Strange encounter sees Leitrim just pipped

Strange is perhaps the last word you’d think of to describe a meeting of Leitrim and Roscommon but last Sunday’s Allianz League Division Four encounter in Hyde Park, won by the home side after a free-flowing contest, was perhaps the strangest meeting between the two counties.

Strange is perhaps the last word you’d think of to describe a meeting of Leitrim and Roscommon but last Sunday’s Allianz League Division Four encounter in Hyde Park, won by the home side after a free-flowing contest, was perhaps the strangest meeting between the two counties.

Strange is perhaps the last word you’d think of to describe a meeting of Leitrim and Roscommon but last Sunday’s Allianz League Division Four encounter in Hyde Park, won by the home side after a free-flowing contest, was perhaps the strangest meeting between the two counties.

ALLIANZ LEAGUE DIVISION 4

LEITRIM 0-15

ROSCOMMON 1-14

By John Connolly

Normally, fire and brimstone are the order of the day when it comes to the Green & Gold taking on the Primrose & Blue but with the last round of the Division 4 campaign robbed of any real significance due to last week’s results, the game took place in an eerie stillness.

More akin to a challenge match ahead of the championship, both teams exploited the acres of space they were afforded and spread the ball around in a game that lacked any edge at all.

That is not to demean the efforts of both teams, Leitrim in particular worked extremely hard to get a morale boosting end to the League ahead of the May 22, meeting with Sligo in Markievicz Park but Sunday’s Hyde Park encounter was a tepid version of previous meetings.

Strangest of all was the paltry attendance in the Hyde – no more than 800 souls, and that is a generous estimate, crossed the turnstiles with very few Leitrim supporters bothering to make the short journey to Roscommon.

With all the talk of economic woes and cut-backs, the small crowd in the Hyde must be a very worrying sight for GAA chiefs as the public did not seem energised at all by the meeting of the two neighbours, altogether more mystifying when one considers that the FBD meeting between the counties in Elphin in January drew a bigger crowd!

The lack of an atmosphere from the stands certainly didn’t help the players produce as it must have been hard to play with the sort of white hot intensity one normally expects with this game.

Yet after the attacking yips of the Longford game, Leitrim found their range with 15 points but were still left ruing a couple of crucial misses, no more so than Conor Beirne’s free with just five minutes to go when the sides were level.

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