Champions back with a bang

Champions Glencar/Manorhamilton got their Connacht Gold Senior Championship campaign back on track as they cruised to a decisive victory over a somewhat enigmatic Carrigallen side in Saturday’s quite one-sided Group 1 tie in Páirc Sean.

Champions Glencar/Manorhamilton got their Connacht Gold Senior Championship campaign back on track as they cruised to a decisive victory over a somewhat enigmatic Carrigallen side in Saturday’s quite one-sided Group 1 tie in Páirc Sean.

By PJ Leddy

CONNACHT GOLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON 2-12

CARRIGALLEN 2-6

After an impressive opening round win over Bornacoola, Carrigallen never got going in the showdown and their two late goals give an impression that the game was much a much closer contest than it really was.

Worse for Carrigallen was the fact that they forfeited a place in the quarter-finals, which was in their grasp coming into the game provided they avoided loss greater than five points.

Their two late goals put a gloss on the score-line and Carrigallen, finalists two years ago, now go into a relegation playoff series against neighbours Drumreilly, Cloone and Allen Gaels.

Glencar/Manorhamilton, who face Kiltubrid in the quarter-finals, were so dominant in the clash with Carrigallen that the three times-in-a-row champions were never really tested as they romped to victory from a long way out in Saturday evening’s game.

However, Manor will have a few concerns after Carrigallen subs Benny O’Rourke and Darren McGovern both grabbed goals in the final minutes, something that all the other teams will take a close look at later in the championship.

Having hit Glencar/Manorhamilton with two late goals, Carrigallen must be kicking themselves that they hadn’t scored another point over the previous 59 minutes to secure a quarter-final place.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.