Drumkeeran v Kiltubrid

Leitrim Intermediate Previews

The knockout stages of the Leitrim IFC commences this week, with Annaduff and Allen Gaels set to enjoy their weekend off as they wait to see who they will face in the semi-finals.

Aughnasheelin v Bornacoola

Aughnasheelin come into this one reeling off last weeks upset, which saw them lose their place at the top of the table and drop out of the semi final places. They'll have to recover from that disappointment quickly to make sure they're not caught out by Bornacoola.

Bornacoola also found themselves on the losing side last week against Aughavas, so it'll be interesting to see how they respond as well. Aughnasheelin have been the form side, but as we've seen it's very hard to call any game at this level this season.

The point scoring of Fintan Fitzpatrick along with Aaron Hoare and the Cullen brothers as well as the experience of Wayne Gilgunn at full-back will make Aughnasheelin favourites. Bornacoola have been known to cause a few upsets however, having started the campaign with a win over Kiltubrid.

The battle between Cian Mallon and Hoare in midfield as well as the matchup between Damian Moran and Gilgunn will be key. Aughnasheelin goalkeeper Kevin McWeeney has been known for making some big saves, so that's another factor that could decide this one.

Ultimately, if their players perform as well as they have done all season it will be difficult for Bornacoola to stop Aughnasheelin's progression to the final four.

Drumkeeran v Kiltubrid

These sides have been inseparable this season, facing off against each other twice in the last two months in both the league and group stages of the Intermediate championship. Both of those matches ended level, but the score will be settled one way or another this Saturday.

Earlier this month, a late, contentious free kick allowed Kiltubrid to rescue a point against Drumkeeran. In terms of the group stage, Kiltubrid sealed a league final appearance in Division 3 with their last round draw with Drumkeeran.

Drumkeeran have looked to the frees of Francis Davitt, although scores from a range of sources around the field have been a trait of theirs this season. There's also a chance they'll be missing players through injury and/or suspension after a late dismissal last week.

Kiltubrid on the other and have been more reliant on one or two of their forwards to contribute most of the scoring. Barry McWeeney from frees has been impressive whilst Fionn O'Brien and Keelan McKeown have stood out too.

They'll still look to their experience, with Emmett Mahon and Michael Earley often making great cameos from the bench. At the back, Noel Gill and Shane Foley have been two of their more consistent performers.

Kiltubrid will go into this game as slight favourites but it could go either way. It's likely to simply depend on who wants it more on the day.

Aughnasheelin v Bornacoola

Aughnasheelin dismiss Bornacoola challenge

Aughnasheelin made up for the disappointment of missing out on automatic qualification for the Intermediate Semi finals when they dispatched Bornacoola easily on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-6 in Avant Money Pairc Sean MacDiarmada this afternoon.

A blistering first half performance put the game beyond doubt well before half time with their goals coming from Fintan Fitzpatrick, Brendan Mulvey and a late own Bornacoola goal.

Aughnasheelin will find out their Intermediate Semi Final opponents later this evening after the second semi final which starts shortly.

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Gortletteragh v Melvin Gaels

Leitrim Senior Championship Previews

We're truly at the business end of the Leitrim SFC this weekend, with both quarter finals and relegation playoffs set to take place this weekend in Avant Money Pairc Sean MacDiarmada

With the return of video streaming and online tickets sales this weekend we will also be continuing our live audio commentary here on FinalWhistle.ie

QUARTER FINALS

Ballinamore Sean O'Heslins v Mohill

A repeat of last years classic of a final is already in store, meaning one of these sides won't even make it back to the semi final stage. who can forget their nailbiting clash just a matter of weeks ago settled in injury time with a Tom Prior point.

Ballinamore came out on top on both occasions, but you can never write off Mohill. The loss of Dean McGovern for them will be felt, but plenty of players have stepped up in his absence.

