Defeat on Penalties in Ulster Junior Cup

Letterkenny Rovers starting 11 for the Ulster Junior Cup on the 27th April 2024

Saturday 27th April 2024.

Ulster Junior Cup Final 

A toughly contested battle, no less than was expected with boths teams going for it from the the start and being level at the end of normal proceedings bring the game to Extra Time and Penalties. Even then there was little to separate the sides with both keeps pulling of saves and the shootout ending 7-6 in favor of Buncrana Hearts as the light faded on the pitch and for Rovers.


From the opening whistle, Letterkenny Rovers showed their intent, pressing forward with purpose and creating early chances. Their efforts were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty, expertly converted by Lee McMonagle to give his team the lead.

Buncrana Hearts responded strongly, but Letterkenny Rovers' defense held firm, thwarting their attacks and maintaining their advantage. However, just before halftime, Buncrana Hearts managed to equalize, setting up a tense second half.

In the second period, both teams continued the battle, with chances coming at both ends of the pitch. Despite Buncrana Hearts taking the lead, Letterkenny Rovers refused to concede defeat, with McMonagle once again rising to the occasion to level the score.

With the match deadlocked after extra time, it all came down to a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Despite the valiant efforts of the Letterkenny Rovers players, Buncrana Hearts emerged victorious, winning the shootout 7-6.

Although the result may not have gone their way, Letterkenny Rovers can hold their heads high and get ready for their next Cup game this Thursday against Bonagee Utd.

Letterkenny Rovers players and management for the Ulster Junior Cup on the 27th April 2024