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Published on Friday 12 October 2012 13:22
While Donegal celebrated ecstatically following their recent All Ireland victory, the north Leitrim village of Kinlough was equally jubilant when their senior footballers took the Leitrim GAA senior championship for the first time in 14 years on Sunday, against neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton on a score of 2-7 to 0-7 in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon.
There was a great welcome home for the victorious Gaels on Sunday evening as they arrived back after winning the title and depriving Manor of what would have been a fifth title on the trot. Large crowds turned out at Glenade and all the way as the victors toured through Kinlough and out to Tullaghan. There were also great celebrations at the local Community Centre; Kinlough itself was festooned with flags, bunting and the babble of excited children welcoming home their heroes. More than one blue and white flag was also to be seen in nearby Bundoran and Ballyshannon. There was also the irony that both Donegal clubs were playing in respective first round championship games, while the Gaels had already won a county title, but such is the story of ‘Sam’ success.
It has been a remarkable couple of years for the Gaels – an Intermediate championship title in 2011 followed by a senior title the following year is rare, if not unique in Gaelic football. For team manager Billy Gavigan it has also been an unprecedented success story. Not alone has he guided Melvin Gaels over the past two years; in 2010 he led Bundoran to their first Intermediate championship success since 1977.
Three championships in three years, in two counties, two provinces. A nice little notch on the belt. Mentors Liam Gilmartin and Aidan McGurran wealth of experience also ensured that the Gaels won their 7th senior championship which stretches back to 1959.
Billy said: “I just put them in the right direction, the experience I had from managing them before, I just put them in the right direction and they never looked back. The players have to do the work, they were willing to do it, they were willing to die for each other, so they were. You can only take a small, small bit of credit for the management because the players have to do the work for themselves.”
For Gaels player Thomas Lipsett also, it was particularly special as he married his sweetheart Donna Rogers in Rathmullan on Friday last, with many Mi-wadi’s consumed afterwards in the Silver Tassie Hotel. Winning years for the Gaels include 1959, 1960,1961,1962, 1965, 1998 and now 2012. And in winning the title, they brought an end to one of the greatest club runs ever in Leitrim, as Glencar/manor had won the title four years running in 2008,2009, 2010 and 2011 – another remarkable achievement in its own right.
As Prin Duignan said eloquently in Sunday’s match programme: “We hail these two great teams of the north, one of which seeks an honour never achieved before in Leitrim and either of which would grace Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day and whether the Cup resides tonight near the Dartry hills between the Duff and the Drowes or makes its home again by the Bonet, Benbo and O’Donnell’s rock, let us salute the young men of this generation.”
Melvin Gaels: Gareth Phelan, Stephen Clancy, Fabian McMorrow, Shane Ryan, Paul McGurran, Paul Brennan, Donal Clancy, Stephen McGurran, Brendan Brennan (0-1), Conor Sheridan, Emlyn Mulligan (0-3), Colm McGowan (0-1), Jonathan Connolly, James Phelan (1-1), David McSharry. Subs: Peter McGowan (0-1) for McSharry (23 mins), Jesse McGuinness (1-0) for Connolly (50 mins), Colin Regan for S. Clancy (57 mins), Tom Lipsett for J. Phelan (62 mins).
Glencar/Manorhamilton: Gary Loughlin, Adrian O’Flynn, Paddy Maguire, Thomas McDonald, Pat Gilmartin, Kieran O’Flynn, Mark McGourty, Darren Sweeney, Fintan McGourty, Dominic Kelly, Colin Ryan, Gerry Hickey (0-1), Adrian Croal, Aaron Hickey (0-2), James Glancy (0-4). Subs: Shane Loughlin for A. O’Flynn (HT), Brian McDonald for Kelly (36 mins), Anthony McDonald for G. Hickey (39 mins), James Rooney for Ryan (50 mins), Michael Poinard for Gilmartin (59 mins)
Published on Friday 12 October 2012 09:00
They said they were coming for the Fenagh Cup a year ago and last Sunday, Melvin Gaels lived up to the promise as they not only dethroned their great rivals Glencar/Manorhamilton but ended their dream of five Connacht Gold Leitrim Senior Championship titles in a row in devastating fashion last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
Goals from James Phelan and Jesse McGuinness were the exclamation points on a Melvin Gaels victory founded on an incredible work-ethic and a ravenous desire to bring the Fenagh Cup back to Kinlough, a victory far more convincing than the two goal cushion they enjoyed at the final whistle.
