Leitrim pull out of Junior Champs

Leitrim will not contest this year’s Connacht Junior Football Championship as the Green & Gold and their prospective opponents Roscommon have both decided to withdraw from this year’s competition.

Leitrim will not contest this year’s Connacht Junior Football Championship as the Green & Gold and their prospective opponents Roscommon have both decided to withdraw from this year’s competition.

Leitrim were due to meet Roscommon next Friday in the competition’s semi-finals but when news came through that Roscommon, citing a lack of preparation time due to the involvement of the U-21 team in the All-Ireland Final and the proximity of their Senior Championship clash with Galway, had pulled out of the competition.

With the trip to London just three weeks away, Leitrim County Board took the decision to also pull out of the competition, leaving Galway and Mayo to contest the Final on May 20. With so many of the current squad eligible to take part in the Junior grade (Alan Wynne, Ciaran Egan, Fabian McMorrow, Gerry Hickey, Kevin Conlan, Paddy McGowan, Enda Williams, Ray Cox, Philip Farrelly, Gavin Reynolds, Shane Moran, Sean McWeeney and St. Mary’s James Glancy), Leitrim would have fielded quite a strong team but with so many of those named likely to start against London on June 3, the County Board decided not to risk losing key players to injury.