April 15, 2024

Listed below are all the outcomes and match stories from this week’s Donegal League, Voodoo Venue Cup and Brian McCormick Cup motion.

Monday 4th March 2024-03-03
Finn Journey Saturday Division Three
Drumkeen United Reserves 3 v 3 Bonagee United Reserves
A youthful Bonagee workforce began brightly and scored inside the primary 5 minutes. They obtained their second via an excellent end from a really tight angle halfway via the half. Drumkeen tried exhausting to get again into the sport however discovered the Bonagee defence in high-quality type. Owen Collum, Dabhan Doherty and Emmett O’ Boyle all had probabilities for the home-side. Sadly, for Drumkeen all three failed to seek out the again of the online which left it 2-0 to Bonagee at half time. Bonagee pressed exhausting within the second half and obtained their reward with a 3rd purpose via a ravishing end into the highest nook from 20 yards. At this level it might have been simple for Drumkeen to drop the heads however they fought again and obtained a purpose via an awesome workforce purpose, a ball down into the channel by Evan Dunleavy noticed Emmett O’Boyle going through down the Bonagee goalkeeper and he unselfishly squared to his brother Tiernan to faucet into the empty internet. A second quickly adopted as Emmett obtained his personal purpose earlier than substitute Jack Patton accomplished the very good comeback for the Drumkeen males with ten minutes left on the clock. Wonderful workforce performances from either side in a really entertaining sport in The Finn Journey Saturday Division Three. Referee: Seany Houston

Saturday ninth March 2024
Glencar Inn Saturday Division One
Arranmore United 3 v 0 Glenea United Reserves
On a vivid however breezy day at Rannagh Park, Arranmore obtained again to profitable methods with a complete win over the guests. The entrance 4 of Finnian O’Donnell, Paul Early, Damian Weber and John Roper all brought on issues early on and it was Damian who opened the scoring. Glenn O’Donnell whipped a free kick into the field and Weber was on the again put up to complete. Not lengthy after the second purpose got here direct from a nook kick which was taken by Roper and flew straight in previous Shaun Mc Clafferty within the Glenea purpose. Arranmore went into the break 2-0 up and shortly after half time they obtained their third. John Roper was performed in however his shot was saved and Finnian O’Donnell was readily available to attain a well-deserved purpose.
Workforce efficiency from either side. Referee: George Clinton

Outdated Orchard Saturday Division Two
Cranford United Reserves 1 v 1 Copany Rovers
A share of the spoils in Cranford Park with either side failing to discover a winner. Cranford began the strongest and have been creating a lot of the probabilities and went one up after 35 minutes when Domhnaill Sweeney completed effectively in to the underside nook. Copany virtually equalised earlier than half time however have been denied by save from Dean Fleming. It was even within the second half with either side creating probabilities and Copany levelled with twenty minutes to go. Cranford pushed exhausting for the winner and had a lot of the possession and probabilities however couldn’t discover the online.

Voodoo Venue Cup
Ballybofey United Reserves 4 v 3 Erne Wanderers
The primary few possibilities of the sport got here to Erne, the primary was dragged large whereas the second was fired over the bar. Ballybofey scored the primary purpose of the sport when Shane Carlin fired house from the spot. Erne equalised shortly after with a scrappy purpose from nook. Ballybofey then made a goal-line clearance to maintain the sport degree. Erne then took the lead from a set-piece. On the stroke of half time Kieran Thompson had a long-range free-kick that went over everyone and into the Erne internet to ship the edges in degree on the break. Within the second-half Oran Gallen and Kieran Thompson mixed effectively with little bit of play however Thompson’s effort was saved by keeper. Oran Gallen gained yet one more penalty and it was Shane Carlin once more who stepped as much as put Ballybofey 3-2 forward. Kieran Thompson doubled Ballybofey’s lead when he pounced on a free ball within the field. Erne pulled one again from a nook making it 4-3. For the final half hour Erne piled on the strain however the Ballybofey defence consisting of Daniel Crawford, Dean Walsh, Michael Scully, Cian Thompson and Odhran Byrne have been effectively as much as the problem.

Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 3 Bonagee United Reserves
(No Report Submitted)

Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 5 v 3 Kildrum Tigers Reserves
(a.e.t. and Penalties)
Ryan Lockhart was the hero for Drumoghill, saving two penalties within the shootout as Drumoghill superior within the Voodoo Cup. The sport ended 1-1 after full time and further time with each groups enjoying some first rate soccer all through. The primary half began with Kildrum having a lot of the possession with Drumoghill completely satisfied to sit down in and counter assault and it was from one such assault that Drumoghill took the lead when Conor Gallagher raced via to place Drumoghill forward on 60 minutes. Kildrum equalised with a header off the put up on 75 minutes. Drumoghill although prevailed within the shootout.

Gweedore Celtic Reserves 0 v 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves
Keadue Rovers obtained the higher hand on Gweedore Celtic on this very tight Voodoo Cup tie performed in good situations at An Screabán. Two late targets assured Rovers’ passage to the following spherical, however previous to these targets, each groups had probabilities to win this encounter between two evenly matched groups. Keadue will look to missed alternatives from Daire Gallagher and Oran Fallon within the first half while Na Ceiltigh will rue the probabilities that fell to Crónán Mc Fadden and Darragh Mc Gee additionally within the opening half. Oisin Mc Kelvey was Keadue’s excellent participant within the first half, dictating proceedings within the center third. Mícheál Mc Gee did likewise for the house facet. The primary purpose was going to be a sport changer and it arrived with ten minutes remaining. The Gweedore defence did not take care of a free kick and defender Jack Ward pounced on this hesitation to attain. With time virtually up Aidan Boyle ran via to slide the ball previous Joe Mc Gee to make sure that Keadue’s title stays within the hat. Referee: Mick Lagan

Letterkenny Rovers Reserves 5 v 1 Fanad United Reserves
Letterkenny Rovers Reserves clinched a convincing 5-1 victory over Fanad United Reserves at Leckview Astro in a Friday night time sport below lights. They took an early lead with Conor O’Donnell changing a penalty after Jordan Nugent was fouled within the field. Johnny Robb prolonged the lead scoring two within the first half whereas Fanad goalkeeper Brian Gallagher made a number of notable saves. Fanad struggled to seek out their rhythm as Letterkenny dominated the sport. Conor O’Donnell obtained a second simply two minutes into the second half whereas Johnny Robb made it a hat-trick for himself. Fanad managed a late comfort purpose from Keelan Kerr however it wasn’t sufficient to overturn Rovers’ dominance. The end result sees Letterkenny Rovers advance to quarter remaining levels of the Voodoo Cup.

Oldtown Celtic 1 v 4 Glencar Celtic
Glencar triumphed within the native derby in what was a basic battle between the edges. In a fixture that usually produces a detailed, tight affair, this spectacle was considerably completely different and in the long run Glencar progressed with exhibiting a medical edge in entrance of purpose. Glencar took an early lead when Gio Peoples’ header squeezed into the underside nook. Oldtown battled to get again into sport and spurned probabilities when Drew Connolly and Kevin Mc Grath couldn’t maintain their composure contained in the field. Glencar have been trying harmful on the break and added a 2nd via Pajo Rafferty when he fired house after a medical counter assault. Gerard Patron’s header was then cleared off the road simply earlier than the break to go away the rating at 2-0. Oldtown started the 2nd half within the ascendency with Glencar enjoying defensively but additionally exhibiting a menace on the break. The following probability of the sport fell to Kevin Mc Grath after he was performed via by a fast free-kick however Decky Mc Dermott within the Glencar purpose made a incredible save to disclaim him. Mc Dermott once more proved his value when speeding from his line and saving from Tommy Mc Laughlin after he was put via by Luke Friel. Glencar obtained their third when a pleasant passing transfer was completed off by Pajo Rafferty for his 2nd off the day. Oldtown to their credit score nonetheless threw the whole lot that they had at Glencar and obtained a purpose again when Kevin Mc Grath confirmed composure to complete to provide Oldtown some hope with ten minutes to go. Joe Mc Carron added Glencar 4th from the penalty spot to safe the win for Glencar.
Referee: Con Mc Laughlin

St. Catherines Reserves 1 v 4 Drumbar F.C.
(No Report Submitted)

Strand Rovers 7 v 1 Gweedore United Reserves
It was a day of nice soccer in Strand Park with the Maghery males taking up Gweedore United within the Voodoo Venue Cup. Immediately the house facet took management of the sport creating probability after probability to get that first purpose. The Gweedore keeper performed a blinder within the first half saving quite a few pictures. The primary purpose got here within the type of a change play 21 minutes in from the Strand Captain Shane O’ Donnell to Cainan Mc Daid who slotted it contained in the far put up. Two minutes later a foul exterior the field result in Gweedore United being awarded a free-kick which was excellently dispatched by James Mc Glinchey to the underside left nook, Strand Keeper Kevin Mc Govern managed to get a contact on it however couldn’t maintain it from crossing the road. With the edges degree, each groups actually pushed to get a second purpose earlier than the half time whistle. It wasn’t till harm time when a nook taken by David Mc Carron bounced across the field till it discovered Aaron Ward who volleyed it in to internet. It was nonetheless all to play for within the second half and very like the primary, lots of the play happened within the Gweedore half. Strand defender Chris Boyle was the following to get on the score-sheet when a cross, come shot, deflected off a Gweedore man and into the online. The following purpose for Strand got here quarter-hour later as David Mc Carron swung the ball up the sector into the field and when the Gweedore keeper fumbled Lennon Cowley was there to knock it previous him into the online. The introduction of subs gave Strand a lift and Aaron Ward performed a one-two with sub Cain Mc Gee and obtained this second purpose of the day. With solely 9 minutes left Strand scored once more, this time sub Shayne Glackin dribbled the ball up the road earlier than passing it to James Mc Eniff who poked it previous the keeper. Simply because it appeared set to finish at 6-1, one final try was efficiently pulled off when one other of David Mc Carron’s corners was whipped into the field. Up steps Strand’s youngest participant James O’ Donnell to move the ball straight to the again of the online for his first purpose within the Strand strip. Referee: Sean Huston


Sunday tenth March 2024
Donegal Physiotherapy and Efficiency Centre Division Two
Ballybofey United 6 v 0 Dunkineely Celtic
Oran Gallen performed in Barrie Mc Ghee however his shot went simply large of put up as Ballybofey began brightly. Once more, Gallen was the supplier as he performed in Jude Patton who slipped the ball to Marty who opened the scoring. Patton then squared the ball to Daithí Mc Mahon who shot was solely inches large along with his shot at purpose. Mc Ghee then ship a free-kick deep into the Dunkineely penalty space the place Bobbie Heneghan rose highest to redirect the ball again throughout the face of the customer’s internet nevertheless it didn’t get the contact required to divert it house. The visiting custodian then saved effectively from Mc Ghee. Mc Mahon then went on a mazy run earlier than crashing the ball off the put up in a transfer that deserved a purpose. Patton then prolonged the host’s lead. Additional targets from Kieran Thompson assisted by Bonner, Patton, Kearns, Carlin and Mc Cullough accomplished the scoring and ensured the facet completed their League marketing campaign undefeated.

Whitestrand United 3 v 0 Curragh Athletic
Whitestrand United took on Curragh Athletic within the remaining sport of the season, trying to end the season on a excessive. Whitestrand took the lead early when Michael Sweeney nodded the ball into the trail of Ronan Sweeney who scored a contender for purpose of the season, into the highest nook from exterior the field. Whitestrand continued on the entrance foot with Reece Thompson performing effectively and the strain advised when Michael Sweeney broke via and completed effectively off the within of the put up. Curragh settled into the sport and had possession however Whitestrand have been harmful. The second half began in the same footing and Whitestrand prolonged their lead when Paddy Sheridan broke via and completed effectively along with his weaker proper foot. Curragh virtually obtained a comfort purpose on the finish however their striker put it large and the sport completed 3-0. Finest for Whitestrand have been Ronan Sweeney & Reece Thompson


