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DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgReportsBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division St. Catherines took another step towards the Premier Division Title with a good victory over Lifford Celtic in a keenly contested affair at Greenbrae on Sunday. Drumoghill stayed on their tails by defeating Milford United at “The Moss” but the smart money is surely that on the Killybegs men as we enter the business end of the season.Rathmullan Celtic 2 Donegal Town 2The Hoops welcomed Donegal Town to the Flagpole as the push for survival in the top flight intensifies with both sides needing three points but it was a share of the spoils for both who also finished the heated game with 10 men apiece in what was a busy afternoon for referee Kevin Logue at the seaside. The Hoops should have taken the lead in the opening stages with Niall Doherty and Ryan Connolly both guilty of squandering two separate one on one’s with Town keeper Paul Nealy. The Seasiders did take the lead however on 35 minutes after a long kick out from Mark Gallagher had the Donegal defence in disarray with Shane Barclay running onto the kick out and finishing clinically low to left of the advancing Nealy in goals. Donegal responded with five minutes of the first half remaining when their talismanic forward Jamie Whyte neatly controlled the ball before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the top right corner from 25 yards. The second half was a nip tuck affair before the Hoops regained the lead on the hour mark through their mercurial midfield maestro Alan Boal. Town responded once again and were awarded a penalty on 80 minutes after Whyte was upended inside the area. Daniel Mc Garrigle calmly finished the ensuing spot kick to set up a dramatic finale. Best for Rathmullan were Alan Boal and Terry Mc Auley. Best for Donegal Town was Jamie Whyte. Referee: Kevin LogueLifford Celtic 2 St. Catherines 4Killybegs hit the front in the 2nd minute as Shane Molloy latched onto a right wing cross. Lifford immediately hit back as James Connolly scored from 25 yards. Lifford should have went ahead when Darren Kelly went close on the half hour mark. Molloy got his and Killybegs 2nd as half time approached. The second half began with Killybegs’ Barry Rose finishing a fine move. Lifford battled hard to get back on terms but the Killybegs’ rearguard stood firm. Mc Guire and Connolly exchanged fine goals with minutes remaining to leave the final score 4-2 to Killybegs. Good performances from both teams.Milford United 1 Drumoghill F.C. 2This league game between Milford and Drumoghill was switched to Drumoghill after the overnight rain. Playing into a gale force wind the home side found themselves 2-0 up on twenty five minutes with Richie Moore and the impressive Chris Malseed causing Milford problems in the middle of the field. Ethan Mc Cready got both goals for Michael Lynch’s men. Milford pushed hard to get back into the game with the wind at their backs and had great chances through Joey Cullen and Johnny Logie. Caolan Mc Gettigan was outstanding in Milford goals to keep scoreline at 2-0 at the break. At the start of 2nd half Milford dug deep an put in a great performance against the wind but failed to hit the net until Joey Cullen headed home a Gary Merritt cross on 85minutes. Further chances fell to Peter Doherty, Mark Flood, Cullen and Gary Merritt but they couldn’t convert. Chris Malseed was Drumoghill’s best and Milford put in a team performance.Watson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic maintained their promotion push by defeating Dunkineely Celtic who look at this stage to be doomed to relegation although mathematically they can still survive in the middle tier of the Donegal Junior League. Copany Rovers also faltered on the road to Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. and another point post will almost certainly see the Ballykillone men return to Division Two after a year in Division One. Kilmacrennan Celtic 4 Dunkineely Celtic1Kilmacrennan Celtic started off strong in a game that was switched to Darney Park in Dunkineely. Kilmacrennan had a few chances but Dunkineely’s keeper John McMullen was on top form. This lifted the spirits of the Dunkineely men and they had a hand full of chances to break the deadlock but it was Kilmacrennan who scored first in the 43rd minute when Christy Connaghan hit the woodwork from a free-kick and the ball fell to Ryan Shields who slotted past a number of defenders. Kilmacrennan came out very determined for the second half and created a few chances. Dunkineely equalised in the 67th minute from an in-swinging corner delivered by Paddy White. This gave Kilmacrennan the shock they needed. Two minutes later they took the lead again through a goal from Garry Gorman. Kilmacrennan increased their lead further on the 83rd minute when a free kick was deflected and Kevin Mc Menamin made no mistake to make it 3-1. Dunkineely never gave up and could have scored on the 85th minute but failed to capitalise on an opportunity sending the ball over the bar.Kilmacrennan added another goal from Kevin Mc Menamin leaving the final score at 4-1.Best for Kilmacrennan: Aidan Sweeney. Best for Dunkineely: John Mc Mullen. Referee: Martin Mc Cafferty. Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 Copany Rovers 0In a game switched to Mc Garvey Park Kerrykeel recorded a fine victory over Copany Rovers. They got off to the perfect start on ten minutes when Marty Mc Ateer fired home a cracker from 30 yards. It was two on eighteen minutes, this time Kevin Loughrey latching onto a fine through ball from Cathal Martin and finishing well. The ‘71 made the points safe on forty one minutes when Mark Friel shot home from six yards following great play from Paul Gibbons. The second half was a tighter affair with Copany going close through David Graham and Stephen Doherty. Paul Gibbons added a fourth for the ‘71 on sixty minutes following a fine solo run. Marc Mc Hugh got his name on the score-sheet in the final minutes when he coolly rounded the keeper to make it five. Kerrykeel would like to thank Whitestrand United for the use of their pitch. Best for Kerrykeel: Paul Gibbons, Ciaran Mc Laughlin and Marty Mc Ateer. Team performance form Copany RoversKeadue Rovers 0 Gweedore United 7This match was reversed to Carrickboyle and Gweedore made the most of the home advantage. Languishing just above the play-off spot United could scarcely afford anything other than victory if they want to dictate their own fate. Hat-tricks from Frank Mc Gee and Ciaran Mc Fadden added to a Shane O’ Donnell strike gave them an important victory over a Keadue Rovers side who sit two positions above them in the Watson Hire Division One of the Donegal Junior League. This could prove to be a pivotal result in Gweedore’s quest for safety from the drop.CT Ball Division TwoConvoy Arsenal have been crowned as the CT Ball Division Two Champions for 2014 /’15. Victory over neighbours Raphoe Town on Sunday meant that they cannot now be overhauled with one League match remaining. Elsewhere in the Division it is between Raphoe Town and Bonagee United for the runners-up and play-off spots. With three games in hand Bonagee United are favourites to gain automatic promotion as they are only one point behind the Raphoe men.Dunlewey Celtic 0 Ballybofey United 4Ballybofey United travelled to Glentornan Park on Sunday morning and returned with three points that see them retain fourth spot in the Division. A brace from Damien Glackin and one apiece from David Whyte and Chris Darby secured the spoils for the Twin Towns outfit. Dunlewey have one match remaining while Ballybofey have two games still to play.Eany Celtic 2 Glenree United 4Glenree United moved into fifth spot with an away victory over Eany Celtic.The home team were always chasing this game at Eany Park as Glenree got off to the perfect start with Karl Mc Elhinney stealing in at the back post to put is side one up after five minutes . Despite the early setback the home side got stuck in and got back on level terms by the half hour mark when Pauric McHugh found the net with a fine strike from the edge of the box .There was only minutes left in the first half when Glenree hit the front again, Mark McBride found space in the box following a corner. Eany came out in the second half looking for the equaliser but a long ball over the top beat the off side trap and McBride got his second when his low shot beat Mulreany in the Eany goal. As the game entered the final quarter Eany pushed hard to get a goal back and their efforts were rewarded when Des Mc Groarty scored in the 85th minute. Eany pushed for the equaliser but were caught at the back by Arron Mc Cafferty for Glenree’s fourth. Referee John Coyle blew the final whistle when Eany restarted the game. Good performances from both sides in what were challenging conditions at timesRaphoe Town 1 Convoy Arsenal 2A sizeable crowd turned out to watch near neighbours Raphoe Town and Convoy Arsenal contest this end of season battle which was reversed from Deele College to Orchard Park.Having only returned to the junior ranks of Donegal soccer two seasons ago Convoy Arsenal have already tasted success by winning the CT Ball Division Two title. Led by the well known Ryan Carlin Convoy have been very consistent all season. Lee Guthrie put them ahead against Raphoe Town in the first minute of this local derby when he headed home Paul O’ Leary’s cross. It was two before the interval when Dan O’ Brien slid in at the back post to convert Darren Harvey’s cross which eluded Paul Carberry in the Raphoe nets. Convoy had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by match referee Vincent Mc Laughlin who instead signalled for an offside offence. The second half started better for the Raphoe outfit and they reduced the deficit after six minutes courtesy of Stephen Laird. The remainder of the game produced little of note despite both sets of players giving their all to deliver an entertaining affair. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin. League Officials Terry Leyden and Christina O’ Donnell were on hand to present the CT Ball Cup to the Joint Captains of Convoy Arsenal Jason Toner and Darren Harvey.ReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United 2 Donegal Town Reserves 0Arranmore ran out two nil winners against Donegal Town in windy conditions on the Island. Arran started the better controlling the play for large periods but Donegal tested the home keeper several times from distance. Chris Mc Glanaghey came close for the home side early on and he soon broke the deadlock after been set up by Martin Proctor. Donegal Town upped the tempo in the 2nd half but the home defence did well marshalled by Captain Danny Rodgers. Arranmore came close again when Declan Proctor saw his free kick superbly saved. Donegal Town could have grabbed an equaliser from a corner but their centre half fired wide. Arran got number two when, following confusion after an uncleared corner, Michael McHugh found space to poke the ball over the line. Donegal Town to their credit continued to play good football and did come close again but the home team saw out the game well. Best for Arran was Edward McGowan, team performance from Donegal TownFintown Harps AFC 1 St. Catherines Reserves 4In wet and cold conditions Fintown hosted to St.Catherines. Good work from Shan Mc Millan found Steven Boyle and he made no mistake in finding the net to give Fintown the lead. The celebrations were short lived however as St.Catherines found the net twice before the interval. There wasn’t much between the sides in the second half but the visitors managed to register again to emerge as