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Senior Championship Final 2012

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Well the dream final is on Sunday!! Hopefully the game will live up to its billing!

Who do ye think will win?

Personally, i think whoever wins, it will be a great day for the county- A team winning 5 in a row. Or well have a new winner!

I think the "Drive for 5" craze in Manorhamilton might be a distraction for their players, While Melvin Gaels will be determined to end Manors reign!

So im tippin a hungry gaels team to pip it by a point or 2!!

LeitrimMad1 (Leitrim) - Posts: 43 - 03/10/2012 11:53:56    1277046

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I can't look past manor they have the experience of 4 previous senior county finals whereas melvin don't, also manor haven't played well yet and have a big game in them. Plus I don't think theres any worry about them not being hungry or not up for the game as the rivalary between the two will ensure manor won't want to lose this one.

inthebag (Leitrim) - Posts: 90 - 03/10/2012 13:43:35    1277157

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i think melvin gaels will have the edge sunday and are more hungry for the title

fenaghabu (Leitrim) - Posts: 4 - 03/10/2012 15:58:19    1277326

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It should be mohill v us st Mary's but I think manor will pull it by 2 points and will keep mg scoreless for the majority of the second half with their only score from frees in the second half should be a good game

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 03/10/2012 17:36:51    1277430

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Mohill?!!!

Senior Championship.........Played 5 Won 2, Lost 3..............excellent 2012 pedigree for potential county champions!

Solo Run (None) - Posts: 313 - 04/10/2012 14:52:07    1277896

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Fella part because of the click but ronan was right they will be county champs next year and possibly a couple in a row if the minors keep playing

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 04/10/2012 17:10:38    1278019

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Mohill seem to fall off as the champ enters the business end. They should be in the final most years with the group at their disposal but continue to frustrate..why is this the case? Before manors run, If u were to ask me who were the most likely of the two to become leitrim senior champions for the next four years.. I would have said mohill...

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 04/10/2012 18:14:27    1278087

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Mohill will be back eps with the minor team they have

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 04/10/2012 20:05:49    1278171

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Allstar you should know with ur bueres one swallow doesn't.. get it all down.. I doubt any of their minors will be starting in their championship team next year. But let's hope they put it up to the manors n carricks and push on.Need more top teams pushing.

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 04/10/2012 20:30:56    1278193

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Always talk about Mohill doing well every year , but always fail to show. They have the players... also have great underage players who are likely to feature in the next couple oif years.. looking forward to see how the minor final goes for them on sunday.

NoneOfThatCraic (Leitrim) - Posts: 28 - 04/10/2012 21:49:24    1278322

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Beautiful morning. Let's hope for a great game. Good luck to both teams. Both deserve to be there

ball girl (Leitrim) - Posts: 194 - 07/10/2012 11:46:29    1279382

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Leitrim Senior Championship 2012 Preview

The dream final our county board has been planning is upon us. The reigning champions Glencar-Manor who are going for a record fifth
straight championship win face their fierce neighbours Melvin Gaels, who are looking to claim their first win since the nineties.

Challengers looking to emulate

Whatever about having allegiances to their supposed adopted county, it is hard to ignore the similarities between Melvin Gaels and Donegal.They are showing an organisation, hunger and drive that has been the hallmark of the new All Ireland champions. Add to them having a Donegal man in charge and a dun na gal twang heard clear in the ears by every opposition faced, it is easy to then stereotype Melvin Gaels with their northern counterparts. However,observers should be made aware that beyond all the slagging and name calling, the most important association between the two is seen on the football field.

Melvin Gaels have been very impressive in dismantling teams throughout the year adopting a pressurising, tough style of play which requires top fitness and organisation. They have a strong spine with hard workers and players who are full of running. Their game plan is not overly defensive and led by their conductor Mulligan play a nice brand of pass and move,support play football.The Melvin Gaels momentum wave has been building ever since their intermediate domination last year. One senses a huge hunger for success is emanating in the Gaels who are surely tired from being in manors shadow. But they also have a belief (not arrogance) that they can beat their neighbours.

