THERE WAS AGAIN A GOAL GLUT in the latest round of games in the Donegal Signs Reserve League Shield this weekend.
Donegal Signs Reserve League Shield
Rasheney Reserves 1 Greencastle Reserves 2
Greencastle had the early pressure with Daniel Diver rounding two men on the edge of the area but seeing his effort saved by Declan Grant. Cathal Crumlish then crossed from the right for John McDermott but he was crowded out by a combination of defenders.
At the other end John Doherty (D) saw his twenty five yards free saved by Seamus Bovaird.
Greencastle replied and in the best chance of the half saw Daniel Rowan cross for the totally unmarked Diver but he drove wildly wide.
On 33 minutes Paul McConalogue for the home side fed Matthew McLaughlin who rounded Bovaird but the keeper recovered well to block. Minutes into the second half the visitors took the lead after John McDermott broke from half way to release Diver who converted at the second attempt after his first effort was blocked a combination of defender and Grant in the home goal.
Tom Houston then had an effort tipped over the bar before the same player increased their lead when he fired a brilliant free kick to the top corner from the edge of the area. Rasheney hit back and a dangerous cross from Doherty (D) was well claimed by Bovaird.
The home side got back into the game when Matthew McLaughlin converted a penalty awarded after George Doherty had been upended.
Carrowmena Reserves 1 Illies Reserves 0
IN something of a surprise result Carrowmena continued their recent good form with this narrow win over Illies.
In the early exchanges Mark Doherty was denied by a fine save from Jason Campbell before Ryan McDermott pulled an effort across goal and wide. Illies replied when Graham Doherty’s inswinging corner kick was well gathered under pressure by Michael Noone before Doherty was off target with a free kick from a promising position.
Carrowmena broke the deadlock on 31 minutes when Ryan McDermott fed Oran McDermott on the left and he drilled a superb low left footed effort across Campbell to the bottom corner.
The visitors tried to respond and Thomas Grant fired over before another Doherty free was saved by Noone. In the second half Ryan McDermott released Mark Doherty but Campbell saved well.
At the other end Martin Donaghey broke forward from midfield and unleashed an effort which Noone gathered well.
Midway through the half McDermott‘s attempted chip was well gathered by Campbell.
In the closing stages the same player had a free blocked by the wall before the final action saw Ryan McDermott’s lob drop just wide.
Sea Rovers 2 Moville Reserves 1
AFTER an even opening rovers broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when after a scramble in the area Tiernan Stephens tapped home from close range.
The same player raced clear of the Moville defence minutes later but Puaric Doherty saved well. Moville got on top before the break with Pauric Parkinson’s dangerous cross eluding everyone before the same player was unlucky when an effort crashed back off the post.
On the stroke of half time Parkinson then had another effort from the edge of the area saved by Glen Watson.
Rovers doubled their lead a few minutes into the second period when Keelan Doherty converted from close range after the Moville defence failed to clear. Moville hit back and Matthew McLaughlin pounced on a loose ball inside the area to fire past Watson.
Rovers replied and Keelan Doherty had an effort saved before a long free kick from keeper Watson bounced off the Moville crossbar.
Rovers had the final chance in the closing minutes when Doherty broke clear but keeper Doherty made a fine save.
Clonmany Reserves 6 QPS Reserves 1
THE visitors took the lead on 11 minutes after Ultan McCool ran through the middle of the home defence before rounding Liam McGonigle to slot home.But the home side replied and got back on terms when a Brendan Doherty free was sidefooted home by Brendan Devlin from ten yards.
Clonmany took the lead on 21 minutes when Doherty’s corner was headed home by Paddy Doherty.
Before the break the home side made it three-one after the point defence failed to clear and Conor Doherty crossed for Paddy Doherty to stroke the ball low inside the left hand post.
Clonmany kept pouring forward on the restart and on 55 minutes John Porter got in behind the point defence and squared for Paddy Doherty to slot home and complete his hat-trick.
