Please be advised that an allocation of tickets for clubs for the Tommy Murphy Cup final should be [b]available for collection by Club secretaries or chairpersons on this Thursday night (Aug 17th) in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon between 7-9pm[/b].

The allocation to each club will contain a number of Juvenile tickets.

[b]Patrons are advised that if they are intending to order tickets for the match they must do so only through their local Club secretary. The time and location of the distribution of tickets by clubs will be advised by the club secretary.[/b]

It is extremely important that tickets sales are managed carefully by clubs and they are advised that if this happens Leitrim County Board are confident that there should be enough tickets to satisfy the needs all of our loyal supporters.

Unsold tickets will have to be returned by Tuesday night next (Aug 22nd)at the latest in order that they may be redistributed where needed.



15-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Last night (Monday), the draw for the Junior C Championship was made and the following is the lineout of the 2006 competition:

Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher v St.Mary?s
Aughnasheelin v Gortletteragh
Eslin v Sean O?Heslin?s
Drumreilly v St. Osnat?s

Aughnasheelin or Gortletteragh v Eslin or Sean O Heslins
Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher or St. Marys v Drumreilly or St. Osnats



15-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim Ladies Notes

[b]TG4 All Ireland Quarter Final:[/b]
All roads lead to Athlone on Sunday next for Leitrim?s All Ireland Quarter Final meeting with Limerick at 3.30pm in Pairc Ciaran. The game is a double header with the Clare v Fermanagh quarter final to be played at 2.00pm. This will be a journey into the unknown for Leitrim as the teams have only met twice previously in the National League. The last meeting was six years ago when Leitrim won but both teams will have changed a lot since then. Limerick have won the Munster title in 2001 and have also contested the National League Division 3 Final three years ago. This will be a difficult assignment for Leitrim but hopefully a win can be secured to earn a semi final appearance against Cavan or Longford on 9th September. We would appeal to as many supporters as possible to make the journey to Athlone as the great support against Sligo in the Connacht Final certainly lifted the team in the crucial final quarter.

[b]Minor Championship:[/b]
Congratulations to St Josephs on winning the Minor Championship on Saturday evening last when they dramatically defeated a gallant Glencar Manor team with a goal in the dying seconds of the game. This was a very entertaining game played by two very well prepared teams.

[b]Junior B Championship:[/b]
The 2006 championship starts on Saturday evening next when Fenagh travel to Aughnasheelin to play against Aughnasheelin at 7.00pm in the first quarter final.

[b]Tommy Murphy Cup:[/b]
Congratulations to the Leitrim mens team on qualifying for the final in Croke Park on Sunday week with a great win over Carlow.



15-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan

Leitrim Ladies Minor Final

St Josephs 3-06 Glencar Manor 3-04

An incredible last five minutes decided the outcome of this absorbing minor final played in St Marys on Saturday evening when a goal from sub Sinead Cregan in the last seconds of the game broke Glencar Manor hearts to earn St Josephs the minor championship title for 2006. This was the second year in a row that Manor reached the final having lost last year after a replay with Kiltubrid. Both teams gave a great display of both attacking and defending and while each enjoyed periods of dominance, going into the final minutes it looked like Glencar Manor had done enough to add to their growing list of titles this year. However St Josephs great fightback to the final whistle earned them their first ever Minor Championship title with Creegan?s goal.

