After the excitement of the Leitrim team’s heroics in the All-Ireland qualifiers in recent weeks it was back to club action last weekend as the Leitrim Senior Connacht Gold and Intermediate GWP championships got underway.
Two of the favourites for the senior title, Glencar/Manorhamilton and Melvin Gaels went head to head in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada but ultimately there was noting to separate the sides as two late points from James Glancy ensured a share of the spoils for Glencar/Manorhamilton as they began their quest for a fifth successive senior title.
Elsewhere another of the favourites, Mohill, recorded a comprehensive seven point win over a depleted Carrigallen side in Ballinamore.
Last year’s beaten finalists St Mary’s Kiltoghert issued a reminder that they hope to go one better this year as they defeated Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins in Cloone on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-11.
The other senior games saw Aughawillan and Bornacoola share the spoils in Pairc Sean; Annaduff proved too strong for a resilient Kiltubrid while Allen Gaels recorded an impressive five point win over Drumreilly.
In the Intermediate Championship two of the favourites - Dromahair and last year’s beaten finalists Gortletteragh - both got off to winning starts. Despite Fenagh getting off to a good start, Dromahair proved too strong in the second half and recorded a five point win while Gortletteragh registered an impressive win over Drumkeerin.
Another team who will be hoping to enjoy an extended run in this year’s Intermediate Championship and they enjoyed an excellent win over Eslin for whom Conor Beirne was in excellent form. Similarly Cloone will be hoping that this is the year they may the return to the Senior Championship and they began their campaign with a six point over Melvin Gaels’ second team and in the same group Aughnasheelin registered a two point win over Ballinaglera.
Another team who have suffered heavily at the hands of emigration is Aughavas but they put their troubles to one side when they began their campaign with an impressive two point over Glencar/Manorhamilton’s highly rated second team.
For a full round-up of the first round and a look ahead to next weekend’s games make sure to see tomorrow’s Leitrim Observer.