Addidas Donegal Junior Football League
Saturday 3rd April 2010
Glencar Inn Division Two:
Drumbar United 1 Ramelton Mariners 3
Ramelton continued there good season at Drumbar with a good win. They were 3-0 ahead by half time with danger man Peter Branagan scoring two and another from a David Fisher free-kick. Drumbar came out much improved in the second half, pulling one back through John McAloone, and though they kept the pressure on Ramelton, creating chance after chance, they could not find the net to bring them back into the game. Best for Drumbar, John McElwaine and Enda Brogan. A good team performance from Ramelton.
Sunday 4th April 2010
Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure Premier League:
Dunkineely Celtic 0 Gweedore United 1
Dunkineely’s title ambitions suffered a setback at Darney Park on Sunday. Relegation threatened Gweedore took home three valuable points with a determined performance. Dunkineely started the game well and had the first chance when Adrian Ward made his way into the box but his shot was deflected for a corner. Gweedore took the lead on ten minutes when a twenty yard free from Kieran O’Brien deflected off the wall into the net. The home side continued to push and had a number of half chances without making the visiting keeper work.
The second half saw Dunkineely throw everything at Gweedore but they could not break down a well organised defence. Their best effort came from Declan Murrin whose thirty yard shot brought a fine save from the visiting keeper. Pauric Mc Intyre saw his header go just over the bar and Paul Mc Geoghan had a shot cleared off the line following a corner. Despite their best efforts Dunkineely could not find a way through to goal and Gweedore United ran out deserving winners.
Best for Dunkineely were Declan Murrin and Adrian Ward while Brian Gallagher and Joe Gallagher were best for Gweedore. Referee Ed Moore.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 Lifford Celtic 3
Lifford experienced bitter disappointment in the final minutes of this game as Kilmac fought back from three goals down to equalise in the final minute of the game with a superb finish from supersub Gary Gorman.
Kilmac started brightest and had most of the possession but could not get through a resolute Lifford defence marshalled by Dermot Shields. Lifford went three goals up in fifteen minutes of madness that Kilmac will do well to forget. The madness started when Damien Patton broke free down the left wing and produced a fine cross for Jude Patton to score with twenty minutes played. Two minutes later Damien Patton scored again as the Kilmac defence was caught flat footed from a Johnny Doherty free kick. On the half hour mark Damien Patton scored again, this time from the spot kick as Kieran Gorman handed the ball in box. Patton sent the keeper the wrong way with a cool finish to give the visitors a commanding lead. Despite this Kilmac regained control of the game and missed gilt edged chances from Phil Buchannon and John Doherty. Michael “Mousey” McLaughlin had the best chance of the half with five minutes to play from a fantastic through ball from Eddie Doherty. McLaughlin opted to shoot first time with a wild lunge and completely missed the ball and required medical attention as he somehow managed to knee himself in the jaw. With that, an incident packed first half came to a close.
The second half started at a fierce pace with the reigning champions not lying down. The comeback was started five minutes into the half when a Darren Toland cross found John Doherty at the back post. Doherty rose highest and produced a fine header which found Eddie Doherty to head home from close range however the ball may have already crossed the line. Eddie Doherty should have scored ten minutes later when he linked up well with Timmy Burke in the box but Doherty couldn’t get the ball from under his feet and Lifford goalkeeper Lee White was out quickest to smother Dohertys effort. Kilmac continued to press and Burke was instrumental in the final ten minutes of the game. Burke found Phil Buchannon free on the edge of the box and the front man struck home from ten yards. In the final minute of injury time Burke wrestled off three Lifford defenders to put sub Gary Gorman through. Gorman produced an unstoppable shot to break the Lifford men’s hearts.
Timmy Burke and Darren Toland were best for Kilmac with Damien Patton and Lee White best for Lifford.