Brendan Doherty then converted a penalty after Devlin had been upended . Midway through the half they added a sixth when Devlin blocked a clearance and squared to Porter whose scuffed effort was parried by Conor McColgan for Devlin to poke the ball over the line from point blank range.
The Point got a consolation in the final minute after Jack McConalogue beat the offside trap and rounded McGonigle to slot home.
Carn Reserves 1 Aileach Reserves 2
THE home side turned in their best performance of the season but a failure to take their chances meant they were punished in the last minute.
Somewhat against the run of play Aileach opened the scoring on the half hour when after a quick counter attack James Wallace fired low past Cathal Doherty from the edge of the area.
Carn started the second period well and equalised on 55 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared to Mark Diver, who drove home through a crowd of players to the bottom corner.
Carn were on top and twice Dillon Cooke bore down on the Aileach goal but failed to convert before Joseph McKinney also spurned a gilt edged chance.
The visitors made them ay in the last minute after Stephen Doherty cut in from the right and fired a superb effort low to the corner from the edge of the area.
Cockhill Colts 6 Gleneely Colts 0
IN the early exchanges Alan Fletcher had an effort saved by Brendan Curran before the Gleneely defence cleared an effort from Andy McElhinney.
Cockhill broke the deadlock minutes before the interval when Fletcher fired a twenty yards free around the wall and into the bottom corner.
Fletcher had the first chance of the second period but fired over before the visitors replied.
A mazy run by Nathan Mclaughlin ended when he flashed an effort just wide before a Dillon McDaid free kick was deflected wide.
On 70 minutes Cockhill broke and substitute Wesley Doherty made it two nil with his first touch of the game.
Cockhill upped the tempo at this stage and Ronan Mclaughlin fired high past Curran from the edge of the area before Gary Breslin converted a Martin McDermott cross to make it four-nil.
A superb volley from the edge of the area to the top corner by Kevin McLaughlin made it five nil before Kieran McEleney completed the scoring when he got on the end of McLaughlin’s cross.
Buncrana Reserves 2 Aileach Youths 0
IN excellent conditions the home side took an early lead on seven minutes when a great through ball from John Doherty found Adam Duffy to slot low past Dylan Clarke.
They went close again on 13 minutes after Gary Duffy unleashed an effort which crashed off the post. But on 21 minutes they made it two nil when Noel Mclaughlin fired to the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
The home side went close again just before the break when Duffy broke on the right and crossed to McLaughlin but his effort was blocked by a defender and Clarke gathered.
In the second period Aileach tried to respond but were restricted to efforts from long range from Matthew Doherty which failed to trouble Gerard Boyle in the home goal.
They were further hampered when Ryan Doherty was red carded for two bookings.
The home side went close again on 79 minutes after after Adam Duffy beat two men but saw his shot crash off the post before on 85 minutes Duffy as denied with a brilliant point blank save from Clarke.
In the final minute the home side were reduced to ten men after Noel Mclaughlin was also red carded for retaliation.
Dunree Reserves 4 Glengad Reserves 0
PLAYED on Saturday night there was an even opening twenty minutes to this clash before the visitors PJ McDaid fired a twenty yards effort which Philip Doherty gathered well.
Dunree responded when Evan Barry found Daniel Mclaughlin but his shot was also saved by Michael McLaughlin.
On 38 minutes Johnny Doherty played a ball over the top for John Doherty who was one on one with Mclaughlin but the ‘keeper made a superb save.
However from the resulting corner John Doherty rose to head home at the back post. Dunree continued on top and increased their lead on 54 minutes after substitute Bernie Doherty fed Martin Lynch and he swept the ball home from twelve yards.
They made it three-nil when Mclaughlin fed John Doherty whose driven cross took a slight deflection off a defender.
Glengad had a good spell then with Lee Kelly’s free tipped over by Doherty before from the corner Eugene Mclaughlin’s header was well parried by Doherty.
McDaid beat the offside trap but lost control and Doherty advanced to block.
Dunree sealed the tie on 84 minutes with the best goal of the game after Peter O’Neill fed Adam Mclaughlin and his first time cross was sidefooted home by Barry.