DONEGAL LEAGUE Div 1

Letterkenny Rovers Donegal League 2023/24 side
Week 09 2024

Lagan Harps 1 - 4 Letterkenny Rovers

Sunday 3rd Mar 2024

It was a game where Rovers made hard work of it for themselves and will be disappointed by the performance particularly in the first half.

Rovers lost center back Dean McCarry to injury mid way through the first half and we wish him a speedy recovery.

The half ended with Rovers a goal down from a corner that was not cleared gifting Lagan Harps a 1 nil lead going into the break.

Rovers performance was better in the second half and the first goal came on 52 minutes from a Joel Gorman free headed home by Lee McMonagle.

On 77 minutes a combination from Rory Gallagher and the super sub and debutant literally just on the pitch Henry Welles who scored a super strike from 22 yards.

Lee McMonagle netted his second from just outside the 18 yard box from a nice ball by Zac Gorman. In injury time Joel Gorman fired from 30 yards bringing the game to an end.

Rovers ran out victors in the second half as Lagan struggled to keep up the pace with the game ending Lagan Harps 1 Letterkenny Rovers 4.

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Week 08 2024

ULSTER JUNIOR CUP - SEMI FINAL

Sunday 25th February 2024

Gweedore United 1 - 3 Letterkenny Rovers

The Rovers side advance to the Ulster Junior Cup final after defeating Gweddore United. Our goalscorers were Lee McMonagle, Adrian Delap and David O'Donnell.

The final will be against Buncrana Hearts, date to be confirmed.

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Week 06 2024

Clonmel Celtic 2 - 1 Letterkenny Rovers

Sunday 11th Februrary 2024

FAI Junior Cup 6th Round Last 16

Clonmel Celtic vs. Letterkenny Rovers

 

In a fiercely contested clash marking the 6th round of the FAI Junior Cup, Letterkenny Rovers embarked on a challenging journey to face Clonmel Celtic in a pivotal last 16 encounter. Despite displaying large periods of possession particularly in the first half, Rovers endured a heartbreaking defeat in the dying stages of the game.

 

From the outset, both teams showcased their determination to secure victory, with Aidy Delap leading Rovers' charge with an early effort from 25 yards, narrowly missing the target. However, it was Clonmel settled quickest, testing Rovers' defense on the counter attack.

 

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Week 04 2024

Letterkenny Rovers 4 - 0 Glengad United

In challenging windy conditions at Leckview, Letterkenny Rovers secured a convincing 4-0 victory against Glengad United in the Ulster Junior Cup Quarter-final clash.

 

The first half saw Rovers dominating possession and creating several chances. Despite attempts going wide, the team maintained pressure. Mark Anthony McGinley made a crucial save for Rovers, denying Glengad's Ryan McLaughlin.

 

The breakthrough came in the 58th minute when a well-timed run by Leon Doherty, following a cross from Joel Gorman, resulted in the opening goal. Rovers continued their momentum, extending their lead to 2-0 on the 66th minute through a collaborative effort involving Adrian Delap and Adam Murphy.

 

Rovers' dominance continued and Glengad's troubles increased when Owen Doherty received a straight red card on the 75th minute.

 

In the final moments, Rovers sealed the win with Zach Gorman's header from a Nathan Plumb cross, making it 3-0 on the 84th minute. Despite Glengad being awarded a penalty on the 85th minute, Mark Anthony McGinley's save denied them a consolation goal.

 

Rovers continued their assault, with Luke Parke's strike on the 88th minute securing a resounding 4-0 victory. The win puts Letterkenny Rovers into the semi-finals of the Ulster Junior Cup. 

 

Referee: Marty McGarrigle.

 

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Week 03 2024

Mervue United 2 - 3 Letterkenny Rovers

Saturday 20th January 2024 | KO 4pm

FAI JUNIOR CUP FIFTH ROUND

MERVUE UNITED 2

LETTERKENNY ROVERS 3

Letterkenny Rovers edged a thrilling FAI Junior Cup tie against Mervue United at a rain soaked Fahy’s Field in Galway on Saturday evening to progress to the last 16 of the competition.

