COCKHILL CELTIC, BONAGEE United and Derry City Reserves made it a good day for the home teams in the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League today.
Picture caption: Action from the Derry City Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers game. Picture courtesy of Stephen Doherty.
Cockhill Celtic 1 Swilly Rovers 0
COCKHILL were the dominant side throughout the 1st half but found it very difficult to get any joy from a well organised and hardworking Swilly defence.
Cockhill’s first big chance came when Paul McKinney finished well but he was judged to be marginally off side after being put through by Mark Moran.
McKinney almost broke the deadlock on the half-hour he hit the foot of the Swilly post.
Cockhill finally got the breakthrough on 44 minutes when a free-flowing move involving many players ended when a Christy McLaughlin cross finding Ronan Doherty (O) unmarked and he slotted home from close range
Swilly put up a much better fight in the second half and could have drawn level when Laurence Toland broke clear only for his powerful shot to be well saved by Gavin Cullen .
Cockhill huffed & puffed throughout the second half to find a second but found the excellent Dylan Hegarty and Gareth Wade in fine form in defence for Swilly.
Wade made a couple of good saves from Malachy McDermott and Christy McLaughlin as the home side couldn’t fine that second goal to finish the game off.
Swilly threw everything at Cockhill in the last 10 minutes but couldn’t find the equaliser.
Bonagee United 3 Fanad United 0
HAVING both recorded opening day defeats in the league, both Peter Moran and Arthur Lynch were hoping to get points on the board from this game at a sunny Dry Arch Park.
The first half was a rather stale affair, with Bonagee having the best of the opportunities.
The best of these came as early as the 7th minute. Aidan McLaughlin’s through ball into the danger area was met by Darryl Brown, but his chip over the keeper went narrowly wide.
Keelin McElwaine was always dangerous up front for Fanad and he was causing problems to the Bonagee rear-guard.
He almost scored in the 40th minute, but his effort went just over the top from the edge of the penalty area.
The home side introduced Anthony Appiah at half time, and his impact was almost immediate. In the 48th minute, he ran onto a McLaughlin flick, held off his marker and finished between keeper and post.
He got his second in the 68th minute. He powered his way into the Fanad penalty, only to be brought down. He duly dispatched the resulting spot-kick, with Fanad keeper Shaun Gallagher managing to get his hand to it.
The third arrived with three minutes remaining. Appiah, who was a constant threat in the second half, played a ball across the face of the goal and Dean Larkin side footed home.
Bonagee United: Eugene Ferry, Gareth Breslin, Decky Lynch, Darek Frankowski, Darren Hunter, Chris Moran, Dean Larkin, Jamie Lynagh, Aidan McLaughlin, Ryan McFadden, Daryll Browne.
Fanad United: Shaun Gallagher, Oisin Langan, Michael McGinley, James Gallagher, Chris Duffy, Declan McGarvey, Martin McElhinney, Michael Cannon, Keelin McElwaine, Paddy Carr, Myles McBride.
Derry City Reserves 3 Letterkenny Rovers 1
NO report was submitted from this game
Fixtures, Sunday, October 18th at 2pm
Bonagee United v Derry City Reserves
Fanad United v Cockhill Celtic
Swilly Rovers v Letterkenny Rovers (Postponed)