Donegal League: Cappry Rovers and Kerrykeel maintain 100% starts

Disappointment for Kilmacrennan and Castlefinn in Knockalla Caravans Cup

Donegal League

Action from Sunday's game at Emerald Park where Kerrykeel defeated St Catherines

There was disappointment for two Donegal League Premier Division sides who bowed out of the Knockalla Caravans Cup in the first round this weekend.

Kilmacrennan Celtic, going so well in the league, lost out at Fanad United, going down by 2-0. 

On Saturday night, Castlefinn Celtic were beaten 6-1 by Bonagee United of the Ulster Senior League - a side who have hit the ground running this season.

There was only one game played in the Premier Division of the Donegal League - Cappry Rovers defeated Kildrum Tigers 2-0.

In Division One, Kerrykeel hit four goals as they won 4-1 in Killybegs against St Catherines.

And in Division Two, three of the four games were drawn - Curragh Athletic were the only winners, defeating Glenree United 3-2.


Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division

Donegal Town P v P Drumkeen United

(No Report, match Postponed)

Cappry Rovers . . . 2 

Kildrum Tigers . . . 0

Cappry Rovers recorded an impressive win to claim three important points in an entertaining game played in ideal conditions at Cappry Park.

Cappry were on the back foot for a lot of the first half as Killdrum pushed forward in search of a goal but the Cappry defence held firm.

Cappry came more into the game in the second half and pushed forward more. Cappry made the breakthrough in the 61st minute when Alan Gethins scored following a cross from Dean O’Donnell. Alan Gethins got his second and Cappry’s second in the 63rd minute after he beat the defence to score following a cross from Brendan McLaughlin.

Killdrum introduced the evergreen Kevin McHugh in the hope of getting back to level terms. Cappry held firm to claim the three points.

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St. Catherines . . .  1  

Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. . . . 4

Kerrykeel were off the mark on three minutes as sloppy defending allowed Sean Little an easy tap in. 
Both teams played entertaining football throughout the first half with chances at either end but the score remained 1-0 at the break.

Five minutes into the second half, and against the run of play, a fine header from Paddy Carr made it 2-0 to Kerrykeel. On 60 minutes Patsy Friel increased the Kerrykeel lead when his rocket-like shot flew past Michael Mullin in the home net.

The Saints plugged away and Eoin Love drove into the box on 70 minutes and won a penalty which he neatly dispatched himself to make it 3-1 to the visitors. Evan Hewitt was hard to handle all day and got his reward on 80 minutes with a fine solo effort.
Paul Friel had a fine game in the middle of the park for Kerrykeel and Nathan Maxwell impressed when he came off the bench for the Saints.

Referee: Tony McNamee 

Kerrykeel manager Hughie Walsh keeping a close eye on proceedings at Emerald Park

Convoy Arsenal . . .  3  

Gweedore Celtic . . . 1

The home team opened their account on 8 minutes when Anthony Bogle slotted home after a great delivery from Johnny Robb from the left-hand side. On 35 minutes Bogle again struck a screamer from 22 yards when he stole the ball from the Gweedore defender to double the lead.

On 57 minutes the visitors came close when Michael Cutliff brought of a great save from the Convoy keeper after a Michael Roarty delivery. Then on 68 minutes Cutliff did get a goal back after heading home from a Colin Ferry delivery following a mix-up in the home defence.

In the 80th minute JP Malley extended the Convoy lead when he looped the ball over the keeper after gaining possession from Johnny Robb’s deflected shot. John A Kee and Johnny Doherty had consistent performances for Convoy while Cutliff and Roarty featured for the visitors.

Referee: Paddy Duffy.

Drumoghill F.C.  . . . 1 

Glenea United . . . 2

Sean Curran's late free kick clinched all three points for the visitors as Glenea overturned an early deficit after Ritchie Moore's early strike had given Drumoghill the lead.

Patrick Doherty got a hand to Curran's effort and can consider himself unlucky not to have prevented the ball from creeping over the line. 

Doherty's finger tips had earlier prevented Glenea from taking the lead with a wonderful save from Calvin Murray's super effort from 30 yards, so he can consider himself unlucky to end up on the losing side.

Drumoghill though will wonder how they let it slip after a first half of dominance. They took the lead through Ritchie Moore and could've been out of sight if it weren't for the efforts of Joe Coll in goals for Glenea. Coll denied Anthony Doherty, Liam O' Donnell and Jason Doherty before Glenea grabbed an equaliser after referee Con Mc Laughlin had spotted a handball and Ryan Mc Fadden made no mistake from twelve yards.

