Dromahair’s hopes of reaching a Connacht Final for a third successive year came to an end in Leitrim last Saturday but the new Leitrim champions could certainly hold their heads up high after they gave Mayo champions Carnacon plenty to think about in the first half.
Playing against a team for whom 10 of the starting 15 have represented Mayo and eight have won All-Ireland medals for their county was never going to be an easy task for Dromahair and news shortly before throw-in that Anna Conlan had picked up an injury in the warm-up certainly didn’t help their cause.
The defining moments of the game undoubtedly arrived just after the 20 minutes mark when Carnacon struck for three goals in quick succession to effectively end the Dromahair challenge. Up to that point Dromahair had been very much in contention. Having made the decisive breakthrough with that opening goal, Carnacon quickly hit back with two further goals in quick succession.
Having established a significant lead the Carnacon players showed their desire to win right to the very end as they gave a masterclass in shooting, most notably courtesy of their full-forward Cora Staunton.
Staunton has long been regarded as one of the greatest ever ladies footballers and in Leitrim Village she gave yet another masterclass as she finished with a personal tally of 3-10.
While Staunton had an exceptional game there were several other Carnacon players who deserve praise for the role they played in their sides victory. Martha Carter was excellent in midfield while Fiona McHale while Aoife Brennan also had fine games.
While the scoreboard suggests Dromahair were comprehensively beaten it is worth remembering that during the first 20 minutes of the game the Leitrim Senior champions looked more than a match for their opponents and their hard running and clever passing certainly had their opponents worried. Roisin Fowley and Erin Farrell both looked dangerous in the full forward line while Anna Conlan and Sinead Fowley were both more than holding in the middle of the pitch.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.