Should Leitrim & Sligo Club Champions Drop Down A Grade In Connacht Championship?

“Put the Leitrim and Sligo club champions down a level when it comes to the Connacht Championship” That is the question that has been put to the Connacht County Board due to the lack of success in the provincial series for clubs from both counties. The Connacht Championship has been dominated by clubs from Galway,…

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“Put the Leitrim and Sligo club champions down a level when it comes to the Connacht Championship”

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That is the question that has been put to the Connacht County Board due to the lack of success in the provincial series for clubs from both counties.

The Connacht Championship has been dominated by clubs from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon since it was first won in 1966.

Both Galway and Mayo have seen their clubs win the title 16 times each while Roscommon clubs have won it 14 times. St.Marys of Sligo are the only club from the Yeats county to win a Connacht title (3) but since their last win in 1983, the three other counties have dominated with Mayo (12), Galway (10) and Roscommon (10).

Leitrim have never had a club win a Connacht title and not since 1997 when Allen Gaels were beaten by Corofin of Galway (2-10 – 0-11­) has the county seen another club make the final two. 2008 was when a Sligo team last made the final.

The gap between the clubs from the two counties to the likes of Corofin, Castlebar Mitchels and St.Brigids is huge and only seems to be widening more and more each year.

When was the last time a team from Leitrim beat a club from one of them three counties at any stage if the Connacht Championship you might ask yourself?

It’s not only Senior clubs however that have been questioned but it is also Intermediate clubs that have been questioned too.

So should Senior champions from both counties be put into the Connacht Intermediate Championship and Should their Intermediate Champions be put into the Connacht Junior Championship?

Speaking to Tony Ghee on sportsbeat was Leitrim GAA Correspondent Pascal Mooney who gave his thoughts on the issue.

“I’m more and more convinced now that the reason why Leitrim club football is not doing as well as it should be is that they’re not use to playing at the highest level, they’re not use to playing Connacht provincial finals or  semi final but mostly final”

Despite the lack of appearance’s in semi finals and finals and Pascal also feels coaching as well as the mind set towards the provincial competition need to change if there is to be any joy for the clubs to enjoy or be competitive it the competition.