We all wish John Corley and all his team mates every success as they are playing as part of the U16 Basketball team for the Abbey Vocational School in the All Ireland Final in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Good luck boys and a big thanks to their coach - the one and only Kevin Sinclair.
From all the Corley, Bonner and Murchan families
Donegal Town 69
Letterkenny Heat 70
Donegal Towns mens team went down to an agonising one point defeat to Heat last Saturday night in the league. Donegal went ahead and went in 16 -12 after the first quarter. Aidan Gallagher showed great shooting form with 9 points coming from outside shots and Cookie Meehan adding 6 points in what was an encouraging start. Heat came back well and went in 2 points up at half time 31-33, Pauric ODonnell and Billy Banda being their main men. Donegal lost their rhythm in the 3rd and paid the price going well behind 46-58. But the last quarter sparked a real fight-back from the town men who went ahead with a few minutes remaining but just couldnt hold on and the more confident Heat regained the lead and held out for a one point win. Best for Donegal were Paul McHugh, with Brian Heaney showing well and Glen Mathews a handful inside. Aidan Gallagher showed his old form and old timer Cookie kept plugging away. Pauric ODonnell (21pts) worked tirelessly in defence for Heat and proved the difference going forward as well earning him the MVP. Teams: Bill Collins 22, Liam Travers 8, Kevin Doherty, Paul McHugh 18, Kevin Devanney, Aidan Gallagher 9, Glen Mathews 12, Miroslav, Brian Heaney 3, Noel Gillespie 2, John Meehan 8, John Kennedy 3. Coach: Stephen Carty. Refs: Brian McHugh, Barry McShane.
This weekend sees Cup action coming to town with the Co. Semi-finals played in the gym. The Ladies play LYIT at 5pm and the Men play LYIT at 7pm. Your support is welcome. The club would like to send our condolences to the Carty, Britton and Martin families on the recent loss of Jimmy Cunningham, Kilcar.
Donegal Town 56 / Letterkenny Comets 43
Our ladies continued their good home form, winning against a Comets team that is going well and 2nd in the league and avenged the heavy defeat suffered in the away game. The start was fairly even with both sides having a tentative look at each other ending the quarter 14 each, Libby Duffy and Suzie Harte being the towns main girls.
The 2nd quarter was more of the same, basket for basket. Dawn Diver drove the Comets on and Charlene McHugh and Julianne Murphy kept Donegal in it going in 2 points up at half time 24-22.
The 3rd quarter has been Donegals downfall recently, conceding a lot and making life difficult for themselves. But not on this occasion! The town forged ahead really working hard in defence and moved into a 12 point lead going in to the last 44-32. Yvonne Bushell put in a great quarter with some great shots and good defence. The last quarter was very good from the Town girls with a very patient display, running down the clock and taking good options to close out the game and win against a fancied Comets team. Best for Donegal were Yvonne Bushell, Charlene McHugh, Julianne Murphy and Captain Ciara Buggy controlled things well from the point. Team: Ciara Buggy 4, Julianne Murphy 14, Grainne McCosker 6, Susie Harte 4, Yvonne Bushell 9, Libby Duffy 6, Joanne Travers, Kathryn Martin, Deborah McMullin 8, Charlene McHugh 11. Coach: Kevin Sinclair. Comets: Sinead Gallagher, Dawn Diver, Brid McGinty, Moira Carr, Feena McAteer, Niamh Morrison, Mary Butler, Tara Gildea.
Abbey Vocational 54
De La Salle Churchtown 36.
Pride of place this week has to go the U-16 Boys from Abbey Vocational School who won their All-Ireland semi-final against De La Salle, Churchtown, Dublin and go through to the All-Ireland Final. Played in Dublin meant leaving the school at 5.50am for the long trek to the capital.
The game itself started with a nervous 1st half. The Abbey lads looked the better side but this doesnt get you points and Churchtown took the game to our lads, leading by 3 after the 1st quarter 11-14. Captain Ryan Muldoon 5pts and Jordan Carty keeping the Abbey lads in contact. The 2nd was more of the same with little between the sides. Mark ODonnell 6pts and Jordan Carty 6pts kept the scoring close with Andrew Begley having a stormer inside, fetching rebounds and supplying plenty of ball. John Corley and Jason Coulter were also contributing well to send Abbey in at the break still just 3pts behind.
Things didnt look too good for the second half as Jordan Carty went off with an injured ankle. Abbeys defence really came good in the 3rd and was the base to go and win the game. Their tenacious defending and will to win kept the Dublin lads to just 2 scores and Abbey scored 20pts to put a firm hold on the game. While all the lads did really well, it was the younger boys who caught the eye. Daniel Darby and Aaron Coyle, still a second year, put in some great defence. Andrew Begley notched 6pts and Mark ODonnell, who was now having a big influence on the game, hit the score of the game. Muldoon took the ball up with 11 seconds on the clock, made himself a big threat to the basket and drew the defence then popped the ball to ODonnell who drained a three pointer from well outside the 3 point line just before the buzzer to send Abbey in 44-31 up and looking comfortable.
