Despite the torrential rain that fell on Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Monday evening last the U-14 footballers from Gortletteragh and Kiltubrid still managed to produce a thoroughly enjoyable match between two well matched sides.
By Philip Rooney
U-14 Championship Final
For much of the contest, the momentum swung between the sides but there was one significant difference between the sides and that was Gortletteragh’s Jack Heslin who finished the game with a personal tally of 2-3.
Heslin has been making his mark on underage football for a number of years but to say this was a one man effort would be unfair on his team mates. Francie Flynn was effective up front and when needed in the later stages of the game, he made sure nothing got past him in defence while Keoghan McGovern was equally instrumental in his side’s success.
From a Kiltubrid point of view, Michael McCormack, Eoin Dolan and Stephen McLoughlin were all very impressive and for a period in the second half it looked as though they may be on course for victory.
Kiltubrid’s second half charge seemed unlikely just 10 seconds into the game when Gortletteragh struck for the game’s opening goal. Jack Heslin won possession of the ball from the throw-in and ran straight at the heart of the Kiltubrid defence before delivering a perfectly timed pass to the unmarked Francie Flynn who dispatched his shot past the Kiltubrid goalkeeper.
Although Kiltubrid replied with a Stephen McLoughlin point, Gortletteragh were very much in the ascendancy and they stretched their lead with two points from Keoghan McGovern either side of a Jack Heslin free.
With the rain hammering down, it was difficult to stay upright never mind maintain possession of the ball. However, the players made light of the conditions as they continued to give their all.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.