The early exchanges suggested a tight game in prospect with two evenly matched teams. St Josephs had the first two attacks of the game but Mary Poinard cleared the danger with the first while Phillipa Maguire hit a wide.The game was just four minutes old when Siobhan McCartan stepped up to take a 45. Her well struck shot dipped just under the crossbar for a goal despite the best efforts of Julie Kennedy in the Manor goals to give St Joseph?s the perfect start of a goal. Minutes later Manor had the chance to reply with another 45 but the shot tailed narrowly wide. A minute later Siobhan Feely, so influential in last weeks Junior Championship final scored Glencar Manors first point from play. A minute later Manor took the lead following a good pass from Feely to Lorriane Kelly who hit the back of the net. Manor began to enjoy a good spell of dominance at this stage and Michelle McNulty and Feely again were involved in a move that resulted in a good save by Lisa O Rourke. O Rourke was called into the action two minutes later and saved again from Natasha McEnroy. Midwat through the half Feely scored her second point, a great effort from play. However St Josephs responded immediately with a good Clare Owens pass to Carmel Monaghan but her effort onÓgoal was well saved by Kennedy who cleared the danger. Another wide was to follow by Monaghan before Phillipa Maguire hit a great effort over the bar from play. Clare Cullen and Mary Poinard made two vital interceptions to keep St Josephs from adding to their score before Maguire hit her second point from play to level the game with five minutes remaining. Glencar Manor launched another attack but McCartan dispossed Lorraine Kelly and launched a counter attack involving Maguire and eventually Monaghan who put St Josephs into the lead. Manor had a great opportunity to regain the lead with two minutes remaining following a good move involving Aisling Kerrigan, Natasha McEnroy and finally Siobhan Feely whose shot was again well saved by O?Rourke. The final action of the half resulted in another Monaghan point to leave St Josephs two points clear at the break on a scoreline of 1-04 to 1-02.

Glencar Manor had the first attack of the second half but Michelle McNulty hit her effort wide. McNulty had another opportunity two minutes later but O?Rourke was again alert to the danger. Catriona O?Hara hit another wide as Manor tried to reduce the deficit. With both defences putting severe pressure on the forwards, scores for both teams became difficult as Fionnuala Bohan, Siobhan McCartan and Elaine McGovern for St Josephs and Mary Poinard, Clare Cullen and Aisling Kerrigan for Glencar Manor closed and blocked at every opportunity. Andrea Kelly and Lorraine Moran had efforts for St Josephs wide before Monaghan increased St Jospehs lead with a fine point from play. Manor responded with a great pass from McNulty across the goal but Feely just failed to connect. But from the kickout McNulty hit another pass in to Natasha McEnroy who fisted to the net and it was game on again with fifteen minutes gone an the sides level. A minute later McEnroy was back in the action an hit a second goal with nine minutes remaining. Straight from the kickout Niamh Cleary passed to Feely who pointed from play. Feely was again in the acction a minute later when she beat three defenders to score the point of the game and Manor looked to be on the way to securing the title. However St Josephs were not finished and Clare Owens began to see more of the ball for St Josephs. She initiated a good passing move that almost resulted in a goal but the Manor defence blocked on the line. Phillipa Maguire won the clearance and Louise Maguire finished with a point to leave five between the teams. At the other end Feely was again into the action but O?Rourke saved. With two minutes remaining a great run up the field by centreback Fionnuala Bohan created problems for Manor and her pass to was finished to the net to leave the mininum between the teams. Owens was involved again almost immediately with a great run through the defence but was tackled well and her effort hit the bottom of the post and was cleared. Mary Poinard was called on to make a great catch as St Josephs came in search for an equaliser. Well into injury time now and Glencar Manor had one more attack as they tried to finish the game. A well worked move ended with Feely hitting the crossbar and from the resulting clearance St Josephs moved the ball down the field. Owens attacked down the left wing and her inch perfect pass to sub Sinead Creegan put her clear and she finished to the net with the last action of the game to earn St Joseph?s the title with two points to spare.

