There was drama and pleasure as Liam Wiggins scored a final gasp winner to present Gweedore Celtic a dramatic victory over Milford United in one of many massive video games of the day within the Donegal League.
Milford simply wanted some extent from their journey to An Screaban to seal promotion to the Premier Division.
However Gweedore’s win means they might nonetheless overtake Milford to complete second on the ultimate weekend of the season.
In the meantime within the Premier Division, there’s no change on the high with the highest two sides – Kilmacrennan Celtic and Fanad United – each recording wins.
In Division Two, each Lagan Harps and Cranford United secured promotion with Lagan profitable at Drumoghill and Cranford enjoying out a 1-1 draw with Ballybofey United.
Saturday, March twenty fifth
Glencar Inn Saturday Division One
Cappry Rovers Reserves 0, Strand Rovers 4
Strand took the lead mid-way via the primary half after they scored from contained in the field. Cappry had a few possibilities to get stage however didn’t convert them. Strand made it 2-0 after they scored from a nook. They added a 3rd 5 minutes later from a very good header within the field. Strand added a 4th late on to finish the scoring
Copany Rovers 0, Keadue Rovers Reserves 8
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Donegal City Reserves 4 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1
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Dunlewey Celtic v Arranmore United – postponed
Glencar Celtic 2, Kildrum Tigers Reserves 1
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Oldtown Celtic 5, Glenea United Reserves 2
It was a recreation of two halves on the Letterkenny Neighborhood Centre as Oldtown ran out winners.
Glenea got here out of the traps in a short time and went one up when Cathal Mc Geever transformed from the spot after he was fouled. Glenea added a 2nd when John McFadden fired house.
Glenea pushed so as to add extra however have been unable to seek out the breakthrough whereas Oldtown struggled to get going till the final ten minutes of the half.
Oldtown made two adjustments at half time they usually proved to make the distinction as one of many substitutes, Sean Cleary, pulled a purpose again with a purpose of the season contender when he volleyed house from all of 30 yards.
This spurred Oldtown on they usually bought stage minutes later when Cleary once more fired house from a free-kick that was delivered into the field.
Oldtown have been now within the ascendency and took the lead when Gio Peoples added a third with a fragile chip from the sting of the realm.
Oldtown added their 4th when Sean Cleary launched Kevin McGrath who had a composed end from inside the realm. Cleary accomplished his hat-trick with a powerful third.
Previous Orchard Saturday Division Two
Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2, Gweedore Celtic Reserves 1
Castlefin secured all three factors after a tough victory over Gweedore in a recreation performed at St. Patrick’s Park, Drumkeen. Castlefin dominated proceedings, targets from Cathal Kennedy and Raymond Foy secured the win.
Cranford United Reserves 2, Ramelton Mariners 0
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Drumbar United 1, Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2
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Fintown Harps AFC 1, Milford United Reserves 1
Pairc Acla was the scene in wonderful sunshine for this Division Two conflict between Fintown Harps and Milford United.
We needed to wait till the eighth minute earlier than the primary probability of the day fell to Logan Quinn, however his shot went over the bar.
Fintown had the subsequent probability when a protracted ball from Karl O’ Brien fell to Aaron Mc Glynn however his header was straight at John Matthews within the Milford purpose.
Fintown have been awarded a penalty within the twenty sixth minute when Aaron Mc Glynn was fouled within the field. Milford’s Alec Mc Conigley was injured within the conflict and had to get replaced by Kieran Sheridan. Arron stepped up himself to take the penalty however John Matthews dived to his proper to drag off an ideal save to maintain it scoreless.
Simply earlier than half-time Logan Quinn had a shot from the sting of the field however John Matthews was once more down fast to make the save.
Ten minutes into the second half Joe Shanky had a shot come off the put up and the rebound was cleared for a corner-kick. From the ensuing nook Fintown took the lead when Francis McDevitt sneaked in across the again and bought his header away to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Fintown made some adjustments with Joe Shanky and Shane Mc Devitt being changed by Dermot Slevin and Stephen Boyle. Stephen Boyle nearly made a right away influence however had a shot saved by John Matthews one minute after approaching.
Within the 71st minute Milford have been awarded a penalty however Jason Mc Conigley noticed his effort come off the crossbar and over to maintain the rating at 1-0.
Fintown made some extra adjustments with Keelan McGill and Ethan O’ Donnell approaching to interchange Francis Mc Devitt and Arron Mc Glynn. Two minutes from time Milford drew stage when a free into the field fell to Jason Mc Conigley who made no mistake from shut vary.
