Gortltteragh held their nerve and finished the stronger team to claim a place in the Glenfarne Wood Products Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final when they saw off Ballinaglera in a winner-takes-all clash in Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo last Saturday.
By David Goulden
GWP INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The 11 point winning margin at the final whistle hides the fact that for much of this contest, Gortletteragh had to fight hard to keep ahead of Ballinaglera with only two points midway through the second half. However, once Gortletteragh upped the intensity, they never looked back and booked a meeting with an impressive St. Patrick’s Dromahair in the Quarter-Finals..
For Ballinaglera, they now face Fenagh St. Caillin’s in the relegation quarter-finals and will need to pick themselves up greatly if they are to maintain their Intermediate status for 2012.
It only took 20 seconds for the first point of the game as Gortletteragh’s half-back Gerard Campbell got forward to kick his sides first point. The good start got evey better when Conor Reynolds caught a pass from James Campbell on two minutes and finished past Ballinaglera net-minder Alan McGovern for the game’s first goal.
Ballinaglera reponded three minutes later, Seamie McMorrow pointing after he received a pass from Colm McGuire but Gortletteragh back with Cathal Quinn finding Cathal McCrann from a free, the County keeper pointing to put Gortletteragh four points clear.
Campbell, who had set up his team’s first goal, then went for glory himself but his attempt hit the post before coming back into play as the rain poured down on the Allen Gaels venue. Ballinaglera were then gifted a way back into the game as Seamie McMorrow’s free kick from the sideline was caught behind his goal-line by Gortletteragh keeper Sean Bohan.
To read the full report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.