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Donegal Youth league reports

Donegal Youth league

The Champions Letterkenny Rovers got their title defence under way last Thursday but had to settle for a point at Central park against Rosses Academy, who themselves remain unbeaten.

Rathmullen Celtic are also on 4 points as they backed up last weeks draw with a resounding home win against Glenea United. Fanad United however are the early leaders as they won away from home for the second week running. Read more

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Donegal Youth league

Donegal Youth league

With the extended Christmas and New year break finally over, the Donegal youth league returns this weekend with 2 games down for decision, the game of the weekend however will be the meeting of Bonagee United and Letterkenny Rovers in the FAI cup 4th Round.

 

FAI Youth cup 4th Round.

Bonagee United v Letterkenny Rovers.   2pm

 

Dick Duffy Donegal youth league:

Glenea United v Fanad United.

Gweedore Celtic v Rathmullen/ Milford.

both 2pm

 

Bonagee United v Letterkenny Rovers.

Dry Arch park will be the venue when 2 old rivals clash for the right to progress to the national stages of the competition. Both teams will have been disappointed not to have played in the run up to the game, rovers haven’t seen any action since 13th December, while Bonagee last outing was the round 3 win over Merville United a week earlier. Liam O’Donnell’s men will probably start as favourites due to their lofty league position, but with the added incentive of a local derby Bonagee will feel they have every chance. Both teams have had contrasting runs to this stage, in round 1 Letterkenny made the long trip to south Sligo and beat Dromore Villa 7-1, while Bonagee were given a bye. Bonagee again recieved a free passage in round 2 when their opponents Yeats united failed to travel to the Cathedral town venue, rovers again beat Sligo opposition overcoming Manorhamilton 1-0 at leck view. In round 3 Ballybofey United forced Rovers all the way eventually running out 4-2 winners after extra-time. Bonagee slide past Merville United on the same day winning 2-0. Both managers will be hoping for a clean bill of health ahead of the game with key marks men Garbhan Grant and Chris Moran particularly crucial. The hosts will also need Marty Mc Ginty, lee O’Connell, captain Joe Mc Carron and Aodhan Canning in top form if they hold any hope of causing a shock, while ‘the Rovers’ will depend on Jaime Doherty, Thomas Mc Loughlin, Michael Doherty and captain Josh Mailey. Saturdays game will feel like a bit of a cup final and the first team to settle will probably win out, my hunch is Bonagee but i wouldn’t be surprised to see extra time or even penalties.

 

Glenea United v Fanad United.

The champions come in to this game 6 points behind the leader with 2 games in hand, so this game will is one they can’t afford not to win. Fanad aren’t to hot on their travels but will see the new year as a fresh start. When they have everybody available the tri a locha men are a match for the very best in the division, but i expect Glenea to pull out all the stops in defence of their title, starting with a home win on Saturday.

 

Gweedore Celtic v Rathmullen/ Milford.

Rathmullen/ Milford face another major test of their title credentials when they visit the Industrail park on Saturday, to play a Gweedore Celtic team who rarely don’t lose at home. That being said both Rosses Academy and Glenea United have picked up points there in the recent past. Indeed had Celtic won either or both of those games they may still be in the title race themselves. Rathmullen/Milford have only lost twice this season but tellingly both have come away from home in this part of the county, however they have passed all other tests this season and will need to pick up something from this game. The seasiders struck in the last minute to win the home game between these two and will need similar resolve Saturday.

Donegal Junior league soccer reports from the weekend

Donegal Junior soccer league reports

Saturday 28th November 2009   

Downtown Saturday League Cup Group 1:  

Ramelton Mariners  4 Fintown Harps  6

This league cup game started off as an even contest but by the end of the first half Fintown had raced into a 5-0 lead thanks to goals from Raymond Toner after 10 minutes, followed by a hat-trick from Darragh Gallagher and a close range finish from Anthony Walsh.

The second half started with mostly Mariner  pressure looking to get back into the game and they did so early in the half when Kieran Burke headed in a corner from Damian Buchanan. The home side kept up the pressure after this and scored again shortly afterwards when Kevin Coyle played Peter Brannigan through and he beat the keeper with a low drive. The same player scored again five minutes later from another corner from Damian Buchanan. Fintown made it 6-3 after this when Stephen Boyle scored on the break but the Mariners pulled another back when Peter Brannigan completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Kevin Coyle was fouled. Both sides had chances after this but neither were able to convert.

Team effort from both sides

 

Glencar Celtic 1 Drumbar United 1
Honours even but Glencar will feel they deserve more from a game they played so well in for so little reward.  The first half came and went with no scoring with Glencar ahead only on the playing stakes.  In the second half Glencar went ahead when Paddy Rafferty pounced on a loose ball that the Drumbar keeper failed to control after a shot by Hilley on 55 minutes.  Drumbar came into the game more after this chasing the equaliser but came up against a strong Glencar defence marshalled well by Prionnsias Diamond.  However, Glencar had a chance to go further ahead with a penalty on the 70th minute but Joe Callaghan got down well to deny Hilley with Mickey Molloy missing the follow up.  Drumbar got the equaliser on the 75th minute.  Glencar piled on the pressure but could not manage a winner.

Best for Glencar Prionnsias Diamond and Noel Gallagher.

Team effort from Drumbar.

 

Downtown Saturday League Cup Group 2:  

Gweedore Celtic Res 0 Castlefinn Res 1

In perfect conditions for football, Castlefinn collected all three points in an entertaining game of football at an Screaban.

The first half had very few opportunities in front of goal, with any chances coming courtesy of corners from both sides. Castlefinn got the break when Gweedore failed to clear a corner and the Castlefinn striker made no mistake with a thunderbolt to the top corner. Gweedore responded well but were restricted to long range efforts, with Sean McKelvee and Gerard Diver both failing to hit the target from distance.

The second half saw Castlefinn start the brightest, but the final ball let them down when they were in Gweedore’s final third. 10 minutes after the restart Gweedore started to press hard for an equaliser but like Castlefinn the final pass let them down. P. Turski found the back of the net for Gweedore but was flagged for offside. Soon after Damien Campbell shot narrowly wide when put through by Noel Diver. Gweedore nearly got the equaliser 5minutes from time when Cathal Boyle nudged the ball past the Castlefinn keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line.

Team performance from Both Teams

Ref John Ferry

 

Cranford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 0

In this switched game to Cranford it was the away side who started the brightest and they had a number of early chances from Ciaran Bonner and Johnny Nelius. Cranford were struggling in the midfield area and it took them until the 30th minute to create their first chance when Kevin Fisher broke the offside only for the Kilmacrennan keeper to be very alert and came off his line fast to produce a good block. The second half saw a much improved performance from Cranford and it was rewarded after sixty three minutes when Kevin Fisher did great work down the right wing and produced a perfect cross for sub Shea Coyle to head home. Five minutes later the home side extended their lead when Kevin Fisher latched on to a Conor Doherty pass and fired home an unstoppable shot from 20 yards. Kilmacrennan did push hard in the closing minutes but found the Cranford defence hard to break down.

Best for Cranford was Peter Gildea, Karl McIlhinney and Christopher McGinley. Team effort from Kilmacrennan.

