'The players deserve the chance to play at the Aviva' - McConigley

'The players deserve the chance to play at the Aviva' - McConigley
By Diarmaid Doherty Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Letterkenny Rovers team manager, Eamonn McConigley, knows what it takes to win an FAI Intermediate Cup.

He did it many years ago while with Fanad United and he believes this Letterkenny Rovers team is good enough to go all the way this year.

They're now 90 minutes away from a first ever FAI Intermediate Cup title and meet Crumlin United in the decider in Dublin next month.

“I think we can do it, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

“ I believed in that from the start. It took maybe until after Christmas for me to get the majority of the boys to believe it too.

“ I firmly believe we can go on and win this competition because of the attitude that’s coming from the players. That means so much and I do believe that they are on course to win this Intermediate Cup.”

McConigley was full of praise for his players and said they got their reward for so much hard work and effort over the past number of months.

“We have worked hard for this,” he said.

“We’ve had training on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I’m lucky that I’m retired and when there were players who couldn’t make a night, they’d come down and train at 10am in the morning. I went down and did the training with them, but it was all coming from the players.

“They have all worked so hard and they truly deserve their chance to play at the Aviva.”

Opening goal

The Rovers manager felt it was key that it was his team who managed to get the opening goal in yesterday's game.

“We knew that, we talked about it before the game that we had to stay in the match as long as we could,” he said.

“When we travelled to Cork, in the second half, I felt we tired.

“I felt the Cork side would tire in the second half today which they did.

“If we stayed in the match I knew that we would have that little bit extra to go and score that goal and luckily for us, that’s the way it panned out.

That opening goal was scored by Paul McVeigh following good work by David Shovlin and Terence Shiels. Shovlin, on as a substitute in the second half, then scored the second right at the end.“

“David is a very good player,” McConigley said.

“ He has been carrying a knock on his shoulder. I knew when I brought him on, that I would get a good 15 minutes out of him.

“But I thought Macca (Darren McElwaine) was outstanding for that second goal when he robbed the defender of the ball and set up David inside and he finished well.”