Leitrim 1-15 Galway 1-05
As the temperatures soared in Tuam on Sunday, Leitrim rose yet again to the challenge to qualify for the Connacht Final for the fifth successive year. From the start Leitrim took the game to Galway and showed that they were determined to get back again to the final.
Two excellent frees from Ann Marie Cox settled Leitrim and although they were made work hard by Galway, the result of the game was never in doubt. The highlight of the first half was a superb point from the endline from Cox. Led by the hard working duo of Maeve Quinn and Sarah McLoughlin at midfield, all of the Leitrim lines worked very hard to diminish the ever present threat of a Galway team that possessed plenty of skill. Leitrim rode their luck at times as Galway threatened the Leitrim goal but with Louise Loughlin in fine form they were restricted to a single goal.
The pace of the game fell a little in the second half as the heat took its toal but a searing run by Clare Owens was well finished by Cox to ensure there would be no fightback from the home team. Following a year of incredible commitment from the panel, Leitrim have well deserved their place in the final to be played against holders Sligo in Castlebar on 30th June.
Louise Loughlin, Emer Kelly, Sharon Kerrigan, Mairead Stenson, Amanda Sweeney, Teresa Mylott, Mary Mckeon, Maeve Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Naomi Faughnan, Sinead Quinn, Lorraine Brennan, Ann Marie Cox, Aoife Kelly, Clare Owens. Subs: Eimear McGlade for Faughnan, Carla Creegan for Emer Kelly (inj)
03-Jul-06 by Patricia Bohan