Skehana 1?10
St. Mary?s 0?6

St. Mary?s, aided by a strong breeze, grabbed a 0 ? 6 to 0 ? 4 halftime lead over Skehana in Sunday?s Connacht Club Junior final in Athleague.

Clement Cunniffe shot three points for Mary?s with Dana Regan, James Glancy and Vinny McDermott Scóring a point each.

Skehana halftime sub John McHugh, who hit a goal and two points, put his side on the road to victory in the second period when St. Mary?s failed to score.

Skehana: Tomas Hansberry, Cathal Jordan, Damien Costello, Padraig Scanlon, Mark Farrell, Derwin Costello, Eamon Hansberry, Sean Mannion, Jarlath Fahy, Brendan Costello, Peter Kelly 0 ? 1, Joey Glynn 0 ? 6, Thomas Costello, Simon Roche 0 ? 1, Fintan Finnerty. Subs John McHugh 1 ? 2 for Roche (ht.), Mark Costello for E. Hansberry (60 mins.), Fergal Costello for Fahy (60 mins.).

St. Mary?s: Alan O?Shea, James McGreal, Niall Clancy, David Tiernan, Padraig McWeeney, James Keane, Sean Walsh, Fearghal Carroll, Clement Cunniffe 0 ? 3, Vinny McDermott 0 ? 1, James Glancy 0 ? 1, Thomas Cronin, Breian Carroll, Donal O?Grady, Dana Regan 0 ? 1. Subs Martin Coles for B. Carroll (45 mins.), Olcan Conway for Cronin (54 mins.).

Referee: Michael Carroll (Roscommon).



19-Nov-06 by PJ Leddy

Connacht Club SHC Semi-final

Athleague 3 ? 11

St. Mary?s 1 ? 7

Roscommon champions Athleague proved too strong for Leitrim kingpins, St. Mary?s in Saturday?s lively Connacht senior club hurling semi-final, which was played in ideal weather conditions in Athleague.

Athleague, who will face recently crowned Galway champions Loughrea in the Connacht final on Sunday November 19, took control of this game early in the first half after Brendan Boyle shot to the St. Mary?s net.

St. Mary?s trailed by 1 – 4 to 1 – 8 at the interval and managed to cut Athleague?s lead back to three points early in the second half but after that the Roscommon side upped the pace and won convincingly.

Athleague: David Connell, Tommy Mulligan, Kieran Mullan, Niall Connolly, David Delaney, Kevin McGeaney, Colm Moran, Gary Fallon 0 ? 1, John Connolly, Tom Reddington, Sean O?Brien 1 ? 0, Shane McGeaney, Brendan Boyle 2 ? 3, Mervyn Connaughton 0 ? 7, Alan Cunniffe. Subs Joe Fallon for Reddington (48 mins.), Ivan Connaughton for McGeaney (59 mins.).

St. Mary?s: Packy Phelan, Vincent McDermott, Niall Glancy, Sean Walsh, James Glancy 0 ? 1, James Keane, David Tiernan, Fearghal Carroll, Clement Cunniffe 0 ? 6, Dana Regan, Breian Carroll 1 ? 0, Tom Cronin, Martin Coles, Donal O?Grady, Padraig McWeeney . Subs James McGreal for Coles (40 mins.), Olcan Conway for Regan (58 mins.).

Referee: Pat Greene (Galway).



07-Nov-06 by PJ Leddy

Sunday, November 5

Scotland 2-13 Ireland 2-5

There was a Leitrim connection as Clement Cuniffe and James Clancy participated in the Shinty comptition as Scotland collected their first Croke Park win over Ireland on a 2-13 to 2-5 scoreline after a high-skilled and entertaining international clash at Headquarters on Sunday.

The visitors ground-hurling skills were perhaps the difference in the end as the Irish side struggled to come to terms with the illegality of handling the sliotar.

Gary Innes, of the Fort William club, fired the Scots into an early four-point lead with two well taken scores off the ground from dead-ball situations.

Sean Silkes Ireland did fight back with a point from sharpshooter Kevin McGarry and a goal from Kerrys JohnÓgriffin to leave the sides level at 1-1 to 0-4 after 18 minutes.

The second quarter, however, saw Scotland impose their dominance. A wonderful interchange of ground hurling ended with Victor Smith striking a clean shot to the roof of Graham Clarkes net in the 27th minute.

Kevin Thain and Ronald Ross, both of the Kingussie club, added a further three points to the Scottish tally to leave Ireland facing a six-point deficit at the interval.

It was a clean but physical first half with a lot of timber being broken and the Scots sticks standing up better in the challenge.