Ref: Ronan Floyd
 

 

Downtown Saturday League Cup Group 3:

 

Donegal Town.2     Downtown Utd.2
This cup tie proved to be a thrilling affair with both sides having chances to win the game late on.
Downtown came storming out of the blocks and threatened to overwhelm Donegal in the first half hour but fine work by the Donegal defence and keeper Sean Martin kept the Letterkenny men at bay until the half hour mark when Marcus Oliver opened the scoring for Downtown and five minutes later they doubled their lead when Brian Murphy made it 2-0 after a goalmouth scramble. Donegal to their credit stuck to the task and very nearly scored when Gary Ward latched on to a through ball and lobbed the keeper only to see his effort headed off the line.
The second half was a different affair and a great comeback from Donegal. Downtown held their lead until the hour mark when super sub Ernest was sent on from the Donegal bench and his presence in the Downtown box proved to be the turning point in Donegal’s game. Only on the field five minutes he set up Mark Lyons for Donegal to make it 2-1 and with 15 minutes remaining he scored from close range to put the sides level. Donegal had further chances when Alan Happy went through one on one with the keeper but blasted his effort over the bar.
Downtown also had the chance to win the tie but failed to connect with several crosses and the game finished level. Best for Donegal were keeper Sean Martin and Niall Harvey and a good team effort from Downtown.
Referee P Martin.

Gweedore United 2 Milford United 3

This game played at Carrickboyle was a tight contest with the visitors leaving with all 3 points.
A five minutes lapse in concentration by the home team saw Milford go two up. The visitors went into the lead after 10 minutes when Floyd Murray broke the offside trap to shoot low into the bottom corner of Keller’s net. Five minutes later the visitors went two up after some poor defending let John Fleming through one on one with Keller in the United net with Fleming making no mistake. The Carrickboyle men began to play some nice attacking football after going two down and saw some good chances from Kevin Cassidy, Cathal Mulligan and Brian Gallagher, however the Milford defence did well to hold out until half time. The second half saw more of the same with the home side pushing hard to get on the score sheet. Their possession paid off on 58 minutes when Cathal Mulligan slid in from close range to tap the ball past the Milford keeper following a cross from Shaun Boyle to bring the home side back into the game. With Gweedore continuing to push to get the equaliser they got caught on the break with some good individual work and a good finish by Brendan Murray putting the game out of reach for the home side making it 3-1 to Milford. Gweedore got a second on 85 minutes when Cathal Mulligan headed home from close range following a good free kick from Shaun Boyle, however it was a case of to little to late. The game ended 3-2 to Milford with Floyd Manus playing well for the visitors.

Referee: Pat Murray

 

 

 

Sunday 29th November 2009   

 

Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure Premier League:

Drumoghill FC 0 Gweedore Celtic 3

Gweedore Celtic got their title hopes back on track with this deserved
victory over Drumoghill at the Moss. Second half goals from Conal Ferry,
Eamon McGee and Eugene McBride were enough to clinch the points in a game
where the first goal was always going to be crucial.

The first half was a very tight affair and although it ended goalless, both
teams will feel that they should have entered the break in the ascendancy.
Each side had one excellent chance each during the opening period, but both were
spurned.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors in the 12th minute and
came from the penalty spot. Owen McGarvey was instrumental in the build up
and his mazy run was only ended after Daryl Duncan was adjudged to have
upended him in the penalty box. However, Gareth McMonagle saved the day for
the Reds and dived low to his left to keep out Conal Ferry’s strike.

For much of the first half, the game lacked fluency in difficult conditions.
Both midfields cancelled each other out as the game developed into a
physical contest, although Drumoghill can take credit from the fact that
they did not let their opponents overpower them during the first half. The
lack of creativity meant that chances were few and far between but from one
opening that was created, Drumoghill can consider themselves unlucky not to
have taken the lead.

After good work from Shane McIntyre down the left hand side, he chipped to
the near post where Richard Tinney’s flick found strike partner Liam O’
Donnell, whose effort rebounded off the crossbar with McCauley helpless in
the visitor’s goal.

The contests significant moment arrived in the 55th minute as the visitors
broke the deadlock, and it was a super strike which did it. Eamon Ferry did
well to hold off the attentions of Gary Carr and Jonathon Wilson and slid an
excellent through ball into the path of strike partner Conal Ferry. Ferry
looked as though he would struggle to reach it but his outstretched left leg
managed to steer the ball into the opposite corner, as McMonagle advanced to
try and smother the ball.

Drumoghill had no option but to push men forward in search of an equaliser,
and in doing so left openings which Gweedore managed to take full advantage
of. From one such opening, they contest was settled with a second goal and this
time it was Eamon McGee that got it. He beat Daryl Duncan and Colin Watson
to McBride’s flick on and managed to steer the ball past McMonagle to find
the bottom corner.

Eugene McBride put the icing on the cake when he drove home Paul Curran’s
pass in the final minute to seal the victory. The scoreline might have
flattered the visitors but they were well worthy of all three points.

 

Milford Inn Hotel Division One:  

 

Deele Harps 1 Donegal Town 0

Both teams started brightly, however Deele Harps had the best chances.  Gavin Gallagher put a ball through to Shane Gallagher who was one on one with the goal keeper, however he shot wide. 

 

In the forty fifth minute Deele had a corner which Paul Lynch headed against the post. 

 

 

In the second half Deele started were they left off. In the 60th minute Seamie Gallagher was put through on goal and brought a good save from the goal keeper

 

In the 65th minute a long ball out of Deele defence found Shane Gallagher 25 yards from goal who shot and found the top corner of the net to leave the score one nil to Deele.

 

On the 85th minute Donegal Town had a good chance to level but a good save from the Deele Harps goalkeeper to keep it at one nil. 

 

 

Good team performance from Donegal town and Deele Harps.

 

Referee Martin Flanagan

CT Ball Division Two:  

 

Arranmore United 1 Rathmullen Celtic 5
 
Rathmullen got off to a good start in this one sided affair on the Island when after ten minutes Cormac Friel converted a free kick against the wind. Rathmullen kept the pressure on and after a defensive mix up from Arranmore, Rathmullen were awarded a penalty which was converted after twenty minutes. A lovely break from Rathmullen saw Niall Doherty finish with a beautiful strike that gave the Arranmore keeper no chance. Arranmore got one back just before half time through an own goal, but they couldn’t build any momentum in the game.
The home side played well in the second half but were caught on the break twice to leave the final score five one to the visitors.
Best for Rathmullen: Rory O’Keefe
Team effort from Arranmore
Ref Gerry Rodden
  

 

 

Raphoe Town    1 Curragh Athletic    6

 

Free-flowing Curragh Athletic overcame Raphoe Town on Sunday with a powerful second half display that saw them stun the home side who had led at the interval.

 

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze Raphoe had taken the lead in the 8th minute when Gerard McMonagle was upended and Peter Brolly made no mistake from the spot-kick.

 

After that Raphoe had chances but Curragh defended brilliantly and they always looked dangerous on the counter attack creating several good chances themselves.

 

They were back on level terms with a stunning strike from Calvin Bradley six minutes into the second half and where ahead just three minutes later when Damien Duffy turned home into the bottom corner following a clever free-kick.

 

Gerard Melaugh made it 3-1 to Curragh with a stunning free-kick to the top corner and stright from the centre man of the match Savlon nipped in to make it 4-1.

 

At that stage there was no way back for Raphoe and Savlon showed a brilliant touch to take the ball away from two defenders before tucking into the bottom corner.

