IT WAS RAINING goals in the Reserve Divisions of the Inishowen League at the weekend when just one game finished scoreless.
Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division
Illies Reserves 5 Buncrana Reserves 2
The home side made the better start and on 11 minutes Jason Campbell laid the ball off perfectly for Joe McDaid to fire low past Eoghan O’Doherty from 20 yards.
Buncrana responded with Christopher McKinley beating a defender and unleashing an effort towards the top corner but Graham Doherty made a stunning save.
Illies regained control after this with Shane Devlin firing straight at O’Doherty when well placed before McDaid had a half chance on the edge of the area but blazed over.
Illies increased their lead on 37 minutes when Martin Donaghey despatched a free kick to the roof of the net. On the stroke of half time they made it three nil when Andrew Mclaughlin fed Joe McDaid inside the area and he turned well before firing to the roof of the net from 12 yards.
Five minutes into the second period the visitors reduced the deficit after James Adair broke on the right and crossed for Michael Doherty to slot home.
On the hour Donaghey rose highest to head home a Stephen McGonigle corner and make it four two. Buncrana reduced the deficit on 74 minutes after McKinley beat the offside trap to race clear and round Doherty to slot home. McKinley then spurned a great chance minutes later to further reduce the deficit but he fired over when well placed. Illies sealed the tie late on when McDaid released Ryan McElhinney and he fired low to the corner from twelve yards.
Sea Rovers 0 Clonmany Reserves 0
ALTHOUGH Rovers started with the benefit of the breeze it was the visitors who created first on 12 minutes when Marty Doherty fed Brendan Devlin on the edge of the area and his low effort was well smothered by Glen Watson.
Rovers took control after this and when Damien Ward cut in from the left he curled an effort inches past the top corner.
An inswinging Ward corner then deflected off a defender to Gerard McEleney at the back post but he failed to direct his header on target midway through the half.
Rovers best chance came before the interval when another corner was flicked on by Gary Doherty to Keelan Doherty but he scuffed his effort allowing Liam McGonigle to gather.
Clonmany made the first chance of the second period when Doherty released John Porter but as he bore down on goal Watson advanced to clear.
On the break Rovers had a decent chance when Martin Ward found Daniel Glackin but he fired just wide from the edge of the area.
Clonmany continued to press but failed to create any clear cut chances and Rovers had another chance when a Damien Ward free found Gerard McEleney whose effort was well smothered by Liam McGonigle.
Clonmany pressed hard and when Devlin latched onto a ball over the top Watson produced a magnificent save to keep it scoreless. Rovers had the final chance to snatch victory when Damien Ward raced clear onto a long ball but as McGonigle advanced he fired past the keeper but agonisingly wide.
Moville Resersves 2 QPS Reserves 2
BOTH sides had early chances with Ryan Coyle in the home goal tipping a Paul Hegarty effort over the bar while at the other end Michael McNaught dragged his effort just wide when well placed.
Moville broke the deadlock on 16 minutes after a McNaught cross was only cleared to Eoin Gillen who fired low to the bottom corner from twenty yards.
Joe Johnstone then twice went close for the point with Coyle making a fine reaction save from a deflected effort before he was then denied by a last ditch tackle from Emmet McLaughlin.
Before the break McNaught saw two efforts well saved by David Bell.
The Point started the second period well and equalised on 50 minutes when after Hegarty’s effort crashed off the post the Moville defence failed to clear allowing Ryan Barr to slot home.
Minutes later they took the lead when after a ball over the top Johnstone raced clear to hammer high to the roof of the net.
On 66 minutes Moville responded and after a Christy McGeoghaghan cross found McNaught he volleyed over. Moville continued to press and were rewarded late on after a superb cross field McGeoghaghan pass found Finn McLaughlin who calmly rounded the keeper to slot home and salvage a point.
Glengad Reserves 1 Cockhill Colts 2
GLENGAD had the better of the opening half hour and on 10 minutes good work by Eugene McLaughlin on the left saw him pull the ball back for Joe Doherty but his effort was blocked by a last ditch tackle.
Midway through the half they spurned a great chance after McLaughlin intercepted a defensive pass and raced clear but his attempted lob drifted wide.
On 35 minutes Greene released PJ McDaid but he was denied by a last ditch tackle. They did break the deadlock just before the interval when McDaid broke on the left and crossed for the inrushing Greene to drill home from ten yards.
Cockhill dominated the second period and on 51 minutes a Gary Breslin effort was blocked by the legs of Michael McLaughlin.
On the hour Mark Gillespie saw his effort tipped onto the post by McLaughlin and when the rebound fell to Gillespie again he blazed over.
On 72 minutes the visitors equalised when Andy McEleney’s effort took a slight deflection on its way past McLaughlin.
Colts got the winner in bizarre circumstances after an inswinging corner was punched out by keeper McLaughlin and rebounded off the head of a defender and into the net.
Gleneely Reserves 2 Aileach Reserves 4
IN the early exchanges Stephen Doherty for the visitors had an effort well saved by Dylan McLaughlin before at the other end Cory O’Brien fired narrowly wide.