St Josephs: Lisa O?Rourke, Marina Gray, Elaine McGovern, Siobhan McCartan, Fionnuala Bohan, Olivia Reynolds, Phillipa Maguire, Nicola Kenny, Clare Owens Louise Maguire, Carmel Monaghan, Andrea Kelly, Danielle Smith Subs: Rachel Bohan, Sinead Creegan, Niamh Brennan, Lisa McDermott, Louise Mollaghan Lorraine Moran, Caroline O Rourke,Michelle McKiernan, Catherine Murray, Katie Moran, Aoife Williams

Glencar Manor: Julie Kennedy, Mary Poniard,Claire Cullen, Karen Connolly,Aisling Kerrigan, Catriona Ohara, Niamh Cleary, Michelle Mc Nulty, Aideen Loughlin, Mary Alice Maguire, Natasha Mc Enroy, Lorraine Kelly ,Siobhan Feely, Klara Mc Grisken Subs Eimear Killilea,Lynda Thompson, Annette Ferguson, Rhona Mc Sharry, Aisling Mitchell, Michelle O?Hagan, Jacinta Meehan.

Referee: Maeve Quinn



15-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan

There is going to be a mass exodus from Connacht on the weekend of Aug 27th especially if Mayo make the semi final as now Roscommon minors have been included in the fixture list. It ll be funÓgetting tickets !

Fixtures released from Croke Park this morning:

— Sunday, August 27th —

ESB All Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final
12.30pm Roscommon v Meath

[b]Tommy Murphy Cup Final
2.00pm Louth v Leitrim[/b]

Bank of Ireland Football Championship Semi-Final
4.00pm Dublin v Mayo/Laois



14-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Due to technical difficulties (very poor telecommunications !) we were unable to upload photos yesterday at the game. However we now have over 50 photos uploaded and I m sure they will be well viewed.

Thanks to James Molloy for recording the win and uploading the images.



14-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim booked their place in the final of the Tommy Murphy Cup on August 27th after an excellent game and well deserved victory over Carlow.

This game was moved to Birr due to the likelihood of traffic congestion in the Tullamore area, however many supporters experienced long delays as a vintage festival in Birr resulted in many detours through narrow roads. Many spectators had to park up on the opposite side of the town in order to make it in time to see any of the first half.

Leitrim lined out without John McKeon (fractured wrist) and Gary McCloskey(dental injury) and with Colin Regan reported to be suffering from a viral infection the outlook was looking bleak. Leitrims last few encounters with Carlow saw them come out with defeats and the monkey was definitely on the Leitrim backs going into this game.

Leitrim started well with a 45m free within the first 2 minutes which went wide. Carlow got off the blocks with 2 points registered within the first 7 minutes. This was to be Carlows only time to lead as Leitrims Shane Foley registered the first point. This was followed up by a fine score from Donal Brennan. Carlow tried to reply and even hit the upright as Leitrim backs were kept busy. Noel Doonan who had an impressive game at midfield scored to put Leitrim ahead and then Ciaran Duignan registered his first point. Carlow replied with a point from Walsh. Leitrim went on to score 4 unanswered points before Carlow?s Alan Kelly scored 2 before half time. scoreline at halftime Leitrim 0-8 Carlow 0-5. Leitrim had a 3 point advantage but looked the better team.

The second half Leitrim started well and with the assistance of the breeze really dominated this half. Points were exchanged between Colin Regan and Carlows Thomas Walsh followed by a wide from Carlow. Donal Brennan added another point, Philly McGuinness replaced Barry Prior on the Leitrim Team and Carlows Alan Kelly kicked a scoreable free wide. Ciaran Duignan scored another fine point which was followed some minutes later with a wide from James Glancy. Throughout this half Carlow were guilty of kicking the ball into the hands of a grateful Leitrim keeper Cathal McCrann. Carlow scored another point from Alan Kelly and then the hammer blow came for Carlow as Ciaran Duignan scored a goal for Leitrim in the 24th minute. Leitrim had Carlow in a very tight grip as Donal Brennan was very unfortunate not to score another goal when he chipped the keeper and hit the crossbar.