 

Damien Duffy finished off the rout when he deflected a goalbound shot into the net to round off an excellent display from the visitors.

 

 

 

 

Ulster  Junior Cup
Cappry Rovers 1 Carndonagh F.C.2
Cappry Rovers made their exit from the Ulster Junior Cup in an entertaining game in Cappry Park when they were defeated by the odd goal in three by a strong organised Carndonagh team.
Play swung from end to end with both teams creating a number of chances but the visitors made the breakthrough in the twenty seventh minute when the Cappry defence failed to clear the ball following a corner and Brendan Tabb scored with a low shot to the bottom corner of the net.
The visitors kept the pressure on after this looking for a second but Cappry should have got on level terms when they had a number of chances from Kevin Mc Glynn, Malachy Martin and PJ Gallagher but good keeping and defensive work by Carndonagh kept them at bay.
Carndonagh got their second in the forty first minute when Andrew Doherty shot to the top corner of the net following a corner.

Cappry got a goal back in the fifty eighth minute when a through ball from Dylan Ramsey was won by Damien Glackin and he shot high to the top of the net over the advancing keeper.
Both sides created numerous chances after this but to no avail.

Team performance from Cappry
Best for Carndonagh Andrew Doherty, Kevin Kelly and Ronan Doherty.
Referee Ed Moore.
 

 

 

  

Keadue Rovers 5 Greencastle 2

 

Keadue continued their good cup form with a comprehensive victory over Greencastle. The home side could well have won by more with some good work by the Greencastle keeper preventing a bigger defeat. After an even opening few minutes Greencastle took the lead on eight minutes, when the ball broke to Stephen Bonner and he chipped the keeper from twenty five yards. Keadue, though started to get on top with front men Adrian Hanlon and Doalty Boyle combining well. From a Doalty Boyle cross on thirteen minutes Adrian Hanlon’s effort was saved from close range. Hanlon also had a header saved on eighteen. The home side continued to dominate despite a strong wind against them. Greencastle had a chance on the break after thirty three minutes when Stephen Bonners shot went close. On thirty four minutes Keadue should’ve equalised when Colin McCarron burst through but fired over from the edge of the box. Both sides exchanged chances before the break and in injuiry time James Boyles cross was met by Doalty Boyle with a diving header to make it 1-1 at half time. The home side dominated from the off in the second half with chances from Doalty Boyle, Brendan McGarvey and Adrian Hanlon. In the fifty eight minute from James Boyles free kick Raymond Sweeney rose to flick a header to the net to make it 2-1 to Keadue. Two minutes later it was 3-1, Doalty Boyle controlling from the edge of the box and shooting past the keeper at the near post. In the sixty fifth minute, the home side were completely dominant and Adrian Hanlon made it 4-1 with a low shot from twenty five yards. From the kick off though, Greencastle caught the home side and from the tip off their centre forward lobbed Corey Gallagher to make it 4-2. The game retained its pattern however with Keadue still posing all the threat and the game was made safe after seventy three minutes with the goal of the game. Adrian Hanlon receiving the ball with his back to goal, turning the defender and fired past the keeper to make it 5-1. Greencastle battled away and one final chance fell to them in the last few minutes, Keadues keeper Corey Gallagher denying the striker from the edge of the box.

Best for Greencastle were Michael Barr and Tom Casey, while Doalty Boyle, James Boyle and Adrian Hanlon impressed for Keadue.

 

Referee: Mick Lagan

 

Milford United 3 Rasheny FC 2

Milford overcame Inishowen side Rasheny in the  Ulster Junior Cup thanks to goals from Sean McHugh, Danny Gallagher and JJ Fleming.

 Milford fielded with out a few first team regulars and performed well with fringe players playing with a good tempo and hard work. Sean McHugh put the home side ahead in the first minute when he latched on to a through ball to slide past the advancing keeper. Milford went two nil ahead when a Danny Gallagher cross deceived the keeper and ended up in the net. Milford with a lot of pressure playing with the wind gave a goal away before the break when Nigel Black failed to clear and the visitors fired home. Playing with the wind in the second half Rasheny came in to the game much more but Milford’s defence stood strong and very hard to break down. With 15 minutes to go a great ball forward by Anthony Hegarty was knocked on by Gary Merritt for JJ Fleming to fire home. Milford missed a good few chances and sub Brendan Murray had a cracking effort from 40 yards hit the top of the cross bar. Milford gave a way a late goal when Christy McCafferty failed the clear for Rasheny to steal the ball and round the  quick dashing Milford keeper to tap home.

The visitors worked hard as did the home side with Hugo Hagan, Brian Peoples, Damian Casey and Gary Merritt outstanding. Referee Paddy Melaugh.

 

Ballybofey Utd 2 Glenea Utd 0

 

Ballybofey opened brightly with Joe Dunnion bringing a good save out of the Glenea keeper, Christopher Sweeney, on five minutes. The home team scored the first on 10 minutes when Chris Mc Daid netted at the second attempt after a corner from Ryan Carlin. Glenea came into the game after this and pushed hard for equalizer but didn’t create any clear cut chances.

The second came on 62 minutes when Bonar chipped the keeper after a free kick form Gavin Doherty. Glenea tried hard after this but good defending by the home team kept them at bay with Patton pulling of a great save on 88minutes.

Best for Ballybofey- Joe Dunnion and Gavin Doherty. Team effort Glenea.

Referee Victor Rainey.

                         

 

Lagan Harps 4 Gweedore Utd 0
 
Lagan progressed to the second round after a hard fought game with Gweedore Utd. Stephen O’Donnell opened the scoring on fifteen minutes when Paul Rodgers sent a long ball to Kenny Doran who crossed for O’Donnell to score. Playing with the aid of the breeze Lagan continued to dominate and Kenny Doran went close with two headed efforts. Lagan grabbed their second on forty five minutes when Stephen O’Donnell again found the target. His initial volley from a Kevin Kelly corner was headed off the line but he fired home the rebound. Gweedore upped their game with the aid of the breeze in the second half. Led by team captain Fionnain Diver they put the Lagan defence under sustained pressure. Lagan held firm due to the excellent performance of centre backs Seamie Peoples and Ronan Lennon. Just when Gweedore looked like getting back in the game Lagan grabbed their third. Stephen O’Donnell set off on a run down the wing on sixty minutes and his cross was expertly volleyed home by Chris Toner. Stephen O’Donnell then sealed the tie when he drove home a fine effort from the edge of the area, to complete his hat trick. Lagans best were Stephen O’Donnell, Seamie Peoples and Ronan Lennon. Gweedores best were Owen Ward and Fionnain Diver.

Referee was Packy Coll.

