ORCHARD UNITED were the big winners in the Ulster Junior Shield on Saturday with a 7-1 win at Drumkeen United with Michael Doherty scoring five.
Drumkeen United 1-7 Orchard FC
Orchard United were the visitors to St Patrick’s Park on Saturday afternoon for an eventful Ulster Junior Shield game.
The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes through Gavin McBrearty and doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Micheal Doherty, out on the left side of the penalty box, fired a low shot across the keeper which went in at the right hand post.
Drumkeen were seeing plenty of the ball in the first half but were struggling to get their passing game together in the last third and could not get enough ball up to Peter McNamee who would be regarded as their main goal threat.
McNamee was living off scraps and on the few occasions he did get the ball he was fouled. At the other end the always dangerous Micheal Doherty forced a great save from Ciaran Bonner and Chris Kyle was there with a great block on the follow up shot.
Bonner also made a great save from a Joe McCarron free kick and Kyle did well to block another Orchard effort. As the half was drawing to a close the home team were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Peter McNamee. Anthony Browne stepped up and calmly slotted it home to leave Drumkeen just a goal behind at the interval.
Early in the second half Drumkeen keeper Bonner gave away a penalty which was well dispatched by Doherty. Things then went from bad to worse for them when Kevin Boyle, who had only come on as a substitute at half time, got his marching orders for deliberate hand ball and another penalty was awarded.
Michael Doherty again took the penalty but this time he tried to chip the keeper but Bonner stayed on his feet and easily caught the ball.
Doherty made up for this miss shortly after when he scored with a long range effort to effectively put the game beyond the home team. Even though they were a man down and three goals behind Drumkeen kept battling away. They had efforts from Ryan Kettle, Aaron Doherty and Anthony Browne without managing to find another goal.
Micheal Doherty added two more goals to bring his total for the game to five and then Gavin Mc Brearty rounded off the scoring when he got his second and Orchard’s seventh goal. Despite only been a goal down at half time this turned into a day to forget for Drumkeen who will hope to do better when the two teams meet again in the league in two weeks time.
Glencar Celtic 2-0 St Catherine’s Reserves
Glencar hosted St. Catherine’s and came out of the traps early and went ahead through the ever busy Graham Cullen who fired home from edge of the box after great play by Declan Scanlon.
Glencar squandered a lot of chances and should of been well ahead before halftime. Glencar finished off the game when super-sub Liam Doherty finished well after a good Glencar attack.
In fairness to St. Catherine’s they fought hard to the end. Garvan Grieve, Mark Forde and Paddy O’Kane shone brightest for Glencar. Spirited team performance from St. Catherines.
Old Orchard Saturday Division
Fintown Harps AFC 1-1 Arranmoer United
The spoils were shared at Pairc Acla between Fintown Harps and Arranmore United.
Fintown started the brightest playing some nice football. The visitors started to come into the game and Christopher McBrearty saved well on two or three occasions.
Fintown had a few efforts of their own but they failed to score before the break. After 10 minutes of the second half Christopher Mc Glynn put the home side ahead. The visitors piled on the pressure and were rewarded when a cross from Frankie Early on the right hand side got a touch for an equaliser.
It was now game on and both sides tried to create chances with the visitors having a header saved on the line which Fintown turned into a counterattack with Mc Glynn going through one on one but his effort was saved.
Strand Rovers 4-0 Drumbar FC
Strand Rovers enjoyed a comfortable win over Drumbar FC
Both sides started brightly but Strand won a corner after four minutes and a great delivery from James McCole was converted by a great header from Brendan Glackin.
The home side piled on the pressure and a good cross from the wing was collected and tucked away by Sean Mc Millan to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes. The game continued in the same vein for the remainder of the half apart from a few chances which fell to Drumbar’s Ray Balligan.
In the second half and the home side turned the screw again with chance after chance falling to Darragh Hanlon but the Drumbar keeper Kevin Burke pulled off some great saves. Adam Mc Hugh’s corner was then headed home by Brendan Glackin. Sean Mc Millan scored again to make it 4-0 at the finish.
Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve Division
Milford United Reserves 5-1 Donegal Town Reserves
Milford welcomed Donegal Town to Moyle View Park hoping to maintain their unbeaten home record and they did so in style against a strong Donegal Town team.
In perfect playing conditions Milford took the lead after 20 minutes with JJ Fleming heading home a great Jason Mc Conigley cross. They doubled their lead five minutes later when, following a goal mouth scramble, Lee Burke poked home. Milford went in at halftime with a deserved 2-0 lead.
Donegal town started the second half strongly but it was Milford who would score next, Ciaran Blaney firing in from just inside the box after 55 minutes. Donegal Town pulled one back 10 minutes later through an unfortunate own goal from a corner. With Donegal Town now pressing it was Milford who hit them on the break, the impressive Jason Mc Conigley sprinted from the halfway line to then rifle into the roof of the net in the 80th minute.
Just two minutes later JJ Fleming got his second of the game, calmly slotting past the keeper to make it 5-1. A great team performance from Milford with Jason Mc Conigley standing out.
Keadue Rovers Reserves 3-4 Curragh Athletic Reserves
The goals from Simon Cromie helped Curragh Athletic to a win at Central Park.
This game played in lovely conditions started off evenly as both teams pressed looking for the opening goal.
The first real chance fell to Keadue#s Cory Gallagher who’s chip over the keeper went just wide. The first goal of the game came when the ball broke to Damien Hanlon on the edge of the Curragh box and he fired the ball to the top corner of the Curragh net.
Keadue doubled their lead when good play up the right hand side released Cory Gallagher who finished well. The 2nd half started with Keadue in control until Curragh won a penalty and Simon Cromie finished well. Curragh started to come into the game more and equalised when a free kick wasn’t dealt with and Dermot Shields applied the finishing touch. Curragh then went 3-2 ahead after another ball into the box was not dealt with and Simon Cromie finished well.
Keadue equalised after good play from Hugh Moy and Cian Boyle broke through to slip the ball past the keeper. Curragh were not to be denied and found the winner through Simon Cromie completed his hat-trick and the three points were destined for the Curragh. Simon Cromie best for Curragh while Hugh Moy, Cian Boyle and Matthew Ward all tried hard for Keadue.
Glenea United Reserves 3-1 Cappry Rovers Reserves
Shane Ferry scored twice for Glenea United Reserves against Cappry Rovers Reserves on Saturday afternoon at Mc Gettigan Park, Glasserchoo.
Gerard Maguire got the home side’s third as they claimed all three points from their visitors from the east of the county who could only register one goal for their 90 minutes in An Gaeltachta.
Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1-1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves
A draw was a fair result from this match between Drumoghill FC and Castlefin Celtic.
Both team had their chances to collect all three points. Castlefin had better of first half and went ahead on 20 minutes when a long kick-out fell to Matthew O’ Rourke who rounded the keeper and slotted home.
Drumoghill to their credit came out firing on all cylinders for the second half and equalised on 55 minutes when Richie Moore collected a Mark Gibson pass and fired home from close range to draw the sides level. From here neither side could capitalise on their chances with both defences in fine form.
Best for Drumoghill were John Madigan and Richard Tinney with Matthew O’ Rourke best for Castlefin.Tags: