20 March 2005 ? Division 2a: Allianz NFL Round 5

Leitrim 0-11 Longford 0-11

Leitrim Get Back on Track

A large attendance at this Pearse Park derby saw Leitrim put a poor first half performance behind them to secure a hard earned point and retain an outside chance of promotion. The result however confirmed the growing suspicion that the two dropped points in Carlow may well prove the team?s undoing as the race for promotion enters the closing stages.

There was of course a genuine fear that the defeat to a previously win-less Carlow marked the bursting of the early season Leitrim bubble and this gave Sunday?s game against the unbeaten league leaders an added significance. In this context, a good performance was essential ? win, lose or draw ? and Leitrim achieved both the draw and the feat of restoring supporters? belief in the Dolan revolution.

However, the early signs were not promising as the home team raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes with the Leitrim defence again displaying signs of hesitancy as Padraig Davis and the Longford forward line threatened to rip Leitrim apart. Neil Sheridan had shot Longford into the lead straight from the throw in and while Johnny Goldrick replied for Leitrim, the home team were dominant in almost all sectors. Indeed they created at least three good goalScóring chances, but failed to convert any of them and allowed Leitrim to stay in touch with points from James Glancy, Shane Foley, Michael Foley and Declan Maxwell

By half time the lead stood at just three points ? 0-8 to 0-5 ? and Leitrim put in a terrific second half performance that should have secured both points. With the defence tightening considerably and Chris Carroll gaining a foothold in midfield, the Leitrim scores finally began to arrive. Points from Michael Foley (2), Johnny Goldrick and Chris Carroll to a solitary reply from Padraig Davis left the teams deadlocked at 0-9 apiece and just 10 minutes remaining.

It was a remarkable comeback from Leitrim and one that highlights just how far the team have come in the last couple of months. Indeed twice in the closing stages Longford made a sprint for the line edging in front through Padraig Davis, but Leitrim?s belief held and on both occasions the Connacht men struck back to level.

On the first occasion, with Longford leading by 0-10 to 0-9, Christy Carroll fielded magnificently to set up James Glancy for the levelling score. Longford again took the lead through Davis, but super sub Michael Duignan arrived at the end of a move started by Shane Foley and kicked a memorable equaliser in the last minute to earn a share of the spoils.

Leitrim: Cathal Mc Crann, Michael Mc Guinness, John Mc Keon, Dermot Reynolds, Niall Gilbane, Barry Mc Weeney, Shane Foley (0-1), Christopher Carroll (0-1), Gary Mc Closkey, Johnny Goldrick (0-2), Barry Prior, Michael Foley (0-3), Colin Regan, Declan Maxwell, James Glancy (0-2). Subs used: Donal Brennan for Declan Maxwell, Michael Duignan (0-1) for Donal Brennan, David Mc Hugh for Dermot Reynolds



21-Mar-05 by Lovely Leitrim

The Leitrim County Board have ensured that Leitrim supporters will be able to keep in touch with their teams fortunes in 2005 by becoming the first County to provide live updates of their Allianz league games online at their official website www.leitrimgaa.ie. The service provides real time Scóring with a log of the key events at the game to keep the county?s supporters up to date with all the action as it happens live.

The service was launched for Leitrim?s recent game against Fermanagh and the Leitrim County Board have confirmed that a large web audience followed the county?s fortunes against Clare and Carlow over the last fortnight and they are expecting a record audience for this Sunday?s clash with neighbours Longford.

The project is one of many IT initiatives aimed at bringing GAA related information and news to the public and media at large. With a large Leitrim Diaspora in England, America, Australia and elsewhere across the globe, the service has proven extremely popular and the possibility of extending the service to include audio or visual coverage is being examined.

Brendan Doyle, Chairman of the IT Committee ?I feel we have only begun to discover the benefits & possibilities of the internet and feel that it will continue to radically improve our ability to inform the public and media of Leitrim?s progress through their various games. I look forward to continuing with this free service over the coming year as we maximise the potential from the web.?

Further Information is available from:
Brendan Doyle,
Leitrim County Board – IT Committee,



16-Mar-05 by Brendan Doyle

Leitrim U-16 Trials:
The following players are invited to attend two trial games against the Roscommon U16 panel to be held in Annaduff on Saturday 19th March 2005, starting at 2pm.