 

Kilmacrennan 3 Moville 4
 
Moville started the strongest and it took  a goal from Moville to get a reaction from the home side. Moville took the lead through Declan McGuiness on the half hour from a fine Joe Doherty corner. Kilmac sprang to life and scored two goals within the last five minutes of the first half. Gary Gorman scrambled the ball in from 3 yards after Eddie Doherty’s shot was cleared off the line. Doherty then got on the scored sheet right at the death of the first half after being put through by Timmy Burke, the striker coolly finished from twenty yards with just the keeper to beat.
Moville threw everything they could at the Kilmac defence for the entire second half and were rewarded with fifteen minutes remaining. Joe Doherty got onto the end of a Declan McGuiness cross and headed in from ten yards. The away side continued to press and scored two goals in quick succession. Ritchie McElhinney made no mistake from two yards after great work from Joe Doherty with twelve minutes to go. Doherty secured his brace two minutes later from twenty yards with a fine free kick. Eddie Doherty scored his second late on and set up a tense final three minutes. Kilmac thought they scored again right at the death when the ball had crossed the line from  a goal mouth scramble however referee Lawerence Duggan was blinded by the amount of players in the six yard box.
Moville march on while Kilmac must now concentrate on the league.
Team efforts from both.
Referee L. Duggan

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Saturday 3rd October 2009

Willy Duffy Division One

Gweedore United 0-2 Fintown Harps
 
Gweedore United suffered their first defeat of the season at home to Fintown Harps.In the 5th minute of the half Owen Ward came close for United as his shot went wide at the near post. It was a fairly scrappy encounter as the windy conditions didn’t help both teams to play football. In the second half Keith Ferry came close to putting the home side in front but the post came to the rescue for Harps. Fintown Harps took the lead in the 58th minute when Shaun mc Millan poked home from close range to give Harps the lead. Fintown continued to put pressure on the United defence and went two up on 83 minutes when Stephen Boyle took on the home defence and drilled home from 15 yards. On 85 minutes United got a penalty when Ward was taken down in the box, but Patrick “pudgy” Mc Gee missed the resulting spot kick with the keeper making a good save. Fintown Harps went home happy with all 3 points in the bag.
 
Best for Gweedore Patrick Mc Gee and Micheal J Mc Geever
and a very good team performance from Fintown Harps.
 
Referee: James Malseed

Glencar Celtic 4 Gweedore Celtic 2Glencar opened well with some good football leading to the first goal by Hilley with a shot inside the penalty box which was fumbled by the Gweedore goal keeper. This was a good open game of football from both sides. On the 30th minute Hilley got a second goal from the penalty spot. 10 minutes later Glencar were three up when Jerome Burke controlled the ball on the edge of the penalty box and scored with a low drive. The second half started with Glencar enjoying the bulk of play and from a 60th. minute corner Ruairi Kelly scored Glencars fourth goal in a goal mouth scramble. Things livened up on the 80th. minute when Gweedore beat the off side trap and Cathal Boyle scored.  On the 89th. minute Mc Garvey scored Gweedores second which was badly defended by Glencar.  But it proved too little too late after a spirited Gweedore performace who happened to meet a Glencar team on top form.

A team performance from both teams.

 

Kilmacrennan  Celtic 1 Dunfanaghy Town  2
 
Not much on show here for the spectators but an entertaining final ten minutes left both sets of supporters satisfied.
Dunfanaghy showed their intent early on when they punished slack defending with James McMullen given time and space in the box with twelve minutes played. The young striker made no mistake from ten yards and his cool strike found the back of the net to set the tone for the rest of the game. Dunfanaghy were first to every ball and dominated in midfield from start to finish. Kilmacrennan did have good spells in the first half but just couldn’t find that final ball. Their cause wasn’t helped when injury cut short Paul McLaughlin’s day in the midfield. McLaughlin was replaced by Daniel Conaghan, much to the annoyance of Barry “the ram” Nelis, who had to wait a further hour until he made his first start to the new season after a lengthy spell out of the squad after some poor performances towards the end of last season.
The second half started brightly with the home side trying desperately for an equaliser. Dunfanaghy weathered the storm and started to dominate once more. They went two up on the hour mark through Daniel McLaughlin. McLaughlin showed his dead ball abilities, curling the ball around the Kilmac wall and into the corner of the net from twenty yards. The game lost its spark for twenty minutes until Adrian Doherty was forced to make another change in personnel. Barry Nelis slotted into right back and Darren McGinely pushed forward to the wing. The change worked wonders and McGinley scored a peach from twenty yards with a first time volley with seven minutes remaining giving some hope to the large home crowd in need of some entertainment. Kilmac threw everything at the Dunfanaghy defence. McGinley was hauled down in the box deep into injury time, however, the referee somehow judged the foul to be outside the box even though McGinley was running out of the box at the time. The resulting free kick failed to hit the target and with it, the loss of any hope of picking up a point for the home side.
Best for Kilmac was manager Adrian Doherty who had his hands full all day retrieving the ball from the  Lurgy river close by on numerous occasions and twice falling into the cold river. James McMullan and Daniel McLaughlin best for Dunfanaghy

 

 

 

Glencar Inn Division Two

Ramelton Mariners  2  Tullyvinney Rovers  1

The Mariners started the stronger in this game played in Kerrykeel but were unable to break the deadlock from the chances they created, Tullyvinney came back into the game as the first half wore on but neither side was able to convert their pressure into goals and the first half ended scoreless.
After the break most of the pressure came from the home side as they tried to get the all important first goal and it arrive late in the half after good work by John Whoriskey and Redmond Doherty the ball was headed to the net from close range by Peter Brannigan. The Mariners kept up the pressure and doubled their lead soon afterwards when a corner from Damien Buchanan was finished to the net by John Whoriskey. Tullyvinney kept trying and were awarded a penalty in the last couple of minutes to make the score two one but the home side held out for all three points.

Team effort from both sides

Ref – M McGarrigle

Downtown Utd 5 Donegal Town 2

In windy conditions Downtown United came out on top on their first home game of the season against a strong Donegal Town side.  Downtown opened the scoring on the tenth minute when Sebestian Martins out paced the Donegal Town defence to a through ball to toe poke past the advancing keeper.  Donegal Town created numerous chances after this but it was Downtown United that scored again on the twenty eight minute when Marcus Oliver back heeled the ball home from six yards out.  Downtown United then extended their lead further on the thirty minute when Sebestian Martins got his second goal of the game when he drove the ball to the roof of the net from six yards out following a corner that Donegal Town failed to clear.  Donegal Town kept battling with the wind at their back and got their opener on the thirty fifth minute when Ciaran Reilly drove a unstoppable shoot to the back of the net form thirty five yards.The second half was a tight affair with both teams creating chances but it was Donegal Town got their second on the fifty third minute when Alan Kelly headed home from a free kick taken from the right side.  Donegal Town kept pressing looking for the equaliser but were caught on the break on the eighty minute when Marcus Oliver latched onto a through ball Eddie Moore and slotted into the bottom corner passed the keeper.  On the eighty second minute Marcus Oliver of Downtown United completed his hat trick when he out paced the Donegal Town defence and drove the ball to the back of the net to complete a good day for Downtown United.Best for Downtown United were Marcus Oliver and Liam Ferry

Best for Donegal Town was Ciaran Reilly.

Ref: Charlie Crerand

 

Drumbar Utd 1 Castlefin 4

A good win for Castlefinn at Drumbar in fine but blustery conditions.  Castlefinn opened the scoring with a good solo run down the right wing and fine finish from James McMennamin in the first 10 minutes.  Enda Brogan was then sent of for the home team after a late tackle.  Castlefinn made the most of their advantage to finish the first half three one ahead.  Drumbar battled well in the second half to restrict the visitors to one goal and the game finished with a well deserved four one away victory for Castlefinn.
Scorers for Castlefinn: James McMennamin, Dan O’Brien, David Stewart, Aidan Cassidy (og)
Scorers for Drumbar: John McElwaine 

 

Cranford Utd Res  2  Glenree Utd  1Cranford started brightly and were unlucky not to go ahead when Ian McElhinney hit the post with a long range free kick. Glenree’s best chances in the first half fell to Micky Boyce who had a few long range free kicks. Cranford then put the pressure on after halftime and deservedly went ahead when Karl McElhinney put Keith Buchannan through and Keith finished well from inside the box. Glenree then equalized with 15 minutes to go when Owen Mclaughlin scored from inside the box. Then with a couple minutes to go Cranford got the winner when Kevin Fisher scored with a good finish after sustained pressure from Cranford. Team effort for Glenree. Keith Buchanan, Peter Gildea and Paddy Shiels best for Cranford

 

Sunday 4th October

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

 

Dunkineely Celtic 1 Glenea United 0

A single goal scored eight minutes from full time was the difference between two well matched teams at Darney Park on Sunday. Both teams worked very hard throughout the game without causing either goalkeeper many problems. The opening half was dominated possession wise by Glenea with the impressive Paul Doohan dictating matters. Despite having the bulk of possession Glenea failed to break down the home defence. Their best efforts were from set plays with several chances being headed wide. Paul Doohan had a fine strike from twenty yards well saved by the keeper. Dunkineely were finding it difficult to beat the Glenea offside trap and were limited to a few chances during the opening forty five.

 

The second half saw Dunkineely have more possession and create more chances, again without seriously challenging the visiting keeper. A well worked free by Glenea saw Kevin Doohan fire just wide on the hour mark. Dunkineely also had a good chance from a set play when Christopher Sweeney tipped Pual Murrin’s effort over the bar. The only goal came on eighty two minutes when Andrew Mackey beat the offside trap and forced an error from the full back before sliding the ball past the keeper from six yards. Despite sustained pressure from Glenea in the closing minutes Dunkineely held firm to take three valuable points.

Best for Dunkineely were Declan Murrin and Rory Boyle while Paul Doohan and Paul Sweeney were best for Glenea.

Referee Victor Rainey

 

Gweedore Celtic  1   Lifford Celtic 0

This was very much a game of two halves with Gweedore having the upper hand in the first half with Lifford on top in the second half. The home side took the lead on ten minutes .A quick free kick by Paul Rua Mc Bride and Thomas Diver got in front of the keeper to head it into net. Gweedore should have been further ahead but Donal Coll and Thomas Diver missed two clear chances. The Lifford team used the offside trap to perfection and the home team were continuously being pulled up…

The second half was only a minute old when a Lifford corner was just headed wide off the post. Michael Mc Kelvey got his hand to another goal bound shot to tip it over the bar. On fifty minutes a break by Donal Coll  released Corny Gallagher and with only the keeper to beat  he pulled his shot wide. Lifford continued the pressure with high balls down the centre but the Gweedore defence dealt capably with all of them. Thomas Diver had another good chance on eighty minutes, after breaking the offside trap only for Lee White in the Lifford goals to make a fine save. Gweedore were glad to hear the final whistle.

Best for Gweedore :Thomas Diver,Michael Curran.

A team performance by Lifford

Referee :P addy Melaugh.

 Gweedore United 3    Eany Celtic    1
 
In this first home league game of the season Gweedore United collected all three points. The home side went at Eany from the word go and in the 3rd minute Johnathan Harkin started a good move up the left wing passing to Ciaran Mc Fadden who put Owen Ward through but Ward drove just wide. Two minutes later United went one up with another good move up the left side but this time Padraig Mc Fadden put Fionnan Diver through and he drove the ball into the bottom left corner of the Eany net. The home side continued to dominate with good chances from Owen Ward and Ciaran Mc Fadden. On 27 minutes the home side went two up when Fionnan Divers well struck free kick from 40 yards took a slight deflection off a defender and went in to the bottom right hand corner of the visitors net.
The second half saw Eany come more into the game with some half chances from Bary Rose and Seamie Cannon however the United defence stood firm. The home side played good football and on 54 minutes Fionnan Diver completed his hat trick when a good ball from Owen Ward put him through one on one with the Eany keeper with Diver making no mistake to make it three nil. The home side began to sit back and on 63 minutes Eany got their consolation goal when Seamie Cannon drove past Liam Mc Fadden from close range. Mc Fadden in the United goal produced two excellent saves near the end ensuring all three points for Sean Ferry’s men.
An excellent team performance from Gweedore with Fionnan Diver outstanding while Seamie Cannon and Barry Rose played well for Eany Celtic.
 
Referee: Joe Mc Hugh

Kilmacrennan Celtic 4  Milford United  2

 

This game had all the characteristics of a local derby, with Kilmac coming away with three points against a very hard working Milford United team.

It was Kilmac who started the best and were two goals ahead after fifteen minutes.  Philip Buchannon scored from the spot kick after Seamus McLaughlin was taken down by Milford’s Enda McHugh with eight minutes played. Kilmac soon found themselves two ahead five minutes later when Michael McLauhlin found Buchannon again and the big striker slotted into an empty net. To their credit, Milford came straight back at Kilmac and asked some serious questions of their defence. The influential Peter Doherty pulled one back for Milford with a classy volley from twelve yards after some scrappy play. Milford found themselves right back into the game again when David Curley headed in from a corner with 30 minutes played. The game continued at a frantic pace and on the final minute of the half, Gary Gorman put Kilmac back into the lead. Gorman rose highest from a well delivered Aidan Friel corner, giving the home side a precious lead going into the second half.

The high tempo continued in the second half with Milford throwing everything at the Kilmac defence. The game was stretched and a long ball from Liam McBride wasn’t dealt with by the Milford defence. The ball fell kindly to Michael McLaughlin who slid Eddie Doherty in to score from ten yards with sixty minutes played. Milford continued to press but couldn’t pull another goal. Kilmac wasted a host of chances in the final fifteen minutes but will be happy with their first win of the league campaign.

Best for Kilmac were Ruairi McGlinchey and Gavin Gorman with a team effort coming from Milford.

Referee P. Coll

 

 

Dunlewey Celtic 4  Drumoghill Celtic 3

 

As the Lisbon Treaty was done and dust for a second time Dunlewey entertained Drumoghill at Pairc Lunniagh on a wonderful sunny day with a game to match. The visitors settled very quickly and were unlucky not to get a dream start when Liam O Donnell latched onto a through ball only to strike wide. The game was keenly contested throughout the field with very little leeway for any man it was Daniel Cannon who brought style to the first half by getting a hat-trick. His first came from determination down the right wing beating  two players before cutting inside to score.  His second was a touch of class, Christy Cannon obtained the ball inside his own half released a cross field ball to Daniel who controlled it on the chest brought it down coolly before unleashing a rocket into the top corner of the net. His third one came just before half time, the home team broke quickly after a Drumoghill corner Eamon Cannon released a wonderful ball into the path of Daniel who made no mistake in finishing. Job done? no as Drumoghill came out all guns blazing in the second half with Chris O’ Donnell starting the comeback when he was left unmarked at the back to score. The visitors continued to pressure as the home team lost their shape slightly and changes were made to the team with John Cannon getting injured. The game was up for grabs when the visitors got goal number two Shaun Mc Daid finished neatly in the box. Now it was game on but the rattled home side composed themselves and settled and got their two goal advantage again. Daniel Coll whipped in a cross from the left which was headed out to  Christy Cannon who lofted a looping shoot over the keeper to score, a relief to the Dunlewey supporters. It wasn’t over yet as John O Cannian hit the post, before Liam O Donnell pulled another one back when the home team failed to clear their lines and Liam stepped in to score but it wasn’t enough as the final whistle blew. Team performances by both teams in what was an entertaining game all round with Dunlewey recording their first premier league win.

 

Milford Inn Division One

Keadue Rovers 1 Drumbar Utd 2

Drumbar Utd came away from Central Park with all three points after a dogged display. Played in ideal conditions Drumbar were a little sharper in the opening exchanges and went ahead after ten minutes when John McLoone made a run down the left and won his duel with Keadue’s Paul McGonagle and finished well to the roof of the net. The home side got to grips after fifteen minutes, Colin McCarron showing well in midfield and it was his well won ball which was fed through to Paul Boyle on twenty minutes who poked the ball past the advancing Drumbar keeper to level matters. The game became a little scrappy after that and it was all square at half time.

In the first few minutes of the second half Drumbar went ahead again, when after a free kick, Keadue keeper James O’Donnell grabbed the ball but appeared to be fouled in dropping the ball and Fergal Browne was on hand to drive the ball home from close range. Keadue dominated possession for the remainder of the match. On fifty three minutes Drumbar had a good chance on the break, with a chance just going wide, while a minute leader Keadue’s Adrian Hanlon was close from long range. Drumbar were defending resolutely while Keadue, despite having the lions share of possession, were disappointing on the final ball. Among the home sides good chances created were Paul Boyles effort on the turn on sixty seven minutes and James Boyles hooked effort on eighty five minutes was cleared off the line by a Drumbar defender. Drumbar will be pleased with a fighting display while Keadue will be disappointed not to have at least got a point from the game with the majority of possession.

Best for Keadue were Colin McCarron and Damian Hanlon while Shane Browne and Graham Herron played well for Drumbar.

Referee: Ed Moore.
 Lagan Harps 3 Bonagee Utd 0
Lagan started of brightly and on 5 minutes a great ball slipped through to Stephen O Donnell by Kevin Kelly was dispatched clinically to the back of the net by O Donnell as he beat the advancing Bonagee keeper. Bonagee pressed but rarely threatened the Lagan goal with a defence well marshalled by Ronan Lennon. On 15 minutes Lagan were denied a certain penalty as Chris Toner was brought down but to the amazement of the home support referee Paddy Duffy played on. Lagan were pressing hard to get the second and on 35 minutes were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal. O’Donnell set the ball down and drove the ball through the Bonagee wall and it flew past the Bonagee goalkeeper for Lagan’s second. Kevin Kelly saw a good effort well saved by Roy Duffy in the Boanagee goal. Lagan went in at half time the better side and deservedly held a two goal lead.
  
From the kick off Lagan sprinted out from the blocks and O’Donnell, Toner & Kelly all went close. Bonagee made three substitutions to try and get back in the game but never really threatened Mc Fadden in the Lagan goal after he replaced Blake who went off injured. Stephen O Donnell wrapped up his hattrick on 60 minutes after a great move starting with Mc Fadden in the goal, who threw to Kelly on the right wing he fed O’Donnell who beat two men inside out and found the back of the net with a great shot from an acute angle. Bonagee threatened without Mc Fadden having any saves to make. Shane & Oisin Kelly after been introduced for Bonagee livened things up with their pace but the game drifted away from Bonagee.
 
Stephen O Donnell on his home debut was outstanding for the home side ably assisted by Ronan Lennon at the heart of the Lagan defence.
Team effort by Bonagee
 
Referee Paddy Duffy.
 
 Donegal Town FC 2  St. Catherine’s 3

  

Donegal Town FC played a home game on the Hospital Field against St. Catherine’s FC, Killybegs.  A very tight and exciting game, with both teams providing great scoring chances and goals.  It was Donegal Town FC who opened the scoring on fifteen minutes of the first half by Jamie McCrea. The Town held onto their lead until have time, both teams have several great chances.  St. Catherine’s put on the pressure and there was an equalising goal from Gerry McCabe fifteen minutes into the second half.  Ten minutes later it was Killybegs man, Conal Molloy, who had the ball in the back of the net. A few minutes from the full time whistle Killybegs third goal came from Gavin Boyle, and just immediately, the Town got one back with another goal from Jamie McCrea.  Great Team performances from both St. Catherine’s and Donegal Town FC.

Referee: Gerry Gallagher

Castlefin Celtic 0 Ballybofey Utd 1

Ballybofey came away with a one nil away victory over Castlefin in Parkview on Sunday. Castlefin started the brighter but couldn’t create any goal chances because of a stubborn visiting defence. Castlefin were reduced to long range efforts from Ronan Tourish and Mark Lafferty which were saved by Chris Patton in the Ballybofey goals. In the second half Castlefin started the brighter again with Troy McCormick going close with a header which went narrowly wide. Ballybofey were dangerous on the counter attack and in the seventieth minute Maurice Lafferty shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Anthony Sweeney but Ciaran Matthewson followed up the rebound and finished well. Castlefin pressed forward for an equalizer but couldn’t find a way through.

Best for Castlefin : Mark Lafferty and Emmet White

Team effort from Ballybofey

Ref :Seamus Mc Croary

Copany Rovers 0 Deele Harps 2

Deele started this encounter much the brighter and created numerous chances in the first half, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping left the match scoreless after the opening 45 minutes.

Deele started where they left off in the second period, and hit the crossbar at the start of the second half, before scoring direct from a corner through Shane Gallagher on 50 minutes. Copany eventually rallied after this, and despite playing some good football, couldn’t break the deadlock, with Darren Kilpatrick spurning a glorious opportunity two minutes from the end.

Deele grabbed a second on the stroke of full time, when Shane Gallagher netted his second, slotting into the corner of the net following a defensive error.

Shane Gallagher was best for Deele, with Aaron Scott best for Copany.

Copany Rovers would like to thank todays match sponsors, Green Valley Foods.

 

Referee: D. O’Donnell

 

 

 

CT Ball Division Two

Curragh Athletic FC  5          Glenree Utd.   3

Curragh playing their first home league match of the season produced a decent display to record a good home victory over North Donegal side Glenree. It took only three minutes for the home side to open their account when Jason Sweeney drilled home a penalty awarded for a foul on himself. But Glenree responded quickly and were on level terms on ten minutes when Daniel Mc Groddy headed home a corner. The home team went in front again on eighteen minutes when Renato headed home from just inside the eighteen. But again the home defence were caught napping from a corner and Mc Groddy again found the net. However, right from the centre, Aquabson Viana made it three two when he finished neatly at the near post. Curragh increased their lead on the stroke of half time when Renato again found the net. The second half saw fewer chances but Curragh did increase their lead on sixty one minutes when Jason Sweeney scored his second only for Glenree to pull back a deflected goal on seventy two minutes through Marty Mc Laughlin. Best for Curragh were Brendan Boyle, Gerard Melaugh and Shane O Brien with Mc Laughlin and Mc Groddy best for Glenree.

Referee: Liam Farren.

 

Kerrykeel 71 Club    2  Rathmullan Celtic 3
 
The sun was shinning in Kerrykeel for this local derby which in fact was Kerrykeel’s fourth on the bounce.  The home side started the better with both Sean Callaghan and Johnny Friel going close with two efforts from the edge of the box.  Rathmullan, however, took the lead on the fifteenth minute when Niall Doherty broke down the right and finished well into the bottom corner.  Kerrykeel equalised on the thirty-third minute when a Shaun Friel free kick took a deflection of the Rathmullan wall sending the keeper the wrong way giving him no chance as the ball ended up in the bottom corner.  Rathmullan went in front on the forty-third minute when Kevin Mc Carry was sent straight through by Chippie Barrett. Kerrykeel looked for off-side but to no avail and Kevin Mc Carry rounded the keeper to slot home for the visitors.
Kerrykeel 71 upped the tempo in the second half with Kevin Loughrey and Tommy Mc Bride winning the midfield battle and Paul (Sonic) Coyle displaying great work on the right wing.  James Martin played Johnny Friel in with a great ball but the Rathmullan keeper pushed his shot onto the post to make a great save.  Rathmullan went two goals to the good on  the sixty-fifth minute with Rory O’ Keefe firing home from a Paddy Sheridan cross.  Kerrykeel made the most of the nail biting last ten minutes with Johnny Friel converting a penalty as a result of being taken down by the Rathmullan Keeper with two minutes to go.  A Cathal Martin shot then looked like a goal, however Denis Sheridan, again, pulled off a great save to take three points back to the seaside resort.
 
Best for Kerrykeel 71   Shaun Martin and Kevin Loughrey
Best for Rathmullan      Paddy Sheridan and Rory O’Keefe
 
Referee  Paddy Martin

 

McCormick Cup match reports with team photos

 

 

Gweedore Celtic won today after their Area final went to penalties

Match reports from today’s Brian McCormick Sports Cup area finals

Lagan Harps 2

Milford Utd 4

Milford Utd won the Letterkenny area of the Brian Mc Cormick when they won an exciting match in Orchard Park. Kevin Kelly gave Lagan the lead on two minutes with a fine strike from the edge of the area.

Milford equalised on five minutes when Kieran Mc Ginley scored with a great volley from twenty five yards. Lagan regained the lead on twenty minutes when Brian Bradley linked up with Kevin Kelly before firing home from the edge of the area.

Milford equalised again on twenty five minutes when some good work from Sean Mc Hugh put Peter Doherty through. Tony Blake pulled off a superb save from his first effort but Peter followed up to score. Milford went close on forty minutes when Sean Mc Hugh headed just wide. Milford then took the lead on forty two minutes when after a corner was dummied at the near post Mark Flood scrambled the ball over the line.

The second half continued at the same frenetic pace with Mark Flood heading just over for Milford on sixty minutes. Chris Toner then broke through for Lagan but was stopped by a superb tackle from Nigel Black. Lagan pushed forward for the equaliser and were caught on the break on eighty five minutes. Sean Mc Hugh crossed for Christy Mc Cafferty to slide home at the back post.

Best for Lagan were Kevin Kelly and Chris Toner.

Best for Milford were Nigel Black and Sean Mc Hugh.

Referee was Packy Coll.

Eany Celtic 4

Donegal Town 1

Eany_Celtic_Team_Photo - Copy

Eany Celtic (pictured left) won the Brian McCormack Sports Area Final in a keenly contested game at Eany Park. This game was closer than the final score suggests with Eany pulling away in the final fifteen minutes.

Donegal Town hit the lead on five minutes with a fine header from Darren Kelly . Eany worked hard and played fine football in the slippery conditions and got their reward when Paul McGroarty found space in the box and stroked the ball home on twenty minutes.

Eany continued to press and went close on several occasions, with the Donegal keeper making some fine saves. McGroarty used all his experience on forty minutes and scored Eany’s second to leave the half time score 2-1 to the home side. The Town upped the pressure in the second half and found the Eany defence unforgiving. On the hour Seamie Cannon went close with a header but the golden boot winner from last season was not to be denied, when five minutes later he latched onto a through ball and got Eany’s third .

Cannon scored again in the last minute to make the score 4-1. George McMullin presented Eany captain Mark Ward the Area shield .

A team performance form Donegal Town with Keeper McCafferty in fine form. A solid team performance from Eany Celtic.

Ed Moore refereed.

 

Gweedore Celtic 0

Glenea United 0

Gweedore win 3-2 on penalties

Gweedore Celtic won the area final on penalties

Gweedore Celtic won the area final on penalties

It took penalties to decide this derby match at An Screaban. The heavy conditions didn’t help and very few clear-cut chances were created in either half. Glena had the first chance after ten minutes when Ryan Mc Fadden blasted one over the bar in front of goals. A good run by Paul Gillespie was well blocked by the Glena keeper John Mc Clafferty.

The home team had a chance midway through the second half but again Paul Gillespie hooked the ball over the bar. A mistake by the Gweedore defence allowed Dean Gallagher in but he poked the ball wide. Hugo Diver was the hero of the day, saving two penelties.

Best for Gweedore were Seamus Mc Ginty, Joe Boner and Hugo Diver.

For Glenea Ciaran Mc Fadden had a good game.

Referee: Gerry Whoriskey

Brian McCormick Sports Cup Round 1 reports

 

Brian McCormick Cup Round 1 soccer reports

Brian McCormick Cup Round 1 soccer reports

Glenea United 2  Cranford United 1

In dreadful conditions for football, Glenea got their defence of the McCormick underway with a win over Cranford. Glenea started brightly and almost took the lead on 2 mins, when Lee Ferry went close with a header. Glenea dominated possession in the first half but were unable to convert it into clear cut chances. Cranford were finding it hard going against the home defence which had U15 Irish international Joe Coll making his senior debut in goals. The 2nd half continued much as the fist with Glenea having the lion’s share of possession but unable to convert it until the 60th min, when Anthony McCafferty’s long through ball was misjudged by the away defence and Michael Barry was on hand to head home. Cranford tried to get back into the game but were still finding it tough against the home defence. Glenea extended their lead on 75 mins when Michael Barry got his second after the Cranford defence were unable to clear the ball properly and Barry fired home from 10 yards. Cranford pulled a goal back on 85 mins when Shane Coyle headed home a corner, but Glenea held on for victory. Best for Glenea were Lee Ferry, Anthony McCafferty & Eugene Maguire, while it was a team performance for Cranford.Gerry Gallagher was the ref. 

Dunlewey Celtic 2 Gweedore United 1

The new season kick off with a very wet day at Pobail Scoil Gweedore where newly promoted Dunlewey entertained a quick flowing Gweedore United. As ever this local derby was keenly contested as both teams were looking to get their campaign of to a good start and it was Gweedore who started brightly with Sean O Donnell and Brian Gallagher controlling the centre of the pitch, but were well matched with Eamon Cannon and Sean Sweeney doing the same for Dulewey. The first major chance came from a Daniel Cannon cross which landed at the feet of Sean McCafferty only to shoot with, at the other end Kieran McFadden was unlucky not to find the back off the net after latching onto a Padraig Doyle pass only to be stopped by a last ditched tackled from John Cannon.

