Sligo players involved in New York v Leitrim
NEW York came agonisingly close to getting their historic first win of the Connacht Championship when they welcomed Leitrim to Gaelic Park in the opening round of the 2018 campaign last Sunday week.
There was a number of Sligo players involved with New York, including goalkeeper Vinny Cadden, the Coolera/Strandhill man putting in a great performance throughout the 70 minutes.
Colin Keane of St Patrick’s came on during the game, while Calry/St Joseph’s Darragh McConnon and Keane’s teammate in St Patrick’s Paul Kelly were also part of the extended panel.
The game went to extra time where the Exiles were leading and looking set for victory, Leitrim doggedly hung on, hitting four points in the final five minutes of extra time which included two in the single minute of injury time to win by a mere point in Gaelic Park, final score was New York 1-15, Leitrim 0-19. Noel Plunkett the hero for Leitrrim with the winning point in the final minute.
Leitrim, who found themselves behind by six points in the opening half with New York’s Shane Hogan, who also found the net for the game’s only goal, and Jamie Clarke among the troublemakers for the home side.
The visitors got back on track though with Emlyn Mulligan among their influential attackers along with Keith Byrne as Leitrim led by one point at the break, 1-5 to 0-9.
This game was a battle between two evenly matched teams and New York’s Daniel McKenna brought it to extra time, as the sides couldn’t be separated on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-15 after 70 minutes.
New York went three in front but Leitrim were by no means finished.
The Connacht men hit four scores without reply as the hero Plunkett was mobbed by fans at the final whistle.
Heartbreak for New York and the Sligo players involved. LATE goals from Shane Hargadon and Tom Mahon helped Enniscrone/Kilglass secure a three-point win over St Patrick’s at Dromard last Saturday evening in Division Two of the Fureys Coaches Senior Football League.
In a close encounter, St Patrick’s held the upper hand for much of the second half but a strong finish from the seasiders - with two goals in the final five minutes - gave them a win that puts them up to third in the league standings.
The winners started this contest well and went 0-3 to 0-0 up in the early stages, but St Patrick’s got off the mark with a goal from Enda Clarke after a long ball into the edge of the Enniscrone/Kilglass square.
The home side then followed with a quickfire point to take the lead, but Enniscrone/Kilglass responded well and after an excellent Michael Moyles point, Mark Gordon netted to put his team 1-5 to 1-1 ahead.
St Patrick’s finished the half stronger with three points includ-
Shane Quinn of Leitrim has a shot on goal pushed over the bar by New York goalkeeper Vinny Cadden in Gaelic