Wicklow defeat all but ends promotion challenge

It proved to be another mixed weekend for the county teams who were in action last weekend with the senior footballers and minor footballers suffering defeats while the county hurlers also suffered defeat at the hands of Warwickshire. There was better news for the senior ladies football team who came from behind to defeat Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park yesterday.

It proved to be another mixed weekend for the county teams who were in action last weekend with the senior footballers and minor footballers suffering defeats while the county hurlers also suffered defeat at the hands of Warwickshire. There was better news for the senior ladies football team who came from behind to defeat Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park yesterday.

The footballers travelled to Aughrim knowing a win was imperative to maintain their hopes of promotion but it was Wicklow who got off to the better start and enjoyed a half-time lead of 2-7 to 0-4 with goals coming from Tony Hannon and Darragh O’Sullivan.

Leitrim reduced the deficit in the second half with Paddy McGowan registering a goal 13 minutes after the restart and although they finished the game well, Wicklow had done enough to ensure victory.

The minors had a disappointing evening in Cloone last Saturday as they were well beaten in the Connacht Minor League as Longford emerged winners by three points. There were some impressive performances on the Leitrim side but Longford took control of the game from an early stage and Leitrim were always playing catch-up.

After the encouraging start made to the National League by the hurlers, there was further disappointment for the county hurlers yesterday as Warwickshire emerged 10 point winners when the sides met in Ballinamore. The hurlers recorded an impressive win over Longford in their opening outing but subsequent defeats against Fermanagh and yesterday’s result against Warwickshire have taken the gloss off the initial bright start to an extent. Fermanagh and Warwickshire will now contest the NHL Division 3B Final.

The ladies recorded their sixth win in seven games in Division 3 and have finished level with fellow table toppers Westmeath and Armagh with Aine Tighe give an excellent display as she finished with a personal tally of 0-8 as Leitrim won 2-11 to 1-9.

For reports on all the weekend’s action see Wednesday’s Leitrim Observer.