The Ulster Senior League sides have been flexing their muscles in the cup competitions of late and over the coming days there’s a few interesting ties in the Donegal News League Cup.
This evening at Leckview Park in Group A Fanad United return to the venue where they posted their worst showing of the season last year. A youthful Letterkenny Rovers ran out 4-0 winners in a day Ollie Horgan and his team would rather forget.
However, Fanad recovered from that FAI Intermediate Cup hammering at the hands of Eamon McConigley’s side to win the Ulster Senior League. That defence will get underway in the coming weeks but for now it will be a case of concentrating on the league cup.
Rovers’ fixture at Swilly Rovers was postponed last Thursday after a death in the Ramelton area and that means this evening’s clash will be the first outing for McConigley’s side in the competition this season.
Two Eunan Kelly penalties set Fanad on their way to a comfortable 5-1 win at Buncrana Hearts last weekend, while Dara McDaid, Ryan Toland and the impressive Kyle Black were also on the mark. On Saturday, Buncrana Hearts will try and get back on track when they welcome Jason Gibson’s Swilly to Inishowen.
In Group B, Kildrum Tigers started off last weekend with a fine 3-2 win away to Cockhill Celtic last weekend. Ronan Coyle eventually settled a see-saw encounter with a 90th minute winner. On Sunday, they welcome Eddie Seydak’s Derry City to Station Road.
The other game of the day sees Drumkeen United play hosts to Cockhill. Drumkeen opened with a 1-1 draw against Bonagee United. And like Kildrum they have an exciting couple of weeks ahead as they are also in the second round of the FAI Cup, the draw for which will be made on April 30.
Donegal News League Cup Group B
Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad
Buncrana v Swilly Rovers
Drumkeen United v Cockhill
Kildrum Tigers v Derry City