Intriguing match-ups in Senior Championship Quarter-Finals

John Connolly

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John Connolly

Leitrim GAA
Champions Melvin Gaels have been drawn to meet an improving St. Mary’s in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Quarter-Finals.

Champions Melvin Gaels have been drawn to meet an improving St. Mary’s in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Quarter-Finals.

The draw was made on Saturday evening after Annaduff became the eighth and final qualifier for the quarter-finals when they over-powered their neighbours Bornacoola on Saturday evening.

Defending champions Melvin Gaels were drawn to face St. Mary’s Kiltoghert in next weekend’s Quarter-Finals while league champions and beaten finalists Glencar/Manorha milton will face Mohill in what are the two stand out ties of the round.

Annaduff, who came through Saturday’s game against Bornacoola with ten points to spare (1-9 to 0-2), now face Gortletteragh while Allen Gaels and Carrigallen meet in the remaining quarter-final.

Ironically, the Open Draw pits the only four undefeated teams against each other in the quarter-finals.

In the Relegation Semi-Finals, Bornacoola, who finished Saturday’s playoff game with 13 players after the injury time dismissals of Michael Duignan and Kevin Shanley, were drawn to face Kiltubrid while Drumreilly, who were unsuccessful in their appeal to be placed in the eighth place playoff, have been drawn against their neighbours Aughawillan in an intriguing tie.

In Saturday’s GWP Intermediate Championship Quarter-Finals, Drumkeerin and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher must meet again after they drew 0-9 apiece in Drumshanbo while Conor Beirne led the way as Eslin won 3-12 to 0-15 in the other game.

In the Intermediate Relegation Semi-Finals, Cloone and Ballinaglera secured their place in next year’s Intermediate grade when they proved too strong for Leitrim Gaels and Aughavas respectively. Cloone recovered from their eighth place playoff loss to Fenagh by beating Leitrim Gaels 1-13 to 0-5 while Ballinagera had seven points to spare against Aughavas.

In the Pyramid Bookmakers Junior B Championship playoff, St. Mary’s again prevailed by the narrowest of margins against Aughawillan when two long range frees from David Taylor, both 40 yards plus, flew over the bar to snatch the vcitory.

See next Wednesday’s Leitrim Observer for full reports.