A SUPERB second-half saw Glengad United run out 5-1 winners over Moville Celtic on a day when Clonmany Shamrocks and QPS were held to draws yesterday.
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Moville Celtic 1 Glengad United 5
IN A bright start Nigel McMonagle broke on the left and fired past Maurice McGeady but also past the far post.
At the other end Charlie Gill released Conor Lafferty but he shot weakly at Sean O’Donnell when well placed.
Glengad got on top for a spell and when Christy McLaughlin teed up McMonagle in front of goal he somehow fired wide.
They broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when a mix up in the home defence after a corner
allowed Matthew Byrne to back heel the ball to the net from two yards.
Moville responded well and when Eamon Reddin fed Shaun Doherty he chipped O’Donnell but the ball drifted wide before Ciaran Diver raced clear of the Glengad defence but blazed over the top.
Moville got back on terms on 37 minutes when Diver dummied a Shaun Doherty pass into the path of Gill and he blasted high past O’Donnell.
Crucially Glengad got back on terms just before the break when Michael Byrne was allowed to advance unchallenged through the middle before a reverse pass found McMonagle and he steered the ball low past McGeady.
Glengad dominated the second period with McMonagle turning well in the area but seeing his effort blocked by John Gillen before the same player crossed for Terence Doherty who headed over when he should have done better.
Two replica goals in as many minutes sealed the points for Glengad.
On the first occasion Christy McLaughlin broke on the right and cut inside before seeing his effort parried for McMonagle to tap in while in the second instance it was Terence Doherty who was left with a tap in.
On 83 minutes McMonagle broke on the left and advanced into the area before setting up
Adam Byrne for a simple finish.
They were denied a sixth after Stephen McLaughlin advanced into the area but Gillen blocked again and cleared the danger.
Clonmany Shamrocks 2 Culdaff FC 2
FOR THE second time this season Clonmany squandered a two goal lead at home but in truth they will probably see this as a point gained.
Culdaff had the first chance on 5 minutes when Brendan McLaughlin broke on the left and his attempted chip sailed over Patrick Harkin but also just over the bar.
Clonmany replied and Mark McLaughlin twice unleashed shots which Darragh McLaughlin saved.
On 17 minutes McLaughlin had another chance when he broke clear but fired just wide from the edge of the area.
Culdaff hit back and when Harkin was penalised for handling outside the area Brendan McLaughlin fired just over the bar.
Clonmany broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when Mark McLaughlin beat a defender and crossed to the back post for Steve Harkin to head home.
Culdaff forced a lot of pressure before the break forcing three corners but the shamrocks defence stood firm.
Clonmany started the second period well and increased their lead on 52 minutes when in a quick break Harkin was allowed to advance unchallenged into the area to fire low past McLaughlin from twelve yards.
Culdaff rallied and were on top for the remainder of the game. They reduced the deficit when a Brendan McLaughlin effort took a wicked deflection off a defender and wrong footed Harkin on 63 minutes.
McLaughlin then went past a defender but a heavy touch allowed Harkin to advance and gather before they had big claims for a penalty waved away.
The visitors did get back on terms on 75 minutes when Paul McLaughlin flicked the ball on into the path of Dean O Connor and he fired a powerful low effort past Harkin from sixteen yards.
Play swung from end to end in the final ten minutes but neither side fashioned a clear cut chance to win the game.
QPS 3 Illies Celtic 3
QPS had the first chance on 7 minutes when Ultan McCool’s cross found Raymond Buchanan but he fired wide at the back post. Illies responded and John P Donaghey got on the end of a Martin Coyle cross but headed over at the near post.
Buchanan then fired a 25-yards free just over before Paddy Doherty headed wide when well placed for the visitors.
Point upped the tempo with McCool driving narrowly wide from the edge of the area before on 41 minutes Stephen Grant burst up the left and crossed for McCool to slot home from ten yards.
On 49 minutes Denim McLaughlin crossed for Buchanan but he headed wide before four minutes later Brian McColgan’s corner was punched out by Johnathan Noone to Dean Barron on the edge of the area and he fired low to the bottom right hand corner.
Illies responded within minutes after Donaghey crossed for Darragh McDermott to head to the top corner past Jordan McLaughlin.
Illies equalised on the hour mark when McDermott fired a thirty yards free in off the underside of the barfor a superb strike.
QPS regained the lead minutes later after Oisin McCool crossed from the left for Denim McLaughlin who controlled well and fired low to the bottom corner with the visitors appealing in vain for offside.
On 89 minutes Illies got a deserved equaliser after substitute John Campbell unleashed a low effort which McLaughlin parried at full stretch but Dominic Coyle pounced to drill home.