Annaduff: Seamus Mulvihill, Larry Lynch, Sean MacNobola.

Allen Gaels: Alan Wynne, Cathal Kielty, Eunan Tracy, Paul Gibbons, JonathanÓguckian, Martin Raftery.

Aughavas: Conor Bohan, Conor Brennan, Kieran Moran, Aidan MacGuire, Enda Short, Adrian Tiernan

Aughnasheelin: DamienÓgilheaney, Fergal Early

Ballinaglera: Enda Maguire, Philip McGourty, Seamie McMorrow

Sean O H. / Ballinamore: Michael Costello, John Christie, David Leydon, Shane Murphy, Wayne McKeon, Jim McTaigue, Darren Reynolds

Bornacoola: Paul Hackett, Fergal Howard, Mervin Howard, Conor McCawley, Niall O Connor, Sean Ryan, Declan Shanley

Carrigallen: Daniel Lyons, Barry Reilly, Ciaran Reilly, Eoin Ward.

Cloone: Declan Tiernan

Drumreilly: Sean Fee, Cormac Maguire, Ciaran Smith

Drumkeerin: Barry MacPaddin, Aidan Dolan, Patrick Beirne, Fintan Harvey, Brendan McNama

Eslin: Tomas Beirne, Brian Higgins, Eamon Stenson

Gortletteragh: Shane Keogh, Conor Reynolds.

GlenCar/ Manor: Liam Burke, Adrian Croal, Liam Feehily, Paul Glancy, Patrick O Brien

Glenfarne: Players to be notified by club U-16 Mgmt

Kiltubrid: Shane Cardiff + Additional Players to be notified by club U-16 Mgmt

Melvin Gaels: Matthew Branley, James Bredin, Paul Foy, Patrick Hill.

Mohill: Niall Flynn, Jesse Gaffy, Jamie Manning, Chris Higgins

St. Marys: Alan Doherty, Brian Farrell, Colm Guckian, Conor Glancy, Nicholas MacWeeney, David Tiernan

St. Caillians / Fenagh: Ronan Monaghan, Seamus MacWeeney

Please find below the Bus routes and times:
North Leitrim Bus (Aiden Foley, Kinlough)
Kinlough 12:10pm
Manorhamilton 12:30
Drumkeerin 12:55
Drumshanbo 1:15
Carrick on Shannon 1:25pm

South Leitrim Buses (Wrynn?s Buses Ballinamore, x 2)
Ballinamore 12:30pm
Aughnasheelin 12:30
Drumreilly 12:40
Fenagh 12:40
Carrigallen 12:50
Kiltubrid 12:55
Aughavas 1:00
Cloone 1:10
Mohill 1:10
Bornacoola 1:20pm

Please contact Derek Kelleher (087 6624918) or Kevin Ludlow (087 8132242) with any questions regarding these arrangements.



15-Mar-05 by County U16 Management

13 March 2005 ? Division 2a: Allianz NFL Round 4

Leitrim Fall in Carlow

Leitrim 0-16
Carlow 1-15

A first half goal for the home side in Dr Cullen Park Carlow on Sunday denied Leitrim the opportunity of moving into second place in Division 2A of the Allianz football league and dealt a serious blow to the county?s promotion hopes.

Leitrim went into this game enjoying their best form for some time having beaten a fancied Clare team and pushing All Ireland semi-finalists Fermanagh all the way, but a dreadful period in the minutes leading up to half time along with the concession of a very soft goal proved the visitors? undoing.

For once, the Leitrim problems were at the defensive end of the field and a very lively Carlow full forward line caused huge difficulties for John Mc Keon and co throughout ? the Leitrim men uncharacteristically conceding 10 points from play to the Carlow inside trio. Leitrim also struggled to find their feet in the middle of the field, particularly in the first half and while the forward line helped to accrue an impressive tally of sixteen points, they were left to rue two excellent goal Scóring opportunities in the first half and a disallowed effort in the second.

