The race for this year’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship suddenly to have been smashed wide open as reigning champions Glencar/Manorhamilton suffered a shock loss to Bornacoola last Saturday evening in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
By John Connolly
A determined finish by Bornacoola enabled them to emerge with a deserved narrow win over favourites Glencar/Manorhamilton, a win that keeps the Bors hopes of making it to this year’s Quarter-finals alive.
The loss was the first championship defeat suffered by the north Leitrim men since August 2007 when they lost a group game to Kiltubrid, 1-6 to 0-5, after losing in the previous round Melvin Gaels, 1-7 to 0-11, and it leaves them needing a win to reach this year’s knock-out stages.
A one point win over Carrigallen will be enough to see the champions through but anything less, a draw or a Carrigallen would see Bornacoola through and new champions crowned at the end of September.
For Bornacoola, the win was a stunning coup for a team who have not won a League game during the year and looked to be heading for an early exit from the championship, one of the top shocks in the championship in the last ten years.
The game was held up for 15 minutes during the second half after James Gilmartin suffered a suspected broken leg in an accidental collision with Bobby Shanley, the Bors keeper preventing a goal bound shot entering his net.
The champions led at the time but the Bors produced the best finish, securing a win that suddenly has every team thinking there is a chance of ultimate glory this year.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.