Bonnar and Minnock out for FAI Cup replay

LETTERKENNY ROVERS MEET PORTMARNOCK ON SUNDAY

Bonnar and Minnock out for FAI Cup replay

Eamonn McConigley insists winning Sunday's FAI Senior Cup replay with Portmarnock is now top priority for Letterkenny Rovers.

The club qualified for the final of the FAI Intermediate Cup last weekend.

And with a date at the Aviva Stadium to come in May, Rovers might well have one eye on the cup final with Crumlin United.

But team manager, Eamonn McConigley said the focus is firmly on this weekend.

“We had a chat after training on Tuesday night and there were a few things to talk about with the players in relation to the Intermediate final,” he said.

“But from now, there'll be no more talk about it. We've got another big game to prepare for now on Sunday and that's all we'll be thinking about this week.”

Rovers and Portmarnock drew 1-1 in Dublin last Sunday week with Darren McElwaine equalising in the second halkf for the USL club.

Tommy Bonnar was sent off shortly after McElwaine's goal, so he'll miss this Sunday's replay. Jonathan Minnock is also ruled out because of injury and Mark Forker and Steve Okakpu Emeka are both doubts after suffering knocks last weekend against Ringmahon Rangers.

McConigley will be able to bring a number of players into his squad as cover, including Brian McVeigh, Derek Frankowski and youth players, Ruairí Friel and Eoghan Kelly.

Memorable

After Sunday's memorable win over Cork side Ringmahon, McConigley is hoping his team can put in another good performance this weekend.

“You're just 90 minutes away from a chance meeting with a senior club in the FAI Cup and every player would love to play in a game like that,” he said.

“Our big aim was to get to the FAI Intermediate Cup final and we've managed to achieve that.

“I'm not saying there's no pressure on us now on Sunday, but I think we can approach this game in a positive frame of mind.

“Portmarnock lost their Intermediate replay with Crumlin. They go into Sunday's game on the back of a disappointing defeat, whereas we go in to the game after a fantastic win.”

McConigley added: “The big games are coming thick and fast. But there's a great buzz about the club at the minute and this week the number of people that have been congratulating us on our win last Sunday has been incredible.”

Ulster Senior League

Meanwhile there are two games fixtured for this Sunday in the Ulster Senior League. Cockhill Celtic, leaders in the division, are at home to Bonagee United, and Derry City Reserves host Swilly Rovers.

Then next Wednesday night, there are two more games with Bonagee United at home to Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers play Derry City Reserves in Ramelton.