REDCASTLE RESERVES were the big winners in the Inishowen Engineering Division Two yesterday with a 6-0 win at Gleneely Colts, while Buncrana Hearts Reserves had an exciting 5-3 win over Glengad Reserves at The Crua.
Moville, Buncrana, Carn and Greencastle all won to make it two wins from two for that quartet.
Carn Reserves 4 Illies Reserves 2
WITH the wind the home side started the better and on 10 minutes Conor Doherty rounded keeper Graham Doherty but saw his effort cleared off the line by Martin Donaghey.
They broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when Dayton Cooke found Doherty with a superb cross field pass and he rounded a defender before firing to the top corner from 20 yards.
Both Cooke and Doherty then combined for the latter to drive a low ball across the area where Dermot Doherty slid in to slot home and make it 2-0.
Illies responded and Donaghey had a header saved by Fergal Bradley after a corner before Joe McDaid connected with Jason Campbell’s cross but Bradley gathered superbly on the line.
On the stroke of half time Carn made it 3-0 after Lee Mclaughlin broke and won a corner on the left and when the Illies defence failed to clear Cade Cooke fired home.
Illies pressed hard on the restart and early corners saw both Donaghey and McDaid head narrowly over.
Carn replied and when substitute Joseph Diver released Cade Cooke his effort was blocked by the legs of Doherty.
Illies hit back and reduced the deficit when Bradley in the home goal parried a Donaghey free but the ball fell nicely for Jason Campbell to head home.
The home side were out of luck then after Robert McCartney found Dylan Cooke but his wee hit effort crashed off the bar.
Illies then scored again to make it 3-2 when Donaghey pounced on an underhit back pass to poke the ball past the advancing Bradley on 84 minutes.
Illies threw everything forward at this stage but were caught on the break in the final minute when great footwork by Conor Doherty saw him release Dylan Cooke who rounded two defenders before slotting low past Doherty and seal the points.[adrotate group=”38″]
Dunree Reserves 0 Cockhill Reserves 0
THIS local derby was a very close hard fought affair with few chances in the first half. Midway through the half the home side were unlucky after a Conor Doherty corner broke to Joe Carlin but his goal bound effort was cleared off the line by Liam Lynch.
Before the break Cockhill replied and Kevin McDaid saw a well struck twenty yards shot tipped over by keeper James Doherty. Dunree had the first chance of the second period on 56 minutes when Jerry Farrell unleashed a 25-yard effort which Lynch gathered well.
Play swung to the other end then and from a tight angle Gary Breslin had a low effort well saved by James Doherty at his near post.
Both sides spurned gilt edged late chances with the unmarked Peter O’Neill getting on the end of a Conor Doherty cross but heading straight at Lynch.
At the other end a brilliant lay off by McDaid found Breslin unmarked twelve yards out but he failed to hit the target.[adrotate group=”37″]
Moville Reserves 3 Carrowmena Reserves 1
IN A well contested local derby Carrowmena shocked the home side on 8 minutes after Dane Doherty raced onto a long ball over the top to slide the ball past Ryan Coyle.
Moville replied and Graeme Doherty had a header saved by Michael Noone before a Norbert Indyka cross just eluded Michael Gillespie. Moville got back on terms midway through the half when great work by Pearse Doherty saw his cross controlled and slotted low past Noone by Kevin McDermott from 12 yards.
On the stroke of half time James Gillen released McDermott on the right but from a tight angle he fired into the side netting.
The second period was a tight affair with Indyka seeing a 55th minute free kick well saved by Noone.
On 63 minutes the home side took the lead when Matthew Mclaughlin and Lee McColgan combined for the latter to cross where Indyke was unmarked to slot home from close range.
Carrowmena replied and Gerard Gill saw a 25-yard effort well saved by Coyle.
Movile sealed the points when Gillen’s ball over the top sent Indyka clear to fire low past Noone from 12 yards.
Carrowmena battled to the end and a Samuel Bredin cross found Gill but again Coyle saved well.[adrotate group=”46″]
Culdaff Reserves 0 Greencastle Reserves 1
IN blustery conditions at Caratra Park, Culdaff had the first chance when Seamus McLaughlin volleyed narrowly wide at the back post. But Greencastle took over after this and Cathal McLaughlin had a shot which crashed off the bar before Tom Heuston fired just wide.
