Luck finally shines on Leitrim

Lady luck definitely shone on Leitrim last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada when Fermanagh’s Paul Ward incredibly put a 13-yard free wide three minutes into added time and wasted the golden opportunity of forcing a draw in the Allianz League Division 4 clash.

Lady luck definitely shone on Leitrim last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada when Fermanagh’s Paul Ward incredibly put a 13-yard free wide three minutes into added time and wasted the golden opportunity of forcing a draw in the Allianz League Division 4 clash.

By John Connolly

Lady luck definitely shone on Leitrim last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada when Fermanagh’s Paul Ward incredibly put a 13-yard free wide three minutes into added time and wasted the golden opportunity of forcing a draw in the Allianz League Division 4 clash.

ALLIANZ NFL DIVISION 4

LEITRIM 0-11

FERMANAGH 0-10

Ward’s amazing miss was just the last in a series of major talking points last Sunday as Leitrim rebounded from a truly awful first half display to just about snatch victory from the Erne-siders, keeping the hopes of promotion still alive.

After what was a great game to win but not a particularly impressive contest, manager Mickey Moran was the first to admit that luck played its part in Leitrim’s win, particularly in Ward’s miss, but he was also right to highlight the resolve his players showed in the second half, particularly when all looked lost against a weakened Fermanagh.

With internal unrest causing huge problems for the Ulster men, they travelled to Pairc Sean with little enthusiasm but once Leitrim hit some very bad wides in the first ten minutes, Fermanagh’s belief grew proportionally and they looked in a different class to the home side.

What was very noticeable was that Leitrim heads dropped very quickly – the hard running off the ball and support play virtually stopped once Fermanagh got their first score and a lethargic Leitrim were lucky that Fermanagh was not further ahead at the break.

Yet the transformation in the second half was equally pronounced – Emlyn Mulligan’s monster frees got Leitrim back into it but it was the double arrival of Wayne McKeon & Robbie Lowe that sparked the home side into life.

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