The wild celebrations at the final whistle reflected just what this victory meant to Melvin Gaels, scenes that were reminiscent of 1998 when the Kinlough men won their first Senior title after a gap of 33 years.
If winning the Fenagh Cup brought to an end a famine long over-due with the talent in the Melvin Gaels ranks, the added bonus of taking the title off their greatest rivals and denying them an unprecedented five-in-a-row only served to heighten their ecstasy.
The buzz-words of work-rate, intensity, desire and team ethic are almost coaching cliché now, trotted out by any victorious team in the aftermath of a big win. But as clichéd as the words have become, they don’t lose their validity as the one word that sprung to mind was hunger.
That hunger was obvious from the steely gaze and fierce concentration of the Melvin Gaels players in the team photographs to the almost manic desire to regain possession in each and every sector of the field; the insatiable work-rate and ferocity in the tackle.
Yet as dominant as the Gaels were throughout last Sunday’s Senior decider, they came close to losing this game as they were unable to translate their dominance into scores and an almighty effort from Glencar/Manorhamilton closed the gap to just a point five minutes into the second half.
The fact that the Manor men were within touching distance of an unprecedented five-in-a-row probably means there will be as much talk about the former champions failings as Melvin Gaels performance in winning the crown but that is the nature of sport rather than a slight on the Gaels.
As Melvin Gaels mentors and supporters pointed out privately themselves in recent weeks, Glencar/Manorhamilton haven’t been playing well this year and they haven’t reached the heights they have shown in the past.
Whether that was four hard years catching up with them or a lack of hunger is hard to tell but at one stage, Melvin Gaels were very worried as their neighbours hit three unanswered points in as many minutes to leave just a point between the teams just six minutes into the second half.
As manager Billy Gavigan pointed out, the match was never truly safe for Melvin Gaels until Jesse McGuinness bundled the ball across the line with seven minutes to go and one wonders what would have happened had Glencar/Manor managed to draw themselves level.
Instead, we saw Melvin Gaels’ resolve at its finest – Glencar/Manor had the momentum, Aaron Hickey and James Glancy were causing enormous problems but with Paul and Brendan Brennan and Fabian McMorrow standing firm, the Gaels defence held out.
Instead, it was the former champions who buckled first – two Gary Loughlin kick-outs were horrible mis-cues and if the Gaels failed to take advantage of the first chance, then Peter McGowan exacted a heavy price with a fine individual point that killed Manor’s surge stone dead.
That Melvin Gaels resolve was evident in the manner in which they responded to the awful loss of captain David McSharry in the first half – their captain was causing huge problems for the Manor defence when he dislocated his knee in the first half, a terrible injury that could see the veteran out of action for some time.
But instead of demoralising the Gaels, they hit back immediately with their first goal when Emlyn Mulligan’s free came off the post and James Phelan, in his first start of the campaign, crashed a great shot to the Manor net.
That score, more than anything, displayed the belief and resolve that Melvin Gaels brought to the final and probably in the final analysis, it was hunger that proved the difference – not a lack of it on the part of Glencar/Manorhamilton but a ravenous desire to take the title that propelled Melvin Gaels to the title.
Paul Brennan deservedly won the man of the match award after a performance full of leadership and energy. When Melvin Gaels needed a move broken up or to get themselves moving, it was inevitably Brennan who got them moving, his presence leading the new champions with real authority.
In fairness, his brother Brendan wasn’t far behind and he seemed to single-handedly disrupt the Manor momentum in the middle of the field and his support play, seemingly everywhere on the field, was top class.
Fabian McMorrow too displayed his County credentials with a performance of real authority in the back-line even if James Glancy did give him moments of real worry. But McMorrow was a real steadying presence for a Kinlough defence that ensured that the vaunted Glencar/Manor attack never truly got going.
Up front, the Gaels would have ordinarily crumbled had they lost David McSharry and star man Emlyn Mulligan had one of his quieter days as he did last Sunday. Mulligan started in blistering fashion but once Paddy Maguire switched on to him, his influence waned.
Yet with James Phelan causing a real problem at full-forward, instead of the full-back position where he won his first Senior championship medal in 1998, the Gaels were always an attacking presence and their style of play, similar to Donegal, was not so much dependent on the individual but with working the ball to the best placed colleague.
