DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE champions Drumkeen United maintained their excellent form this season with a John ‘Gorey’ Cup win over Gweedore United.
Drumkeen United 3-1 Gweedore United
Drumkeen will play Swilly Rovers in the next round following their victory yesterday.
Shaun Gallagher’s side dominated the opening minutes and created several good chances to score but were unable to break the deadlock.Tags:
Despite their early dominance they found themselves behind after 15 minutes when a Gweedore corner deflected off a Drumkeen player and into the net. The visitors could have doubled their lead shortly after but Shaun McFadden saw his effort go over the Bar.
Drumkeen got back on level terms five minutes before the break. After a good passage of play the ball found it’s way to Anthony Bogle (pictured above by Stephen Doherty) and his shot was deflected wide for a corner – and Michael Guthrie’s corner seemed to go directly into the Gweedore net although a defender on the line may or may not have got a touch on it.
Drumkeen almost took the lead just before half time when a long range effort from Eoghan Kennedy came back off the crossbar and keeper Jamie Hunter had to make a good save to keep out Bogle’s follow up effort. Dylan McNamee also had an effort which went wide for the home team just before the break.
Drumkeen did get in front early in the second half when a fine lob from 35 yards out by Anthony Bogle crept in under the crossbar giving Hunter no chance. Drumkeen then had a few long range free kicks ,the best of which was from Anthony Bogle which came back off the keeper but no one reacted quick enough and the keeper was able to gather at the second attempt.
Gweedore were still well in the game and had another chance when the ball came to Shaun McFadden on the right side of the box, he was heading towards goal but Drumkeen keeper Keenan Gibson was quickly out to close him down and as he tried to go around him, Darren Bonner got back and made a great taclke to clear the danger.
At the other end Sean Peoples could have added a third when he fired wide after good build up play by Michael Guthrie.
The home side did get a third on 70 minutes when Dylan McNamee played a ball through the middle to Conor Patton who finished well from the edge of the box. Lee Keenedy had the ball in the Gweedore net from a free kick but Referee Marty Quinn made him take it again as he had taken it too quickly. Eoghan Kennedy hit the crossbar from long range for a second time late on in the game.
Drumkeen were missing a few players and were not at their best in this game, their passing was a bit erratic at times but they managed to do enough to get the result they needed.
This game was played in very wintry conditions which seemed to get worse as the game went on.This was not really a day for playing nice attractive football but fair play to both teams they battled on gamely despite the wind and rain . Also well done to the man in the middle Marty Quinn who was feeling the cold just like the players but he handled the game well throughout.