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Leitrim Senior Football Championship 2010
Group 4

R1
Carrigallen v Cloone
R2 Carrigallen Bye
R3 Carrigallen v Kiltubrid

QF Carrigallen v Glencar Manorhamilton
 
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Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Round 1

Carrigallen v Cloone

Venue: Ballinamore Date: 24.07.2010 Throw-in: 6:00pm

Final Score: 1-14 / 1-09
 
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Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Round 2

Carrigallen V Kiltubrid

Venue: Pairc Sean Date: 07.08.2010 Throw-in: 6:00pm

Final Score: 0-09 / 0-10
 
14-man Kiltubrid take top spot as Carrigallen flop

14-man Kiltubrid showed true grit and determination to steal victory from Carrigallen in Pairc Sean on Saturday evening with Gearoid Foley popping up in the second minute of injury time to fire over a dramatic winner in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship. Victory looked unlikely when Carrigallen equalised with eight minutes remaining but three bad wides left the door open for the 2006 county champions who worked tigerishly from the time Shane Foley received a straight red card for a retaliatory strike on Ciaran Flynn on 35 minutes.

Kiltubrid had been good value for the 0-6 to 0-4 lead they held at the time of the sending off and indeed managed to extend their lead to three points but Carrigallen piled on the pressure, equalising with eight minutes to play and looked the likely winners. But try as they might, last year's beaten finalists couldn't turn their domination into the winning score, and they would be made to pay.

Kiltubrid barely had possession inside the Carrigallen half for the final ten minutes of the game when James Gill worked hard on the old stand side to win a 50:50 ball and send it to the edge of the square where, for once, David Flynn was beaten. Gearoid Foley's take was akin to Seamus Darby's for Offaly against Kerry in the famous 1982 All Ireland final but instead of rattling the back of the net Foley drove the ball high over the bar to seal a famous win. The end result means Carrigallen will now face Manorhamilton in a rematch of last year's final while Kiltubrid, who have defied their dreadful league form, will play St. Mary's in their quarter-final.

The opening quarter of the match highlighted all that ails Leitrim football at the moment with both teams managing just a point apiece in this period, Niall Foley for Kiltubrid and Ciaran Flynn for Carrigallen, despite the game being quite open and free-flowing. A Charles McGuinness free edged Carrigallen ahead before a cynical tackle by Emmet Lee on Eoin Ward, who had broken the last line of defence, earned the Kiltubrid man a yellow card but Flynn's free hit the upright and went wide.

Having struggled to find their rhythm, a fine Conor Doherty point against the run of play on 20 minutes saw Kiltubrid open a gap as they hit three more points without response from James Gill, Enda McKeon and Gill again, this time a free. A Shane Foley foul on Ward, brought forward for dissent, saw Flynn reduce the gap to two with two minutes of normal time still to play. However, a tremendous point from Foley more than made up for his earlier digression as he broke from defence to fire over the score of the game from just inside the Carrigallen '45. Carrigallen's fifth and sixth wide of the half meant Dominic Corrigan's men trailed at half-time by 0-3 to 0-6. Carrigallen introduced Terence Reynolds and Eamon O'Malley at half-time and they hit they first score of the period when David Flynn intercepted a James Gill cross-field ball to race from defence and set up Ward. What should have been the turning point of the game came in the 35th minutes when Shane Foley received his marching orders.

The influential centre back seemed to strike Ciaran Flynn, who blocked his run from defence, leaving referee Gerry Spellman with no option but to issue a red card. To make matters worse, Flynn fired the resulting free over the bar leaving just a point between the teams, 0-5 to 0-6. Another bad Carrigallen wide was punished by Kiltubrid as Dara McKiernan hit a 30m free before Fergal Meehan stole forward for an inspirational point after some good work by Enda McKeon. The ever-young Andrew McManus
scored a trademark point from a tight angle off his left boot but again 14-man Kiltubrid responded with a James Gill free.

Sub Benny O’Rourke followed up a Ciaran Flynn point with two frees of his own to level matters at 0-9 apiece with eight still to play. Ciaran Flynn had the perfect opportunity to seal the win for Carrigallen after some great build up play by Doonan and O’Rourke put him in on goal by his effort crashed against the crossbar. Carrigallen had the chances to win the game but three wides left the door open for Kiltubrid and Foley duly walked through it to seal a great win.

