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I can't see that happening! I hope Eslin win now as then relegaion final can take place. Not much good to either Aughawillian or Bornacoola if the stay just by deflaut.

Villatown (Leitrim) - Posts: 892 - 09/09/2013 13:22:25    1478211

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10 games watched between senior and Intermediate Championship including all games this weekend. The standard is poor being very honest, teams have a lot of poor players on their teams, devoid of some of the basic skills at a good speed. I know some games I saw were in poor weather so allowances were made for those put 7 games were in good conditions and simple scores being missed, over hit passes and bad first touch was the norm. Jimmy Guckian 35 years old has been the best player I have watched so far, and Manorhamilton the most unlucky, as the sending off of Hickey impacted them greatly, if it was correct it means all games I have viewed should have ended up 12 against 12 if referees applied the same criteria in every game.

bananapublican (Leitrim) - Posts: 862 - 09/09/2013 13:36:47    1478231

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I agree with you there villatown

There is no harm in going down to regroup and it would build a fight in a new young team to get back up

Atleast then they could say they won intermediate and deserved to play senior

If eslin win intermediate they will play senior next year and if they do hopefully it will draw a few players back into the club

Good luck to them in the final the entire county is supporting them

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 09/09/2013 13:40:50    1478238

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Was at both Senior Semi Finals on Saturday. The St.Mary's Carrigallen match was a complete mismatch. Carrigallen had absolutely nothing upfront to even challenge a St.Mary's defence that struggled against Melvin Gaels in both games. Gary Reynolds was anonymous as well. He has been poor for Leitrim too, But hopefully next year he might be back to his old self. For Carrick The old reliables of the two Lowes, James Glancy the 2 Mc Weeneys and Jonathan Cassidy were all excellent for them.
Mohill were very impressive in the first half of their Game against Gortleterragh and but for some bad shot selection they would've been much further ahead. The midfield duo of Gallagher and Shane Quinn were outstanding and their pace and mobility with have an all be it much taller Carrick midfield worried. Up front I thought bar Alan Mc Loughlin and John Mulligan, most of the starting Mohill forwards were ineffective. Ronan Kennedy saved them with his cameo off the bench and you would have to think he'll start the Final with his history of destroying Carrick in previous years. As well as stalwart Michael Mc Guinness. Eanna Madden looks a very tough prospect for whoever he marks in the final.I think Gortleteragh will look back at the game as a chance lost, They were woeful in the first half, But look a physically strong team with lots of pace, who will challenge for senior championships over the next 5 years.

With their greater mobility around midfield and have knocked out both Manor and Gortleteragh Mohill will start the final as favourties. If the likes of Tighe, John Mc Guinness, Donal Flynn and Colm Beire fire up front as well as Mc Loughlin and Mulligan, Carrick will be in serious trouble. On the other side Robbie Lowe, Jimmy Guckian and Joe O'Rourke are the key men up front for carrick, And particularily if Robbie Lowe gets enough ball he could destroy the Mohill full back line single handedly.

When you see how poor the North Leitrim players on the county have been like B.B Brennan, Croal, Colin Clarke and Mc Donald from Manorhamilton surely going forward the likes of Connor Farrell, Joe O'Roueke, Michael and Nicholas Mc Weeney from Carrick, Shane Quinn, Madden, Alan Mc Loughlin and John Mulligan from Mohill and that Woods and Gallagher fellows from Gortleterragh would be better options

mickyquinn (Leitrim) - Posts: 67 - 09/09/2013 17:34:28    1478616

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Well said mickey Quinn

A good clear report on the games

I think Mary's will cross the line in a tight hard fought senior county final

Im backing eslin in the intermediate they have nothing to loose

A great achievement for a small club struggling with numbers

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 10/09/2013 11:27:50    1479015

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manor will hammer eslin, can ya imagine eslin playin senior level they would be eating alive

harleys (Leitrim) - Posts: 285 - 10/09/2013 12:50:16    1479105

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I doubt it Harleys eslin was a stronghold in leitrim senior football long before manor was even heard of

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 10/09/2013 14:11:05    1479193

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agreed, eslin capable of beatin manors second string and puttin it up to teams in senior, a lot of "senior" clubs like bors drumreilly and kiltubrid not playin well and lucky to be there. bright future for eslin football if they can develop underage talent to step up

gaelsboy (Leitrim) - Posts: 185 - 10/09/2013 14:35:13    1479225

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It is great to see a team like Eslin there, thats the joy of the Championship, if a team gets a run they can go a long way, not sure about them competing at senior level though, if they keep all the Beirnes fit then maybe they can but still can't see it, look what Bmore done to them in the group stages

MouseMat (Leitrim) - Posts: 89 - 10/09/2013 14:56:09    1479256

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either could win on the day but if eslin do go up they wont stay there...only one young lad coming through who is on the manachans team but that's it!
bors,drumreilly and kiltubrid are much too strong for eslin at the minute even if some of them are rebuilding their teams!!would love to see eslin get the chance in senior though!