After the break, Fermanaghs McGarry kept Ireland in touch and when Kildares Paudie Reidy scored a goal in the 66th minute, after great work by Leitrims James Glancy, it seemed as though a comeback was on the cards.

Any resurgence, though, was quickly quashed when, a minute later, some excellent dribbling from Ross ended with a goal for the Scots.

Substitute Gordon MacKinnon then added another two-pointer for the visitors as the Irish challenge faded.

TEAMS and ScórERS:

Ireland – G Clarke (Down), J Bermingham (Wicklow), D Coulter (Down), C Cunniffe (Leitrim), K Divilly (Kildare), A Gaul (Carlow), J Griffin (Kerry) (1-0), P McCormack (Armagh), P Reidy (Kildare) (1-0), K McGarry (Fermanagh) (0-5), R Mulry (Roscommon), M O Neill (Wicklow), G Savage (Down), D Shaw (Carlow).

Substitutes – P Gannon (Meath) for D Coulter (59th min), J Glancy (Leitrim) for J Griffin (59th min), M Kettle (Antrim) for R Mulry (50th min) and T Lennon (Roscommon) for K Divilly (26th min).

Scotland – S MacNeil (Fort William), A Robertson (Fort William), A MacLeod (Kingussie), A MacKay (Lochcarron) (0-2), D Dando (Inveraray), N Campbell (Newtonmore), D MacRae (Newtonmore), K Ross (Lochcarron), G Innes (Fort William) (0-4), J Stewart (Kilmallie), J Clark (Fort William), V Smith (Fort William) (1-0), K Thain (Kingussie) (0-3), R Ross (Kingussie) (1-2).

Subs – P MacKenzie (Lochcarron) for J Clark (70th min), R Graham (Inveraray) for K Ross (53rd min) and G MacKinnon (Fort William) (0-2) for J Stewart (49th min).

Referee – E Morris (Dublin).

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06-Nov-06 by

Connacht Senior Club Hurling Championship

St. Mary?s 1 ? 13

Tubbercurry 1 ? 9

St. Mary?s scored a fully deserved win over Tubbercurry in Sunday?s hard fought Connacht Club hurling first round championship game in Kilcoyne Park, Tubbercurry.

A goal by Stephen McManus for St. Mary?s in the seventeenth minute gave the Carrick-on-Shannon side a victory cushion for the remainder of the exchanges.

Despite the absence of Nicky Rackard All Star, Paul Severs, who got married on Friday, Tubbercurry were always in the hunt but were never able to turn the tables on St. Mary?s.

St. Marys next outing will be on the weekend of November 4/5 when their semi-final opponents will be the winners of the Athleague/Ballyhaunis Connacht Club quarterfinal..

St. Mary?s: Packy Phelan, Shane Cardiff, Niall Glancy, Sean Walsh, Vincent McDermott, James Keane, David Tiernan, Clement Cunniffe 0 ? 7, Dana Regan 0 ? 1, James Glancy 0 ? 1, Breian Carroll 0 ? 3, Tom Cronin, Martin Coles, Donal O?Grady 0 ? 1, Stephen McManus 1 ? 0. Subs Padraig McWeeney for O?Grady (31 mins.), Bernard Murray for Cardiff (47 mins.), Fergal Carroll for Coles (55 mins.).

Tubbercurry: Michael Gorman, Alan Henry, Jarlath Burke, BrendanÓgannon, Kevin McDonagh, Mark Burke 0 ? 6, Daniel McDonagh, Brian Walsh 0 ? 1, Brian Curran 0 ? 1, Dara Severs, Shane Kerins, Barry Brennan, Ray Kilcoyne 1 ? 0, Ronan Haughey 0 ? 1, Fabio Cretaro. Subs Dermot Walsh for Brennan (49 mins.), Tom Bruder for Kilcoyne (53 mins.), Alex Wimsey for D. McDonagh (59 mins.).

Referee: Eoin O?Shaughnessy (Galway).



23-Oct-06 by PJ Leddy

Leitrim Senior Hurling Final – Report

St. Mary?s 2 ? 17
Glencar/Manor 3 ? 8

St. Mary?s claimed their eight Leitrim senior hurling title in a row in Ballinamore on Saturday after withstanding a determined second half Glencar/Manor fight back that cut the Carrick-on-Shannon side?s ten point lead to just two points with nine minutes to go.

After that St. Mary?s regained their composure, led by man-of-the-match Clement Cunniffe, who fired over two points in closing stages that helped take his side well clear of Glencar/Manor at the end.

Glencar/Manor trailed by 1 ? 3 to 2 ? 9 at the interval but the introduction of halftime sub Gary Hickey inspired the north Leitrim side when he hammered home goals from a free and a penalty as well as converting four frees on the trot.

scorers St. Mary?s ? C. Cunniffe 0 ? 10, M. Coles, S. McManus 1 ? 0, D. Regan 0 ? 3, T. Cronin 0 ? 2, J. Glancy, B. Carroll 0 ? 1.

Glencar/Manor ? G. Hickey 2 ? 4, R. ?Snodaigh 1 ? 0, M. Dolan 0 ? 2, V. Cronin, M. McKeon 0 ? 1.

St. Mary?s: P. Phelan, S. Cardiff, N. Glancy, S. Walsh, V. McDermott, J. Keane, D. Tiernan, D. Regan, C. Cunniffe, J. Glancy, B. Carroll, T. Cronin, M. Coles, D. O?Grady, S. McManus. Subs B. Murray for Tiernan (ht), F. Carroll for B. Carroll (47m.), O. Conway for McManus (56m.).

Glencar/Manor: M. Gallagher, B. Feeney, A. Rooney, S. McTiernan, M. McTiernan, D. Kelly, M. Reilly, M. Poniard, D. Ponaird, B. McDonald, M. McKeon, M. Dolan, A. Croal, V. Cronin, R. ?Snodaigh. Subs G. Hickey for Croal (ht.), P. Flanagan for Dolan (60m.).

Referee: P. Maguire (Sligo).



14-Oct-06 by PJ Leddy

The following is the Leitrim Hurlling team to play Cavan in tomorrows Nicky Rackard cup in Ballyconnell at 3:30pm.

1. Alan O?Shea Naomh Mhuire
2. Fintan McKiernan Naomh Mhuire
3. Niall Glancy Naomh Mhuire
4. Aidan Rooney Cluainin
5. Stephen Feeney Cluainin
6. Dermot Kennedy Gort Leitrireach
7. Sean Walsh Naomh Mhuire
8. James Keane Naomh Mhuire
9. David Poniard Cluainin
10. James Glancy Naomh Mhuire
11. Clement Cunniffe Naomh Mhuire
12. Tom Cronin Naomh Mhuire
13. Vincent McDermott Naomh Mhuire
14. Breian Carroll Naomh Mhuire
15. Dana Regan Naomh Mhuire
16. Gary Hickey Cluainin
17. Shane Fitzpatrick Naomh Mhuire
18. Pauric McWeeney Naomh Mhuire
19. Kieran Maxwell Sean Ui Eislin
20. Micheal Dolan Cluainin
21. Shane Cardiff Naomh Mhuire
22. JohnÓgilhooly Gort Leitreach
23. Olcan Conway Naomh Mhuire
24. Martin Reilly Cluainin
25. Paul McKiernan Naomh Mhuire
26. Conor Daly Naomh Mhuire
27. Rossa O?Snodaigh Cluainin

Manager: KevinÓglancy
Micheal Dolan
Bernard Murray
Paddy Phelan



07-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle

Nicky Rackard Cup

There are 3 Groups in the Nicky Rackard Cup with Leitrim hurlers inÓgroup B.

[b]Group B ? [/b]

June 10:
Cavan v Armagh,
[b]Leitrim v Louth[/b]

June 24:
Louth v Cavan,
[b]Armagh v Leitrim[/b]

July 8::
Louth v Armagh,
[b]Cavan v Leitrim[/b]

Groups A and C are as follows:

Group A ? June 10:
Fermanagh v Tyrone, Donegal v Sligo;
June 24: Sligo v Fermanagh, Tyrone v Donegal;
July 8: Sligo v Tyrone, Fermanagh v Donegal.

Group C ? June 10:
Derry v Longford (if Derry are involved in Ulster SHC final thenÓgame will be played on June 17),
Warwickshire v Monaghan;
June 24: Monaghan v Derry, Longford v Warwickshire; July 8: Monaghan v Longford, Warwickshire v Derry.

Quarter-finals: 15th & 22nd July

Semi-finals: 29th July

Final: 13th August



30-Mar-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

National Hurling League – Div 3A

Monaghan 2-8 Leitrim 0-10

They say that goals winÓgames, and never was this adage more true than on Sunday last when Leitrim lost out by four points to Monaghan. The story of the game could be summed up by saying that Monaghan took the two goal chances they got where as Leitrim didn?t.

Throughout the course of the game Leitrim had three decent goal chances, but none were taken and this was to prove costly in the end. MonaghanÓgot their first goal ten minutes before half time. At this stage the game was delicately poised with Leitrim leading by 0-5 to 0-4. A long free into the Leitrim goalmouth wasn?t properly cleared and Monaghan?s David Connolly pounced to pull on the loose ball to the net.

