THERE WAS NO shortage of drama or goals in the three divisions of the Donegal League this afternoon – here’s how the action panned out.
Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division
Glenea United 0 Drumoghill F.C. 1
Liam O’Donnell’s 26th minute goal was enough to see Drumoghill F.C. retain their lead at the top of the Brian Mc Cormick Premier Division.
They faced a possible banana skin as they set out for Glasserchoo to face Glenea United who seldom allow points to leave Mc Gettigan Park unearned. In a tight opening it was Joe Coll who had to make a couple of good saves to keep the teams level.
As the half progressed the home side came more into the game and began to create a couple of openings for themselves. Drumoghill opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a wayward shot fell to Liam O’Donnell and he slotted home.
In the second half the home side started well and went close to equalising when Ciaran Mc Geady just failed to connect with an Eamonn McHugh cross and later Lee O’Brien had his shot well saved after good work by Christopher Cannon.
As the home side pushed on Drumoghill tried to play on the break and went close from a couple of corners. However in the end Glenea were unable to pull back the important goal.
Kildrum Tigers 2 Cappry Rovers 1
KILDRUM took allthree points from a scrappy affair on a lovely spring day at Station Road.
Both teams tried hard in the opening half hour but the deadlock wasn’t broke until 41minutes when Reece Laird cooly slotted home after great play on the right hand side.
The Tigers doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Laird latched onto a loose ball to get his second of the game.
Cappry pushed hard and pulled one back after an own goal from Shane McIntyre.
Laird could have wrapped the game up and got his hat-trick but he failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Milford United 3
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St. Catherines 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3
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Temple Domestic Appliances Division One
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Keadue Rovers 4
KERRYKEEL started the better with Niall Doherty nearly opening the scoring on two minutes with a near post header from a Brian McBride cross.
Keadue took the lead on ten minutes when Sean Boyle scored a header from a corner. Kerrykeel responded well and were level five minutes later when a Niall Doherty free kick came back off the crossbar and Brian McBride was on hand to fire home.
Shaun Patton was on great form for the ‘71, causing Keadue all sorts of problems on the right hand side, it was his cross on 26 minutes that should have been put home by Andrew Friel but his shot was well saved by the Keadue keeper.
The second half was end to end stuff but it was Keadue who went in front on 65 minutes when Ryan Green slotted home after good work by Corey Gallagher.
Kerrykeel pushed all out in attack and forced Boyle into numerous saves from Mylie McBride, Niall Doherty and Niall Carr. Keadue won a penalty on 84 minutes to put Keadue 3-1 up.
With Kerrykeel pushing Keadue caught them on the break with a fourth goal scored by Breslin. Kerrykeel got one back on 90 minutes with Shaun Patton scoring from close range after great work by Michael Mc Devitt.
Raphoe Town 5 Bonagee United 2
RAPHOE welcomed Bonagee to a dry but cold Deele College Grounds on what was a perfect day for football. This game started evenly enough with both sides sussing each other out and it was going to take something special to unlock the defences and that’s exactly what we got when young Oliver Quinn picked up the ball and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the Bonagee net giving the keeper no chance.
Raphoe kept pushing and got a second when the superb Frankie McBrearty picked out David Craig with pinpoint pass and David smashed home the header from close range.
Raphoe where well on top and got a third when a brilliant move involving Frankie, Oliver and Jamie Gallagher resulted in Gallagher firing a pinpoint cross for the impressive Christy Bogle to slam home at the back post,
Gallagher was involved again as he twisted the blood in the Bonagee defenders as he twisted and turned them until eventually he was taken down for a penalty and Frankie Mc Brearty slotted home from 12 yards.
Raphoe thought that this game was over but Bonagee had other ideas and started the second half on top and pulled a goal back from a corner then five minutes later scored again when McMonagle scored a great goal into the top corner.
They had a few half chances after this but Raphoe put the game to bed when David Craig scored on the break.
