Inspired by the clinical finishing of Keoghan McGovern Gortletteragh claimed the U-14 league title in Cloone on Friday night last when they overturned a seven point deficit to beat a very well organised Aughavas side.
Aughavas began the game in the best possible manner and with the game just 26 seconds old they struck for the opening goal of the contest, with Fintan Galllogly finishing emphatically. That good start was to get even better as two points apiece from Owen Kenny and Seamus Sweeney (frees) saw Aughavas extend their advantage to seven points inside the opening 10 minutes of the game.
At this stage of the final it was looking as though an Aughavs win would prove to be a mere formality but as the game progressed Gortletteragh began to reorganise themselves and became more difficult to break down.
A period of seven minutes elapsed without any addition to the score and when that score arrived it proved to be Gortletteragh’s first of the game. Keoghan McGovern registered a fine point from distance and less than a minute later the contest was very much back in the melting pot as McGovern struck for his first goal of the game. The powerful forward did well to claim a free under pressure from two Aughavas defenders and quickly turned before dispatching his shot past Aaron Moran.
With renewed confidence Gortletteragh seized the initiative and registered two further goals in as many minutes, and again it was Keoghan McGovern proved too good for the Aughavas defence. The first of those goals saw regain his footing before beating his man and then finishing to the Aughavas goal and moments later his pace and strength proved too much for the defence as he powered past two defenders and once again he found the Aughavas goal in emphatic style.
McGovern’s three goals in as many minutes completely turned the game on its head as Gortletteragh had turned a seemingly bleak situation into a three point lead.
The Aughavas players could have been forgiven for being somewhat shell-shocked but to their credit they responded well and hit back with points from James Canning and Seamus Sweeney to reduce the deficit to a solitary point.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.