The county’s Minors began their Connacht Championship campaign with a Round 1 win over Leitrim at Ballinamore this evening. Leading by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, Tomás Morley’s charges pulled away after the break to win decisively by 1-20 to 0-6.
Early points from Ethan Murphy (two), Aidan Cosgrove and Paddy Heneghan settled us well into this contest and gave us a lead we’d never subsequently relinquish. Further points – from Emmet Murphy, Paul Walsh and Rory Morrin – saw the margins between the teams widen to four points by half-time.
The points kept coming on the resumption, with a succession of scores putting the result beyond doubt well before the finish. Three frees in a row by Frank Irwin got us going nicely in the second half and then three long-range points from play followed, knocked over by Paddy Heneghan, Ronan Hughes and Owen McHale.
By now we were cruising. Three more points, two from Ray Walsh and the other from Ciaran Mylett, pushed us twelve clear before Leitrim eventually got their sixth point of the evening, from a free, with five minutes left to play.
But our lads weren’t finished yet. Frank Irwin weighed in with a goal and two further points late on, with our final point of the evening scored by Cian O’Connell to complete a seventeen-point win.
Match report – Irish Independent.
Well done to the lads. Next up for them is a Round 2 meeting with Roscommon next Friday evening, with that match fixed for James Stephens Park, Ballina (throw-in 7.30pm).
The Rossies, by the way, came from eight points down at half-time against Galway to win by 1-17 to 1-15 in the other Round 1 game played this evening (match report here). I think it’s safe to assume, then, that they’ll ask more searching questions of our lads than the ones they dealt with so well at Ballinamore this evening.