Gweedore Celtic 1 Rathmullan Celtic 5

Rathmullan had a convincing victory over the home side at the Screaban today. With the pitch wet from rain the ball was zipping off the surface and Rathmullan made the most of it with sharp passing and good movement.

 

Gweedore were consistently closed down early and often forced to go direct up to Thomas Diver and Colin Ferry. With both Rathmullan centre-halves very strong in the air this left the strikers surviving on scraps. Too often when the home side had possession the final ball was inaccurate.  Despite this, Colin Ferry had the first real chance of the match on fifteen minutes when he bravely won a header which came off the  the crossbar.

Midway through the first half the visitors fired home two goals. A break down the right  allowed a ball to be played in low across the Gweedore box. Two Rathmullan players missed attempts before the ball rolled to Oisin McMenamin who tapped in at the far post.  Three minutes later the lead was doubled, a good build up from Rathmullan was finished by Dara Patton who was unmarked eight yards out.

Gweedore came out fighting at the start of the second half and tried hard to reduce the deficit. Ten minutes into the second half the game was finished as a contest as Eamonn Sheridan held off two challenges to lob into the top-right corner. With the home side deflated Rathmullan had the game well and truly sown up on seventy minutes when they again scored a quick brace. Thomas Diver scored a consolation goal ten minutes from time.
A good performance by Rathmullan but its a game to forget for the home side.

Gweedore Celtic Youths 2 – Bonagee Utd Youths 2

Gweedore Celtic youths played out a two all draw at home against an industrious bonagee side.Bonagee were the better team in the first half as the Celts lacked urgency and were second to every ball and little wonder as they trailed one nil at the interval.However after half time the Celts emerged a rejuvenated side and took the game by scruff of the neck and scored two goals from mark Harley and Eamonn mc Hugh,however bonagee managed to score late on to finish all square.

Gweedore Celtic 3 – Cranford Utd 0

On a good day for football Gweedore Celtic had a comfortable win in the end but Cranford were well in the game until the latter stages. The visitors could have gone ahead as early as the third minute when Philip Buchanan got behind the Gweedore defence but Christopher Sweeney spread himself to block the shot. Cranford squandered another chance as the home team were slow to get up to speed.

Gweedore soon came into the game and took control of the midfield for the rest of the half.  Chris Porter,  Johnny McGinty and Damien Sullivan used possession well and the home team started to stretch Cranford. On twenty five minutes Gweedore took the lead. Chris Porter’s corner went directly to the back of the net via the the back post. They doubled their lead on forty minutes when Colin Ferry beat the offside trap to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.  Ferry had a second chalked off when the referee adjudged the ball to have gone out of play in the build up. This was shortly followed by another disallowed effort when Jamie Boyle fired home from the edge of the box. The referee deciding Boyle’s foot was high in the initial challenge to win the ball.
Boyle was replaced at half-time with Brendan McGeady slotting into the left-wing. Cranford started the second half well but failed to create any clear cut chances as the Gweedore defence blocked attack after attack . As the half went on Gweedore pressed and were guilty of missing several chances. Substitutes Thomas Diver and Odhran Diver and McGeady had several clear openings before Fionnan Diver scored the third goal following good work by Brendan McGeady on the left. Cranford almost claimed a consolation on 85 minutes when a curled effort glanced off the post.
Best for Gweedore were Christopher Sweeney and Chris Porter.
For Cranford Kyle Black and Philip Buchanan worked hard.
Referee: Marty McGarrigle