Letterkenny Rovers U-16s
Letterenny Rovers U-16s pulled off a famous win in the SFAI Natonal Cup and booked a last four spot with a fully merited 2-0 win and taking a huge scalp when defeatign top League of Ireland side Bohemians in Coolock on Sunday afternoon.
Rovers have had a glorious run through the competition and this win followed up equally impressive victories against Tramore and Mullingar Athletic in the National stages for the reigning Ulster Area winners.
Rovers started the better and were awarded a penalty on four minutes when lively winger Adam Yisau was upended by Callum Brady but Jack Dwyer missed the resultant penalty.
That set the tone for the first half as Rovers dominated for long periods of play and fathomed a couple of good chances before eventually taking the lead on 14 minutes when Nathan Plumb's low centre was finished by Tobi Akinyimika who made it 5 goals in three games in the national stages for the big frontman.
The game was then delayed for a spell with the horrble weather forcing the referee to take the teams off for a temporary break and when proceedings restarted it was Bohs who capitalised and went close through Andy Margine and Callum Sterlo but on both occasions found Rovers keeper Jonathan Pearson in defiant mood when making two good saves.
Rovers though may have lost momentum ddue to the tempoorary break but soon got back in theri stride and maybe should have been further ahead at the break only to find opposing netminder Troy O'Brien in equally defiant mood when denying Akinyimika, Plumb and Yisau.
Rovers started the second half well also and defended well but the importance of the 2nd goal was crucial and it came on 68 minutes when Dwyer atoned for his earlier penalty miss when just as in the previous game agaisnt Mullingar rose highest to power home a well delivered James Lenty Gallagher corner kick.
Rovers had chances to add to their advantage but managed the game out well for a famous scalp which will live long in the annals for the quite significant travelling support.
Rovers will be away in the semi-finals when travelling to either Salthill or Villa FC.
BOHEMIANS (squad); Troy O'Brien,Somto Oigwude, Kieran Curley, Karl Howard, Godfred Sanke, Divine Okamune, Darsei Omozjuka, Dorel Munteanu, Callum Brady, Callum Sterlo,Andy Margine, Andrius Zamaritis, Alexander Otto
LETTERKENNY ROVERS(squad): Jonathan Pearson, Leon Doherty, James Lenty Gallagher, Fawad Bashar, Joel Gorman, Jake Kelly, Tobi Akinyimika, Nathan Plumb, Adam Yisau, Nathan Bonner, Josh Patton, Jack Dwyer, Sean McGinley, Sean Pascual, Rory Pyper