The Leitrim Senior Hurlers had a fantastic win over South Down last weekend on a Scórline of 1-13 to 1-12.  Leitrim scored a last minute goal to edge out their opponents and now advance to meet Cavan this Saturday in Kingspan Breffni Park.  The match is scheduled for 12pm (E.T. if necessary).

We wish the team and manÓgment the very best of luck.

 

 

11-Jun-10 by Colette Fox – PRO

Allianz NHL Div 4 – Round 5

Monaghan 2 – 11
Leitrim 1 – 12
Lady luck certainly did not smile on the Leitrim hurlers on Sunday afternoon in Ballinamore when they took on Allianz NHL Division 4 unbeaten side and table toppers Monaghan.
Monaghan came from behind to grab a Scórcely deserved victory over Leitrim with goals by Sean Leonard and Brian Phelan in the last five minutes of an entertaining tie.

Prior to that Leitrim led this encounter from the 24th minute until Phelans strike in the 70th minute, which put the Farney men, who had been facing an unexpected defeat, ahead again. After controlling the exchanges for 46 minutes it certainly was very disappointing for Leitrim to surrender the win in the closing stages of this contest.

Despite the defeat it was undoubtedly Leitrims best all round display in their five games of the league, even though only slightly better than their come from behind win over South Down a few weeks ago in Carrick.

All the Leitrim backs performed well and curtailed the Monaghan forwards to limited Scóring opportunities until the crucial final five minutes while Vinnie McDermott at fullback and young Sean McWeeney at wing back were rock solid.

Keith Connolly turned in an excellent display at midfield while his partner Michael Poniard put in a tremendous amount of good work. All the Leitrim forwards worked hard with Ian Bermingham, Clement Cunniffe and Liam Burns to the fore.
It is hoped that all our suspended, injured and unavailable players get back to training now for the Lory Meagher Cup and build on this great hearted performance.

Leitrim: Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Vincent McDermott, David Tiernan, Morgan Quinn, Sean McWeeney, Kieran Boyle 0 – 1, Keith Connolly 0 – 2, Michael Poniard, Paraic McWeeney, Clement Cunniffe, Ian Bermingham 0 – 6(2f.), Michael Burns, Liam Burns 1 – 0, Cathal McCrann 0 – 1. Sub Kevin OConnor 0 – 1 for M. Burns (12 mins).
Referee: Ashley Stapleton (Laois).

 

 

 

29-Mar-10 by Paddy O Connor – PRO – Hurling

Allianz NHL Div 4 – Round IV

Longford 3-20
Leitrim 1 -08

Leitrim and Longford played out a very disappointing Allianz NHL Division 4 in Pearse Park, Longford on Sunday last.

scores were level on a number of occasions early on and little by little Longford began to pull clear and when Conor Burns got a red card after an altercation with his opponent, Leitrim were trailing and facing an uphill battle and went in at half time 7 points down.
On resuming, Leitrim upped their game but missed a number of chances early on. The game then turned into a very scrappy affair and Longford duly took the honours with some long range points. Leitrim badly missed Clement Cunniffe through injury.

Leitrim: Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Niall Guckian, Shane Guckian, Seán McWeeney, Michael Poniard, Kieran Boyle, Vincent McDermott, Keith Connolly, Paraic McWeeney, Ian Bermingham, Conor Burns, Michael Burns, Mark Hayes, Liam Burns, Subs Gary Coone for Mick Burns, David Tiernan for Kieran Boyle(inj), Morgan Quinn for P. McWeeney and Kevin


 

 

23-Mar-10 by Paddy O Connor – PRO – Hurling

Allianz NHL Div 4 – Round III

Leitrim 3 – 15, South Down 3 – 10.

Leitrim staged a dramatic come-back to win their first Allianz NHL Division 4 game of the season in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday after a tough encounter with South Down.

scores were level on a number of occasions and Leitrim were reduced to 14 men on 42 minutes after Paraic McWeeney got a second yellow card. At that stage, Leitrim were trailing by four points but for the remainder of the game, every Leitrim player battled as if their lives depended on it.

In the last throes of the game Liam Burns scored a goal and a point to ensure victory for Leitrim. Clement Cunniffe was back to his best from both open play and frees despite carrying an injury and each player responded inÓgreat fashion to get this victory.

