Leitrim U16s recorded a victory as they beat Sligo in the Fr Manning Cup last night on a scoreline of 3:17 to 4:11 in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
They started badly going down 1:02 to no score after 5 mins but went on to take control of the game and ended the 1st half ahead by 5 points 1:12 to 2:05
Leitrim continued to control the second half until the last 3 minutes of added time when they conceded 2 very late goals.
Over all a fantastic team performance from all 15 players. Shane Flanagan from Aughawillan has scored 2 goals in the last 2 games i.e. against Mayo last Friday night and another 2 goals last night vs Sligo, he also scored a couple of points in both games. Shane is still U15 (he played at no.13 last night) and from Martin McGowan?s development squad, also playing last night from that U15 panel was Morgan Quinn (Aughawillan) who played at no.5 and Kevin Davy at no.7 (Carrigallen). Dean McVeigh (Drumkeerin) & Dara Singleton (St Mary) are also from the u15?s and were on the bench yesterday but have played on this years U16s in the Ted Webb and Fr Manning so yet again Martin McGowan is developing a fine group of players who were able to punch above their weight.
Leitrim had a penalty saved in the 1st half but Seamus Mulvihill scored a point from the rebound.
Sligo had a player sent of with 5 mins to go for 2 yellow cards.
Leitrim are still in with a shout in the Fr Manning but up against it as they have 3 games left, but last night was definitely the confidence booster that the U16 squad needed:
Playing Westmeath next Wed. 26th in Dromod
Playing Ros. 2nd Aug in Roscommon – venue to be confirmed
Playing Offaly 9th Aug at home – possibly Dromod (TBC)
20-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle