A SINGLE GOAL was enough for Arranmore United to get past Drumbar United and move back to the top of the Old Orchard Division.
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Arranmore United 1-0 Drumbar FC
Arranmore United welcomed Drumbar F.C. to Rannagh Park for this tussle.
Drumbar started well but they just couldn’t get going properly, playing one man up top. Arranmore created chances through Conor Proctor, Chris McGlanaghey and Gavin Mc Glanaghey but the visiting defence held out.
In the second half Arranmore dominated the play as Drumbar played with all their men in their own half apart from the lone striker. In the 63rd minute Arranmore finally broke down Drumbar’s resilience when a brilliant cross field ball was fired home to the roof of the net from the back post area.
Arranmore peppered the goal late on with Michael McHugh, Conor Proctor and Przemeck Turski all going close but Arran just couldn’t find a second. Drumbar applied the pressure for the last five minutes and won a few corners but the home team did really well to hold out for a massive three points. Team performance from Drumbar while Chris Mc Glanaghey and Conor Proctor were the best for Arranmore.
Orchard FC P-P Fintown Harps AFC
(This match was postponed)
Drumkeen United 1-5 Mulroy United
Drumkeen welcomed Mulroy to St Patricks Park on Saturday afternoon for this game in the Saturday League,.
Drumkeen had a good chance early on when a long pass from the back from Michael Patton eventually found its way to Peter McNamee who failed to get his shot on target. At the other end Michael Sweeney ran at the Drumkeen defence and despite the close attention of Shaun Gallagher and Chris Kyle he managed to get a shot away but unfortunately for him it hit the post.
The visitors did score on 27 minutes when Michael Sweeney fired a shot into the corner of the Drumkeen net. The lead did not last long however as Peter Brannigan scored with a lovely glancing header following a free kick from Chris Kyle. There were no more goals in the first half so it was all square at the break.
Drumkeen struggled to get their passing game together all during this game and gave the ball away on numerous occasions. Michael Sweeney was proving to be very hard to deal with and he scored his second goal when he fired home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box. Joe Kerr added a third goal shortly after and the game was slipping away from Drumkeen although they did have a couple of chances one of which was a Liam McGill free kick which hit the crossbar.
Mulroy’s fourth goal was a well worked one, Benny Kyle passed the ball out from the back to the ever dangerous Sweeney who ran at the Drumkeen defence before unselfishly passing to Johnny Friel in the middle who was left with the simple task of passing it into the open net.
The game was now beyond Drumkeen and Paul Coyle scored a fifth shortly before full time, The scoreline was probably a little bit harsh on Drumkeen who although not playing well did create a few chances which they failed to take while Mulroy made the most of their chances and this proved to be the difference between the teams. The visitors went home with all three points which keeps them still very much involved in the title race.
Strand Rovers 0-1 Glencar Celtic
A game of two halves in Maghery as Glencar paid Strand a visit.
The game started lively with both teams enjoying spells of possession but it was the away team who began to boss and seemed to be first to every ball. They were rewarded twenty minutes in when a mistake from Strand allowed Glencar to take the lead.
Strand did have a few chances as did Glencar in both halves but on the laws of average Glencar bossed the first half and Strand the second. Glencar’s defence stood tall and took three valuable points back to Letterkenny. A good team performance from Glencar with Kevin Mc Govern and Doalty Boyle best for Strand.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Glenea United Reserves 7-0 Curragh Athletic Reserves
On a blustery day at Glasserchoo a very youthful Curragh team took the field against a determined Glenea team who scored right from the kick off through Dean Gallagher. This was quickly followed by a Paudgie Mc Gee penalty and before half time Ciaran Mc Geady scored the third.
After the break Dean Gallagher again led the charge followed by Mc Geady who completed his hat-trick and with a late goal from Patrick Cannon completing the route that sent Glenea back to the top of the Reserve League table.
A team effort by Curragh with Ciaran Mc Geady and Dean Gallagher best for Glenea. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.
Erne Wanderers Reserves 3-4 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
Erne came out of the blocks full of confidence and went close early on with Seamus Kane and Mark Dorrian linking down the left cutting the Castlefin back four to pieces with some great one touch passing. Packie Hill also came close.
Wanderers’ pressure paid off with Kane whipping a ball in for James Kelly to nod home at the back post. Sean Gallagher, Shane Goan, Ryan O’ Brian and Hill kept it tight at the back and easily dealt with anything Castlefin had to offer.
Just before half time Wanderers pushed forward in search of another but were caught on the break and conceded against the run of play,
The Second half started like the first with the home side going 2-1 up with a free kick from Packie Hill. Hill went for power over accuracy and the keeper couldn’t control it and spilled it over the line. Castlefin woke up after that and came into the game creating a few chances.
With 30minutes left on the clock they again equalised. The home side felt aggrieved feeling the attacking player to be a good yard offside. Castlefin went ahead late on for the first time in the game and doubled their lead with ten minutes to go. Erne weren’t done yet though and pulled one back from the spot with Hill stepping up to convert.
Milford United Reserves 3-2 Glenree United Reserves
Milford welcomed Glenree to Moyle View Park.
Milford dominated the first half an hour but somehow found themselves one down after failing to clear a corner. Ben McNutt found the back of the net for Glenree. Milford continued to press and were rewarded in the 55th minute, an Anthony Hegarty free kick from 30 yards managed to miss everyone and go in at the back post to make it 1-1.
Ten minutes later Milford took the lead, after a fine passing move was finished off by Darren Mc Laughlin. Milford then made 3-1 in the 70th minute through the ever reliable PJ Hagan. Glenree were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute with Kevin Doherty making no mistake to make it 3-2. Milford held on for a deserved victory with Darren McLaughlin and PJ Hagan standing out, a team effort from Glenree. Referee: James Malseed
Keadue Rovers Reserves 1-1 Donegal Town Reserves
This game played in bad conditions made it hard for both sides to play football throughout. Donegal Town dominated the opening stages of the first half but Keadue took control of the final 20 minutes of the half coming close on a few occasions.
The second half started with both teams pushing for the opener and it was Keadue who found it after good work from Luke Neely as he ghosted past a few Donegal men and finished well to the corner of the net. Donegal Town kept pushing and found an equaliser from a free kick on the edge of the Keadue box. Both teams tried hard for the winner but the game ended all square. Good team performance from both young sides.
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3-0 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Drumoghill’s first goal arrived on 20 minutes. Liam O’ Donnell watched his goal bound free kick hit the cross bar with the keeper beaten but a quick acting Mark Gibson rushed in to head home from close range. Goal number two followed from the centre-kick.
Good work from Kevin Higgins and John O’ Kane won possession and a quick one-two sent Ethan Mc Cready through on goal and with only the keeper to beat he made no mistake. Drumoghill where in control from that moment on and added a third on the hour mark when Conor Mc Nulty headed home from a corner kick. Team performance from Cappry with Ethan Mc Cready and Mark Gibson best for Drumoghill.