first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports SundayBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town 0 Milford United 1This was a tightly fought affair between two teams in the bottom half of the table who desperately needed three points. Chances were few and far between in the first half. Donegal almost took the lead when Declan Browne’s effort was cleared off the line. It was Milford who got the breakthrough right on the stroke of half time. Gary Merritt ran onto the ball on the left hand side of the pitch and ran into the box before finishing low past the Donegal keeper. The second half was much the same and with few efforts from either team. Cappry Rovers 1 Cranford United 4Cranford opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when a mistake in the Cappry defence allowed Brian Mc Veigh in to score from close range. The visitors kept the pressure on in search of a second goal and forced a number of corners and were unlucky not to score.Cranford scored their second on the half hour mark when the ball was given away by a Cappry defender and Kyle Black nipped in to score past the diving keeper. Cappry had a chance to pull a goal back in the forty third minute through Brian Lafferty but his shot was cleared off the line. After the break Cappry increased the pressure on the visitors and they were rewarded in the fifty third minute when Brendan Mc Laughlin beat the off side trap to score. Cappry thought they had got an equaliser in the sixty first minute when Patrick Mc Nulty rose highest to score with a header but he was adjudged to have been offside.Cranford went further ahead in the seventy third minute when, following a free kick, Kyle Black scored with a shot to the corner of the net. The home team pushed forward in search of a goal but were caught in the eightieth minute when Kyle Black won the ball, beat the Cappry defence and diving keeper, to complete his hat trick and give Cranford a deserved win and three points. Team Performance from Cappry. Kyle Black and Ryan Mc Gonagle were best for Cranford. Referee: Michael Connelly.Watson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 A breakaway goal from Eddie Doherty on eighty nine minutes earned Kilmacrennan Celtic a fortunate three points in a game in which Curragh will feel they could and perhaps should have won. The away side started strongly and were one up after only three minutes when Timmy Burke slotted home. Jason Hegarty then saved well from Calvin Bradley’s free on sixteen minutes but it was Kilmacrennan who scored again on twenty one minutes when Gary Gorman stormed in to score. Michael Mc Laughlin then headed off the line from a Gerard Melaugh header as Curragh began to find their form and then Gary Quinn saw his shot parried away by Hegarty again. But if Kilmacrennan looked impressive early on it was the home side who took over in the second period with Calvin Bradley slotting home two penalties on fifty five and sixty seven minutes to leave the game all square. Curragh were in complete control now with Calvin Bradley and Gerard Melaugh dominant in midfield and the ever dangerous Colm Melaugh causing all kinds of problems for the Kilmacrennan rearguard. But the home side found keeper Jason Hegarty in the Kilmacrennan nets almost unbeatable as he saved twice in succession when Curragh were through one on one with him. Kilmacrennan are a good footballing side and Shane O’ Brien had to also be alert in nets to keep them at bay and although Curragh matched them throughout and could have won it after drawing level. The visitor’s experience told in the end to grab all three points at the death. Great game of football, well done to all involved. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Castlefin Celtic 3Castlefin Celtic kept their 100% record in the league intact but they had to fight all the way and to be fair the ‘71 will feel hard done by. The home team started the better and went in front on two minutes when Johnny Friel scored from a great Fergal Friel ball. Castlefin levelled on ten minutes when Emmet White scored direct from a free. Castlefin went in front on forty minutes when Ronan Tourish cooly fired home after great work from JP Malley. Kerrykeel pushed Castlefin all the way in the second half and had two great efforts cleared off the line on forty eight and sixty minutes and Marty Mc Ateer hit the crossbar from twenty yards after a great one-two with Mark Friel. The pressure finally paid off on eighty two minutes when a brilliant Kevin Loughrey cross was met by Johnny Friel who beat the keeper from six yards. Kerrykeel pushed for the winner however Castlefin won a free on the edge of the box on eighty nine minutes and JP Malley’s shot went over the wall and into the top corner. Referee: Mick Lagan. