Letterkenny Rovers come from behind to beat Bonagee in cup semi-final


Letterkenny Rovers come from behind to beat Bonagee in cup semi-final

Letterkenny Rovers will meet Cockhill Celtic in the final of this year's Donegal News USL League Cup.

Rovers got the better of Bonagee in their semi-final yesterday afternoon at Dry Arch Park.

Cockhill advanced after Derry City Reserves failed to field for their tie.

Bonagee Utd. 1

Letterkenny Rovers 3

Letterkenny Rovers booked their place in the decider of this year’s Donegal News League Cup, despite falling behind to Bonagee in a close fought game at the Showgrounds.

This victory sets Rovers in good stead for their big trip to Cork next weekend for their Intermediate Cup semi-final clash with Ringmahon Rangers and their FAI Senior Cup 1st Rd. game with Portmarnock FC the following week.

The first opportunity of this game fell the way of the visitors in the 12th minute, when a cross from Paul McVeigh seemed to catch the Bonagee defence napping and Darren McElwaine managed to side foot an effort wide from five yards out. 

Bonagee tested young Sean Friel in the Letterkenny Rovers nets in the 15th minute when Kevin Barr, who was lively throughout, forced a save with an effort from the edge of the box. 

The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute. A long ball out from the back was flicked on by the head of Barr into the path of Aidan McLaughlin who managed to squeeze the ball home from ten yards. 

That lead lasted all of six minutes. Ryan Lonergan, surrounded by two Bonagee players, managed to get his cross to the back post, where McElwaine was on hand to prod the ball home.


An effort from McVeigh on the stroke of half time stung the fingers of Eugene Ferry, so the score at the interval was 1-1. 

Letterkenny took the lead ten minutes into the second period.  A Mark Forker ball into the channel reached Stevie Okakpo who made no mistake from 12 yards. 

Okakpo got his second two minutes later.  A mistake by the normally reliable Gareth Breslin allowed the young Rovers striker give his side a two goal cushion.

 Chances were scarce for the remainder of the contest as Letterkenny held out for the win to qualify for another cup final

 Bonagee Utd:  Eugene Ferry, Evan McCroary, Darren Hunter, Gareth Breslin, Barry McGinley, Anthony Appiah, Ryan McFadden, Dean Larkin, Jamie Lynagh, Kevin Barr, Aidan McLaughlin.

 Letterkenny Rovers:  Sean Friel, Ryan Lonergan, Shane Bradley, Paul Boyle, Johnny Minnock, Kevin McGrath, Mark Forker, Christy Conaghan, Stevie Okakpu, Darren McElwaine, Paul McVeigh.

Referee: Packie Coll.


Sunday, April 3rd

4 Lanterns USL

Swilly Rovers v Derry City Reserves, 2pm

FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup Semi-Final

Ringmahon Rangers (Cork) v Letterkenny Rovers.