The Leitrim U21 team pushed Mayo all the way in the Cadburys U21 Football Championship Quarter Final game played in Cloone last night.
The large attendance of supporters were treated to an entertaining game of football which hung in the balance right up to the final whistle. Leitrim started brightly and took a two-point lead in the opening seven minutes but Mayo, who took the lead for the first time in the 21st minute went in ahead at the break, 0-7 to 0-5. After the restart, Mayo increased their lead with a converted free and a point from play by the 36th minute. From here on in, Leitrim dominated quite an amount of the play and closed the gap on Mayo to two points by the 56th minute. Unfortunately, they were not able to bridge the gap further and Mayo ensured victory with late points to leave the final score Leitrim 0-9, Mayo 0-13. Mayo now meet Roscommom in the Semi Final to be played on St Patricks Day.
Seventeen Clubs in Leitrim and one Club from Dublin were represented on the Leitrim Teamsheet while brothers Tomas and Mark Beirne from Eslin lined out at centre field and in the half forward line respectively. Photos courtesy of James Molloy are now available in the Gallery.
Leitrim scorers: K Conlan, A Croal, E Ward 0-2 each, W McKeon, C McCauley, S Flanagan 0-1 each.
Leitrim: P Farrelly, P Maguire, C Egan, J OBrien, J Beirne, C McCawley, D Tiernan, K Moran, T Beirne, A Hickey, E Ward, M Beirne, K Conlan, W McKeon (capt), A Croal. Subs: N OConnor for J Beirne inj (16), S McWeeney for OConnor inj (28), S Flanagan for Hickey inj (h/t), E Mahon for Conlan (54), M Quinn for M Beirne (57).
John McGoldrick, Eamon Reynolds, Sean McNabola, Nicholas McWeeney,
Philip McGourty, Sean Fee, John Sheerin, Jim McTague, Liam Burke
Management Team: Mickey Moran, Martin McGowan, Jimmy Holohan and Barney Breen
11-Mar-10 by Colette Fox – PRO