Cockhill slight favourites ahead of League Cup Final

Cockhill slight favourites ahead of League Cup Final
Drumkeen United and Cockhill Celtic go in search of the first part of a potential league and cup double when they meet in Sunday’s League Cup Final.

Drumkeen United and Cockhill Celtic go in search of the first part of a potential league and cup double when they meet in Sunday’s League Cup Final.

The two clubs are battling it out for the league title in the USL, but they put that matter on hold this weekend when they meet in Sunday evening’s Donegal News decider at Dry Arch Park, Bonagee (5.30pm).

It promises to be an intriguing contest and for Drumkeen, it gives them the chance of making up for the disappointment of last season when they lost the final to Letterkenny Rovers after extra time. Their manager, Mickey Rodgers feels his team will go into this game as slight underdogs, but that will mean little come kick-off time.

“It’s the two best teams in the league and it’s going to be interesting because it comes before the two sides meet again in the league decider,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to it. It’s been a great season for us so far but and when you get to a cup final, it’s great for everyone involved.

“I think our lads have shown a bit of bottle in a lot of games this year. Even in our semi final against Swilly - we were 1-0 down a nd we showed great character to come back and win 3-1.”

Drumkeen have slight worries over Ryan Gildea and Seimi Nani Friel while Cockhill will be at full strength aside from Gerard McLaughlin who suffered a cruciate injury two weeks ago.

Just like Mickey Rodgers, Cockhill manager, Donal O’Brien, was happy to see his team come through a tough group and semi final in order to qualify for this final.

“The lads are really looking forward to it,” he said.

“Hopefully it will be a good game and we get a big crowd because the league deserves a big showcase like this. The league has come in for a lot of criticism form some parts and I think that’s very unfair.

“Sunday’s game should be close - it’s a hard one to call.”