Carlow hit a wide and missed a goal chance as a goalmouth instance saw sand and dust fly everywhere and finally the ball was carried out of the Leitrim defence. Shane Foley made way for Danny Beck as we were into the last 7 minutes of the game. The pace slowed somewhat as Leitrm spent a lot of time behind the ball and making sure no last minute upsets occurred. Declan Maxwell entered the fray for James Glancy and very quickly got involved as the Carlow defence was carved open when Maxwell short passed to Donal Brennan who blasted the ball home for Leitrims second goal as the game entered injury time. Declan Maxwell got what was to be the last score of the game as he registered a point. Ciaran Duignan made way for Dara McKiernan and Leitrim made sure of the result by holding on to possession as the referee finally blew the whistle in the 38th minute.

Fulltime result – Leitrim 2-12 Carlow 0-8

It was a great Leitrim performance and very difficult to identify a man of the match as the defence were rock solid, Midfield did an excellent job against big Carlow opponents and the forwards were full of vim and vigour with loads of ideas and weren t afraid to take their chances. Overall a very promising performance. The next two weeks will be busy for supporters as the scramble for tickets begins but this Leitrim team are worth the effort as they present a threat to a flying Louth team who go in as favourites to the Tommy Murphy final.



14-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Our web team are travelling to Birr to help relay the progress of the game to Leitrim followers who cannot make it. We will have 2 services on offer – the live scores service with a summary of the action and scores as it happens and the photos section provided by James Molloy who will upload photo as often as possible during the game.

So watch out for both services which will commence on this websote at about 4pm tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile Louth have guaranteed their slot in the Tommy Murphy final in Croke Park on Aug 27th with a comprehensive 14 point win over Antrim – Louth 0-22 Antrim 0-8 earlier today at 2pm.

Hopefully Leitrim will be in a position to fill the other slot by tomorrow evening !



12-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The Junior A continues with 4 games scheduled for tomorrow in Round 2 meanwhile the Junior B Championship gets underway this weekend with 3 games scheduled for tomorrow and 1 game scheduled for next Wednesday all of the Junior B games are Quarterfinals.

It is expected that the [b]Junior C[/b] Championship draw will take place on Monday night.

The [b]Junior A[/b] – Round 2 set of games consist of:

In Bornacoola: Annaduff v Carrigallen at 7pm

In Cloone: Bornacoola v Aughawillan at 5:30pm followed by Sean O Heslins v Eslin at 7pm

In Drumshanbo: Aughavas v Drumkeerin at 5:30pm

The [b]Junior B[/b] Quarterfinals scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) consists of:

In Drumshanbo: Dromahair v Fenagh-St.Caillins at 7pm

In Pairc Sean: Glencar/Manorhamilton v St. Marys at 5:30pm
followed by Kiltubrid v Leitrim Gaels at 7pm

On Wednesday, Cloone v Annaduff in Cloone at 8:30pm



11-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The venue and time for Leitrims encounter in the Tommy Murphy Cup is changed to [b]Birr at 4pm[/b] on Sunday instead of 1pm in Tullamore.

Please leave adequate travel time in case of traffic delays if travelling through the Tullamore Area.



10-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim Ladies Notes

[b]Junior A Champions:[/b]
Congratulations to Glencar Manor who lifted the Junior A Championship cup on Sunday evening in Drumshanbo following a 4-9 to 3-6 win over Ballinaglera. It was heartbreak for Ballinaglera once again with defeat in their third successive Championship game. Leading by a single point at the break, Glencar Manor were coming under serious pressure in the second half from a determined ?Glera team. However a serious injury to midfielder Ailish Curnyn turned things once again in Manors favour and they finished strongly to claim the title. Earlier in the day Ailish had captained Cavan to a great win in the TG4 Ulster Junior Championship Final against Fermanagh. Everyone wishes Ailish well in her recovery from injury and hopefully she will be available to lead Cavan in three weeks time against Longford.

[b]Intermediate Championship:[/b]
A great second half performance and three goals from Aine Tighe saw Kiltubrid advance past Mohill and qualify for the Intermediate Championship final against Cloone on 27th August. In the final round of games played Meanwhile inÓgroup A Annaduff came from a point behind at half time to defeat Bornacoola, while Aughawillan had a narrow win over Cloone who have already qualified for the final in this group.