The second half opened up more as the rain had eased off all the players began to expresses themselves more freely and it wasn’t long till the break through, when Paul McCool executed a defence breaking tackled which Kieran McFadden captilized to score. This woke the home side as they began to find their feet again and got on level terms through Daniel Cannon. The home team continued this pressure and miss a number of good chances only to be denied by some outstanding saves from Liam McFadden in the Gweedore nets, but he was unable to stop a bullet-proof headed from Tommy Rodgers which gave Dulewey the lead, but it wasn’t all plain sailing after that as Gweedore never gave up with Owen Doohan and Sean Boyle coming close but the new partnership of John Cannon and Martin McCafferty held strong till the end. Best For Dunlewey Eamon Cannon. Best for Gweedore Sean Boyle. Referee Victor Rainey.

Kerrykeel 71     1 Lagan Harps     2 
  
Kerrykeel 71 F.C. started the new season at Rabs Park, Kerrykeel in terrible weather conditions.  The home team started the better with Colin Talbot and Niall Doherty winning the aerial battles.  Kerrykeels first chance came on ten minutes with a low drive by Tommy Mc Bride just edging past the post from twenty yards.  On the fifteenth minute Lagan Harps had a fine chance, however Chris Toners shot was tipped over the bar by the Kerrykeel goalie Shane “Dandy” Sandilands.  Kerrykeel took the lead on the thirty-fifth minute when Kevin Loughrey managed to beat the Lagan keeper after good work from Johnny Friel.   
The home side should have doubled their advantage on the sixtieth minute when Niall Doherty beat the off-side trap but the Lagan keeper stood firm to make a fine save.  Lagan levelled on the sixty-fifth minute when Chris Toner was fouled in the box and Kevin Kelly scored the spot kick.  The visitors went in front on the seventy-fifth minute when John Gallagher was played through by Chris Toner and his shot went straight into the bottom corner.  Kerrykeel never stopped trying, to their credit but found it difficult to break down a very good Lagan defence. Best for Kerrykeel were Shane Sandilands, Colin Talbot and Tommy Mc Bride. Best for Lagan Harps was Gabriel Crawford. Referee – Paddy Melaugh

Bonagee United 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1

Bonagee played host to Rathmullan, and the season curtain raiser in the first round of the Brian Mc Cormick sports cup. Bonagee started much the brighter, and deservedly went ahead in the 9th minute, when clever link up play involving debutant Shane Barclay and mark Hunter, resulted in the latter despatching a 25 yard shot to the Rathmullan net. Five minutes later Bonagee further increased their lead, when the industrious Shane Kelly picked out Mark Hunter and he cooly slooted home. Bonagee then made it 3-0, when the hard working Shane Barclay, after been released by Glenn Gallagher, was up-ended in the box, and Mark Hunter calmly stroked the resultant penalty past Rathmullan keeper Boyce for his hat-trick. Bonagee were rampant at this stage, and had further chances to increase their lead though Hunter, Barclay and Brian Crossan. Rathmullan were giving a lifeline, in the 35th minute, when a Bonagee player was penalised for hand ball in the box, and Niall Doherty tucked his penalty inside Phillip O Donnells right hand post. 
Rathmullan manager Mark Currans half time team talk certainly worked wonders, as they returned for the second half energised, with Chippy Barrett and Niall Doherty to the fore in most of their promising moves. Indeed a bit of more composure in front of goals would have saw them reduce the deficit. Rory O Keefe was also unlucky when after a fine solo run, his clever chip, just went the wrong side of the post. The Bonagee rear-guard held out for a 3-1 win, and an area semi final appearance against Lagan Harps. Best for Rathmullan were Shaun Barrett and Niall Doherty, while Shane Kelly and Phillip O Donnell were outstanding for Bonagee. Referee;  Paddy Martin.  

Whitestrand United 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 4

On a miserable and wet day at Whitestrand, the weakened home side, who were missing a few first team players were beaten by last year’s Premier Division champions. Sean Sandilands side went in at half time two nil up with a goal from Seamie McLaughlin and a rocket free kick from Rab Sandilands. Goals from Timmy Burke and ‘Mouse’ in the second half killed off the home side who battled hard throughout despite the lack of substitutes available. Whitestrand were well served by Paddy Martin and James Gallagher while stand in goalkeeper Jerry Roulston made a case for a full time position in goals. Kilmacrennan played well and only for a few dubious decisions by the Whitestrand pro, the result would have been much closer.

Ballybofey United 4 Raphoe Town 4 (Ballybofey won 4/1 on pens) 
 
A very enternaining game was played in very poor conditions. 
Ballybofey had chances early on in the game falling to Conor Doherty and Ryan Carlin however the Raphoe keeper Held out. Ballybofey took the lead from a corner put away by Stephen O’ Reilly. Raphoe came more into the game and got the equalizer through Gerard Mc Monagle after a good break from midfield in the opening minutes of the 2nd half. Raphoe were on top for the next ten minutes and Paddy Gallagher took advantage and scored Raphoes second. With time running out James Lynch broke through and got the equalizer for Ballybofey which forced the game to extra time. Within two minutes of extra time, Ryan Carlin broke through and was taken down for a penalty which was taken by Conor Doherty which put Ballybofey in the lead. In the 2nd half Raphoe never gave up and kept trying which paid off with a goal from Colin Laird. In the dieing seconds Raphoe came back with an equalizer scored by Emmet Kelly forcing the game to penalties, which Ballybofey win 4-1. 
The game was refereed by Paddy Duffy.

Donegal Town 1     Copany Rovers 0  
(After extra time)  
This opening match of the season in the Sportsmans Cup was a competitive affair. Both teams were hard to separate with Donegal having the better of the goal chances in the first half. On 10 minutes Stevie Cornin had a great chance but headed over from inside the box. Copany came back strong and on the half hour forced a fine save from the Donegal keeper Mc Cafferty.  
The second half started with Copany coming close on 5 minutes when a stray pass in midfield let in the Copany attacker but his effort blazed wide at the far post. Donegal responded well and had several good chances but failed to convert with Copany keeper Gary Ward pulling off a fine save from an effort from Terry Doherty. Both sides tried hard in bad weather conditions but failed to score and the game was forced into extra time.  
The first period of extra time was more of the same with both teams failing to find the net. Copany started the better and had two good chances to go ahead in the second period but Donegal broke the deadlock with a goal from Conor Mc Daid when he lobbed the keeper from close range with 5 minutes remaining.  
Best for Donegal T Doherty and Paddy Ward and Alan Mc Girr and Gary Ward were best for Copany . Referee S Mc Groary.
 

Curragh Athletic  2 Cappry Rovers  2 (AET)

(Cappry won 4-3 on penalties)

An equalising goal deep into injury time by Darren O Leary sent this tie into extra-time and penalties and also sent Curragh out of the Sportsman Cup. In an exciting game, it was the home team who started the brighter and deservedly went ahead on twenty two minutes when Sandros rose brilliantly at the back post to power a header to the back of the net. Jason Sweeney then almost doubled the lead on thirty four minutes, but his angled low shot was well saved by the Cappry keeper. Cappry came more into the game and O Brien in the home nets had to be alert on two occasions before the break. However, the second half was only four minutes old when Damian Glackin found the net after showing good control. Curragh again took control and both Bradley and Sweeney almost gave Curragh the lead. Curragh, however did take the lead again then on eighty eight minutes when Jason Sweeney got his head to a Michael O Brien free kick. But that late equaliser sent the game into extra time and penalties where Damian Glackin scored the all important penalty.

Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.