CARN FC scored a big 3-1 away win at Dunree United with the win at St Egney’s Park giving them a boost in the battle at the bottom, while Clonmany Reserves scored a top-of-the-table win over Cockhill Youths in Division 1.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Dunree United 1 Carn FC 3
This was a crucial win for the visitors and they took the lead on 21 minutes when Ryan Kelly headed a Ronan Doherty free high past Philip Doherty from six yards. Dunree replied and James O Donnell had an effort which crashed off the post and wide.
On the half hour Ronan Doherty unleashed a low effort which Doherty saved low to his left. Dunree responded and on the stroke of half time a Liam Baldrick free found William Doherty who slid in but failed to convert.
In the opening minutes of the second half the unmarked Ryan McLaughlin headed home from ten yards to increase the visitors advantage.
They made it three nil on 77 minutes after Ronan Doherty despatched a 25-yard free to the bottom corner.
At the other end Darryl Moran unleashed an effort but Daniel Houghton saved well before a cross from Baldrick was slotted home by Kevin McColgan.
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Clonmany Res 3 Cockhill Youths 2
Cockhill started this game very brightly and took the lead in the 3rd minute when left back Shane Doherty played a ball down the wing for Eoin Deery and he in turn fed Jack McDaid who shrugged off a Clonmany defender before planting his shot across the keeper and inside the far post from a tight angle.
Clonmany withstood some more early Cockhill pressure with Jack McDaid’s forward runs posing a problem for the Clonmany rearguard but they gradually got up to the pace of the game and equalised in the 11th minute.
A long clearance was controlled by Conor Doherty on the left wing,who held the ball up before squaring the ball to his brother Dessie and he slid through a ground pass for John Porter to run onto in the box and he stroked a low shot below the advancing Declan Caldwell and into the bottom left hand side of the goals.
The remainder of the first half was very competitive with both teams threatening but the defences for either team were in control.
The Cockhill keeper was called into action in the 32nd minute when after some good build-up play down the right-hand side between Jake Harkin, Brendan Doherty and Oisin Hession, Jake was released into the box beating a Cockhill defender on the byline before pulling a pass back to the near corner of the 6 yard box for John Porter but Declan Caldwell smothered his shot at the near post and the ball was hooked to safety.
Cockhill were forced into a change 5 minutes into the second half when Christy Duffy was forced to limp off with an injury.
Clonmany also made a double substitution themselves with Michael Devlin and Ryan Doherty coming on for John Porter and Aaron Harkin.Clonmany were now forcing the game and the pressure was building up on Cockhill.
In the 56th minute Michael Devlin released Dessie Doherty down the inside right channel,he was bearing down on goals and shot from 15 yards out but although his shot beat Caldwell, he saw it canon back off the crossbar and deflect out to the left wing where it was retrieved by his brother Conor who squeezed though a pass to find Ryan Doherty’s run but his left foot shot went to the right and wide.
Michael Devlin forced Declan Caldwell into a good save at the foot of his post shortly afterwards before also nearly setting up another goal after playing a delightful cross into the six yard line behind the Cockhill defence but it just evaded the lunges of Brendan Doherty and Dessie Doherty.
Clonmany forced a succession of corners and eventually made one pay in the 67th minute.
The ball was whipped in by Michael Devlin but was half cleared to the edge of the box. Clonmany’s central defender Brian Devlin controlled the ball before teeing up a shot for Jake Harkin from the edge of the area which flew across a crowded penalty box and into the right hand bottom corner of the Cockhill net.
Cockhill stung by this almost retrieved a goal in the 75th minute when sub Keegan Hegarty received the ball twenty yards out from goal before breaking forward into the Clonmany box but his shot lacked composure when he was well placed and went to the right and wide.
Clonmany made the game safe in the 81st minute when following good link-up play by Michael Devlin and Dessie Doherty down the left-hand side Michael fed Dessie in the box and Dessie looked up to square a ball across the six yard box to find Oisin Hession’s run from midfield and he finished coolly from close range.
