Match Reports Sunday 15th December
Jackie Crossan Premier Division
Greencastle FC 5
Carn FC 3
The home side had the opening chance on 2 minutes when Nigel McMonagle sent Jason Dickson into the area but he was denied by a Ryan Kelly tackle.
Carn responded with Cade Cooke firing wide before Brandon Browne fired just over from twenty five yards. Carn then took the lead on 16 minutes after Browne crossed from the right for Cooke to slot home from eight yards. Greencastle tried to reply with Stephen Grant firing into the side netting after a corner fell to him. At the other end Cooke saw a free kick saved by Dylan Doherty and Browne fired over the bar. The home side levelled when an Eamon Donnelly free found Michael Barr who scored with a fine looping header. But minutes later the visitors got back in front when again Browne broke on the right hamnd side and his pinpoint cross was headed home by Cooke. But Greencastle drew level on 38 minutes from the penalty spot after McMonagle fired low to Crossans left after Dickson was pulled back in the area. The final chance of the half fell to the home side with a powerful James Henry shot tipped over by Crossan. Carn regained the lead on the hour mark when Browne converted a penalty low to the right after he had been tripped in the area. Cooke then saw a well struck effort turned away by Doherty. But for the third time the home side levelled on 77 minutes when a David Heuston ball over the top released McMonagle to round Crossan and slot home. They then took the lead minutes later after Jason Dickson rose highest to head home Donnelly’s free. Greencastle sealed the points on 85 minutes after James Henry won possession he turned and released McMonagle who drilled low to the corner to complete his hat trick. Both keepers made excellent saves in the closing stages with Doherty denying Browne while at the other end Crossan denied Dickson.
Moville Celtic 2
Cockhill Celtic Yths 1
There were chances at both ends in an entertaining game with Michael McNaught firing wide for the home side before Puaric Skelly headed wide from a corner when he should have hit the target. Cockhill had half chances too with Mark McDaid firing just wide from the edge of the area and Seamus Houghton out quickly to deny Keegan Hegarty. Moville responded and a surging Caolan Doherty run saw him feed McNaught whose first effort was blocked and his follow up came off the post. Moville took the lead on 33 minutes when Mcnaught ran at the defender before releasing Doherty to drive an angled powerful effort to the net. Cockhill almost equalised on the stroke of half time but an Oisin O’ Flaherty effort beat Houghton only for Skelly to clear off the line. Cockhill had the first chance of the second half but Shane A Doherty firing wide when well placed. Moville responded and doubled their lead after Skelly fed Pearse Doherty whose diagonal ball find McNaught and he squared for Caolan Doherty to fire low past Michael Owen Doherty from the edge of the area. Cockhill upped the tempo and Houghton made a superb save from McDaid, Adam Mclaughlin drove wide when in a good position and then McDaid also failed to hit the target when he fired over from fifteen yards. Cockhill pressure told on 78 minutes when the home defence failed to clear substitute Darragh McDermott fired home from twenty yards with the aid of a light deflection. With Cockhill pushing hard Moville had chances on the break. Firstly substitute Conor Lafferty was denied by a brilliant point blank save from Doherty . The Lafferty robbed Doherty well outside his area but his first time effort from almost half way drifted wide. Cockhill had a late effort from O’Flaherty which Houghtin gathered to clinch the points.
Illies Celtic 0
Glengad United 4
Glengad started this game on the front foot and dominated possession with Terence Doherty firing two early efforts over the bar. They took the lead on 22 minutes after a deep Seamus Doherty corner was headed back by John G McLaughlin to paddy McDermott and his cross was hooked past Johnathan Noone by Terence Doherty. Illies tried to respond and when Paul Doherty advanced into the area his low effort was turned round the post by Kevin McLaughlin. Glengad had the last chance of the half when Stephen McLaughlin broke clear of the home defence but fired straight at Noone.Glengad upped the tempo on the restart and increased their lead on 54 minutes after a Christy Mclaughlin effort from twenty five yards flew into the top corner. Illies then spurned a good chance after a deep corner was headed back by paddy Doherty to Paul Doherty who headed straight at McLaughlin. Then Gavin Doherty broke into the area on the left and fired poorly wide when well placed. Glengad made it three nil after a scramble in the area saw the ball fall to Terence Doherty who lobbed the ball over Noone to the roof of the net. They added a late fourth after Christy McLaughlin beat a defender and fired high to the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
Strand Hotel Division One
Clonmany Shamrocks 4
Gleneely Colts 0
Clonmany were well on top in the opening half and on 16 minutes a Dean Harkin cross came off the face of the crossbar to Shane McCaul who returned the ball to Jason Devlin and his effort also came off the angle of the post and bar. Liam Hirrell then played in Devlin but his effort was well saved by Sean McGuinness.The Shamrocks opened the scoring when McGuinness parried a Steve Harkin header but Devlin reacted first to slot the loose ball home. They added a second before the interval when a quick throw in from Gary Doherty saw Hirrell advance into the area and drill a low shot past McGuinness at his near post. Clonmany continued to dominate after the break with Jason Devlin firing past McGuinness but also past the post.Then Oisin Hession ran onto a through ball and squared to Pearse McCarron but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Kevin Doherty. McCarron then got on the end of a Brendan Doherty cross in the 75th minute but scooped the ball over the bar. They eventually added a third when substitute Mark McLaughlin evaded a few tackles before his pinpoint cross was slotted home by McCarron on 86 minutes. Two minutes later Dean Harkin controlled a McGuinness clearance and fired an unstoppable effort to the top corner from twenty five yards. Gleneely had a late chance after substitute Darragh canny broke on the left and his cross shot had Patrick Harkin scrambling across his goal to turn the ball away.
