Sligo-Leitrim youth were defaeted by their Donegal counterparts 5-1
Donegal Youth League 5
Sligo- Leitrim Youth League 1
Gavin Mc Glanachy was the hero as a second half hat-trick inspired Eunan Brolly’s men to victory over an under strength Sligo team. Mc Glanachy’s feat was even more remarkable as the big stricker could and probably should have had a hat-trick in the first half as well.
Donegal were out of the trap quickly and had their first chance after only a minute, Garvin Grant shooting wide from 18yards. Grant again came close on 7 minutes, Michael Doherty showed some trickery down the left before his cross was headed to Grant, who’s fine shot cannoned of the bar.
A quarter of an hour in Donegal got the lead, Fanad united’s paul Mc Veigh showed his full back a clean set of heels before hanging the ball up to the back post, where Michael Doherty powered a header high into the net.
Donegal went on to dominate the game from there and created a number of goal scoring chances, Mc Glanachy was first up trying to round the keeper after being played in by the ‘excellent’ Odhran Mac Niallais, the keeper got his hand to the ball and it went for a goal kick. Minutes later Mc Glanachy hesitated and the keeper swallowed up the chance.
Mc Glanachy wasn’t the only culprit Jonathan harkin twice shot over the bar, Grant had a header ceared of the line, while Mac Niallias had a shot against the post and also header over from 6 yards while completely un marked. It was this miss that was to prove most costly as within a minute with their first attack on 35 minutes Sligo equalised, with Donegal pushing forward Johnny Dwyer found some space down the right was headed brilliantly into the corner by Niall Brennen.
The Yeats men grew in confidence and enjoyed their best spell, Dwyer showed some fancy footwork before forcing a save from Marty Mc Ginty, Gerard Brennan headed a Stephen Hargadon corner over before Hargadon’s free kick again called Mc Ginty into action.
Eunan Brolly was glad of the half time whistle just to settle his team down, as they should have been out of sight. The team talk obviously had an effect as Donegal again started brightly.
Mc Glanachy got the first of his on 50 minutes, captain Seamie Friel crossed from the right and when the visiting goalkeeper dropped the ball Mc Glanachy tapped home. Darren Mc Geever was introduced 3 minutes later and within 30 second had a great chance chipping over the bar.
Mc Geever set up fellow substitute kevin Mc Fadden who smashed a 25 yarder of the foot of the post. The game was finished as a contest on 65 minutes Mac Niallais slid a ball past the Sligo defence for Mc Glanachy to chase, the big Aranmore showed good composure to slid the ball past the on rushing keeper.
Donegal were now completely in control and added two late goals firstly Friel slammed the ball in from the edge of the box, before Mc Glanachy capitilised on another goalkeeping error to tap harkins cross home from close range.
A comfortable if not convincing win sets Donegal up nicely in this group its away to Mayo now at the end of the month.
Donegal: Marty Mc Ginty (Bonagee), Josh Mailey (Letterkenny), Johny Harkin (Glenea), Jaime Boyle (Gweedore), Corey Gallagher (Rosses), Paul Mc Veigh (Fanad), Garvin Grant (Letterkenny), Seamie Friel (Fanad) CAPTAIN, Gavin Mc Glanachy (Rosses), Odhran Mac Niallais (Gweedore), Michael Doherty (Letterkenny). SUBS: Sean Doherty (Gweedore), Darren Mc Geever (Glenea), Barry Mc Namee (Rathmullen/Milford), Kevin Mc Fadden (Glenea), Garry Merritt (Rathmullen/Milford).
Sligo- Leitrim: Cawley, Cawley, White, Kelly, Flannery, Kelly, Dwyer, Brennan, Brennan, Healy, Hargadon. Subs: Roberts, Davey, Carty, Patton, Lynch.