Glencar/Manorhamilton on the attack. Photo by Declan Gaffney
After playing impressively for just some parts of the game, Glencar/Manor collected silverware in Friday's Shield final in Ballinamore where Gortletteragh turned in a somewhat more patchy performance.
GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON 3-13 GORTLETTERAGH 3-9
With the forthcoming Senior Championship not far away, both teams will have much to ponder in the short term as regards their respective teams preparedness for this year's campaign.
It was all one-way traffic on the scoreboard in the opening 15 minutes with Glencar/ Manor edging into a 2-3 to 0-0 lead in a phase of the game when Gortletteragh matched the north Leitrim men every aspect of the game except getting their efforts on target.
Goals by Evan Sweeney and Niall Brady put Glencar/Manor very much in the driving seat while Sweeney and Brady also chipped in with a point apiece, as did Aaron Hickey.
Gortletteragh eventually got lift-off when Alan McCann banged in a spectacular goal from 15 metres after a good move. However, Manor responded with five unanswered points and also had a number of shots that dropped short in their opponents goalmouth area and were cleared with possession also being turned over.
Glencar/Manor enjoyed a 2-8 to 1-0 advantage by the 24th minute thanks to Aaron Hickey, who fired over two points for his side while Even Sweeney, Ronan Flynn and Niall Brady added a point each.
During a late Gortletteragh surge prior to the break Barry Tiernan netted a second goal for his side and Cathal McCrann tapped over a free.
Glencar/Manor enjoyed a 2-8 to 2-1 interval lead. Niall Brady stretched the lead with an early second half point from play which was answered some four minutes later by a Cathal McCrann pointed free.
Evan Sweeney gave Manor a ten point advantage when hammered a 36th minute shot to the net past Conal Clarke. In response Cathal McCrann helped to keep his side in contention when pointed a free.
James Glancy restored Manor's advantage with a well-executed 41st minute point. Gortletteragh really got their comeback bid in motion when Evan Ward & Cathal McCrann (free) pointed.
A 45th minute Cathal McCrann free came off the upright and was fisted over by Evan Ward. Cathal McCrann landed a free in the following minute.
Gortletteragh's come back gained further momentum in the 49th minute when another McCrann hit free came back off the post and Evan Ward was on hand to finish the rebound past keeper Christopher Jenkins to the net.
Two minutes later Cathal McCrann, who limped off with an apparent ankle injury near the end of the game, converted his sixth free from 44 metres.
But Glencar/Manor halted the Gortletteragh come back bid when sub Anthony McDonald fired over a 54th minute point. Aaron Hickey and Evan Sweeney added a point apiece to secure victory for the north Leitrim men.
Gortletteragh never gave up and they won a late 13 metres free, which was close to being a penalty when James Campbell was taken down, sub Colm Duffy tapping over the free.
A Gortletteragh player rises highest for the ball in the Shield Final. Photo by Declan Gaffney
GAME AT A GLANCE
Main Man: Evan Sweeney, who as well as being Glencar/Manor's main scorer, was a constant thorn for the Gortletteragh rearguard since he popped up in several areas in front of goals to register his well-taken scores from a variety of angles.
Turning Point: After completely dominating the exchanges the opening 41 minutes of the action, Glencar/Manor surprisingly faded out of the game for the next ten minutes and allowed Gortletteragh reduce the deficit from ten points to just two before the north Leitrim side finished with a slight flourish following the introduction of sub, Anthony McDonald
Ref Watch: Gerry Gallogly kept the game, which was played in a spirit of good sportsmanship, flowing at all times and only he had to implement a few low key disciplinary admonishments over the course of the sixty minutes
Highlight: Alan McCann's cracking unstoppable 15th minute goal shot from 15 metres opened a sluggish Gortletteragh outfit's account at last after the South Leitrim men had played second fiddle in the contest up to that point.
Lowlight: Gortletteragh poor start in the opening fourteen minutes when they failed to register a single score as against Glencar/ Manor's unanswered 2-3 created a feeling that the game was almost over by the end of the first quarter.
TEAMS & SCORERS
Scorers: Evan Sweeney 2-3, Niall Brady 1-3, Aaron Hickey 0-4, Ronan Flynn, James Glancy & Anthony McDonald 0-1 each
Team: Christopher Jenkins; Daniel Maguire, Pat Gilmartin, Cian McManus; Shane Loughlin, Brendan Byrne, Michael Loughlin; Killian McGriskin, Thomas Coyle; Ronan Flynn Aaron Hickey, Declan Byrne; James Glancy, Evan Sweeney, Niall Brady. Sub Anthony McDonald for B. Byrne (BC 52)
Scorers: Cathal McCrann 0-6, 6f; Evan Ward 1-2; Alan McCann & Barry Tiernan 1-0 each, Colm Duffy 0-1 (f)
Team: Conal Clarke; Mark Mitchell, Gerard Campbell, Gerard Griffin; John Leonard, Dylan Ward, John Reynolds; James Campbell, Cathal McCrann; Dermot Colreavy, Evan Ward, Mark Duignan; Alan McCann, Neil Quinn, Barry Tiernan. Subs: Colm Duffy for Quinn (53); Niall Mulvey for Tiernan (BC 54); David Campbell for Colreavy (57); Jimmy Canning for McCrann (61)
Referee: Gerry Gallogly