clear 4-1 winners. Referee: George ClintonGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 1 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 2In a game which Milford should have won Drumoghill performed a real smash and grab raid. Milford dominated the first half creating numerous chances but when it came to scoring they never really tested the visiting keeper. The ball was in the net on the half hour but it was ruled out for offside. Drumoghill came into the game much more in the second half and took the lead with fifteen minutes left through Chris Martin from a corner. Milford equalised with a fine individual goal from Lee Burke. Milford pushed hard but conceded a corner with two minutes remaining and Chris Martin grabbed the winner.Mulroy Celtic 5 Drumbar F.C. 1Mulroy got back to winning ways courtesy of a resounding four goal victory at Tri a Loch. The first goal came through Seami Friel who followed up a saved penalty. He added a second when he pounced first on a free ball. The second half began with the visitors doing the pressing but a quick breakaway resulted in Michael Sweeney chipping the keeper form twenty five yards. Drumbar provided some resistance and they pulled a goal back with twenty five minutes left but Shaun Mc Govern chipped in with number four twenty minutes from time. Michael Sweeney capped a fine day for the home side dispatching well from twelve yards.Downtown Cup Quarter FinalsKeadue Rovers Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2Castlefin Celtic defeated Keadue Rovers in the quarter of the Downtown Cup at Central Park on Saturday to progress to the semi-finals. The game was played in decent conditions. Castlefin had a brighter start knocking it around well and creating a few half chances. The home team started to get a grip around the ten minute mark getting more possession and Adam Neely had a good effort just slightly wide on seventeen minutes. Keadue took the lead on twenty minutes when Conor Greene latched onto a loose ball and hit a good effort from outside the box into the left corner of the net. They remained on top for the next ten minutes moving it around well but not creating any chances of note. In the last few minutes of the half Keadues’ Adam Neely was through but he shot wide from an awkward angle. Keadue continued where they left off and could’ve put the game away in the first ten minutes of the second half. Castlefin eventually equalised on seventy minutes when Matthew O’Rourke’s free kick went low to the net. The last fifteen were even with no clear cut chances. Into extra time and it was Castlefin who stepped things up. After the first period which didn’t produce a chance Castlefin took the lead when Matthew O’Rourke pounced on a long goal kick to lob an effort into the net. Keadue pushed everything forward in search of an equaliser but Castlefin held out. Best for Castlefin were Matthew O’Rourke and Brian Dooher while best for Keadue were Adam Neely and Cian Boyle. Referee: Michael Mulhern.Orchard F.C. 3 Glenea United Reserves 2This cup quarter final was an open entertaining game with both teams playing good open football. Orchard opened the scoring on five minutes when Joe Mc Carron curled his shotto the top corner from thirty yards. Orchard extended their lead after ten minutes when Charlie Creevy slotted home form the spot. Glenea upped the tempo after this and forced Orchard back and they created numerous chances. In the fortieth minute their pressure finally paid off when a shot from Aodhan Ferry ended up in the back of the net. On the hour mark Glenea levelled the game with a shot from the edge of the box from Aodhan Ferry. Both teams gave their all until the end but neither could find the breakthrough. The game went to extra time and in the first period a quick free kick was controlled on the edge of the box byNiall Bonner and he slotted his shot to the bottom corner. Glenea pushed hard but Orchard hung on till the end. Best for Orchard : Barney Mc Menamin, Paddy McLaughlin and Niall Bonner. Best for Glenea : Aodhan Ferry. Referee : Joe McHughResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United 2 v 0 Donegal Town ReservesFintown Harps AFC 1 v 4 St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 1 v 2 Drumoghill F.C. ReservesMulroy Celtic 5 v 1 Drumbar F.C.Downtown Cup Quarter FinalsKeadue Rovers Reserves 1 v 2 Castlefin Celtic ReservesOrchard F.C. 3 v 2 Glenea United ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 2 v 2 Donegal TownLifford Celtic 2 v 4 St. CatherinesMilford United 1 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.Watson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic 4 v 1 Dunkineely CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 v 0 Copany RoversKeadue Rovers 0 v 7 Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoDunlewey Celtic 0 v 4 Ballybofey UnitedEany Celtic 2 v 4 Glenree UnitedRaphoe Town 1 v 2 Convoy ArsenalBonagee United P v P Letterbarrow CelticFixturesSaturday 04-04-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United v Glenree United Reserves (1 p.m.)Orchard F.C. v Donegal Town ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversKeadue Rovers Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Mulroy CelticSunday 05-04-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKildrum Tigers v Rathmullan CelticMilford United v Lifford CelticGlenea United v Donegal TownCranford United v St. CatherinesCappry Rovers v Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Copany Rovers v Castlefin CelticGweedore United v Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Deele HarpsBonagee United v Ballybofey UnitedUlster Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Drumoghill F.C. v Clonmany ShamrocksErne Wanderers v Cootehill HarpsDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 29th, 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