Masonite Leitrim SFC Final – Report by PJ Leddy
Glencar/Manor 2 – 9
Bornacoola 0 – 7
Glencar/Manor easily overcame the challenge of Bornacoola in Sundays Leitrim senior club championship football final in Carrick-on-Shannon where the north Leitrim side won with eight points to spare. Following on from what was their first County Final victory in nine years Glencar/Manor will now face newly crowned Sligo Champions, Eastern Harps in the Connacht Club championship quarter-final in Markievicz Park on Sunday, October 19.
A 27th minute goal, which Darren Sweeney flicked to the Bornacoola net, put Glencar/Manor on top against Bornacoola.
Bornacoola, who had County midfielder Michael Duignan red carded in injury time, impressed in the opening eight minutes when they took a two points lead after Philip Howard and Mark McCloskey shot a point each.
Glencar/Manor levelled matters by the end of the first quarter after Adrian Croal hit a point and Alan Sweeney converted a free.
Man-of-the-match award winner Shane Loughlin edged Glencar/Manor ahead for the first time with a 17th minute point from play.
But Mark McCloskey levelled matters with a Bornacoola free conversion four minutes later.
A 24th minute Ronan McGourty point put Glencar/Manor ahead again and gave them a lead they never subsequently relinquished.
Before the interval Glencar/Manor added a goal and two points with Darren Sweeney Scóring the games only goal while Gary Hickey put over a free and James Glancy found the target from play.
Bornacoola trailed by 0 – 3 to 1 – 6 at halftime. After the restart Bornacoola reduced Glencar/Manors lead in the first six minutes of the second half with points from a Mark McCloskey free and from play by David OConnor.
But thenÓglencar/Manor finished strongly after Gary Hickey opened their second half account when he put over a 44th minute free.
Over the next seven minutes Bornacoolas David OConnor and Mark McCloskey traded points with Glencar/Manors James Glancy and Darren Sweeney.
Glencar/Manor sub Anthony McDonald won a penalty before the end when he was taken down by Bornacoola ‘keeper, Gerry Gearty.
Dominic Kelly stepped up to the spot and cooly drove his effort to the Bors net, to ensure a convincing win for Glencar/Manor.
Gary Loughlin, Michael Poniard, Adrian OFlynn, Thomas McDonald, Shane Loughlin 0 – 1, Shane Devaney, David Poniard, Fintan McGourty, Darren Sweeney 1 – 1, Dominic Kelly 1 – 0, James Clancy 0 – 2(1f.), Ronan McGourty 0 – 1, Gary Hickey 0 – 2(2f.), Alan Sweeney 0 – 1(1f.), Adrian Croal 0 – 1. Subs Pat Gilmartin for A. Sweeney (42 mins.), Brian McDonald for Hickey (45 mins.), Anthony McDonald for Croal (58), Kieran Fox for F. McGourty (61 mins.). C. McEneaney for D. Sweeney (63mins).
Gerry Gearty, Seamus Mallon, Morgan Shanley, Jason Conroy, Niall OConnor, John McGuinness, Conor McCauley, Colm Farrell, Michael Duignan, Trevor Howard , Michael John Winters, Richard Moran, Philip Howard 0 – 1, David OConnor 0 – 2, Mark McCloskey 0 – 4(4f.). Subs Jonathan Duffy for Moran (HT), Sean McKeon for McCauley (52 mins.), Brian Conroy for Winters (53 mins.).
Referee: Ray McBrien (Aughavas).
06-Oct-08 by PJ Leddy