Fintown pushed onerous for a winner however Milford’s defence noticed the sport out to share the spoils.
Swilly Rovers Reserves 1, St. Catherines Reserves 4
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Sunday, March twenty sixth
Brian McCormick Sports activities Premier Division
Castlefin Celtic 0, Cappry Rovers 1
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Fanad United 3, Bonagee United 2
Fanad United stored their Donegal League Premier Division title hopes very a lot alive after twice coming from behind to defeat Bonagee United 3-2 at Traigh-a-Loch on Sunday.
The sport was performed in best situations and it was a rip-roaring recreation from begin to end. Bonagee have been quickest out of the blocks and took the lead after 10 minutes. Jordan Gallagher despatched over a teasing nook from the left and Aidan Mc Laughlin was readily available to energy house his header from 8 yards.
The lead nevertheless, solely lasted a matter of minutes as Fanad equalised immediately. When Eddie O’ Reilly acquired the ball within the field, he was bundled over and a penalty was awarded. Eoin Logue stepped up and made no mistake.
Within the twenty third minute Bonagee took the lead once more. When Fanad didn’t clear a harmful free kick, Paddy Mc Gowan fired house from 10 yards.
Fanad pressed for the remainder of the half and created a number of possibilities. Sean Carr volleyed over when effectively positioned within the thirtieth minute. The most effective probability fell to Paddy Carr when he headed over from a wonderful Keelin Mc Elwaine cross simply earlier than half time.
Fanad began the second half filled with intent and nearly equalised 5 minutes in when Darren Mc Elwaine noticed his free-kick go simply broad of the put up. They did nevertheless, get their equaliser 5 minutes later. Keelin Mc Elwaine broke down the proper and his excellent cross was met by Paddy Carr who powered his header house.
Bonagee have been nonetheless effectively within the recreation and within the eightieth minute Aidan Mc Laughlin confirmed nice talent to manage a protracted ball on the sting of the field. Nevertheless, he was unable to maintain his shot down.
Fanad stored probing and with 5 minutes remaining they bought their third. Paddy McGinley fired a shot from 20 yards, referee Patrick Martin adjudged that the ball was dealt with by a Bonagee defender and awarded a second spot kick. Once more, Eoin Logue made no mistake from 12-yards. Bonagee piled on the stress for the remainder of the sport forcing quite a few corners.
From one nook Fanad keeper Mark McConigley made an excellent save to disclaim Cody Brogan. Fanad nevertheless held out for an important three factors.
Referee: Patrick Martin
Keadue Rovers 0, Kilmacrennan Celtic 1
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St. Catherines 4, Kildrum Tigers 3
Vincent Mc Laughlin had the duty of overseeing this feisty affair at Emerald Park and it was solely two minutes in when the opening purpose arrived as the 2 Cunningham brothers mixed to present the hosts an early lead. A lovely left foot cross from Conor arrange Ryan who snuck in behind the Kildrum centre-half and hit a half-volley fantastically broad of the visiting keeper.
The Saints continued with their vibrant begin and on thirty minutes Paul O’ Hare threaded a low ball via the guts of the Kildrum defence to Ryan Cunningham who latched onto the ball and elevated the Catherines’ benefit.
Man of the Match Ryan Cunningham, was now on fireplace and we solely needed to wait two minutes extra to observe him take down a cross-field ball and once more strike along with his proper previous a helpless Kildrum keeper to finish his hat-trick.
Kildrum bought a lifeline, and one thing to play for, as Davitt Walsh was taken down on 43 minutes and duly transformed the penalty himself to make it 3-1 on the interval.
Kildrum began brightly within the second half and it was recreation on when James Connolly adopted in and headed house a ball that got here crashing again off the Saints’ crossbar on 47 minutes.
Ryan Cunningham continued to torment the away defence and his run up the proper solely got here to an finish when he was tripped within the field and awarded a penalty. Daniel Breslin calmly slotted the spot-kick house for a 4-2 lead which appeared to settle the nerves each on and off the sphere.
Kildrum wouldn’t go away and William Lynch rose excessive on 88 minutes to flash an ideal header throughout the Saints’ field which was subsequently dispatched by Davitt Walsh and the lead for the Saints was narrowed to at least one once more.
Ultimately the house workforce deservedly survived to maneuver nearer to security in mid-table.