The last quarter was low scoring as Abbey kept possession and played down the clock to win 54-36 and send the school into the All Ireland Final. A great achievement for these lads in what is their first year playing competitive basketball. Many thanks to our kit sponsors Juicy News and to the Parents Association and Doms Pier 1 won who had a welcome home meal for the lads. Its unfair to pick any out of this great team performance but MVP goes to Ryan Muldoon who, carrying a flu, guided his team well throughout closely followed by Begley and ODonnell. Team: Jordan Carty 8, Caolan ODonnell, Kevin Timoney, Mark ODonnell 15, John Corley 3, Damian Campbell 1, Jason Coulter, Michael Quinn 2, Daniel Darby2, Ryan Muldoon 15, Andrew Begley 7, Aaron Coyle 1, James Britton, Emmett Blain, Owen Diver, Rory McGee, Aidan Faulkner.
Athletes train in Algarve over the New Year
Overall Group Back: Adrian Ruane, Michelle Harvey, Christopher Britton, Lisa Callaghan, Paralympic Athlete; Jarlath Ruane, Patrick McCarron, Monaghan; Pauric Harvey, Ciaran OConnell, Monagahan; James King, Milford; David Doherty, Mary Doherty. Front: Eamon Harvey, Ellen Doherty,
Christopher Doherty, Louise Harvey, Jackie Harvey, Darragh McDaid, Alan McDonald.
Missing from photo: Brian ODonnell and Danny Sharkey.
DONEGAL TOWN BACK TO WINNING WAYS
The senior and reserve sides had barely enough time to get the turkey and whatever else was consumed over the festive season - out of their systems before they were thrown back into action. The Saturday side were defeated by Erne Wanderers in the first leg of the cup, while the seniors were narrowly defeated by a strong Gweedore Utd side.
However following a few gruelling training sessions where senior manager Pete Donaghy showed no mercy and pushed his players to the limit and beyond, the festive season slowly became but a distant memory!!
Donegal Town 6 Lifford 0
Next the seniors faced Lifford away in the Ulster Junior cup. This was going to be a tough challenge as they had fallen at the hands of Lifford earlier in the season and had to face them without a number of key players including the powerful J.P Byrne at the back and Fintan Dohery leading the line. However the timing of the return of Terry ODoherty and Hugh Morrow could not have been better.
The game was played on a heavy pitch in Lifford. Donegal started bright and quickly went ahead through Stephen Curneen. Curneen got onto a through ball from Ringo and shrugged off his marker before beating another defender and finishing smartly to the bottom corner of the net. They got their second when Terry ODoherty reacted first to a loose ball following a corner to beat the Lifford keeper from a narrow angle. Although the Town went into the break with a two goal lead, they were still cautious of the attacking threat Lifford possessed. However the defensive combination of Slevin and Bonnner, along with the safe hands of Murray, went on to keep a clean sheet!!
The Town got their third goal midway through the second half when substitute Ryan Early set up Curneen, who once again showed his composure in front of goal to finish a neat move. Minutes later Early got his name on the score sheet when he converted a pin-point cross from ODoherty. On the 75th minute, a Lifford defender turned an ODoherty cross into his own net to make it five. On the stroke of full time ODoherty rounded off a good second half with a goal which was the 6th and final nail in the Lifford coffin. The travelling support for this match was appreciated. This 6-0 result puts the Seniors into the last 16 of this cup.
Cappry Rovers 0 Donegal Town 5
Two penalties and two crackers by Fintan Doherty and a Ryan Early goal saw the Town run out easy winners over Cappry. The Town started well and went one up after 25 minutes when Ryan Early got his head on the end of a free kick. Minutes later the Town were awarded a penalty after Terry ODoherty was taken down in the box. Fintan Doherty finished this to the net to leave it two nil at half time.
Following an inspiring half-time team talk, the Town went out to kill the game off early and that they did. Doherty got his second of the match in the 55th minute with a cheeky chip from 18 yards. Our boys continued to press and were awarded another penalty on the 65th minute when a defender used his hand to clear a Robert Timony header off the line. Doherty stepped up to take the kick and completed his hatrick.
However he was not finished at that, he saved the best goal for last. On the 82nd minute he rifled a screamer to the top corner from 22 yards. This rounded off a fine individual display and a solid defensive display David Murray keeping another clean sheet!!!
This squad is almost at full strength and hope to continue this winning run in both the league and cup. They now face Redcastle Utd who are currently on top of the Inishowen league. This match takes place on the 4th of February at the Hospital Field and all support would be greatly appreciated.