The second half was an even affair with both teams looking for the winner. Just when it looked like both had settled for a share of the points, up stepped Curran to win it for the visitors. 

Ballybofey United . . . 3  

Lifford Celtic . . . 0

This game, played at Dreenan, remained scoreless for the opening 45 minutes but Ballybofey found their shooting boots in the second half and recorded a comfortable victory over Lifford.

Jude Patton opened their account when he converted at the back post after the visiting custodian spilled the ball into his path on 50 minutes.

They suffered a setback two minutes later when they were reduced to ten men. It didn’t affect their dominance however, and they soon doubled their advantage. On sixty minutes an alert Niall McCloskey anticipated a short goal-kick from Lifford and he intercepted the ball before crossing to Damien Glackin who was well placed to score. Glackin got his second five minutes later when headed home a Brian Lafferty corner-kick.

Referee: Gerard Devine.  

Rathmullan Celtic . . . 2 

Letterbarrow Celtic . . . 0

Michael Deeney’s Hoops returned to winning ways with a comprehensive win over Letterbarrow with Reggie Miller and Kevin Doran scoring the goals either side of half time.

The Hoops took the lead on 35 minutes when their attacking fullback Miller went on a mazey run on the right wing before cutting inside the area and dispatched a daisy cutter into the bottom left corner of John Doherty’s goal for the only goal of the half.

The Hoops completely dominated the second half and should have had the game out of sight with chances not being converted, although Kevin Doran was unlucky after his strike came off the crossbar on 50 minutes following a fine cross in by Miller.

Doran was on hand to score on 70 minutes from a Brad Patterson corner as the Letterbarrow defence failed to clear the ball and Doran pounced to double the Hoops advantage.

Rathmullan were awarded a penalty on 80 minutes following a hand ball in the area but substitute Darragh Crossan saw his strike well saved by Doherty.

Referee: Seimi Friel.

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Gweedore United . . . 2  

Dunkineely Celtic . . . 2

This was a tight encounter played in perfect conditions in Gaoth Dobhair. The home side got off to the perfect start with a screamer of a goal from Stephen Doyle Mc Fadden after three minutes, leaving Emmet Kennedy in the Dunkineely nets with no chance.

Dunkineely were back on level terms in the 29th minute when a great cross from the right wing was met by Adrian Nesbitt who headed into the top corner from 6 yards. The home side had good chances through Mark and Ciaran Mc Fadden, however Kennedy in the Dunkineely nets did well on each occasion and it was 1-1 at the interval.

In the second half the visitors took the lead in the 56th minute when Emmet Kennedy, who was moved to striker at half time, tapped in from close range after a defensive mix-up. The home side pushed hard for the equaliser and it finally came in the 74th minute when a great pass put Aidan Griffin through to make it 2-2 much to the relief of the home side.

United hit the bar from a good free kick by Mark Mc Fadden and Jamie Kelly saved well from Griffin in the 85th minute.

Shaunie O’ Shea and Mark Hutchinson excelled for Dunkineely while Brian Gallagher was man of the match for United.

Referee: Liam McConigley.

Deele Harps . . .  1 

Lagan Harps . . . 1

In a game reversed to Manor the two Harps shared the points.

Deele started well and won an early penalty. However, Damien Mc Fadden saved Jordan Duffy's effort. Lagan took the lead when Ronan Carlin's cross was rifled to the net by Jack Canning, his first senior goal for the club.

Deele pressed hard in the second half but two superb saves from Damien Mc Fadden kept Lagan ahead. Aidy Gallagher then struck the crossbar before their pressure eventually finally paid off. Jordan Duffy seized on a poor free-kick before firing home from thirty yards. Ciaran Cunningham went close for Lagan late on with his free just clearing the bar.

Lagan’s best were Barney Meehan, Damien Mc Fadden and Josh Hay. For Deele Aidy Gallagher, Jordan Duffy and veteran Eddie Connolly stood out.

Referee: Sean O'Donnell.

Swilly Rovers . . .  1  

Whitestrand United . . . 1

A good positive start by the hosts, who took control of the early proceedings, led to a goal by Tyler Durning after a wonderful defence splitting pass from James Mc Cahill on ten minutes.

The game went to and fro for the next 10 minutes with very few penalty box incidents. A Whitestrand counter-attack then gave Sean Kerr a fine opportunity and he took full advantage on 23 minutes to level the scores with a clinical finish. 
After this the game got scrappy and neither side could get a grip on proceedings so the draw was a fair result at the end.

