Annaduff stage epic come-back to take League crown

Annaduff claimed the Gallogly Catering Division 1 title on Saturday afternoon last after a pulsating encounter that saw 14 man Melvin Gaels wonder how they managed to lose a game they seemed so in control in the early stages of while Annaduff reflected on an incredible comeback that was down to resilience, organisation and efficiency in front of goal.

Annaduff claimed the Gallogly Catering Division 1 title on Saturday afternoon last after a pulsating encounter that saw 14 man Melvin Gaels wonder how they managed to lose a game they seemed so in control in the early stages of while Annaduff reflected on an incredible comeback that was down to resilience, organisation and efficiency in front of goal.

Annaduff 1-11

Melvin Gaels 0-11

Trailing by six points after just 13 minutes in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, it looked bleak for Annaduff to say the very least, but after the introduction of their talismanic player-manager Michael Moyles Annaduff set about reducing the deficit and actually went in at the break leading by a point.

Three minutes before the half-time interval midfielder Brendan Guckian struck for what would prove to be the only goal of the game and the score that would ultimately be the difference between the sides.

Just how Annaduff, who had begun the game so lethargically were able to complete such a comeback will go down in folklore in years to come while Melvin Gaels will be left to reflect on what might have been as they had initially seemed to have learned the mistakes of the previous weekend when Davits punished them for a slow start.

Melvin Gaels left themselves with too much to do against the side that last weekend went to on to claim the Connacht Intermediate Club Championship and they looked determined from the throw-in not to be guilty of the same mistakes again.

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