Ladies Football & Men’s SFC Round 2 – Sports Roundup: Episode 209

We’re back reviewing an eventful few days in sport across the county with the return of the Ladies Football Championships and the second round of games in the Men’s Senior & Intermediate Championships taking place from Dromod to Kinlough and everywhere in between.

It’s ladies day on the show as we hear from the clubs involved in the opening weekend of the LGFA calendar with one sided encounters proving to be the story of the weekend in a large number of cases. Wins for defending champions St. Joseph’s, last year’s finalists Glencar / Manor and a statement making victory for Sean O’Heslins saw them rack up big margins of victory in the opening weekend’s actions.

Sean O’Heslins player Emma McGovern (13:22) talks to us about their rivalry with neighbours St. Brigids which played out on Sunday morning in Ballinamore and from the game in Ballinaglera we hear from St. Francis manager Gavin Durkin (16:14) and Leah Fox (17:47), Karen Connolly (19:28) and manager Padraic Corrigan (20:47) of Glencar/Manor.

In the men’s competition we were in Carrick for the clash of Mohill with the home side St. Mary’s Kiltoghert. In a fantastic setting with a live streaming option and a capacity crowd it was a disappointing performance for the home side with Mohill having plenty to spare at the final whistle despite the dismissal of Keith Keegan in the second half. The free scoring Keith Beirne doing the bulk of the damage heading a fine team performance.

Strong rumours circulated about the future of the St. Mary’s manager in a tense environment after the game but no comment was provided by Denis Connerton, the players or the club after the game. We did speak to Mohill’s Domhnaill Flynn (26:36) and manager Liam Keenan (28:08) after their victory.

We also caught up with Glencar / Manor’s James Glancy on Sunday evening, 24 hours after his involvement with their 3 point victory over Drumreilly on Saturday in Boggan. We chatted about Covid-19, squad injuries and his own future plans on the field.

In the Intermediate Championship, Bornacoola and Eslin met in Dromod in the early throw in on Saturday with both sides needing a result to kickstart their own quarter final hopes. Despite a cagey opening quarter Bornacoola weren’t made to rue their wasteful early finishing and emerged with a victory which has them looking up the group table rather than through the trap door. After the game we spoke to Eslin captain Eamon Stenson (35:50) and Bornacoola’s Shane Mallon (37:07) and his manager Seamus Mallon (40:06).

Seamus Gallagher was in attendance at the Drumkeerin V Aughnasheelin IFC clash where last year’s finalists had a comfortable victory at home. He got the thoughts of Drumkeerin mentor Michael Forde after the game which puts one foot into the knock out stages of the competition for the North Leitrim side with a couple of games to spare.

In the Junior grade Sean O’Heslins was the venue for their third encounter with Aughawillan representation in Ballinamore this weekend. Having won the Senior Men’s and Women’s clashes they completed the hat trick with a facile victory over their rural rivals who were struggling for numbers. Despite the one sided scoreline there were some interesting tussles and Ballinamore’s manager Adrian Gallogly (47:02) shared his thoughts after the game.

Our final featured game of the weekend was in the Sunday sunshine in Boggan as Drumkeerin provided the opposition to Glencar/Manor’s second ladies side in the Junior Grade. A blistering paced, high scoring encounter played in a great athmosphere in front of a capacity crowd had everything you’d look for in a game. Some great scores, fantastic saves and loads of entertainment for the fans of all ages in attendance.

The fairest result in the end was the draw which the two sides shared with no fewer than 11 goals spread between the teams. We spoke to Manor centre back Michelle McNulty (51:58) and Drumkeerin Manager Padraig Murphy (54:13).

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