Manor Rangers, Leitrim U14 Ladies & St. Clares Comprehensive – Sports Roundup: Episode 165

This week’s Sports Roundup show takes a look back at the action which did take place over a frost affected few days. Manor Rangers repeated their heroics of last weekend while Leitrim’s U14 female footballers got their season up and running as St. Clares Comp prepare for a Connacht Final on Wednesday in Athlone.

After their table topping victory last weekend Manor didn’t rest on their laurels yesterday in their Connacht Cup victory over Renmore of Galway in the Bee Park in Manorhamilton. Conceding a sloppy goal after ten minutes and some wasteful finishing from the home side certainly made it look like it wasn’t going to be their day.

A last minute header from Seamus Ryder would ensure the game went to extra time where Ryder would score again to give Manor the lead. A well finished move from the Galway side would tie up the game with less than ten minutes remaining and it was to be settled on spot kicks on the day.

After 8 successful strikes from each side 16 year old Diarmuid Giblin stepped up for Manor only to see his effort saved, but the post came to his and Manor’s rescue, before a combination of a converted penalty from player / manager Thomas McDonald and a save from Gilligan in the Manor goal left the home side smiling at the end.

We caught up with Robbie Cunningham and Brian McDonald as well as the gaffer Thomas McDonald after the game.

Declan Boyle, Coordinator of the Leitrim Sports Partnership, tells us all about the Operation Transformation walks which took place around the county with over 300 participants getting out and active for a 5km walk in Ballinamore, Carrick, Dromahair and Manorhamilton.

Leitrim Ladies U14 side got their season up and running with a very competitive challenge game against a Longford side in Keenagh on Saturday. We speak to manager Adrian Murphy about his charges and how they have been gelling since they got together as an U13 development side back in late 2019.

We also speak to Anthony McDonald of St. Clare’s Comprehensive about their victory in their Connacht Semi Final last week and their upcoming U17 Boy’s ‘B’ final to be played in Athlone Town on Wednesday afternoon.

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