On Sunday last the Leitrim Ladies got their Division 3 campaign off to a great start under the new management team of Philip Brady, Darren Reilly, Sean Óg Brady and former inter-county Legend Maeve Quinn.
In their opening encounter they defeated Limerick in Ballinamore.
In a game that saw in excess of 16 substitutions, few frees and relatively low scoring it didn’t take long to decide that the new management team is keen to hit the ground running. The bench was unleashed (some repeatedly) which did affect the flow of the game at times and certainly Limerick had no answers.
Dearbhaile Beirne (Mohill) opened up the home tally with a goal after almost 5 minutes which settled the team. The Irish soccer International finished up the day with five goals to her credit which was one of most eye catching individual performances of the weekend. Leitrim are on their travels this weekend and will play Down on Sunday next.
The new Leitrim manager Philip Brady has acknowledged the contribution of Beirne in that match and is happy to have her on board for 2017.
The match against Limerick was in the balance on Sunday at Half time with a scoreline of 3-02 to 0-05 in favour of Leitrim, however another Dearbhaile Beirne goal only 2 minutes into the second half blew Limerick away and left this quite a one-sided contest.
Captain, Michelle Guckian (St Marys), was called into action rarely between the posts but, when required, prevented several very real goal threats from the Limerick forwards especially Orlaith O’Donoghue and Cathy Mee. Clare Owens (St.Josephs) had a match winning performance in the full back role while her club mates, the Heslins sisters, worked tirelessly up & down the pitch. Áine Tighe played out of position for her, mopping up around mid-field and almost covering a centre back positioning at times but still managed a point from play and converted free in the first half.
Full time score Leitrim 5-05 Limerick 0-8
All in all a positive start to build on heading to Down for round 2 in Ballykinlar Co Down next Sunday 5th Feb’17 @ 2pm. Ahead of Sunday’s match with the Ulster side, David Boland interviewed the Leitrim manager Philip Brady who was full the performance of Dearbhaile Beirne in the victory over Limerick.