Leitrim Team and scorers: Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Niall Guckian, Shane Guckian, Seán McWeeney, Michael Poniard, Kieran Boyle, Vincent McDermott, Keith Connolly, Paraic McWeeney, Clement Cunniffe 0 – 9(4f.), Ian Bermingham 0 – 1, Michael Burns 0 – 1, Liam Burns 2 – 3, Mark Hayes 1 – 1. Subs Conor Burns for Bermingham (66 mins.), Gary Coone for Mick Burns, Conor Beirne, David Tiernan and Kevin OConnor

 

 

15-Mar-10 by Paddy O Connor – PRO – Hurling

Allianz NHL Div 4 – Round 2 (28 February 2010)

Fermanagh 1-16 Leitrim 0-14

Fermanagh scored a decisive win over Leitrim at the end of a tough battle in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Sunday.
Leitrim got off to a great start and dominated the first 20 minutes where they led by 0-6 to 0-3. However, just before half time, Fermanagh got a rather fortuitous goal and added a point to leave the sides level at half time.
Midway through the second half, there was nothing between the sides but in the last 15 minutes of the game, Leitrim seemed to run out of steam and Fermanagh ran out 5 point winners.

Leitrim Team ; Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Davis Tiernan, Sean McWeeney, Kieran Boyle, Vinnie McDermott, Michael Poniard (0-1), Keith Connolly (0-2), Clement Cunniffe (0-5,3f), Conor Burns, Ian Bermingham (0-3,2f), Fearghal Carroll, Mick Burns, Dan OBrien, Liam Burns. Subs; Mark Hayes (0-1) for Conor Burns, Gary Coen, Kevin OConnor

 

 

01-Mar-10 by Paddy O Connor – PRO/Hurling

AGM of Leitrim Hurling Board

At a well attended AGM of the Hurling Board held recently in The Bush Hotel, the new Cathaoirleach Joe Flynn and Rúnai Diarmuid Sweeney attended and pledged their support for Hurling within the County in the coming years

The three Officers Cathaoirleach Paddy Phelan, Rúnai Michael Doorigan and Cisteoir Martin Cunniffe were all re elected unanimously.

The meeting undertook to have more hurling games throughout the year and hoped that the inclusion of Michael Doorigan on the Fixtures committee will aid the smooth running of all competitions. The inclusion of hurling on the Master fixtures Plan will facilitate this also.

 

 

24-Feb-10 by Paddy O Connor – PRO – Hurling

New Cavan Manager Brendan Nelligan enjoyed a winning debut at Breffni Park, helped by profligate Leitrim recording 15 wides.
With former London star Kevin Downes to the fore , Cavan opened up a 0-3 to 0-2 lead in the opening quarter.
Clement Cunniffe gave Leitrim a foothold but their limitations up front soon became all too obvious.
Cavans frontmen laboured initially before enjoying a 13-minute purple patch in which they notched 1-5 without reply.
However, four minutes after Mark McEntees 28th-minute goal for Cavan, Dave McGovern raised a green flag to give Leitrim hope.
But Cavan regained control and with Bernard Gaffney shining, hit five points without reply. Leitrim refused to cave in and got a late consolation through Shane Kiernans goal.  Final score Cavan 1.17, Leitrim 3.4.
scorers — Cavan: B Gaffney 0-9 (0-3f, 0-3 65s), K Downes 0-6, M Entee 1-1, G Brennan 0-1. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 1-3 (0-1f, 0-1 65), S Kiernan, D McGovern 1-0, D OBrien 0-1.
Cavan — M Curry; D Neary, M Carr, A Sheridan; B Devine, C Nelligan, A Nelligan; P Sheridan, G Brennan; C Brennan, B Gaffney, R OHanlon; K Downes, M McEntee, M OConnell. Subs: J Rosney for R OHanlon (20), S Og Brady for M OConnell (66).
Leitrim — P McKiernan; K McGrath, nÓguckian, S Guckian; K Boyle, V McDermott, M Poniard; K Connolly, C Cunniffe; D McGovern, I Bermingham, F Carroll; M Hayes, D OBrien, M Burns. Subs: C Burns for M Hayes (30), L Burns for I Berminghan (38), P McWeeney for F Carroll (47), S Kiernan for M Burns (55), D Tiernan for K McGrath (65).
REF — C Groome (Offaly).

Match Report courtesty of the Irish Independent

 

 

23-Feb-10 by Colette Fox – PRO

All Ireland wins for Leitrim are rare events but in two successive years, 1983 and 1984, Leitrim won All Ireland Hurling titles.

In 1983 Leitrims under 16 hurlers won the All Ireland (Special) hurling title beating Longford in the Final in Croke Park. This competition was later called the All Ireland "C" competition. Indeed until the Leitrim Ladies won the Intermediate football title two years ago, this was Leitrims only success at All Ireland Final level in Croke Park. The final was played on the same bill as a Donegal v Galway All Ireland Senior Football semi-final on the 16 August.