On the half hour Aileach made the break through when Jordan McGeady advanced from midfield and fired a superb effort to the top corner from twenty yards.
Colts went close on the stroke of half-time when an Enda Folan effort was cleared off the line by Gregory Doherty.
After an evenopening period of the second half the home side levelled on the hour when Pete Bond’s 25 yards effort deflected off a defender and past Paddy Morrison.
Aileach upped the tempo with McGeady converting a penalty on 71 minutes after Doherty was upended.
Minutes later good work by Doherty saw his cross tapped home by Sean McHugh before McGeady raced clear to round McLaughlin and make it four one.
Colts got a consolation on 85 minutes when a corner was only half cleared and John Paul Lafferty drilled low to the corner from twenty yards. B
oth sides were reduced to ten men when Adrian Duffy and Damien Coyle were red carded after an altercation.
INISHOWEN ENGINEERIG RESERVE DIVISION 1
Carrowmena Reserves 5 Dunree Reserves 2
LEADERS Carrowmena extended their lead and were well on their way as they led by five goals to nil at half time.
Gerard Gill fired them in front on five minutes when he fired a 25-yard free kick to the top corner past Francis Craig.
Ten minutes later Oran McDermott collected a loose ball and advanced to unleash an unstopabble effort to the top corner. Dunree tried to reply with Peter O’Neill having an effort deflected wide.Midway through the half it became three nil when Gill and Dane Doherty combined to release McDermott and he neatly tucked the ball low past Craig.
Two goals in as many minutes before the break put the game well beyond Dunree. Firstly James McDermott hammered to the roof of the net after Craig had parried a John Lynch shot before Dane Doherty beat two defenders and cut in from the right to fire to the top corner. Dunree came more into the game in the second period with David Doherty firing just wide on the hour mark.
They got one goal back when after a Frank Kelly header came off the bar Jerry Farrell slotted home.
On 85 minutes O’Neill converted a penalty low past Noone after he had been upended to leave the final score five two.
Culdaff Reserves 3 Greencastle Reserves 1
IN THIS game played under the lights on Saturday night Greencastle had the
first chance after three minutes when Jamie Mc Cormack had a shot from 30 yards tipped away for a corner by Culdaff keeper Daragh Mc Laughlin.
The first chance for Culdaff came on 9 minutes when Gary Smith shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
Culdaff took the after a cross from the left by Niall McLaughlin was slotted home from close range by Niall Gordon.
Culdaff almost increased their lead on 36 minutes when a twenty yard shot from Niall Gordon was palmed away by Greencastle ‘keeper Seamus Bovaird.
Following a corner for Greencastle,a Jamie Mc Cormack shot clipped the crossbar just before half time.
In the 58th minute Greencastle had an appeal for a penalty turned down by the referee while ten minutes later Culdaff nearly extended their lead but a Jack McLaughlin shot from twenty yards was superbly tipped over the bar by Bovaird.
With ten minutes remaining a cross from the left wing by Niall Mc Laughlin was just missed at the back post by Niall Gordon before Culdaff substitute Aiden Cunningham’s cross was volleyed over the bar by Jack Mc Laughlin.
The home side doubled their lead on 86 minutes when following good work from Dean O’Connor on the right, his cross found Jack McLaughlin and he slotted home from close range.
Greencastle pulled a goal back immediately when a shot from Tom Houston caught the Culdaff ‘keeper of his line and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Culdaff should have increased their lead a minute later when Aiden Cunningham rounded the keeper but shot wide from a narrow angle.
Culdaff made sure of the points in injury time when Dean O’Connor found the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the area.
Aileach Youths 2 Carn Reserves 1
AFTER a fairly dull opening, the game sprang into life after 15 minutes when a mishit goal kick by Aileach was intercepted by Cathal Doyle who progressed into the box where he was upended for a penalty.
Rory Brady stepped up and sent the ball down the middle past Dylan Clarke to give Carn the lead. Aileach tried to get themselves back into the game and Dean Gill shot narrowly wide following a corner.
In the 25th minute, Benny Hegarty put Derek Gallagher through on the right hand side of the box but his driven shot was parried to safety by Daniel McCallion in the Carn goal.
On the half hour, Carn came close again when Brady headed narrowly over from a Joseph McKinney corner.
In the 37th minute the crossbar denied Aileach when a Ryan McDaid free was headed against the crossbar by Callum Porter.
Carn extended their lead five minutes before half time when a McKinney cross wasn’t properly cleared and Brady struck from the edge of the box to make it two nil.
Aileach struck back just before half time when Matthew Doherty fired the ball into the bottom corner from fifteen yards.
Aileach had the better of the second half but failed to create too many chances until the last fifteen minutes when on 75 minutes a cross was cleared into the path of Daibhidh Grant who fierce volley from 25 yards was well held by McCallion.
Aileach came close again with 10 minutes to go when Dean Gill came in off the right hand side and scooped a shot that looked destined for the top corner by McCallion got across to save under his bar.