Kiltubrid
Noel Gill; Johnny McGovern, Michael McGirl, Emmet Lee; Aidan Bohan, Shane Foley (0-1), Fergal Meehan (0-1); Karl Scollan, Niall Foley (0-1); Conor Doherty (0-1), James Gill (0-3), Enda McKeon (0-1); Mickey Earley, Dara McKiernan (0-1), Gearoid Foley (0-1). Subs: Eamon Geoghegan (HT); Aidan McKiernan for C Doherty (38 mins).

Carrigallen
Enda Lyons; Liam O’Rourke, David Flynn, Karl Ward; Austin McMorrow, Gary Reynolds, Derek Reilly; Clifford Richardson, Gary Reilly; Killian Ward, Kevin Davey, Eoin Ward (0-1); Andrew McManus (0-1); Ciaran Flynn (0-4), Charles McGuinness (0-1). Subs: Barry Reilly for A. McMorrow and Noel Doonan for K Davey (24 mins); Terence Reynolds for Derek Reilly and Eamon O’Malley for Killian Ward (HT); Benny O’Rourke (0-2) for Gary Reilly (45 mins).

Referee: Gerry Spellman.
 
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Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Quarter Final

Carrigallen V Glencar Manorhamilton

Venue: Pairc Sean Date: 21.08.2010 Throw-in: 7:15pm

Final Score: 0-09 / 1-10
 
Champions march on as Carrigallen fade away

Champions aren't just measured by their titles but on the way they react to adversity and Glencar/Manorhamilton showed they are on course to retain their Connacht Gold Senior Championship title after they brushed aside the challenge of Carrigallen last Saturday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

The score-line may suggest a tight encounter and with ten minutes of the second half gone, Carrigallen drew level thanks to yet another Ciaran Flynn point amidst great cheers and increasing excitement that we were going to have a game that went down to the wire. Instead, what we got was the champions reacting like champions.

Glencar/Manor upped their intensity all around the field, out-scoring last year's defeated County finalists by five points to one and shutting down what had been an aggressive and dangerous looking Carrigallen attack with some ease. Equally important was the manner in which Glencar/Manor did it and it wasn't the expected stars like James Glancy or Adrian Croal, who had a quiet night by their standards, who drove them on.

Rather it was the likes of Colin Ryan who harried and hassled Carrigallen players in what seemed like every sector, linking his defence and attack and pinning Carrigallen back time and time again as they tried to set up attacks during the closing minutes. Sub Anthony McDonald added pace and power, his ferocious work-rate adding to the already hard working Aaron Hickey, James Gilmartin and Darren Sweeney, the County man who was particularly influential in the middle of the field, driving forward at every opportunity and adding real power to the attack. In defence, the champions had some early worries with Noel Doonan & Ciaran Flynn causing real problems every time they got the ball, necessitating the early introduction of Adrian O'Flynn. But once Paddy Maguire got to grips with Flynn and the rest of the Manor defence started to swarm all over Carrigallen's forwards, the scoring dried up.

Carrigallen adopted an aggressive approach, really ripping into Glencar/Manor in the first half but once Manor started to spray the ball around, Carrigallen seemed to run out of steam. Gary Reynolds worked his socks off in defence, as did all his team-mates, and the incredible work-rate all over the field for the opening 40 minutes may have contributed to their fading from the game in the last 20 minutes as much as Manor's ability to up their game. While they have yet to hit full-stride, Glencar/Manor will be hard beaten in this kind of form and they will get the chance to run the rule over their opponents for the semi-final when Mohill and Bornacoola meet in the replay next weekend.

Carrigallen thought they had got off to a good start thanks to a great Ciaran Flynn free from the left sideline but the good work was undone in sloppy fashion two minutes later. Initially it didn't look that way when James Glancy's free from the left sideline dropped short. However, the Carrigallen defence allowed the ball drop and James Gilmartin rushed in, managing to divert the ball to the side netting of the Carrigallen goal.

Carrigallen were rocked but were obviously up for the game, tackling tigerishly and perhaps a few times a little late but Noel Doonan made a great catch and turned to score on seven minutes. Glencar/Manor responded with a Gerry Hickey free, awarded after a foul on James Glancy. Despite a J.P. McManus yellow card, Carrigallen carried the fight to Manor and Eamon O'Malley put a monster 55-yard free over the crossbar and Ciaran Flynn tied the scores with a free after a David Poniard foul on Noel Doonan.

That score prompted Glencar/Manor's management to act with Adrian O'Flynn replacing Poniard and it paid immediate dividends as Paddy Maguire started to dominate Ciaran Flynn. Aaron Hickey then swept over a 50-yard free from the centre of the field after a foul on Darren Sweeney. James Glancy put a free badly wide but with five minutes of the half left, Darren Sweeney dodged past a tackle and drove the ball over the bar to open up a two point lead.

However, Carrigallen came back with another massive 55-yard free from Ciaran Flynn with two minutes of the half wide as Glencar/Manor missed two late chances, Glancy hitting badly wide while Dominic Kelly also missed the target after Glancy fisted the ball across the face of the goal, leaving the halftime score at 1-3 to 0-5 in favour of the champions at the break. Glencar/Manor came out with all guns blazing in the second half and within 70 seconds had too points on the board. Adrian Croal whipped over a point after just 15 seconds before Darren Sweeney's run and excellent pass set up James Glancy for an equally excellent score on the turn.

Unfortunately for Manor, they then mis-placed their shooting radar as Colin Ryan & Brian McDonald missed chances while McDonald blazed a glorious goal chance wide of the right hand post after being played in behind the Carrigallen defence with only Enda Lyons to beat. Carrigallen seemed to take heart from their close shave and Ciaran Flynn chipped over nicely on six minutes before Eamon O'Malley followed up with a fine point from the right hand corner two minutes later. And the comeback as complete a minute later when a high ball came to Ciaran Flynn who held off his man, moved into space and fired over the bar to tie the scores. Momentum seemed to be with Carrigallen but, incredibly, they would only score once more, in injury time, for the rest of the game.

Manor's James Glancy saw a shot fall into Enda Lyons' hands after a defender got a partial block on a shot but Glancy edged the champions back in front from a free, Gary Reynolds going into the book for a flick at Aaron Hickey. Sub Anthony McDonald was introduced on 44 minutes and the hard working half-forward had a profound impact on the game, his intense work-rate starting to cause turn-overs in the Carrigallen defence. A turn-over led to Manor's next score, Darren Sweeney driving through after an interception to point on 16 minutes as Carrigallen's Ciaran Flynn hit a wide. Glencar/Manor's lead increased to a goal with ten minutes to go when Aaron Hickey launched a massive free deep into the Carrigallen defence. Incredibly, Adrian Croal was virtually alone as he fielded the ball and swept the ball over the bar.

Glencar/Manor seemed to make sure of the victory with less than three minutes to go when Paddy Maguire intercepted a Carrigallen attack. The ball was worked out to Ronan McGourty on the right side-line and he launched the ball far over to the left hand wing when Aaron Hickey was charging forward unmarked. Hickey soloed in to point and the heat seemed to be taken from the contest when James Glancy put over a free less than a minute later. Carrigallen knew they had to look for goals but with Glencar/Manor clogging up the area in front of their goal, all they could manage was an injury time Ciaran Flynn free as the champions continued to march on.

Glencar/Manorhamilton
Gary Hickey, Thomas McDonald, Anthony McDonald, Paddy Maguire, Dominic Kelly, Kieran O'Flynn, Shane Loughlin, Aaron Hickey (0-2), Darren Sweeney (0-2), Colin Ryan, James Gilmartin (1-0), Gerry Hickey (0-1), Adrian Croal (0-2), James Glancy (0-3), Brian McDonald. Subs: Adrian O'Flynn for Poniard (17 mins), Anthony McDonald for Gerry Hickey (44 mins), Ronan McGourty for Gilmartin (55 mins), Shane Kerrigan for Kelly (60 mins).

Carrigallen
Enda Lyons, Karl Ward, David Flynn, Barry Reilly, Terence Reynolds, Gary Reynolds, Derek Reilly, Clifford Richardson, Gary Reilly, Eoin Ward, J.P. McManus, Eamon O'Malley (0-2), Noel Doonan (0-1), Ciaran Flynn (0-6), Andrew McManus. Subs: Charles McGuinness for J.P. McManus (47 mins), Kevin Davey for G. Reilly (50 mins), Benny O'Rourke for E. Ward (53 mins), Martin Dolan for Richardson (58 mins).

Referee: Seamus Mulhern.
 
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