Leitrim Ladies Notes:

[b] Suzuki National League:[/b]
Leitrim successfully advanced to the semi final stage of the competition on Sunday last with a deserved 1-13 to 0-02 win over Antrim at St Paul?s GAA club in Belfast. While Leitrim entered the game as favourites having topped Division 3A after an unbeaten campaign to date, Antrim certainly made things difficult on the day, There were good performances from a number of Leitrim players, however finishing Scóring opportunities will have to be improved next weekend if Leitrim are to progress to the final. At the time of writing word has just come through that our opponents in the semi final next Sunday will be Fermanagh and as our last encounter was in Irvinestown, this will be a home game for Leitrim. A venue is unlikely to be confirmed before going to press but will be announced on Shannonside Radio. Although having defeated Fermanagh in February, they had an impressive win over Derry in the quarter final on Sunday and will be confident of overturning the previous result against Leitrim . A win is a must for Leitrim in order to keep the momentum going and more importantly to secure Division 2 status for next year. This will be a closely fought game and Leitrim will have to be at their best to win on Sunday.

[b] Opening of St Marys GAA Pitch, Swanlinbar:[/b]
Owing to the death of the husband of Lily Reilly, Cavan Ladies County Secretary, Cavan did not field a full strength team for the challenge game on Monday. However it gave a number of club players from the Templeport and Swanlinbar areas an opportunity to represent their county. Leitrim fielded a strong team of players from the squad many of whom did not get an opportunity to start on Sunday against Antrim and put in a good performance. All of the subs played 10 minutes at midfield. The final score was Leitrim 7-12 Cavan 0-2. Leitrim: Emer Horan, Emer Kelly, Mairead Stenson, Alanah Bohan, Lisa McGowan, Eilish Quinn, Camilla McDonagh, Maeve Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Anna Conlan, Phillipa Maguire, Michelle McNulty, Erin Farrell, Naomi Faughnan, Lorraine Brennan: Subs Emer McGlade, Sinead Brennan, Carla Creegan, Sharon Kerrigan, Ann Marie Cox, Sinead Quinn, Louise Loughlin, Clare Owens, Mary McKeon, Amanda Sweeney. Thanks to the St Marys Club for their hospitality on Monday and we wish them the best of luck with with their excellent new facilities. Unfortunately it was not a Leitrim double as the men?s team were unlucky to be defeated by Fermanagh by a single point.

[b] Division 2 Club League: [/b]
Bornacoola and Ballinaglera played out another close encounter in Dromod on Friday evening last as the home team put a disappointing start to the campaign behind them as they recorded a 1-8 to 0-07 win. Siobhan McGovernÓgot the visitors off to the perfect start with a point from play after two minutes and Louise Loughlin increased the lead almost immediately with a second point. Louise Staunton was unlucky to see a shot onÓgoal go narrowly wide as the home team responded. However Tanya McPartland scored a third point after ten minutes before Bornacoola scored their first point of the campaign with a great Naomi Faughnan effort from thirty five meters. Ballinaglera?s Ailish Curnyn hit a huge free from forty meters to restore the visitors advantage moments later as Bornacoola struggled to make an impact. Midway through the half Kelly Howard reduced the arrears from play with a fine point as Curnyn hit another great effort from a free. Bornacoola suddenly came more into the game and Faughnan was unlucky to see a good effort come off the crossbar as Staunton managed to hit the rebound wide. Orla Bohan was then called on to gather a dangerous high ball before Niamh Reynolds and Sarah Duffy defended well to cut out another Glera move. Again Bohan dealt was to Bornacoolas rescue with a great save at McPartland?s feet. Bornacoola finished the half with a Howard point after good work from Joanne McGushin. The second half saw a big improvement in the Bornacoola teamwork and a great battle at midfield between Naomi Faughnan and Ailish Curnyn.. Tara McGovern sent Glera further ahead after two minutes but Louise Staunton hit two good frees to reduce the lead to the minimum. Chances were then at a premium as both sides defended well. Curnyn pointed again after ten minutes but surprisingly this was their last score of the game. Another fine Faughnan point reduced the lead again as mindway through the half Victoria Duignan was fouled in the square. Faughnan dispatched the resulting penalty to the net to give the home team the lead for the first time in the game. Two further points from Faughnan and Staunton wrapped up the points for Bornacoola in an entertaining game.

[b] 9 A Side League: [/b]
Competition at Junior and Senior level began last weekend and the following are the results: Junior- Aughnasheelin 7-15, Gortlettragh 3.05; Fenagh 5.03, Dromahair 2.08; Sean O Heslins 4.13 Glenfarne 1.01; Senior ? Aughawillan 6.07, Cloone 3.07, Kiltubrid 4.03, Mohill 4.08.

[b] U14 Championship:[/b]
A busy start to the under 14 competitions with the following results ? Cloone 6.02, Melvin Gaels 4.15; Kiltubrid 4.20 Leitrim Gaels 1.05; Sean O Heslins 2.06, St Josephs 4.12; Dromahair 3.05 Glencar Manor 1.02; Mohill 3.02, St Marys 2.12

[b] All Ireland Scór Final: [/b]
Best of luck to Glencar Manors Amanda Sweeney, Leitrim Vice Captain who will take part in the figure dancing at the All Ireland Scór Finals on Saturday next in Killarney and we wish her the best of luck a safe journey back for the Fermanagh game on Sunday.

[b] Connacht Feile 2006:[/b]
This years competition will take place on 10th June and will be hosted by Leitrim with the assistance of venues in Roscommon and Sligo. All ladies clubs have been contacted regarding entry and further information will be forwarded during the week. It is important that all eligible clubs enter as the target is for entries from 32 girls clubs with the majority to come from Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon.

 

 

19-Apr-06 by Patricia Bohan