Gortletteragh and Carrigallen prevail in Cloone’s close encounters

John Connolly

Reporter:

John Connolly

Leitrim GAA
Two bitterly close and hard fought encounters in Cloone resulted in Gortletteragh and Carrigallen holding their nerve to qualify for the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Semi-Finals after last Saturday’s double header.

Two bitterly close and hard fought encounters in Cloone resulted in Gortletteragh and Carrigallen holding their nerve to qualify for the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Semi-Finals after last Saturday’s double header.

Cathal McCran led last year’s Intermediate Champions Gortletteragh to a semi-final meeting with Mohill as his team beat a battling Annaduff 0-7 to 0-5 in the first game in Cloone, McCrann getting the first five scores in a game bedevilled by driving rain and slippery conditions that made open football extremely difficult.

Gortletteragh wasted a lot of chances in the first half but held a two point lead at the break, a lead they held until the finish despite Annaduff’s best efforts to fashion a late goal that would have sent the game to a replay.

In the second game in Cloone, Carrigallen won a titanic struggle with Allen Gaels, recovering from a five point first half deficit to snatch a 0-9 to 0-8 victory. Conditions have improved from the first game but Allen Gaels stormed into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 20th minute but then suffered a meltdown as an obviously fitter Carrigallen took control.

With Benny O’Rourke, Andrew McManus and Gary Reynolds, Carrigallen went into a two point lead but had to hold out for the last nine minutes as an Emmet Burke point left just the minimum between the teams.

Carrigallen’s reward is a meeting with the winners of the Melvin Gaels v St. Mary’s Kiltoghert quarter-final replay.

See next week’s Leitrim Observer for full reports.