A Connacht Final is a rare occurrence for a Leitrim football but Kevin Conlan stresses that minds will be very firmly on London next Sunday.
The controversy over the dropping of four players is well and firmly behind Leitrim according to George Dugdale.
Melvin Gaels U14 inaugural Liam McGowan Memorial Tournament was held in Melvin Park, Kinlough on Saturday last, June 8, amidst glorious sunshine.
Past meetings in League or championship will have no bearing on next Sunday’s Connacht Senior Semi-Final against London according to Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan.
There’s probably only one thing people expect this week’s column to touch on, but like the management, the players, and the county board, I feel the time has come to draw a line under the debate and move on.
With just a little over a week to go before Leitrim go to battle with London for a place in the Connacht Championship final, Leitrim joint manager Brian Breen has spoken about the decision to drop four players from the county panel. In upbeat mood ahead of the visit of the exiles on Sunday week Breen has been pleased with how the players have performed in training and in recent challenge matches but he was honest when dealing with the issue of dropping Wayne McKeon, Shane Moran, Tomas and Conor Beirne.
Arguably the biggest surprise surrounding London’s quarter-final win over Sligo, was that it came as such a shock across the sea at ‘home’.
Well done to all teams who took part in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals and congratulations to all our winners.
Three points in a two minute spell from Donal Butler saw St. Mary’s claim victory after a thrilling Gallogly Catering Division 5 Final last Saturday.
Leitrim’s preparations for the Connacht Championship Semi-Final have been dealt a devastating blow with the news that former captain Paddy Maguire dislocated his ankle last on Monday evening.
Leitrim’s own ‘Saipan’ situation has split the county and has revealed some short-sighted and ignorant attitudes amongst a small band of so called Leitrim ‘supporters’.
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Despite a week of feverish speculation and rumours, there will be no return to the Leitrim Senior Football team for dropped players Wayne McKeon, Tomas Beirne, Shane Moran and Conor Beirne after a week that has rocked the preparations of the county squad ahead of the Connacht Semi-Final against London on Sunday, June 23.
The GAA have announced the dates for the draws for the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers with Leitrim facing two potential dates depending on their progress in the Connacht Championship Semi-Final against London.
If there was any doubt of the place Gaelic football has in the hearts and minds of Leitrim people, the events of the last week have well and truly dispelled those notions as the dropping of Wayne McKeon, Tomas Beirne, Shane Moran & Conor Beirne from the Leitrim Senior football panel has split the people of the county right down the middle.
Ladies stalwarts Mairead Stenson and Aine Tigher were honoured last week with places on the Tesco Home Grown Ladies Division Three Team of the League.
It is a rare game that leaves both sets of supporters frustrated but nobody appeared to be happy after a wasteful Aughnasheelin eventually overcame a poor Fenagh St. Caillin’s last Sunday afternoon in Ballinamore.
Bornacoola left their league form behind them when they recorded a narrow but deserved Connacht Gold Senior Championship victory over Aughawillan at Ballinamore last Saturday.
Inspired by the influential Brian Mulvey, a young Allen Gaels side hinted at the promise of things to come as they withstood a strong challenge from Drumreilly to claim victory in Group 3 of the Connacht Gold Senior Championship last Saturday in Carrigallen.
Drumkeerin got their GWP Intermediate Championship campaign off to a perfect start with a comfortable six point victory over Leitrim Gaels at Ballinamore last Saturday.
In what was a poor game, Glencar/Manorhamilton signalled their intent to regain the Fenagh Cup after they scored an easy victory over Annaduff who struggled for most of the time in this Connacht Gold Senior Championship clash in Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada on Saturday.
Local derbies can be very difficult to call in terms of who will emerge victorious and that proved to be the case in Drumshanbo on Saturday last as close rivals Aughavas and Cloone met in the opening round of the GWP Intermediate Championship.
Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan has backed the decision to drop four players from the Leitrim Senior panel for breaches of the team’s code of conduct, claiming that Leitrim football will never progress unless disciplinary issues are sorted out once and for all.
Defending Senior county champions Melvin Gaels began the defence of the Fenagh Cup in Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo on Saturday evening last and did just enough to merit a hard earned win over a Carrigallen team who appear to be considerably better than they were in last year’s championship.
Two of the favourites for this year’s GWP Intermediate Championship served up a cracking clash last Saturday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada with Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher claiming the north Leitrim bragging rights after a two point victory over St. Patrick’s Dromahair.
Leitrim GAA County Board have confirmed in a statement that four members of the Leitrim Senior Football panel have been dropped from the squad following what they have termed “breaches of discipline that have fallen below the strict code of standards as agreed by team managment and players.”
London Calling is a heading below of all sports writers when a team from Connacht heads across to Ruislip but for the first time since 1977, it will be Leitrim Calling after London provided the shock of the 2013 Championship when defeating Sligo last Sunday.
Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s sent out a strong message that they intend their stay in GWP Intermediate Championship to be a short one as they demolished the challenge of Eslin in the second half in Cloone last Saturday.
Young and inexperienced they might be but Mohill showed plenty of grit to overcome the stern challenge of a Kiltubrid side who upset all the pre-match predictions and almost caused a major upset last Saturday in Carrigallen in the Connacht Gold Senior championship First Round.
Glenfarne Kiltyclogher v St. Patrick’s Dromahair: A fantastic battle here that could easily end up being the final later in the year. Both these teams have been knocking on the door of Intermediate glory for some years but Dromahair carry the burden of favouritism, their position second in Division One giving them a huge edge. Glenfarne/Kilty get every little bit out of their resources and are an example of many bigger clubs. If they can hold Dromahair’s high scoring forwards and make this a battle, you’d fancy their spirit here to bring off a shock but you get the feeling that the scoring power Dromahair possess and their experience from last year should see them through a difficult encounter.
Annaduff v Glencar Manorhamilton: Annaduff have drawn a very short straw here, facing a re-energised Glencar/Manorhamilton. Manor are top of Division One and seem like a team on a mission, unlike the one that stumbled towards history last year only to fall at the hands of their neighbours Melvin Gaels in the Final. Annaduff are an enigma – good results in the League are followed by disappointing losses. On their day they are as hard to beat as anyone but they have been struggling to replace some of the stalwarts of the last ten years. Manor never like taking on Annaduff but they would still appear to have the class to overcome a young Annaduff side.
They may go into the opening weekend of the Connacht Gold Senior Championship as the team to beat but the man who last year lifted the Fenagh Cup, David McSharry, is all too aware that there are no shortage of teams looking to take Melvin Gaels’ crown.
Glencar/Manorhamilton v St. Patrick’s Dromahair; Drumkeerin v Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s; Annaduff v St Mary’s Kiltoghert; Allen Gaels v Carrigallen; Gortletteragh v Mohill; Bornacoola v Melvin Gaels
The MMI Interprovincial Tournament takes place this weekend with the best Ladies Football players in each province coming together to compete in this unique, day-long tournament and it has been announced that four Leitrim players -Michelle Guckian, Mairead Stenson, Deirdre Ward and Aine Tighe have been named on the Connacht panel.
The decision by the Leitrim hurlers not to travel to Birmingham last weekend to fulfil the Lory Meagher Cup fixture with Warwickshire was explained by team manager Martin Cunniffe.
A good start is half the battle but an historic early start to the Club Championship season and last year’s successful new Group format means that this year’s Connacht Gold Senior, GWP Intermediate and Pryamid Bookmakers Junior A Championships pose a set of new challenges for clubs.
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