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May 12th 2004

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Drumbar U-14s win South County League

Drumbar U14 Back: Hughie Sweeney, manager; Davy Crawford, Niall Heeney, Hugh McPartland, Dermot McHugh, Damien Loughlan, Darragh Sweeney, Clint Walsh, Steven Montgomery, Colin Rooney, Paddy Brogan, Secretary, Brendan McMonagle, manager. Front: Steven Keeney, Jamie McCrea, Conor McDaid, Conor O’Donnell, Conor McMonagle, Captain, James McDaid, Owen Harron, Ronan Harvey, Niall Harvey, James Walsh

Drumbar Notes

U-12: League coming up soon and Rory O’Donnell is training away. Some of the panel doing well in Neil Thomas’ league team getting games in Derry, Letterkenny and Lifford etc. Challenge match in Drumbar tonight (Tuesday) against Killymard at 7pm.
U-10, 9 and beginners: enjoying training on Monday from 6.30pm at pitch under Barry Thomas, Cormac Oates and Michael McLoughlin.
U-14: Won the league by beating Donegal Town (photos) and were presented medals and cup by chairman Gabriel O’Donnell and first team secretary Neil Thomas. Hugh Sweeney and Brendan McMonagle were managers and helped by Eamon Brogan did some good work with this squad. Congratulations to players and parents who gave it all. They play in the 1st round of the Under 14 cup at home to Copany and hope to do well.
U14 Cup: Drumbar beat Copany 3-1 and are playing semi-final at home to Donegal Town next Saturday at 11am.
Youth Team: lost on penalties to Swilly Rovers in County League semi-final but put up a good show. Aiden Cassidy and Gareth Brogan, managers, travelled the county with this panel giving a lot of time and effort.
Interfirms: to start in mid-June
Important club meeting at pitch on (tonight) Tuesday 11th at 9pm

Call Us Ltd sign up as sponsors to Tir Chonaill Athletic Club

Recently Tir Chonaill Athletics Club, Ireland’s representatives in the Womens European Clubs Track and Field Championships, Ghent, Belgium - on May 29th, received a major vote of confidence when Killybegs based International sport wear company Call Us Ltd. agreed to become the clubs major sponsor for the coming year.
The photograph below, taken at the recent Athletics Ireland congress in Donegal Town, where the sponsorship agreement was launched, includes Georgina Drumm, Secretary Athletics Ireland; Gerry Healy, Legal Advisor Athletics Ireland; John Cannon, Treasurer Tir Chonaill AC and Karen Callaghan, M.D. ‘Call Us Ltd’.
Eamon Harvey

Donegal defeat Bonagee to clinch promotion

Darren Kelly celebrates after scoring Donegal's first goal Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Donegal Town 3 Bonagee Utd 0

When Peter Donaghy gathered the squad together last July for their first training session, it was determined by both players and management that nothing less than promotion would be looked on as success this season. It would take a lot of work and a lot of commitment on both sides but that was the goal. Now, after 10 months of constant training and playing, that goal has been achieved.
Great credit must go to Peter Donaghy, team manager, for his work during the season. For keeping his players together and keeping them focussed, ‘intensity is the name of the game’ as Peter would say and he was right!
The entire season boiled down to this one play-off game against Bonagee United to decide who would earn the right to play in Division 1 next season. It was feared that Bonagee, who also have a team in the Ulster Senior League, would pack the side with players from the senior grade as indeed they did two seasons ago in similar circumstances. If they did however this time round, it was not apparent as Donegal Town made them look very ordinary.
The game itself was by no means a classic - nervousness on both sides and a swirling wind, may have had something to do with that, but Donegal Town went about their business in a very organised manner taking an early lead, protecting it, while causing Bonagee considerable trouble in the meantime.
Darren Kelly put Donegal Town 1 up after two minutes, coming in off the left to force the ball home. A perfect beginning would only get better when Aaron Slevin then scored from a scramble after a corner. 2-0 up after six minutes, playing into the wind - players and supporters had the right to be delighted. Unfortunately, these circumstances contributed to the game becoming disjointed and rushed, as now Bonagee began playing every minute like it was the last.
Donegal were clearly on top for the opening half, Benny Byrne hitting the crossbar from the edge of the box with a magnificent shot. Damien Dunnion, clearly energised from the birth of his son two days previous, was having a great game. Working tirelessly, his striking partner Fintan Doherty ably assisted with some clever touches. Indeed as the game wore on, Fintan’s influence just increased and increased and over the hour and a half he was the outstanding player on the day.
Early jitters at the back for Donegal were put to right and even though Bonagee started to gain a small bit more possession towards the end of the half, they never got behind a strong back four.
Donegal regained the advantage in the second half, now playing with the wind, playing steady controlled football. Donegal were to hit the crossbar twice more as Aaron Slevin headed onto the bar from a corner and Fintan Doherty curling a free kick beautifully over the wall only to see it bounce to safety.
Ringo Cannon had by this time replaced the superb Damien Dunnion and it was he, with just eight minutes left, who supplied the ball to Fintan Doherty who finished on the second attempt. Finally the celebrations could begin, as even the most pessimistic amongst realised, that at 3-0, we were going up. Peter Donaghy now realised that it was safe to allow Deccie Barr to come on!

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