Date Time Competition Season
21 August 2021 7:00 pm Leitrim Intermediate Football Championship 2021

Match Report

McCawley seals Ballinaglera victory

Ballinaglera recorded their first win of this years championship with a win over Aughnasheelin by the narrowest of margins in Aughnasheelin last Saturday.

In what was a tight, tense encounter, it was Aaron McCawley who stepped up to fire over the winning point in injury time.

The winners were in control in the first half and after twenty two minutes, led by five points to no score, their marksmen were Ciaran Cornyn, Enda Maguire and three from Seamie McMorrow, two of them from frees.

The home side had missed a number of chances but they hit two points in as many minutes through a Fintan Fitzpatrick free and a point from play from Ben McGirl to end the first half scoring with three points between the teams.

Aughnasheelin started the second half the better with Fintan Fitzpatrick hitting three points in the first five minutes, two from frees, with Seamie McMorrow hitting a point in reply to leave just a single point between the teams.

Wayne Reynolds extended his teams advantage to two points with a fine score and when McCawley fired to the net two minutes later, it looked like game, set and match to Ballinaglera.

Another Fitzpatrick free reduced the arrears to four but it certainly looked to be Ballinagleras day when the home team were reduced to fourteen players, Richie McManus receiving a second yellow from referee Mark McCloskey, one of many yellow cards shown by the referee over the course of the game.

But with time running out, the game exploded into life when a Fitzpatrick free was fisted to the net by Conor Cullen and when Gavin Sammon levelled matters a minute later, it was there to be won by either side.

Could the home side get one more score to complete a comeback that didn’t seem likely minutes earlier or could Ballinaglera recover from the shock of losing a four point lead and go ahead again; and it was the latter, just the one more score and it came from McCawley who fired over what turned out to be the winning score.

Aughnasheelin, missing a few prominent players through injury, will be disappointed didn’t get something from the game, the winners will be happy to get the two points and increase their chance of a quarter final spot.


1Kevin McWeeney Goalkeeper
2Philip Dolan Defender
3Cormac Sammon Midfielder
4Cillian Cullen Defender
5Paul Earley Defender
6Damien Gilheaney Defender
7Richard McManus Defender
8Brendan Mulvey Midfielder
9Aaron Hoare Forward
10Conor Cullen Midfielder 58'
11Fintan Fitzpatrick Forward 24', 31', 34', 35', 42'
12Niall Gallagher Defender
13Ben McGirl Forward 25'
14Gavin Sammon Forward 59'
15Cian Sammon Forward
Christy McNulty 13 Forward
Wayne Gilgunn 8 Defender


1Conor O Brien Goalkeeper
2Barry Gilmartin Defender
3Brendan McGourty Defender
4James Mc Dowell Defender
5Ryan Crawford Defender
6Padraig Clarke Defender
7Jamie McGreal Defender
8Padraig Cornyn Midfielder
9Ciaran Cornyn Forward 5'
10Thomas Cornyn Defender
11Enda Maguire Forward 22'
12Patrick Mc Grail Defender
13Wayne Reynolds Forward 38'
14Aaron McCawley Forward 40'
15Seamie McMorrow Forward 11', 17', 19', 33'
Barry McGuire Defender
John Crawford 8 Midfielder
Frank Cornyn Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 4)
0-11 1-11
Leitrim Intermediate Football Championship
St. Hugh's Park


Mark McCloskey


Aughnasheelin, Ballinamore, Leitrim, Ireland

A former Leitrim GAA County Board secretary and public relations officer and a proud Drumkeeran clubman. Has reported extensively on club and county scene for local radio and newspaper.