Despite an excellent display of goal-keeping from Yann Le Guen, Ballinamore were powerless to stop a strong St. Manchan’s Mohill from claiming the Allianz Leitrim Primary Schools Division One title last Thursday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
Mohill 2-9 Ballinamore 1-3
With Ballinamore leading at halftime, we thought we were in for an exciting second half but with Mohill taking over, the game became a one-way procession with Fiachra McGuinness leading a powerful St. Manchan’s to a well deserved win.
In truth, were it not for an outstanding display from Le Guen in the Ballinamore goal, this would have been a cake-walk for St. Manchan’s while a tendency to over-play the ball and a little selfishness on the part of the Mohill players saw them kick a tremendous amount of wides.
Le Guen made a series of saves from the likes of the Harkin brothers, Gavin Gordon & Fiachra McGuinness that kept an over-run Ballinamore far longer in contention that you would have expected but an all-round stronger Mohill side eventually proved their superiority on the score-board.
After Jordan Reynolds missed a goal chance for Mohill, Ballinamore opened the scoring with a Barry McGovern free. After some good saves from Le Guen, Fiachra McGuinness equalised for Mohill before Sean Harkin edged them in front before James Og Maguire swept over a free.
Barry McGovern brought a good save from Kevin Bohan but a long ball rebounded off the Mohill keeper seconds later with Maguire knocking home the rebound, leaving Ballinamore 1-2 to 0-2 in front at halftime.
The Ballinamore lead was quickly wiped out when Sean Harkin scored after his initial shot was saved by Le Guen and the Ballinamore keeper made three more great saves in the following minutes. However, Mohill started to take over and points from Gavin Gordon, McGuinness, Tadhg Mulligan & Sean Harkin put them in control.
After another McGuinness point, Barry McGovern hit back with a free that was tipped over the bar but James McNabola’s great run was finished with a fine goal to seal the match with five minutes to go, Fiachra McGuinness tagging on a late point.
One jarring note was the heavy challenges that took place during the game with one incident were a player from either side struck blows completely unpunished.