Strength in every line of the field and an ability to make the most of their chances were the hallmarks of an impressive Under 16 Championship 13-a-side victory for a well drilled Annaduff last Sunday morning in Pairc Naomh Mhuire as they proved too strong for Gortletteragh.
By John Connolly
The greater balance all around the field for a well drilled Annaduff was the main difference between a Gortletteragh team who relieve heavily on the excellent Evan Ward for momentum and scores.
Annaduff, on the other hand, boasted an excellent defence that kept a tight rein on the dangerous Jack Heslin, with Hugh Moylan and Francis McNabola outstanding, while Conor & Eoin Reynolds dominated midfield.
But the major difference came upfront where Sean Duignan, Eoin Gill, Kenny Cox and Paul Guckian were all capable of grabbing scores, Annaduff not relying on one player for their scores as Conor Reynolds also made a great contribution in the scoring department.
Annaduff’s movement, their slick passing and the ability of their forwards to take a score was something that Gortletteragh’s defence wasn’t able to cope with, the range of scoring putting their back-line under immense pressure.
But perhaps most crucial of all was that when Evan Ward thumped home a goal to leave just a point between the teams in the first half, leaving a struggling Gortletteragh just a point behind, Annaduff went straight down the field to win a penalty and deal their rivals a massive blow.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.