Croal injury blow for champions

Leitirm star Adrian Croal is facing a battle to be fit for Sunday’s week’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship Final after the Glencar/Manorhamilton attacker suffered a suspected broken nose in a League game last Sunday.

Leitirm star Adrian Croal is facing a battle to be fit for Sunday’s week’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship Final after the Glencar/Manorhamilton attacker suffered a suspected broken nose in a League game last Sunday.

By John Connolly

The County star was taken to hospital on Sunday afternoon after he suffered a suspected broken nose in the Gallogly Catering Division One encounter in Belcoo against Senior Championship Semi-Finalists Annaduff, who won the game by a point.

Opponents St. Mary’s face their own injury worries after Jonathan Cassidy left last Sunday’s League win over Aughawillan early with what looked like a hamstring injury but a Glencar/Manor team chasing an unprecendeted four in a row will be sweating over the fitness of the County star.

Croal may have only nine points to his name from four outings in the championship so far but such bare statistics vastly underestimate the corner-forward’s role in Glencar/Manorhamilton success, even with their fabled strength in depth.

Croal’s importantnce to the champions was never more evident than in the semi-final victory over Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s as Croal was involved in setting up both of Manor’s as well as scoring four point in the process.

Manager Glenn Young will wait anxiously on news of Croal’s condition but it is not the sort of preparation the Champions will want ahead of Sunday week’s meeting with St. Mary’s.

• See next week’s Observer for a full preview of the Senior and Intermediate Finals.