Melvin Gaels brought an end to what has been a very successful year for the Kinlough club when they got the better of St Mary’s in the Gallogly Catering Division 4 Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Saturday last.
By Philip Rooney
Melvin Gaels 1-12
St Mary’s 2-6
Having claimed the Intermediate and Junior A titles, last Saturday was the perfect opportunity to finish the year on a high after the disappointment of losing in the Connacht Club semi-final and the Division 1 Final.
Melvin Gaels may have been favourites but it was evident that St Mary’s would give them nothing easy. With experienced players such as Niall Comerton, Fergal Reynolds and Michael Corrigan in their ranks, it was clear from the start that Melvin Gaels would have to work very hard for any success.
Niall Comerton opened the scoring for St Mary’s with a free within a minute of the throw-in but Melvin Gaels hit back immediately. One of the players who played a prominent role throughout the year, Peter McGowan converted two frees in quick succession to give his side an early lead.
However that lead was not to last long as St Mary’s struck for the game’s opening goal in the seventh minute after Melvin Gaels failed to deal with Niall Comerton’s dangerous sideline ball.
Initially the sideline ball had been awarded to Melvin Gaels but when the decision was correctly overturned, Comerton’s dangerously flighted delivery was met by Stephen McGorman at the back post and from close range, Ciaran McCarthy was on hand to divert the ball into the Melvin Gaels goal.
That score produced the best possible response from Melvin Gaels as they hit back almost immediately with an excellent point from Thomas Lipsett and a minute later they were back in front when they struck for a goal of their own.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.