The first fruits of strong work at underage level were reaped last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada as a Leitrim Gaels team inspired by their young players gained a small measure of revenge over Annaduff to lift the Gallogly Catering Division Three crown.
By John Connolly
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Annaduff had shocked Leitrim Gaels in the Junior A Championship earlier this year and with the addition of some Senior team players, Annaduff were expected to repeat their victory.
But from the moment Aidan Flynn soloed through to score after just ten seconds, it was the young players who have come up through their own underage ranks that set the tone for Leitrim Gaels and eventually the victory.
Leitrim Gaels’ future looks bright with up and coming young players like Aidan Flynn, Luke Donnellan, Conor Guckian, Michael McManus, Colm Moreton and John Farrell starting to make a big contribution to their Senior team’s win.
Flynn and Conor Guckian dominated in the middle of the park, Annaduff never able to match their mobility and energy up and down the field while Luke Donnellan, introduced after eight minutes, showed a maturity in taking his scores that Annaduff, even with all their senior experience, couldn’t match.
In defence, it was their older troops who came up trumps as they never allowed Annaduff get the room Joe Cox needed nor allowed Michael Moyles to dictate the game when he came on, Virgil Lynch in particular standing out.
For a disappointed Annaduff, Matty Cox tried to carry a one-man battle to Leitrim Gaels but the goal early in the second half, a disaster for their defence as a harmless looking ball escaped their keeper, killed off their hopes in the end.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.