And then there was one! Glencar/Manorhamilton remain the only one hundred percent team in the Dunnes Bar Division 1 League after defending champions Mohill were shocked by neighbours Fenagh St. Caillin’s last Saturday.
Only Glencar/Manor and Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s have yet to taste defeat in Division 1 although the Ballinamore men were held to a draw by Drumkeerin, a game that was the north Leitrim team’s only point while Ballinaglera have yet to win a game.
Glencar/Manorhamilton, who have a scoring difference superior to the rest of the teams in the Division put together, had 12 points to spare against Gortletteragh, their 3-15 to 0-12 victory against underlining their superiority.
In fact, Shane Ward’s side boast the second best defence with just four more points conceded than Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s but it is their scoring prowess that really hits home as they have scored 97 points, 32 more than the next best team who are Fenagh St. Caillin’s.
The Fenagh men provided the shock of the round when they had five points to spare against double champions Mohill, the 2-13 to 1-11 win resounding around the county and lifting Fenagh into third place in the table, ahead of Mohill by virtue of the head to head result.
Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s moved into second place with a hard fought five point win over neighbours Aughnasheelin, a game that was marred by a few serious injuries including an injury to Leitrim’s New York star Dean McGovern who had to leave the game.
Aughnasheelin lost Ciaran Cullen, Fintan Fitzpatrick and Fergal Earley to injury to really test their resources with Cullen suffering a shoulder injury.
Leitrim Gaels grabbed another high profile draw, this time against Aughawillan in Aughawillan, as they held the Willies to a 1-9 to 0-12 draw. It is the second draw for the Gaels who actually sit a point ahead of Aughawillan in the table with four points.
Melvin Gaels had a big win over Ballinaglera, winning by double scores, 2-12 to 1-6 in Ballinaglera last Saturday evening as they recorded their second win on the trot.
St. Mary’s secured a second win of the campaign when they had seven points to spare against Drumkeerin, a result that leaves the north Leitrim men stuck in the bottom two of the table and eases some of the pressure on the Carrick men, who now lie seventh in the table.
In fact, four teams (Melvin Gaels, Leitrim Gaels, St. Mary’s and Gortletteragh) have four points with two (Aughawillan and Aughnasheelin) on three points with Fenagh St. Caillin’s and Mohill on five points.
It means any point at all is going to be vital so with the next round of games taking place without County players, Mohill could find themselves under a lot of pressure given that they have seven players with the Leitrim Senior team.
They take on a Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s side who have just two players in the county ranks and both of those are injured at the moment while Mohill will be missing Shane Quinn, Domhnaill Flynn, Keith Keegan, James Mitchell, Oisin Madden, Keith Beirne, Ronan Kennedy and Alan Armstrong, something that will have a huge bearing on both their Division 1 and 2 teams this weekend.
The meeting of Mohill and Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s is the stand out tie of the weekend but Drumkeerin will be hoping that home advantage tells a tale against Aughawillan on Saturday evening.
Fenagh St. Caillin’s young team face a major test when they take on League leaders Glencar/Manorhamilton but after overcoming Mohill, they won’t go into the game lacking for confidence.
Leitrim Gaels will be looking for a second win of the campaign when they host Gortletteragh, Melvin Gaels would be hoping to take advantage of an injury blighted Aughnasheelin while Ballinaglera are still looking for their first points of the season when they host St. Mary’s on Sunday.
Next weekend's games will bring clubs almost to the halfway point in the League and teams can start planning either for a shot at the League Final or a relegation battle.