Despite a late rally Leitrim came up short when they took on Longford in Saturday’s competitive Connacht Minor League game in Cloone where the visitors took control of the proceedings from early on in the first half and never subsequently relinquished it.
Longford recorded their first win after having been beaten by Mayo, Galway and Roscommon while Leitrim remain without a win after previous losses at the hands of Sligo and Roscommon.
Leitrim has a number of excellent individual players but when it comes to performing as a cohesive unit, it happened only on rare occasions with this team. It seems as if many of the Leitrim players have a problem at times focus on the task at hand.
Padraig Gallagher got Leitrim off to a good start against Longford when he put over a fourth minute free after he was fouled by Patrick Farrell. But Longford got on level terms in the following minute when Brian Walsh shot over.
Within a minute, Longford took the lead when Rory Connor slotted over a free. This score was followed by another five unanswered points by the 20th minute. With Leitrim was at sixes-and-sevens, Longford’s Connor added three further points, two from frees, with Gary Connell and Larry Moran also adding a point each from play for the visitors.
After Leitrim had gone 20 minutes without scoring, Niall Brady replied with a 23rd minute point but Rory Connor hit back within a minute. Padraig Gallagher kept Leitrim in touch with a 26th minute free after sub Mark McGrory was fouled.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.