The Captain of that famous team was Joe Casey from Aughavas who led the team up the old Hogan stand to get their medals. The team contained players from Ballinamore, Carrick on Shannon, Mohill and Elphin. The Mohill players, and Joe Casey, lined out with Ballinamore as Mohill did not have a hurling club in those years. Elphin played in Leitrim for a few years and contributed greatly to the team.

The following year Leitrim won the corresponding Minor hurling title. The final was played against Longford in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada and 11 of the starting team in the 1984 Minor final were on the starting line-out on the under 16 team a year earlier.

Now, 25 years later, the players on both teams will come together for a celebration in the Bush Hotel on Friday 24 April at 9.00. It promises to be a wonderful occasion as the men who brought two hurling All Irelands celebrate their historic wins. The significance of those victories can be gauged by the fact that Leitrim have never even reached the final of either competition since then.

Pictured here is the team that won the under 16 title in Croke Park in 1983:
Front ( L to R):Paddy Murray (St Marys), Ciaran Mahon (Ballinamore), Joe Casey (Ballinamore), Gerry ORourke (Elphin), Aidan Dockery (Elphin), Dermot McKeon (Ballinamore), Michael Moran (Elphin). Back: Brian Beirne (St Marys),Matthew Hynes (Elphin), Dermot OBrien (Ballinamore), Niall Keely (St Marys), Conor Harte (Ballinamore), Martin Nolan (Elphin), Ray Kelleher (St Marys), Pat Galvin (Elphin). The mascot is Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (Ballinamore)

 

 

11-Apr-09 by Sean o Suiilleabhan

Allianz NHL Division Four – Final Round

 

Leitrim 0 – 15

Fermanagh 1 – 11

Leitrims top scorer Clement Cunniffe secured a narrow victory for his side over Fermanagh when he found the range from two frees late in Saturdays NHL Division Four nip and tuck Carrick-on-Shannon clash.

With the concluding round of games taking place on Saturday last Leitrims victory over Fermanagh allowed them edge the Ernesiders out of third place in the final Division Four League table rankings by a just one point score difference margin also.

After playing with the wind Fermanagh led by 1 – 5 to 0 – 7 at halftime with Karl Kehoe Scóring the Erne sides goal in the 9th minute.

Cunniffe levelled matters within 45 seconds of the restart when he converted one of his seven successful frees of the afternoon.

Fermanagh then edged into a minimum margin lead by the 46th minute after Ryan Bogue, John Duffy and Declan McGarry shot over in turn.

The sides drew level on three further occasions following that before Cunniffes strikes near the end edged Leitrim into a two points lead.

But Ryan Bogue reduced Leitrims advantage to the minimum when he shot over for Fermanagh just prior to the final whistle.

Leitrim: Fintan McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Vinny McDermott, David Tiernan, Niall Glancy, James McGrail, Stephen Feeney, Keith Connolly, Clement Cunniffe 0 – 8(7f), Gary Hickey 0 – 1, Colm Hayes 0 – 2, Shane Kiernan 0 – 4(3f.), Paul Lyons, Conor Burns, Kevin OConnor, Subs Padraig McWeeney for Hickey (55 mins.), Paul McKiernan for Lyons (70 mins.).

Fermanagh: Peter McEvoy, Mathew Teague, Fergus Bannon, Colm Rice, Mark Slevin, Declan McGarry 0 – 1, Barry Smith, Ryan Bogue 0 – 5(4f.), EamonÓgoan, John Duffy, Brendan McGarry, Dermot Curran 0 – 1, Sean Corrigan 0 – 1, Karl Kehoe 1 – 0, Andrew Breslin 0 – 1. Subs Francis McBrien for Smyth (YC 42 mins.), Mark Curran for Slevin (56 mins.), Shea Curran for Teague (YC 67 mins.)

Referee: Brendan Sweeney (Cavan).

 

 

01-Apr-09 by PJ Leddy

A point by Stephen Lambe a minute into stoppage time snatched a late dramatic victory for Monaghan as they kept their unbeaten league run intact in a game where the sides were level on 10 occasions.

scorers

Monaghan: S Lambe 0-4, B OBrien 0-3, W OToole , N Morgan 0-2 each, D Crowe, A Hughes 0-1 each.

Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-5, C Hayes 0-3, D McGovern 0-2, G Hickey, S Kiernan 0-1 each.

