u12 Champions League Final

A massive crowd from the parish went to Finn Park tonight to support our young celts in the county final. With the way the boys have been playing all season, they have been fantastic in how they played throughout really showing what the academy is trying to achieve. 

Unfortunately, tonight was not the performance the boys hoped for and the academy philosophy didnt shine as it has all season, however they worked tiredlessly and to the final whistle. Swilly Rovers went 1 nil up in the first half with a good strike, that the Celtic keeper would not of got to with a ladder due to the size of the goals!!

At one down, there was 3 very good chances with Jamie Doherty’s effort being blocked on the line and 2 Eoin De Burca effort saved well by Kyle Burns who was very good in goals for Swilly. Unfortunately, no goals came, and with a good 15 minute spell in the second half pushing for an equaliser, we were caught on the break which left us chasing the game from then on. The boys showed great character and determination led by captain Donal Mac Giolla Bhride, to keep working hard to the final whistle, and Eoin De Burca had a great effort saved well by Burns again.

On the balance of play however, it is fair to say that Swilly Rovers played the better football throughout, passing really well with Dylan Dorrian and Frankie Campbell standing out. On the Night, They were deserved winners, so a massive well done to them.

To our support, thank you all, the massive crowd who travelled from Gaoth Dobhair shows the support within the community. Go raibh mile maith agaibh!!Overall the young celts had a fantastic Champions League campaign and No.2 in the county at their level, what an achievement that is for all involved and for the Academy. We are really showing were making head-ways very fast and progressing rapidly in our players development with our new coaching curriculum only in operation 14 months.

Next up for the U12 Academy side is the NW Cup Final next week, after topping the league and reaching the Champions League Final, what a way to finish their years development off. Coinnigh Leis!! Maith Sibh A Cheiltigh!!!!

Ulster Junior Cup Final 2014

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Inishowen League side Glengad Utd won the Ulster Junior cup for the first time but only after overcoming a dogged and determined Gweedore Celtic side at Ballyare this evening.

Glengad started well and John Mc Daid got over a cross but David Mc Gee charged down Terence Doherty’s shot. In the next attack Paul Rua Mc Bride put in a great challenge to stop John G. Mc Laughlin.

Gweedore threatened on twenty minutes when Thoma Diver seized on a mix up between Gerard Crossan and one of his defenders, but Crossan did well to force him wide and the danger was averted.

In the next attack Eamonn Curran got in a great challenge to stop Terence Doherty again. Minutes later Glengad were awarded a free wide on the right.

Terence Doherty got a foot to the inswinger but Michael McKelvey pulled off a superb save. The half continued with Glengad pressing and when Terence Doherty found Michael Byrne, McKelvey again produced a great save.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Glengad pressing and Gweedore tackling doggedly. On sixty minutes John G. Mc Laughlin rounded Chris Porter on the byeline but Michael Mc Kelvey saved bravely at his feet.

From the resulting corner John G. Mc Laughlins header was headed off the line by Kevin Friel. Glengad continued to dominate but Gweedore refused to yield with Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal Campbell working like trojans in midfield.

In the ensuing extra time Glengad still had the lion’s share of possession with Thomas Diver and Brendan Mc Geady posing an occasional threat for Gweedore. And so to the dreaded penalty shoot out. Michael Byrne(Glengad) and Chris Porter(Gweedore) both scored. Michal Mc kelvey saved John G. Mc Laughlins effort and Gerard Crossan saved Johnny Mc Ginty’s. Adam Byrne(Glengad) converted but Paul Rua Mc Bride shot over for Gweedore.

With Patrick Mc Dermott(Glengad) and Jamie Boyle(Gweedore) scoring, Terence Doherty stepped up and scored the decisive penalty for Glengad. Overall Glengad were deserving winners but Gweeedore showed great heart and pride right to the finish.

Referee: Kevin Logue. Linesmen: Marty Quinn and Joe Mc Hugh.

