Champions League 3rd Series Group Games 2017-10-02 13:03:00


Lagan Harps 2 - 0 Mulroy Academy

Some brilliant finishing from top goalscorer Max Johnston settled the game today at manor between lagan under 12s and Mulroy in the last group game of this seasons' champions league. Mulroys physical approach made for a tight encounter, a rare opening was converted by Johnston who finished well in the first half to give lagan the lead. Shay mccole was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as he had an effort ruled out for offsides, so one goal seperated the sides at the break.

Second half and Lagan added to their lead, a superb move involving Lucy Canning, Ben ODonnell, and Oisin Harkin was finished expertly again by Johnston ending any slim hopes of a mulroy comeback. A few feisty challenges happened as the game closed out, with the extremely fast Aran mclaughlin always dangerous for the visitors.

Donegal/Killymard 1 - 6 Illistrin United


Letterkenny Rovers 1 - 2 Erne Wanderers

A late late goal from Robbie Murphy copperfastened a semi final spot in the u12s Champions League after the Ballyshannon men secured an enthralling 2-1 win over Letterkenny Rovers at the Aura Centre on Saturday morning.Murphy struck in the last minute and that goal was like a dagger to the hearts of the home side as a 1-1 draw at that stage would have seen both sides advance as Ballybofey Utd had defeated Milford 1-0 in the other group game which was being played simultaneously. Erne were undefeated coming into this one and a draw would have been good enough and those hopes received a huge shot in the arm just 2 minutes in when the excellent Murphy fired them in front when finishing neatly past Christopher Diver after a delicate pass from Eoghan Kelly. 

Rovers almost levelled straight away when Sam Harvey's effort hit the side netting after being played through by Mark McGlynn but the home side failed to get a grip on the game and lacked their normal usual fluency going forward in the early proceedings and created very little of note against a well organised Erne defence. Erne though were indebted to netminder Ryan Daly who pulled off a top notch save from Donal Gallagher on 20 minutes after a corner was only partially cleared before Harvey forced Daly into a routine stop as Rovers began to press near the end of the opening half,Rovers who had won the domestic double did get level before the break when a long throughball from Gallagher sprung the offside trap and Kian McGrath nipped in to round Daly before having the simple task of firing into the empty net. 

That equaliser galvanised a large home support and left an equally sizeable Ballyshannon support sweating and it was the Cathedral Town men who started the 2nd half the better and Harvey again went close (twice) although Erne had chances too through Maitiu Tierney but his attempt was well smothered by Diver while Murphy and the equally excellent Kelly were causing headaches for the Rovers rearguard and the two combined but Murphy shot just over. Rovers though went in search of the win they needed and came close on numerous occasions through Mark McGlynn,, Reid Kelly, Mandy Kelly and Harvey but found Daly in no mood to give up any easy chances while they also forced a succession of corners which were well dealt with by a resolute Erne defence, 

With word coming through that Ballybofey had beaten Milford 1-0 and a draw would be good enough for both sides Erne struck in the final minute to sink Rovers when Murphy was quickest to capitalise on a defensive error after a long throughball from Tommy Winters before shooting past Diver much to the delight of the away support.Rovers though to their credit went on the offensive again and had chances in a frenetic finish through Caolan Plumb, Reid Kelly, Aaron Temple and Sam Harvey and had efforts from Donal Gallagher and Harvey cleared off the line superbly by defenders Aonghus Sweeney and Aidan Sweeney but they could not find the leveller which would have seem them advance after a remarkable tense encounter. but on this showing Erne will be very tough semi final opponents for Illistrin in the last 4 especially as the Lakeside astro is a tough place to go.

Letterkenny Rovers; Christopher Diver, Paddy Donaghey, Caolan Plumb, Ciaran Kelly, Rudi Minnock, Caolan Plumb, Donal Gallagher, Sam Harvey, Mark McGlynn, Aaron Temple, Mandy Kelly, Reid Kelly.

Erne Wanderers; Ryan Daly, Aonghus Sweeney, Aidan Sweeney,Shane Delahunty, James Gallagher, Shane mcGlone, Tommy Winters, Robbie Murphy, Eoghan Kelly, Oisin McGlinchey, Kian Duncan, Maitiu Tierney.

Referee; Tony McNamee

Milford United 0 - 1 Ballybofey United


Cappry Rovers 6 - 1 Milford United

This under 14 champions league game was played in good conditions in Cappry Park. The home side started well had had early chance when Jamie Murray broke from midfield but saw his effort saved by the Milford keeper. Milford came in the game and were always dangerous going forward. Cappry took the lead in the 12th minute when Jason Dunne finished a Mark Mbuli cross. It was 2-0 in the 22nd when Mark Mbuli finished well from inside the box. Milford kept going and got a goal back in the 27th minute. Milford tried to get level before half time but the Cappry defence held firm. Cappry started the second half well and got the reward for their good start in the 42nd minute when Jason Dunne ran through and rounded the Milford keeper to make it 3-1. Cappry added a fourth in the 53rd when Shaun Ward tapped home a Jason Dunne cross. Milford kept pressing trying to get a goal back but couldn't find a way past the Cappry defence. In the 58th Cappry made it 5-1 when Odhran Quigley Doherty cut inside the Milford full back and found the bottom corner with his shot. Niall Ryan rounded of the scoring with a header from a Odhran Quigley Doherty cross in the 62nd minute. Two team performances. Ref: Vincent Mc Laughlin.

