THERE WERE GOALS aplenty yesterday in the Donegal Signs Reserves Knockout Shield. Here’s how the action unfolded:
Carn Reserves 2 Moville Reserves 4
THE visitors started well and took the lead on 11 minutes after good work from James Gillen saw his cross slotted home from close range by Matthew Harkin.
Minutes later they added another when home keeper parried Fergal Bradley parried well to deny Harkin but Norbert Indyka was on hand to fire the rebound home.Carn came more into the game then and before the break both Dillon & Cade Cooke were narrowly off target.
Moville increased their lead on 55 minutes when the unmarked James Gillen headed home from close range after a corner.
Carn battled well and reduced the deficit on 74 minute when Conor Doherty volleyed superbly to the top corner from twenty yards.
Moville put paid to any notion of a come back when Harkin ghosted past three men and superbly chipped Bradley from twenty yards.
Carn scored a consolation when Mark Diver fed Cade Cooke who unleashed a stunning volley to the top corner.[adrotate group=”38″]
Redcastle Reserves 3 Glengad Reserves 1
GLENGAD had the upper hand for the first twenty minutes of this game and created the first chance on 8 minutes when PJ Mc Daid broke and was denied by a great challenge from Redcastle goalkeeper Ryan McCole who was unable to continue and was replaced in goal by Mark Doherty.
Glengad got their reward for their good start on 15 minutes when Mc Daid broke the offside trap to score past Doherty.
Redcastle came more into the game and James Breslin crossed for Terry Mc Colgan who’s header crashed off the crossbar and Evan Craig missed a great chance to level just before the break.
Redcastle were in control of the second half and levelled on 70 minutes when Daniel Harkin’s free found McColgan and he slotted home to level matters.
They then took the lead shortly afterwards when James Breslin found Evan Craig to slot home from close range and they made sure of the points on the 89 minutes when Michael Barr made it three one with a neat finish.[adrotate group=”37″]
Greencastle Reserves 3 Illies Reserves 3
Greencastle win 4-2 on penalties
IN AN entertaining game the home side had the opening chance when a Daniel Rowan free flashed across the six-yard area but there were no takers.
Illies replied and when Jason Campbell fed Adrian Donaghey Doherty who released Joe McDaid to round Pauri Carey Doherty and slot home.
They had another chance when Charlie Mclaughlin fed Doherty but his effort was well saved before Henry Donaghey had an effort deflected behind.
The home side responded and Mike Price had an effort well saved by Graham Doherty.
Midway through the half Illies had two quick chances when Dominic Doherty was denied by the keeper and McDaid fired the follow up wide.
At the other end following a corner Eunan Hegarty saw his effort saved by the Illies keeper. Illies spurned a great chance to double their lead when the unmarked Mclaughlin blazed over from six yards.
They did double their lead on 33 minutes when McDaid fired to the bottom corner from twelve yards. The last chance fell to Illies when Stephen McGonagle‘s free was well held by Doherty.
Greencastle started the second period better and substitute Cathal Mclaughlin drew a good save from Doherty.
They reduced the deficit when a corner broke to Mclaughlin and he swivelled to drill low to the net. They then drew level when replacement keeper Seamus Bovaird relased Mclaughlin who fired home at the second attempt to level the game on 63 minutes.
McLaughlin then fed Rowan but once again Doherty was equal to his effort.
Illies regained the lead when Donaghey Doherty played a one two with McLaughlin to beat the offside he slammed home from inside the area on 74 minutes.
The home side were reduced to ten when Eunan McDaid was red carded for dissent but the home side then equalized on 84 minutes when John McDermott evaded two challenges and advanced to fire low to the net from 16 yards.
In extra time McDaid raced clear but was denied by Bovaird while at the other end Oran Henry headed over from a corner.
