GWP Intermediate championship favourites Gortletteragh and St. Patrick’s Dromahair underlined their credentials last Saturday when they both scored impressive wins.
Gortletteragh overcame a stiff challenge from Eslin to win by six points, 1-15 to 1-9, while Dromahair demolished an Aughavas team who had defeated Glencar/Manor’s second string a week previously, banging home 4-13 to a reply of just five points.
The result leaves the door slightly ajar for Glencar/Manorhamilton as a win over Aughavas would leave them in contention for a third place playoff, particularly as they have lost both their previous matches by a solitary point, underlining the strength in depth posessed by the north Leitrim side.
Fenagh St. Caillin’s must get a result against Aughavas to ensure thier passage after they held on to defeat Manor.
Cloone also assured themselves of a place in the Quarter-Finals when they secured their second win of the group stages, defeating Ballinaglera by two points after a tight encounter, 2-7 to 0-11, while Melvin Gaels’ second string shocked Aughnasheelin to record a 3-6 to 0-11 victory, a result that throws the group wide open with the Kinlough men yet to take on Ballinaglera.
Drumkeerin, one of the traditional powerhouses in the Intermediate grade, find themselves in a winner takes all battle with Eslin to see who takes third spot in the group and a possible quarter-final place. Eslin continued to put up good scores and Drumkeerin will find it desperately hard to hold the Beirne brothers.
In the GWP Junior A competition, Leitrim Gaels secured the local bragging rights when they had three points to spare over St. Mary’s Kiltoghert, 1-14 to 2-8, in a hard fought encounter in Kiltubrid on Sunday.
Dromahair’s second string team also sent out a big message, defeating Carrigallen 4-16 to 1-3 while Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s were the other big winners as they defeated Division 3 winners Bornacoola by 6-11 to 1-10. Mohill, Annaduff and Gortletteragh also recorded big wins in the first game of the competition.
In the Minor Championship, St. Manchan’s sent out a serious message when they demolished Kiltoghert Gaels (St. Mary’s and Leitrim Gaels) 6-11 to 0-5 while Glencar/Manorhamilton and Fenagh/Gortletteragh also scored important wins in the 15-a-side grade while Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher and Aughnasheelin scored big wins over Bornacoola and Aughavas in the 9-a-side Minor competitions