Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Glenea United 1 St. Catherines 0
In a tight fought game it was the home side that earned all 3 points. In the first half with the aid of the breeze it was the Killybegs men that started the brightest and had the home defence under pressure without creating any clear chances.
Glenea tried to get into the game were unable to get enough of the ball to do this. St Catherine’s best chance fell to Barry Cannon when got onto a through ball from Daniel Breslin but drilled his shot over the bar.
Glenea’s best chance of the half fell to Darren Ferry, when after good play from Ciaran McGeady and Lee O’Brien, allowed Ferry to get a strike on goal which Andrew McMullen smothered well. In the 2nd half it was the home side that started to get on top and almost opened the scoring on 50 minutes when Dean McCarry headed just over from a corner.
St Catherines were then next to come close to scoring when Daniel Breslin’s header from a free-kick was also just over the bar. As the game progressed the home side continued to press and went close through efforts from Ciaran McGeady and Lee O’Brien.
Glenea finally got the only goal on 78 minutes when after good work by Ryan McFadden and Dean McCarry down the right, McCarry’s cross to the far post was met by Ciaran McFadden and he drilled home from close range.
St Catherine’s pressed hard for an equaliser and when the home defence failed to deal with a cross it required John Harley to head off the line to keep Glenea in front.
As St Catherine’s pushed forward it left them open to the counter attack and it took a good save from Andrew McMullen to deny Ciaran Mc Geady from extending Glenea’s lead. Best for Glenea were Paul Sweeney and Eamonn Cannon, while Chris Murrin and Daniel Breslin were best for St Catherine’s.
Referee: Liam McLaughlin
Milford United 3 Convoy Arsenal 1
(No Report Received)
Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Rathmullan Celtic 0
Kilmacrennan hosted Rathmullan Celtic on Sunday. It was a very tightly contested game and both back lines stayed strong to allow very few chances.
Kilmacrennan took the lead through Caolan Mc Daid in the 29th minute after nice football from Michael McLaughlin.
Kilmacrennan held onto the lead and neither keeper was tested throughout the rest of the first half. The second half was much the same and Kilmacrennan doubled their lead with 6 minutes to go through mousey and Caolan again.
This secured the 3 points for the home side. Best for Kilmac: Liam McBride. Referee: Kevin Logue
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand Rovers 2 Lifford Celtic 0
On a cold brisk day Whitestrand United took on Lifford Celtic at McGarvey Park. The game pitted Whitestrand who are in mid table against Lifford who currently sit second in the league.
The game started at a frenetic pace with both teams going toe to toe.
The wind was playing an ever increasing factor and gradually Lifford began to have a few chances but the Whitestrand defence held strong.
In the 30th minute Whitestrand broke clear and after two blocked goal bound efforts Ken Dempsey lashed the ball home.
Shortly after Whitestrand broke clear again and from Kevin Loughrey’s cross Sean McGovern’s volley crashed off the post.
Whitestrand started the second half well and it wasn’t long till they had their second when Ken Dempsey doubled his tally.
Lifford were reeling and Whitestrand had more chances with Kevin Loughrey, Sean McGovern & Johnny Sweeny all going close to adding to the scoreline.
Great performance from Whitestrand and outstanding performances from all concerned but in particular Derek Edwards, Ken Dempsey & Sean McFadden
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Dunkineely Celtic 1
(No Report Received)
Copany Rovers 2 Curragh Athletic 3
(No Report Received)
Eany Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 5
A spirited performance from an Eany Side missing some of their regulars wasn’t enough to halt Ballybofey’s good run.
The home side started well and the game remained scoreless until the 35th minute when Damien Glackin found space in the Eany box to open his side’s account for the day.
Glackin was on hand again on the stroke of half time to extend the lead. Eany got a goal back from a corner five minutes into the second half when Shaun Griffin was on hand to put the ball in the net.
Eany pushed hard for the equaliser and were caught out on the counterattack by Glackin who completed his hat-trick.
Despite being 1-3 in arrears Eany didn’t give up and had several chances to get back into the game but the Ballybofey defence held firm.
Ballybofey extended their lead in the 80th minute when Shaun McGowan headed home from a corner. Mark Griffin added to the scoreline in the dying minutes of the game and secured the three points for the visitors
Letterbarrow Celtic 4 Drumkeen United 2
John Corley was the hero for Letterbarrow when he helped the home side to overcome a two goal deficit with a superb second half hat-trick.
Drumkeen brought a strong side to Tymeen with a good mix of youth and experience and were dominant in the opening period.
Raymond Sweeney opened the scoring when he skipped past two players before unleashing a brilliant shot into the top corner.
On 30 minutes Michael Guthrie capitalised on a defensive error to put the visitors two ahead.
However within 30 seconds of the restart John Corley made it 2-1 after a lovely through ball from Alex McNeilis.
The pair combined again on 60 minutes which resulted in Corley volleying home from the edge of the box.
The game was played at a frantic pace throughout but Letterbarrow went three-two up when James McGroary’s shot deceived the visitor’s keeper after taking a wicked deflection.
The home side secured the points on 85 minutes when McNeilis’s shot was parred by the visitors keeper into Corley’s path and he duly swept home to complete a devastating performance.