Gweedore Celtic 2 Lifford Celtic 3

Lifford kept their title hopes alive with this narrow victory at An Screaban. The game got off to a whirlwind start with two goals in the first four minutes.

The home team were first off the mark in thirty seconds, good build up play involving Chris Porter, Colin Ferry and Jamie Boyle ended with Tommy Diver firing home. Three minute later, Lifford had drawn level, with the home team appealing for offside, Alan Gethins ran on to shoot past the keeper.

Gweedore went ahead on forty minutes when a Chris Porter free came off the crossbar and was tapped home by Jamie Boyle.  The home side should have been two ahead twenty minutes into the second half when Colin Ferry broke through but his chip over the keeper drifted wide of the post.

Gweedore were made to pay a minute later as Alan Gethins again found the net. They took the lead on seventy minute with a fine individual goal by David Gethins. Try as they might Gweedore were unable to break down the visitor’s defence.

Best for Gweedore Tommy Diver and David McGee. Good team effort by Lifford.

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Rathmullan Celtic 2 Gweedore Celtic 2

A 91st minute goal from new signing Glen Bovaird salvaged a point for Rathmullan Celtic against Gweedore Celtic at the Flagpole Field, Rathmullan on Sunday. League leaders Rathmullan got off to a perfect start with an early goal from Eamonn Sheridan, but the concession of two sloppy goals left them pressing for an equaliser at the death.

Bovaird, who was playing his first game for the club since joining from Kildrum Tigers last week, snatched a late equaliser to pick up what could be a very vital point at the end of the season. Rathmullan came into the game in a confident mood afterwinning away at St Catherine’s last week, and they got of to an excellent start scoring after just four minutes.
David Miller showed good skill to get the ball to Eamonn Sheridan and the veteran striker turned superbly and fired low to the net past the dive of Michael McKelvey.
Sheridan should have scored a second in the 24th minute, after Aaron McClafferty put him through but McKelvey was out quickly to block his shot.Gweedore were struggling to get the ball into the Rathmullan half, but against the run of play, they equalised in the 34th minute. Colin Ferry crossed the ball in from the left, and the ball came to Jamie Boyle. The midfielder produced a thunderous left-footed shot which squirmed off the body of Rathmullan goalkeeper, Iain Strain and the ball trickled over the line.

Rathmullan regrouped and pushed to regain the lead. Paddy Sheridan’s cross almost found the net but rebounded off the crossbar, while Niall Doherty and Shay Coyle also had chances.

Cathal Campbell played an important role in the final five minutes of the half, as he first cleared off the line from a Coyle header, and minutes later, he was in the right position again to stop a Kieran Gorman header from crossing the line.
Gweedore survived the onslaught and they managed to subdue Rathmullan in the second half.

Paddy Patton and Paddy Sheridan’s Rathmullan team grew frustrated and the nearest they came to scoring was Ryan Connolly’s free-kick which was comfortably stopped by McKelvey. The visitors were not being overworked at the back but the were not troubling Rathmullan either.

Yet in the 72nd minute, they took the lead in a fortuitous fashion. Gorman tried to play it out from the back to Patton, but his casual pass was intercepted by Tommy Diver. He unselfishly picked out his strike partner Ferry, who cooly slotted the ball past Strain.

The goal unsettled the Rathmullan defence and five minutes later, they almost allowed Gweedore in for a third. Strain’s clearance hit Gorman, and the ball fell into the path of Ferry. However, just as the Gweedore man was about to pull the trigger, Gorman managed to poke the ball away from him with a well-timed tackle.
Barry Mooney came on for Rathmullan and he brought fresh impetus to the team. The midfielder shot wide in the 75th minute, and six minutes later, his piledriver flew over the crossbar. Rathmullan pushed Coyle into attack and the big defender started to cause problems for Gweedore. He had a good opportunity in the 87th minute, but shot wide from a decent position.
Hughie ‘Rua’ Gallagher’s Gweedore looked comfortable in defence but in the 91st minute they were breached for the second time. Strain lauched a free kick towards the box and David McGee rose well to win the bar. However, the ball fell to the feet of Bovaird. The midfielder shot and Eamonn Sheridan tried to get a touch to his effort. Sheridan failed to connect with the ball but his presence was enough to deceive McKelvey and the ball rolled into the net. Rathmullan went in search of an unlikely winner, but referee Paddy Duffy blew the final whistle. Although it was not the result the seasiders wanted, they are still one point ahead of Glenea Utd at the top of the divison with a game in hand.

The Game At A Glance
Cathal Campbell gave a tenacious display and stopped Rathmullan creating from the midfield. He also made two vital clearances of the line in the closing minutes of the first half, when Gweedore were under the cosh.

Turning Point
Gweedore’s second goal shocked the home team and their supporters. Rathmullan looked in a good position to get all three points, but Ferry’s strike upset them and they were satisified to pick up a draw in the end.

Ref Watch
Paddy Duffy had a good game in charge and allowed the game to develop into an exciting spectacle

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Gweedore Celtic (u18) 6 – Lifford Celtic (u18) 1

Gweedore won this battle of the celtics as they scored six goals in a comfortable victory with Eamonn Mc Hugh the star performer as he netted four goals. Gweedore opened the scoring on ten minutes with a Mc Hugh penalty and he added another on fifteen minutes and Naoise o Baoill added a third on thirty minutes. Gweedore scored three more in the second half, Sean O Donell  and Mc Hugh(2) with Ryan Bradley replying for Lifford.

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Gweedore Celtic 1 Glenea Utd 0

For the second successive week, a Chris Porter strike sealed victory for the home side. As expected in a local derby match this was a closely contested encounter. Glenea Utd had a chance on twenty minutes when a free into the box wasn’t dealt with but Glenea couldn’t apply the finish.Gweedore started the second half brightly and should have taken the lead on fifty minutes but, in a goal mouth scramble, Chris Porter’s shot hit the outside of the post. He atoned for the miss five minutes later when his strike from the edge of the box gave the keeper no chance. Glenea pushed to get back in the game and Kevin Mulhearn’s header was just over the bar. On eighty minutes Tommy Diver had a chance to finish the game but his shot rolled past the far post. Glenea piled on the pressure but the home defence stood firm and held on for all three points.Best for Gweedore David McGee and Johnny McGinty. A team performance for Glenea.