Eany Celtic 1 - 5 Bonagee United


Letterkenny Crusaders 4 - 0 Lagan Harps

Letterkenny Crusaders produced a clinical performance on a lush surface at the Aura on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Lagan Harps 4-0 to advance to a semi final tie with Cappry Rovers in the u14s Champions League. Crusaders knew a draw would suffice while Lagan needed a win but this game was a tame affair in the opening 20 minutes with very little of note being created although Lagan did look dangerous from a couple of set pieces which were dealt with comfortably by the Crusaders defence ably marshalled by netminder Cormac Mulrain. Crusaders though gradually got on top and were a potent threat in attack and went in front on 19 minutes with a well worked goal which saw the impressive Sean McVeigh find Odhran Galvin and his teasing hanging cross fell to Brandon Ndlovu who dispatched with aplomb past Lagan custodian Caolan Harkin. 

Ndlovu had come close just minutes before but was celebrating goal number two just three minutes later when a well weighted James Lenty Gallagher corner saw the powerful striker head home past a hapless Harkin. Crusaders were cruising at this stage but the Manor men were aggrieved on 30 minutes when Mark Bonner finished superbly well only to see the referee had ruled the goal out for offside and if that goal had stood the game may have taken a different complexion while Oisin Toye also saw his shot go just over as the Lagan man attempted to get some foothold in the game before halftime. Any hopes Lagan had of staging a comeback were gone 10 minutes into the 2nd half when McVeigh latched onto an incisive throughball from Nathan Bonner to slot while McVeigh turned provider for Ndlovu to complete his hattrick just two minutes later when firing low past Harkin. 

Lagan did rally as Crusaders were happy to hold what they had and they came close through a Shay Doherty header while the lively Bonner also saw an effort cleared to safety. while Crusaders could have extended their lead at the end as Ibrahim Olayode and Michael Leeney both went close.Crusaders boss James Bonner happy to see his side advance with two wins from three while his side also kept a clean sheet and will no doubt be preparing for what will be a difficult challenge in the semi final two legged clash with Cappry Rovers which begins in a fortnights time. 

Letterkenny Crusaders; Cormac Mulrain, Oisin Teape, Josh Patton, Kenny Alum,Peadar McGeehin, Gerard Casey, Nathan Bonner, Sean McVeigh, Brandon Ndlovu, James Lenty Gallagher, Odhran Galvin, Ibrahim Olayode, Michael Leeney.

Lagan Harps; Caolan Harkin, Jordan McHugh,Oisin Toye, Eamon Gillespie, Josh Cafferkey, Ethan Dilleyston,Mark Bonner, Caoimhinn Wheeler, Shaun Marsh, Shay Doherty, Brian Carolan, Tiernan McCauley,Ethan Gallagher. 

Ref; Marty McGarrigle

Letterkenny Rovers 3 - 0 Donegal Town (Walkover)


Keadue Rovers 1 - 0 Lagan Harps

Keadue Rovers are through to the semi finals of the U-16’s champions league and top Group A after this good, hard fought victory over Lagan Harps at Central Park on Saturday evening.Lagan were sharp at the offset and from the right hand side delivered a cross that clipped off the post and a few minutes later Keadue keeper Ben Boyle had to be alert to block another effort. The home side’s first effort was on fifteen minutes following good individual play from Mikey McFadden, his shot rattled the crossbar. More chances were to follow for both sides during a very open first half with Owen Boyle’s shot for Keadue blocked on twenty three minutes but Keadue hit the front on the half hour when good work from Daire Gallagher led to Damien Duddy heading home on the run. 

They had further chances through Daire Gallagher and Mikey McFadden but likewise Lagan were always dangerous and their striker had a shot blocked close to half time. Into the second half and the game became a bit more scrappy with Lagan putting on the pressure and creating a good few chances but Ben Boyle made a couple of great saves and Keadue themselves proving good on the counter with Mikey McFadden hitting the post with a good effort. Lagan kept on pouring forward looking for the leveller but Keadue held out for the win which means they top Group A and can look forward to a semi final next week.Good team performances from both sides.Referee : Brian O’Kane.

Gweedore Celtic 0 - 2 Eany Celtic


Donegal Town 4 - 1 Swilly Rovers

Cappry Rovers 2 - 0 Gweedore United

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