Letterkenny Rovers were made to work hard by a dogged Fanad Utd side before eventually running out 3-1 winners on a crisp spring afternoon at Leckview Park.
Letterkenny Rovers 3
Fanad United 1
The win sees Rovers close the gap on leaders Cockhill Celtic to 3 points at the top of the Ulster Senior League table.
Fanad boss Arthur Lynch in his pre match plans would have wished his side could contain Rovers for as long as possible but those hopes were thrown awry when Rovers scored after just two minutes.
Jonathan Minnock's free kick wasnt cleared properly and it fell to Paul Boyle and his header looped over goalkeeper Paddy Kelly and off the crossbar before falling to Christy Connaghan who had the simple task of tapping home from close range.
Fanad though came close though a Marty McAteer free kick but for the remainder of the half any chances fell to the home side.
Rovers for all their dominance only went in at the break leading by the single goal but they doubled the advantage just 73 seconds into the second half.
Again it was a Minnock free kick which was the catalyst which was headed down by Darren McElwaine to the far post were the inrushing David Shovlin couldn'tt miss.
Fanad pulled one back when a snapshot from Davitt Walsh from 25 yards sneaked in at Sean Friel' s near post.
They did their best to force an equaliser but they didn'’t really trouble keeper Friel in the home goal although Eoghan Rafferty and Walsh both fired efforts just wide.
The insurance goal for Rovers arrived on 86 minutes when Ryan Lonergan set up Brian McVeigh to score.
Next up for Rovers is a League Cup semi-final at Bonagee on Easter Sunday before they have games in the FAI Cup first round and Intermediate Cup semi-final.