Gerard O’Donnell & Leitrim GAA Quarter Finals – Sports Round Up: Episode 220
This week we’re celebrating a fifth national title for hurdler Gerard O’Donnell while the Gaelic Football Senior and Intermediate Championships reach the final four stage after the weekend’s action.
We run through the results of the weekend in Gaelic Football (2:10) at Senior and Intermediate football across the county.
Meanwhile in Dublin’s Morton Stadium, Carrick on Shannon Athletic Club’s Gerard O’Donnell (5:57) landed his fourth consecutive national 110m hurdles title and his fifth in total, with a commanding run leaving the rest of the field in his wake. He joins us to discuss the race, his season and what’s next as the prospect of Olympic qualification looms large.
At home at the quarter final stage (18:15) Mohill eased past Allen Gaels despite a spirited revival from the Drumshanbo side in the second half of their clash on Saturday. After the game we heard from Mohill’s manager Liam Keenan (18:56), player Keith Keegan (21:07) and Allen Gael’s Colin Moran (24:03).
In the second game (26:14) Leitrim Gaels first championship at this level came to an end at the hands of a strong, fast Fenagh St. Caillins side who were slightly flattered by the final score of the game. We hear from Leitrim Gael’s manager Mal Guckian (26:36) and goalkeeper Benny Flynn (29:19) while Riordan O’Rourke (32:35) and Joe Flynn (34:57) give us the reaction from within the Fenagh camp.
In a carbon copy of the 2019 draw (37:39), Melvin Gaels faced up to St. Mary’s , but the Kinlough side were unable to replicate their preformance from last year and saw their season ended by the Carrick side. We hear from Denis Connerton
(37:59) and full back Conor Farrell (42:06) as well as Melvin Gaels brothers manager, James Phelan (46:06) and goalkeeper, Gareth Phelan (48:41).
In arguably the most anticipated tie of the round (51:59) champions Glencar/Manor had the obstacle of last year’s beaten finalists Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins to navigate to progress and three early points from Ballinamore suggested they might gain revenge for their final defeat last year. A solid defensive display from the northerners meant a very late goal for Ballinamore couldn’t change the outcome. We spoke to Glencar/Manor Sean Boylan (52:37) and Evan Sweeney (54:46) as well as Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins chairman Michael Quinn (57:19)
In the Intermediate grade there were victories for Annaduff, Gortletteragh, Dromahair and Carrigallen. We spoke to Gortletteragh manager Paul McGuire (60:07), player Jack Heslin (61:57) and Martin McHugh (63:23) of Aughnasheelin after their defeat to Gortletteragh.
After a titanic local battle between Bornacoola and Annaduff we spoke to Bor’s boss Seamus Mallon (69:30) as well as Annaduff’s captain Alan Glancy (72:03) and manager Karl Foley (74:15) who was relieved after the final whistle.