The Ulster Senior League’s two remaining conscripts in the FAI Intermediate Cup both face tricky replays against Dublin opposition this Sunday afternoon.
Letterkenny Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw last Sunday against St Francis at Leckview Park on an eventful day for striker Darren McElwaine.
Having seen a penalty saved by Paul Dowling on 23 minutes, McElwaine then shot the team managed by Trevor Scanlon into a 1-0 lead on the hour-mark.
Rovers were holding on in the second half but when McElwaine was sent off for a second yellow card, Karl Delaney levelled for St Francis on 84 minutes to set up Sunday’s replay. McElwaine, the league’s top scorer, is now suspended for the replay at John Hyland Park in Baldonnell, 2pm.
John Doherty, Glen Gallagher and Eloka Asokuh got wothwhile 90 minutes under their belts at Leckview Park.
“Anthony Gorman will be available after missing the match last weekend,” said club secretary Eric White.
“We also are hoping to bring in a player or two before we go to Dublin on Sunday, maybe to bolster the squad more than anything.”
St Francis are currently in fourth place in the Sunday Senior One, which is the second flight of the Leinster Senior League.
The team currently in second spot in Leinster’s top league, the Senior Division Sunday, are Crumlin United, who travel to the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Ground in Buncrana to take on Cockhill Celtic in Sunday’s replay, 1pm.
The sides drew 0-0 in Dublin a fortnight ago - an excellent result for Donal O’Brien’s Ulster Senior League champions and Donegal News League Cup winners.
Peter Doherty has a broken nose but may play through it, while Jimmy Bradley’s broken arm means he will miss out.
“We’re 90 minutes away from being in the FAI Senior Cup and that means we’re in the hat with the League of Ireland clubs,” O’Brien said.
“We know what we’re up against, but they know now what they’re up against - and
“I think they’ll fear us in a way. They know they’re in for a battle.”