Sunday 19th November
Unfortunatley it was to be on the day, as Rovers lost out to Dunree United in the Ulster Shield second round.
In a game were Rovers dominated large portions of the game, it was Dunree that won scoring twice on the counter.
The excitement kicked off with Conor O'Donnell's early free-kick for Rovers in the 5th minute, narrowly missing the mark with Caolan Dunleavy's header.
The game took a turn in the 8th minute when Gerry Farrell broke through and confidently found the net, putting Dunree in the lead 1-0.
Despite spirited efforts from both teams, the score held until the 41st minute when Dunree's Adam Barrett set up Gerry Farrell for another clinical finish, extending the lead to 2-0 against the run of play.
Rovers were on top for most of the game but the Dunree defense were solid.
A chance to claw back a goal came in the 48th minute, but Dunree's goalkeeper, Adam Harrigan, did superb to stop Danny Hall's penalty.
Undeterred, Rovers fought back, and in the 60th minute, Conor O'Donnell's corner saw Jason Doherty with a powerful header, narrowing the gap to 2-1.
Dunree had a strong spell pressing in the 70th minute, yet Rovers' keeper, Mark Margey, stood tall with a remarkable save.
Despite a valiant effort from Dunree, Rovers continued to push, creating opportunities.
Deep in injury time, Rovers had a final chance with Caolan Dunleavy's long-range strike, saved by the Dunree keeper, followed by a blocked attempt from Danny Hall. The referee brought an end to the match, with Dunree United ultimately claiming the glory with a 2-1 victory. Best wishes to Dunree as they proceed.