THE NEWLY-CHRISTENED Voodoo Venue Cup got the new Donegal League Saturday teams into competitive action – and there were plenty of goals.
Donegal Town Reserves 5-4 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
In a nine goal thriller played in ideal conditions Donegal Town emerged victorious at home against Castlefin Celtic.
The visitors were quickest off the mark with a goal from Gavin McNulty. Donegal Town quickly equalised with Gary Ward’s top corner effort. Donegal town took the lead shortly before the half-time break with Stephen Curneen getting the better of the Castlefin keeper with a magnificent chip.
Castlefin equalised shortly after with Christopher Bryson’s shot taking a deflection and leaving the Donegal keeper with no chance. 2 – 2 at half time.
Donegal Town started the second half brightly, the in-form David Graham scoring two in quick succession. The teams were level again after goals from Marcus Curran and Aaron Dalton of Castlefin.
The victory however belonged to the home side when a long range effort from Nathan Carr found the back of the net. 5 – 4 to Donegal Town. Worth a mention was the debut performance of Ben Sweeney of Donegal Town who was excellent throughout.
Cappry Rovers Reserves 2-1 Curragh Athletic Reserves
Cappry Rovers’ second string got the better of Curragh Athletic Reserves by the odd goal in three.
In the 23rd minute the home side took the lead when Conor Laverty finished well from a Conor Mc Glynn pass. Cappry should have made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when Karl Mc Glynn went through but saw his effort to lob the keeper drift wide.
Curragh started the 2nd half well and got their reward for the good start in 55th minute when Don Maguire fired low into the bottom corner. Cappry were nearly back in front in the 68th minute but the Curragh keeper saved well from Neil Patrick Mc Daid.
Cappry did take the lead again in 76th minute when Matthew Mc Ginley found Conor Mc Glynn who made no mistake from just inside the box. Curragh pushed hard to get a 2nd goal but were unable to find a way through the Cappry defence.
Milford United Reserves 0-5 Glenree United Reserves
Milford welcomed Glenree to Moyle View for their first competitive game of the season in the Voodoo Venue cup.
Glenree started the brighter and took the lead through “Gooch” Doherty. The impressive Colin Gallagher then scored to make it 2-0 at the break. Milford started the second half the better but were caught on the counter attack with Marty McLaughlin finishing.
Joe Bray and Hughie Bradley added two late goals to round off a disappointing performance from Milford. Best for Glenree were Colin Gallagher and “Gooch” Doherty.
Fintown Harps AFC 1-7 St Catherine’s Reserves
St Catherine’s enjoyed a big win on the road at Fintown Harps FC.
The visitors took the lead through Paul McFadden. This goal was followed quickly by two more from Brian Smith and Daniel O’Keeney. The second half Fintown started brightly with Aaron Boyle scoring for the home side to give Fintown hope of a comeback. That was short lived when St Catherine’s scored further goals through Eamon Bonner, McFadden, O’Keeney and Caolan Beirne to see them into the next round.
Drumkeen United 4-5 Glencar Celtic
Drumkeen United began life in the Donegal Saturday League when they welcomed Glencar Celtic to St. Patricks Park on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors ended up winning by five goals to four.
Arranmore United 4-0 Drumbar FC
Arranmore began their season in good form as they overcame a plucky hardworking Drumbar side.
Arranmore started well, Chris Mc Glanaghey and Conor Proctor were denied by the visiting keeper. The home side took the lead on 25 minutes after great link up play involving Mike McHugh and Gavin Mc Glanaghey who rounded the keeper and slotted home.
The same player made no mistake on 55 minutes from the spot although it was a soft looking decision.. The returning striker showed his class and bagged his and Arranmore’s third on 65 minutes with a beautiful finish. Arranmore played some great attacking football and finished well with Polish native Przemek Turski getting the fourth in injury time.
Glenea United Reserves 2-0 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves
This match was switched to The Moss as McGettigan Park was unplayable.
Two goals from Aodhan Ferry were enough to see the Glasserchoo side through to the next round of the Voodoo Venue Cup.