Despite a battling performance Gortletteragh proved to be no match for a well organised and much more cohesive Calry/St. Joseph’s outfit in Monday afternoon’s Connacht club junior hurling semi-final in Markievicz Park.
By PJ Leddy
Calry St Josephs 0-15
Fresh from their recent Leitrim County senior hurling final win after a replay over Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh only managed to match the Sligo standard bearers in the first fifteen minutes in Monday’s game.
After that Calry took over and held the Gortletteragh men scoreless for the rest of the first half when hitting over 0-6 without reply. Gortletteragh continue to struggle in the second half as Calry pressed ahead and built up a nine points lead by the end of the third quarter.
However, Gortletteragh succeeded in reducing the deficit to eight points at the end after switching fullback, Conor Beirne to full-forward in the closing stages of the game. But at that stage the Calry men had all but booked a place in the Connacht junior club final and it would have taken almost a miracle at this juncture in the showdown to prevent the Sligo men from doing so.
Calry’s Keith Raymond was the outstanding player in this contest and apart from being the game’s top scorer his general play was top class, as he more or less single handedly demolished Gortletteragh’s challenge once his side got into their rhythm.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.