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Kevin Loughrey, Seimie Friel and Johnny Friel. Solid team performance from Castlefin Celtic.Keadue Rovers 2 Copany Rovers 0 Keadue Rovers kept up their good home form and stay in the promotion hunt with this hard fought win over Copany Rovers at Central Park. Conditions were poor throughout but both teams served up good fare. Copany were the best in the opening ten minutes with David Graham showing well up front and almost giving them the lead on six minutes. It took Keadue some time to get into the game. By the midway point of the first half Copany were still edging it and had an effort just wide on twenty minutes. The home side started to get more possession as the half went on. Keadue went ahead Adam Neely was pulled down and Martin Redmond slotted home the penalty. The goal lifted Keadue who could’ve increased their lead while all the time Copany were dangerous on the break. The home team made sure of victory six minutes from the end when Adam Neely’s cross from the left went into the far corner aided over the line by Sean Yank Boyle. Best for Copany were David Graham and Stephen Doherty. Best for Keadue were Adam Neely, Paul Yank Boyle and Martin Redmond.Referee: John Coyle.Whitestrand United 1 Gweedore United 1On a cold, wet day at Mc Garvey Park Whitestrand United took on Gweedore United. Both teams wanted the points and as a result the beginning of the game was largely played in the middle of the park. James Gallagher has a good shot that went narrowly wide. Gweedore also had a few shots but found Patrick Kelly in good form in the Whitestrand goals. The second half started with Whitestrand on the front foot. The first goal came when a Whitestrand player closed down the Gweedore keeper and the ball bounced into the net. Whitestrand deserved the lead but it was quickly levelled when a mistake by the Whitestrand defence led to a Gweedore player breaking through and slotting past the keeper. Both teams tried for a winner but it wasn’t to be and the game ended all square. Best for Whitestrand was Ryan Mc Cleary.CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 1 Dunlewey Celtic 0The home side dominated the game and created a momentous number of chances that they just couldn’t put in the back of the net. It was beginning to look like one of those days for Glenree until the introduction of Colin Gallagher who picked up the ball at the sideline and dribbled past four men to then unleash and unstoppable fizzing drive from 20 yards to deceive the keeper, who had a strong game. The home side were worthy of the three points but they were hard earned. Best on the day for Glenree were Martin Mc Bride and Gary (ban) Mc Clafferty. Team effort from Dunlewy Celtic. Referee: Martin CollBallybofey United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Ballybofey United will hope that they can move on from their disappointing early January form after finding their shooting boots against Letterbarrow Celtic in Stranorlar on Sunday afternoon. The veteran of many battles, John Gregg, got one of the Ballybofey goals as did Christopher Mc Brearty who scored on his debut. Added to these were a brace from David Whyte who is as good a marksman on his day as any in the division. Unbelievably Letterbarrow remain pointless in a season that has so far dealt them quite a few unfortunate hands while Ballybofey move into fourth spot and will rue the lost points as 2015 got underway. Consolation for both in the fact that there are still a good few matches remaining.Eany Celtic 5 Raphoe Town 3Eany Celtic got off to a slow start with Raphoe Town’s Keelan Gillen taking advantage and scoring a goal only 3 minutes into the game. Pauric McHugh brought the sides level on the half hour mark. Raphoe quickly took the lead again two minutes later after being awarded a penalty which Paddy Gallagher slotted past Eany keeper Gavin Mulreany. Raphoe weren’t finished there just minutes after the restart they scored again through Peter Mc Glynn. In an amazing show of team spirit Eany Celtic regrouped and clawed one back early in the 2nd half with Des Mc Groarty’s tight angle shot going in off the post. James Flynn’s goal shortly afterwards brought the teams level at 3-3. The Eany strikers showed their quality with John Rose and Paul Mc Groarty both scoring to finish off the game at 5-3. A wonderful victory for Eany Celtic in a thrilling game full of goals.Ulster Junior ShieldBonagee United 5 Cockhill Celtic Colts 1Garry Breslin put the visitors ahead on six minutes when he headed home a cross from the left past Barney Gibbons. Bonagee should have levelled the game on thirteen minutes when Shaun Crossan shot wide from six yards. Aiden Mc Laughlin made it one each on twenty minutes when he headed home a Garry Patton corner. Aiden Mc Laughlin made it two one on thirty five minutes when Larry Maguire played a great ball down the wing to Shane Kelly and his cross into the box was met by Mc Laughlin who hammered home from ten yards. Noel O’ Donnell made it three one on fifty minutes when Shane Kelly made a great run from the centre on the pitch and squared to O’ Donnell on the edge of the box and the big striker beat two defenders and shot home from twelve yards. Bonagee got their fourth on seventy minutes through Gary Patton. Peter Mc Namee got the final goal of the game on eighty three minutes when he was put through on goal by Mark Hunter. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Ulster Junior CupGweedore Celtic 3 Lagan Harps 0Gweedore progressed to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup following this home win. Although beaten by a 3-0 scoreline Lagan proved they are capable of playing at a higher level and they can concentrate their efforts on gaining promotion. Lagan nearly hit the front on ten minutes but Toner’s well hit drive from twenty yards was excellently saved by Chris Sweeney in the home goals. Dan Mc Bride and Damien O’ Sullivan began to take control around the middle and it was Mc Bride who put Gweedore ahead with a fine individual goal on 25 minutes. Damien Mc Fadden made two fine saves from Diver and Chris Mc Fadden but with one minute of the half remaining Gweedore doubled their advantage. A Jambo Boyle free on the edge of the box was headed home by Thomas Diver. The second half saw Lagan dominate possession without creating many clear cut chances. As the half wore on Gweedore’s defence made sure the visitors were kept scoreless and with 15 minutes remaining Diver put the issue beyond doubt after good work by Mc Kelvey. Best for Gweedore were Ciaran Ferry, Christopher Sweeney and Thomas Diver. For Lagan Damien Mc Fadden and Chris Toner were best. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleDrumoghill F.C. 5 Redcastle F.C. 0Drumoghill secured their passage to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup with this comfortable victory over Inishowen League high flyers Redcastle. First half strikes from Paddy Rafferty (2), Paddy O’ Loan and Richie Moore meant that this contest was over by half time in a game that the hosts dominated from start to finish. They should really have added to their tally after a host of chances were spurned in the second half but they finally did grab a fifth when Marcus Oliver completed the rout in injury team. Referee: Paddy MartinErne Wanderers 3 Quigleys Point Swifts 2Erne Wanderers hosted QPS in the Ulster Cup on Sunday at the Lakeside Centre and came out on top in a five goal classic. Eamonn Cleary nodded home with just four minutes left on the clock to seal the victory. The first half was a cagey affair during which both sides battled well and the goalkeepers kept the score-line blank. The second half was much the same with both teams trying to play through the middle. The breakthrough came on 65 minutes when Cleary and Ward worked the ball across to Spratt who struck a sweet shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner. The lead didn’t last long as Dean Barron latched onto a poor clearance from Erne and lashed it home from the edge of the box. QPS then took the lead on 75 minutes when Karl Donnelly tapped home from 6 yards after good work down the left. Barry Mulligan then equalised on 81 minutes when he headed home a corner. The winner came with four minutes remaining when a clever free-kick between Mulligan and Russell resulted in Mulligan floating a cross to back post for Cleary to bury a header into the roof of the net. Erne had to survive a penalty shout in injury time but referee Liam Farren wasn’t interested. A good contest hard fought by both teamsSt. Catherines 1 Glengad F.C. 4St. Catherine’s played Glengad in the Ulster Cup in Emerald Park on Sunday. On thirty four minutes St. Catherines almost took the lead when Christopher Murrin had a header at the back post that was blocked by the Glengad keeper. Five minutes later Glengad when ahead from a free-kick. It was two on forty eight before Jason Noctor had a chance to get on the score-sheet but his shot was saved by the Glengad keeper. In the fifty fourth minute two became three and three became four on eighty minutes, again from a dead ball situation. Jason Noctor responded immediately with an individual effort but Glengad progress in the Ulster Junior Cup.Downtown CupMilford United Reserves 2 Ramelton Mariners 2The spoils were shared in a closely fought encounter at Moyle View. Mariners controlled the game from the off with Milford finding it hard to retain any possession. Mariners failed to turn their possession into chances until Milford failed to clear and Corey Mc Cahill played a neat one two and finished past Enda McHugh. Milford were much improved in the second half and were rewarded in the sixtieth minute when Anthony Hegarty slotted home from the penalty spot after Lee Burke was brought down. Brandon Toye beat the offside trap to put the Mariners back in front with twenty minutes left. Hegarty got his second of the game from another penalty after a hand ball.Cranford United Reserves 1 Glenree United Reserves 5(No Report Received)Glencar Celtic 4 Mulroy Celtic 1Glencar’s new signing Cathal Gallagher broke the deadlock with a strike from the edge of the box low into the corner, the only goal of the first half. Shortly after the restart Brogan played a lovely through ball for Gallagher however the keeper was alert to the danger and cleared only for it to fall to Froggy who did very well to control the clearance and steer it in from 40 yards. Mulroy started the second half well but it was the Letterkenny men who struck again through a Jason Doherty penalty after a handball in the box. Glencar were awarded another penalty after Seany Houston played in Doherty who was pulled back and he converted for his second of the game. Mulroy pulled one back through Sean Coyle after a lapse in communication in the Glencar rearguard. Good team performance form Mulroy. Best for Glencar were the midfield duo Marty Brogan & Mark Graham.Orchard F.C. 7 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3Orchard got off to the perfect start on 10minutes when Barney Mc Menamin tucked in a great cross from John Boyle. They doubled their lead on 15minutes when Micheal Doherty turned well in the box and finished neatly. Niall Bonner scored his first goal of the game on 20 minutes after beating a defender and slotting the ball home. Drumoghill never gave up and after Carlos Rogers was upended in the box on 35minutes Micheal Lynch despatched the penalty. Drumoghill got