CHAMPIONS ARRANMORE United began their new Saturday League term in emphatic style yesterday with a 4-0 win over Strand Rovers. Here’s how the games went:
Glencar Inn Saturday Division
Arranmore United 4 Strand Rovers 0
Arranmore came out on top in this derby match on the island.
With few changes on the back of last week’s 5-0 win over Dunlewey it didn’t take long for the home side to go a goal to the good as the lively Paul Early closed down a back pass from the visitors and did well to dispossess their keeper and manage to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.
In the 22nd minute great work from the returning Martin Proctor down the Arranmore right resulted in the ball falling to Gary Heaney 15 yards from goal and he found the corner of the net with a half volley.
Strand came into the game more after this but Danny Rodgers and Phil Boyle were strong in the Arranmore defence. Aaron Mc Cafferty then came off the bench to make his debut and was outstanding.
Arranmore made it 3-0 on 65 minutes as a cross/come shot from Declan Proctor found the top corner from 35 yards.
Strand had a chance to get back into the game when they won a penalty on 75 but Brennan fired over.
Johnny Greene in the home goals pulled off a great save with ten minutes remaining. Arranmore got number four when the excellent Aaron McCafferty did well to find Chris McGlanaghey who unselfishly played young Brian Proctor through on goals and he finished brilliantly under the advancing keeper. Credit to Strand who fought until the final whistle with Darragh Hanlon very impressive for them.
Glencar Celtic P Orchard F.C.
(Match re-fixed for Tuesday 6th at 6.30 p.m.)
Drumbar FC 4 Fintown Harps AFC 4
FINTOWN opened the scoring on the 5th minute when Michael Doherty’s cross floated into the net from the right.
Keelan Heeney equalised from a effort from inside the box on the 20th minute.
Oran Doherty put the visitors ahead, converting at the back post.
Keelan Heeney then turned the centre halves inside out on the edge of the box and hammered the ball into the top corner to equalise before the break.
The home side looked to dominate at the beginning of the second half but Fintown took the lead again, this time John Molloy stuck a wonderful free kick from the edge of the box that left Daniel Gallagher with no chance between the posts.
David Giblin delivered a long throw into the box with 15 minutes remaining and Enda Brogan slotted into the bottom corner to bring the sides level again.
Keelan Heeney stepped up to convert a penalty in the 80th minute to put Drumbar ahead going into the closing stages. Fintown had one last effort in them and broke down the right wing and Chris McGlynn bundled the ball in to secure a draw.
Saturday Reserve Division
Erne Wanderers Reserves 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2
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Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4 Glenea United Reserves 1
CASTLEFIN recorded a fine 4-1 home victory over Glenea United on Saturday. In the opening exchanges both sides found it hard to settle and created chances.
In the 25th Glenea capitalised on a lapse in the Castlefin defence and Lee McFadden broke clear and slotted home.
In the 35th the home side equalised when Keith Nelis headed home from a James Mc Menamin corner from six yards.
In the second half the hosts upped the tempo and took the lead on 66 minutes when Ronan Tourish broke from midfield and found Matthew O’Rourke who made no mistake from six yards.
In the 75th minute Castlefin increased their lead when a Simon McGlinchey ball from midfield found Keith Nelis who beat the defender and slotted into the bottom corner.
Castlefin wrapped up the three points in the 85th minute when Keith Nelis completed his hat-trick when he picked up the ball on the left and beat the keeper from 15 yards.[adrotate group=”46″]
Milford United Reserves 2 Cappry Rovers Reserves 3
MILFORD welcomed Cappry to Moyle View Park for their first home game of the season. Milford started well and took the lead with JJ Fleming slotting home.
Cappry equalised on the stroke of half-time.
Straight from the kick off in the second half Milford took the lead with Ciaran Blaney finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Cappry came back though and equalised again with 20 minutes to go.
With both teams pushing for a winner it was Cappry who found it after a mix up in the Milford defence in the 89th minute.
Glenree United Reserves 0 Donegal Town Reserves 3
DONEGAL picked up all three points from a hard fought match.
The home side were on the back foot for the majority of this match and created very little chances.
Donegal took the lead with 20 minutes gone when their striker header home. Two further goals for Donegal came in the second half.
Their second of the day came from a kick out that was unchallenged in the air providing space for the flick on to the Donegal striker to put the away side two up and cruising.
The final goal of the day came from a cross that hit the defender and went straight into the back of the Glenree net.
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2 St. Catherines Reserves 1
AN injury time goal for Drumoghill grabbed all three points in this game which could have gone either way.
St Catherine’s had the first chance to take the lead in the twentieth minute from the penalty spot but Micheal Toner saved well from Stevie Anderson.
The young striker made up for his mistake just before half time when he volleyed home to put his team ahead.
Drumoghill started the second half looking for that all important equaliser but found the St. Catherines’ defence hard to break down and it wasn’t until the 65th minute when new signing Travis Crawford played a lovely ball through for Mark Gibson to run onto and chip the keeper.
That got Drumoghill back on level terms. Gibson was again the hero when he headed home a Darren Connor’s corner kick to grab all three points for his team .Two great team performances.