Leitrim fail to shine in Connacht semi showdown

The long wait for a first Cadbury’s Connacht U-21 Championship win since 1998 will continue for at least another year as Leitrim were easily defeated by Sligo in Markievicz Park on Saturday last.

The long wait for a first Cadbury’s Connacht U-21 Championship win since 1998 will continue for at least another year as Leitrim were easily defeated by Sligo in Markievicz Park on Saturday last.

Playing with a strong wind in the opening half Leitrim would have hoped to establish a lead to defend in the second half but from an early stage Sligo took control and no matter how Leitrim tried, they never really looked as though they would able to fight their way back into contention.

The strength of Sligo in midfield, where David Maye and James Clarke were dominant, gave Sligo a platform to dictate proceedings and with full-forward Niall Murphy in fine form, Sligo took a strangehold on the game and from an early stage it was looking ominous for Leitrim.

While the Sligo full-forward line looked sharp and dangerous throughout the game, the Leitrim forwards struggled to have the same impact. The manner in which the Leitrim forwards were regularly dispossessed and knocked off the ball was reflective of how much physically stronger the Sligo players were.

With a place in the Connacht Final against Roscommon awaiting the winners and on an ideal day for football, the stage was set for what was hoped would be a great game off football. Leitrim began the game attacking the town goal in Markievicz Park and with a strong wind behind them it was the visitors who struck for the first point of the game.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.