Manorhamilton’s position at the top of the Leitrim Hurling tree was emphasised last Sunday morning when they completed out-classed a poor Gortletteragh to win the Minor Hurling Championship title in Pairc Naomh Mhuire Carrick-on-Shannon.
Their comprehenshive 22 point victory was never in doubt and completes a treble for the north Leitrim men as they added the Minor crown to the Senior and Under 16 titles while they still have the prospect of adding the Senior League title to their haul, providing the competition is completed.
Manorhamilton were due to face Gortletteragh in the League semi-final next Sunday but the game has been postponed for a week with the winners to meet Carrick-on-Shannon in a decider which may take place before the end of the year.
However, that will matter little to Manorhamilton’s young hurlers as County Senior players Niall McLoughlin and Kevin Clerkin led the way for a team backboned by Manorhamilton’s victorious U-16 squad.
Nine players got on the score-sheet for Manorhamilton as they proved far too strong on the day, with Karl McDermott the top scorer with 1-3, showing an impressive range of scoring power that will bode well for the future.
Gortlettragh did have the fitness and physicality but their lack of practice with the camán and sliotar was evident. Niall Beirne and Enna Madden battled hard but the elusive James Rooney and Niall McLoughlin in midfield for Manorhamilton were much too strong.
Keeper Gavin O’Hagan had to be alert to make two fine saves in goals for the nroth Leitrim men in the second half but with Martin Monaghan, Conor O’Hagan and Micheal Feely in the full back line and Kevin Clerkin and Ethan Clancy so dominantn in the half-back line, Manorhamilton’s goal was never truly threatened.
Karl McDermott’s 1-3 from centre half forward showed real potential and the youngster could soon be making an appearance for the county team while Alan McSharry also showed some great touches at corner forward.
Gavin O’Hagan, Conor O’Hagan, Martin Monaghan, Micheal Feely, Christopher Ferguson, Kevin Clerkin (1-0), Ethan Clancy, Niall McLoughlin (0-4), James Rooney (1-0), Conor Hurd, Karl McDermott (1-3), Stephen McPartland (1-0), Alan McSharry (0-1), Jason Gilligan, Damon Beattie (0-3). Subs used: Justin Devaney (0-1), Kieran McPartland, Oisin Parkinson Coombs, Joe McMorrow, Niall Brady (0-1).
Jack Heslin, David Mulvey, Francie Flynn, Alan McGarry, Oisin Madden, Niall Tiernan, Keith Keegan, Cathal Keegan, Eanna Madden,Daragh Gordon, Evan Ward, Pauric Gallagher, Ronan Gordon, Shane Sullivan, Kenton McCormack, Niall Beirne.