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Dunkineely Celtic 3 Glenea United 1
Dunkineely Celtic secured their first home league win of the season in this match which was reversed to Darney Park. The home team started well and were on the front foot from the first whistle. The first clear chance came after 7 minutes when Dermot Gallier broke down the left and crossed for Adrian Nesbitt who failed to connect properly.
Glenea were restricted to long range shooting in the early stages as the home defence dealt with everything thrown at them. Dunkineely took the lead on 23 minutes when Dermot Gallier was taken down in the box and Jason Armstrong scored from the spot. They added to their lead two minutes later when Adrian Nesbitt picked up a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area and beat two defenders before shooting home from ten yards. Glenea were reduced to ten men shortly before half time one of their midfielders was given a straight red.
Despite being a man short Glenea began the second half strongly and were rewarded for their pressure when they were awarded a penalty for handball on 54 minutes. Sean Maguire dispatched the penalty to the net. Glenea continued to press and had the home team on the back foot for the majority of the second half. Dunkineely didn’t seal the victory until the 90th minute when a low cross from Emmett Kennedy was deflected into the net by a defender.
Best for Dunkineely were Dermot Gallier and Declan Murrin while Sean Maguire and Geordie were best for Glenea.
Referee Kevin Logue
Deele Harps 4 Lagan Harps 1
In a game played in ideal conditions, Deele maintained their recent good form with this result. Deele started the brightest and their pressure paid off when they opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Shane Gallagher tapped in following a goalmouth scramble. Deele continued to apply pressure and they doubled their advantage on 25 minutes when a Lagan defender turned into his own goal from a corner. Just before half time Deele made it three nil when Shane Gallagher played a great through ball to Barry Curran who finished off a fine move.
Lagan came more into the game in the second half and created some chances and they eventually pulled a goal back 15 minutes into the second half, with a header from Michael Lynch from a free kick. Lagan continued to press forward but Deele killed the game off when they caught them on the break 5 minutes from time and made it four one when Shane Gallagher turned home a Barry Curran cross.
Team performance by both teams.
Referee: Joe McHugh
Gweedore Celtic – 2 Donegal Town – 1
In a closely contested game Gweedore will be happy to come away with all three points.
Donegal Town opened the scoring on fifteen minutes. A ball into the box was not dealt with by the home defence and Stephen Corneen scored from close range. Within a minute the teams were level. A high ball sent in from the wing by Eamonn Cannon sailed over the keeper’s head and despite getting his hands on it, he couldn’t stop it finishing in the back of the net.
Kieran McFadden had a chance for Gweedore on forty minutes after a mistake by the keeper but he recovered well to save the shot.
The home side put Donegal under sustained pressure in the second half and were rewarded on twenty minutes. Paul Gillespie’s cross across the face of the goal was turned in by the big Letterkenny striker Paul McDaid. Though both sides had chances in the last quarter, neither keeper was seriously tested.
Best for Gweedore were Paul Curran and Jamie Boyle. A team performance by Donegal Town.
Referee – Michael Lagan
Gweedore United 0 Lifford Celtic 2
In this match played at Carrickboyle it was Lifford Celtic who came away with all 3 points.
Gweedore started brightest and had the better of the opening exchanges and had good chances from Frank Mc Gee and Owen Ward but on both occasions they failed to find the back of the visitors net. Lifford took the lead on 20 minutes after a quick break saw the ball fall to James Mc Brearty who curled home from 20 yards. Lifford then went two up on 35 minutes when James Connolly rose highest in the box to power home following a good delivery from a corner. Gweedore could have pulled one back on the stroke of half time when Micheal Connolly found himself one on one with the Lifford keeper but the keeper pulled off a good save.
In the second half both teams were looking for that all important third goal but it didn’t come as both teams had plenty of possession without really creating any good chances, so the match ended 2-0.Best for Lifford was James Mc Brearty while Patrick “Pudgy” Mc Gee played well for United
Referee: Gerry Whoriskey
Milford United 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic 4
Kilmac took the lead on 37 minutes through Timmy Burke and doubled their lead two minutes later when Micheal Mc laughlin scored on the couter attack. Milford pulled a goal back before the break through Peter Doherty. Milford pushed hard in the second half looking for an equaliser but another defensive mistake allowed Eddie Doherty in to fire homes. Substitute Gary Gorman found space and time to strike home on 83 minutes. For Milford a team performance, best for Kilmac Timmy Burke.
