first_imgA rampant second half performance was the the difference at the Aura Centre on Sunday afternoon as Letterkenny Rovers booked a spot in the semi final of the USL League cup defeating Swilly Rovers 6-1.In what was a very even first half a depleted Swilly side had the better of the exchanges and maybe should have gone ahead on at least four occasions.Laurence Toland had an effort deflected wide on 4 minutes while Michael McHugh should have scored with a headed effort on 24 minutes before Ryan McDaid missed a golden opportunity firing just wide on 26 minutes after McHughs neat headed flick.Toland then went close with another header in and McHugh again in  a 5 minute spell were Swilly were creating havoc for the Rovers rearguard which had to make changes after David Shovlin was forced off with a recurrence of an ankle injury early in the game..Rovers were not to be outdone and had a couple of half chances themselves through a Garbhan Grant header and shots from Okakpo-Emeka and Cathal McDaid which just shaved the wrong side of the post.A draw would have been enough for Swilly to finish group runners up and it looked like they would get to the interval on level terms but disaster struck 3 minutes into added time.Swilly lost possession on the half way line from a throw in and the ball found Paul McVeigh. who played a neat one-two with Okakpo-Emeka before teeing up Garbhan Grant and he finished neatly to the bottom corner from just inside the box.That came as a blow to Swilly and it didnt get any better just 6 minutes into the second period.After Kevin McGrath was fouled in his own penalty area, a long punt from goalkeeper Rory Kelly took an awkward bounce over the Swilly rearguard and in nipped the lively McVeigh to lob advancing keeper Caolan Bolton.Swilllys head dropped at this stage and a further 3 goals in a 8 minute spell ensured Rovers would win out comfortably.Mark Forker found Okakpo-Emeka and his low cross led to McDaid firing home on 64 minutes while another neat move involving McGrath and Terence Shields led to an unselfish assist from Shields to McVeigh and he could not miss from just three yards out.A rampant Rovers made it 5 on 72 minutes when the goal of the game was scored with Grant heading home a wonderful flowing move involving Forker, McGrath, Shields and Okakpo-Emeka.Rovers then made it 6 when Okakpo-Emeka fired home after some enterprising play by young substitute Tarlach O’Boyle on his senior debut.Swilly had no answer to Rovers second half display and their chief outlet was through Laurence Toland and he got a deserved goal for his efforts when some sloppy play from Rovers led to Ryan McDaid putting through an appetising throughball from which Toland clinically finished.Letterkenny now play Bonagee in the semi final next April  and begin their league proper in a fortnights time against Bonagee as well while Swilly must regroup and will be hoping to have the likes of James McCahill,Dan O’Donnell and Gareth Wade for next weeks FAI intermediate cup tie at Bonagee.Letterkenny Rovers; Rory kelly, Ryan Lonergan, Conal McGonigle, David Shovlin, Jonathan Minnock, Terence Shields, Cathal McDaid, Kevin McGrath, Paul McVeigh, Mark Forker, Garbhan GrantSubs; Steve Okakpo-Emeka for Shovlin 20 mins, Tarlach O’Boyle for McVeigh 78 minsSwilly Rovers; Caolan Bolton, Duncan Patterson, Shaun crossan, Dylan Hegarty, Damien Friel, Marty McDaid, Brandon Toye, Shay Durning, Michael McHugh, Laurence Toland, Ryan McDaidSubs; Caolan Murray for Friel 23 mins, Cathal Diver for Patterson 64 mins, Adam Salhi for McHugh 67 minsReferee; John Coll.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: RAMPANT ROVERS HIT RIVALS SWILLY FOR SIX IN LEAGUE CUP CLASH was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:soccerSportlast_img read more