Rovers manager thanks fans for their tremendous support


Rovers manager thanks fans for their tremendous support

Letterkenny Rovers supporters were out in force at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.

And while the result might have gone their team's way, the supporters played their part in what was a memorable day for everyone connected with the club.

Three bus-loads of supporters travelled up to the game. Others went by car and they brought colour and atmosphere to the big occasion.

Rovers manager, Eamonn McConigley thanked the fans for making the trip to get behind his team.

“At our meeting about three weeks ago, some people were afraid we might not have very many people up for the match,” he revealed.

“But I told them to rest assured, I know the people of Donegal. They love their football, they love their sport.

“I always knew we were going to be supported. And tonight it was absolutely brilliant, the amount of supporters that were there.

“As a club and as a players, we are so thankful to them.

“That’s more the reason why we are so disappointed that we didn’t give a good account of ourselves in front of the big support.”

McConigley's next task is to help his players get over the result and start preparing for Saturday's FAI Cup 2nd round tie away to Athlone Town.

“I said to the lads to keep their heads up,” he added.

“There are at least 32 if not more teams in Ireland who would love to be in the position we’re in tonight, to get here to the Aviva and play Crumlin in the Intermediate Cup final on what was a tremendous occasion.

“We have to dust ourselves down and get ready for a game against Athlone on Saturday night and then we have a cup final of our own in Donegal to look forward to.

“ It’s been a good season, a tough season, but we just have to put this behind us now and I think the lads really understand that.

“They’re disappointed naturally, they didn’t give a good account of themselves, but that can happen any team.”


He continued: “We’ll be going into the match against Athlone more relaxed hopefully.

“I’m sure we will give a better account of ourselves. There’s not the same at stake because we’re not expected to win the FAI Cup.

“Knowing the lads, they’ll get over it after a couple of days. We’ll get back to training and prepare for the match next Saturday night.”