their second 5 minutes later after Richard Tinney hit a great shot from the edge of the box which found the top corner. Orchard got their 4th goal on 44 minutes when Niall Bonner scored his second. Drumoghill started the second half well and won another penalty when Richard Tinney was brought down by an Orchard defender on 50minutes. Micheal Lynch got his second of the game sending the keeper the wrong way. Orchard got their 5th when Paddy Mc Laughlin on 55minutes scored a cracker which flew into the bottom corner of the net. Orchard really took control of the game and Micheal Doherty got his second on 60 minutes after beating two defenders and drilling his shot into the top corner. Drumoghill tried hard but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Niall Bonner completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute after turning a few defenders and tucking the ball past the keeper. Best for Orchard were Niall Bonner, Micheal Doherty and Chick Mc Laughlin, with a good team effort from Drumoghill.Curragh Athletic Reserves 1 Tullyvinney Rovers 2Tullyvinney started this game well with Mathew Grant scoring after just 15 minutes. Curragh were unlucky not to equalise when a Calvin Bradley shot was well saved by Nigel Hegarty. Tullyvinney scored again in the 30th minute though Joel Cromie. Curragh fully dominated the second half with Nigel Hegarty pulling off save after save. Curragh scored in the 75th minute, a brilliant free kick from Calvin Bradley. Curragh pushed for an equaliser but the Tullyvinney keeper proved unbeatable on the night.Drumbar F.C. 1 Fintown Harps AFC 2Drumbar started the brighter of the two teams and they dominated the first 45minutes. It took to the 41st minute to get the breakthrough when Caolan Loughney’s shot was too strong for the Fintown netminder. The second half continued in the same vein until Fintown were awarded a free kick for what the home team felt was a 50-50 tackle. A goal for the visitors was the result of the free kick. Soon afterwards another disputed free had the same outcome, turning the game on its head. That is how it ended and the home team can be happy with their performance against a team in the division above them even though the result went against them. Good team performance from Drumbar with Owen Harron, Conrad Clarke and Daniel Bennett outstanding. Team performance from FintownArranmore United 0 Strand Rovers 0Arranmore travelled for this reversed fixture to Strand Park where the points were split in a tight contest. Edward Mc Gowan went close from a corner for Arran early on but the majority of the play was in the middle of the park in the opening half. Both teams came out flying in the 2nd half and Strand sent ball after ball into the Arran box but Arran defended well. Declan Proctor twice came close for Arran and Chim Reynolds struck the post with 10 minutes to go. Daniel O’ Donnell then beat two men and turned inside and sent a curling effort which was destined for the far corner but a defender got his head in the way and diverted it. A point apiece here Referee: James Malseed.ResultsSaturdayDowntown CupMilford United Reserves 2 v 2 Ramelton MarinersCranford United Reserves 1 v 5 Glenree United ReservesGlencar Celtic 4 v 1 Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. 7 v 3 Drumoghill F.C. ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 2 Tullyvinney RoversDrumbar F.C. 1 v 2 Fintown Harps AFCArranmore United 0 v 0 Strand RoversUlster Junior ShieldMoville Celtic Reserves 4 v 2 St. Catherines ReservesSundayBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town 0 v 1 Milford UnitedCappry Rovers 1 v 4 Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 2 v 3 Kilmacrennan CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 v 3 Castlefin CelticKeadue Rovers 2 v 0 Copany RoversWhitestrand United 1 v 1 Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 1 v 0 Dunlewey CelticBallybofey United 4 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticEany Celtic 5 v 3 Raphoe TownUlster Junior ShieldCockhill Celtic Youths 3 v 4 Deele HarpsBonagee United 5 v 1 Cockhill Celtic ColtsUlster Junior CupAileach F.C. 0 v 3 Convoy ArsenalCootehill Harps 2 v 1 Kildrum TigersMonaghan Town 0 v 1 Glenea UnitedMoville Celtic 0 v 1 Rathmullan CelticGweedore Celtic 3 v 0 Lagan HarpsDrumoghill F.C. 5 v 0 Redcastle F.C.Erne Wanderers 3 v 2 Quigleys Point SwiftsSt. Catherines 1 v 4 Glengad F.C.FixturesSaturday 31-01-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United v Donegal Town Reserves (K.O. 1.30pm)Glencar Celtic v Glenea United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoRamelton Mariners v Mulroy CelticTullyvinney Rovers v Strand RoversDowntown CupErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCSt. Catherines Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Orchard F.C.Milford United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesSunday 01-02-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Drumoghill F.C.Rathmullan Celtic v Lifford CelticSt. Catherines v Kildrum TigersWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic v Gweedore UnitedWhitestrand United v Keadue RoversCopany Rovers v Lagan HarpsDunkineely Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoDunlewey Celtic v Bonagee UnitedEany Celtic v Raphoe TownLetterbarrow Celtic v Deele HarpsBallybofey United v Convoy ArsenalDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more