Allen Gaels and Annaduff are beginning to separate themselves from the chasing pack in the Dunne’s Bar Division 2 after both picked up impressive wins at the weekend.
Allen Gaels had the easier of the two as they easily saw off Sean O’Heslin’s second string team, their 5-11 to 0-4 victory over the Ballinamore side ensuring them top spot in the table thanks to a vastly superior scoring difference.
The Drumshanbo men have 22 points to spare over Annaduff in scoring difference, exactly their winning margin over the Ballinamore men last Sunday.
Annaduff had a much harder assignment against Mohill’s impressive second string team who are now assuming the mantle worn by St. Mary’s and Glencar/Manor in the past as the county’s outstanding second string side.
Jordan Reynolds hit six points for the Mohill men over the hour but Annaduff were always that bit better, Sean Duignan, from the penalty spot, and Eoin Gill hitting first half goals that put Karl Foley’s team in control. Mohill led by 2-6 to 0-5 at the break and they would maintain that gap all the way to the final whistle.
Carrigallen’s hopes of keeping pace with the top two took a major blow when Glencar/Manor’s second string prevailed by a point in a high scoring encounter, the north Leitrim men winning 1-16 to 2-11.
Drumreilly, who received a walkover from Melvin Gaels last weekend, are now level on points with their neighbours Carrigallen as are Kiltubrid and Cloone who both suffered defeats at the weekend.
Bornacoola had seven points to spare against Kiltubrid, County player Damian Moran hitting five points to go with 1-2 from Sean McKeon and four points from Ollie Vaughan, the Bors doing well to hold of a Kiltubrid rally that cut a five point gap to just two points midway through the second half.
Dromahair’s five point win over Cloone lifts them into outright third place on six points, the 0-13 to 0-8 victory keeping them two points behind the two leaders.
Next weekend’s games are to be played without County players, a move that will affect Carrigallen, Drumreilly, Bornacoola, Annaduff and Allen Gaels although Mohill’s second string team will also suffer as seven of their first string side will not be available for Division 1 action.
Both Carrigallen v Bornacoola and Annaduff v Drumreilly sees each team lose one player while Allen Gaels will be without Diarmuid McKiernan in their derby clash with Kiltubrid. The only teams not in action this weekend are Melvin Gaels and Cloone with that game fixed for the following weekend.
With four games played so far, the League will go into overdrive in the next few weeks with two rounds to be played without county players and a mid-week round at the end of June. On form, Allen Gaels and Annaduff are very much the teams to catch but one or two losses could change a lot.