Allen Gaels scored a highly impressive win over a demoralised Carrigallen side whose performance plummeted to an alarming degree after a good start in the opening minutes of last Sunday’s Gallogly Catering Shield ‘A’ final in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.
It was a contest in which Allen Gaels played one of their best games in a long time while for Carrigallen matters went from bad to worse as the showdown unfolded over the 60 minutes.
The Drumshanbo men have not won a Leitrim senior league this year and are deeply rooted in the relegation zone but that might be all about to change for them going on Sunday’s very assured performance.
The win and the quality of Allen Gaels performance against Carrigallen should provide a great confidence boost for them in advance of the club championship, which starts on Saturday, July 23, although Allen Gaels have a bye on that day.
Sunday is a day that Carrigallen will want to quickly forget. Their challenge fell apart from early on after quite a bright start and once it did Carrigallen’s play became very disjointed and the team was leaderless as well.
However, the manner of the heavy defeat by Allen Gaels should provide a wake up call for Carrigallen to get their house in order for senior championship; the final of which they reached in 2009 when they ran Glencar/Manor very close after a terrific game.
Carrigallen went two points up before three minutes had elapsed in Sunday’s decider with Martin Dolan finding the range from play and Benny O’Rourke tapping over a free. Allen Gaels answered with a 4th minute free from Martin Beirne.
Eamon O’Malley put Carrigallen back into a two point lead when he shot over from play five minutes later. However Allen Gaels got on level terms by 16th minute after Martin Beirne pointed his second free and James Flynn shot a beautiful point.
The Drumshanbo men took a lead they never subsequently surrendered in the space of another minute when Mickey McManus toe poked to the net after Carrigallen keeper Terence Reynolds parried a goal bound shot from Shane Beirne that rebounded to McManus in a crowded goalmouth situation.
Shane Beirne increased the Gaels lead when he shot over from play shortly afterwards and a second Gaels goal in the 20th minute put the Drumshanbo men totally in the driving seat in this showdown.
An unmarked Martin Beirne shot off the underside of the crossbar from close range and the ball slid underneath the bar into the top of the net and then into the hands of keeper Terence Reynolds.
It seemed initially that Reynolds had managed to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line but the umpires immediately ruled that a goal was scored and Allen Gaels was propelled into a seven point’s lead in the space of three minutes.
Full story in this week’s Leitrim Observer.