For only the third time ever a team has won four consecutive Senior Championship titles but as remarkable as this achievement, is perhaps it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to keen readers of the Leitrim Observer.
Way back in 2008 when Glencar/Manorhamilton got the better of Bornacoola to claim the first of their titles in this sensational run, the Observer reflected on their impressive eight point victory over the Bors noting, “If they can keep the same sort of focus they showed last Sunday, 2008 could just be the first step on a long road of domination for Glencar/Manorhamilton.”
The fact that Glencar/Manor have continually introduced new players into their panel combined with the fact that the average age is still very low indicates this Manor team will have plenty to say about the destination of the Fenagh Cup for many years to come.
In recent years, Paddy Maguire & Adrian Croal have become established inter-county players and it is now almost difficult to remember a time when they weren’t playing senior football for Glencar/Manor. However, the fact that Croal is just 21 and Maguire 22 gives an example of the youth within the team.
At 33, Dominic Kelly was the oldest member of last Sunday’s team with the next oldest being this year’s Leitrim captain James Glancy at 29. Throughout the pitch and indeed on the substitutes bench, Manor have incredibly talented players in their mid-20s and worryingly for opponents throughout the county, some of these players may not yet have reached their peak!
To help keep the current crop of players on their toes, this years minor team who were defeated in a hugely entertaining final last Sunday is certainly not lacking in quality. Despite their loss, they will no doubt be eager to play their part helping to ensure Glencar/Manor are the standard bearers for several years to come.
Three years ago, we predicted Glencar/Manor may be about to spectacularly write themselves into the history books. The challenge for everybody else is to ensure those same history books aren’t completely re-written in the coming years.