Donegal League: Full round-up in a high-scoring weekend across the county

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Several high scoring matches took place across the county over the weekend as Premier Division and Division action took place. Full round-up below. 

Keadue Rovers Reserves 3-4 Arranmore United

Arranmore United emerged victorious from Central Park after this exciting and entertaining encounter. Despite the open nature of the opening minutes neither side created a chance in the first twenty minutes. Arranmore did start to move the ball around better after that and began carving a few openings.

They were rewarded when, after twenty-seven minutes, Brian Proctor on the run was taken down in the box and the resultant penalty was coolly dispatched by Daniel O’Donnell.

Five minutes later, Keadue had their first chance when Mikey Mc Fadden had his shot saved by Ben Boyle in the Arranmore goal.

Keadue did up their game in the closing period of the first half and were level on forty minutes when following a corner by Peter McGee, a flick by Shaun Yank Boyle was tapped in by Mikey McFadden.

In what was a dramatic end to the first half the visitors went 2-1 up on forty-five minutes when Brian Proctor’s shot bobbled in front of the goalkeeper and following a parry by Declan Ward Chris Mc Glanaghey was on hand to tap in.

However, there was time for more. From another corner by Peter Mc Gee, Shaun Yank Boyle headed home to level the game.

Into the second half and following a bright start from Arranmore they were awarded a penalty for handball and Daniel O’Donnell was again successful from the spot.

Chris Mc Glanaghey then connected well with a volley from the edge of the box to the bottom corner on fifty-five minutes. Daniel O’Donnell should’ve made the game safe on sixty-five minutes but he was denied by keeper Declan Ward.

On seventy-eight minutes Arranmore were almost in again only for a header to be cleared off the line.

In the final ten minutes Keadue did make more inroads and on eighty-three minutes a free kick by Shaun Yank Boyle was flicked home by substitute Luke Neely to ensure a tight finish.

However much as Keadue tried Arranmore saw out the final few minutes of the game to ensure a vital victory.

Best for Arranmore were Daniel O’Donnell, Brian Proctor, Chris Mc Glanaghey and Chim Reynolds while best for Keadue were Shaun Yank Boyle, Peter Mc Gee, Mikey Mc Fadden and Noah Boyle.

Referee: Gerald Devine.

Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5-3 Oldtown Celtic

Castlefin claimed a vital three points in an eight-goal thriller in Park View. The hosts took the lead when Keith Nelis pounced in the box to slot home in the 25th minute. In the second half the game produced seven goals.

Firstly, Oldtown equalised when Luke Friel smashed home after the ball broke at the edge of the box. Within a minute Castlefin regained the lead when Rory Dalton burst forward and played through Paddy Dooher who blasted home in the 65th minute.

Oldtown came back again and Kyle Gorman poked home after a goalmouth scramble. Castlefin regained their lead again when a great run and cross was headed home by Nelis with 70 minutes played.

The hosts increased their lead minutes when a Thomas Devlin cross was finished well by Mc Laughlin. Oldtown came back again and when Paddy Mc Laughlin tapped home after a Stephen Devine free crashed off the post, the visitors were still in the game with eight minutes remaining.

The home side made the game safe when Mc Laughlin poked home after good work from Reece Gallagher.

Referee: Barry Hunter

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Castlefin Celtic 2-1 Cappry Rovers

Castlefin earned a hard-fought home victory over Cappry Rovers at Park View. In a tight affair throughout the game had few clear-cut chances.

In the opening exchanges, both sides failed to create many openings with Paddy Mc Nulty and Raymond Foy battling it out in midfield.

In the 30th minute, Castlefin broke the deadlock when Corrie Lee Bogan played through JP Malley who finished well.

In the second period the visitors were the better side for the early part of the half and were rewarded when Aaron Kelly broke through and saw his effort well saved by Christopher O’ Donnell but the resulting rebound caused a goal-mouth scramble which resulted in a penalty.

Kelly had another opportunity but his shot went narrowly past the post. Castlefin regained their lead with 10 minutes remaining when an Emmett White cross was met by Malley who’s bullet header powered past the keeper.

St. Catherines  0-3 Kilmacrennan Celtic

The visitors started as hot favourites for this encounter at Emerald Park. This proved accurate and on 17 minutes they went in front when Aidan Sweeney latched onto a defence-splitting pass and slotted calmly past the Saints’ keeper.

The home team were constantly under pressure from the Kilmacrennan attack and on 35 minutes the home keeper, in a desperate attempt to clear his lines, smashed the ball against his full back for an own goal.

A young St Catherine’s team fought bravely but rarely troubled the Kilmacrennan goal.

On 82 minutes, they sealed their victory with a low shot from Semi Friel. David Mc Guinness was good for the Saints and Enda Mc Cormick impressed for the visitors in the middle of the field.