Subs Peter McGowan and Jesse McGuinness had big impacts but the lingering image is of the incredible work-rate and intensity the Kinlough attack brought to hassling and harrying the Manor defence at every opportunity.
The game ended in a flurry of off-the-ball shoving and pushing and a few punches and James Glancy was fortunate to escape without a red card after an off-the-ball clash but the incidents were all symptoms of Glencar/Manor’s frustration and annoyance that they were losing their title to their great rivals.
The former champions will be hurt by the manner of their loss and if anything the sight of the Gaels celebrations will only serve to motivate them for what looks to be a rivalry that has the potential to dominate club football in the county for years to come.
The sides were level on two points a piece after eight minutes but Melvin Gaels points in the 14th and 16th minute from Brendan Brennan and Emlyn Mulligan had the defending champions on the back foot. Then in the 23rd minute a Mulligan free hit the upright and James Phelan was first to react finishing to the net. Glencar/Manor hit two pointed frees to leave Melvin Gaels 1-4 to 0-4 ahead at the break.
Mulligan extended the challengers’ lead with a pointed free two minutes into the resumption but Glencar/Manor responded with three but their fightback was short-lived as Melvin Gaels upped the pace scoring two points in the 44th and 50th minutes.
Substitute Jessie McGuinness proved to be the hero as he scrambled a loose ball to the net seven minutes from time to finish off the Glencar/Manorhamilton challenge and their hopes of a record breaking five in a row titles.
MELVIN GAELS: G Phelan; S Clancy, F McMorrow, S Ryan; P McGurrin, P Brennan, D Clancy; S McGurrin, B Brennan (0-1); C Sheridan, E Mulligan (0-3, two frees), C McGowan (0-1); J Connolly, J Phelan (1-1), D McSharry (capt). Subs: P McGowan (0-1) for D McSharry, J McGuinness (1-0) for J Connolly, C Regan for S Clancy, T Lipsitt for J Phelan.
GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON: G Loughlin; T McDonald, P Gilmartin, P Maguire; M McGourty, K O’Flynn, A O’Flynn; D Sweeney (capt), F McGourty; D Kelly, C Ryan, G Hickey (0-1); A Croal, A Hickey (0-2, frees), J Glancy (0-4, two frees). Subs: S Loughlin for A O’Flynn, B McDonald for D Kelly, A McDonald for G Hickey, J Rooney for C Ryan, M poniard for P Gilmartin.
Source: Irish Times
MELVIN GAELS 2-07 GLENCAR/M’HAMILTON 0-07
Melvin Gaels bridged a gap of 14 years to capture the Leitrim title while denying neighbours Glencar/ Manorhamilton five-in-a-row in a game that failed to ignite at sunny Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada.
Colm McGowan opened the scoring for Melvin Gaels with a point from play from the throw-in but the sides were level two points each after eight minutes.
The defending champions’ forwards failed to produce as the Melvin Gaels defence, marshalled by Fabian McMorrow and Man of the Match Paul Brennan, held firm.
Melvin Gaels regained the lead with a Brendan Brennan point in the 14th minute followed two minutes later by an Emlyn Mulligan point. Then in the 23rd minute a free by Mulligan hit a post and landed in the arms of James Phelan, who shot to the net to rock the defending champions. However, they recovered to score two pointed frees without reply to leave Melvin Gaels ahead 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time.
Mulligan extended the Melvin Gaels lead with a pointed free two minutes into the new half but the expected backlash came with three points in as many minutes from James Glancy (two) and an Aaron Hickey pointed free to leave just two points between the sides.
However, Glencar/Manorhamil-ton failed to maintain the momentum and points by substitute Peter McGowan and Phelan by the 50th minute plus James McGuinness’ late goal put Melvin Gaels out of sight.
SCORERS — Melvin Gaels: J Phelan 1-1, J McGuinness 1-0, E Mulligan 0-3 (2f), B Brennan, C McGowan, P McGowan 0-1 each. Glencar/Manorhamilton: J Glancy 0-4 (2f), A Hickey 0-2 (2f), G Hickey 0-1.
MELVIN GAELS — G Phelan; S Clancy, F McMorrow, S Ryan; P McGurrin, P Brennan, D Clancy; S McGurrin, B Brennan; C Sheridan, E Muligan, C McGowan; J Connolly,J Phelan,D McSharry (capt). Subs: P McGowan for D McSharry, J McGuinness for J Connolly, C Regan for S Clancy, T Lipsitt for J Phelan.
GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON — G Loughlin; T McDonald, P Gilmartin, P Maguire; M McGourty, K O’Flynn, A O’Flynn; D Sweeney (capt), F McGourty; D Kelly, C Ryan, G Hickey; A Croal, A Hickey, J Glancy. Subs: S Loughlin for A O’Flynn, B McDonald for D Kelly, A McDonald for G Hickey, J Rooney for C Ryan, M Poniard for P Gilmartin.
REF — E O’Grady (Drumkeerin).
Source: Irish Independent
The senior team took on Carrigallen on Saturday evening in Drumshanbo and booked their place in the Senior Championship Quarter-Final with a comfortable win . This was a great display of good football and some great scores. The Gaels never looked in trouble and now await the draw in the Quarter Final. Congratulations and well donen to all the players and mentors.
The second team took on Ballinaglera also in Drumshanbo after the senior game. Although they played well, they conceded two soft goals and were always in trouble. They worked hard but were unable to get the scores they needed. Ballinaglera finished strong and deserved their victory.
The numbers drawn in the Melvin Gaels Lotto Draw held in McGloin’s Bar, Kinlough were 3, 11, 15 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner. Other winners were €40 Donal Clancy, Dartry, Kinlough, €20 each Fionn Clancy, Mill Road, Kinlough, Fabian McMorrow, Rossinver and Jesse McGuinness, Rossinver. Next draw on Sunday Aug 19 in Dew Drop Inn, Tullaghan, Jackpot €1300.
The Club extends sympathy to Declan Bohan, Bornacoola, on the death of his father Sean, last week.
May he rest in peace.
Good Luck to the Leitrim Lads
The Club would like to wish the Leitrim team and mentors good luck in the game against Wicklow on Saturday evening.
Good Luck to the Gaels lads, Paul, Emlyn, Conor and Fabian.
A Lot of Football at the weekend
For reasons that are difficult to understand, the Club had to play a Division 3 game on Friday , another Division 3 game on Saturday and a Shield game on Sunday. With about forty adult players available to the Club and four of these ineligible due to Senior County commitments, not counting injuries, it was always going to be difficult.
Nevertheless great credit must go to the players who put in such a great effort and a good few played in all three games.
On Friday evening the second team travelled to Carrick on Shannon and came away with well very deserved draw against St Marys, Final Score was St Marys 2-05, Melvin Gaels 1-08.
On Saturday evening they made another long trip to Balinamore and suffered a narrow defeat to Sean O Heslins. Final score Sean O Heslins, 1-09, Melvin Gaels 0-10. Melvin Gaels played the whole second half of this game with fourteen players after a player got two yellow cards in the first half.
On Sunday at 1.30pm the Shield game against Aughawillan took place in Melvin Park. The Gaels got a deserved victory in this game on a final score of Melvin Gaels 2-11, Aughawillan 1-08. The Gaels had to finish this game with fourteen players, not because they had a player sent off but because they suffered injuries to players and had used all substitutes.
The Club would like to thank all players who turned out for all three games and, although some were barely able to walk at half three on Sunday, they did not complain.
With mass emigration, player burn out, and competition with other sports it’s hard to see how the events of last weekend can help.
Believe it or not there is no adult game scheduled for this weekend!
Bord na nOg News
Congratulations to Melvin Gaels Under 12s who won the Largy N.S. Shield on Saturday 7th July in Killasnett pitch. They defeated Drumkeerin in the semi-final and went on to beat Dromahaire in the final. Under 12 blitz competition is continuing with games on Monday evenings. Under 12 training continues each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Under 7, Under 8 and Under 10 training continues each Saturday morning at 10.30 am with large numbers attending these sessions. Under 10s also have an additional training session for the next few weeks on Thursday evenings at 6.45 pm. Next Under 8/10 blitz is on Saturday 14th July at 10.30 am versus St. Osnats/Glenfarne-Kilty.
The Under 14 championship commences on Fri 13th July. Melvin Gaels U14 have no game that week. The Under 16 championship commences in September. The Minor championship begins on 1st August.
Dogs on Pitch
In the interest of Health and Safety, dog owners are asked to please stop allowing their dogs to run freely and to foul on the playing and training areas at Melvin Park.
There are a lot of young children using the facilities at present and this has become a serious issue.
