After years without even a Connacht title, the success of young Leitrim footballers at the HSE National Community Games Finals continued in amazing fashion last Sunday when Manorhamilton Area claimed the U12 National title.
The Manorhamilton Area team comprising of players from the Glencar Manorhamilton and St Patrick’s Dromahair GAA clubs created their own piece of history on Sunday last when they won the All Ireland title in Athlone.
Having won the Leitrim title, they overcame St Brigid’s of Roscommon in the preliminary round, Kilmactigue of Sligo in the semi final and Corofin of Galway to claim the Connacht title.
On Saturday, they played against Ulster champions Sheelin of Cavan in their semi final and despite a nervous start they had a comprehensive victory on a scoreline of 8-12 to 0-2.
In the Final, they faced their stiffest test all year but when it mattered most they put in a performance full of skill, character, desire and commitment to claim the title over Leinster champions Kilcullen of Kildare on a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-5.
The Leitrim champions got off to the best possible start in the first quarter overwhelming Kilcullen with a commanding display which seen them lead 1-4 to no score.
The second quarter saw the Kildare team show their talent and they dominated this quarter reducing the gap to 2-4 to 1-2. The Leitrim girls produced a strong third quarter to lead 2-8 to 2-2 and in the final quarter they showed nerves of steel when they held out for a 3-9 to 3-7 win.
Jubilant scenes greeted the final whistle from the large contingent of Leitrim supporters in Athlone and at the medal ceremony later that evening.