A minutes silence was observed prior to kick-off in memory of life long Letterkenny Rovers clubman Patsy Collins who sadly passed away earlier in the day.

Adrian Delap’s 50th minute goal eventually settled the tie in the visitors favour as they managed to hold on over the closing stages despite being reduced to ten men following the late dismissal of Joel Gorman for two bookable offences. Gorman, who was instrumental in all three Rovers goals, will now miss the next round.

Having won away to Wexford side North End United on penalties in the previous round, this was another tough draw for the Donegal men against another side fancied to go deep into the competition.

Played in front of a healthy crowd, Rovers got off to the perfect start with a goal after just three minutes. Joel Gorman’s corner was met by a powering header from Lee McMonagle which he directed past debutant Conor Winn in the Mervue goal.

However, the home side settled quickly and drew level on 14 minutes. Colin Kelly with a low free-kick from 20 yards which he curled around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

Rovers restored their lead just after the half hour mark. Gorman’s free-kick was met by Dean McCarry who outjumped the former Finn Harps and Galway United goalkeeper Winn and the ball made it over the line despite the best attempts from the Mervue defenders.

But the hosts responded again drawing level on the stroke of half-time. Rovers conceded possession in midfield and the lively Lewis Waweru latched onto the ball before unleashing a low drive from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

With the rain lashing down, Rovers hit the front for the third time in the game five minutes after the re-start. Joel Gorman’s corner was flicked on by his brother Zach and Adrian Delap got the slightest of touches to steer the ball into the net.

This time Rovers were able to hold on to their lead with goalkeeper Blake Forkan making a number of fine saves in the second half as Mervue piled on the pressure.

Gorman’s dismissal in the 80th minute made for a tense finish along with seven minutes of additional time but in the end Rovers got their reward and a fitting victory in memory of their club stalwart Patsy Collins.

Mervue United – Conor Winn, Luke Gorman, Daniel Brennan, Aaron Finnerty, Tommy Walsh, Darren Collins, Lewis Waweru, Oisin Coyne, Kieran O’Connor, Colin Kelly, Jason Molloy.

Letterkenny Rovers – Blake Forkan, Ryan Lonergan, Caolan McConnell, Michael Gallagher, Dean McCarry, Christy Connaghan, Zach Gorman, Lee McMonagle, Gareth Doherty, Adrian Delap. Subs used – David O’Donnell, Leon Doherty, Nathan Plumb and Rory Gallagher.

Referee – John O’Connor (Galway)

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Week 02 2024

Letterkenny Rovers 3 - 1 Rathmullan Celtic

Sunday 14th January 2024

Brian McCormick Cup (Letterkenny Area)

Letterkenny Rovers came from behind to secure a hard fought 3-1 win over Rathmullan Celtic in the Brian McCormick Sports Cup at Leckview Park.

It was the visitors who started brightly and deservedly took an early lead when Mark McAteer’s close range shot inside a crowded penalty area trickled into the net.

Indeed, the Premier Division outfit were unfortunate not to be further ahead. Dean McCarry came to Rovers’ rescue with a goal line clearance from Oisin McMenamin’s effort while a long range strike from former Rovers skipper Conal McGonigle was superbly tipped over the bar by Blake Forkan.

Despite the blow of losing Chris Malseed through injury, the home side got themselves level on the half hour mark with a 25 yard free-kick from Joel Gorman which sailed into the net.

Rovers then hit the front before half-time as Rathmullan failed to clear the ball inside their penalty area and Zach Gorman pounced to smash his effort into the roof of the net.

In the second half, Rathmullan missed a glorious opportunity to level the game when they were awarded a penalty only for McMenamin’s effort to be saved by Forkan.

Rovers wrapped up the victory with ten minutes to go. David O’Donnell went on a surging run down the left flank and his low inviting cross was expertly finished by Lee McMonagle at the near post.

Referee – Packie Coll.

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