Milford Inn Hotel Division One:
Ballybofey United 1 Glenree 0
A goal from Bernard Mc Menamin inside the first ten minutes of this match was enough for Ballybofey United to secure all three points in this division one clash at Finn View Park. Mc Menamin met Conor Doherty’s lofted free kick and made no mistake at the back post. The defences were on top for most of this match and chances were few and far between although the home side did create the better openings. Chris Mc Daid looked a threat when he ran at the Glenree rearguard but he couldn’t add to the scoreline. Match referee was Liam Farren.
St. Catharine’s 2 Drumbar 0
This game was played in good conditions in Emerald Park. Both teams started the game well and in the 16th minute the Saints were awarded a penalty when Daniel Breslin was fouled in the box. David Conwell stepped up and converted the penalty to put the Saints one up. Drumbar pushed hard in the second half to get the equaliser and were unlucky not to when they hit the post mid way through the second half. The Saints created chances to get the second goal but failed to make them count until the 89th minute when Daniel Breslin flicked on the ball to Ryan Ward who put the ball in the back of the net to put the Saints two up. Best for the Saints were Gerry Mc Cabe and Jason Noctor team performance form Drumbar.
Curragh Athletic 0 Castlefinn 1
A bright start by the home side saw some good attacks with Kevin Rafferty shooting over the bar after 8 minutes. Rafferty was involved again on 10 minutes, heading a corner back across the goal only for Shane Barclay to head over from close range. The first half became frequently interrupted by some tough tackling and offside decisions on both sides. Castlefinns best chances of the half came from O’Brien on 40 minutes and again on 42 minutes when he missed from 10 yards.
The goal came just after the restart when Castlefinn broke and found Ronan Tourish through the middle, who finished well. Tourish again came close on 50 minutes hitting the post. Curragh went in search of an equaliser and after sustained pressure felt that it surely would come. In fact after six corners in a row, Castlefinn might well have crumbled but some solid work by the visitors saw the home side off. A disappointing home result for the in form Curragh Athletic.
CT Ball Division Two:
Kerrykeel 71: 1 Keadue Rovers: 4
It was another home defeat for Kerrykeel as Keadue left Rab’s Park with all three points. The away side took the lead on six minutes when Adrian Hanlon beat the off-side trap and finished well. It was two nil on fifteen minutes when Brendan Boyle shot low into the bottom corner after poor defending from the Kerrykeel defence. Kerrykeel got back into the game on twenty five minutes when Niall Doherty slotted home from the penalty spot after Tommy Mc Bride was taken down. It was Kerrykeel who dominated after this and they were denied a stonewall penalty on the stroke of half time when a Keadue player handled on the line but to the home sides amazement the referee waved play on.
Kerrykeel started the second half the better but were caught on the counter attack and on thirty six minutes Adrian Hanlon got his second. It was four one minutes later as the Kerrykeel defence allowed Danny Duggan to fire home form six yards. Both teams had chances to score in the latter stages however, both keepers produced fine saves.
Best for Kerrykeel 71: Niall Doherty, Fergus Callaghan and Johnny Friel
Team effort form Keadue Rovers
Referee: Ronan Floyd
Copany Rovers 1 Cranford 2
Copany Rovers suffered groundhog day once again after falling to the odd goal in three defeat to Cranford in a sunny Autumn afternoon at Killowen Park.
Copany started the brighter of the sides and eventually took the lead on 20 minutes when James Walsh was first to react to a goalkeeping error from a corner kick. Cranford began to control the game in the last fifteen minutes of the first half but struggled to create chances against a stubborn Copany defense.
Cranford signaled their intentions in the second half with a free kick smashing off the post, and they equalised on 62 minutes when Johnny Nelis bundled home after being first to react to a breaking ball from a corner.
Cranford took the lead on 69 minutes, with what proved to be the winner, when James McFadden broke the offside trap and clipped the ball cleverly over the advancing ‘keeper.
Good team effort by the home side, with Mick Logue causing problems with his energy when moved further up the pitch.
