BRENDAN DEVLIN scored the only goal of the game as Clonmany Reserves won the Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division title yesterday.
Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division
Clonmany Reserves 1 Sea Rovers 0
Clonmany clinched the Premier Division of the Reserve league at the first time of asking with this narrow but deserved win over a battling Sea Rovers side.
Clonmany were well on top in the opening half with Brendan Devlin seeing an effort blocked before he dragged the rebound wide on 11 minutes.
Midway through the half Conor Doherty headed wide at the back post after an excellent cross from Devlin.
A superb cross field pass from Devlin found Conor Doherty whose effort was saved by Glen Watson but Christopher Harkin fired the rebound wide when well placed.
On the stroke of half time more good work by Devlin saw him turn his man but fire straight at Watson.
Rovers got off to a good start on the resumption and were unlucky when a Graham Morgan effort was headed off the line by Brendan Devlin. Clonmany responded and Christopher Harkin twice was off target with good efforts.
They made the breakthrough on 72 minutes when Brendan Devlin unleashed a powerful effort which took a deflection on its way past Glen Watson.
Harkin then had an effort saved by Watson before substitute Aiden Friel fired narrowly wide.
Rovers threw men forward in the latter stages and James McCloskey effort came off the post and with Rovers appealing the ball had crossed had crossed the line the referee waved play on.
Clonmany with Andrew Doherty, Brendan Doherty and Conor Bradley excellent in defence stood firm.
Buncrana Reserves 0 Illies Reserves 3
BUNCRAN started this game very well and on two minutes Michael Doherty did well down the right hand side before squaring the ball back to Alan Friel who saw his shot from the edge of the area just go over the bar. Five minutes later Bart Wesolowski did excellently beating two Illies defenders on the left hand side of the box before trying to chip the ball over the Illies keeper who did well to smother the effort.
It was all the home side at this stage and Michael Doherty beat two defenders and crossed into Bart Wesolowki whose first effort was well blocked before the keeper saved from his second attempt.
On 26 minutes following a good through ball from Eoin Murphy Bart broke clear again down the right and took the wrong option of trying to shoot when a square ball would have put James Adair in on goal.
Two minutes later Bart was put through again in a one on one with the keeper who managed to get a hand on the ball as he rounded him and a defender cleared it off the line.
On 35 minutes Illies managed to get their first shot on target when Stephen Doherty crashed a shot off the bar after creating some space for himself on the edge of the area.
The game looked to be heading to a stalemate at half time when following a flick on from a goal-kick Stephen Doherty smashed a superb left foot effort past the home keeper from 20 yards.
Illies started the second half strongly and had a few half chances from set pieces while the home side kept battling and always looked dangerous on the break until the 68th minute when Joe McDaid intercepted a pass deep inside the Buncrana half and advanced unchallenged before slotting a nice finish past Ryan O’Sullivan.
Again Buncrana had a few half chances from Alan Friel and Bart Wesolowski before on 80 minutes Gavin Doherty intercepted a pass across the Buncrana area to smash the ball past O’Sullivan.
To their credit the home side kept battling and John O’Loughlin was unlucky with a header from a corner kick but Illies were able to see the game out and ensure the win.
QPS Reserves 2 Moville Reserves 0
IN THE third minute, Michael McNaught saw his initial effort parried by David Bell and his follow up crashed off the bar from six yards.
The home side replied when Paul Hegarty had a shot turned round the post by Ryan Coyle before Josh McLaughlin had a first time shot from an Ultan McCool cross again well saved by Coyle as the half ended scoreless.
On 51 minutes Ultan McCool played a neat one two with Jack McConalogue but fired weakly at Coyle when well placed.
The Point opened the scoring after a superb low cross from McCool found McConalogue at the back post and he slotted home on 61 minutes.
Moville replied and McNaught had another effort which drifted just wide after he had beaten two men in the area.
David Bell then made an excellent reaction save from Johnny Radcliffe’s header from close range.
On 72 minutes the home side made it two nil and sealed the points when a Sam McCorkell effort was parried by Coyle but Josh McLaughlin followed up to slot home.
Aileach Reserves 5 Gleneely Reserves 1
IN GOOD conditions Gleneely took the lead after 21 minutes when an inswinging corner found Joe Mclaughlin who headed past Caolan Mailey in the home goal.
The home side replied within a minute when Stephen Doherty headed a Ruairi Bradley cross to the roof of the net from eight yards.
Just before the break the home side were awarded a penalty for handball which Gregory Doherty despatched low to the bottom corner past Adrian Duffy.
After a quiet opening to the second period Bradley unleashed a snap shot which just cleared the bar after 58 minutes.Aileach increased their lead on the hour when Sean McHugh fed Damien Coyle who fired to the top corner from twenty yards.
They made it four one then Stephen Doherty beat the offside trap and slotted low past the keeper. Doherty completed his hat trick then when he tapped home after a David O’Donnell effort had been parried.
Inishowen Engineering Reserve Division One
Dunree Reserves 2 Aileach Youths 0
THERE was little in the first half with few chances until the 28th minute after an Evan Barry cross found Johnny Doherty who fired straight at Dylan Clarke.
At the other end a Dean Gill effort from distance was saved by Dermot Graham in the home goal.
On 40 minutes Dunree’s Bernard Doherty fired just over from 25 yards as the half ended scoreless.
On 55 minutes Barry fed Doherty and he chipped the ball over the advancing Clarke from ten yards to break the deadlock.
They added a second on 71 minutes after Marty Lynch released Johnny Doherty and he ran into the area to drill low past Clarke.
Aielach replied and Dean Gill had an effort saved by replacement keeper Jason McLaughlin. The visitors continued to press and Daithi Grant had an effort which clipped the top of the bar on the way over. On 88 minutes a Dean Gill sidefooted effort from twelve yards clipped the crossbar on the way over.Tags: