Minor magic for St Manchan’s

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Approaching the tail end of October, last Saturday evening saw one of the most entertaining matches of the year being played out as the minor footballers from St Manchan’s and Fenagh/Gortletteragh did battle once more.

Approaching the tail end of October, last Saturday evening saw one of the most entertaining matches of the year being played out as the minor footballers from St Manchan’s and Fenagh/Gortletteragh did battle once more.

The drawn encounter proved to be edge of the seat stuff for all the supporters six days earlier in Ballianmore and last Saturday’s encounter, somehow, managed to prove even more entertaining. Both teams gave an exhibition of open, attacking football that many in attendance were said to have found lacking in many of the summer’s inter-county games.

Saturday also proved to be a big day for all associated with Melvin Gaels as the Leitrim Intermediate champions saw off Sligo side, Easkey and advance to the semi-final of the competition.

It was also a significant weekend for all associated with Manor Rangers as the club made the journey to east Galway to face Ballinasloe in the FAI Junior Cup.

It may be a few years now since the club captured the imagination of the county as they progressed to the last eight of the competition but they showed similar resolve on Sunday last as they recorded an emphatic victory over formidable opponents.

The attention this weekend remains on provincial fixtures as Leitrim Senior county champions, Mohill face the daunting task of travelling to Tuam to take on the defending All-Ireland champions Corofin.

Pairc Sean MacDiarmada will host Leitrim ladies senior champions Kiltubrid who will lock horns with Sligo champions Geevagh on Saturday.