Sunday 18th Sept 2022
Rovers 1( Tim Callaghan) Cockhill Celtic 3
A strong second half performance from Cockhill Celtic saw them defeat a dogged Letterkenny Rovers 3-1 in the Donegal News League Cup group stage at Leckview Park on Sunday afternoon.
This was Cockhills first competitive joust of the new domestic season and they took the lead on 13 minutes when Garbhan Friels exquisite cross was met by Oisin McMenamin who headed home an excellent opener.
Rovers though fought back excellently and drew level on 18 minutes when Tim Callaghan's looping header caught out Daniel Houghton in the visiting goal
Rovers had chances to go ahead with the impressive Luke Parke forcing a good save from Houghton.
Cockhill then saw Stephen Duffy's penalty well saved by Mark Anthony McGinley in the home goal on 32 minutes with both sides probably happy with honours even at the half time interval.
Cockhill though started the second half the better which they went on to dominate and took the lead on 58 minutes when Duffy made up for his penalty miss when cooly slotting home after Christy McLaughlins effort cannoned off the base of the post.
The away side extended their lead on the 65th minute when Lee McColgan fired high to the roof of the net after a surging run.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline but it's Cockhill who get their season off to the perfect start