Temple Home Home equipment Division One
Convoy Arsenal 0, Donegal City 1
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Drumkeen United 2, Raphoe City 1
Drumkeen welcomed close to neighbours Raphoe City to St Patrick’s Park on Sunday.
This was a should win for each groups in the event that they have been to have any probability of avoiding automated relegation. The primary quarter-hour have been even sufficient. Then on 17 minutes Dylan Brolly put the guests forward with an effort from simply contained in the field.
As half time approached Drumkeen had a number of possibilities to equalise. Freddie had an ideal probability which went broad and then, from a Ryan James nook, a few Drumkeen gamers simply narrowly missed getting on the tip of. Drumkeen stored the stress on and Freddie did get his purpose ending effectively.
Drumkeen started the second half effectively and have been quickly forward. Niall Howley had entered the fray at half-time and it was his nice move which performed in Freddie who calmly slotted house his second purpose.
As the sport drew to an in depth Raphoe have been nonetheless very a lot in it and it was a nervy last couple of minutes for the house workforce however they managed to carry on. Because it turned out outcomes elsewhere meant that this end result for Drumkeen was irrelevant in regard to avoiding the drop.
The one optimistic the house workforce will take is that after a troublesome season it was good to complete the house marketing campaign with a win. This was not a basic but it surely was performed in a very good sporting method.
Referee: Barry Hunter.
Gweedore Celtic 2, Milford United 1
Gweedore stored alive their probabilities of promotion with this slim victory in opposition to a dogged, resolute Milford who had promotion of their grasp however have been denied by a final gasp winner for the house workforce in harm time.
The sample of play within the first half from each groups was of a cagey nature with neither facet creating something of notice though Gary Merritt noticed his thunderous effort within the twentieth minute go simply previous the Gweedore put up.
The second half was a lot improved with Na Ceiltigh placing numerous stress on the Milford again line they usually hit the entrance within the sixty fifth minute when Tommy Diver’s move despatched Ciaran Mc Hugh via and the midfielder completed effectively to the nook of the web.
Gweedore had their tails up at this stage but it surely was Milford who scored with fifteen minutes remaining. Substitute James Doyle rose unchallenged to go house Gary Merritt’s nook.
The house workforce threw warning to the wind and went in the hunt for the winner. Diver had a header cleared off the road and Cian Mc Bride was twice denied by keeper Mc Gettigan.
With time working out Gweedore received a free on the sting of the field. Padraig Hagney Gallagher, simply on the pitch, whipped the ball in direction of purpose and his cross was met by Liam Wiggins a lot to the delight of the house assist.
Each groups have one recreation remaining, outcomes of which is able to decide who finishes second and third within the promotion hunt.
Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2, Letterkenny Rovers 1
The ‘71 bought an important win and what a win it was over Letterkenny Rovers.
The house workforce began the higher with Johnny Nanny and Kevin Loughrey inflicting all types of issues for the boys from the Cathedral city in a recreation they merely needed to win.
Rovers went in entrance on half-hour when nice work from Jordan Nugent discovered Patrick Galent and he did effectively to fireside previous Shaun Friel.
The ‘71 by no means let the heads drop and drew stage on 38 minutes when Kevin Loughrey headed house after an ideal workforce assault.
Hughie Walsh’s males got here out for the second-half and pinned the Rovers again with out actually testing di Silva within the visiting purpose.
Up stepped Mark Sparky Friel on 70 minutes with a cracker of a free-kick from 30 yards into the highest nook to ship the large house assist into raptures.
Rovers threw every little thing into the sport for the ultimate 20 minutes however couldn’t discover a well past the house facet who man for man have been excellent. An enormous end result for the ‘71 of their quest to keep away from the drop. An enormous workforce effort from all concerned. Nugent and Malseed have been greatest for Rovers.
Referee: Con Mc Laughlin
Letterbarrow Celtic 0, Swilly Rovers 1
Good situations meant for a troublesome contest between the 2 groups. Swilly began robust however couldn’t get previous a effectively organised Letterbarrow defence. Swilly dominated possession however didn’t capitalise and at half time it was scoreless.
The second half was related. A strike from Gerry McBrearty from 40 yards nearly stunned the keeper however he did effectively to scrape the ball away to security. Swilly lastly broke the impasse from a free-kick that proved the winner.
Donegal Physiotherapy & Efficiency Centre Division Two
Cranford United 1, Ballybofey United 1
Cranford bought themselves promoted after a 1-1 draw with Ballybofey.