The numbers drawn in the Melvin Gaels Lotto Draw held in the Village Inn, Kinlough on Sunday night July 8 were: 7, 13,14 and 20. There was no Jackpot winner. Other winners were €40 Jimmy Phelan, Wardhouse, Tullaghan, €20 each, JP Gallagher, Uragh, Kinlough, Eamon Mc Gloin, Kinlough and Evelyn Rooney, Edenville, Kinlough. Next draw in the Gilbride’s Rossinver on Sunday 22nd July. Jackpot €1,200.00.
Vintage Tractor Draw
Here are some photos of the completed tractor and the restoration project: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melvingaels/tags/vintagetractor/
Tickets for the draw are now for sale and they can be bought from any Committee members for €5 each or a book of five for €20.
They can also be bought here on the Club Website: http://www.melvingaels.com/wp/?page_id=972
Senior League v Mohill
The Melvin Gaels senior team bagged a badly needed two points in an all county league Division One tie against Mohill in rain sodden Cloone on Saturday evening last. Despite the heavy pitch and driving rain this was an entertaining match with both sides endeavouring to play fast moving, open football. At the last whistle the Gaels ran out deserving victors on a score line of 0-14 to 1-8 having led at half time by 0-9 to 0-5. Well done to all the players who worked tirelessly and produced some terrific scores over the course of the hour in what were very difficult conditions.
TEAM: Paul Rooney, Shane Ryan, Fabian McMorrow, Joe McGowan, Donal Clancy, Anthoy Tiffoney, Paul McGurran, Martin McCarron, Stephen McGurran, Declan Roper, Packie Hill, David McSharry, James Bredin, Conor Sheridan, Tom Lipsett
SUBS USED: Pete McGowan for Declan Roper 44 min, Fergal Gallagher for James Bredin 53 min
SUBS: Dermot Clancy, Stephen Clancy, Johnny Connolly, Michael Tiffoney, Paul Simpson, Pat Gallagher, Gareth Foley
Under 16 Championship
Congratulations to the Under 16 team who have reached the Championship final after getting a draw against Gortletterragh in Melvin Park on Saturday last in a game played in very difficult conditions.
Well done to all the team and mentors.
Senior League Game V Carrigallen
The Seniors make the long trip to Carrigallen on Saturday evening for a league game
Throw in for this game is 6.15pm.
Good luck to all.
Good Luck to our neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton on Sunday’s County Final.
The Melvin Gaels Junior team moved joint second in division 4 after claiming a comprehensive 3-12 to 0-6 victory away to Aughavas on Sunday last. Played in sweltering conditions, a blistering first half performance in which the travelling team hit 1-10 laid the foundations for the Gaels’ victory. Joe McGowan and Donal Clancy dominated the midfield exchanges in the first 30 minutes and were ably assisted by Blaine Mulligan and Anthony Tiffoney who between them hoovered up a lot of breaking ball in the middle third. This approach provided a generous supply of ball into a rampant forward line with Paul Simpson, Fergal Gallagher and Declan Roper, all in sparkling form.
Unsurprisingly both teams tired in the second half and neither side registered a score in the 3rd quarter. A speculative Joe McGowan strike form 40 yards which ended up in the Aughavas net finally broke the deadlock after 17 minutes. Shortly after substitute Shane Ryan put the result beyond question after he showed quick thinking in beating the home team’s keeper with a punched effort, not bad for his first ever game in the forward line! This was not the only first of the day, Keith McGloin made a very convincing debut for the juniors and the experienced Matt Connolly returned to the fray after a 4 year absence, welcome back Matt!
Thanks to all players, mentors and supporters who made the long trip and also a word of appreciation to Aughavas for providing refreshments at their excellent club facility.
Team and Scorers: Paul Rooney, Sean Kilkenny, Matthew McGloin, Dermot Clancy, Blaine Mulligan(c), Anthony Tiffoney (0-1), Patrick McGowan (0-1), Joe McGowan (1-1), Donal Clancy (0-1), Jonathan Connolly, Pat Kilkenny, Declan Roper (1-2), Paul Simpson (0-4), Fergal Gallagher (0-2), Keith McGloin.
Subs: Shane Ryan (1-0) for Jonathan Connolly, Bernard McGowan for Anthony Tiffoney, Matt Connolly for Sean Kilkenny, Peter O’Reilly for Pat Kilkenny.