Ref Paddy Melaugh
Milford Inn Hotel Division One:
Keadue Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 1 (Played Good Friday)
Keadue Rovers remain deep in relegation trouble following this defeat to Castlefin on Good Friday. Played in difficult, breezy conditions the away side were good value for their victory after a strong second half performance. In a hard fought and scrappy opening Keadue had the better of possession but no real chances were created until the twenty second minute when after a through ball Corey Gallagher lobbed over the bar with the keeper off his line. The same player again threatened five minutes later with an effort over the bar. Castlefin did have one chance before the break, Keadue keeper Ben Boyle with a good save. Into the second half and Castlefin had a chance on sixty minutes, Emmet White shooting wide. The home side made a number of substitutions midway through the half but Castlefin were getting on top after the hour and on sixty six minutes following a defensive mix up Damien McEnenay shot to the net from twenty yards. Keadue should’ve equalised after seventy four minutes when a deflected Benny McGarvey free kick found its way to Doalty Boyle but he fired wide from close range. In the last fifteen minutes the home side did get better possession but to no avail as Castlefin remained strong in defence. Best for Keadue were Paul McGonagle and James Boyle while for Castlefin Emmet White and Ciaran Brennan did well.
Referee: Victor Rainey.
Keadue Rovers 0 Lagan Harps 1
Lagan Harps kept their push for promotion on track with a hard fought win over Keadue at Central Park. In blustery conditions both teams tried to keep the ball on the deck and played some good football. Chances were relatively scarce in the first half with the home side’s best chance coming from an indirect free kick inside the area but the training ground set-piece went horribly wrong. The visitors opened the scoring on 40 minutes with John Gallagher converting from close range after Ben Boyle had made a good save from a free-kick. In the second half Keadue gradually got on top and were perhaps unlucky not to earn a point. Team effort from both teams with young Eoin Redmond playing like a veteran on his debut for Keadue.
Bonagee United 1 Cappry Rovers 1
Bonagee’s quest for safety took a knock last Friday night when they were held at home by Cappry Rovers. The home team started well and had a couple of chances before they took the lead in the 4th minute. Young Kevin Doran received the ball wide left and his pass to Mark Hunter allowed the latter to skip past his marker and sidefoot an effort past Gareth Patton into the far corner of the net. That lead lasted just seven minutes. A long ball out of the Cappry defence reached Dougie McFeely on the left wing, and his cross was dispatched to the net, via the post, by influential midfielder Dylan Ramsey. Chances were scarce for the remainder of the match, with both defences doing their job when called upon. Team effort from Bonagee, with Gary O’Loughlin and Dougie McFeely starring for the Ballybofey men. Ref Ed Moore.
CT Ball Division Two
Rathmullan Celtic 3 Letterbarrow Celtic 1
Easter weekend saw Rathmullan’s last home game of the season, in what was destined to be an Easter rising from earlier form in the season, the Celts had but pride and a good table finish to play for as they welcomed Letterbarrow to the seaside town. Played on Good Friday, it certainly wasn’t a bad one for Curran’s charges as they took an early lead from a fine Aaron Mc Clafferty header following a classic Paddy Sheridan cross on the left wing. Kevin Mc Carry was then twice denied by Letterbarrow’s John Doherty in goal in two separate one on one’s with the keeper. The Celts continued their dominance and doubled their lead when a quality cross from Gavin O’ Donnell was volleyed in with panache from the skipper Seany Barrett, to give him his first goal of the season. Just before the break, John Mc Grory volleyed an exquisite strike into the top corner from 15 yards to give the visitors a fighting chance at the break. Celtic’s manager Marco Curran, made changes at the break giving his young fledglings the opportunity to fly the nest and one such starlet Stephen Patton took full advantage by having the run of the season from inside his own half beating several players before creating the perfect pass for Aaron Mc Clafferty, who finished off a fine move form inside the area and secure all three points. The manager, in his first season in charge, may have felt the promotional egg was laid too soon but can be very happy with his new look fledgling side mixed with experience and despite the former great missing a sitter from all off 5 yards late on in the game, the gaffer knows promotion is very much fitting of this young side for the season ahead.
Best for Letterbarrow was John Mc Grory, while Stephen Patton and Paddy Sheridan played a big part in the Celts final home game with a fine win to boot.
Referee: Denis O’ Donnell