Photos Courtesy of The Leitrim Observer
Fr Manning U-16 Football Tournament Plate Final
Louth 4-9 Leitrim 1-12
Led by the outstanding Daire Nally Louth claimed victory over Leitrim in the Fr Manning Plate final in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on saturday morning.
Louth got off to a quick start with Cathal Fleming overcoming two fouls to point on the run on three minutes, Daire Nally immediately following up with a point. Leitrim’s account was opened by Caolan Clancy as he pounced on a poor Louth clearance but Nally immediately punished a foul on Micheal Begley with a free.
Jamie Quinn replied with a Leitrim free but Louth took control when Daire Nally twice dispossessed Leitrim players trying to gather the ball, two quick passes later with Conor Faulkner involved and Jonathan Commins hammered the ball to the net from close range.
Leitrim almost grabbed an instant response when Caolan Clancy played a clever one-two from a free but his low shot hammered off the post and was cleared.
Leitrim were enjoying a good spell and despite a point from Nally, four points from Tom Prior (2), an Oisin Bohan free and Clancy left just a point between the sides with four minutes of the half left.
Louth, however, were threatening and it took a last gasp block to deny Sean Healy a goal. The goal, however, did arrive just seconds into added time at the end of the first period, the impressive Daire Nally setting up the equally impressive Ryan Walsh for a great goal.
That left Louth 2-4 to 0-6 in front at the break and a walsh free quickly extended the gap, although an Oisin Bohan free for Leitrim negated that advance. The game was as good as over just two minutes into the second half when a remarkable goal from Craig Lennon saw him solo, under pressure the entire time, from the halfway line before hammering the ball to the Leitrim net.
James Harper took note on the other side and a solo from his own half ended up the half-back pointing. Diarmuid Kelleher replied for Leitrim with a good point but Louth pulled well clear with points from Ryan Walsh, Ruairi Hannon and Craig Lennon with only a Tom Prior score in response for Leitrim.
Leitrim keeper Sean Reynolds made a good save to deny Louth sub Eoghan Ryan but Louth completed their scoring when Leitrim lost the ball in the middle of the park, a long ball into space found Sean Healy and he finished with ease.
With Louth now well ahead and on the road to victory, Leitrim finished with a flurry with 1-3 in the closing minutes, Jamie Quinn putting over two frees, Caolan Clancy pointing and also scored a consolation goal over four minutes into added time.
Team & Scorers
Louth Scorers: Ryan Walsh 1-2, 1f; Craig Lennon 1-1; Daire Nally 0-3, 1f; Sean Healy & Jonathan Commins 1-0 each; James Harper, Ruairi Hanlon, Cathal Fleming 0-1 each
Louth Team: Cian Rogan, Jamie Winters, Finbarr Lynch, Nathan Buckley, James Harper, Ruairi Hanlon, Cathal Fleming, Ryan Walsh, Joe Mee, Craig Lennon, Daire Nally, Conor Faulkner, Micheal Begley, Sean Healy, Jonathan Commins. Subs: Paul McEvoy for Winters (21), Eoghan Ryan for Commins (HT), Adam Harper for Begley (40), Gabriel Bell for Faulkner (43), Conor Quigley for Lennon (53), James McGillick for Mee (58)
Rest of the squad: Martin McEneaney (St Patricks), Caolán McCabe (Dundalk Young Irelanders), Rian Aikpitanyi (Dreadnots), Patrick Johnston (Cooley Kickhams), Padraig Duffy (St Patricks), Jay Crawley (Ardee St Marys), Ewan McEnteggart (Kilkerley Emmets), Craig Callan (Clan na Gael), Bobby Butterly (Stabannon Parnells), Gerard White (Cooley Kickhams), TJ Doheny (St Kevins), Adam Fee (Roche Emmets), Joe Gordon (Naomh Máirtín), Aaron McDonnell (Dreadnots), Darragh McCoy (Ardee St Marys), Joseph Connor (St Patricks), Andrew Lennon (St Mochtas), Tiernan Corrigan (Ardee St Marys), Aaron McArdle (Kilkerley Emmets). Ben Goss-Kieran (St Mochtas), Tom Jackson (Ardee St Marys), Conor McGowan (Geraldines), Conor Soraghan (Geraldines)
Leitrim Scorers: Caolan Clancy 1-3; Tom Prior & Jamie Quinn (3f) 0-3 each; Oisin Bohan 0-2, 2f; Diarmuid Kelleher 0-1
Leitrim Team: Sean Reynolds; Tom McKeon, Donal Casey, Shane McGloin; Niall Keegan, Eoin McLoughlin, Francis McGovern; Jack Hughes, Colin Moran; Daniel Maguire, Caolan Clancy, Tom Prior; Oisin Bohan, Jamie Quinn, Diarmuid Kellegher. Subs: Shafik Oubihi for Maguire (35), Oisin Niblock for Hughes (38), Francis Shanley for McLoughlin (45), Conal McGovern for McGovern (52), Peter Connolly for Bohan (56)
Referee: David Tiernan (Longford)