Kiltubrid keep quarter-final hopes alive with derby win

Kiltubrid won local bragging rights and ensured that their Connacht Gold Senior Championship hopes are still alive after they powered to victory over neighbours Allen Gaels in a low-key Group 2 game in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Kiltubrid won local bragging rights and ensured that their Connacht Gold Senior Championship hopes are still alive after they powered to victory over neighbours Allen Gaels in a low-key Group 2 game in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

By PJ Leddy

Kiltubrid 1-10

Allen Gaels 1-5

From the outset, Kiltubrid showed their greater appetite for victory and they maintained this desire right up to the finish, the benefit of having a game under their belts showing up in the closing stages last Saturday.

Allen Gaels were particularly slow to get out of the blocks and while the Drumshanbo men closed the gap on Kiltubrid to a point at the end of the third quarter, their challenge then surprisingly ran out of steam.

Kiltubrid must wait on the result from the St. Mary’s v Allen Gaels game next weekend to see if they remain in this year’s championship – a draw, an Allen Gaels loss or a nine point St. Mary’s loss would put Kiltubrid through.

The Drumshanbo men still have hope as a four point win would be enough to see them pass Kiltubrid on scoring difference but they will need to up their performance to a huge degree against their long time St. Mary’s rivals.

Against Allen Gaels, Kiltubrid fully applied the maxim that “a good start is half the battle” when they raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead before the Gaels realised the game had started.

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