Cranford needed to come from a purpose down and a person down and battled onerous to get the purpose and will have received it on the finish.
Ballybofey began the stronger and have been one up after 20 minutes after a ball excessive which Mark Griffin completed effectively. Cranford’s job bought more durable as they have been lowered to 10 males after 40 minutes. Cranford got here out for the second half and pushed onerous for the equaliser. The stress paid off with six minutes to go when Domhnaill Sweeney completed effectively from outdoors of the field. He was unfortunate to not get the winner quickly after.
Deele Harps 2, Dunkineely Celtic 1
Deele welcomed Dunkineely to Deele School on a tremendous day for soccer.
In an evenly contested first half, it was the away facet who took the lead on 32 minutes, when the evergreen Adrian Nesbitt rifled house from 20 yards.
On 35 minutes Deele had a penalty shout waved away. The house facet have been then lowered to 10 males following two quick-fire yellow playing cards.
The second half began with Deele on the entrance foot and the equaliser got here on 55 minutes when Sean O’ Reilly scored when his long-range effort deceived the Dunkineely keeper.
The ten males of Deele have been on high, however Dunkineely all the time carried a menace with Adrian Nesbitt protecting the Deele defence busy.
Pearce Lindsay and Paul Lynch have been stable in defence for Deele. On 89 minutes substitute Conor Catterson rifled house a free-kick from 25 yards to win the sport for Deele. In a troublesome season the Ballindrait males are ending the season on a excessive.
Workforce efficiency from Deele with Adrian Nesbitt starring for Dunkineely.
Referee: Leo Devenney.
Drumoghill F.C. 1, Lagan Harps 2
Lagan achieved promotion with this win as different outcomes went their approach.
The sport began frenetically, as these derbies do. Drumoghill have been on high in the beginning, with Lagan discovering it onerous to rise up the sphere.
Nevertheless, it was Lagan who went closest to opening the scoring when Josh Hay headed an Emmet Tourish cross in opposition to the bar.
Drumoghill took the lead when Ciaran Cunningham fired house after a scramble within the field. Lagan responded minutes later when Josh Hay scored with a cracking shot from twenty yards. Liam O’Donnell nearly restored Drumoghill’s lead minutes later when he headed simply broad from a nook.
Lagan took the lead on thirty-five minutes. Marty Brogan’s shot was saved by Roy Duffy however Ross Hamlyn fired the rebound house.
Drumoghill went shut in the beginning of the second half when Keelan Collier compelled a save out of Michael Toner. Drumoghill then misplaced the influential Christopher O’ Donnell to harm, disrupting their defence.
Lagan then took management and wasted a number of possibilities. Ross Hamlyn broke via twice after good interlinking play however shot broad on each events.
Kenny Doran then broke via however Roy Duffy saved his shot and Matthew Doran hit the put up from the rebound.
Drumoghill threatened with a number of late set items however Marty Brogan received quite a few headers to clear the strains.
Lifford Celtic 1, Curragh Athletic 5
Curragh began the stronger workforce enjoying some good soccer. It wasn’t lengthy till they bought on the score-sheet after they caught the Lifford keeper off his line to make it 1-0.
Two additional strikes gave Curragh a snug three-nil lead on the break.
Lifford began because the brighter facet within the second half and bought in behind the Curragh defence. Shay Lindsay squared the ball for Anthony Catterson who completed properly into the underside nook. Curragh made it 4 with an ideal strike from outdoors the 18-yard field that gave the Lifford keeper no probability. They went on so as to add a fifth earlier than the ultimate whistle.
Whitestrand United 3, Gweedore United 1
Whitestrand United took on Gweedore United within the penultimate house recreation of the season. Whitestrand took an early lead when Michael Sweeney broke via and scored. Whitestrand scored a second after they put in a nook and Michael Sweeney headed it house.
Whitestrand continued in a really optimistic method and Daibhid Lynch rounded the keeper to seek out the web.
The second half began with Gweedore in search of a approach again into the sport. Whitestrand defended resolutely however finally the stress advised and Gweedore bought one again via Kieran Mc Fadden.
Gweedore stored pushing however Whitestrand have been harmful on the counter with Lynch hitting the put up twice which might have killed the sport.
Greatest for Whitestrand in an ideal workforce efficiency have been Michael Sweeney, Daibhid Lynch and Paddy Walsh.
Donegal League round-up: Milford denied promotion by final gasp Gweedore winner was final modified: March twenty sixth, 2023 by