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
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.
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