Champions best traits

And what about the Champions? Glencar Manor have been the dominant leitrim club for the last four years and look set to stay at the top for the foreseeable future. Why are they so successful? Many point to the poor standard in Leitrim but any team that has won four consecutive titles must have something going for them. Manor's success lies from having a greater organisation and teamwork than their opponents. Their teamwork is probably their greatest trait,their collective strength which defines the ideals of any good team. It helps that they have some fantastic players but it is their ability to buy into this thinking and play as one that has made them so consistent. It is no coincidence that their final opponents also have this mindset in abundance.

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 07/10/2012 11:54:29    1279385

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Continued
Manor will admit stuttering through this year's campaign, doing just enough in most games. Never was it more evidenced than in the semi final against Carrick, where the champions held on with a patient closing straight to just about reach their fifth final on the trot.However the manner of their resolve was impressive. This was shown in the final play of the game and offered an insight into the type of team they have become. Their mantra of patient, possession football with the emphasis on passing to the player in the better position, was demonstrated at the best possible time with their wing back kicking the winning point.

With time ticking down it would have been easy to lose focus and panic on the play. Instead the players kept with their philosophy, exchanging a trademark passing move to down the Marys challenge. This is why they are four time champions. They are all footballers who try to play the right way with an organisation, work rate and spirit that should be appreciated not envied. Other teams on the ropes would have given in but they had the confidence and self belief to weather the storm. This championship experience of staying in the match without maybe fully deserving is a powerful advantage for Manor who face probably their greatest test in their record breaking era. The worry for the challengers must be of Manor rediscovering this sort of form and no better time than in championship final against their dear neighbours.

Analysis

It will be interesting to see who will be giving the jobs of marking the main men. Paddy Maguire should be put on Mulligan to test him with a couple of runs up the field. It would make Mulligan think and could dissuade their key man. At the other end, a lot will depend on young Shane Ryan in keeping Croal quiet. If he can contain Manors top man, the Gaels will grow.They could look to employ Paul Brennan in a roving role. He is a bit confined at centre back and you'd feel he would contribute far more in an attacking sense for the mulligan heavy attack .In the round robin game the Gaels won the midfield sector. If Sweeny is back fully fit expect their midfield to give a greater showing.

The Gaels have been able to retain the same team from last year and have improved as a result. For Manor, new players and former ones such as county man Pat Gilmartin have come into the fold and ensured the team has remained as strong as ever. Their good underage work done over the years has come to bloom with the successful groups providing the base of the winning championship teams the last four years. Their strength in depth was displayed the last day with the subs making a big difference and could be the game-changer that decides the final.

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 07/10/2012 11:55:53    1279387

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Prediction

This final has the potential to be one of the best in years but could also turn into a grinding war of attrition with both sides adopting defensive tactics. It mightn't then be as pleasing on the eye but it should be an interesting contest either way. There are so many sub plots going into this game where any mistake, moment of ill discipline will alter the result.The one question lingering with Manor will be hunger. If the game is in the melting pot, will they be mentally up for the fight. You can guarantee the Gaels will be hungry to go over and above for the breaking ball, for the final block, for that last minute score. This hunger could prove to be the deciding factor in the outcome.

Observers can rest assured Manor are treating this match as the most important final since their first win in 2008.If they come through this test there can be no doubting their greatness. However this Melvin Gaels team will be hard stopped with the momentum behind them. Too used to hearing their neighbour's celebratory songs the last few Septembers, they know they are capable of breaking the cycle. Billys winning matches, one more win and the Gaels can return the favour with their own tune.

Best of luck to both teams.

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 07/10/2012 11:56:58    1279388

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I have the winner backed for the 2 finals all will be revealed when I collect my winnings

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 07/10/2012 14:43:10    1279464

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Mg by 2

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 07/10/2012 18:42:35    1279583

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