Harps, Fanad and Rovers gear up for U-19 season

Harps, Fanad and Rovers gear up for U-19 season
Donegal will have more than a passing interest in the League of Ireland U-19 Northern Division with three of its conscripts involved.

Donegal will have more than a passing interest in the League of Ireland U-19 Northern Division with three of its conscripts involved.

Finn Harps, Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers are all gearing up for the new season, which starts on Saturday.

Finn Park will host the derby meeting of Harps and Fanad, while Letterkenny face a tricky opening to their campaign away to Dundalk.

Derry City will travel to Leckview Park on Saturday week to begin their campaign.

Finn Harps won the Northern Section the last time they competed in the division in 2011/12 before spending last term in the Elite Division.

Sean McGowan’s team found the going tough there but insisted it was fine learning experience for their team. Harps finished bottom with 14 points from their 22 fixtures.

Fanad United are currently second from bottom of the Ulster Senior League. It’s not a position the club are used to but Ollie Horgan has been implementing youth to his ranks.

Fanad are undertaking their third season at this level, having finished fifth from seven - ahead of Sligo Rovers and Longford Town in 2011 and then sixth from six last term.

Anthony Gorman is the Letterkenny Rovers manager and his side will be almost a replica of the one that completed the domestic treble of Donegal Youth League, Colin Breslin Memorial Cup and Ulster FA.

Gorman’s son Dale was the captain of that team but has since joined Stevenege FC.

Rovers finished last season with a respectable 14 points from 12 games.

Fixtures

Saturday, 2pm

Dundalk vLetterkenny

Finn Harps v Fanad (6pm)

September 8

Letterkenny v Derry City

Fanad United vDundalk

September 15

Derry City vDundalk

Letterkenny vFinn Harps

September 22

Dundalk vFinn Harps

Derry City vFanad United

September 29

Fanad United vLetterkenny

Finn Harps vDerry City

October 13

Letterkenny v Dundalk

Fanad v Finn Harps

October 20

Derry City v Letterkenny

Dundalk v Fanad United

November 3

Finn Harps v Letterkenny

Dundalk v Derry City

November 10

Fanad United v Derry City

Finn Harps v Dundalk

November 24

Letterkenny vFanad United

Derry City v Finn Harps

December 8

Dundalk v Letterkenny

Finn Harps v Fanad United

December 15

Letterkenny v Derry City

Fanad United v Dundalk

January 12, 2013

Derry City v Dundalk

Letterkenny v Finn Harps

January 19

Dundalk v Finn Harps

Derry City vFanad United

January 26

Fanad United v Letterkenny

Finn Harps v Derry City