Eslin emerged as worthy victors over Glencar/Manorhamilton at the end of lively GWP Intermediate championship Group II game in Carrick last Sunday after the north Leitrim side’s second string gave the winners quite a good run for their money, even striking the wood-work in the closing minutes.
By PJ Leddy
In what was a very good game of football, Eslin was more or less in command at all stages while Glencar/Manorhamilton was right on their heals up to the final whistle and could have easily turned the tide on their opponents at different junctures in this encounter.
Eslin notched up two goals in this game and missed at least three other clear-cut goal chances while Glencar/Manorhamilton found the Eslin net once but also could have forced a draw at the end when Paul Clancy hit the crossbar and Ronan McGourty drove the rebound in to the side netting.
With two wins, Eslin have booked a place in the Quarter-Finals against the loser from next weekend’s meeting of Drumkeerin & Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher while the north Leitrim men will battle with Aughnasheelin to make it into the knock-out stages.
Glencar/Manor made a bright start with Evan Sweeney tapping over a 3rd minute free and Paul Clancy added a point two minutes later. Eslin weren’t long in responding with Conor Beirne putting over a free before Eslin took the lead for the first time in the tenth minute when Barry McLoughlin finished soccer style to the net after keeper Sean Boylan was dispossessed at the left edge of parallelogram near the end line.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.