Connacht FBD League Roundup
Leitrim were scheduled to kick-start their FBD campaign with a home game against the 2010 FBD Connacht League holders Mayo on Sunday 9th January in Ballinamore. The game was transferred to Ballyhaunis on the Saturday due to a frozen pitch in Ballinamore but despite the Leitrim team and supporters travelling to the Mayo venue on the Sunday the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
This was desperately disappointing for all concerned. So eventually on the following Sunday (16th January) Leitrim got their FBD campaign underway with an away fixture in Elphin against Connacht Champions Roscommon. Leitrim fell short on the day in a low Scóring game which ended 0-7 to 0-5. Both sides were rusty but this was no real surprise taking into account the long winter break and limited collective training opportunities in January due to weather conditions.
Last Sunday (23rd January) the fixture between Leitrim and GMIT scheduled for Cloone again fell victim to inclement weather but the game was quickly re-fixed for Tuesday evening last (25th January) in Kiltubrid and Leitrim scored their first win in the 2011 FBD competition by a convincing margin. The home side were full value for their victory as they dominated proceedings for long periods. The final score was Leitrim 3-14 to the students 0-7 with all bar three of Leitrims scores coming from play.
To-date in the FBD League the Leitrim management team have had the opportunity to get a look at a number of club players who got their first taste of senior inter-county football namely – Gavin Reynolds (Cloone)Paul Brennan and Conor Sheridan (Melvin Gaels) Conor Kelly (Dromahair) Fergal Clancy (Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher) Brian McDonald and Anthony McDonald (Glencar Manorhamilton)Brian ODonnell and Robert Lowe (St Marys).
James Glancy from the Glencar Manorhamilton Club has been named team captain for the year while Tomas Beirne and Barry Prior are vice-captains. Well done to all three.
Next up for Leitrim is the re-fixture against Mayo which is scheduled to take place this Sunday at 2pm in Ballinamore. We urge Leitrim supporters to turn up in large numbers to support the team as a win could see them top Group 2 (on Scóring average) and contest the home final against the table toppers from Group 1. Its all to play for!
Leitrim Team and scorers versus Roscommon
Cathal McCrann (Gortletteragh)Daniel Beck (Mohill)RonanÓgallagher (Mohill)Barry McWeeney (AughnasheelinÓgary Reynolds (Carrigallen)John McKeon (Drumreilly)Barry Prior (Aughawillan) 0-1Tomas Beirne (Eslin) Wayne McKeon (Ballinamore Sean OHeslins)Ray Mulvey (St Marys) 0-1Conor Sheridan (Melvin Gaels) Fergal Clancy (Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher)Conor Kelly (Dromahair) James Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton) Ray Cox (Annaduff) 0-3
Subs: Brian McDonald (Glencar/Manorhamilton) for Conor KellyPaul Brennan (Melvin Gaels) for Fergal Clancy
Leitrim Team and scorers versus GMIT
Cathal McCrann (Gortletteragh)Daniel Beck (Mohill)RonanÓgallagher (Mohill)Gavin Reynolds (Cloone)James Glancy (St Marys)John McKeon (Drumreilly)Barry Prior (Aughawillan)Darren Sweeney (Glencar/Manorhamilton) 0-1 (45)Tomas Beirne (Eslin) 0-2Colm Maguire (Aughavas) 1-1 (1 F)Colm Clarke (Drumkeerin) 1-2Paul Brennan (Melvin Gaels) 0-1Conor Kelly (Dromahair) 1-1James Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton) 0-3 (2 F)Brian McDonald (Glencar/Manorhamilton) 0-3
Subs: Paddy McGowan (Dromahair) for Darren SweeneyChristy McGowan (Dromahair) for Conor KellyAnthony McDonald (Glencar/Manorhamilton) for Colm ClarkeBrian ODonnell (St Marys) for Paul BrennanRobert Lowe (St Marys) for Tomas Beirne
27-Jan-11 by Colette Fox – PRO