LETTERKENNY ROVERS 2 V 0 HOME FARM. A goal in each half by team captain Darren Mc Elwaine was enough to send former finalists Letterkenny Rovers through to the last four of the FAI Intermediate Cup in this keenly contested quarter-final at Leckview Park. Rovers were the better team in this game but were made to work very hard by competitive opponents. The visitors almost got the perfect start when Eoin Murray’s cracking free-kick from 35 yards crashed back of Rory Kelly’s crossbar with the keeper at full stretch, Jack Mc Mullan followed up but couldn’t control his headed effort from 12 yards. Five minutes later Pajo Rafferty’s corner found the head of Ryan Mc Connell and his effort was headed off the line by Christy Doran, Mc Elwaine blasted the follow-up over. The visitors threatened again in the 24th minute when Sean Goulding shot wide after Bradley Hand had done well. Rovers made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute when Darren Mc Elwaine turned well on the edge of the box and was fouled, he took the free-kick himself and found the bottom corner with a placed shot rather than a power effort. Just before the break Home Farm again threatened when Matt Mc Entee found Hand but his effort was easily dealt with. Rovers began well after the restart and David Shovelin’s cross created danger for the visitors in the 49th minute. Shovelin was involved again in the 63rd minute when his short corner routine with Rafferty caused problems and Ryan Mc Connell blasted just over. Four minutes later it was 2-0, the excellent Paul Mc Veigh was upended after another positive burst into the box and Mc Elwaine confidently slotted the penalty into the top corner. Both teams made a number of substitutions in the final half-hour as the play became a bit disjointed. Paul Mc Veigh’s cross almost found Rafferty in the 85th minute and Rory Kelly had to push Christy Doran’s well struck free-kick a minute later but by that time Rovers were comfortably on their way to the semi-finals of the FAI Intermediate Cup yet again. LETTERKENNY ROVERS ; Rory Kelly , Ryan Lonegan ( Garvin Grant 77mins ), Ryan Gildea , Ryan Mc Connell, Conor Tourish , Kevin Mc Grath ( Chris Malseed 70mins ), Paul Mc Veigh , David Shovelin , Darren Mc Elwaine ( Odhran Mc Macken 72mins ), Christy Conaghan , Pajo Rafferty ( Luke Nelis 90mins ). HOME FARM ; Peter Halpin ( Liam Woodcock ), Steve O Sullivan , Fintan Kearns, James Duff , Jack Mc Mullan ( Martin O Brien 43mins ), Eoin Murray ( Patrick Davis ), Matt Mc Entee ( Aaron 0 Dwyer ) , Colm Richardson ( Barnard Ogene ), Sean Goulding , Bradley Hand ( Ross Coyle 75mins ), Christy Doran. REFEREE ; Mr. Martin Mc Garrigle. Assistants ; Mr. Packie Coll & Mr. Marty Quinn
Macca Double sends Rovers through to last four. Charlie Collins reports.
Author of 'Boxing In Donegal: A History (2021)' - the definitive history of the sport in County Donegal - and 'Relentless: A Race Through Time', the 2019 memoir of former Irish Athletics Team Manager Patsy McGonagle. From St Johnston and now based in Letterkenny, Chris was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.