ORCHARD FC moved to the top of the Old Orchard Saturday Division with a 2-0 win over Drumbar Celtic on a busy first day back from the festive break.
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Glencar Celtic 4 Fintown Harps AFC 0
THE Glencar men meant business with Liam Doherty scoring direct from a free kick early on.
Glencar doubled their lead when in form striker Conor Gibbons finished well from the edge of the box. Gibbons then turned provider for Glencar’s third passing for Graham Cullen to score.
Eddie McLaughlin finished the game as a contest after netting Glencar’s fourth and final goal.
Strand Rovers 2 Mulroy Celtic 2
MULROY started sharp and always looked a threat when breaking forward.
It took a while for Strand to get up to speed but once they did it was evenly fought up until ten minutes from half time when a throw-in from Mulroy wasn’t dealt with and Johnnie Friel pounced and tucked it away to leave it 1-0 at half time.
For the second half Strand came out fighting like a home side should and it wasn’t long before Doalty Boyle struck the back of the net to equalise.
Strand pushed on from there and had numerous chances. Strand took the lead with a superb goal from Brendan Glackin from distance. Mulroy came back to life and big Michael Sweeney pinned one to make it 2-2.
Orchard FC 2 Drumbar F.C. 0
GOALS by Micheál Doherty and Niall Bonner fired Orchard to the top of the table. Read Chris McNulty’s match report here.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Cappry Rovers Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 1
ERNE opened the scoring when they scored direct from a free kick and led at half-time.
Cappry came close to getting back level when Conor Laverty found Leo Gallagher with his cross but the Erne keeper made a fine save.
Cappry were pressing to get back level but couldn’t find a way through the Erne defence.
With ten minutes to go Cappry finally got the goal they deserved when Kyle O’Meara finished well at the near post.
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5 St. Catherines Reserves 2
CASTLEFIN Celtic Reserves got the New Year off to the perfect start with a convincing 5-2 home victory over St.Catherines Reserves.
The home side started off the brightest and were rewarded for their pressure when Keith Nelis stabbed home a Brian Dooher cross with 10 minutes played.
The hosts began to dominate and doubled their advantage when a Simon McMenamin kick-out released Matthew O’ Rourke who squared to Nelis who tapped in after 34 minutes.
In the second half the visitors started on the front foot and pulled a goal back when Daniel Keeney broke through and finished well after 49 minutes.
In the 66th minute Castlefin increased their lead when a David Stewart through ball found Marcus Curran who raced through and slotted home.
In the 70th minute Matthew O’Rourke capitalised on an error in the visitors defence to tap home.
O’Rourke got his second goal when he converted a penalty after he was upended in the box.
St Catherines pulled a goal back when David McGuinness poked to the net in the last minute.
Glenree United Reserves 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 4
KEADUE opened the scoring when wee Sean Yank Boyle pounced on a defensive mix up and finished well to the bottom corner.
Glenree found an equaliser after some poor defending from the home team as the ball found the net via a Keadue player.
Keadue regained the lead and control when Daniel Bonner scored a fine header from a corner.
Chris Greene got on the scoresheet after a good header, also from a corner, found the net. Keadue were awarded a penalty after Ryan Greene was fouled in the area, he duly dispatched the penalty to make it 4-1 to Keadue.
Curragh Athletic Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 2
DONEGAL Town had the ball in the back of the net when a hooked ball found their centre forward who lobbed the outrushing Jason Woods but it was ruled offside.
Curragh seemed sluggish coming out after the break and Donegal soon found themselves in the lead. Driving on from midfield Enwright’s fine strike found the net on 52 minutes.
Donegal Town went two up ten minutes later following a sustained piece of pressure from the Curragh. Simon Cromie had just been foiled by the Town keeper when on the counter attack good work by the Donegal wingers played in Liam Bustard. James Sweeney got the Curragh goal.
Glenea United Reserves 1 Drumoghill FC Reserves 0
GLENEA Reserves continued their good league run with this hard earned victory over Drumoghill.
As the first half progressed Glenea started to get on top and were rewarded on 25 minutes when, after Neil Mc Geever was fouled in the box, Padraig McGee converted the resultant penalty.
In the second half it was tight affair with neither side able to create any clear cut chances but as the half progressed it was the away side that looked likeliest to score with both John O’Kane and Liam O’Donnell being denied by good saves from Ciaran Boyce.Tags: