Minors dig deep for victory

Leitrim dug deep when coming from behind in the second half to claim a fully deserved and hard fought for win over Sligo in Saturday’s entertaining Connacht Minor League first round clash Drumshanbo’s Shane McGettigan Memorial Park.

Leitrim dug deep when coming from behind in the second half to claim a fully deserved and hard fought for win over Sligo in Saturday’s entertaining Connacht Minor League first round clash Drumshanbo’s Shane McGettigan Memorial Park.

By PJ Leddy

Leitrim dug deep when coming from behind in the second half to claim a fully deserved and hard fought for win over Sligo in Saturday’s entertaining Connacht Minor League first round clash Drumshanbo’s Shane McGettigan Memorial Park.

Noel Plunkett provided the catalyst for Leitrim’s victory just after the interval when he shot to the Sligo net to level the proceedings after a fine individual piece of play that put Leitrim right back in the hunt.

Prior to that, Sligo had taken a solid grip on the game in the last 15 minutes of the first half when holding the home side scoreless for 17 minutes and building up a fully merited four point halftime lead.

Leitrim started more assuredly with Michael Ferguson and Shane Quinn popping over a point apiece in the opening ten minutes. But Sligo got on level terms over the next four minutes after Niall McManus shot over and Stephen Kilcoyne tapped over a free following a foul on Colin McGill.

Sligo finished the half with a flourish after a Brian Coleman’s 20th minute free put them ahead for the first time in the game.

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