Rovers complete double

Letterkenny Rovers completed their League and U-16 Champions League double when they beat Swilly Rovers at Finn Park on Wednesday night.

Letterkenny Rovers completed their League and U-16 Champions League double when they beat Swilly Rovers at Finn Park on Wednesday night.

Letterkenny Rovers 4

Swilly Rovers 1

Goals from Cormac Callaghan, Paddy Diver and two from Kieran McPherson helped land the Champions League crown for the Leckview Park outfit, while a second-half Ronan Curtis header failed to ignite a Swilly comeback.

McPherson set Letterkenny on their way with a thumping shot in the second minute before Diver tapped in number two five minutes before the break.

Cormac Callaghan, three minutes after the restart, made the game safe for the team managed by Liam O’Donnell and although Swilly pulled one back through a Curtus header, the title was clinched when McPherson scored again.

The Ramelton side, who were also beaten by their rivals in the league decider, were unfortunate to conclude the week in which they reached the National Cup semi-final with a defeat.

On Sunday, they gave a good account of themselves against St Joseph’s Boys from Dublin, before losing by four goals to two after extra-time.

Fatigue, plus injuries to Jordan Toland, Vinny Piper, Dominic Hull and Kyle Burke furthered their odds. However, on Wednesday they were well beaten by Rovers, who were delighted to make it double and well deserving of their win.

Letterkenny Rovers: Jason Quinn; Caolan O’Donnell, Liam Blaney, Ciaran Maloney, Noah Mailey; Paddy Diver, Cormac Callaghan, Dale Gorman, Michael Miller; Chris Flanagan, Kieran McPherson. Subs: Kevin O’Donnell for Miller (70), Kennedy Boachie for McPherson (75), Hugh McDaid for C.O’Donnell (75), Chris O’Donnell for Quinn (76), Caolan McDaid for Gorman (76).

Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton; Padraic Ferry, Dylan Quinn, Kyle Burke, Nathan McElwaine; Brandon Toye, Dylan Hegarty, Jordan Toland, Adam Serrinha; Darragh Black, Ronan Curtis. Subs: Gavin Grier (Toland, 32), Duncan Patterson for Burke (half-time), Odhran Coll for Toye (65), Shea Durning for Ferry (69), Shane McGettigan.

Referee: Marty McGarrigle.