Glenree United . . . 2  

Curragh Athletic . . . 3

Curragh were quick into action and got their first goal in the 15th minute when they broke from the home side’s corner-kick and young Aiden Foster finished excellently from 18 yards.

Curragh got their second goal when a cross was delivered to the back post and Alan Sweeney nodded his header into the bottom corner in the 25th minute.

Glenree did get on the scoresheet after great build up play between Conan Brennan and Keelan Mc Groddy who teed up Eoghan Kelly who slotted it into the net with a tidy finish in the 37th minute. 

The away side got their final goal in the 42nd minute when Foster was on target again. 

In the second half Glenree steadied the ship at the back and started to get a bit of flow to their game. Daire Shields grabbed Glenree's second goal in the 83rd minute after a super cross from Neil Martin. Glenree gave their all in the closing minutes and nearly equalised when Conan Brennan worked some room 18 yards out and curled his effort just wide of the top corner.

Best for Glenree were Conan Brennan and Eoghan Kelly. Best for Curragh was Aiden Foster.

Referee: Brian O'Kane.


Glencar Inn Saturday Division One

Arranmore United 0 v 1 Donegal Town Reserves

(No Report Submitted).

Milford United Reserves . . .  1  

Kildrum Tigers Reserves . . . 1

Milford Reserves welcomed Kildrum Reserves to Moyle View Park on Saturday afternoon for what was a highly anticipated game in the Glencar Inn Division One.

The hosts found themselves ahead after 10 minutes. A sublime free-kick from Diggy Buchanan saw a powerful Ryan Campbell header hit the cross bar. Ciaran Blaney calmly crossed the rebounding ball to an alert Ryan Campbell who was on hand to turn the ball home.

Kildrum tried to get back in to the game with Lynch driving them forward but Milford looked the more likely to increase their lead.

Milford were unfortunately left to rue a number of missed chances before half time as Kildrum’s Michael Lynch showed why he is the main man for Kildrum. After conceding a free kick on the edge of the box, the Kildrum man hit a powerful right footed shot to Barry Gallagher’s left hand side which left the number 1 with little or no chance. 

Kildrum took their new-found confidence in to the second half and pushed forward but some impressive performances from Kevin Mc Gee, Raymond Friel & Ryan Flood kept them at bay on several occasions.

With the game fizzling out and both teams frustrating each other it was brought to an end with the result a fair reflection on proceedings. 

Fintown Harps AFC  . . . 1 

Strand Rovers . . . 2

Played at Pairc Achla, Fintown, at half time there was nothing between these two teams. In the 32nd minute Steven Boyle put the ball through to Odhran Doherty who put Fintown one up.

As the minutes ticked away Strand piled on the pressure and found the net twice in the last four minutes to win the game. After an outstanding performance from Fintown Harps they were unlucky to not at least draw if not take all three points from the match.

Glenea United Reserves  . . . 0 

Oldtown Celtic . . . 7

An understrength Glenea Reserves suffered defeat against a strong Oldtown side. The away side took the lead on 12 minutes when Chick McLaughlin converted a penalty. Oldtown continued to press in the first half and proceeded to add further goals from Luke Nelis with 2, Sean Clearly with 2 and Ronan Curran.

In the 2nd half Oldtown continued to press but were held at bay until the 80th minute when Johnnie Boyle scored with a fine long range effort. A spirited effort from the home side while Luke Nelis was best for Oldtown.

Glencar Celtic 2 v 4 Keadue Rovers Reserves

(No Report Submitted).

Old Orchard Saturday Division Two

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves . . . 2  

Dunlewey Celtic . . . 3

Kilmacrennan came racing out of the blocks, with Eddie Doherty scoring inside the first 5 minutes. The home side doubled their lead on 25 minutes from a corner, where Ryan McFadden headed the ball home from a Mc Elwaine delivery.

Dunlewey had a penalty on 30 minutes which was sent wide of the post, 2-0 half time.

Dunlewey got off the mark on 55 minutes when the Kilmacrennan keeper made a save, but the referee decided it had crossed the line. The equaliser came on 75 minutes when Lorcan Gallagher slotted home from 5 yards. Dunlewey scored the winner in the 86th minute with a 25-yard strike that ended up in the top corner. 

Ballybofey United Reserves . . . 0  

Drumkeen United Reserves . . . 5

Michael Guthrie has experience beyond his years and it showed when he had his side two to the good after ten minutes. That’s how it remained until the interval.

Ballybofey were better after the break but a penalty on seventy minutes offered the Drumkeen hitman an opportunity to complete his hat-trick. He was well up to the task and converted from 12 yards.

