Bornacoola got something of a footballing lesson at the hands of Claregalway in the Tesco Connacht Club Junior Championship in Leitrim on Saturday but they will take heart from the battling qualities they displayed against a very well drilled side who were full of running and proved very difficult to stop.
By Philip Rooney
Straight from the throw-in Claregalway looked to bring the game to Bornacoola and within 30 seconds of the start they came agonisingly close to finding the Bornacoola goal. Deirdre Brennan and Michelle Dunleavey linked up well but Bornacoola’s Niamh Reynolds was in position to claim Dunleavey’s shot underneath her own crossbar.
Unfortunately for Bornacoola, Claregalway continued to lay siege and it was to be only a further 15 seconds before Charlotte Cooney found the Bornacoola goal and the same player struck again with barely 90 seconds played to score her and her side’s second goal of the game.
Having got off to the worse possible start, the Bornacoola players looked to have their confidence seriously dented and Claregalway were able to increase their lead with points coming from Siobhan Gavin, Emer O’Connell, Tara Hession and Michelle Dunleavey.
Although Bornacoola were still struggling to make an impact in the Claregalway half, having survived the opening 10 minutes they were now looking more assured as a defensive unit.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.