Rasheney FC 1
The point broke the deadlock in the 5th minute when Darragh Gillen set up John McCloskey whose looping effort dipped over Kieran O’Neill. Rasheney responded and a long range John McLaughlin effort was held by Aiden Lynch before David McLaughlin saw an effort palmed away by Lynch. Lee Barr then saw a free kick saved by O Neill before Charlie Doherty for the home side saw his shot gathered at the second attempt by Lynch. The point ended the half well with McCloskey firing just wide before a mazy run by Caolan McColgan ended with his effort saved by O’Neill. Rasheney started the second half the better with Mark Diver seeing a shot cleared off the line by Deaglan Bowen before a Charlie Doherty through ball saw Lynch advance outside his area to kick clear from David McLaughlin. The point then had a good spell with Caolan harkin smashing an effort off the bar, Josh Boyle seeing a shot blocked and McCloskeys follow up deflected wide. Then substitute Oisin Burke drove narrowly wide from the edge of the area. Somewhat against the run of play Rasheney got back on terms on 79 minutes after David Mclaughlin fed substitute Cormac Dillon who outpaced the defence and slid the ball low under Lynch.The visitors responded and Ross Nicholas fired wide when well placed. On 89 minutes they struck for a crucial three points after McCloskey crossed for McColgan to hook the ball home from six yards.
Dunree United 5
Greencastle Res 1
Stephen Doherty’s side eased their relegation worries with this comprehensive win over the visitors. They opened the scoring with a fine low strike from twenty five yards from Philip Doherty past Jack McKenna in the 15th minute. They had another chance on 37 minutes after a Daniel McLaughlin cross found Conor Barrett but he fired straight at McKenna. Three goals in a fifteen minute spell in the second half ended the game as a contest. Firstly on 52 minutes McLaughlin nipped in in front of a defender to shoot high to the net. Then a Tomas Mulhern cross broke kindly for McLaughlin to sidefoot home from ten yards. Then on 67 minutes McLaughlin raced onto a ball over the top but was upended allowing Jamie Brosnan to convert the spot kick. The visitors to their credit battled back and reduced the deficit when Tom Heuston pounced inside the area to drill the ball low past John Lafferty. But in the final minute Dunree completed their scoring with a Shaun Doherty free touched home at the back post by Kyle Barrett.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two
Redcastle Res 2
Cockhill Res 1
The home side continued their recent good form and started well with Oran Farren breaking clear but denied by Sean Friel in the visitors goal. They had another great chance after Cianan Mulcahy broke through the visitors defence but again Friel saved. They did take the lead midway through the half after the Cockhill defence failed to clear a corner and Ryan Duffy fired home from close range. Cockhill came more into the game after this and equalised on 43 minutes when Damien Friel was allowed too much room and he unleashed a fine twenty yards effort low past Michael McCole to the bottom corner. Redcastle began the second period on top and Darren davenport fired wide when well placed inside the area. On the hour mark they regained the lead when Davenport broke on the right and his cross was met with a deft header from Terry McColgan past Friel. Cockhill dominated possession for the last twenty minutes but found the home defence in a resilient mood. Their best chance fell to Kevin McDaid on 83 minutes after the ball broke to him eight yards out but he blazed over the top.
