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.