Cockhill pulled a goal back in added time when their centre-half Noel McLaughlin received the ball on the left of the box and drifted into the box before dispatching a low shot past Liam McGonigle.
Carrowmena FC 3 Sea Rovers 1
Rovers started the game well and when Gary Doherty’s effort was parried by Michael Noone the rebound fell to Ciaran Doherty but his effort was turned behind by Noone.
From Tiernan Stephens’ in-swinging corner Noone only succeeded in helping the ball on its way into the net.
The home side equalised on 16 minutes when the rovers defence failed to clear a Bob Kane corner allowing Dean McGeoghaghan to fire past Glen Watson.
Another corner from Kane found Christy McGeoghaghan to rise high and head home. Carrowmena gained confidence on the restart and pressed and almost added a third when Kane’s effort was well saved by Watson on the hour mark.
They increased their lead on 79 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after McGeoghaghan was upended but when his spot kick was parried by Watson the loose ball fell to Conor Radcliffe who fired home from eight yards.
Carrowmena almost added a fourth when a Gerard Gill cross found Radcliffe but his header rattled the cross bar.
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Carn Res 3 Greencastle Res 6
The home side opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Dillon Cooke converted a Conor Doherty cross from six yards past Puari Carey Doherty.
The visitors equalised when Cathal Mclaughlin fired low past Fergal Bradley from the edge of the area. Greencastle took the lead on 35minutes when John McDermott unmarked headed home to the roof of the net after a corner.
They increased their lead when McLaughlin ran from half way before firing to the top corner from just inside the area.
Carn had early pressure on the restart but on the hour the visitors broke when Eugene O’Donnell ran onto a through ball to slot home.
On 65 minutes Carn made it four two when Cade Cooke fired a 30-yard free to the roof of the net. The home side reduced the deficit to the minimum when Michael McDermott scored with a sublime chip from the edge of the area.
But Greencastle made it five three when Daniel Murphy caught keeper Bradley off the line with a superb effort from the half way line.
They completed the scoring when McLaughlin robbed a defender and squared for John McDermott to sot home.
Glengad Res 3 Redcastle Res 4
Glengad spurned a glorious opportunity in the first minute when after PJ McDaid was upended in the area Paul McGonigle’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by Terry McColgan.
In their next attack McGonigle crossed for McDaid to slot low to the corner and give the home side the lead.
On 9 minutes the visitors equalised after Brian Tracey fired low past Ronan Lafferty from 15 yards.
Glengad regained the lead on 16 minutes when Kevin McLaughlin sidestepped a defender and hammered a low effort past McColgan from the edge of the area.
Redcastle upped the pace and Stephen Davenport had a free kick brilliantly saved by Lafferty.
They levelled again on 40 minutes when Mark Doherty cut in from the left and fed Tracey to slot home from ten yards.
On the stroke of half time Glengad took the lead for the third time when Joe Doherty fired a twenty yards free to the roof of the net after he had been fouled.
In the opening minute of the second half Doherty fed Davenport on the edge of the area and he fired low to the corner to make it three all.
On 72 minutes Evan Craig fed James Breslin inside the area and he drilled low to the corner. Glengad replied and a Kevin McLaughlin free was well saved by McColgan to secure the points for the visitors.
Gleneely Colts 1 Rasheney Res 0
The opening chance fell to the home side after Paul Canny released Kevin Doherty but from a tight angle he fired just wide.
Rasheney then forced four corners in a row but the home defence dealt capably with them. On 15 minutes a John McLaughlin snapshot from the edge of the area was deflected wide off a home defender.
Midway through the first half a John Doherty free was headed straight at Kieran O’Neill by Cory O’Brien. The remainder of the half was a close battle with few chances.
On the restart Kieran White crossed but Canny headed wide. Gleneely had another free which was quickly taken by Neil G Duffy but the back tracking O’Neill tipped the ball over.
From the corner John Doherty’s point blank range header was superbly tipped over by O’Neill.
The Colts broke the deadlock on 71 minutes when a John Doherty free deceived O Neill on its way to the net. Rasheney pressed hard but the home defence stood firm.Tags: