Stung by the loss of Emlyn Mulligan and their manager Billy Gavigan, things didn’t get any better for Melvin Gaels when they lost their opening Gallogly Catering Division One clash to St. Patrick’s Dromahair by the narrowest of margins.
Dromahair had to concede home venue and provided a guard of honour for the County Champions but after a first half that ended level, the Dromahair men finished best to win 0-12 to 1-8. Glencar/Manorhamilton started the defence of their League title with a narrow one point win over last year’s Intermediate & Division Two winners Gortletteragh 0-10 to 1-3.
Alarm bells will be ringing in St. Mary’s Kiltoghert after they were heavily outclassed by Mohill 1-11 to 0-3, the same weekend that the Carrick club were forced to concede a walkover for the second week in a row in the Minor League 15-a-side competetition while their Diviison 2 team where also heavily beaten by Glencar/Manor 1-15 to 1-3.
Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s saw off the challenge of newly promoted Bornacoola 0-12 to 1-8 to get new manager Mickey Graham’s reign off to a good start while Drumreilly, with John McKeon and Declan Maxwell starring, were too strong for Kiltubrid 0-12 to 0-6.
A Joe Cox goal proved the decisive score for Annaduff as they got the better of Aughawillan in a low scoring 1-4 to 0-5 encounter.
In Division 2, Drumkeerin and Aughnasheelin fought out a 1-7 apiece draw while the big derby of the weekend saw Allen Gaels just get the better of their Ballinaglera neighbours by the narrowest of margins, 1-7 t0 2-3.
Last year’s Junior Champions Leitrim Gaels also got their League off to a strong start with a 1-17 to 1-10 win over Bornacoola’s second string side.
Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher and Fenagh St. Caillin’s, who have had some hum-dingers of battles in recent years, fought out a draw, 1-9 to the north Leitrim men for Fenagh’s 2-6 while Cloone increased relegated Carrigallen’s woes with a 2-6 to 0-10 win, compounding Carrigallen’s desperate league form of the last year.
In the Minor League competitions, Carrigallen fared little better as Sean O’Heslin’s crushed them 3-13 to 1-3 while St. Manchan’s just got the better of St. Patrick’s Dromahair by two points.
In the 13-a-side grade, Melvin Gaels and Garadice Gaels both had facile wins while there were wins in the 11-a-side competition for Kiltubrid, Bornacoola, Aughnasheelin and Drumkeerin.