Letterkenny Rovers endured a humiliating afternoon in this Airtricity Under-19 League fixture suffering a 13-0 defeat against Dundalk at Leckview Park on Sunday.
Letterkenny Rovers 0-13 Dundalk
In an embarrassingly one sided contest, Rovers were trailing 4-0 at the break before things got even worse in the second half shipping a further nine goals as the visitors went on the rampage against an out of sorts Rovers side.
It will be a tall order for team manager Anthony Gorman to raise his troops after this demoralising defeat but they will have to turn things around quickly ahead of next Sunday’s visit of Drogheda United to the Cathedral town.
Although, it was a dominant Dundalk display – as the score line suggests – the home side had simply no answer to the quality of the oppositions striker force with Michael O’Connor and Republic of Ireland Under-19 striker George Poynton grabbing six goals between them.
For the record, the Dundalk scorers were O’Connor (4), Poynton (2), Joe Doyle (2), Anto Reilly, Paul Finnegan, Cormac Boyle and Brian Cabraley.
Rovers finished the match with ten men following the late dismissal of skipper Noel Mailey for two bookable offences.
It may be a short interim season with just ten games to be played but Rovers will require some dramatic improvements over the coming weeks to remain competitive against such quality senior opposition.
Letterkenny Rovers: Shane Graham, Ciaran Maloney, Liam Blaney, Tristan Ferris, Noah Mailey, Oran Hilley, Kennedy Boachie, Ollie Quinn, Gavin McDaid, Naoise O’Baoill, Kevin O’Donnell. Subs used – Oisin Roper, Marty Vance, Glenn McNulty, Joseph Friel, and Conor Matthewson.
Dundalk: Evan Gaffney, Alan McQuillan, Carlton Ubonizoeu, Eric Whelan, Paul Finnegan, Jake O’Connor, Keith Dalton, Anto Reilly, Michael O’Connor, George Poynton, Joe Doyle. Subs used – Brian Cabraley, Alex Barry, Cormac Boyle, Gareth Craven and Fionn Byrne.
Referee: Marty McGarrigle.Tags: