BONAGEE UNITED MOVED to joint-top of the Ulster Senior League with victory at Fanad United on a perfect day for football in Traigh-a-Loch.
Fanad United 2-4 Bonagee United
Bonagee (pictured above) started the stronger in this game and took the lead in the seventh minute. When a free was awarded out on the right, Darren Lynch swung a dangerous ball into the box, the ball was fumbled by Oran Blaney and Ryan McFadden was on hand to place the ball into the bottom corner.
Bonagee could have extended their lead three minutes later when following a superb cross into the box from Gareth Breslin, Aidan McLaughlin saw his header crash off the crossbar.
Fanad started to come into the game a bit more gaining plenty possession without troubling Ferry in the Bonagee goal. In the 27th minute Fanad were left absolutely furious with the referee when Keelin McElwaine burst into the box only to be hauled to the ground by Breslin, yet somehow the ref failed to point to the spot.
Bonagee scored their second goal on the stroke of half time. Chris Moran took a free kick out on the right which was met by Aidan McLaughlin, whose first time flick deceived Blaney and rolled into the corner.
Bonagee then extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half. Dean Larkin cut in from the wing and played an inch perfect ball to Ryan McFadden who made no mistake. There were few chances created by either team for the next 15 minutes.
In the 70th minute Shaun McElwaine produced a fine sliding block to deny Anthony Appiah when he seemed certain to score. Appiah did get on the score sheet with five minutes to go when James Carolan was taken down in the box, Appiah hammered the spot kick high into the top corner.
Fanad pulled one goal back three minutes later through substitute Michael McGinley. His first effort brought a fine save from Eugene Ferry in the Bonagee goal but McGinley was alert to the breaking ball to finish.
At times in the second half the game threatened to boil over as tempers flared. It all came to a head in the 90th minute when a scuffle involving a large amount of players resulted in Chris Moran of Bonagee and Marty McAteer of Fanad receiving straight red cards.
Fanad did score another consolation goal when Seimi Friel hammered home a free kick from 25 yards giving Ferry no chance. Best for Fanad were Keelin McElwaine and Seimi Friel. Best for Bonagee Ryan McFadden and Dean Larkin.
Fanad United: Oran Blaney, Oisin Langan, Shaun McElwaine, Marty McAteer, Seamus Friel, Patrick Carr (Michael McGinley 56), Conor McGonigle (Kevin McGonigle 76), Declan McGarvey (Ryan McGonigle 56), Brian McVeigh, Davitt Walsh, Keelin McElwaine.
Bonagee United: Eugene Ferry, Gareth Breslin, Declan Lynch, Darek Frankowski, Darren Hunter, Jamie Lynagh, Ryan McFadden (Barry McGinley 75), Chris Moran, Aidan McLaughlin (James Carolan 78), Dean Larkin, Ciaran Curran (Anthony Appiah, half-time)
Referee: Marty McGarrigle
4 Lanterns USL
Fanad United 2-4 Bonagee United.
Letterkenny Rovers 2-2 Derry City Reserves
Swilly Rovers P-P Cockhill Celtic
Sunday, November 29th
4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League at 2pm
Cockhill Celtic v Derry City Res.
Swilly Rovers v Fanad United
Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup
Killester Utd. v Bonagee Utd.
Dunboyne AFC v Letterkenny Rovers
Ulster Senior League table
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