Inishowen Engineering Division Two A
Moville Res 1
Dunree Res 1
Moville will feel that they created enough chances in this game to have sealed the points but they found Philip Doherty in the Dunree goal in inspired form. In the opening fifteen minutes both Conor Farren and Adam Harkin found themselves with a clear sight of goal but on each occasion shot tamely at Doherty. Dunree replied on 33 minutes with a long range David Eccles effort which was easily gathered by Ryan Coyle. Moville had the final chanceof the half and were extremely unlucky after a Christy McGeoghaghan effort crashed off the bar bounced up and off the bar again before being cleared as the half ended scoreless. Lafferty had the first chance for the home side on 53 minutes but Doherty made a superb save. Against the run of play on the hour mark the visitors stunned the home side when Eccles sent substitute Ryan Fitzpatrick clear and he slotted low past Coyle. The introduction of danny Murphy livened up the home side and McGeoghaghan , Kyle Harkin and Murphy all were denied by excellent saves from Doherty. They did get back on terms on 76 minutes after a Kyle Harkin cross was met by McGeoghaghan who fired to the roof of the net. Moville laid siege to the visitors goal but the closest they came was in the final minute after Lafferty laid a free kick off to Harkin whose powerful effort was brilliantly saved by Doherty to earn his side a point
Inishowen Engineering Division Two B
Carrowmena FC 2
Rasheney Res 1
After a couple of defeats the home side got back to winning ways at Tremone on Sunday in beautiful conditions for a game.A tight opening saw the first chance fall to the home side on 21 minutes when Declan McGuinness beat two defenders and saw his effort saved by Roger McGilloway. Carrowmena took the lead on 27minutes when Evan McDermott’s long ball from defence found McGuinness who raced clear and rounded the advancing McGilloway to slot home. But the visitors got back on terms before the interval when Brendan Grant crossed from the left for Marius Noone to shoot low past Mark Doherty from seven yards. Carrowmena started the second half the better with Samuel Bredin finding McGuinness whose first time effort was superbly tipped onto the bar by McGilloway. They took the lead again in the 57th minute when a Declan McDermott free was flicked on by Killian Dougal to McGuinness who rounded McGilloway to slot to the unguarded net. Rasheney tried to respond and Noone had a good effort well saved by Doherty. But Carrowmena had the last chance of the game after Bredin failed to hit the target when well placed.
Culdaff Res 10
Clonmany Res 0
Culdaff proved much too strong for a very youthful and inexperienced Clonmany side who but for the heroics of goalkeeper Cillian McCarron things would have been a lot worse. The home side opened the scoring on 4 minutes after Sean McGranaghan’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Ben Curley. Minutes later Damien Duffy fed Mark Doherty on the left and his superb pass into the path of Jack Mclaughlin saw him drive powerfully home from sixteen yards. McCarron then made excellent saves to deny Matthew Crampsey twice and McLaughlin before McLaughlin saw an effort from a corner crash off the bar. McLaughlin then corssed for Crampsey to slot home from close range before Mclaughlin drove another powerful effort past McCarron to make it five on 25 minutes.Crampsey completed his hat trick when he beat McCarron to the through ball to round the keeper and slot home. McLaughlin also completed a hat trick after he outpaced a defender and rounded McCarron to finish. Clonmany replied before the break with a Lee Coyle effort which drifted past the far post. After the break the visitors Tiernan McDonald saw a free kick well saved by Dermot Callaghan in the home goals. But the home side resumed in control and on 61 minutes substitute Patrick Mclaughlin raced onto a ball over the top and lobbed McCarron who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out. McGrenaghan then added number nine with a strong diagonal shot from fifteen yards. Another young substitute Darragh McCormick added the tenth and final goal late on with a good finish.
Donegal Signs Division Two Shield Semi Finals
Aileach Youths 3
Clonmany Celtic 2
Neil McElhinney’s side turned the league form on its head as they advanced to the final with a close hard fought win over the current league leaders.The home side took the lead on 11 minutes when Darren Bradley blocked a defensive clearance which then rebounded off keeper Kieran Friel back to Bradley to slot home. Clonmany replied and Alan Friel shot at keeper Ryan Fox when well placed before Dessie Doherty fired wide from the edge of the area. Before the interval Stephen O Donnell for the home side unleashed an effort which Friel saved well. The opening exchanges of the second half saw Benny hegarty fire over from twenty yards for the home side while at the other end substitute Karl Harkin fired a good effort narrowly wide. Clonmany equalised on the hour mark when Harkin converted from close range after the ball had broken nicely for him inside the area. Aileach replied and when Callum Porter squared to Bradley he somehow fired wide with the goal gaping. They regained the lead from the penalty spot on 73 minutes when Bradley fired high past Friel after he had been upended. Five minutes later they increased their lead catching Clonmany on the break with O’Donnell racing clear and drilling low past Friel. Clonmany upped the tempo pinning the home side back but gained a mere consolation in the final minute when substitute Niall McDaid headed home a Paul McLaughlin cross.
Illies Res 1
Carn Res 0
Illies started this game the better and from a Craig Doherty corner John Pio Donagheys header was superbly saved by Kyle Harkin. Ronan Hegarty then had another effort also saved by Harkin before the visitors responded. Before the half time break Aaron McCarron advanced and unleashed an effort which Kevin Gallagher saved well. The break through arrived on 55 minutes after good work by Alan Fletcher on the edge of the area saw him square the ball to Nathan Doherty to fire low past Harkin from twelve yards. They almost added a second when Donaghey fed Hegarty whose chip went over Harkin but McCarron got back to clear off the line. Carn finished the game strongly and after Declan McGonagle found Aaron Doherty his effort was well saved by Gallagher. They had a final chance to force extra time but Dermot Doherty headed over the bar from eight yards when very well placed.