Letterkenny Rovers and Cappry Rovers will contest the final of the Dick Duffy Memorial Cup to be played at the Diamond Park, Ballyare, on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
Both these sides qualified as winners of their respective sections with Letterkenny Rovers topping the North/Northwest area and Cappry Rovers winning the South/East area.
This was the first time the Donegal Youth League were forced to break the league into two different areas and it proved an outstanding success. Despite that the South/East area had lesser games than their opponents Cappry Rovers are worthy representatives defeating Drumbar United and Erne Wanderers both home and away.
Letterkenny Rovers had to overcome Rosses Academy, Bonagee United, Fanad United and Illistrin FC over two legs and had a tough campaign. Rovers have already defeated Cappry Rovers in the Ulster Cup but thee was little to choose between the sides. This final could well be decided on the quality of strikers that both sides posses. Cappry Rovers have Aaron Kelly and Kyle Lafferty in great goalscoring form, whereas the threat of Odhran McMacken, Kieran McPherson and James Gillen will prove a handful for the Ballybofey side.
This will be Cappry Rovers’ first time to contest a Donegal Youth Cup final and the more experienced Letterkenny Rovers side should start as the favourites but an exciting game is in prospect. In the event of the teams being all square at the final whistle, extra time and penalties will decide.
Dick Duffy Memorial Cup final
Letterkenny Rovers v Cappry
Referee: Kevin Logue, assistants: Donal McCafferty and Ed Moore
Colin Breslin Cup quarter-final
Drumbar United v Bonagee United (Ronan Floyd)
Ulster FA Youth Cup q-final
Erne Wanderers v Cockhill Celtic (Liam Farren)
Extra time and penalties if required. Games are reversible if home pitch unplayable.
John “Gorey” Curran Memorial Cup quarter-finals
Drumbar 0-3 Letterkenny Rovers
Rosses Academy 1-4 Fanad
Illistrin 1-10 Cappry Rovers
Erne Wanderers 3-1 Bonagee