Fate not in Leitrim's hands in FBD or Hastings Cups

Pool Leitrim to take on Wexford in Quarter-Final P. 59

Leitrim's Senior & U21 footballers will be forgiven if their minds are elsewhere next weekend when they are in pre-season action as both look to extend their season.

A win for Galway Mayo IT against Galway in the FBD Insurance League next Sunday will open the door for Leitrim to top Section B and qualify for the final provided Shane Ward's troops defeat Sligo in Ballinamore (2.00 throw-in).

The U21s are in a similar position where victory over Wicklow and a win for Offaly against Longford would see them level on points with Longford with scoring difference giving them a chance to qualify for the Hastings Cup Shield Semi-Finals.

Leitrim suffered their first defeat of the Senior campaign in Tuam last Sunday as Galway came from behind to claim a 1-8 to 1-5 victory, Danny Cummins' goal the vital score after Nevin O'Donnell found the net for the third time in two games.

Speaking after the game, manager Shane Ward did not seem too perturbed by the loss in Tuam - “It is not a disappointment for us, it is just something we have to work on, work on and work on in training.

“Conditions out there were tough for both teams, both teams registered about nine or ten wides which tells you there was pressure on the forwards and the conditions weren’t helping.”

GMIT's shock one point win over Sligo last Sunday brings Leitrim back in contention for a place in the FBD Final. A victory over Sligo would give Leitrim four points and provided GMIT beat Galway, all three teams would have four points and scoring difference would come into play, with Leitrim boasting a significant advantage in that area.

Of course, that depends on a Leitrim victory in Ballinamore and GMIT shocking Kevin Walsh's team.

The U21s need Offaly to beat Longford as anything less would see the two Leinster teams through. Longford beat Wicklow by 14 points so Leitrim will need a big win against Wicklow and a good Offaly victory to advance.