 

Teams


Monaghan
— M McHugh; A Kerr, S Leonard, J Connolly; G Coleman, W OToole, J McAnespie; B OBrien, D Crowe; J Greene, B McGuigan, M Lennon; N Morgan, S Lambe, A Hughes.

Subs: E MacSuibhne for B McGuigan, J Lacey for A Hughes

Leitrim — F McKiernan; K McGrath, V McDermott, D Tiernan; C Burns, J McGrail, S Feeney; D McGovern, C Cunniffe; N Daly, K Connolly, C Hayes; G Hickey, S Kiernan, A Doherty.

Subs: nÓglancy for S Feeney, B Carroll for K McGrath

 

 

02-Mar-09 by Irish Independant.ie

Leitrims James Glancy gets a chance to play for Ireland in the Senior Hurling/Shinty Internationals against Scotland on Saturday next, October 18th.  Well done to James on making the Squad and best of luck from all in Leitrim.

 

Press Release from Croke Park:

 

The GAA have announced the squads which have been selected for the Under 21 and Senior Hurling/Shinty Internationals against Scotland on Saturday next, October 18th. The Senior International takes place in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny at 3 pm while the Under 21 will be held in Durrow, Co. Laois at 12 noon.

 

Manager, Lester Ryan has named a very strong Senior squad which includes Derek Lyng, Tommy Walsh and Eddie Brennan from All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny as well as Corks Seán Óg Ó hAilpín. The panel also includes three representatives from Carlows Christy Ring Cup winning side, Des Shaw, Edward Coady and Shane KavanÓgh, who captains the side as well as Dermot Clarke and Michael Gilmartin from Nicky Rackard Cup winners, Sligo.

 

The full Senior panel is:

Graham Clarke (Down)
Geoffrey Bermingham (Wicklow)
Paul Branniff (Down)
Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)
Michael Burke (Meath)
Dermot Clarke (Sligo)
Edward Coady (Carlow)
Declan Coulter (Armagh)
Michael Gilmartin (Sligo)
James Glancy (Leitrim)
Shane KavanÓgh (Carlow) (Capt)
Stephen Kelly (Wicklow)
Derek Lyng (Kilkenny)
Brendan McGourty (Down)
Brendan Murtagh (Westmeath)
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Cork)
Des Shaw (Carlow)
John Shaw (Westmeath)
Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

The Under 21 panel named by Manager, Paudie Butler is primarily made up of players from counties which play in the Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cup. The side is captained by John Rogers (Carlow) and also includes Sean Bourke from the host club, The Harps, as well as Keith Raymond (Sligo), man of the match in the Nicky Rackard Cup final and Niall Kilcoyne, son of Westmeaths only All-Star, David.

 

The Under 21 Panel is:

Sean Ennis (Down)
Sean Bourke (Laois)
David Donaghue (Meath)
John Doran (Carlow)
Peter Durnin (Meath)
Ronan Keddy (Wicklow)
Niall Kilcoyne (Westmeath)
Stephen Lambe (Monaghan)
Eoin Madigan (Mayo)
Eoin Mason (Wicklow)
Barry McFall (Antrim)
Andrew Neligan (Cavan)
John O Malley (Kildare)
Keith Raymond (Sligo)
John Rogers (Carlow) (Capt)
Anthony Sheridan (Cavan)
Darren Whelan (Carlow)
Conor Woods (Down)

The Under 21 game takes place in Durrow, Co. Laois at 12 noon on Saturday next, October 18th. It is hosted by The Harps GAA Club in conjunction with the Durrow Tri-Centenary celebrations.

 

The action in Nowlan Park gets underway with the Camogie/Shinty game at 1.30 pm followed by the Senior Hurlin/Shinty at 3 pm

 

 

13-Oct-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim Hurlers have made the Nicky Rackard Quarterfinals after coming runners up in the division 3B table.  Fermanagh lost to South Down in Enniskillen which paved the way for Leitrims participation in the quarters.

 

Brief report from GAA.ie

Fermanagh 2-12 Non Ards 4-15

A massive shock arrived in Enniskillen when it was the visitors who were declared winners following this heated Group 3B encounter.

Jason McManus stood out as the magic of the Nicky Rackard Cup was brought to life with some sublime hurling that would have delighted neutral fans of the sport.

The deciding factor in this match was Non Ards approach to the second-half, which was fearsome yet measured – they figured out how to get in behind Fermanaghs defence and they kept exploiting that route.

 

 

13-Jul-08 by GAA.ie