Tom Prior, Mark McGrory, Shane Moran and Paul Moran are among said players, who will also play a big role today. On the other side, Keith Beirne and Jordan Reynolds have provided most of the scoring, but the defences will likely decide this encounter.

Oisin McCaffrey at fullback for Ballinamore and Shane Quinn at centreback for Mohill are the key players in this regard. Whoever does the better job at keeping their opposition quiet will likely decide this clash.

Seamus Gallagher and Brendan Guckian will call the action for us on www.finalwhistle.ie/live from 3:45pm

St. Mary's Kiltoghert v Aughawillan

The other quarter final is also a repeat of a match from last year’s championship, as these two sides met at the same stage last season.

The Carrick side had a straightforward win then, but matches between these two are often decided by a goal or less. An injury time roller coaster in 2020 turned around St. Mary’s fortunes that year going from relegation candidates to championship finalists in that final flurry.

Aughawillan are one of the most experienced sides in the county when it comes to championship football and this time are bound to give St. Mary's a tough game. Mary's however finished higher in the table than Aughawillan and given their form, will be expected to progress.

Carrick have relied heavily on the point scoring of midfielder Paul Keaney, whilst Aughawillan are blessed with attacking talent like Morgan Quinn and Mark Plunkett. Don't be surprised to see this game turn into a shootout.

The midfield will however play a vital role. The aforementioned Keaney and James McGrail, who have been very impressive, come up against Pearce Dolan and Fergal McTague. Whoever can win this battle and support their forward units the most will decide this game.

RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

Glencar/Manorhamilton v St. Patrick's Dromahair

The first of the relegation semi finals brings together two local rivals. Glencar-Manor will be disapponted to be in this position, but they are a side in transition and have developed some exciting younger talent to call upon, most notably Barry McNulty in midfield.

Dromahair have had a tough season following their promotion from the intermediate grade last year. Survival was the main aim at the start of the season and now they find themselves having to fight tooth and nail to ensure it.

Glencar-Manor will come in as clear favourites and Dromahair will be looking at the very least to build confidence ahead of a relegation final in a few weeks.

Evan Sweeney and Niall Brady in the forward pack will be vital to ensuring a Glencar Manor victory.

Martin Feeney meanwhile will be the go to man for Dromahair whilst Gary Fowley is also well capable of finding the back of the net.

In all honesty, it's hard to see anything but a Glencar/Manor victory. But it is very tough to call in a local rivalry where the two sets of players know each other well with a lot on the line, so it should be entertaining.

Gortletteragh v Melvin Gaels

Both of these sides have had seasons to forget in terms of their results so far. A win for Melvin Gaels last week however may have given them a slight confidence booster coming into this series.

This will be tougher to call compared to the other semi final, as both sides have the potential to overpower the other. Francis Flynn up front for Gortletteragh has been in consistent scoring form, whilst a lot will rest on the availability of Jack Heslin.

For Melvin Gaels, Conor Sheridan was impressive in the victory against Dromahair and they'll look to the experience of him and his other teammates to guide their young teammates through a huge match.

On paper, Gortletteragh have had the better season, but it's really hard to call. This one is truly up in the air.

Live text and audio commentary will be available on finalwhistle.ie/live and can be found through the respective links above.

Dromahair v Glencar/Manor

Leitrim Senior Championship Previews

We're truly at the business end of the Leitrim SFC this weekend, with both quarter finals and relegation playoffs set to take place this weekend in Avant Money Pairc Sean MacDiarmada

With the return of video streaming and online tickets sales this weekend we will also be continuing our live audio commentary here on FinalWhistle.ie

QUARTER FINALS

Ballinamore Sean O'Heslins v Mohill

A repeat of last years classic of a final is already in store, meaning one of these sides won't even make it back to the semi final stage. who can forget their nailbiting clash just a matter of weeks ago settled in injury time with a Tom Prior point.

Ballinamore came out on top on both occasions, but you can never write off Mohill. The loss of Dean McGovern for them will be felt, but plenty of players have stepped up in his absence.

Tom Prior, Mark McGrory, Shane Moran and Paul Moran are among said players, who will also play a big role today. On the other side, Keith Beirne and Jordan Reynolds have provided most of the scoring, but the defences will likely decide this encounter.

Oisin McCaffrey at fullback for Ballinamore and Shane Quinn at centreback for Mohill are the key players in this regard. Whoever does the better job at keeping their opposition quiet will likely decide this clash.

Seamus Gallagher and Brendan Guckian will call the action for us on www.finalwhistle.ie/live from 3:45pm

St. Mary's Kiltoghert v Aughawillan

The other quarter final is also a repeat of a match from last year’s championship, as these two sides met at the same stage last season.

The Carrick side had a straightforward win then, but matches between these two are often decided by a goal or less. An injury time roller coaster in 2020 turned around St. Mary’s fortunes that year going from relegation candidates to championship finalists in that final flurry.

Aughawillan are one of the most experienced sides in the county when it comes to championship football and this time are bound to give St. Mary's a tough game. Mary's however finished higher in the table than Aughawillan and given their form, will be expected to progress.

Carrick have relied heavily on the point scoring of midfielder Paul Keaney, whilst Aughawillan are blessed with attacking talent like Morgan Quinn and Mark Plunkett. Don't be surprised to see this game turn into a shootout.

The midfield will however play a vital role. The aforementioned Keaney and James McGrail, who have been very impressive, come up against Pearce Dolan and Fergal McTague. Whoever can win this battle and support their forward units the most will decide this game.

RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

Glencar/Manorhamilton v St. Patrick's Dromahair

The first of the relegation semi finals brings together two local rivals. Glencar-Manor will be disapponted to be in this position, but they are a side in transition and have developed some exciting younger talent to call upon, most notably Barry McNulty in midfield.

Dromahair have had a tough season following their promotion from the intermediate grade last year. Survival was the main aim at the start of the season and now they find themselves having to fight tooth and nail to ensure it.

Glencar-Manor will come in as clear favourites and Dromahair will be looking at the very least to build confidence ahead of a relegation final in a few weeks.

Evan Sweeney and Niall Brady in the forward pack will be vital to ensuring a Glencar Manor victory.

Martin Feeney meanwhile will be the go to man for Dromahair whilst Gary Fowley is also well capable of finding the back of the net.

In all honesty, it's hard to see anything but a Glencar/Manor victory. But it is very tough to call in a local rivalry where the two sets of players know each other well with a lot on the line, so it should be entertaining.

Gortletteragh v Melvin Gaels

Both of these sides have had seasons to forget in terms of their results so far. A win for Melvin Gaels last week however may have given them a slight confidence booster coming into this series.

This will be tougher to call compared to the other semi final, as both sides have the potential to overpower the other. Francis Flynn up front for Gortletteragh has been in consistent scoring form, whilst a lot will rest on the availability of Jack Heslin.

For Melvin Gaels, Conor Sheridan was impressive in the victory against Dromahair and they'll look to the experience of him and his other teammates to guide their young teammates through a huge match.

On paper, Gortletteragh have had the better season, but it's really hard to call. This one is truly up in the air.

Live text and audio commentary will be available on finalwhistle.ie/live and can be found through the respective links above.

Sean O’Heslins v Mohill

Mohill end Sean O’Heslins Championship Reign in SFC Quarters

Eamonn O’ Hara’s Mohill advance to a semifinal meeting with Leitrim Gaels after dethroning last year's champions in a game played in glorious sunshine on Saturday evening. The large crowd were treated to a high-quality contest where ultimately Mohill’s ability to take their goal chances proved the difference.

Keith Beirne was again in exceptional form ending with an 11-point haul as well as setting up his team’s first half goals for Keith Keegan and Jordon Reynolds with exquisite passing skills.

Mohill dominated the first half and lead by 2-7 to 1-4 at the break. They raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 15 minutes with Beirne hitting five as well as a white flag for Jordon Reynolds. Wayne McKeon and Luke Murphy hit the target with points for the reigning champions from frees.

