Glencar/Manorhamilton pulled out all the stops in the second half to claim a clear-cut win over Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s in Sunday’s U21 ‘A’ championship semi-final, which was played in exceptionally good weather conditions at Ballinaglera.
BY PJ Leddy
Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s 0-6
Aided by a strong breeze Ballinamore dominated the first quarter when they held Glencar/Manor scoreless and hit three points. But Glencar/Manor lifted their game in the second quarter and got back on level terms for the break.
Ballinamore’s challenge faded in the second half and once Glencar/Manor took the lead with a 39th minute Ronan Flynn point, the writing was on the wall for the O’Heslin’s.
Brian Beirne opened the scoring with a well-taken long range point in the second minute and twice found the range again, one from a free and the other from a 45 metre shot from play, to put Ballinamore three up.
After what had been a very slow start by the north Leitrim side, Aaron Hickey opened their account in the 18th minute when he finished off a good move with a point from play.
Points from Sweeney and Mark McGourty levelled the scores five minutes before the break as Ballinamore’s Shane McWeeney and Glencar/Manor’s Ronan Flynn swapped a point each to leave the score line 0-4 apiece at halftime.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.