27 Sept 2022

Bonagee United hit five to see off Letterkenny Rovers in Intermediate Cup

Jason Gibson's Bonagee United scored three times in the space of five deadly first-half minutes to overcome Letterkenny Rovers in the FAI Intermediate Cup

Bonagee United hit five to see off Letterkenny Rovers in Intermediate Cup

Jack Parke on the attack for Bonagee United at Leckview Park. Photos: Stephen Doherty

Bonagee United scored three times in the space of five first-half minutes to ease into the second round of the FAI Intermediate Cup at Letterkenny Rovers' expense. 

Letterkenny Rovers 1
Bonagee United 5

Quarter-finalists in the competition last season, Jason Gibson’s men had a trouble-free afternoon under the Leckview Park sunshine on Saturday evening.

Gareth Harkin, Michael Funston and Conor Black led the way with a trio of goals in the first half and, after Gareth Doherty reduced the Rovers arrears, Deano Larkin netted a double to copper-fasten a one-sided derby win.

Rovers’ woe was compounded in the 81st minute as Johnny Robb was sent off after receiving his second booking of the evening.

Robb was also dismissed seven days prior when Bonagee held sway to win 3-2 in the League Cup.

The just-returned Ryan McConnell, back at Rovers having begun the season at Lagan Harps, headed over the top from a Shane McNamee corner in the 16th minute.

Four minutes later Bonagee were in front. Harkin played a one-two with Micheál Doherty, whose superb back-heel set up Harkin for the opener.

Just 90 seconds later, it was 2-0. With Mark Anthony McGinley off his line, the ball fell to Funston, who was positioned not far from the Rovers dugout, way out on the right flank.

Funston had already eyed the target and the former Finn Harps midfielder took aim. The ball bounced beyond McGinley and Rovers were reeling.

It went from bad to worse when, after McGinley saved from Larkin, Black swept high to the far side of the net for the third.

McNamee warmed the palms of Oisin Cannon and Adrian Delap was well over after Leon Doherty’s burst down the right presented the chance.

Bonagee, without Tony McNamee and Gareth Breslin, were good value for a 3-0 lead at the break, but Gareth Doherty converted from the spot 11 minutes into the second half after Jordan Nugent was fouled.

The Bonagee response arrived six minutes later, Larkin sliding past McGinley after Harkin’s through ball created the opening.

Ten minutes from time, Larkin converted again and it might well have been more, but Doherty fired over after being played in by a Harkin pass.

After Robb was sent off for the second game in succession, Jamie Lynagh could have added a sixth, but his effort narrowly cleared the crossbar after he connected with Sean Hume’s header across the goal face.

The Ulster Senior League will have only one representative in the national phase of this season’s Intermediate Cup and Bonagee will now face Cockhill Celtic for the right to head to the open draw.

Leterkenny Rovers: Mark Anthony McGinley, Leon Doherty, Charlie White, Ryan McConnell (Caolan McConnell 19), Shane Porter, Dean McCarry, Jordan Nugent (Luke Parke 84), Gareth Doherty, Johnny Robb, Shane McNamee, Adrian Delap.

Bonagee United: Oisin Cannon, Conor Black, Jack Parke (Dylan McAteer 83), Daragh Ellison (Jamie Lynagh 67), Mark Harkin, Stephen Black (Noah Barrett 83), Dan O’Donnell, Michael Funston (Sean Hume 72), Gareth Harkin, Michel Doherty, Deano Larkin.

Referee: Marty McGarrigle.

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