Masonite Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Round 1
Carrigallen v Aughnasheelin
Venue: Ballinamore Date: 26.07.09 Throw-in: 3:30pm
Final Score: 1-10 / 0-06
Carrigallen register opening day victory
by Philip Rooney, Leitrim Observer
Fresh from their impressive victory in the division two final, Carrigallen got their Senior Championship campaign off to an winning start against last year's intermediate championship winners, Aughnasheelin.
In difficult conditions, which included several torrential downpours and a strong wind which Aughnasheelin had the advantage of in the opening half, Carrigallen proved too strong for their opponents. Carrigallen had impressive performances all over the pitch from goalkeeper Enda Lyons to the evergreen Andrew McManus who tormented the Aughnasheelin defence for the duration of the game, while Ciaran Flynn was very effective as the focal point of the Carrigallen attack.
County men Gary Reynolds and Barry McWeeney had an interesting duel which and while McWeeney was dismissed in the 55th minute for a second yellow card, this could not be considered a factor in Aughnasheelin's defeat. Ciaran Flynn played a large part in the opening two scores of the. He converted a second minute free, which he himself had won and also won the free after a very strong run which resulted in Benny O'Rourke scoring Carrigallen's second point. While Carrigallen made a strong start playing in to the wind, Aughnasheelin were certainly not intimidated and were keen to prove that they were able to compete at this level.
Having seen efforts blocked, drop short and go wide, Aughnasheelin scored their opening point in the 14th minute, but were it not for an outstanding Enda Lyons save they would have been celebrating a goal. Gavin Sammon picked out Brendan Mulvey and he instinctively blasted a shot goalwards. It could be argued the shot was at a nice height for Lyons, but such was the power in the shot he had to ensure he got a strong hand to the ball to ensure he was able to turn the ball over the bar. The greasy conditions weren't always conducive to free flowing football as both sides cancelled each other out with a pointed free apiece over the next seven minutes.
Aughnasheelin levelled the contest at three points apiece when Gavin Sammon pointed three minutes before the interval and would no doubt have been very happy with how the game was unfolding. Unfortunately for Aughnasheelin, in those remaining minutes Carrigallen more than doubled their score as they struck for a goal and a point to give themselves a slender lead to protect. Under pressure Benny O'Rourke got his pass off to Andrew McManus at the second attempt and from close range McManus duly found the Aughnasheelin goal. On the stroke of half time, Eamon Dolan pointed to open up a four point lead for Carrigallen.
While a four point lead is far from comprehensive, three unanswered points in the opening 11 minutes of the second half meant Aughnasheelin's task was now much more challenging. Carrigallen's opening score of the half, was arguably one of the scores of the game and perhaps could have resulted in a goal. A quick passing move culminated in Ciaran Flynn and Eamon Dolan linking up. Andrew McManus's run left him free of the attention of the Aughnasheelin defence and when Dolan picked him out it seemed initially as though he was going to shoot for goal. However, showing his experience McManus calmly dispatched the ball over the bar. The next score was expertly finished by Terence Reynolds, but surely they would have been concerns among the Aughnasheelin contingent at how easily Martin Dolan was able to claim possession in the build-up to the score. Benny O’Rourke stretched the Carrigallen lead to seven points when he pointed and it was beginning to look as though the result was now a mere formality.
However, Aughnasheelin had no intentions of lying down and making life any easier for Carrigallen and this was illustrated when Brendan Mulvey scored a fine individual effort. This prompted something of a revival from the Aughnasheelin men and when Gavin McWeeney pointed, there was a growing feeling that if Aughnasheelin could score a goal they would be well and truly back in the contest. The mini-revival was ended when Andrew McManus scored a fine individual point and while Aughnasheelin benefited from Carrigallen’s indiscipline to have a free brought forward to a very kickable position, which Barry McWeeney converted, it was becoming increasingly obvious that Aughnasheelin’s hopes rested on whether or not they could score a goal.
Eamon Dolan pointed for Carrigallen to hand his side the cushion of a six point lead with just eight minutes remaining and when Martin Dolan slotted a free between the uprights it looked as though an end had finally been put to Aughnasheelin’s challenge. The late dismissal of Barry McWeeney had little bearing on the final outcome as neither side managed to register an additional score. Carrigallen will be pleased with the victory, but with Bornacoola also in this group Aughnasheelin know what is required of them in their next outing and that victory is essential if they are to progress.
Enda Lyons, Barry Reilly, David Flynn, Karl Ward, Terence Reynolds (0-1), Noel Doonan, Ciaran Reilly, Gary Reynolds, Cliff Richardson, Martin Dolan (0-1), Owen Ward, Andrew McManus (1-2), Benny O’Rourke (0-3), Ciaran Flynn (0-1), Eamon Dolan (0-2). Subs: JP McManus for C Reilly (HT), Mark Kerrigan for C Flynn (47 mins).
Sean Mahon, Paul earley, Gabriel Power, Paddy McManus, Sean Mcweeney, Michael Creamer, Wayne Gilgunn, Fergal McManus, Gavin McWeeney (0-1), Vincie Mulvey, Barry Mcweeney, Gavin Sammon (0-1), Keith Boyle, Cathal Egan (0-2), Brendan Mulvey (0-2). Subs: Tommy Tubman for P McManus (HT), Joe McGirl for Boyle (45 mins).
Referee: Frank Flynn
Last Updated: March 27, 2012