Forker and Rovers turn attentions to cup replay

LECKVIEW PARK HOSTS FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY

Forker and Rovers turn attentions to cup replay

Jonathan Minnock is a major injury concern for Letterkenny Rovers ahead of Sunday's FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final replay.

Rovers host Ringmahon Rangers of Cork at Leckview Park on Sunday at 12 noon

However, after suffering a hamstring injury in last weekend's FAI Senior Cup draw at Portmarnock, Minnock is facing a race against time to be fit for this weekend.

The former Harps man has been in terrific form of late and along with Shane Bradley, was one of the stand-out players when the sides met two weeks ago in Cork.

That game finished 1-1 with Rovers denied the victory when the home side equalised in the 94th minute.

Rovers midfielder, Mark Forker, is expecting a different type of game this weekend.

“The onus was on Ringmahon to come out and have a go the last day,” he said.

“We were pretty happy to sit back and try to hit them on the break.

“No two games are ever the same, and I'd expect a very different type of game on Sunday.

“But we played well in the home games against Middleton and Killester and we'll need a similar performance in this one.”

Rovers were impressive again last Sunday in their 1-1 FAI Cup 1st round draw at Portmarnock where Forker had a big game in the middle of the park.

The Burtonport man said he's enjoying his football at present.

“It's the first time I can say that for a good while,” he added.

“It was great to be at Institute last year and to play in the Premier Division. But we were always struggling and it was tough going.

“But this year has been brilliant. The whole set-up at Letterkenny Rovers is fantastic, especially the coaching end of things with Anthony (Gorman) and Eamonn (McConigley). It's been brilliant.”

The prize for the winners of this Sunday's replay is a chance to play in the Aviva Stadium which hosts this year's FAI Intermediate Cup Final.

Aviva

Forker insisted the players need to concentrate on Sunday before they start to think about the Aviva.

“We used to joke after matches in the earlier rounds that we were only so many games away from the Aviva,” he said.

“Now that we've got this far, it's almost unavoidable. But we've got to concentrate on the things that are in our control and that means putting in the right performance against Ringmahon.”

Aside from the concerns surrounding Jonathan Minnock and Rovers will hope to be at full strength for this weekend.

David Shovlin hasn't played for a number of weeks, but may be available while Shane Bradley will return to the side after missing last weekend's draw with Portmarnock in Dublin.