Niall McGovern went agonisingly close with a shot at goal in the ninth minute which went narrowly wide of Padraig Tighe’s goal.

The opening goal in the 16 th minute was a contender for goal of the championship. Mohill had possession at the corner flag, the ball was recycled out to Beirne on the 20 metre line close to the sideline and somehow, he had the vision to pick out the run of Keith Keegan with a sublime cross field pass who shot to the top right-hand corner of the Ballinamore net.

Ballinamore’s woes were compounded in the 20 th minute when Beirne crossed high from the right-hand side and this time Jordon Reynolds rose highest to field and shoot past Darren Maxwell from close range.

Trailing by nine points Ballinamore retreated into defence mode for a few minutes and manager Eddie Bouabsee introduced Mark McGrory and Brian Leydon who made a real difference after their introduction.

McGrory Fielded a long booming delivery from Wayne McKeon and dispatched the ball to the back of the Mohill net in the 29 th minute and this left the champions with a slightly lower mountain to climb in the second half.

The Ballinamore resurgence continued with two early second half points from McKeon and Dean McGovern before Beirne steadied the Mohill ship with a pointed 45 metre kick after six minutes.

Two McKeon frees in the tenth and 11th minutes reduced the deficit to three points before a Beirne free in the 14th minute made it a four-point game.

The turning point of the game came in the 16th minute when Ballinamore turned over a Mohill attack on their own 65 metre line. Dean McGovern passed inside to Tom Prior who hand passed to McGrory and his attempt to palm the ball in to the net ended up with the ball going inches wide of the left-hand post.

Mohill never looked back from this let off and outscored their opponents by 0-5 to 0-2 in the final 12 minutes with points from Beirne (0-3), Shane Quinn and Sean Harkin with Shane Moran scoring two great points from play for the gallant losers.

Aughawillan v St. Mary’s

St Mary’s Kiltoghert progressed to last four in scrappy win over Aughawillan

Paul Keaney kicked seven points as Mary's beat Aughawillan in Pairc Sean this evening to become the third team into the hat for the semi-finals of the Leitrim SFC.

St Mary's Kiltoghert controlled the first half in a game that was not bursting with action. Aughawillan put it up to them in the second half but both Cian Singleton and Brian Farrell found the net to put the contest to bed.

Report to follow...

Mohill v St. Mary’s

Leitrim v Sligo

Tailteann Cup: Sligo beat Leitrim after extra-time battle

Aidan Devaney was the hero after he made two saves to send Sligo through to a Tailteann Cup Semi-Final after the Yeats County defeated Leitrim on penalties in a dramatic encounter at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Leitrim took the lead early on but were clawed back by a determined Sligo who took the lead before half-time. A late Leitrim comeback was required to send the game to extra-time but the sides couldn't be separated and the game went to penalties.

Devaney's saves on Ryan O'Rourke and Emlyn Mulligan saw Sligo progress to the next stage of the competition.

Sligo’s Nathan Rooney, Alan Reilly, Donal Conlon and Brian Egan put their efforts past Brendan Flynn to see the Magpies win 4-3.

The penalties came after an entertaining clash in Carrick-on-Shannon, with the first 70 minutes finishing Leitrim 2-13 to Sligo’s 1-16.

The Ridge County got off to a ferocious start, Keith Beirne’s 1-1 was complimented by Evan Sweeney’s point to see Leitrim lead by five points by minute seven.

Sligo meanwhile tallied missed chances and looked to be at a loss without injured scorer in-chief Niall Murphy.

Sean Carrabine’s point on 11 minutes opened the floodgates however and Sligo managed to put together seven more unanswered scores through Carrabine, Alan Reilly and Patrick O’Connor.

Leitrim struggled in attack as they were swamped by Sligo defenders and had not scored for nearly 27 minutes when Keith Beirne got his second point on 33 minutes.

Carrabine and Reilly returned scores for Sligo while Riordan O’Rourke and Beirne notched two more for the Ridge County to see Sligo go into the break ahead by two points.

Reilly added another for the Yeats County after half-time but it was Leitrim who stole the momentum after that.

Substitute Jordan Reynolds used his pace to get a second goal for Andy Moran’s side while two Beirne points and another by Evan Sweeney saw the momentum shift as only Reilly could score for Sligo.

The balance was to change again though when yet another point came from O’Connor on 54 minutes to be followed up by a goal from sub Mark Walsh and points from Carrabine and Darragh Cummins to see Sligo charge into the lead.

Beirne returned one for Leitrim but when Peter Laffey got one back for Sligo it looked to be game over as the visitors were four points ahead with four minutes of normal time remaining.

There was to be another twist however, as Leitrim took the game by the scruff of the neck to score four consecutive points. scores from Dean McGovern, Ryan O’Rourke and Jordan Reynolds were crowned by a monster Keith Beirne point in the 73rd minute to draw the game.

Extra-Time was cagey and the first ten minutes saw each side score a single point as Patrick O’Connor’s score was cancelled out by Leitrim’s Mark Plunkett.

A Nathan Rooney free and Alan Reilly point saw Sligo score twice in the second-half but Emlyn Mulligan got one back which set up Keith Beirne to draw the game once again and send it to penalties.

Up stepped Aidan Devaney to save twice during the shootout to send Sligo through.

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Leitrim v Antrim

Tailteann Cup: Leitrim move into next round

Leitrim progressed through Round 1 in the Tailteann Cup with a famous five point victory over Antrim today at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

A first-half where Leitrim won their individual battles and Keith Beirne starred with five scores saw them in complete control. As Antrim missed numerous wides, a Shane Moran first-half goal saw the Andy Moran’s team eight points up at the break.

Pat Shivers’ four points and Peter Healy’s goal inspired an attempted Saffron comeback but Jack Heslin’s second-half finish for Leitrim helped them hold on as the game ended 2-14 to 1-12.

The Wild Rose County simply wanted it more this afternoon in a beautifully set Carrick-on-Shannon, and so they are the victors in this second ever Championship meeting with Antrim.

After a flat first-half where the home team were far more hungry and physical, Antrim did all they could in the second period but it wasn’t enough.

Keith Beirne as usual had the goalposts perfectly mapped out in his mind, scoring six points and five of which came in a first-half where his team were right up for it. Antrim’s Odhran Eastwood fisted over straight into the match but the visitors would only score twice more until the last minute of the half.

Moran’s men went two points clear moments later thanks to points from Beirne and captain David Bruen, and from here on they nearly played Antrim off the park for 35 minutes.

Beirne continued to kick over consistently while a brilliant solo score from Cillian McGloin and Shane Moran’s goal gave them an unprecedented eight point gap at the break.

The Saffrons really didn’t have their shooting boots on and they got just their fourth point right on the mark of the break through Dermot McAleese.

Enda McGinley needed big words at half-time as his side's body language had been completely off and the performance was much better for the remainder.

It looked bad for them though when Jack Heslin scored a second goal for the Connacht side after 39 minutes.

However the Saffs kept fighting and when skipper Peter Healy hit the net on 55 minutes they started to believe. Meanwhile Pat Shivers’ brilliance to kick four successful points in the half also helped their bid to catch Leitrim.

Moran did a great job of bringing on subs who would keep the pace in Leitrim’s game and be able to pluck away at scores as Mark Plunkett and Jordan Reynolds grabbed points off the bench.  After Beirne scored again in stoppage time to make his tally 0-6, moments later Shivers received a second yellow.

The hosts stayed alert to a potential comeback and managed the game well to earn a hugely impressive win over Antrim. Beirne, Moran, Heslin and Wrynn were stand out players and were a constant reply to Antrim’s sloppiness.

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Leitrim v Mayo

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