STRAND ROVERS, Keadue Rovers and Orchard FC all had impressive wins in the Voodoo Venue Cup yesterday – here’s a full round-up of the action in the Donegal Saturday League.
Voodoo Venue Cup
Cappry Rovers Reserves 0 Strand Rovers 3
STRAND started this game well against a youthful Cappry side.
Strand took the lead midway through the first half when Brendan Brennan finished well at the back post.
The game was very close with both teams well in the game but neither could get a goal before half-time.
The second half again was tight but the turning point came on the hour mark when Strand got a penalty, which Michael Ward converted.
In the dying minutes Paddy Glackin made it 3-0 with a fine finish following a quick break.[adrotate group=”37″]
Glencar Celtic 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 3
BOTH teams started bright and were evenly matched. Keadue opened the scoring through Aidan Ward with a rocket free kick.
Kevin O’Donnell skipped past three players to slot the ball nicely into the bottom corner to even the contest at the break.
For the second half Glencar started the better but against the run of play Keadue got a harsh penalty and Aiden Gillespie made it count to put his side ahead. Glencar had plenty of chances to get an equaliser but once again were caught on the break and Aidan Ward killed the game when he made it 3-1 to Keadue.
Orchard FC 4 Donegal Town Reserves 2
THIS fixture was reversed to the Hospital Field, Donegal Town. Donegal took the initiative from the tip off, Ciaran Monaghan coming close with a long-range effort and Gary Ward denied by the keeper.
Orchard took the lead in the 10th minute, Luke Friel providing a through ball which found Jerome Burke who made no mistake finishing low between the keeper’s legs.
Donegal levelled the game on 35 minutes, Gary Ward providing a perfectly weighted cross which met the head of Conor Rooney inside the six-yard box.
Donegal were quickest out of the blocks for the second half. A cross-field pass by Ciaran O’Reilly found the feet of Ciaran Monaghan who played the ball through for Gary Ward to finish.
After several long stints of Donegal possession, Ciaran Monaghan’s cross found Conor Rooney who narrowly missed.
Young Monaghan, who was outstanding throughout the game, was denied by the woodwork after his cross-come-shot clattered the crossbar.
Orchard made the most of Donegal Town’s hard luck, capitalising on the end of a loose ball inside the Donegal box.
The game was put to bed in the 85th and 90th minutes. Michael Sweeney finishing neatly to leave the game 4 – 2 to Orchard FC at the final whistle.
Arranmore United 3 Drumbar FC 0
(This match was postponed as Drumbar F.C. failed to field for the Fixture)
Erne Wanderers Reserves 5 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 7
( No Report Received )
Glenree United Reserves 1 Dunlewey Celtic 2
( No Report Received )
Milford United Reserves P St. Catherines Reserves P
(This match was postponed due to waterlogged pitches )[adrotate group=”53″]
Saturday Reserve Division
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3
CASTLEFIN maintained their 100 per cent League record with a hard fought home victory over Drumoghill on Saturday at Parkview.
The hosts started at a fast pace and were ahead within two minutes when Paul Logue headed home a Gary McNulty free from the left. In the 10th minute a McNulty free from the right found Keith Nelis and he headed home from close range.
The hosts continued to press and Nelis got his second when he headed home a James Mc Menamin corner with 25 minutes played. Castlefin created numerous chances but Nelis and Stephen Roulston failed to convert.
Marty Owens put the hosts further ahead when his free kick from 30 yards flew into the top corner just before the break.
In the second half the visitors came out fighting and were rewarded when Mark Gibson nodded home from close range in the 70th minute.
In the 75th Drumoghill pulled another back when Gavin Doran picked up a loose ball and scored from a tight angle. In the 85th a Gareth Hamilton strike pulled the visitors within touching distance but Castlefin held on for the victory.Tags: