THE GLENCAR INN Saturday Division and the Saturday Reserve Divisions swung back to action yesterday. Arranmore United began their Glencar Inn title defence with a 5-0 win while reigning Reserve League winners Glenea United were held 0-0 by Milford United Reserves.
GLENCAR INN SATURDAY DIVISION
Dunlewey Celtic 0 Arranmore United 5
LAST year’s title winners began the season as they left off with a solid performance against Dunlewey who were returning after a year out from Sunday League football.
It was Gary Heaney who got the visitors going with a well work effort and soon after Benny McGarvey got the second from a free kick just outside the area.
The second half started well for the home side but they were caught on the break and Declan Proctor took full advantage.
Heaney got his second midway through the second half and Paul Early finished the scoring close to the end. The home side fought hard all through the match but it just wasn’t their day.[adrotate group=”37″]
Drumbar F.C. 3 Orchard F.C. 4
ORCHARD started the stronger of the two sides, having a lot of possession, but they were unable to create any clear cut chances.
The breakthrough for the visitors came late in the first half where Giovanni Peoples made the most of a mistake by the home side and he converted.
The home side were quick to respond. Aiden Butch Cassidy got the equalised heading home from Heeney’s Free kick.
Orchard scored a second as a long ball managed to beat the left back and leave Chrissy McLaughlin straight through on goals and he converted given the keeper little chance to stop it.
The second half saw spells of good play from both sides. The visitors were awarded a penalty and Joe McCarron converted in the 70th minute. M
ost would believe this game was over when Peoples made it 4-1 in the 75th minute, but Drumbar responded. Keelan Heeney converted for the home side on the 81st minute.
Kevin Martin then broke up the line in the 86th minute and crossed for Heeney to score.
Drumbar had an opportunity to equalise from a free kick after Enda Brogan was taken down on the edge of the box on the 91st minute. The Orchard ‘keeper was forced to make a fine save and David Charles’ overhead kick on the rebound when wide of the target.[adrotate group=”38″]
Fintown Harps AFC 3 Strand Rovers 2
SHANE McMillan, Aaron Boyle and John Molloy were all on target for Fintown Harps as they defeated Strand Rovers at Pairc Achla.
McMillan has returned to the club after a season away and his goals could prove important if the Fintown lads are to mount a challenge for silverware this season.[adrotate group=”53″]
SATURDAY RESERVE DIVISION
Donegal Town Reserves 3 Erne Wanderers Reserves 1
ERNE started brightly in this opening league fixture of the season. They took the lead on 15 minutes from the penalty spot, Packie Hill converting.
Donegal came back into the game after this and got back on terms on 23 minutes when Gary Ward latched onto a Ciaran O’Reilly pass to hammer the ball high into the net.
Donegal dominated after that and took the lead on the stroke of half time, Conor Rooney with a deft finish over the keeper after another fantastic through ball from Ciaran O’Reilly.
Donegal continued their dominance early in the second half and extended their lead on 53 minutes. It was Ciaran O’Reilly again the creator sending Graham Harron through to finish from an acute angle. Erne came back into the game after that and should have pulled one back on 60 minutes with an effort that went just wide. Erne then hit the crossbar after 72 minutes as they fought to rescue the game.
Donegal then had two good opportunities to kill the game off totally with Graham Harron and David Bustard going close. Erne had an effort cleared off the line with 10 minutes to go which they felt had crossed the line but the referee waved away their protests.[adrotate group=”46″]
Cappry Rovers Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5
CASTLEFIN took the lead in the 26th minute when Keith Neilis scored with a fine header from 12 yards. In the 33rd minute Castlefin made it 2-0 when JP Malley scored following a mistake in the Cappry defence. Cappry started the second half well and should have got one back when Kyle O’Meara went through but he blazed his effort over the bar. Castlefin made it 3-0 when JP Malley scored with a header.
Castlefin made it 4-0 when Malley scored his 3rd of the afternoon. Keith Neilis made it 5-0 in the 80th minute. Cappry got a late consolation goal through Petie Lafferty.[adrotate group=”82″]
Glenea United Reserves 0 Milford United Reserves 0
GLENEA Reserves got their defence of the Reserve League underway with a hard fought draw against Milford. The home side started well and forced the away keeper into a number of good saves.
Glenea were awarded a penalty on 30 minutes but missed the resultant kick. Milford came more into the game as the half progressed but were unable to cause much of a threat to Joe Coll in the home nets.
In the second half the home side continued to create chances but were once again denied by some good goalkeeping.
As the home side pushed for an opener they left themselves open at the back and Milford broke away on a couple of occasions and were only denied by some good saves from Joe Coll.[adrotate group=”70″]
Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 5 Glenree United Reserves 4
KILMACRENNAN took lead on 10 minutes from a close range free. Michael McLaughlin passed to Chris Waddle who scored.
Kilmac went down to ten men when John Doherty and Darren Toal got injured.
Glenree scored on 44 minutes through Marty Cullen. Kilmac scored on 51 through a Timmy Burke header and Michael Mc Laughlin made it 3-1 on 59 minutes after good one two with Christopher Dillon.
Dillon made it 4-1 with a fine individual goal on 73. Michael Mc Laughlin made it 5-1 on 82 minute. Glenree scored two quick goals through Marty McLaughlin on 85 and 87 and after a defensive error on 89 minutes Marty Cullen scored a fine goal to bring Glenree within a goal.
It created an exciting finish but Kilmac held on to take the points on their return to Saturday League football.
Keadue Rovers Reserves 0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2
(No Report Received)
Sunday 21st August 2016
Brian Mc Cormick Cup
Area Shields Finals
Rathmullan Celtic v Lagan Harps
St. Catherines v Donegal Town
Keadue Rovers v Gweedore United
Ballybofey United v Castlefin Celtic