The Melvin Gaels Junior team shared the spoils with North Leitrim rivals Dromahair-St.Patricks last Sunday in a lively Division 4 encounter played in a sun soaked Dromahair. The travelling side made a blistering start with two wonderfully struck Jonathan Connolly goals in the first 15 minutes leaving the home team shell shocked. Patrick McGowan then burst forward from wing back to tack on a further Gaels’ point on 18 minutes while the prolific Connolly was on target again 4 minutes later with a point from play. Dromahair gradually came into the game as the half progressed and managed to reduce the deficit to 3 points by the half way mark.
Half time score: Melvin Gaels 2-2 Dromahair 0-5.
The Gaels started the 3rd quarter brightly with two James Bredin points (from a free and from play) coming either side of a point from veteran Gael Joe Tiffoney. This opened up a 6 point gap for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining. However the home team controlled matters for much of the last quarter and were within a point of the Gaels after notching up 6 points from play to which the Gaels only response was a well taken point from substitute Pete McGowan. The Kinlough men thought they had sealed a win when Bernard McGowan capped a strong, workmanlike performance in the centre of the park with a point on the run, but rather bizarrely this was ruled out as one of the umpires felt it had not actually gone over the bar! Matthew McGloin then breached the Dromahair defence and found himself one-on-one with the keeper but was unlucky to see his low-struck effort go narrowly wide. Dromahair won the kick out and from the resulting attack a 21 yard free which they duly converted leaving the sides all square at 2-6 to 0-12 at the final whistle.
Well done to both sides for serving up an entertaining and open match played in the right spirit. From the Gaels’ point of view this was a great team effort and it was very encouraging to note the mix of young and old in the blue and white – with no less than 20 years between our two corner forwards Jonathan Connolly and Joe Tiffoney!
The combined experience of David Gillespie and Pat Gallagher at full and centre half back respectively was telling, while the two Clancy brothers Donal and Dermot alongside Patrick McGowan and Sean Kilkenny proved the young guns are keen to continue the Gaels tradition of intense, high tempo football.
Team and Scorers as follows: Paul Rooney, Dermot Clancy, David Gillespie, Sean Kilkenny, Blaine Mulligan, Pat Gallagher, Patrick McGowan (0-1), Bernard McGowan, Damien Sheridan, James Bredin (0-2), Patrick Hill, Donal Clancy, Jonathan Connolly (2-1), Fergal Gallagher, Joe Tiffoney (0-1).
SUBS USED; Matthew McGloin for Patrick Hill, Joe McGowan for Blaine Mulligan, Paul Simpson for Fergal Gallagher, Pete McGowan (0-1) for Jonathan Connolly
NOT USED; Peter O’Reilly, Kevin Corby
The Melvin Gaels Junior side suffered their second defeat of the league campaign against a powerful Leitrim Gaels first fifteen in Kinlough last Sunday on a score line of 1-12 to 1-6. Played in ideal conditions the home side struggled to cope for much of the game with the greater physicality and experience of their southern counterparts who appear to be a much stronger outfit than their Division 4 status suggests.
That said there was little to separate the teams in the first 15 minutes with Jonathan Connolly opening the scoring for the northern Gaels with a superbly taken point from the wing after 5 minutes. In the second quarter the Southern side took a firm grip on proceedings to lead at half time by 0-6 to 0-2 – a Paul Simpson free doubling the Melvin men’s tally for the half. The third quarter also belonged to the men from Leitrim village who stormed into a commanding 1-11 to 0-3 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
It is to the credit of the home side that they refused to lie down at this point, instead they displayed tremendous guts and character to fight back in the last ten minutes hitting an unanswered 1-3. Paul Simpson made up for an unfortunate penalty miss with a well executed goal and two points, while the evergreen Tom Lipsett completed the scoring for the home side with a well taken point from play.
The game proved to be a useful learning curve for the players and management who face near neighbours Glencar Manor in Manorhamilton in their next league outing in a fortnight’s time.
Team and scorers were: Paul Rooney, Sean Kilkenny , Matthew McGloin, Shane Ryan, Anthony Tiffoney, Blaine Mulligan, Patrick McGowan, Bernard McGowan, Pat Gallagher, Peter McGowan, Joe McGowan, Donal Clancy, Jonathan Connolly (0-1), Packie Hill, Paul Simpson (1-4) Subs: Peter O’Reilly for Packie Hill, Stephen Clancy for Sean Kilkenny, Tom Lipsett (0-1) for Peter O’Reilly, Declan Roper for Donal Clancy, Joe Tiffoney for Peter McGowan, Kevin Corby.