Earlier Leitrim had taken the lead with points by Clement Cunniffe (frees) and a neat Ciaran Maxwell point from play. The goal however put Monaghan into a lead they never subsequently relinquished. At half time Leitrim went in trailing by 0-6 to 1-5.

The start of the second half soon saw Leitrim back on level terms, with points from a Clement Cunniffe free and great score on the run from midfielder James Glancy. Try as they might though, Leitrim couldn?t get back into the lead and Monaghan regained the lead mainly through frees from Walsh. Leitrim were unfortunate with some Scóring attempts midway through the half when one Cunniffe free hit the post and went wide, while another rasper hit the crossbar. A goal at that stage for Leitrim could have changed the game, but it was Monaghan who got the vital goal.

Ten minutes from time the game was decided when the Leitrim defense again failed to deal with a harmless Monaghan attack, and an easy chance was presented to O?Byrne to score from close range. Monaghan defended strongly to the finish and held out for a four point victory on a final score of 2-8 to 0-10.

Following a good result against Louth the previous week, Leitrim will be disappointed with this defeat in a game that they had a decent chance of winning. In the end though, any hopes of getting in a commanding position in this tight game were dashed by the concession of relatively soft goals. One could not fault the attitude and efforts of the players, and as this is a very youthful squad the experience of this game will prove valuable inÓgames to come.

Team: Alan O?Shea, Vinny McDermott, Niall Glancy, Dermot Kennedy, Stephen Feeney, James Keane, Shane Cardiff, James Glancy, David Poniard (Capt), Tom Cronin, Clement Cunniffe, Philly McGuinness, Ciaran Maxwell, Val Cronin, Gary Hickey. Subs: JohnÓgilhooly, Padraig McWeeney, Paul McKiernan, Micheal Dolan and Aidan Rooney.



28-Feb-06 by

While the footballers have some time off until their game against London the county action continues as our Senior hurlers take to the field this Sunday afternoon in P?irc Se?n Mac Diarmada at 2:30pm. This outing is against Louth in the first round of the Division 3A Allianz National Hurling league.

The team and mentors have been busy preparing for the league and have played recent challenge games against local counties Cavan and Fermanagh.

The team is mainly made up of last years panel however some new faces are on the scene mostly from Manorhamilton Hurling Club.

Other teams in Leitrim?s group include:
Monaghan, Sligo and Donegal



16-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle

Connacht GAA chiefs have introduced a ?Golden score? rule for the Ireland West Hurling Cup, which begins this Saturday with all four quarter-finals up for decision.

The Connacht Council has made history with the introduction of the new rule – extra-time will be played in the event of a draw, but if there is still parity at the conclusion of added-time then the game will be won by the team that scores first in the next period of play.

?The tie will be won by the team that gets the next score, regardless whether it is a goal or a point,? said Connacht council secretary John Prenty.

The change in the rulebook has been introduced to ensure the competition keeps to its schedule, particularly as the final, in London, is penned in for February 4th, just two weeks before the NHL begins.

GMIT meet a Galway Development side called the Maroon Stars at Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Elsewhere, Roscommon travel to Ballinode to take on Sligo IT, Mayo clash with Sligo at Ballina and in Ballinamore Leitrim face NUIG.



11-Jan-06 by

Leitrim’s Senior hurlers extended their recent run of good form when they beat Louth in an entertaining Division 3 Group 1 meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday. Leitrim centre-half forward, Clement Cunniffe was outstanding, Scóring seven points in total.

Leitrim: H. Phelan, V. McDermott, V. Cronin, K. Glancy, J. Glancy, S. Dorrigan, F. McKiernan, F. Carroll (0-1), J. Keane, B. Carroll, C. Cunniffe (0-7, 4f, 1 ’65’), M. Poinard, D. Regan(0-1), A. O’Shea (0-4, 2f), D. O’Grady. Subs: T. McLoughlin for Poinard, M. McKeon for O’Grady, M. Coles for Regan.

Louth: P. Doherty, G. Hoey, D. McCarthy, J. Kennedy, K. Kirk, A. Myers, S. Darcy, E. Quigley (0-1, 1f), M. Boland (0-6, 5f), D. Byrne, T. Hilliard, D. Mulholland, N. McEneaney (0-1), P. Murphy (0-1), B. Corbett. Subs: T. Corcoran for Murphy, J. Carter for Corbett.



12-Apr-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim’s senior hurlers continued to build on their recent run of form when they defeated Donegal by 0-6 to 0-5 in Ballybofey, thereby extending their unbeaten streak to three games. They have moved into second place in the Division 3A table and their final game against Armagh next weekend will decide their fate.



15-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly