Leitrim hosted Galway in the FBD League in a foggy Ballinamore on Sunday last, 24th January.
The home side made six changes in the starting 15 from their previous outing against GMIT in what could be considered an experimental side.
Although Galway dominated possession in the first half they were finding it increasingly difficult to find the target with some wayward shooting and credit in some part must go to the Leitrim defence who were holding firm under severe pressure. In fact, Leitrim were only 2 points adrift during stoppage time when Nicky Joyce hit the Leitrim net to leave it 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval.
Leitrim started the second half brightly but gradually faded as the game progressed with Galway securing a comprehensive victory on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-5.
Well done to 3 players who will have fond memories of Sundays game:-
- Colm Maguire from the Aughavas club who made his Senior debut
- Emlyn Mulligan who made his comeback as a second half substitute after a long layoff with injury
- Wayne McKeon from the Ballinamore, Sean OHeslins Club who had the honour of leading out the Leitrim team on his home patch.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to compliment the Ballinamore, Sean OHeslins Club on their wonderful facilities for players, supporters, officals and the media. Furthermore, their organisation of the event was also a credit to them and for that, many thanks to all concerned.
Gareth Phelan, P Maguire, J McKeon, D Beck, W McKeon, B Prior, J Glancy (St Marys), S Canning, D Sweeney, C Maguire, C Clarke, M Foley, R Kennedy, J Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton), D Gilhooley. Subs: E Lyons for G Phelan, D Reynolds for P Maguire, E Mulligan for R Kennedy, D OConnor for D Gilhooley, P McGuinness for M Foley.
Subs unused: Colin Regan, Tomas Beirne, Clifford Richardson, Damien ODonnell, Philip Howard, Adrian Croal.
scorers for Leitrim: C Clarke , M Foley (1f), J Glancy (St. Marys), R Kennedy (1f), C Maguire 0-1 each.
REF – M Duffy (Sligo).
26-Jan-10 by Colette Fox – PRO