Leitrim Football 2018


#421

Leitrim GAA Dunnes Bar Division 1 round-up


#422

Well done to our Senior men who defeated Fenagh this evening. Full time score
Glencar-manor 2-23 Fenagh 0-10
Were you at this @Boxtyeater?


#423

Negative a chara. Holy Communion duties with a granddaughter was the order of the day. And a lovely day both weatherwise and socially it proved to be.


#424

Lovely day for it alright


#425

Mohill GAA Club Chairman Padraig McLoughlin has told the Leitrim Observer that his Club could encourage their players not to line out with County teams in the future if they are going to be forced to play League games without their contingent of County players.

A row has broken out after the three-in-a-row Dunnes Bar Division 1 champions failed to field for their game against Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s last Saturday, a game that was due to be played without County players with the game then awarded to the Ballinamore men.

In the new regulations approved earlier this year, clubs would play two League games without their County players, a move Mohill strongly opposed on the basis that they would have up to 14 players involved with County Senior and U20 teams.

Mohill would have been without Ronan Kennedy, Keith Beirne, Oisin Madden, Shane Quinn, Domhnaill Flynn, Keith Keegan, James Mitchell & Alan Armstrong from the 30 strong Leitrim panel who travelled to New York while Caillin Canning broke his collarbone playing for Leitrim against Antrim in the first Allianz League game this year.

Club Chairman Padraig McLoughlin, who told the Observer that the Club would be appealing the decision of Leitrim Competition Control Committee to go ahead with the game, said that the Mohill club could be forced to discourage their players from playing with Leitrim in the future.

“Is there any other club in the county with nine players?” Padraig told the Observer ahead of Monday evening’s County Board Executive meeting, “It is eight players and we include Caillin Canning who got injured playing with the county. By him being involved with the county, we are down nine players.

“Of the team that we played last year, all we have available is two outfield players and the goalkeeper. We’re League champions for the last three years and we want to contest the League Final again but we can’t do it under that sort of a situation.

“Going forward, and this is on the record - as a club, we can’t encourage lads any more, with the numbers we have, going to County. We have a man coming over, a new man there, and I don’t know how we are keeping them occupied at all, all we have is a few lads at training. We have 14 lads between the U20s and the Seniors training with the county all year.”

And Padraig stressed that the club’s county players would be willing to pull out of the Leitrim Senior team if the Club was forced to play again without their County contingent - “We won’t be able to field. In all fairness, eight of them came to a meeting with us and they were willing to walk but we didn’t want to put them into that position because it is great for a young fella to be representing the county.

“They are annoyed about it. They are part of the squad this weekend but if it goes to the next day, those fellows are not going to stay on the panel, definitely not for the Qualifiers. We’re expecting them to go out again in June and we’re not going to do it. Them lads are willing to come back to Mohill and play with their own club.”

Padraig also refuted suggestions that Mohill, who had 34 players in the team photo before last year’s Senior Championship Final, could still have fielded a team against Ballinamore last Saturday - “We played Fenagh the week before and we were down six players between exams and fellas at weddings and everything else but that is our own business.

“We haven’t this big pick. I know fellas tog out the day of a county final, it looks great to see this row of fellas but when you start looking for them to come out on the day, you just don’t have them.”

The Mohill man also stated that the club are prepared to lodge an appeal with the Connacht Council, outlining to the Observer the contents of a letter sent to the County Board on Saturday where the Mohill Club informed the County Board that the match regulations governing two games to be played without County Players was not circulated to the club or Clubs informed at a meeting.

“We just didn’t go and throw the points the other night. We are appealing the decision to the Connacht Council. We are appealing it because of the regulations. They weren’t circulated to the clubs or there was no meeting as such on that same regulation.

“Our solution is that because of the circumstances, the very unusual circumstances we were in, we were looking for the game to be deferred. We didn’t concede or go and give away the points willy-nilly, we asked for that all week and that is what we are holding out for. We are intending to bring our case further than this.”

Such a decision could mean that the entire round of games played last weekend under the new match regulation would have to be played again and while Padraig understands the pressure to find time for club fixtures, the Mohill club are suffering from extraordinary circumstances - “I know it is not an easy job to do, to run all this and try and fit in everything but it is exceptional circumstances we are coming from.

“We would have to discourage lads from the County team, we can’t have that many fellas involved. We shooting ourselves in the foot. We won the League the last three years but we can’t do it going forward with that many players.

“It is unfortunate that we would even be thinking that way, that we would have to discourage lads from taking part with the County next year because we couldn’t go through again, employing a manager and all the lads away. And to put salt into the wounds, having to play without them, it is impossible as far as we are concerned.”


#426

Piss off McLoughlin.


#427

What a whiney fuckin cunt.


#428

It’s hard to know where to start with that statement. Hypocrisy, self importance all over it.

And people wonder why Mohill aren’t liked. There are a lot of sound people in the club but those at the head of it are tossers and they can quote me on that.


#429

McLoughlin mentions something about their new manager there in his incoherent ramblings. I’d say he’s on a hefty wedge as Padraic Davis was. So much so that apparently the club is broke despite doing a Strictly and Lip Sync in the last few years. Apparently they are going to the local well again soon looking for money. They may not get much this time as people aren’t stupid.


#430

Who is their manager now?


#431

Some lad from Wexford I think. He used to train the Wexford ladies.


#432

What’s Davis at these days,he wouldn’t be a bad fit for the leitrim job when benjy gets the heave ho


#433

Frank Browne is the bainisteoir. He brought Mayo ladies to the All Ireland final last year


#434

Reliably informed he wanted it when Guckian got it and was pretty pissed off when he didn’t get it.


#435

I haven’t heard him being at anything.

You have to remember - he would have had the best of resources in Mohill.

I was very impressed with Leitrim against New York so I’ll hold off on the criticism of Benny for now.


#436

We’ll see Saturday night.Keep it competitive and under 10 pts would show improvement and a decent draw in the back door.If we get badly bet again he’ll have to go.


#437

Obviously we all want a victory on Saturday evening but what are your realistic hopes ?

I’d be happy enough if we closed the gap on Roscommon. We have taken bad beatings from them in the last couple of years.

The worst thing about the last couple of years is that the game has been done and dusted inside 20 minutes. Leitrim have to start well and try and stay in it as long as they can. The start against New York would be a worry.

It would be marvellous if they were still in with a chance of an upset with 15 minutes to go and the LEI-TRIM LEI-TRIM LEI-TRIM roar made a welcome return.


#438

I would agree with what is being said here lads.

I don’t think we have a chance of winning but a competitive showing would suffice and give us something to build on.


#439

A game or 2 in the q’s would be great form these young lads and give them something to build on for next year.We’ve some great young footballers at the minute.


#440

How many will hang around if they’re beaten on Saturday though ?

It’s a 4 week gap between Saturday and the qualifier