The number of occasions when a League of Ireland side at any age level have played in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park is very rare but Saturday was one of those occasions when Longford Town’s U18s played on the legendary North Leitrim pitch that a member of Lord Leitrim’s family bequeathed to the local people in the late 1800s.
In his account of the unique event local Club’s PRO Dave Cummins states that “Manorhamilton Rangers U18 team took on League of Ireland side Longford Town in the Bee Park this afternoon in a perfect day for football.
“This was always going to be a tough challenge for the Manor lads and so it proved. Longford Town playing a fluid passing game with clinical interchanging between the midfielders and strikers resulting in well taken goals showing why they are a League of Ireland Club.
“The Manor lads showed far too much respect to their counterparts and only started to gel together in the second half. Special mention goes to Christopher Jenkins who made a number of outstanding saves having come off his sickbed to aid his team. “There were a number of good performances by the Manor lads with all the players being moved around the park in various positions. It was an experience of learning for the lads but nonetheless a valuable one.
“In the end Longford Town ran out convincing winners. Thanks to Longford Town for travelling to Manorhamilton and also to Felim Gurn who looked after the hospitality end of things” Dave says in conclusion.
Newly promoted Manor Rangers get their new Sligo Leitrim Super League season underway on this Sunday morning, August 30 in the Bee Park at 11 when the take on Yeats United. It will be new Manager Aaron Costello’s first game in charge on the Manor outfit.