McConigley and Rovers must now prepare for Portmarnock on Sunday

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McConigley and Rovers must now prepare for Portmarnock on Sunday

Letterkenny Rovers return to action again on Sunday when they travel to play Portmarnock in the first round of the FAI Senior Cup.

It's another big day out for the Ulster Senior League side.

Speaking last night, their manager, Eamonn McConigley, said his players would have to regroup and prepare for another difficult test.

“Where else would you want to be playing next Sunday?,” he said.

“It's a fantastic pitch and it's the first round of the FAI Cup.

“We'll gather ourselves now and start preparing for the game. I'm sure the lads will be looking forward to it.”

McConigley was speaking after his team had been denied a famous win at Ringmahon by a last gasp equalising goal.

“Initially it felt like a defeat,” the manager said.

“But now that it has sunk in a bit, we realise it's still a decent result and we're still in the cup

“We'll take them back to Letterkenny for a semi-final replay and we'll have home advantage so there's still a great chance for us to get to a final.

“But when you concede so late in the game like we did today, it's a real sucker punch.”

Rovers will assess the fitness of Jonathan Minnock and Shane Bradley, both of whom were injury doubts ahead of yesterday's tie.

David Shovlin didn't play because of injury and he's unlikely to be available for the game in Dublin either. However, Rovers will hope he'll be okay for the return game against Ringmahon Rangers which is likely to be at Leckview Park on Sunday, April 17th.