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Carn 1 Carrowmena FC 0
THE league leaders ,although they dominated possession, were made to fight all the way before claiming three crucial points.
Carrowmena custodian Kyle Dougal was man of the match with a string of fine saves and James Gillen and Andrew McLaughlin immense at the heart of their defenceIn the opening half Dougal made a stunning triple save to deny Ryan Kelly before Declan McGonagle fired one effort over the bar and was denied by Dougal on another occasion.
They broke the deadlock on 43 minutes when Brandon Browne broke into the area and when his effort was parried by Dougal, Shane Doherty collected the loose ball and displayed tremendous footwork to round Dougal and slot home.
Carrowmena’s best chance came on 47 minutes when Conor Kearney ‘s twenty yards effort was brilliantly saved by Daniel Houghton with Kearney unable to convert the rebound.
Carn kept pressing and Browne was off target with one effort before Dougal again saved well to keep his side in the game on 68 minutes.
Darragh Deery then was the next man to face Dougal but again the young keeper came out on top as Carn saw out the remaining time to claim all three points.
Redcastle United 1 Dunree United 7
SWITCHED to Dunree James Hegarty’s side took full advantage to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.
Redcastle shocked them in the third minute when Ryan Duffy laid the ball back to Stephen McLaughlin and he slotted low past Philip Doherty.
Dunree got back on terms on 12 minutes when Oisin O’Flaherty robbed keeper Ryan McCole and slotted home from close range.
Midway through the half Dunree took the lead when Kevin McColgan unmarked headed home from a Liam Baldrick free kick.
Daniel Mclaughlin then broke and unleashed an effort which was well held by McCole before on the stroke of half time at the other end Duffy saw his well hit free gathered by Philip Doherty.
Dunree increased their lead on 51 minutes when Daniel McLaughlin squared the ball to Oisin O’Flaherty to slot home from close range.
They made it four one after Thomas Mulhern released Philip McGuinness on the hour to round McCole and slot home.
Five minutes later Henry Connolly released Mclaughlin whose first effort was blocked by McCole but the rebound fell to the same player to make it five one.
On 80 minutes Darryl Moran’s cross was flicked home by Sean Doherty and the same player completed the scoring when he drove low to the corner from ten yards.
Redcastle had a late chance but Liam davenport was denied a consolation by a brilliant tip over save from Philip Doherty.
Cockhill Celtic Youths 2 Rasheney FC 0
IN A scrappy match dictated by the strong wind Rasheney made the first break on 9 minutes when Daren Grant slipped a ball through to Christy Ivers who’s first time shot on the volley flashed narrowly wide.
Several minutes later Michael Coyle unleashed a drive from the edge of the box which had Friel in the Rasheney goal beaten, but the ball went inches past the post.
In the 33rd minute when Darren Grant just inside cockhill half spotted the Cockhill keeper off is line and tried an outrageous chip but the ball went wide of the goal.
Rasheney had most of the first half play and on 35 minutes Anthony Doherty (je) unleashed a shot from the edge of the box but Sean Parker saved well.
Rasheney broke away after some dogged work by John Grant who seemed to be covering everywhere on the pitch released Damien Friel and he pinged a perfect ball to Christy Ivers who was straight through on goal with only Parker to beat, somehow managed to blaze the ball over the bar.
The visitors started the second half well and a snap shot from twenty five yards by Declan Kearney had Friel scrambling across the goal again.
Cockhill advanced and after some excellent work by Michael Coyle he released Kearney and he crashed avolley off the crossbar, Rasheney broke and a long ball from Doherty sent Paddy McGilloway through on goal and with the Parker beaten and an empty net he somehow fired wide.
On 58 minutes Michael Coyle forced Friel into an acrobatic save finger tipping the ball around the post for a corner.
Several minutes later John Grant blazed over the bar with Parker stranded. These misses would soon haunt Rasheney as Cockhill started battering the home defence but some excellent tackles by Doherty and McConolougue kept the score even.
Cockhill pressed hard and in the 72nd minute got their reward,the home defense fell asleep and let Daniel Martin Doherty slip the ball through to Michael Coyle and he smashed home from fifteen yards.
Two minutes later the visitors made it two when Rasheney looking for offside, Coyle played to the whistle, his shot from the edge of the box brought another fine save from Friel but Shane Doherty blasted the ball home from ten yards to seal the victory.
In the last few minutes Rasheney had several chances and on 85th minute Damien Friel blasted over the bar from fifteen yards, the home side battled hard in the last five minutes but to no avail.