Annaduff made it a glorious weekend for the club last Sunday morning in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada when their second string team produced a fantastic performance to dump GWP Junior A Championship favourites and last year’s finalists Leitrim Gaels out of the competition at the Quarter-Final stage.
Leitrim Gaels 2-5
After the victory of their Senior team the previous evening in Pairc Sean, Annaduff’s second string showed that there is massive competition for places as their second string side ousted the favourites with a powerful performance, leaving the Leitrim Village side stunned and shocked.
Leitrim Gaels, who had yet to recapture the form that got them to last year’s Final against Eslin, never found their form on Sunday and two goals in the space of a minute from Michael O’Dowd and Niall Maxwell gave Annaduff all the motivation they needed to bring off the shock of the year.
Annaduff won this title a number of years ago and given how impressive they were in knocking out the only first team in the competition, they will be determined to repeat that success.
From the first minute, Annaduff’s desire and hunger shot them into a six point halftime lead and with a dominant midfield providing plenty of possession for strong forwards, Leitrim Gaels simply had no answer on the day.
The Gaels tried to up their effort in the second half, a trait that saw them achieve a lot of victories and promotion from Division Threee, but Annaduff’s determination ensured that Leitrim were not able to find a way back into the game.
Their woes were summed up in a two minute spell during the second half where a Ricky Wynne free dropped short and Annaduff took the ball the entire length of the field with sub Seamus Mulvihill finishing it off with Annaduff’s third goal.
Annaduff, just a year after they were relegated from the INtermediate ranks, how face Melvin Gaels in an eagerly awaited semi-final, the Kinglough men defeated Gortletteragh 2-9 to 1-6 in a preview of next Sunday’s Intermediate Semi-Final while Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s had three points to spare over Allen Gaels, 0-10 to 0-7. The Ballinamore men will face Kiltubrid in the semi-finals after they overcame Drumkeerin 2-9 to 2-6 on Sunday.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.