AILEACH RESERVES, the holders, and Quigley’s Point Swifts Reserves will contest the final of the Donegal Signs Reserve League Shield after recording semi-final wins today.
Aileach Reserves 5 Sea Rovers 2
Holders Aileach advanced to the final of the reserve shield again after an entertaining five two win over Sea Rovers who will have an immediate chance of avenging this result when the two clash in the league this weekend.
The home side started well and took the lead on 11 minutes when Jordan McGeady released Stephen Doherty to slot low under Glen Watson from 16 yards.
Rovers replied with Anthony Cantwell firing narrowly wide from twenty yards before at the other end Conor McMackin fired just over from the edge of the area.
Rovers got back on terms on 35 minutes after Cantwell played a one two with John C Doherty before slotting low past John Roulstone.
Within a minute the home side regained the lead when McGeady got on the end of a Sean McHugh cross to tap home at the back post.
In the opening minutes of the second period the home side increased their lead after McGeady converted a penalty low to the right when Conor Harkin was upended.
Once again Rovers rallied and reduced the deficit on 55 minutes when Damien Wards cross was slotted home by Cantwell.
Things were very tight then for the next twenty minutes until the home side added a fourth after McHugh scored with a superb chip from 22 yards.
Aileach sealed the win with a fortunate fifth after Stephen Doherty’s cross deflected off a defender and into the net.
QPS Reserves 3 Greencastle Reserves 1
QPS, under Damien McCallion, advanced to their first Reserve Shielf final with this hard fought win over a gallant Greencastle side.
After an even opening the home side took the lead on 22 minutes when Paul Hegarty crossed for Joe Johnstone to head past Seamus Bovaird in the Greencastle goal.
Greencastle tried to respond and, when Eunan McDaid unleashed a powerful free kick, David Bell made an excellent save to preserve the home side’s advantage.
The Point started the second period well and increased their lead on 55 minutes when Hegarty scored with a powerful inswinging corner which eluded all and landed in the net.
The visitors upped the tempo and on 65 minutes got a goal back when Bell parried McDaid’s effort but the follow up took a deflection off a defender on its way to the net.
The home side sealed the tie on 71 minutes when a corner was only half cleared to Stephen Slattery and he hammered low to the corner from twenty two yards through a crowd of players.