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Letterkenny Rovers begin their defence of Donegal News USL League Cup on Sunday

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Letterkenny Rovers begin their defence of Donegal News USL League Cup on Sunday

Letterkenny Rovers celebrating win last year

The new Ulster Senior League season gets underway this Sunday with two games in the Donegal News USL League Cup.

Letterkenny Rovers, the Cup holders, welcome Fanad United to Leckview Park while Cockhill Celtic travel to Derry City Reserves (kick-off 2pm).

Rovers overcame Cockhill Celtic 3-1 in the Finn Park in late April to secure the prize and end a six-season dominance by Cockhill in the competition.

BJ Banda's late brace, after Jimmy Bradley cancelled out Lee Toland's penalty, saw Rovers claim the silverware in the final.

Rovers have added the experience of Derry native Emmet Friars to their defence, while Ramelton man Connor Gormley has been recruited to bolster the midfield, having been on Derry City's books.

Gary Merritt has joined from Milford United and played in the recent FAI Senior Cup defeat to UCD at Belfield.

Rovers have lost the services of Conor Tourish to Institute while Christy Connaghan is said to be on his way to Kilmacrennan Celtic.

Eamonn McConigley's men had a brilliant start to last season and will be looking for a similar beginning this time around.

Fanad are once again under the watch of Arthur Lynch for the new season and the Traigh-A-Loch boss will be hoping a number of young players will make the step up to the intermediate grade.

Cokhill have said farewell to Gerard McLaughlin and Gerry Gill, but player-manager Gavin Cullen has added former Finn Harps man Adam Duffy from Illies Celtic. Stephen Duffy and Cathal Farren have also joined the defending USL champions, as has Aaron McColgan.

GROUP A

‪Sept 1‬   Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad United

‪Sept 8‬   Fanad United v Finn Harps Reserves

‪Sept 22‬ Finn Harps Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers

GROUP B

Sept 1 Derry City Reserves v Cockhill Celtic

Sept 8 Bonagee United v Derry City Reserves

Sept 22 Cockhill Celtic v Bonagee United