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Cranford 0 – 0 Gweedore Celtic

In a match that had everything apart from goals Gweedore Celtic went away happiest from this final day game for both teams. Cranford had the earliest chance when Shaun Mc Elwaine headed across the goal and Philip Buchanan was inches away from tapping home. Tommy Diver had Gweedore’s best chance when he fired a right foot shot just over the bar. The rest of the half was closely fought with most of the play around the midfield area. The second half saw Gweedore settle for the draw with Paul Rua and Kevin Friel doing well for the away way side. Cranford did have chances through a Kyle Black free kick and Micheal Mc Ginley header but the breakthrough just wouldn’t come. Cranford now await next weeks results with Gweedore Celtic looking ahead to their Ulster Cup final against Glengad. Best for Cranford were Arthur Lynch, Seamus Carr and Seamus Mc Laughlin. Best for Gweedore Ned Curran, Micheal Mc Kelvey and Kevin Friel.

St Catherines 2 – 2 Gweedore Celtic

A resolute performance from Na Ceiltigh away in Killybegs as we secured a vital point. Trailing by two goals to nil deep into the second half, the Bhoys showed great spirit and character to score twice through Damien O’Sullivan. Another white hot Donegal League clash which was enjoyed by a sizeable crowd in the seaside town as both teams enjoyed periods of dominance throughout the ninety minutes. St Catherines started the brightest and attacked with numbers as they sought a win to keep their title hopes alive. A header from a free kick just before half-time gave the home team first blood. Gweedore fought back but were hit again when a poor clearance fell to a Killybegs man at the edge of the box and he hammered his shot past McKelvey in goal with ten minutes to go.

Gweedore didn’t give up and with time running out Damien O’Sullivan headed home at the back post from a free kick. With their backs up Gweedore kept pushing and when a Chris Porter free kick was spilled by the keeper O’Sullivan was there to finish and steal a point for the away team.

Best for Gweedore Celtic: Martin Curran, Damien O’Sullivan and Ownie McGarvey.

Team: Michael McKelvey, Eamonn Curran, Martin Curran, Jamie Boyle, Kevin Friel, John Walsh, Chris Porter, Cathal Campbell, Damien O’Sullivan, Brendan McGeady, Ownie McGarvey

Gweedore Celtic 0 v 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic

A nil all scoreline was how Na Ceiltigh’s final home game of the season concluded against Kilmacrennan Celtic. A depleted home side as we were missing a host of regulars for one reason or another, but the lads that came in battled it out against a good and experienced Kilmac side. Kilmacrennan dictated things from early on and Michael McKelvey twice denied Wappa McMenamin certain goal opportunities. However the home team soaked up the pressure and were content to play counter attacking football. The home side frustrated Kilmac  and the game ran out a scoreless draw and gained a point a piece. Michael McKelvey, Jamie Boyle, Joe Bonner and Ciaran Ferry excelled for Na Ceiltigh.

Milford Utd 0 – Gweedore Celtic 0

A tough match on Sunday 9th March ended honours even in Milford. Milford were looking for three points to keep alive their slim title hopes and were clearly up for the match. The away side were not to be found wanting when it game to matching the determination and physicality of the home side. The defence of Paul Rua, David McGee, Jamie Boyle and Kevin Friel were on top form and prevented Milford from creating any clear cut chances.

Gweedore had the ball in the Milford net on the half hour following good work by Brendan McGeady on the wing who picked out Ownie McGarvey and his cross into the box was headed in by Colin Ferry. Unfortunately the referee blew for offside against Ferry which appeared to be the wrong decision.

The second half followed the first with more tackles than chances. Gweedore’s central midfield of Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal Campbell prevented Milford from getting time on the ball and they were restricted to continuously launching free kicks into the box. With Milford becoming frustrated and playing four up front as the clock ticked down, Gweedore Celtic battled on to earn an important point.

Team: Michael McKelvey, Jamie Boyle, Paul Rua McBride, David McGee, Kevin Friel, John Walsh, Damien O’Sullivan, Cathal Campbell, Brendan McGeady, Ownie McGarvey, Colin Ferry.

Subs : Kieran Ferry, Eamonn Doogan

 

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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