Saturday 23rd October 2010
Willie Duffy Division One
Cranford FC Res 0 Dunfanaghy Town 2
Cranford started the game well and were unlucky not to go ahead when a Danny Mc Bride shot came off the cross bar after good work from Johnny Wilhare. Then Dunfanaghy went close with a good effort from Danny Langdon that went just wide. Then on the 20th minute Kevin Fisher rounded the keeper and his shot hit the side netting. Danny Mc Bride again hit the cross bar when the ball bounced out from a corner.
Dunfanaghy started the second half the better and had a couple good chances through Danny Langdon. Then Fisher broke free and was unlucky with his shot saved by Dunfanaghy keeper. Dunfanaghy took the lead when Barry Mc Ginley converted the penalty on 75th minute. On the 80th minute Dunfanaghy got the second with good finish from Paddy Toye. Team efforts.
Glencar Inn Division Two
Tullyvinney Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 3
After an even first fifteen minutes Castlefin opened their account when a high ball which came in on the left deceived Tullyvinney’s defenders and David Stewart scored from close range. Tullyvinney piled on the pressure but failed to break a stubborn Castlefin defence. The scoreline was 1-0 to Castlefin at half time. With Tullyvinney pushing hard for the equaliser Castlefin scored their second goal in the sixtieth minute from the penalty spot when the referee deemed a handball by a Tullyvinney defender and Dylan White scored from the spot. Five minutes later Castlefin were awarded their second penalty when Tullyvinney went down to ten men with a player sent off for handball on the goal line. Tullyvinney still refused to lie down and were rewarded with a penalty of their own but failed to score. In the final minutes of the game Castlefin scored a controversial offside goal to seal the game.
Fine team performances from both teams.
Erne Wanderers 5 Fintown Harps 0
With heavy showers and a cold breeze as the game kicked off this one promised to be a slippery affair. Both teams wasted chance after chance to go ahead in the early stages with one early chances even going out for a throw on the opposite side of the pitch. But after thirty five minutes Wanderers broke the deadlock with a Michael Dolan goal. The first half ended how it started with some more guilt edged chances wasted by both teams.
Wanderers started the brighter in the second half and within five minutes were three up after goals from Michael Bowering and Michael Ward. Ten minutes later Bowering made it four and fifteen minutes from time Val Murray scored a screamer of a free kick from twenty five yards to put the game to bed. Team effort from both sides
Donegal Town 4 Drumbar Utd 0
Donegal cruised to a victory in this local derby at the Hospital Field. The game started off as a tight affair but as time wore on Donegal gained the upper hand in all sectors and were justifiably in front on the half hour when Declan Browne scored with a header from inside the box. On 40 minutes Browne doubled his tally with a simple tap in after good work from Ciaran O Reilly on the right wing.
The second half was a similar story with Donegal surging forward looking for more goals and after 5 minutes Niall Harvey scored Donegal’s third to decide this local derby. Drumbar offered little in attack and the Donegal keeper was only forced into one fine save from point blank range for the entire game. With 10 minutes remaining sub Aidan Mc Fadden put the shine on a fine victory with a superbly struck goal from the edge of the box to make it 4-0.
Manager Rory Dunleavy was very pleased with the win and the style of football played.
Best for Donegal were D Browne and C O Reilly and for Drumbar keeper Browne pulled off some fine saves and B Mundy.
Referee P Martin
Glenree United 1 Mulroy Celtic 3
Glenree United got off to a quick start having some good passages of play and chances to go ahead. But it was the away team that got on the score sheet first through Michael Sweeney who finished well. Both teams were pushing for goals and Glenree were unlucky not to have equalised just before half time. In the second half Glenree had another good chance to get a goal back but it was agonisingly cleared off the goal line. Mulroy got their second goal of the game on the hour mark from a fine bit of skill from J.P. Malley who then slotted it home. Glenree were unlucky yet again not to have scored minutes later as they saw a shot bounce off the post and were then caught out on the counter attack when Paul Coyle fired past the keeper. In the last ten minutes Glenree finally got a goal from a header from Mickey Buchanon who was unlucky to have had a goal denied early in the game. Glenree pressed hard afterwards but were held out by Mulroy’s defence. Best for Glenree United were Neil Hirrell and Daryl Gibson. A good team performance from Mulroy Celtic.
Referee: Brian O’Kane