THERE WAS A host of action in the FAI Junior Cup over the weekend but a few fixtures did survive in the Donegal League Sunday Divisions.
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Glenree United 2 Gweedore Celtic 0
After a scoreless first half, Damien Nelis, in the 56th minute, gave the home side the lead when he rose highest to ping a header into the top corner leaving the keeper helpless.
This gave the team a boost and they pushed for a second and had chances through Aaron Mc Clafferty and a fine 50 yard effort and also from the industrious Marty McLaughlin which just missed the top corner.
The second goal came when Kevin Doherty rounded the outrushing goalie to unselfishly pass to Seamus Coyle to finish the game off in the 85th minute. Best for Glenree were Marty McLaughlin and Kevin Doherty.
Bonagee United 0 Donegal Town 4
The visitors took the lead on sixteen minutes when a long ball out of defence fell to Daniel Mc Hugh and he lobbed the advancing keeper from the edge of the box.
Lee Mc Monagle saw his strike on twenty minutes well saved by Liam O’ Mara in the visiting goal. Carr in the home goal made two great saves from Joe Mc Intyre and Ben Sweeney. Donegal got their second on the half hour, after a great run down the right by David Graham he squared the ball to Joe Mc Intyre who shot home from the edge of the box.
They got their third on the stroke of half time when Mc Intyre found Ben Sweeney and his strike from ten yards found the bottom corner of the net. The second half was all Donegal Town and Carr in the home goal made a number of great saves from Sweeney, Mc Hugh and Mc Intyre.
Bonagee did have a few chances fall to Lee Mc Monagle and Shane Kelly but neither bothered the visiting keeper. They got their fourth on eighty minutes when Ciaran Monaghan broke down the right and his pass into the box was hammered home by Ben Sweeney. Best for Donegal were Daniel Mc Hugh and Joe Mc Intyre and best for Bonagee was John Carr.[adrotate group=”86″]
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Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Copany Rovers 0
The ‘71 got their first win of the season but they had to fight hard for it, fair play to Copany who fought to the end.
Both teams started well and had chances but both keepers were in fine form. On ten minutes Copany were awarded a penalty with Stephen Given stepping up but his effort went well wide of the post.
Kerrykeel responded with Brian Mc Bride and Conor Mc Gonigle both going close. Donal Callaghan put the home side in front on thirty minutes when he lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
Copany were always dangerous on the break but Jimmy Coyle and Michael Mc Devitt kept the Kerrykeel defence solid. Sean Little came into the game for the ‘71 on sixty minutes and made a great impact playing in Brian Mc Bride to fire home from six yards.
Copany kept playing away and the ‘71 had Shane Sandilands to thank for two great saves on seventy five and seventy nine minutes. Young Bernard Mc Gettigan went close on eighty-five minutes, his great turn inside the box left his marker for dead but he just fired over.
Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Kevin Mc Gonigle, John Herrity and Sean Little. Team performance form Copany Rovers.[adrotate group=”38″]
Dunkineely Celtic 1 Whitestrand United 1
Both teams started brightly and the home side could have taken the lead through Adrian Nesbitt on the 10th minute but he was unlucky to see his shot go narrowly wide.
Both teams had chances as they produced some great football. Despite this it remained level until the interval. Dunkineely came out more determined after the break and got their just reward in the 55th minute when a good cross from Darragh Murrin found John ban Gallagher to make it 1-0 to the home side.
They could have gone further ahead only for some great defending by Shaun Mc Gregor. Whitestrand started to come more into it as time passed. Liam Riordan got their equaliser when he headed a free-kick past the home keeper. Celtic had a few good chances with both Emmet Kennedy and Darragh Murrin going close but it ended 1-1.
Outstanding for Dunkineely were Paul Burke, Jordan Watters and Darragh Murrin. Best for the Whitestrand were Shane Mc Glade and Shaun Mc Fadden.[adrotate group=”76″]
Lifford Celtic 4 Curragh Athletic 0
Lifford pressured from the start and had three good chances in the first 25 minutes through Ross Porter twice and Jason McBrearty but some fine goalkeeping from Kearney in the Curragh goals kept the game level.
Lifford did eventually break down the Curragh defence on 40 minutes when a ball from Matthew Carlin on the right was laid off to Ross Porter who smashed it into the top corner from 25 yards.
Lifford doubled their lead just before half time when a quick free kick from Mc Brearty to Colin Carlin on the left caught out the defence and Carlin found Porter in the box and again the striker found the net.
On 50 minutes Declan Lafferty played Matt Carlin in and Carlin’s shot beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar. Lifford got the third on 60 minutes from a fine David Gethins strike from 25 yards.
On 70 minutes Mark Carlin saw red for the home team after picking up his 2nd yellow of the game. Jason Mc Brearty rounded off the scoring for Lifford on 80 minutes, finishing into the bottom corner after a nice move involving his strike partner Porter.
Curragh forced Lifford keeper Dylan Early into a fine save down to his left late on. Best for Lifford was Ross Porter and for Curragh their goalkeeper Kearney who was excellent making at least five fine saves.