Leitrim Football Championships Week 3 – Sports Roundup: Episode 211
It’s a bumper weekend for gaelic games in the county and with fixtures coming back from very late postponements due to horrendous weather to getting played 48 hours later to a large number of games seeing large margins eliminated or overturned, it was all about the comeback this weekend in the Leitrim Football Championships.
In the Senior Championship St. Mary’s completed a double comeback, their original fixture against Aughawillan fell foul of the weather with all players and supporters inside Aughawillan’s beautiful new look club grounds on Saturday evening.
When everyone returned on Monday the Carrick side turned the form book on it’s head to take control of the tie, but a late Morgan Quinn goal and an injury time penalty looked to have sealed the victory for the home side. Carrick won the kick out and completed their own recovery with a point from Ray Mulvey and a last minute goal from Daire Farrell who outjumped the goalkeeper to find the net.
We hear from both Mary’s manager Denis Connerton (11:45) and Aughawillan selector Gerry Flanagan (16:16) after the heart attack inducing closing stages of the game.
Also in the Senior Championship’s Group of Death Fenagh St. Caillins and Mohill met on Saturday with Mohill placing one foot in the Quarter Finals. We’ll hear the thoughts of Daniel Beck (17:44) and Eanna Madden (21:25) from the winning side while manager Joe Flynn (23:12) and his centre back Jack Gilheaney (25:40) give the Fenagh point of view.
We’ll also hear from James Flynn (28:49) of Allen Gaels, where his personal tally of 0-9 helped close an eight point deficit to share the spoils with their neighbours Leitrim Gaels who lost Colm Moreton to a red card in the first half of their clash.
In the Ladies Football Senior Championships, Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins made a massive statement about their title ambitions with their blistering start against 3 time champions St. Joseph’s. Conor Harte (35:29) & Eilish O’Dowd (38:59) tell us about the work that’s gone in behind the scenes in Ballinamore.
St. Joseph’s Clare Owens (40:54) & Ray McBrien (43:41) share their relief at clawing their way back into the encounter by keeping the scoreboard ticking over in the second half and setting it up for another clash later in the summer.
We also hear from the St. Francis victory over St. Brigid’s. Gavin Durkin (45:40), manager of St. Francis returns to the show to give his view on his side’s first win in the championship.
In Intermediate football we’re joined by Barry Costello and Paul McGuire (48:40) of Gortletteragh and Mick McCormack (51:19) of Kiltubrid after Gortletteragh edged the tight game in atrocious conditions.
Cloone continued their bright start to the Junior championship with a victory over Gortletteragh’s second string. We speak to Gavin Reynolds (54:25) of Cloone and captain Padraig McGarry (56:16) of Gortletteragh after the game.
Finally we feature the junior ladies clash of St. Francis II and Fenagh on Monday afternoon. Roisin O’Toole (59:47) of Fenagh and Emma Dunne (1:01:40) of St. Francis chat about the different approaches of a first team and a second string in the ladies game in the county.