Underdogs they may have been but Gortletteragh put their status well behind with an impressive demolition of a highly fancied St. Patrick’s Dromahair in the GWP Intermediate Championship Quarter-Finals last Sunday morning in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
By John Connolly
IFC Quarter Final
The north Leitrim men had free-wheeled their way through the group stages but in Gortletteragh, they found an obdurate presence, a team that refused to take a step back and put Dromahair under incredible pressure.
With Cathal McCrann dominating the middle of the field, winning kick-outs and driving his team forward at every opportunity, Gortletteragh availed of all the space in front of Conor Reynolds and Darren Duignan to wreck enormous havoc on a fragile Dromahair defence, Reynolds in particular was a real handful for the Dromahair defence and they never got to grips with his pace and ball winning ability.
Two goals, one in either half, were ultimately the difference on the score-board but it hides just how dominant Gortletteragh were over the hour, their defence coping easily with everything a mis-firing Dromahair threw at them.
It didn’t help Dromahair that they missed a succession of scoreable frees in the first half and each miss seemed to dampen their spirit further, something that a Gortletteragh defence fed upon as they grew stronger and more disciplined.
In the first half, Dromahair had a few goal chances but as the game progressed, those chances dried up as Gortletteragh simply out-fought their opponents.
Cathal McCrann, Cathal Quinn, Ciaran Egan, Niall Duffy, Niall Woods, Conor Reynolds and Darren Duignan all stood out for Gortletteragh while Stephen Keegan, Stephen Smyth, Fergus Meehan and Conor Farrell were best for a disappointing Dromahair.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.