ARRANMORE UNITED POSTED an important away win at Drumkeen United to stay top of the Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division.
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Drumkeen United 1-2 Arranmore United
It was dry but bitterly cold in Drumkeen on Saturday afternoon as Arranmore were the visitors for this Saturday League top of the table clash.
Drumkeen started well and dominated the early minutes of the game during which they created several chances which they failed to convert.
They did take the lead after thirteen minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball. Peter McNamee who had played the ball that led to the penalty stepped up and calmly slotted it home giving Arranmore keeper Green no chance. The home team continued to dominate the game and both McNamee and Brannigan had chances to add to their season’s tally which they failed to do.
During this period towards the end of the half Arranmore did force a few free kicks and corners without really troubling Michael Gibson in the Drumkeen goal. Drumkeen had a really good chance when Michael Patton was unlucky to see his shot hit the post and the ball came back out to Peter McNamee but he was unable to finish from close range.
Despite all of their first half dominance the home team only had one goal to show. It was the visitors who started well in the second half and their early pressure paid off when a foul on Gavin Mc Glanaghey out on the left wing resulted in a free kick. Declan Proctor took the free kick which struck the arm of a Drumkeen player and referee Martin McAnnaney pointed to the spot.
Benny McGarvey stepped up and scored the penalty to level the score at one goal apiece. Arranmore were now having the best of it and had another penalty shout denied by the referee. They took the lead on the hour mark when a Benny Mc Garvey through ball found and unmarked Gavin McGlanaghey just inside the box and he finished well for what proved to be the winner.
Drumkeen threw everything at it towards the end and at times left themselves vulnerable to the counter attack. They did not concede any more goals but they were unable to find an equaliser and it was the visitors who took all three points.
Orchard F.C. 2-1 Fintown Harps AFC
Orchard came away with the three points from a game that was reversed to Fintown after Orchard’s pitch was deemed unplayable.
Fintown took an early lead when a long ball caused some confusion in the Orchard back-line and Fintown striker John Joe running through for a nice finish that was aided by a strong breeze.
Orchard got back on level terms when Niall Bonner’s pin point cross into the box found Gio Peoples who’s neatly flicked header gave the keeper no chance. Orchard scored what proved to be the winner in the final minute of the first half when Peoples played a ball over the top for Jerome Burke who slotted into an empty net after the Fintown keeper had spilled the initial pass.
Orchard couldn’t add to their tally in the second half however they did have chances for Bonner, Peoples, and John Boyle. A solid team performance from Fintown with Gio Peoples and Rory O’ Gorman impressing for Orchard.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1-3 Erne Wanderers Reserves
Both teams played out an entertaining game in ‘The Moss’ but it wasn’t till the hour mark that the first goal arrived as both defences in top form.
Erne took the lead via a penalty after John Maddigan was judged to have fouled Mark Dorrian who converted the resulting penalty. Their lead was short lived as Drumoghill grabbed the equaliser 10 minutes later when Mark Gibson sent Kaolan O’ Donnell through on goal and after rounding the defender he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
The game looked like it was going to end all square but up stepped Phillip Patton with two quick goals in the last ten minutes to ensure his team victory.
Glenea United Reserve 1-0 St. Catherines Reserves
Glenea Reserves continued their good home form with a hard earned victory over St. Catherines.
In a game of few chances it was the home side that created most of them and took the lead on 25 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed home a Martin Doohan corner.
In the second half the away side came more into the game but were unable to create any clear cut chances and it was Glenea that came closest at the end of the game to increasing their lead when Martin Maguire and Michael McHugh were denied by good saves. Good team performances from both sides.
Cappry Rovers Reserves P-P Milford United Reserves
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3-0 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Castlefin maintained their charge for the title with a comfortable home victory over Keadue on Saturday in Park View in bitter conditions.
The hosts started the brighter and were rewarded for their pressure when Ian Ward collected a loose ball deep inside the Keadue half and played through Ronan Tourish who slotted home with seven minutes on the clock. Castlefin maintained the pressure and doubled their advantage when a Matthew O’ Rourke cross from the right was volleyed home by Ward at the back post in the 20th minute.
In the 27th minute the home side increased their lead again when Tourish capitalised on an error in the visitor’s defence and slotted home from 15 yards. The home side created numerous chances through O’ Rourke, Tourish and Ward but they were denied by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle.
In the second half the visitors pressed the home side back but their defence stood firm. The hosts created a few chances on the break but couldn’t find a way past Boyle who was in fine form. Best for Castlefin: Paul Logue and Ronan Tourish. Best for Keadue: Ben Boyle
Glenree United Reserves 0-0 Curragh Athletic Reserves
This game was reversed to the New Camp.
A combative first half saw few chances. Glenree went closest with a speculative effort from Pat Mc Groddy that rattled the bar and which was subsequently cleared off the line. The second half was similar with both sides creating chances but unable to convert. Game finished 0-0 earning both sides a deserved point.