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FOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: COCKHILL HIT FANAD FOR FIVE, AS TIGERS BEAT CITY

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 09.06.13Results4 Lanterns USL Cockhill Celtic 5 – 0 Fanad Utd.Letterkenny Rovers 0- 0 Swilly RoversDerry City Res. 1 – 3 Kildrum TigersFinn Harps Res. 1 – 3 Bonagee Utd. (latest) ReportsLeaders CruiseCockhill Celtic 5Fanad Utd. 0Cockhill Celtic, in the end, eased past a youthful Fanad United side that was well organised but offered very little in attack to support the lone striker Buchanan. The home side created the first opening on 11 minutes after the O’Donnell brothers combined with Liam sliding a pass to Aiden who brushed defender Murray aside but hesitated with his shot and Fanad keeper O’Connor gathered at the second attempt. The game had a five minute stoppage on 15 minutes that resulted in Gerard ’Jazza’ McLaughlin replacing the injured Aiden O’Donnell in the home attack. On the resumption of play and with 24 minutes on the clock substitute McLaughlin should have scored with a close range header but O’Connor saved comfortably. On 29 minutes it was Cockhill’s other striker Friel who was guilty when he headed over unchallenged after a great left wing cross from Mark Moran. Fanad gave the home side a scare on 29 minutes when a corner was whipped in left footed by McDaid only to trickle wide of the far post when it only needed a touch from a visiting player. The home side were rewarded for their patience on 33 minutes when Mark Moran got on the end off a low cross from Derek Doherty to side foot into the corner past O’Connor. It was all Cockhill now and Fanad did little to change their approach; happy to sit back and try hit Buchanan with a ball over the top. Jimmy Bradley tested keeper O’Connor on 38 minutes after breaking into the box from midfield but the young keeper palmed the ball onto the post and wide for a corner. Celtics forward McLaughlin missed a ‘sitter’ on 44 minutes when after Moran got to the by-line and pulled the ball across goal the big striker miss hit his shot from 3 yards and the ball was cleared by Sweeney in the Fanad defence. Fanad sat back early in the second period and after switching off from a throw found themselves 2-0 down on 51 minutes; Bradley picked up the throw ball and flicked it over his head to ‘Jazza’ who advanced into the area to sidefoot past the visiting keeper. Cockhill sensed more goals but the young Fanad side showed some togetherness at the back keeping the home side at bay until the 76th minute when McLaughlin got his second off the game after good work from Mark Moran & Liam O’Donnell. The heads of the visitors dropped after this and manager Horgan made a few changes to freshen things up. Cockhills went 4-0 up on 83 minutes when Johnny Havlin connected with a Jimmy Bradley cross, after the initial corner was blocked, to head past the keeper from 5 yards. The fifth and final goal arrived on 88 minutes when Garbhain Friel powered his way into the box on the right before striking a fierce shot past O’Connor.Rovers StalemateLetterkenny Rovers 0Swilly Rovers 0 Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers finished stalemate in the scorching sunshine at Leckview Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite the searing heat, both sides served up an intriguing encounter and had several opportunities to secure all three points.The Ramelton outfit arrived having picked up the first piece of silverware – the Knockalla Caravans Cup – at the same venue less than a week earlier but were without their match winner on the day Terence Shiels as well as midfielder Keith Hegarty. Manager Jason Gibson did include new signing Blain Curtis from Finn Harps in the starting line-up. Rovers team boss Trevor Scanlon gave debuts to Oisin McMenamin, Anthony Doherty and Kevin Doran but Ruairi Kelly was unable to line-out against his former club as he served an automatic one match suspension.Most of the action came in the second half although Swilly had a penalty claim turned down midway through the first half by referee Paul Duddy who adjudged Jonathan Minnock to have made contact with the ball in a sliding challenge inside the box while at other end Oisin McMenamin produced a fine save from Gareth Wade when the young striker was through on goal. Jason Quinn had to be alert to tip a long range effort from Blain Curtis over his crossbar. The home side looked more menacing after the break and were twice denied by the woodwork. Kieran Gorman was put through by Chris Malseed and he made a surging run into the box only to see his shot deflect off Swilly defender Marty Boyce and onto the underside of the crossbar before the danger was cleared. On 65 minutes, McMenamin broke into the box only to see his low drive beat the ‘keeper but rebound to safety off the inside the inside of the post. The hosts also had a free-kick from 25 yards out which substitute Anthony Gorman struck straight at Wade. Swilly had their moments too, particularly late in the game, when Blain Curtis got away from Quinn but from a tight angle his goal bound shot was well headed off the line by Dan O’Donnell. Curtis had another chance to be the match winner but blazed his volley over the bar in the last meaningful attack of the game.Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Anthony Doherty, Dan O’Donnell, Kieran Gorman, Jonathan Minnock, Chris Malseed, Kevin Doran (Marcus Oliver 75 mins), Glenn Gallagher (Anthony Gorman 75 mins), Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Aaron Scanlon.Swilly Rovers – Gareth Wade, Dylan Hegarty, David Curley, Marty Boyce, Columba O’Donnell, Ryan Toland, Declan Curtis, James McCahill (Jordan Toland 25 mins), Ronan Curtis, Blain Curtis, Kyle Black (Liam O’Donnell 70 mins)Referee – Paul DuddyChampions Falter at HomeDerry City Res. 1Kildrum Tigers 3League champions Derry City Reserves title aspirations were dealt a blow on Saturday as Kildrum made the short trip to Derry to meet the Candystripes on a warm summer’s afternoon and came away with all 3 points courtesy of a Sean Ferry hat-trick to leave themselves 6 points behind leaders Cockhill Celtic but with two games in hand. It could well be shaping up to be a three horse race between Cockhill, the Tigers and Drumkeen Utd. for this year’s League honours. With John Quigg’s City having lost a number of last season’s title winning squad, their team has gotten younger again this year and while they may still play some of the most attractive football in the league it seems they are going to struggle up against more physical opposition. Kildrum boss Maurice Toland on the other hand will be delighted with the start his side has made to the campaign and will hope to build on that in the coming weeks but will no doubt be disappointed to have no game in the next week which could allow both Cockhill and Drumkeen an opportunity to extend the gap at the top of the table.FixturesFriday, June 14th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. T. McAreeSaturday, June 15th at 2pmDPD Couriers First DivisionDrumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. J. McHughKildrum Tigers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. T. McAree4 Lanterns USL at 7pmFanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. C. McLaughlinSunday, June 16th at 2pm4 Lanterns USLBonagee Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. V. McLaughlinMonday, June 17th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLDrumkeen Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. DuddyFOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: COCKHILL HIT FANAD FOR FIVE, AS TIGERS BEAT CITY was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AS TIGERS BEAT CITYFOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: COCKHILL HIT FANAD FOR FIVElast_img

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