On the half hour Eunan McDaid headed over before minutes later Puaric Gillen failed to hit the target when well placed.
Culdaff rallied and just before the interval a superb run and cross by Gary Smyth just eluded the inrushing Joe O’Connor at the back post.
As in the first half Culdaff started well and Matt McDaid had a goal bound effort well blocked.
Greencastle responded with Gillen firing wide before a Christy Hegarty volley was well saved by Adam Conlon.
Culdaff went close after Cathal McGrenaghan beat two defenders and unleashed a shot which Seamus Bovaird saved well.
The visitors broke the deadlock on 66 minutes when Gillen’s low effort was well parried by Conlon but the ball broke kindly for Eunan McDaid to slot home.
The home side pushed hard in the closing stages and Liam Doherty fired narrowly over before in the final minute player manager Niall Gordon fired wide after a corner.[adrotate group=”46″]
Rasheney Reserves 0 Aileach Youths 2
AILEACH, aided with a strong wind, pressed from the start and on two minutes Patrick Curran was denied by a fine save from Roger McGilloway in the home goal.
The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes when after Curran had an effort blocked Brendan Hegarty blasted high to the net from fourteen yards.
Hegarty then glanced a header wide before Daibhidh Grant had a 25-yard effort well parried by McGilloway.
From Shane McMonagle’s inswinging corner McGilloway punched clear from beneath the crossbar.
On 33 minutes Grant unleashed another superb effort which McGilloway gathered at the second attempt. Rasheney responded and with Karol Harkin breaking on the right and finding Alan Doherty who controlled well but fired wide.
On the stroke of half time Aileach doubled their lead when Grant unleashed a powerful low shot from twenty yards into the bottom corner.
Aileach started the second period well and three times in the opening quarter Emmet Burke went close. He fired two efforts off target and when he broke clear of the home defence his attempted chip was clawed away by McGilloway.
Rasheney tried hard to get back into the game but their best chance came on 73 minutes when a scramble developed after an Alan Doherty corner but the visitors defence hacked clear.[adrotate group=”53″]
Gleneely Colts 0 Redcastle Reserves 6
THE concession of three goals in the opening quarter made this a mission impossible for the home side.
Redcastle opened the scoring on five minutes after a Ryan Duffy corner was poked home by the unmarked Daniel Harkin.
Minutes later a defensive error allowed Duffy to chip keeper Adrian Duffy from ten yards.
Then a superb cross from Harkin on the left was fired home by Terry McColgan from eight yards.
After the restart the home side tried to respond but an excellent Drew Crumlish cross just eluded the inrushing Cory O’Brien.
Within minutes Redcastle had increased their lead when Declan Bonner sent Stephen Davenport clear with a long ball over the top and he fired low past Duffy from 15 yards.
One minute later Michael Bonner crossed for Duffy to slot home from ten yards and on 74 minutes another defensive error allowed Michael Bonner to fire into an empty net.
Gleneely had a late chance after a Nathan McLaughlin corner fell to Crumlish on the edge of the area but he fired over.
Glengad Reserves 3 Buncrana Hearts Reserves 5
IN an entertaining opening half Buncrana raced into a three-goal lead but a determined fightback saw Glengad reduce the deficit to the minimum.
The home side had the first chance of the game on eight minutes when Liam Nelson advanced to the byeline and pulled the ball back for PJ McDaid who fired straight at Cathal McNutt from 15 yards. Buncrana took the lead minutes later when John Timlin released Christopher McKinley and he fired low past Michael
McLaughlin from the edge of the area.
They made it 2-0 with a deflected Pat Loughery effort before McKinley intercepted a back pass on the half hour and calmly slotted past McLaughlin.
On 35 minutes the home side reduced the deficit when Brian Doherty fed McDaid and he chipped McNutt from the edge of the area.
They got another goal back before the break after McNutt was caught in possession by McDaid who had the easiest of tasks to slot home.
Buncrana increased their lead on 56 minutes when Pat Loughery found space inside the area to control a Timlin cross and slot low past McLaughlin.
To their credit Glengad battled back and got another goal to make it four three when Mark Smyth fired a free around the wall and into the bottom corner.
Buncrana sealed things on 83 minutes when Mark McFadden broke clear and although his initial effort was blocked by McLaughlin the rebound fell nicely for him to slot home.