ST CATHERINE’S, the defending champions, needed a late Shane O’Rourke penalty to draw at Kilmacrennan Celtic while Rathmullan continued their good start to the season with a win over Drumoghill.
BRIAN MCCORMICK SPORTS PREMIER DIVISION
Castlefin Celtic 1 Cappry Rovers 0
CASTLEFIN took the lead after 15 minutes when JP Malley headed home.
Castlefin had a good chance to double their lead on the half hour. Damien McAnenny’s ball across the box fell to Barry Tourish who was unable to connect with it in front of goal.
An even second half saw neither side have any chances. Cappry’s best chance to equalise was in 60th minute when the ball fell to Colm Melaugh who forced the Castlefin ‘keeper Gary McCroary into a double save.
Castlefin had a great chance to get another when Simon McGlinchey’s effort was cleared off the line.
Glenea United 0 Gweedore Celtic 3
IN the fiest half Glenea started the strongest with Aodhan Ferry, Dean Gallagher and Darren McGeever all going close to opening the scoring.
The start of the second half was a more even affair with Glenea creating a number of chances and Deejay going closest with a header for Gweedore.
The game turned on 65 minutes when Gweedore were awarded a penalty which Shane Porter converted.
Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser but continued to draw a blank in front of goal and they were punished on 77 minutes when Odhran Mac Niallais got onto a through ball and slid the ball home.
Gweedore completed the scoring on 87 minutes when Declan Doherty was on hand to convert from close range.
Kildrum Tigers 0 Milford United 1
MILFORD left Station Road will all three points. Gary Merritt scored the only goal of the game after 15b minutes.
Kildrum had a great chance to level it early in the second half but McGettigan saved well from Crossan.
Both teams had a lot of chances but both keepers were in good form.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 St. Catherines 1
FOR the first 15 minutes of the match both teams cancelled each other out but Kilmacrennan came out on top when Kieran Gorman came out strongest from a scuffle inside the box which led to a goal in the 17th minute.
Kilmacrennan pushed hard and were the stronger team for the rest of the game with several chances on goal.
St. Catherines had a few chances throughout the game but Kilmac’s ‘keeper Jason Hegarty stood up to the challenge.
St. Catherines were awarded a penalty two minutes into injury time and Shane O’Rourke netted.
Rathmullan Celtic 2 Drumoghill FC 1
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WATSON HIRE DIVISION 1
Kerrykeel ’71 Club 1 Bonagee United 0
THE ‘71 got their first win of the season over a strong Bonagee side at a sun-drenched Rab’s Park.
They started the better with Niall Doherty causing all sorts of problems in attack and the big hit man should have put the home side in front on fifteen minutes when he broke the off-side trap and hit a great strike only for John Sweeney to pull off a great save.
Kerrykeel hit the woodwork twice before half-time, the first from Sean Patton after a great run down the right side and then Niall Doherty direct from a free kick.
Paul Gibbons put the ‘71 in front on sixty six minutes when he cooly finished from a great ball by Tony McBride.
Bonagee battered the Kerrykeel defence for the final fifteen minutes but couldn’t get past Liam Blaney and his solid defence.
Keadue Rovers 4 Convoy Arsenal 4
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Lifford Celtic 2 Cranford United 1
LIFFORD gained their first points of the season with a hard fought win at home to Cranford.
Cranford where dangerous on the counter attack and almost made Lifford pay but they spurned a great opportunity on the stroke of half time.
From the re-start Steve Devine robbed Cranford of possession and sent Colin Carlin through on the right wing. Carlin unselfishly squared to James Connolly who finished to the bottom corner.
Minutes later Connolly grabbed his and Lifford’s second as he tapped home from close range following a Devine through ball.
With five minutes left on the clock Cranford got their deserved goal to set up a nervy finish but the Lifford rear-guard held firm for the victory.
Lagan Harps 2 Gweedore United 1
UNITED will wonder how this one got away as they had five excellent chances in the opening half through Michael Barry, Ciaran Mc Fadden and John McFadden.
Lagan’s only clear cut chance resulted in the only goal of the first half and it came in the 35th minute when a defensive error fell to Mark Hunter who excellently lobbed Shaun McClafferty to make it 1-0 at half time.
In the second half the home side went in search of the equaliser however Hunter looked dangerous on the break.
In the 52nd minute Hunter was brought down in the United box and was awarded a penalty which Glen Gallagher scored to make it 2-0.
United continued to push and were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute when Michael Barry was brought down in the Lagan box. Paul Doogan scored the penalty, but Lagan held on.
Raphoe Town 0 Donegal Town 2
DONEGAL took the lead when a ball broke at the edge of the box and was finished well giving Curran no chance.
Raphoe had a great chance to draw level when, after a great ball into the box, the keeper made a super save but question marks were raised as to whether the ball had already crossed the line.
Raphoe were then denied after a short corner gave Laird a great chance but he shot straight at the keeper.
The second half was a tight affair and chances were at a premium until Keelan Gillen was taken down in the box. Up stepped Raphoe captain Christy Bogle who sent the resulting kick wide of the target.
This hit Raphoe hard and Donegal got a second when a long cross from the sideline evaded Curran.
CT BALL DIVISION 2
Letterbarrow Celtic 3 Whitestrand United 2
WHITESTRAND started very strongly and were unlucky to find themselves behind on ten minutes when Gerard Mc Brearty tapped home from a clever Jamie Coyle cut back after a super through ball from James McGroary.
Nine minutes later Letterbarrow again caught the visitors on the break when John Corley put the home side two up when he headed home.
Johnny Sweeney slotted home from the spot for Whitestrand early in the second half and the scenario was repeated ten minutes later when Sweeny got his second from the spot to draw the sides level.
The hardworking ten men got their reward when John Corley rounded the keeper on ninety minutes to score a dramatic winner.
Eany Celtic 3 Deele Harps 3
IT was the visitors who got on the score-sheet first when Kevin Lynch stole in behind the Eany defence to slot home from close range.
Eany got back on terms in the 35 minute when a long free found the head of Stephen Griffin in the box.
Deele went ahead again in the 60th minute when Gallaher found space in the Eany box.
In the 85th minute a free kick taken by Pauric McHugh found the Deele net to level matters.
Eany went ahead in the 90th minute when a shot from James Flynn found the top corner of the Deele net. Deele weren’t to be out-done attacked straight from the kick off and despite a goalmouth scramble the ball Shane Gallagher toe poked the ball into the net.
Dunkineely Celtic 1 Curragh Athletic 3
CURRAGH took the lead on five minutes when Neil Lloyd scored from the spot after the home team had failed to clear their lines and a Curragh player was upended in the box.
Curragh dominated the second half and scoeed again on 50 minutes when a through ball was finished well from 18 yards.
Dunkineely got a goal back on 85 minutes when a Pauric Mc Intyre shot from 20 yards was spilled over the line by the visiting keeper.
Any hopes of a comeback were killed off two minutes later when a Barney Lafferty shot from 20 yards nestled in the top corner.
Ballybofey United 0 Erne Wanderers 0
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Glenree United 1 Copany Rovers 1
GLENREE borke the deadlock early in the second half when Karl Mc Elhinney drilled home from a corner. Glenree had further chances to extend their lead but failed to do so and were punished when Glen Harron finished well from the edge of the box to equalise for the visitors.