[b]Suzuki Ladies national League Final:[/b]
Heartbreak in Athlone for Leitrim on Sunday when Clare snatched a last minute goal to win the League Final. Similar to the Sligo game, Leitrim opened the game brightly and went into a four point lead before Clare hit back with two goals to earn a three point lead at the break. However Leitrim never gave up in the second half and levelled the game midway through before Clare hit the front again. This game will be remembered only for the final moments. Down a single point with time almost up Clare Owens converted Leitrim?s only goal chance of the game with just a minute remaining a minute on the countdown clock. Unfortunately lack of concentration and a last gasp effort from Tammy Hehir ended Leitrim?s dream and the title went to Clare with a single point win. In the end a huge effort for Leitrim just fell short and the prospect of promotion to Division 2 as champions was snatched away in a single moment. It was a game Leitrim could have won but too many wides and an inability to close down by the defence was crucial in the end. Leitrim now have a break of two weeks before the next outing in the Championship quarter final against Mayo on 21st May.
Its back to the club leagues next weekend with two crucial games down for decision in Division 1. In Division 1 Aughawillan will play Kiltubrid on Saturday. This is a must winÓgame for Kiltubrid to keep their hopes of qualification for the final on track. On Sunday Mohill play Cloone, where a win for Mohill will guarantee them at least a playoff place. Cloone are still in contention but also must win to keep them in the race. In Division 2 St Joseph?s play St Marys and Glencar Manor play Bornacooola with home wins the most likely results to keep both teams unbeaten. Annaduff have a home game against Ballinaglera and this should be enough to ensure victory while Sean O Heslins and Dromahair meet in Division 3 with the visitors hoping to extend their unbeaten run.
[b]9 a Side Leagues:[/b]
In the Intermediate competition St Mary?s had a comfortable win over Bornacoola by 3.08 to 2.00 Ballinaglera winning by 2.06 to 1.07 against St Josephs. Glencar Manor defeated Annaduff by 4.09 to 1.06. In the junior league Sean O Heslins defeated Dromahair by 3.03 to 2.03 with a late goal. In a high Scóring encounter Gortlettragh recorded a 6.05 to 3.12 win over Fenagh and Aughawillan enjoyed a 1.11 to 0.05 win over neighbours Aughnasheelin.
The Underdogs are returning for a fresh campaign. The time for ladies football has come. In December 2006 the ladies Football Underdogs team will go up against the 2006 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Champions. Its the Underdogs against the Topdogs. This time around the will be lead by Brian Mullins of Dub, along with two other well-known football personalities. It is accepted that Mullins was one of the best midfielders in the history of Gaelic football. He has four All-Ireland medals and a spell managing Derry under his belt. TG4 and Adare Productions are inviting applications from players now. Any player over 18 who has never played senior county football and has never been nominated for or has won an All-Star, qualifies as an Underdog and can apply. Four of last years Underdogs went on to play for their county despite being overlooked until then. To apply visit TG4?s website, www.tg4.ie, and click on the Underdogs link. The first Trial will take place in Limerick on Sat 27th May 2006. The second Trial will take place in Dublin on Sun 28th May 2006. Callbacks will take place on Sat 10th June.
Clubs are reminded that Thursday May 11th is the closing date for entries for the Connacht Feile on 10th June.
09-May-06 by Patricia Bohan