Leitrim had started brightly with James Glancy, Declan Maxwell and Johnny Goldrick causing problems for the Carlow defence as the Connacht team raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. However, disaster struck when a long ball from a sideline kick was misjudged by the Leitrim defence and allowed to bounce in the Leitrim square, coming off the crossbar and into the hands of the waiting David Nolan who finished calmly to the net.

It was a goal of the cheapest variety and galvanised the home side who began to take a grip in the centre of the field and with a point from the ever dangerous Simon Rea moved into a 1-3 to 0-3 lead. Leitrim did react well and scores from Declan Maxwell, James Glancy and Michael Foley appeared to have weathered the storm. Indeed, Maxwell?s effort might well have ended in the Carlow net but for an excellent save from John Brennan after the Drumreilly man had brilliantly fielded a high ball and turned the Carlow full back.

With only five minutes to go to the break the sides were level but Leitrim were about to experience their worst spell of the game conceding five points in as many minutes to a grateful Carlow attack as a combination of lethargic defending and an inability to win the ball in the midfield diamond left Leitrim with an uphill battle for the second half ? five points in arrears 1-8 to 0-6.

Des Dolan chose to reshuffle his hand for the second half introducing Darren Duignan and Colin Regan for Gary Mc Closkey and Barry Butler. Declan Maxwell moved to midfield with Dermot Reynolds rejoined the defence having started in the half forward line. However, when Simon Rea extended the Carlow lead to six points within a minute of the restart, the game appeared to be slipping from Leitrim?s grasp.
If there is one thing that Des Dolan has instilled in this Leitrim team it is a self belief in their own ability to overcome adversity and rather than lie down as might have been expected in the past, Leitrim battled bravely to get back into the game with Maxwell, Dermot Reynolds and Michael Foley particularly prominent. A baffling decision to disallow what appeared to be a perfectly good Leitrim goal left the sizeable Leitrim following to question if it was just one of those days but a series of scores from Foley kept Leitrim in the game up to the final whistle.

On a number of occasions the men in green and gold hauled the Carlow lead back to two points but despite some good chances, Leitrim were unable to close the gap any further and time ran out on a brave comeback.

The game will have given the Leitrim management much to dwell on however ahead of next Sunday?s visit to Pearse Park to face a Longford team currently riding high at the top of Division 2a. The Leitrim defence will certainly need to up their performance against a highly rated Longford attack and Dolan may be tempted to give Declan Maxwell his first start in the middle of field. He will also be consoled by the fact that his team managed an impressive tally of 16 points in the defeat but considering the heavy defeat inflicted on Carlow by Longford in Pearse Park last week, anything other than a home win will be considered a shock result.

Leitrim: Cathal Mc Crann, Michael Mc Guinness, John Mc Keon, Barry Butler, Niall Gilbane, Barry Mc Weeney, Shane Foley, Christopher Carroll (0-1), Gary Mc Closkey, Johnny Goldrick (0-2), Barry Prior, Dermot Reynolds (0-1), Michael Foley (0-8), Declan Maxwell (0-2) and James Glancy (0-2). Subs used: Colin Regan for Mc Closkey, Darren Duignan for Butler, Ray Cox for Glancy (yellow carded)



14-Mar-05 by Lovely Leitrim

The March County Board meeting is tonight (Monday) in Aras Padraig in Drumshanbo at 8 pm sharp. All delegates are asked to attend.



14-Mar-05 by Brendan Doyle

Reminder that on this Thursday, March 10, participation will commence for two clubs Glenfarne/Kilty and St. Caillin?s Fenagh.

Leitrim Gaels and Kiltubrid will commence their participation on Tuesday, March 15.

All those attending from all four clubs should have their Questionaire forms returned at the above planned meetings. Check with your secretary if you have not received a form.

This is a very important development programme for you and your club, so make a huge effort to attend and participate.

Trained Facilitators will attend at all venues.



10-Mar-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Foundation Coaching Courses were completed in Mohill and Dromahair over last weekend and in Aughnasheelin on Monday night last.

Our Level One Coaching Course is due to commence on this Friday night in the Carrick Community School at 7.30pm. This course can only proceed if numbers are adequate and clubs should ensure that they have at least one member completing this course.

Clubs should return the names of those players they feel are good enough for the U-14 school of GPO Michael Charles before this weekend.