Ballybofey United 0-0 Cranford United

When these two met at Cranford Park earlier this season it ended all square. At the Finn valley Complex on Sunday afternoon it was a case of more of the same.

The point, however, will be of more benefit to Cranford as it keeps them three ahead of Ballybofey with a game in hand over the Finnsiders. With Bonagee winning again it looks as if the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One Title is destined for Dry Arch Park.

Cranford remain their main challengers in terms of points at present but further down the table both Lifford Celtic and Convoy Arsenal have two games in hand over the Cranford men.

For Ballybofey it looks as if their best bet for silverware this season will be the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. While winning the League’s Blue Riband would be a great feat it would take a mammoth effort from Brian Lafferty’s men.

Bonagee United 3-0 Lagan Harps

Three first-half goals were enough to earn league leaders Bonagee the points in windy conditions. With the wind at their backs, Bonagee started strongly.

They opened the scoring on three minutes when Lee Mc Monagle drove a clearance from a corner in through a crowded goalmouth. Lagan almost responded when a Kevin Kelly corner was headed just wide at the back post by Ciaran Quinn. Bonagee went 2-0 up when Aidan Mc Laughlin headed home a corner at the back post.

They made it three nil when Lee Mc Monagle scrambled home a loose ball in the area. Backed by the wind Lagan came more into it in the second half.

They went close when a long-range effort from Conor Temple hit the crossbar. Bonagee stayed on top with Eamonn Cannon and Glen Gallagher controlling the midfield.

Jason Quinn pulled off a couple of good saves when Bonagee got through. Josh Hay then forced John Carr into a smart save at the near post.

The nearest Lagan came was when Kennedy Boachie Ansah had a shot blocked on the line by Taylor Russell. For Lagan Ronan Gibson, Paul Rodgers and Darragh Rodgers were best.

Referee: Conor Mc Laughlin

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Glenree United  5-0 Dunkineely Celtic

The match was played in sunny conditions with a strong breeze in Glenree Park where the supporters came out in their numbers to cheer on the team.

The opening goal didn’t take long to arrive when Luke Mc Carry took on his man to burst past and then he beat the outrushing keeper who pulled him down to concede a penalty kick.

Eoghan Kelly stepped up confidently to hit the bottom corner to give his side an early lead in the fifth minute.

The breeze was at Glenree’s back so Dunkineely were finding it difficult to get out of their own half. Oisin Boyce put his side further ahead when John Mc Fadden picked him out at the near post in the 19th minute.

Glenree conceded a few needless free-kicks in dangerous areas around their penalty area which did offer Dunkineely a few scoring chances but the defence held strong and dealt with each one commandingly.

The home side had a lot of efforts on the away side’s goal but just couldn’t covert with Gary Mc Clafferty and John McFadden having the most notable efforts.

John Mc Fadden then scored the final goal of the first half after a drop ball turned into a great attacking position for the Glenree men who capitalised on it when Mc Fadden cut inside the left-back to curl his effort into the bottom corner from 18yards in the 38th minute.

Glenree in the second half played some great football at times and managed the breezy conditions extremely well with Oran Blaney, Gary Mc Clafferty, Kyle Mc Garvey and Naoise Cullen orchestrating the play from the defence.

Luke Mc Carry had a few attempts on goal and he finally got on the scoresheet when he broke free of his marker and Eric Roberts sent him through.

Dunkineely’s best chance of the game came in the 78th minute when a corner was swung in for young Gary Murrin who broke loose from the pack to head his effort off the crossbar to Glenree’s relief.

Eric Roberts collected the clearance to duly take on the defenders who couldn’t match him for pace and he blasted his shot past the goalie and finish the game off.

It was a strong team display from Glenree all over the pitch but Kyle Mc Garvey, Gary Mc Clafferty and Eric Roberts stood out.

Whitestrand United 4-1 Curragh Athletic

Whitestrand United took on Curragh Athletic at Mc Garvey Park in the latest round of the Division Two season.

The game started evenly but Whitestrand took an early lead when Ryan Mc Cleary’s cross come shot ended up in the net.

The second goal game when Whitestrand United’s James Kerr broke free and calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Curragh had their chances but found themselves 2-0 down. They pulled one back when Callum Gordon scored and it was 2-1 at half-time.

Whitestrand scored a third when Kevin Loughrey broke free and James Kerr finished his cross. Curragh were then reduced to ten men when their centre half was sent off for a second yellow card.

The final goal of the game came when Sean Kerr broke the offside trap and chipped the keeper to score.

Multimedia Sports Reporter from Derry currently repenting for my sins in Letterkenny. Recent journalism graduate. NUJ member.

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