Letterkenny Rovers produced convincing win against a gallant Ballybofey United team at Diamond Park on Monday evening in the John Gorey Curran Cup final.
Letterkenny Rovers 6
Ballybofey United 1
Rovers got into their stride after this and two goals in the space of four minutes put them firmly in control.
On 13 minutes a superbly delivered free by Kevin O’Donnell found Jack Blake’s head and the Convoy man found the back of the net from eight yards.
Ballybofey were reeling from this and just four minutes later Marty Vance doubled the lead when he shot high to the net from 12 yards following a long throw in.
Ballybofey threw themselves a lifeline on the half hour. Following a defensive-mix up Conor Glackin stepped in and unleashed a super left footed strike from 16 yards which flew high past the hapless Christopher O’Donnell.
Any hopes of comeback were short-lived though as Rovers scored just a minute later. Goalkeeper Liam O’Meara made a super stop from Gavin McDaid, who really should have scored but the ball fell to Vance who had the simplest of tasks slotting home from six yards.
Rovers made it 4-1 and effectively ended the match as a meaningful contest on 41 minutes. Gareth Doherty played McDaid through and he beat O’Meara at the near post
Ballybofey were awarded a penalty on 69 minutes when Simon McGlynn was adjudged to have fouled substitute Kyle Doherty.
Marty Meadows penalty was stopped by Christopher O’Donnell and also managed to smother the rebound.
From then on it was only really a matter of playing out the game as Letterkenny strolled to victory.
They got their fifth on 72 minutes with a Vance corner being headed home yet again by Jack Blake and Gavin McDaid put the icing on the cake latching onto a Luke Nelis throughball to slot past O’Meara.
Letterkenny Rovers: Christopher O’Donnell, Brandon Toye (Luke Nelis 52), Ryan McLoughlin, Noah Mailey, Liam Blaney, Gareth Doherty (Simon McGlynn 58), Jack Blake, Kevin O’Donnell (Adrian Delap 58), Marty Vance, Gavin McDaid, Ryan McCloskey.
Ballybofey United: Liam O’Meara, Gavin Doherty (Ronan McMenamin 79), Paul Clarke, Niall McCloskey, Shaun Duffy, Marty Meadows, Aaron McCauley (Barry McGowan 77), Mikey Grant, Owen Harvey, Daragh McGee (Gerard Bonner 56), Conor Glackin.
Referee: Marty McGarrigle