Brian Mc Cormick Cup
Lifford Space
Drumoghill F.C. 3 v 0 Lagan Harps
The reds march on within the Brian Mc Cormick Cup with this snug victory over Lagan Harps. Second half strikes from Lee Smyth, Gareth Hamilton and Liam O’Donnell ensured the house facet’s passage to the following spherical of the competitors after an uneventful first half. The sport started with either side showing to put an emphasis on avoiding defeat which isn’t a shock in any derby encounter, significantly one in a knock out competitors. Neither facet dedicated too many in assault and any efforts on purpose have been restricted to strikes from distance that provided no menace to both Roy Duffy and Michael Toner who have been in targets at every finish. In reality, the sport was crying out for a purpose and it arrived early within the second half. There appeared little hazard when Colm Gardiner gained possession from Eamon Cannon earlier than releasing Niall Mc Crossan whose neat centre was latched onto by Lee Smyth on the close to put up to place the house facet into the lead on 51 minutes. Earlier than Lagan had any probability to reply they discovered themselves two targets behind from a strike that was created in related circumstances. This time it was Stephen Craig who turned creator when his first time cross was hammered house on the far put up by Gareth Hamilton on 54 minutes. Drumoghill have been now in management and have been completely satisfied to comprise Lagan as a part of seeing the sport out. Lagan loved giant spells of dominating the ball with Glenn Gallagher notable all through however they lacked any form of killer intuition to bother Dylan Mc Elhinney and Rory Mc Crossan on the again for Drumoghill. Drumoghill have been content material to absorb the assaults and hit the opposition on the counter and it was from one such assault that they put the sport past doubt via Liam O’Donnell on 88 minutes. This time it was Seamus Bogle who helped arrange the assault as he gained possession from Taylor Cassidy earlier than releasing Lee Smyth on the correct wing. Smyth evaded the problem of Josh Hay earlier than putting an excellent cross into the trail of O’Donnell who tapped past Toner to finish any hopes Lagan Harps might need had of getting again into the competition.

Kildrum Tigers 4 v 0 Lifford Celtic
Kildrum welcomed neighbours and newly promoted Lifford Celtic to Station Highway for his or her Cup semi-final encounter. The house facet progressed to this 12 months’s Space Closing because of first half targets from William Lynch, Keelan Gillen and Brian Breslin whereas Gillen obtained the sport’s solely second-half strike. Lifford battled effectively all through.

Donegal Space
Drumkeen United 1 v 3 St. Catherines
Drumkeen introduced the curtain down on their Season with the go to of St Catherine’s for this Donegal Space semi-final of the Brian Mc Cormack Cup. Drumkeen have struggled for type within the League this season however they gave a ok account of themselves for a big a part of this sport towards their Premier Division guests. St Catherine’s took the lead on this sport after ten minutes when a Darragh Murrin effort squeezed in between the keeper and put up. Drumkeen obtained again on degree phrases shortly when a Michael Patton shot got here again off a St Catherine’s defender and fell to Shaun Doherty who fired it house. The guests obtained again in entrance once more after 25 minutes with an awesome left footed strike from Kyle Mc Geoghan which went throughout the purpose and nestled within the right-hand nook of the Drumkeen internet. Drumkeen have been nonetheless very a lot on this sport and have been defending pretty effectively however it was exhausting to see the place the purpose they wanted was going to return from as they have been struggling to create purpose scoring alternatives for themselves. Halfway via the second half Dean Breslin added a 3rd purpose for St Catherine’s to provide them a two-goal cushion and it was exhausting to see a manner again for Drumkeen at that stage. The house workforce battled on they usually did handle to earn a few free kicks on the sting of the field however they by no means unduly apprehensive the Killybegs keeper.
Referee: Semi Ferry.

Donegal League, Voodoo Venue/Brian McCormack Cups – this week’s outcomes and stories was final modified: March tenth, 2024 by Workers Author