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Leitrim U21 B Football Championship - Final

Carrigallen v Bornacoola

Venue: Cloone Date: 06.11.10 Throw-in: 3:30pm

Final Score: 2-10 / 1-09
Carrigallen secure first ever U-21 B title
by P.J. Leddy, Leitrim Observer

A more effective and creative Carrigallen secured their first ever Under 21 B Championship title last Saturday in Cloone over a battling Bornacoola outfit in a game where football conditions were wretched as a result of some heavy showers that fell during the game.

A 50th minute Gerard Percival goal for Carrigallen, which propelled his side into a nine points lead, put the game out of Bornacoola’s reach despite their fight back afterwards. Both sides finished this 13-a-side encounter with 12 players due to the second yellow card dismissals of Bornacoola’s Sean McKeon and Carrigallen’s Kevin Davey.

For Carrigallen, who won two Under 21 A titles as Carrigallen Harps in 1984 and 1995, the win on Saturday was sweet. The Club’s senior team, after having had promising early runs in both the league and championship this year, failed to perform to the same level in the concluding stages of these competitions. Eoin Ward was undoubtedly Carrigallen’s outstanding player - he constantly caused problems for the Bors defence with his ball winning ability, darting runs and good link up play while Ward also proved to be his side’s top marksman, hitting a 1-4 during the game.

Barry Reilly and Anthony Kenny impressed in defence while Kevin Davey and Aaron Byrne were effective at midfield. Apart from Eoin Ward, Carrigallen had also dangerous forwards in Sean McCabe and Gerard Percival. Fergal Howard stood out as Bornacoola’s most notable player, accounting for 1-6 of his side’s 1-9 total. Not far behind Howard in his level of performance for the Bors was Paul Hackett who was never far from the thick of the action at any stage. In defence, Mervyn Howard and Conor McCauley did a substantial amount of good work over the hour while Sean McKeon was the Bors most effective player up front.

Carrigallen was quickest off the mark with Pádraig Doyle and Sean McCabe hipping over points from play in the first four minutes. But Bornacoola was on level terms by the 13th minute after Fergal Howard converted a free and Paul Hackett found the target. The stalemate on the scoreboard continued for another seven minutes with Carrigallen’s Sean McCabe and Bornacoola’s Sean McKeon swapping points from play at opposite ends. Then Gerard Percival shot a 22nd minute Carrigallen that put his side into a lead they never subsequently surrendered. Almost immediately Eoin Ward fired to the Bornacoola net after executing a fine individual piece of play that caught the Bors defence napping.

Fergal Howard replied with a 24th minute point from play. Over the next five minutes, Ward and Howard traded points from play. After a Ward pass, Conor O’Neill shot over before the break to edge Carrigallen ahead by 1-6 to 0-5 at halftime. In the opening six minutes of the second half points were again exchanged by Ward and Howard. Carrigallen’s Kevin Davey was yellowed carded in the 36th minute when he kicked the ball on the ground in close proximity to a Bornacoola player while he was dismissed on a second yellow offence for a slightly robust tackle within the space of another minute. Bornacoola had a let off when Sean Percival drove a 38th minute goal chance wide. Three minutes later, keeper Stephen Smith made a good save to deny a goal bound effort from Bornacoola sub Roy Keenan.

Bornacoola were living on the edge as corner-back Mervyn Howard prevented a shot from Eoin Ward entering his side’s net while Conor O’Neill drove inches wide with a goal at his mercy. After a 12 minute spell without a score, Carrigallen surged further ahead when Sean McCabe pointed in the 48th minute. Ward added a further point in the following minute and within the space of another minute, Gerard Percival hammered home a goal that left Carrigallen nine points in front.

There was further anguish shortly afterwards for the Bornacoola men when they were reduced to 12 players after Sean McKeon received a yellow card from referee Francis Flynn for unacceptably transgressing the rules of the game. Sub Alan Croghan then initiated a mini Bornacoola fight back when he slotted over a 52nd minute point. Bornacoola closed the gap on Carrigallen to four points two minutes later when Fergal Howard rifled a shot to the net as he finished off a fine individual piece of attacking football.
But Bornacoola keeper Daniel Farrell had to be fully alert in the 57th minute to save a Gerard Percival shot that had goal written all over it. Before the end Eoin Ward, from play for Carrigallen and Fergal Howard, from a free for Bornacoola, traded a point at opposite ends.


Stephen Smith, Barry Reilly, Anthony Kenny, Liam O’Rourke, Ciarán Reilly, Conor Doonan, Kevin Davey, Aaron Byrne, Conor O’Neill (0-1), Eoin Ward (1-4), Sean McCabe (0-3), Gerard Percival (1-1), Pádraig Doyle (0-1). Subs Francis O’Rourke for Doonan (18 mins), Daniel Lyons for L. O’Rourke (42 mins), Stephen Kenny for Doyle (59 mins), David McClean for Percival (63 mins).


Daniel Farrell, Mervyn Howard, David Mulligan, Conor McCauley, Kevin Canning, Fergal Howard (1-6), Paul Hackett (0-1), Conor McWeeney, Anthony Mulligan, Sean McKeon (0-1), Declan Shanley, Alan Bohan, Niall O’Connor. Subs Roy Keenan for Bohan (HT), Bohan for Canning (43 mins), Alan Croghan (0-1) for O’Connor (49 mins).

Referee: Francis Flynn.
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