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Richard Clarke (41)
Aaron Arkinson (49)


Donegal Celtic

Neil Slane (90 1)


Dergview's Aaron Arkinson (Picture: John McIlwaine/


PLAYER/manager, Richard Clarke was hugely instrumental in firing Dergview to their first league win of the season in a bruising clash at Darragh Park but the home side had to survive a late DC surge to claim the three points.

Clarke broke the deadlock in an otherwise disappointing first half with four minutes remaining, a deft near-post flick on Aaron Arkinson's corner that had the ball nestling in the Celtic net.

The former Portadown man was involved again four minutes after the interval when he was the foil in a classic one-two with the impressive Arkinson who then left two Celtic defenders trailing in his wake before jinking past 'keeper Brian McGurk and steering the ball into a vacant net.

Celtic came storming back in an attempt to salvage something from the game with only some sterling backs-to-the-wall defending by the Derg men superbly complemented by 'keeper Jack Boggs copper-fastening the win.

Boggs did well to block a close-range Kevin Hughes effort 18 minutes from time and soon afterwards he acrobatically turned Danny Wallace's excellent header from Pearse Devine's right-sided cross on to his bar and safety.

On 83 minutes the keeper made a splendid double stop, initially from a Conor Downey free-kick, then beating away Devine's screaming 25-yard hit on the loose ball.

He next bravely denied substitute, Conor Glenholmes, but was unable to prevent the Belfast team's 88th-minute replacement, Neil Slane, finding his top left-hand corner when another Downey free kick in added time was only partially cleared.


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