The favourites tag often lies heavy with some teams but not with Melvin Gaels who demolished the challenge of a tigerish but limited Aughavas in the GWP Intermediate Championship Quarter-Finals in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada last Sunday afternoon.
By John Connolly
IFC Quarter Final
Melvin Gaels 1-21
Aughavas were expected to struggle against the hottest of favourites for this year’s Intermediate title but the score-line, while reflective of Melvin Gaels superiority all over the field, does little justice to the efforts of Aughavas who fought and fought but just lacked the overall strength to depth to knock the Kinlough men off their stride.
Aughavas harried, they hassled, they hit hard and they worked their socks, more than enough to be competitive against most teams but against a side leading Division One of the League and boasting quality in all sectors of the field, it was nowhere near enough.
Paul Brennan got the ball rolling with a point after just 15 seconds and Melvin Gaels never looked back, their ability to move the ball quickly from defence to attack and their sheer speed in all sectors something that all of Aughavas’ battling couldn’t match, a fact highlighted by an incredible eight points in the final 12 minutes from the Gaels.
Melvin Gaels moved at a pace and with a precision that Aughavas couldn’t match, Stephen McGurran, Conor Sheridan, Paul Brennan and James Phelan ensuring that there was always plenty of possession going into their forwards.
In defence, Melvin Gaels were no less impressive with Fabien McMorrow leading a very disciplined unit that never really gave Colm Maguire any chance to bring his skills to bear.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.