THERE WAS A truncated programme of games in the Donegal League today, due to Ulster Cup, Ulster Shield and FAI Junior Cup games.
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Glenea United 2 Convoy Arsenal 2
Glenea got back to winning ways at home with a hard-earned victory over Convoy. It was the proverbial game of two halves with the home side starting well and had a chance to take the lead on 10 minutes but Ryan McFadden saw his penalty saved.
Glenea took the lead on 19 minutes when a Ciaran Mc Fadden effort from the edge of the box hit the post and he slotted home the resultant rebound. Glenea extended the lead on 25 minutes when Ciaran McFadden’s through ball released Ryan McFadden and found the corner of the net.
Glenea got a third goal on 40 minutes when Ciaran Mc Fadden reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box and scored from close range. In the 2nd half it was Convoy that started well and pulled a goal back on 55 minutes when Johnny Robb pounced on a loose ball and scored from close range.
Convoy continued to press and pulled another goal back through Johnny Robb on 70 minutes when he scored from the edge of the box.
Convoy pressed for an equaliser but Glenea threatened on the break and Ryan McFadden saw an effort come back off the bar on 85 minutes. The home side kept Convoy scoreless to the game end[adrotate group=”80″]
Castlefin Celtic 6 Lagan Harps 2
Castlefin romped to a vital three points after a convincing win over Lagan Harps on Sunday in Parkview.
The home side started on the front foot and took the lead in the 21st minute when a PJ Mc Menamin ball played through Ronan Tourish who squared to JP Malley who tapped home.
Castlefin doubled their advantage when Menamin again played through Tourish who took on three men and fired into the bottom corner after 27 minutes. Micheal Doherty had a free kick well saved from Castlefin Keeper Anthony Sweeney.
In the 35th minute Corrie Lee Bogan found space on the left, he cut in and found the bottom corner to increase the host’s lead.
In the 36th minute Tourish found Matthew O’Rourke on the right who finished through the keeper’s legs to put the home side four up.
JP Malley added to his personal tally when he headed home a McMenamin corner and completed his hat-trick when he tapped home a Damien Mc Anenny cross before half time.
The second half was a dull affair in terms of goal mouth action. Lagan pulled two consolation goals back through Mark Hunter.[adrotate group=”88″]
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Gweedore United 1 Raphoe Town 1
This game played at Carrickboyle will leave the home side wondering how they didn’t get all 3 points from this one. As early as the first minute Ciaran McFadden’s shot was excellently saved by Roy Duffy in the Raphoe nets.
However, Raphoe took the lead when Oliver Quinn finished well past Charles Doherty after good play by Jamie Gallagher to make it 1-0.
United continued to play well and press however Duffy in the visitor’s nets made great saves from Kevin Cassidy, Adi O’Gara, Frank McGee and Michael Barry on different occasions.
In the 22nd minute young Mark Mc Fadden made it 1-1 when he rounded one defender and shot into to bottom corner from 25 yards leaving Duffy with no chance.
This pattern of play continued for the rest of the half with Duffy making important saves for Raphoe.
In the second half the home side saw good chances from Ciaran Mc Fadden, Ryan Kelly and Shane O’Donnell with the game ending in a draw.
Tom Mc Hugh at the back and Duffy in nets were excellent for Raphoe, with United’s young players. Mark Mc Fadden, Ryan Kelly and Odhran McFadden excelling for United on the day. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin.[adrotate group=”46″]
Erne Wanderers 1 Cappry Rovers 3
Erne Wanderers hosted fellow promotion rivals Cappry Rovers and the hosts were left to rue a poor first half showing when they trailed by two goals to nil.
Cappry were the better team in the opening half and deserved their lead. Wanderers started the second half on the front foot and scored through David Dolan inside two minutes when he followed up an Alan Russell shot to head home.
The homesters had Rovers penned in for spells in the second period but couldn’t get the breakthrough to equalise and after David Dolan spurned a great chance to draw level Erne got hit with a sucker punch when Bradley scored after he got on the end of a monster throw in to slip home the third.
Wanderers kept going and created some good chances but found the visiting keeper in great form as he made three or four excellent saves. Best for Erne was Russell while the Cappry keeper had an excellent outing. Referee: John Coyle.[adrotate group=”38″]
Deele Harps 0 Keadue Rovers 0
Deele welcomed Keadue to The Athletic Grounds on a fine day for football. The first half was an even contest with both sides playing some good football but chances were at a premium.
he early stages of the second half was more of the same but as the half wore on Keadue were starting to dominate and the fact it was only Deele’s second game in two months was starting to show. Keadue had the better of the chances but Deele defended brilliantly and deserved the point.
Referee: Martin McAneny[adrotate group=”76″]
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Drumkeen United 1 Copany Rovers 1
Copany Rovers were the visitors to a bitterly cold St Patrick’s Park on Sunday afternoon for this Division two clash. The first half was largely uneventful with very few chances created by either side.
The only talking point of the first half was actually the Goal which Copany scored.
An injury to regular goalkeeper Michael Gibson meant that John Rodgers was the Stand in Keeper for the day and he made what looked like a good double save after 38 minutes,
Unfortunately for him and Drumkeen the Referee deemed that the ball had crossed the line from the second effort from Vincent Breslin and he awarded a goal to Copany. Drumkeen came out in the second half and were immediately on the attack when Peter McNamee had a chance right at the start.
They also had efforts from Kevin Boyle, Ryan Kettle and Eunan Doherty without success. As the half wore on Drumkeen threw everything at the visitors with everyone going forward for corners and free kicks leaving John Rodgers in the role of sweeper ‘keeper.
When you throw everyone forward like that you are vulnerable to a counter attack if your attack breaks down and they were nearly caught a couple of times.
It was John Rodgers who set up Drumkeen’s equaliser when his clearance from the halfway line fell to Peter McNamee who then scored a great goal from 30 yards out.
Having got back level the home team then went for a late winner but the clock was against them and as the minutes ticked by the Copany Defence stood firm so both teams had to settle for a point.
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( Match Postponed )
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Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Whitestrand United 2
Both teams started well in a hotly contested derby.
Whitestrand went close on ten minutes when Johnny Sweeney fired high over the bar after good work from Paul Coyle.
The ‘71 went close on thirteen minutes when Shaun Patton’s great cross was met by Donal Callaghan only for the ball to just drift wide.
The Strand took the lead on 18 minutes when Shaun Martin scored from a Kevin Loughrey corner.
Kerrykeel pushed hard for the equaliser and it came on thirty minutes when young Bernard McGettigan finished brilliantly.
Kerrykeel had a penalty denied on 38 minutes when Jimmy Coyle was taken down in the box but referee waved play.
Kerrykeel were again denied a penalty at the start of the second half when the same player was taken down by the Strand goalkeeper but once again the referee denied the home appeal.
Whitestrand took the lead on seventy two minutes when Kevin Loughrey headed home a Johnny Sweeney cross.
It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the game but the away team took the spoils. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Michael Mc Devitt, Cathal Martin and Shane Sandilands. Best for Whitestrand: Ken Dempsey. Referee: Mickey Mulhern