Leitrim GAA, Sligo Rovers & Longford Town – Sports Roundup: Episode 173
This weekend all sporting eyes were on Avantcard Pairc Sean McDiarmada for the first National Football League game above the bottom division for 13 years. Cork were the visitors and we were there. We’re also checking in on preseason plans with both Sligo Rovers and Longford Town.
Leitrim gave a solid account of themselves against Tier 1 opposition in the form of Cork, who just last year qualified for the Super 8’s in the All Ireland Championships. Despite a battling performance, it wasn’t meant to be for the home side as the rebels ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-9.
We catch up with Terry Hyland and our man of the match, goalkeeper Diarmuid McKiernan, after the game for their thoughts on how the 70 minutes went for Leitrim.
After a quick fire early double from Aaron Hickey and Robbie Cunningham, Manor Rangers pulled off a remarkable comeback against fellow title challengers Cartron United when they found themselves 3-2 down in their game. Two goals from Alan Hickey and a last minute winner from Shane Walsh saw them claim the 5-3 victory.
We also cast our eyes over the pre season preparations of both Sligo Rovers and Longford Town who both won their friendlies against Athlone and Finn Harps respectively over the weekend. I spoke to Leitrim’s Niall Morahan and his assistant manager John Russell about the Bit O’Red’s preparations for the new season while new Town manager Daire Doyle and skipper Dean Zambra run the rule over their season and the messy situation with the league structure and fixtures just weeks from the start of the competition.