Rathmullen/Milford took a huge step towards winning the Dick Duffy league, with a home win against Rosses Academy, ending the Keadue mens title hopes in the process. Ballybofey and Gweedore meanwhile wet the appetite for next weekends 6 nations resumption as they played out a triller which the hosts won 7-6.
In the Colm Breslin cup, holders Glenea advance to the quarter finals after they won 3-2 away at Letterkenny Rovers, thanks to a last minute John Mc Garvey goal.
Colm Breslin Memorial cup: Preliminary Round.
Letterkeny Rovers 2 Glenea United 3
Holders Glenea United progressed through to the next round of the Colin Breslin Memorial Cup following a dramatic victory over Letterkenny Rovers on Saturday.
With the game seemingly heading towards extra-time after both sides had exhanged leads during the 90 minutes, Glenea striker John McGarvey pounced in stoppage time to grab a late winner – just as Glenea did in last year’s Ulster Cup Final between the two sides.
The visitors got off to the best possible start when Cian O’Brien capitalised on a short back pass from Mark Forde to put his side ahead in the opening minute of the game.
However, Rovers drew level on 35 minutes when Anthony Browne headed home following an excellent cross from Michael Doherty.
The home side had all the momentum in the second half and a sublime effort from Johnny Robb just short of the hour mark had them in front. Within minutes, Browne had another great opportunity to extend their lead but his miss proved pivotel.
Glenea clawed their way back into the game and restored parity from a Johnny McGeever header as the home defence failed to deal with a free-kick.
And in the dying seconds came the sucker punch as McGarvey followed up on an effort which hit the post to send the visitors into the last eight.
Referee – Mick Lagan.
Dick Duffy Donegal Youth League
Rathmullan/Milford 3 – 1 Rosses Academy
Rathmullan/Milford recorded another valuable 3 points on a saturday afternoon in Rathmullan with an excellent hard fought victory over Rosses Academy. The win keeps Liam McLaughlin and Eugene McCafferty’s team in touch with the leaders at the top of the Donegal Youth League in what has been a promising campaign for the new alliance.
The home team hit the front when winger Philip Hegarty netted from close range mid way through the half. The two teams contested an even game, and Rathmullan/Milford went in at the break with the lead in tact.Rosses started the second period better and were rewarded with the leveller on 55 minutes when Shaun Boyle found the net. The home side took to the challenge well and re-asserted their authority on the hour when Mark ‘Spike’ Flood rose tallest to head home a corner.The game remained tight thereafter and Rathmullan/Milford were able to secure a cushion when Cormac Friel added the third goal midway through the second period.
In what was another good advertisement for youth football, best for the home team were David Fisher and the ever impressive McNamee brothers – Barry and Tony. A solid team effort from Rosses.
Ref. Ed Moore controlled a sporting game well.
Ballybofey Utd 7
Gweedore Celtic 6
Ballybofey get the points in this entertaining game played in Finn View Park. Gweedore missed a penalty on 10min after Walsh was upended in box. Indeed if all chances had have been taken we could have had double the goals. Referre Joe Mc Hugh had a busy time with play swinging from end to end and by half time the home team led 4-3 with goals from Bogle, O’Reilly, O’Brien & Bradley and Gweedore scorers Walsh, Reynolds & Doherty.
The second half settled down a bit and some great football was played by both sides and 3 cracking goals to boot. Ballybofey led most of the match but the visitors just would not lay down and at 6-6 with minutes to go it looked like Gweedore were going to take 3points but a Reynolds shot came back of the inside of the post, much to Ballybofey’s Delight and within a minute Sean Breen got the winner for the home team after the keeper spilled a Rory Dunleavy free kick.
Goal Scorers Ballybofey: Calvin Bradley 2, Breen, O’Reilly, O’Brien 2, Ryan Duffy,
Gweedore Scorers: John Walsh 3, Jamie Reynold 2, Shaun Doherty.
Referee Joe Mc Hugh.