Bornacoola left it late to claim a fully deserved win over Melvin Gaels in last Sunday’s entertaining Gallogly Catering Shield B Final in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada after the Gaels had led all for first 51 minutes of the action.
The turning point in this competitive encounter came on the 50 minute mark when sub Sean McKeon hammered home a penalty left his side trailing by just a point.
Two minutes after that Anthony Mulligan put Bornacoola on level terms when whipped over an acute angled 20 metre from far out on the left wing. Trevor Howard put the Bors ahead for the first time in the game in the space of another minute when he shot over from play after receiving a pass from Gary McCloskey.
Brian Conroy ensured victory for the South Leitrim men when he fired over another point in the 55th minute for his re-invigorated side that proved to be the last score of the game.
Melvin Gaels still had plenty of time to force a draw or win the contest but they failed to score in the remaining minutes of the action thanks to some tiger like defending by Bornacoola and rank bad shooting by the North Leitrim men, who missed a number of scoring chances in this period.
The first half was completely dominated by Melvin Gaels and they were in no way flattered by their five points halftime lead. Meanwhile Bornacoola was extremely listless in the opening thirty minutes and could be considered as being lucky to be adrift by only five scores at the break.
But the Bors certainly recharged their batteries at the interval and soon showed after the second half battled commenced that they now had plenty of electricity in store for their stepped-up action ahead.
The South Leitrim men also made two vital tactical decisions at the break that transformed their game plan for the second half. Gary McCloskey was switched from midfield to full-forward and the big London based Bor won a huge amount of possession, acting as a target man, from which many vital scores resulted.
Meanwhile Bornacoola also introduced sub Sean McKeon to the fray for the second half and the former County Minor made a huge contribution to the Bors surge one he joined in the battle when tucking away the all-important spot kick and flicking over a point as well.
Melvin Gaels grabbed a two point lead in the first five minutes with David McSharry fisting over after a Gareth Phelan pass before Martin McCarron then kicked another point.
Bornacoola opened their account when Colm Farrell shot a 6th minute point from play. Melvin Gaels switched their game up a number of gears after that and took a five point lead by the 19th minute.
In this period Tom Lipsett, David McSharry, Jonathan Connolly and Stephen McGauran all hit the target for the North Leitrim men. Bornacoola, who seemed to be in something of a trance since the throw-in got down to business by the 23rd minute after Stephen Mulligan and Gary McCloskey replied with a point each.
Melvin Gaels finished the half with a flurry when Tom Lipsett and David McSharry pointed from play, to put their side ahead at the break by 0 – 9 to 0 – 8. After the restart Melvin Gaels stretched their lead when Stephen McGauran shot over a 32nd minute point.
Full story in this week’s paper.