh’s head, and creep agonisingly over the line to give Deele Harps the victory.
FAI Junior Cup
Buncrana Hearts 4 v 0 Gweedore Celtic
(No Report Available)
Cappry Rovers 2 v 1 Swilly Rovers
Swilly started this FAI Cup game well on top in the opening stages and took a deserved lead when Kyle Black tapped home following a mix-up in the Cappry defence. Swilly were good value for their lead. The home side came into the game as the half wore on and got level when Jamie Murray scored following a good move. Cappry were almost ahead by the halftime whistle but Jamie Murray fired wide. Cappry got a dream start to the 2nd half when Dean O’ Donnell was taken down for a penalty. Luke Mc Glynn stepped up to score the penalty. Cappry were on top at this stage and had chances to extend their lead but failed to convert them. Swilly pressed for an equaliser but the Cappry defence held firm. Cappry missed a late penalty when the Swilly keeper saved Luke Mc Glynn’s penalty to make it a nervy last few minutes for the home team but they held to progress to next round.
Carndonagh F.C. 0 v 2 Milford United
(No Report Available)
Castlefin Celtic 4 v 3 Bonagee United
Castlefin progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after a seven-goal thriller against fellow Donegal League side Bonagee. The home side took the lead when Sean Ferry broke through and slotted home. Castlefin doubled their lead when Jordan Duffy rifled home from close range. The hosts had opportunities to increase their lead but Bonagee scored against the run of play. Aidan Mc Laughlin poked into the net after a scramble after a corner kick. Castlefin regained their two-goal lead when Duffy fired home from 10 yards after good work from Ronan Tourish down the right. The second half for the majority saw few clear-cut chances but it came to life in the final 10 minutes. An Aaron O’ Hagan header increased the hosts lead but Bonagee fought back deep into stoppage time. Two goals made it a nervous finish but the hosts held on to progress.
Fanad United 2 v 0 Letterkenny Rovers
Fanad United progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with a 2-0 victory over a youthful Letterkenny Rovers side at Traigh-a-Loch on Sunday. In the 5th minute Fanad keeper Mark Mc Conigley produced an excellent save to deny Darragh Morrison and from the rebound he was alert to deny Jack Dwyer. The rest of the first half was a keenly contested affair with little in the way of clear goal scoring opportunities. Both sides matched each other well with both causing the opposition defence some difficulties. The opening 20 minutes of the 2nd half followed a similar path. From the hour mark onwards Fanad started to apply a lot of pressure on Letterkenny. On 70 minutes Eddie O’Reilly broke through on goal but was denied by a superb save from Blake Forkan in the Letterkenny nets. Three minutes later Fanad took the lead. Eddie O’Reilly went on a driving run into the box and when he was upended a penalty was awarded. Eoin Logue stepped up to send Forkan the wrong way. Fanad extended their lead three minutes later, again from the spot. Eddie O’Reilly exchanged passes with Patsy Friel and when he was taken down another penalty was awarded. In his protestations Jack Dwyer received a second yellow card to reduce Letterkenny to ten men. Again, Eoin Logue stepped up to fire low into the bottom corner. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin
Keadue Rovers 1 v 5 Rathmullan Celtic
Rathmullan Celtic went through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after this comprehensive win over Keadue Rovers at Central Park on Sunday. Conditions were decent for the game however it took time for both sides to find their feet. Rathmullan took the lead on eighteen minutes when Curran was on the end of a good move, finishing off from close range after good work down the left. Within a few minutes, they were two up when the lively Daniel Stolarczyk hit a shot low which, with the aid of a deflection, went into the corner of the Keadue net. The home team did manage to have a good period of possession midway in the half but found Rathmullan defensively a hard nut to crack and didn’t test their keeper. The game did get a little scrappy towards half time, which suited the visitors, but any doubts over the final outcome were dismissed just after the half hour when Daniel Stolarczyk hit a fantastic free kick to catch the home defence completely by surprise and it wound up in the corner of the net for a 3-0 lead, which they held until the half time lead. Rathmullan started the second half well and keeper Ben Boyle was once again called into action to save a few minutes in. Keadue made a few substitutions at this point but it wasn’t having the desired effect and on fifty-six minutes, Jay Curran hit a fine 4th goal from long range. Just six minutes after that Rathmullan got their fifth when Eoin Sheridan scored a spectacular lobbed effort on the run. On seventy-five minutes a ball played into the left channel was played across by Luke Neely and Brian Proctor was on the end of it for a good strike. Another chance fell the way of Proctor shortly after that but it was well saved by the keeper. Overall, a fine result from Rathmullan who look confident, being back in the top flight, and for Keadue some work to be done before the league starts next week. Best for Rathmullan were Daniel Stolarczyk, Jay Curran and Alan Boal, while it was a team performance from Keadue. Referee: Gerald Devine.
Saturday 1 st October 2022 K.O. 1p.m. (Unless Stated)
Glencar Inn Saturday Division One
Arranmore United v Donegal Town Reserves
Copany Rovers v Dunlewey Celtic
Glenea United Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves
Keadue Rovers Reserves v Oldtown Celtic
Kildrum Tigers Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
Strand Rovers v Glencar Celtic
Old Orchard Saturday Division Two
Drumbar United v Cranford United Reserves
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Milford United Reserves v Gweedore Celtic Reserves
Ramelton Mariners v Ballybofey United Reserves
Swilly Rovers Reserves v Fintown Harps AFC
Ulster Junior Shield K.O. 1.30p.m.
Curragh Athletic v Cockhill Celtic Reserves
Glengad F.C. Reserves v Lagan Harps
Sunday 2nd October 2022 K.O. 1p.m. (Unless Stated)
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Bonagee United v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Cappry Rovers v Kildrum Tigers
Castlefin Celtic v Keadue Rovers
Fanad United v Glenea United
Rathmullan Celtic v St. Catherines
Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Convoy Arsenal v Milford United
Donegal Town v Letterkenny Rovers
Drumkeen United v Letterbarrow Celtic
Gweedore Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.
Raphoe Town v Swilly Rovers
Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Centre Division Two
Cranford United v Dunkineely Celtic
Drumoghill F.C. v Deele Harps
Lifford Celtic v Whitestrand United