[b]Under 12 Championship: [/b]
It was a memorable week for Glencar Manor who also lifted the under 12 Championship with a 3.12 to 0.8 win over St Josephs. With many excellent young players showcasing their talents for both teams, the names of Ailbhe Clancy from Glencar Manor and Niamh McKiernan from St Josephs are players to remember for the future.

[b]TG4 All Ireland Championship: [/b]
All eyes were on TG4 on Sunday evening for the draw for the All Ireland quarter finals. With a strong contingent of eight teams left in the Junior Championship, Leitrim were reasonably happy with a draw against beaten Munster finalists Limerick. Ulster champions Cavan will face a local derby game against Longford, while Sligo will play Leinster champions Wexford. In the remaining game Munster champions Clare will play Fermamagh and this will be a double header with the Leitrim game at a neutral venue on Sunday week. The remaining quarter finals will be played the following week.



08-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Leitrim Ladies 9 a Side Junior League Final

Sean O Heslins 1.06 Fenagh 0.04

Sean O?Heslins regained the 9 a side Junior title they previously won in 2004 as they defeated an understrength Fenagh team in Aughavas on Saturday week last. They were first to score with a Carmel McCartin point from play after good work from Kirby Gilgunn. Gilgunn had a chance two minutes later to increase the lead but her effort went wide. Caroline McGroyy increased the lead after five minutes as O Heslins looked to build up a halftine lead playing with a strong wind. After seven minutes McCartin hit a good goal to leave Fenagh with a lot of work to do. They continued to pressurise Fenagh and Marie McGovern was called on to make two good saves. Captain Deborah Gilheaney scored a fine point to increase the lead but two wides and two goal efforts spurned gave some confidence to Fenagh. Cathy Reynolds opened Fenagh?s account with a good point from play with five minutes remaining in the half following a rare attack from the Fenagh girls. It was all Sean O Heslins in the final minutes of the half but they hit two more wides, however Fenagh had one good goal chance but Carol O?Connor saved well from Geraldine Wynne as Sean O Heslins led by 1.03 to 0.01 at half time.
With the aid of the wind in the second half Fenagh began with confidence and Clare Armstrong scored a point from play. O?Connor then made a good save in the O?Heslins goals to prevent a Fenagh goal from Armstrong. Deborah Gilheaney had a chance to reassert O?Heslins lead but hit wide. She made amends three minutes later with a fine pointed free. McGovern was called on again to make a save from McCartin while Fenagh responded with another attack and a point from Avril Goldrick. Fenagh again attacked but a great interceptoion from Maeve Murphy prevented another Fenagh goal effort. Fenagh continued to press forward and were rewarded with a fine point by Geraldine Wynne that hit the top of the crossbar. Sensing that Fenagh were beginning to get on top, O?Heslins responded to the pressure and dominated the final five minutes. Gilheaney pointed a free after she was fouled. Three wides followed for the O?Heslins girls before Gilheaney hit her fifth point in the last minute to ensure the title was going to Ballinamore.

Fenagh: Marie McGovern, Imelda Kilkenny, Adeline McWeeney, Edel Murray, Cathy Reynolds, Clare Armstrong, Davina Leydon, Mella Mullen, Geraldine Wynne. Subs: Janette Laydon, Edel Egan, Michelle Gaffney, Michelle McLoughlin. Maeve McTague.

Sean O Heslins: Carol O?Connor, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Rowena O?Rourke, Orla McWeeney, Carmel McCartin, Kate McTague, Deborah Gilheaney, Caroline McGrory, Subs: Aine Martin, Catherine Smith, Katie Duignan, Aishling Duignan, Emma Reynolds, Lauren McGrory, Clare Fanning, Laura Brennan, Ciraa O?Dowd, Sinead Flynn, Aisling Flaherty.

Ref: G Gallogly.



04-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO