Gaels on the double as strength shines through

Melvin Gaels mightn’t have played too many games in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin but the Ballinamore venue is fast becoming a happy hunting ground for the Kinlough men after they claimed the GWP Junior A Championship crown against a battling Mohill last Sunday.

Melvin Gaels mightn’t have played too many games in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin but the Ballinamore venue is fast becoming a happy hunting ground for the Kinlough men after they claimed the GWP Junior A Championship crown against a battling Mohill last Sunday.

BY John Connolly

Melvin Gaels 2-8

Mohill 0-11

In a fantastic eight day for the Gaels, they added the Junior A title to the Intermediate crown they won in Ballinamore, completing an amazing double for the Kinlough men as they won two neighbouring championships.

Much of their Junior success was directly attributable to their Intermediate victory – despite what were vigorous celebrations last week, Melvin Gaels were clearly the fitter team as their second string benefitted greatly from training with the first team.

With Peter McGowan, Paul McGurran, Martin McCarron and Jesse McGuinness, playing outfield rather than in goal, also available for the Gaels second string, it gave the Kinlough men a huge advantage in terms of ability, experience and fitness.

Yet early on, it looked as if all that was for nothing as Mohill, boosted by attacking half-backs Eanna Madden and Nathan Conboy, surged into a six point lead at the end of the first quarter, looking worth every big of their lead and seemingly on their way to the win.

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