Donegal Town look to take top spot in Division One

Busy weekend in Donegal League and FAI Junior Cup

Donegal Town look to take top spot in Division One
By Diarmaid Doherty @dgldemocrat

Donegal Town have enjoyed a steady start to the new Donegal League season and this weekend, they’ll go top of the Temple Domestics First Division if they can win at Bonagee United.

The match is one of only two games in that division. Indeed with the main focus of attention on the FAI Junior Cup this weekend, the league programme is pretty limited on Sunday.

Town have won four league games from four so far but their manager, Paul McHugh insists it’s way too early to be getting too excited just yet.

“We’ve only played four games,” he pointed out.

“We’ve had a great start, but at this stage, the league isn’t really a good indicator on how things are going. We played Keadue last Sunday and they are a very good side. It was 2-1 for ages and we were fortunate to get a third near the end.

“But I can’t believe that they’ve played five league games and are still without a win.”

After losing out on two play-offs for promotion last season, Donegal Town might well have a point to prove to themselves this year. And while it’s so far so good for McHugh’s side, he’s expecting another tough test against Bonagee this weekend.

“There’s no point in getting too carried away at this stage,” he said. “This is a tough division and you can’t take results for granted. Glenswilly proved that last Sunday.”

Town have plenty of experience and talent in their squad and McHugh, who is being assisted by Marty Byrne and Joe Rodden, has added Glenfin goalkeeper Liam O’Meara to his squad as cover for regular No. 1 Dermot McCafferty.

The other match in Division One on Sunday sees Glenree United at home to Gweedore Celtic.

In the CT Ball Division there are three games. With the leaders Ballybofey United not in action, Dunkineely Celtic can go joint top with a win at home to Whitestrand United.

Cup action

The FAI Junior Cup continues on Sunday and there are some intriguing ties scheduled, none more so than the all-Premier Division meeting of Milford United and Drumoghill FC.

Lagan Harps have been handed the toughest test, with an away match against cup specialists Glengad United.

Erne Wanderers, going so well in Division One, have home advantage against Drumkeen United and there’s one other all-Donegal League game with Cranford United hosting Glenea United.

Photo: Frank McBrearty senior of McBrearty’s Bar, Raphoe, pictured presenting Raphoe Town players Christy Bogle and Ryan McCullagh and senior team coach Shane Dolan with new playing kits for the club’s senior team sponsored by McBrearty’s Bar and by McBrearty Construction, Chicago.

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