In the second period McDaid was again denied by Bovaird and the penalty shootout ensued. Bovaird emerged the hero saving two penalties in the shootout with the home side scoring their first four to advance.[adrotate group=”53″]
Rasheney Reserves 1 Cockhill Reserves 4
RASHENEY had the first chance of the game when a Johnathan Tolan snapshot was superbly tipped over by the back tracking Liam Lynch.
Cockhill replied and took the lead on 16 minutes after Mark Gillespie despatched a low effort from fifteen yards past Roger McGilloway.
Rasheney replied and Jack McLaughlin was only denied by a brilliant last ditch tackle from Martin Breslin while at the other end Ryan McDermott kept his side in it with an equally good tackle on Gillespie.
On 29 minutes Jack McLaughlin had another effort saved by the legs of Lynch. But Cockhill ended the half the stronger with both Kevin McDaid and Conor Allen denied by McGilloway.
Rasheney began the second half well with Corny McCole going close with a free before Toalnd lobbed the advancing Lynch but the ball dropped over the bar. But Cockhill upped the tempo with Ryam Mallett heading over when it looked easier to score.
They doubled their lead substitute Eddie Cuffe hammered home after a scramble on 62 minutes and three minutes later they sealed the tie when McDaid beat the offside trap and calmly rolled the ball past McGilloway.
Rasheney kept battling and from a corner Kevin Noone glanced a header wide . But again Cockhill replied and increased their lead after another substitute Kieran McEleney unleashed a superb twenty yards effort to the bottom corner. Rasheney gained a consolation with literally the last kick of the game when an Alan Doherty corner was superbly flicked home by Noone.[adrotate group=”81″]
Carrowmena Reserves 3 Dunree Reserves 2
After extra time
DUNREE had the first chance of the game when Jerry Farrell unleashed an effort which Derek McGeoghaghan saved well.
Carrowmena replied with Samuel Bredin finding Trevor Kane but he fired just wide. Dunree took the lead on the stroke of half tiem when Farrell outpaced the home defence to fire low to the corner from twenty yards.
Dunree were reduced to ten men after an altercation when Michael Farrell was red carded but the home side equalised on 51 minutes Paddy Craig laid the ball off to Dempsey Holliwell and his ten yards effort took a deflection on its way to the net.
A ball over the top on 69 minutes again released Farrell to finish well and restore the visitors lead. But the home side forced extra time when Killian Dougal found Oran McDermott who fired a brilliant effort to the bottom corner.
Carrowmena took the lead in the first half when McDermott fed Bredin all off forty yards out and he lashed an effort into the top corner.
Dunree replied in the second period with an Evan Barry free tipped onto the bar by Mark Doherty.
The home side then had McGeoghaghan red carded for a professional foul but they held on to advance to the next round.
Buncrana Reserves 1 Gleneely Colts 3
FIVE minutes at the start of the second half in which Buncrana conceded two goals determined the outcome of this match.
Hearts had started the match with the advantage of a strong wind but really did not create too many chances and slowly but surely Gleneely grew into the game finishing the first half with a one goal advantage.
This goal came on eight minutes and it was the product of the first serious attack of the match by either team. Paul Canny picked the ball up out on the left, cut inside and his centre was headed home at the back post by Corey O’Brien.
Hearts pushed on in search of an equalizer but Gerard Boyle saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved by Gleneely keeper Adam Duffy and Pauric O’Flaherty’s back post header under pressure when just over the bar.
As the Hearts pressed further up field they were always susceptible to Gleneely’s counter attacking game.
This did produce two goals at the start of the second half, the first scored by Christy Smith after Hearts’ keeper O’Sullivan saved Nathan McLaughlin shot and in the subsequently melee their defense failed to clear the loose ball and Smith scored from close range.
Two minutes later Corey O’Brien got Gleneely’s third leaving Buncrana with a mountain to climb. Gerard Boyle did give them some hope, scoring in the seventy fifth minute, but a resolute Gleneely defense held out for a well deserved win.