Convoy Arsenal 3 Lagan Harps 0
Lifford Celtic 2 Gweedore United 2
LIFFORD went ahead on 20 minutes after neat one touch play involving Carlin, Gethins and Hamilton sent midfielder McNamee racing clear and he finished expertly over the advancing goalkeeper.
Gweedore regrouped after this setback and starting pushing Lifford back, looking for an equaliser. Their hard work was rewarded when a ball from midfield split the Lifford defence open and the striker calmly slotted past White in the Lifford goal to level.
Lifford started the second half well and created a few half chances. Martin thought he had headed Lifford ahead again only for the ball to be cleared off the line.
Lifford did take the lead on a breakaway soon after when young striker Kelly hit a fine shot into the bottom corner after a great ball from Gethins.
Gweedore again started attacking and were level from a free on the right when keeper White came for a ball inside a crowded box and cleared only for the ball to fall to a Gweedore player who finished into the bottom corner.
Gweedore pushed hard after this for the much needed win to stay in the promotion hunt but were held by a hard working Lifford team. Lifford almost grabbed all three points in the last minute when striker Kelly seemed likely to tap in at the back post only for the Gweedore keeper to make a great save at his feet.
CT Ball Division Two
Whitestrand United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 2
WHITESTRAND started the game very quickly and were a goal up within four minutes when Johnny Sweeny smashed in from close range.
Whitestrand continued to be on top and had other chances before Anthony Fisher hit a sweetly struck shot that flew into the bottom corner from well outside the box.
The third goal came when Whitestrand’s Kevin Loughrey had a shot that found the bottom corner.
The final goal of a very productive first half performance came when Kevin Mc Carry was found in the six yard box and he had all the time in the world to put his shot past the keeper.
The second half started at a much slower pace and the game seemed to be edging towards a comfortable win for Whitestrand. Letterbarrow got what appeared to be a consolation goal when Josh Ritchie scored.
However the last moments of the game were made edgy when Connor McDaid hit a fantastic strike into the top corner of the goal. Whitestrand won the game but it was much closer in the end than it appeared to be edging to at halftime. Best for Whitestrand were Anthony Fisher and Sean Paul Sweeney.
Deele Harps 10 Eany Celtic 0
Deele entertained Eany at The Athletic Grounds on a perfect day for football. Deele were like a wounded animal following last week’s result and dominated from the first whistle to the last with Chris Roulstone a mere spectator in the Deele goal. The goal scorers were Shane Gallagher (2) Kevy Mc Brearty (2), Brian Breslin , Thomas Mullan, Kenan Gallagher grabbed his first Deele goal and a hat-trick from the excellent Gary McGirr completed the route.
Curragh Athletic 3 Dunkineely Celtic 0
CURRAGH Athletic received a walkover on Sunday when Dunkineely Celtic were unable to field. Not a club to be in the spotlight for negative reasons, hopefully the Darney Park men will get themselves sorted out and return to action next weekend.
Erne Wanderers 3 Ballybofey United 1
ERNE Wanderers have moved into pole position in the CT Ball Division Two of the Donegal Junior League. On Sunday afternoon they defeated Ballybofey United at the Lakeside Complex in Ballyshannon.
In a fiercely contested battle the Ernesiders came out on top with a 3-1 victory.
The hosts started well and broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when Philip Patton played in Seamus Kane on the right side of the area and he finished superbly across the keeper into the bottom corner. Erne were bossing proceedings but failed to add to the scoresheet and were made to pay on twenty seven minutes when the visitors got in behind for the first time and Damien Glackin finished past O’ Brien.
Wanderers struck back straight away when Patton flicked the ball on past the visitor’s defence and Oisin Roper burst through at pace and raced away and tucked it away under the keeper with his left foot for a super goal. The visitors started the second half on top but Wanderers broke away on fifty five minutes and Kane hit a great strike from the edge of the box to give a bit of breathing space to the home side.