Ryan McConnell says Letterkenny Rovers’ defence is a more ’secure’ unit this season.

After a couple of near misses and having watched Cockhill Celtic edge them in the USL play-off and League Cup final last term, the Cathedral Town men have set about tightening up since their return.

And with five wins from five so far, Rovers lead the way in the early stages of the campaign.

The return of Ciaran Kelly to the club has coincided with a change in system, with Rovers returning to a four-man rearguard.

“If we keep clean sheets, that’s all that matters to us,” McConnell says.

“We’re happy to let the rest of the boys do the scoring. In this League you have to be tough at the back and be strong and solid.

“We’re more secure with four at the back.”

They have a six-point buffer to Bonagee - who they host at Leckview Park on Sunday - and have a nine-point lead on Cockhill.

Bonagee have a game in hand and Cockhill have played two less, but Rovers have been in flying form so far.

Last weekend’s win in Cockhill gave them a real injection of confidence.

“It’s massive for us,” McConnell said.

“We beat them in the Intermediate Cup a few weeks. It was nothing unless we took points in the League so we’re happy enough.

“If we got beat four or five, we’d be here with fire in our belly. Cockhill are a great team and gave it to us, but we were happy to get out with the win.

“We were under pressure, but Rory (Kelly) didn’t have a lot to do. We’re working well as a unit.”

After taking on Bonagee on Sunday, Rovers are away to Pegasus/St James Gate in the Intermediate Cup the following weekend.

McConnell added:  “You want big games every week. They’re flying in. We’ve a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks.”

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