Underdogs Dromahair really put it up to their near neighbours Glencar/Manor when the sides met in Sunday’s competitive Gallogly Catering ACL Division 1 opening round game in Gaelic Park, Bundoran but it was Glencar/Manor who emerged victorious to get their league campaign off to the perfect start.
Glencar/Manor bossed the first half and led by double scores at the interval but Dromahair, who pulled thirteen players in to a defensive blockade inside their 45 metre line in the second half, matched their rivals for the second period on the scoreboard when both teams could only manage a paltry two points each.
Even though Glencar/Manor always held a slight edge in this showdown they never quite shook off the challenge of their north Leitrim rivals who tenaciously stayed in contention right up to the final whistle.
When the sides met in the corresponding Leitrim senior fixture last year in Dromahair, Glencar/Manor recorded a comprehensive 16 point victory but on Sunday the margin was only 4 points. While disappointed with his side’s defeat in Bundoran new Dromahair manager Gerry Ballantine can take some positives from the result when it is compared to last year’s hammering by Glencar/Manor.
New Glencar/Manor Fergal O’Flaherty had to happy to start off his period at the helm of the four-in-a-row county club championship winning side with a first competitive victory of the year in which his highly experienced charges could become the first Leitrim team ever to win five senior championships on the trot.
Dromahair made a bright start against Glencar/Manor when Barry Loughlin fisted over a point with just 30 seconds elapsed on the game clock. But Michael Poniard levelled the proceedings within three more minutes when fired over for Glencar/Manor after soloing 30 metres into Dromahair territory unchallenged before he pulled the trigger.
Glencar/Manor took the lead when Anthony McDonald hit over a sixth minute point from play after receiving a pass from Gerry Hickey while three minutes later James Glancy whipped over a free to double his side’s lead after Hickey had been fouled.
Kevin Conlan reduced Glencar/Manor’s lead to the minimum in the eleventh minute after he found the range from a well-hit ‘45.’ But Glencar/Manor upped their game a few gears over the next thirteen minutes and took a decisive grip on the proceedings.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.