Galway run riot in awesome display

In as impressive a display as one could witness, Galway belied their poor Connacht Minor League campaign by destroying Leitrim last Friday evening in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, a victory every bit as comprehensive as the score-line suggests.

In as impressive a display as one could witness, Galway belied their poor Connacht Minor League campaign by destroying Leitrim last Friday evening in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, a victory every bit as comprehensive as the score-line suggests.

In as impressive a display as one could witness, Galway belied their poor Connacht Minor League campaign by destroying Leitrim last Friday evening in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, a victory every bit as comprehensive as the score-line suggests.

CONNACHT MINOR LEAGUE

LEITRIM 0-10

GALWAY 5-13

BY John Connolly

It seems hard to believe but Galway wasted another six golden goal chances, most in one on one situations, as the Leitrim defence could not cope with an attack as vibrant and penetrating as the Galway team that featured Michael Meehan back in 2002.

Time and again, an over-worked Leitrim defence were ripped apart by the Galway attack who mixed hard work, incredible pace and physical strength in great abundance to give the home team an awful nightmare in Pairc Sean.

Obviously, Galway’s League position was a misnomer and it was Leitrim’s misfortune to meet the Tribesmen once they got their St. Jarlath’s contingent back from All-Ireland duty. But the scale, and nature, of the defeat last Friday will do little for Leitrim’s confidence ahead of the championship.

Leitrim will play the winners of the Sligo and Galway first round clash in the semi-final on Saturday, July 2, but it will take time to repair the damage to Leitrim’s confidence following Galway’s powerful display last Friday.

Leitrim finished the Provincial League campaign with one win from five outings, against Sligo in their very first game but have since suffered heavy losses to Roscommon, Mayo and Galway along with a seven point defeat to Longford.

The results may reopen the debate on the standards of underage football and coaching in the county as all too often, honest effort was betrayed by poor skills execution, deficiencies that may escape notice in club games but are ruthlessly exposed at Inter-County level.

This is certainly not getting at players who are no doubt suffering but last year’s strong campaign stands as the exception rather than the rule in recent years.

To read the full match report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.