Drumkeen put a gloss to the scoreline in the last few minutes when they added two more. Aidan Martin got the goal of the game for Drumkeen’s fourth and Rory Craig got their fifth in the dying exchanges. It is a building process for Ballybofey Reserves however and they will have better days at the office while Drumkeen can mix it with the best on their day. 

Cappry Rovers Reserves . . . 2  

Cranford United Reserves . . . 1

The home side had a bright start to the game and took the lead in the 9th minute when Karl McGlynn found the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Cappry pressed and scored again through James Speight who headed home a Ryan McGee corner in the 18th minute.

Cranford didn’t give in and looked to find a way back into the game. They got the goal they deserved on the stroke of half time when Keith Buchanan headed home a corner at the back post.

The away side started the 2nd half strong and pressed to get level but couldn’t find a way through the Cappry defence. Cappry were dangerous on the break and almost added a third but Karl McGlynn’s effort went wide. 

Referee: Diego Rainey.

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves . . .  4 

Castlefinn Celtic Reserves . . . 3

Both teams took time to settle into their rhythm and it was Drumoghill who struck first when Ethan McCready seized on a defensive mistake to fire home.  Drumoghill scored 2 more goals in quick succession from Dylan Mc Elhinney and Mark Gibson and looked to be cruising.

Castlefinn dug in however, and played their way back into the game with goals from Reece Gallagher and Nicky Scott. Drumoghill started the second half well and made it 4-2 when Mark Gibson latched onto a great through ball from Chris Devenney and slotted home.

Castlefinn kept fighting and got their reward when Reece Gallagher got his second with 20 minutes left.  Castlefinn pushed for an equaliser but could find no way past the Drumoghill keeper Shane Duffy. Mark Gibson was best for Drumoghill and a good team performance from a young Castlefinn side.

Referee: Zach McLaughlin.

Copany Rovers 3 v 2 Drumbar F.C.

(No Report Submitted).



Glencar Inn Saturday Division One

Arranmore United 0 v 1 Donegal Town Reserves

Milford United Reserves 1 v 1 Kildrum Tigers Reserves

Fintown Harps AFC 1 v 2 Strand Rovers

Glenea United Reserves 0 v 7 Oldtown Celtic

Glencar Celtic 2 v 4 Keadue Rovers Reserves

Old Orchard Saturday Division Two

Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 v 3 Dunlewey Celtic

Ballybofey United Reserves 0 v 5 Drumkeen United Reserves

Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United Reserves

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 4 v 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Copany Rovers 3 v 2 Drumbar F.C.

Sunday13th October 2019

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division

Donegal Town P v P Drumkeen United

Cappry Rovers 2 v 0 Kildrum Tigers

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St. Catherines 1 v 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.

Convoy Arsenal 3 v 1 Gweedore Celtic

Drumoghill F.C. 1 v 2 Glenea United

Ballybofey United 3 v 0 Lifford Celtic

Rathmullan Celtic 2 v 0 Letterbarrow Celtic


Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two

Gweedore United 2 v 2 Dunkineely Celtic

Deele Harps 1 v 1 Lagan Harps

Swilly Rovers 1 v 1 Whitestrand United

Glenree United 2 v 3 Curragh Athletic

Knockalla Caravans Cup

Fanad United 2 v 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic F.C.

Bonagee United 6 v 1 Castlefin Celtic

Derry City Reserves P v P Milford United


Saturday 19th October 2019

Glencar Inn Saturday Division One K.O. 2p.m.

Strand Rovers v Arranmore United (1.00p.m.)

Glencar Celtic v Donegal Town Reserves

Keadue Rovers Reserves v Glenea United Reserves

Oldtown Celtic v Kildrum Tigers Reserves

Old Orchard Saturday Division Two

Copany Rovers v Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves

Cranford United Reserves v Drumoghill F.C. Reserves

Drumbar F.C. v Castlefin Celtic Reserves

Drumkeen United Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves

Dunlewey Celtic v Ballybofey United Reserves

Sunday20th October 2019

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division K.O. 2p.m.

Milford United v Castlefin Celtic

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One

Letterbarrow Celtic v Gweedore Celtic

Rathmullan Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.

St. Catherines v Convoy Arsenal


Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two

Glenree United v Gweedore United

Curragh Athletic v Whitestrand United

Dunkineely Celtic v Deele Harps

FAI Junior Cup K.O. 1.30p.m.

Carndonagh F.C. v Ballybofey United

Donegal Town v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.

Greencastle F.C. v Cappry Rovers

Kildrum Tigers v Kilmacrennan Celtic

Lagan Harps v Cranford United

Lifford Celtic v Bonagee United

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