This weekend sees the start of league competition for Division 1 & 2 teams. This year, Gallogly Catering sponsor the All County Leagues (Divisions 1-5). Below we take a brief look at the games.
In Division 1, Glencar Manorhamilton take the first step in their quest to retain their league title with a re-match of last years league final against Kiltubrid. This match is a home game for Manor and last years league encounter resulted in a draw so expect a tight game here.
Melvin Gaels host Ballinamore SOH in Kinlough and the loss of some key players to Melvin Gaels and the progress of Ballinamore in the Senior ranks could see a tight encounter here. Melvin Gaels are extremely difficult to beat at home but Ballinamore SOH will test them.
Allen Gaels and St Marys (both under new local management teams) will be hoping to gain bragging rights in a local derby match to be played in Drumshanbo – youd be wise to make a prediction on this one!
Dromahair (the oldest club in Leitrim) make their debut in the Senior ranks against Aughawillan who just survived in Division 1 on the last day of the season last year. If Dromahair show the same pride as they did in gaining promotion and in the Celebrity Bainisteoir competition – they will not be found wanting in Division 1.
Annaduff and Carrigallen are both under new management. Michael Moyles (Former Mayo Player and Sligo Minor Manager) and Dominic Corrigan (Former Sligo and Fermanagh Manager) are at the helm in both clubs respectively and big things are expected in both camps. Although Carrigallen are newly promoted – if their performance in the County Final last year is anything to go by – they will be tough opposition for all Division 1 sides this year. However, Annaduff are extremely difficult to get the better off on home soil so an interesting game in store by all accounts!
Drumreilly host Mohill in the last Division 1 game and perhaps the loss of Declan Maxwell to Drumreilly and the return of Shane Canning to Mohill may be the difference in this one.
In Division 2 Bornacoola and Aughnasheelin will be hoping to make a quick return to Division 1 and while Bornacoola should account for Eslin in their game, Aughnasheelin will have to be at their best to match Aughavas who have home advantage and will still be on a high after winning the Junior A Championship. 2009 Intermediate Champions Cloone host promoted Ballinaglera who were Division 3 League Finalists last year – this game should be a cracker. Newly promoted Glencar Manor make the short trip to Drumkeerin while Glenfarne Kiltyclogher make the long journey to Gortletteragh and as all 4 sides are evenly matched – tight games should be on the cards in both.
26-Feb-10 by Collette Fox – PRO