SLM (Leitrim) - Posts: 199 - 10/09/2013 14:59:00    1479260

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Manors second outfit will prove my point by beating eslin by 10 points and manors senior team got knocked out in the quarter finals so it will show eslin to be junior A mateial

harleys (Leitrim) - Posts: 285 - 10/09/2013 15:01:53    1479262

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Harleys
Even if manor 2nd team beat Eslin by 10 points which I don't think will come near it! Does that make dromahair, cloone, fenagh and aughavas all junior material - all the teams that they bet! ( before ya say it, I know aughavas are all ready there).
Does that make carrigallen an intermediate team because carrick hammered them?
Annaduff a intermediate team cos they got hammered by manor?
Kill turbid an intermediate team cos carrigallen hammered them (that would make them a junior team cos carrigallen are already an intermediate team from they're hammering from carrick?
Bornacoola cos of carrick?
Drumreilly cos of manor?

We wouldn't have much senior teams going by your understanding of who's the correct material!

You can't judge a team based on one match!!

skippy11 (Leitrim) - Posts: 80 - 10/09/2013 15:56:23    1479311

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Well skippy,

Carigallen are in division 2 leauge so not much above a Intermediate team, Kiltubrid and Drumreilly in relegation battles every year so there not fit to compete at senior level, what does this tell ya? Bors and willis are in the relegation final, so obviously there not fit to compete at senior level either. Willies got to a semi last year and got walked into the ground and theyre likley to go down this year but they would still beat eslin easily. Intermediate football has got poor the last few years Dromahaire and Drumkeerin havnt improved anything in my opinion they got worse thats why the likes of manor and eslin have made the final two teams that havnt improved anything really in the last 2 years but made the final this year!! I cant even mention Ballinamore im speechless what has happened a once great club???

harleys (Leitrim) - Posts: 285 - 10/09/2013 16:38:31    1479358

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Have 2 agree wit skippy standard poor. Hw r eslin gonna beat us?dey arent even top of div 3.. whereas manor 2nd team coping wel n div 2 n reli cum champ final we will hav a div 1 team wit our best team out. Reli only 3 decent senoir teams in leitrim. 1 average n d rest intermediate level!

Piratehooker (Leitrim) - Posts: 197 - 10/09/2013 17:31:58    1479440

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Anyone else think there were more relegation candidates than championship candidates in the senior this year... A lot of poor sides that would struggle to get out of intermediate if they went down... Would anyone else agree that there should be more than one team going down and one up. If it was 2 teams going from senior down to intermediate the dead weight could be shifted quicker. No offense intended to teams in relegation battle.

premiumrashers (Leitrim) - Posts: 48 - 10/09/2013 17:36:22    1479448

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Anyone else think there were more relegation candidates than championship candidates in the senior this year... A lot of poor sides that would struggle to get out of intermediate if they went down... Would anyone else agree that there should be more than one team going down and one up. If it was 2 teams going from senior down to intermediate the dead weight could be shifted quicker. No offense intended to teams in relegation battle.

premiumrashers (Leitrim) - Posts: 48 - 10/09/2013 17:37:19    1479449

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In every competition there are weaker teams! If you get rid of all those teams then you've 7 left, not much of a competetion thing! I personally think its great to see teams fighting to retain their status!! 12 months makes a hell of a difference! Take Melvin or gortletragh for example!!

skippy11 (Leitrim) - Posts: 80 - 10/09/2013 18:29:53    1479492

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Senior semi finals weren't great. St Mary's will feel its theirs to lose. Much more physical presence than mohill. Some promising players on both mohill and carrick sides. John mulligan looks a useful player up front for mohill. St Mary's wing back , mcWeeney, is a very useful looking player. Overall the games weren't great. Mohill will have to play for full game and not just first half to have a chance in final. Funniest moment of the evening was by the PA announcement to move a blue van that was causing an obstruction. No reg given out, apparently it was "the only blue van in the car park". A typical GAA moment. Hopefully the final will be a good game.

coppers.abu (Leitrim) - Posts: 89 - 10/09/2013 21:17:15    1479588

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A lot of Anti Eslin posters on.Some of yee were probably involved when the debacle with the county took place earlier. Lay off the lads and try to appreciate that a club with 17 or 18 players can make an intermediate final. Win lose or draw we are a credit.Bigger clubs with 25 to 30 players to choose from would love to be there. And thank god the Senior Championship will be either one side or the other from us.

june68 (Leitrim) - Posts: 68 - 10/09/2013 21:34:05    1479605

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We can't really start comparing League positions to where a team is in the Championship, the two nowadays are completely different with near different players lining out, I know Eslin are mid Div 3 but i'm sure they were missing the Beirnes for some of these games, just like Manor in Div 2 depends what regraded players they have on any given day, if there playing after the 1st team then they won't have a full strength team. Championship is unique that any team on its day can make it to the final, an open draw will always throw up a surprise, (senior 1/4s had the 4 best teams playing each other), and the same can be said for the relegation, Harley you say the 4 teams in Relegation are not fit to play Senior, wheres your background to this, except Drumreilly who are specialists at this stage, Kiltubrid this is only their 2nd time there, Bors have always been near the semis and the Willies were there last year, teams can have a bad year, bad group, players away etc, the teams mentioned would provide a better Senior Championship than any of the Intermediate Clubs

MouseMat (Leitrim) - Posts: 89 - 11/09/2013 10:10:53    1479711

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