USL – Cockhill win at Bonagee as Harps score big at Swilly


Cockhill Celtic scored a big win last night in the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League, defeating Bonagee United away, while Finn Harps Reserves hammered Swilly Rovers this afternoon.

Bonagee United 0 Cockhill Celtic 2

Goals from Jimmy Bradley and Gerry Gill shot Cockhill Celtic to a big win over nine-man Bonagee United on Saturday night at Dry Arch Park.

Bonagee had beaten Cockhill recently in the Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup, but Gavin Cullen’s team had the upper hand here with the hosts rocked by the sending off of Darren McFadden and Gareth Breslin.

McFadden walked in the 13th minute, given his marching orders following an off-the-ball altercation.

Cockhill started the brightest, with both Laurence Toland and Bart Wesowski causing problems.

Bonagee played well with ten men, with both Sean Hume and Mickey Funston excelling.

Cockhill broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Gill’s corner was stabbed home by Jimmy Bradley at the second attempt.

Bonagee continued to press, and Stephen Conroy was tested by Jordan Armstrong and Michael Doherty in quick succession after the break.

Bonagee were dealt a major blow after the hour when Breslin received his marching orders for two yellow cards.

Cockhill made sure of the three points on 70 when Gerry Gill shot home off the post following a good ball by Daniel Martin Doherty from the right.

Swilly Rovers 0 Finn Harps Reserves 11 

Finn Harps Reserves led three-nil at break after a very one-sided contest.

Swilly were badly depleted and harps went ahead on12 minutes when Liam Walsh fired home in style.

Mark Russell, up from the back, fired home and Ronan Gallagher finished well from close range.

Swilly had efforts just wide through Eoin Coyle and Ryan McDaid.

The second half was all one way and Mullen made it four after a fine run.

Ronan Gallagher, with a free kick, made it five and a Liam Walsh penalty made it six after 75 minutes.

Mullen (2), Stephen Doherty and Jack O’Donnell completed the scoring on a day when Ramelton man Tony McNamee played for the Harps.

Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup

Glengad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 1

Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Bonagee United 0 Cockhill Celtic 2

Swilly Rovers 0 Finn Harps Reserves 11


Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Sunday, March 31

Finn Harps Reserves v Derry City Reserves

Cockhill Celtic v Letterkenny Rovers

Swilly Rovers v Fanad United

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. 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.

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