If the Glencar/Manorhamilton senior players need any further motivation to be kept on their toes as they bid for a fourth successive senior championship title they need only look over their shoulder at the players playing in the intermediate team who recorded an impressive victory over Aughnasheelin in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Sunday afternoon last.
By Philip Rooney
Killian McGriskin, Shane Devaney, Alan Hickey and Evan Sweeney all impressed while Ronan Flynn finished the match with a personal tally of 2-6 and may very well force his way into Glen Young’s thinking at some point during the remainder of the championship.
While Manor looked dangerous going forward, this was for large parts a very scrappy game in which Aughnasheelin never really managed to reach the standards set by their opponents in the latter stages of the opening half and the beginning of the second half.
While they were thoroughly deserving of their victory, Glencar/Manor were not without faults in their performance either. However, their efficiency in front of goal meant they were always in control and one got the feeling they were playing within themselves for large parts of the contest.
Aughnasheelin were let down by wayward shooting and the seemingly straight forward frees that were put wide by Brendan Mulvey and Barry McWeeney gave an indication of the difficullties they were having.
The game took a long time to reach any kind of intensity as after Evan Sweeney gave Glencar/Manor the lead from a 6th minute free a further seven minutes past before Ronan Flynn doubled his side’s advantage as he converted a free.
The intensity in the game increased significantly for a period as Aughnasheelin realised the importance of the situation - a win would secure them a place in the quarter-finals while defeat would condemn them to the relegation play-offs.
To read the full report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.