This game was played in awful conditions with Kilmac threatening early on. Timmy Burke almost scored from 40 yards after a poor clearance from the Gweedore keeper.
Michael McLaughlin should have opened the scoring after finding himself one on one with the Gweedore keeper. McLaughlin tried to round the keeper but tripped on doing so. Gweedore scored on twenty minutes through Declan Doherty.
Eddie Doherty replaced Aidan Friel with thirty minutes remaining and five minutes later the equaliser arrived when Doherty found Timmy Burke who blasted home. Gweedore found themselves down a man when David McGee was sent off.
Liam Mc Bride then made it 2 – 1 when John Sandilands found the winger unmarked in the box. Mc Bride secured all three points with a fine individual effort when he beat three men before cooly putting the ball past the Gweedore keeper.
It was honours even at An Screabán in a closely contested game. The home team had a let-off on fifteen minutes when a shot from St Catherines came off the keeper and hit the post before being scrambled to safety. Gweedore took the lead on twenty five minutes with Declan Doherty beating the offside trap before rounding the keeper and sliding home from an acute angle. On forty minutes the sides were level. It was a fine individual goal by Jason Noctor running through the home defence before smashing it past the keeper. St Catherines started the second half brightly with Christopher Sweeney being called into action to tip a free kick over the bar. Gweedore came into it as the half progressed with Declan Doherty tirelessly running at the Catherines defence. The home team could have taken the lead on 80 minutes when a slip by the keeper allowed Thomas Diver a shot but the keeper recovered to push it round the post. A good team performance by St Catherines with Jamie Boyle and Declan Doherty doing well for Gweedore.
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.
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.
The final result may flatter Gweedore Celtic as this was a much closer game than the scoreline suggests. As early as the first minute Bonagee had a chance as Lee Mc Gonigle outpaced the home defence but his low shot went past the post. Against the run of play Brendan Devine’s shot took a deflection and wrong footed the keeper with the ball ending up in the back of the net.
Bonagee continued to press and they seemed to have their reward when they were awarded a penalty just before half-time. Kevin Doran took the kick but fired it over the bar. The second half was a more even affair. Gweedore Celtic got their second goal on seventy-five minutes when Odhran Mac Niallais drove home from just inside the area. In the last minute Tommy Diver headed home from a Chris Porter corner.
Best for Gweedore were Johnny Mc Ginty and Jamie Boyle. A team performance from Bonagee.
Referee: Michael Lagan
Both sides had to settle for a share of the points in a very entertaining draw at An Screabán. It was Milford that settled quickest putting the Gweedore defence on the backfoot. Despite their dominance it was the home team that almost took the lead through Eamon McGee. Christy McCafferty and PJ Hagen had great opportunities for Milford but the chances were spurned.
Played in perfect conditions at Greenbrae Park, Gweedore began brightest, with Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal Campbell in centre midfield winning possession for the away team and Jamie Boyle and Brendan McGeady causing problems on the left wing. For all the pressure Gweedore didn’t create any clear openings.
Lifford gradually came into the game and dominated for the final 20 minutes of the first-half. As the game progressed they should have taken the lead on three separate occasions, chances falling to Johnny Mahon, Alan Gethins and Patrick Sumners. On each occasion they failed to hit the target. David McGee came on for the injured Cathal Campbell after 35 minutes. Eamon McGee forced the Lifford Keeper into a good save on the stroke of half-time with a shot from the edge of the box.
It was Gweedore who created the better chances as the second half wore on and they got their reward after Eamon McGee flicked on a long ball to Finnan Diver who scored from close range on 75 minutes. Lifford protested for offside but the goal stood.
As Lifford committed more men forward in search of an equaliser several clear cut chances fell to Gweedore as they counter-attacked. Jamie Boyle headed over from an Eamon McGee cross and Finnan Diver and Eamon Curran both missed one-on-ones with the Lifford Keeper. Ciaran Ferry replaced Eamon Curran with 5 minutes to go.
Lifford continued to search for an equaliser but the Gweedore defence stood firm with Paul Rua McBride and new signing Russell Porter outstanding.
Gweedore Celtic: Michael McKelvey, Johnny McGinty, Russell Porter, Paul McBride, Brendan McGeady, Eamonn Curran, Damien O’Sullivan, Cathal Campbell, Jamie Boyle, Eamonn McGee, Finnan Diver. Subs: David McGee, Ciaran Ferry
29 September 2013
A brace of goals by Fionnan Diver gave the home side a deserved victory. Curragh took the lead on twenty minutes with a ball in from the wing being finished by Ryan Carlin. Gweedore were back on terms on the half hour with Johnny Mc Ginty heading home from a corner.
The second half was a close affair with the defences on top. Ten minutes into the second half Colin Ferry carried the ball down the wing before crossing for Fionnan Diver to hammer home from close range. On seventy minutes Jamie Boyle played him in and Diver again found the target. Diver was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick when he shot over the bar following a flowing attacking move. Best for Gweedore were Diver, Jamie Boyle and Paul Rua McBride. A team performance from Curragh.
Gweedore Celtic Team:
Michael McKelvey, Eamonn Curran, Paul Rua McBride, Joseph Bonner, Kevin Friel, Johnny McGinty, Cathal Campbell, Chris Porter, Jamie Boyle, Colin Ferry, Fionnan Diver
Subs used; John McFadden, Danny McGarvey
Referee: Kevin Logue
22 September 2013
Donegal Town 3 Gweedore Celtic 3
Donegal Town got life in the Premier Division underway with a 3-3 draw against Gweedore Celtic. Last season’s Division One winners went behind on twenty minutes when a Chris Porter free was deflected home of a Donegal defender. Donegal then grew into the game and got a well deserved equaliser when Declan Brown scored. Gweedore found themselves back in front right on half time when Eamonn Mc Gee scored after some poor Donegal defending. After the restart Donegal got right back in it as a perfectly slid through ball from Paul Gerard Duncan split the Gweedore defence and debutant Hugh Mc Partland dispatched a shot to the corner of the net. Colin Ferry put the Gweedore men back in front with twenty minutes remaining.. Donegal attacked in numbers in search of an equaliser and forced several corners. The equaliser came when Donegal’s talisman JP Byrne rose highest at the back post to head home a Ciaran O’Reilly corner. Best for Donegal Town were Paul Gerard Duncan and Hugh Mc Partland. Solid team performance from Gweedore Celtic.
Gweedore Celtic Team: Michael McKelvey, Eamonn Curran, Brendan Devine, Jamie Boyle, Brendan McGeady, Odhran McNiallais, Damien O’Sullivan, Chris Porter, Eamonn McGee, Colin Ferry.
Subs Used: Cathal Campbell, John McFadden