10-Mar-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching Officer

The County U-16 management would like to ask all clubs to nominate players for the upcoming year.

Could coaches or secretaries please forward player names to Derek Kelleher at (087) 6624918 or Kevin Ludlow (087) 8132242.

Names to be submitted no later than Saturday, March 12, as first trials will be held on Saturday, March 19 in Annaduff at 10.30.

See next week?s news for bus times.



10-Mar-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching Officer

The Leitrim team to face Clare today is as follows:

1. Cathal McCrann (Gortletteragh)
2. Michael McGuinness (Mohill)
3. John McKeon (Drumreilly)
4. Dermot Reynolds (St. Marys)
5. Niall Gilbane (Allen Gaels)
6. Barry McWeeney (Aughnasheelin)
19. Barry Butler (St. Marys)
8. Christopher Carroll (Kiltubrid)
9. Gary McCloskey (Bornacoola)
10. Johnny Goldrick (St. Marys)
11. Barry Prior (Aughawillan)
12. Michael Foley (Drumkeerin)
13. Ray Cox (Annaduff)
14. Darren Duignan (Gortletteragh)
15. James Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton)

7. Shane Foley (Kiltubrid)
16. Ciaran Meehan (Dromahair)
17. Dermot Kennedy (Gortletteragh)
18. David McHugh (Annaduff)
20. Gabriel Prior (Aughnasheelin)
21. Dara McKiernan (Kiltubrid)
22. Michael Duignan (Bornacoola)
23. James Holohan (Drumreilly)
24. Donal Brennan (Cloone)

Don t forget that this website will be updated live from Pairc Sean with the scores and events as the happen. Check out the Live link on Sunday afternoon.



04-Mar-05 by Sean McGoldrick – PRO

The latest in modern technology is being used to keep this website updated live from P?irc Sean with the scores and main events as they happen. This is the second of many initiatives by the IT Committee in assisting and promoting Leitrim GAA.

The Live scores was initiated last year and was revived for the last NFL game against Fermanagh. With only short notice it attracted very favourable viewing figures.

This time out we are going to enhance the service and make it a more dynamic experience with the addition of comments on the play, as it happens, in addition to the scores.

So Sunday afternoon, 2:30pm – Carrick time, no matter where you are in the world you can keep up with the action is it happens ? interactively from P?irc Sean.

Check out the Live link on this website on Sunday afternoon.



04-Mar-05 by Brendan Doyle – Chairman, IT Committee

A very successful Leitrim GAA Supporters night was held last night in Dans Tavern, Garrycastle, Athlone. MC for the night was Tommy Moran and present on was Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan. The organising committee Gerry Duignan, JohnÓgibbons and Jim Keaney put a lot of work into the night and the committee successfully raised over ?1000 for Leitrim GAA. Many thanks to the committee, to all those people from the midlands and those further a field who showed their support on the night.



04-Mar-05 by Sean McGoldrick – PRO

The recently formed IT Committee have announced a Webmail (email) training evening for Club Secretaries to be held on next Wednesday (8th Mar) in Carrick Community School.

This is one of many initiatives by the IT Committee to assist all Clubs and County Officers to switch over the use of IT within their structures. The email initiative is very important as it will be the main means of communication at all levels within the county. This is in line with the Croke Park recommendation of October 2004 that all communications are made by the use of email.

April 1st has been chosen as the changeover date and a lot of effort has already been made by Clubs, County Officers and the IT Committee to meet this deadline. Each of the 26 Clubs have already established a contact person within their clubs for the purposes of communicating by email.

Approximately 4 weeks are left and starting this weekend each club will be issued with a new email address for use on the GAA Official Webmail site ? mail.gaa.ie.

In line with this rollout to each club a training day is arranged for next week. The venue is Carrick Community School on Wednesday, 8th March from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. With a follow-up session provisionally arranged depending on demand. It is hoped that Secretaries and/or Contact person requiring assistance will attend this event.

All interested parties are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting Brendan by email ithelp@leitrim.gaa.ie or by text/phone on 086-8104200 by Tuesday March 8th.



04-Mar-05 by Brendan Doyle – Chairman, IT Committee