Chastened Minors outclassed by Roscommon

Fans hoping for a lift in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada last Saturday after Leitrim’s U-21 Championship defeat earlier in the day were sorely disappointed as an under-strength Roscommon completely over-whelmed the County Minor team in a one-side Connacht Minor League clash.

Fans hoping for a lift in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada last Saturday after Leitrim’s U-21 Championship defeat earlier in the day were sorely disappointed as an under-strength Roscommon completely over-whelmed the County Minor team in a one-side Connacht Minor League clash.

Fans hoping for a lift in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada last Saturday after Leitrim’s U-21 Championship defeat earlier in the day were sorely disappointed as an under-strength Roscommon completely over-whelmed the County Minor team in a one-side Connacht Minor League clash.

Leitrim 1-4, Roscommon 0-15

The mood of fans who attended both games was not good as the Minors were never at the races against a Roscommon team who rested up to five first choice players, not a good omen for the championship meeting between these two sides in late June.

After a tentative opening where Leitrim took the lead after nine minutes, Roscommon quickly gained control of the game and scored an unanswered ten points before Leitrim managed a second score some 16 minutes into the second half.

It was a perplexing performance from a Leitrim team that earned quite a few plaudits in a narrow yet high scoring loss to Sligo just a week beforehand and while the return of Donal Wrynn and Eanna Madden will add much needed strength to the team, it must have been a perplexing display for manager Mark Heslin.

Leitrim were never at the races as a Roscommon team visibly grew in confidence as the game progressed and with a firm grip in the middle of the field and a well organised defence, the visitors had the time and space to pick off their scores which they did with a great deal of ease.