Letterkenny Rovers’ quest for further silverware this season remains on course following a narrow 1-0 victory over Swilly Rovers in the Colin Breslin Memorial Cup quarter-finals at the Aura Leisure Centre on Monday night.
Letterkenny Rovers 1
SWilly Rovers 0
With 10 minutes remaining, substitute Tristan Ferris powered home a close range header which proved to be the match winner.
A few weeks earlier, Swilly had knocked their hosts out of the Ulster Youth Cup and Anthony Gorman’s side gained revenge to set-up a semi-final meeting against neighbours Bonagee United.
Indeed, it was the home side who started fast out of the blocks with Ryan McCloskey going close on two occasions and Jason Doherty being denied by goalkeeper Caolan Bolton as the Swilly defence lived a charmed life.
Ronan Curtis was again the main threat for the visitors and he was unlucky with a header while Bolton was called into action just before the break to thwart midfielder Kieran McGrath on this occasion.
In the early stages of the second half, Dale Gorman fired narrowly wide when he was through in a one on one situation while Curtis then had Swilly’s best chance only to see his effort hit the post with Jason Quinn beaten.
The decisive goal arrived on 80 minutes when Gorman’s inch perfect delivery from a corner was met by Ferris who powered his header into the roof of the net to earn Letterkenny the victory.
Next up for Rovers is the visit of Illistrin in the semi-finals of the John ‘Gorey’ Curran Memorial Cup – a tie which takes place at Leckview Park next Tuesday night with a 6.30pm kick-off.