Jack wins with Golden Goal!

posted 2 Oct 2017, 04:16 by bornacoola leitrim

Golden Goal Draw Well done to Jack Mc Keon, Liscloonadea, who was the winner of the €500 first prize in the All Ireland Final Golden Goal Draw. Son James and daughter-in-law Deirdre were on hand to pick up the prize on Jack’s behalf on Saturday night after the draw in the Brandywell.

Bors overcome Annaduff to secure senior status

posted 25 Sep 2017, 02:38 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship Relegation Final

Bornacoola 2-12 Annaduff 2-10 

Once again (as last year) on the weekend of the Glasgow Derby, it was the Dromod Derby that attracted all of the local attention as Annaduff were the opposition in last Sunday morning’s Senior Championship Relegation final in Cloone. And just like last year, after a close contest it was the Bors who survived with Senior status intact on a 2-12 to 2-10 scoreline in front of a large crowd.

The game was packed with drama from the very first minute when the Bors had the ball in the net although the score would be chalked off by referee Brendan Sammon for an alleged infringement on the Annaduff keeper. However, this early intervention was a sign of the Bors intent and early points from Ollie Vaughan and Damian Moran helped the team to settle. 

Annaduff though grew into the game as the first half wore on and appeared to have taken a grasp of proceedings when they led by 0-5 to 0-3 after 19 minutes as their forward line moved the ball impressively. The Bors finished the half by far the stronger though as a number of good scores, including a couple of long distance frees from Damian Moran, ensured it was the men in Black and Amber who entered the dressing rooms a point in front, 0-7 to 0-6. 

The decisive period of the game was probably the first ten minutes of the second half as Bornacoola dominated possession and scored 1-3 without reply. The goal came from a Damian Moran break, through the heart of the Annaduff defence; his initial shot was blocked, but rebounded to the County star and he steered the ball into the Annaduff net to open up a four point lead. This was extended to seven by the 38th minute and Bornacoola appeared on the road to victory. 

However, full credit to our neighbours who rallied admirably and two points followed by a goal of their own from Gavin O Brien in the 42nd minute narrowed the gap to 1-10 to 1-8 as the Bors momentarily eased off. We appeared to have steadied the ship when re-establishing a 3 point lead with ten minutes to go before the Duff struck for goal again – a 45 metre free, crashing off the upright and into the grateful arms of Alan Glancy who finished to the net. The teams were now level and it appeared we would be in for a grandstand finish.

But it was the Bors who struck next – a Damian Moran free was batted out by the Annaduff defence and Sean Mc Keon was on hand, with a little help from Ronan Mulligan, to finish to the Annaduff net and. The expected onslaught from Annaduff never really materialised as the remainder of the game was played in the Annaduff half and although the losers did add a point late on, it was the Bors who enjoyed the vast majority of the chances in the last ten minutes while controlling possession comfortably. However, a series of wides ensured the margin of victory would only be two points.

Yet this was enough to ensure Bornacoola remain in the Senior Championship for their 21st consecutive year in 2018 (Annaduff will play Intermediate next year). Four of Sunday’s team – Michael Duignan, Shane Conroy, Mark and Gary Mc Closkey – have been there for the entire journey and all four played vital roles on Sunday. 

Defensively, after a shaky start, Bornacoola gradually got on top of a lively Annaduff forward line. Led by the excellent Jason Conroy and Conor Mc Cauley (who was black carded in the second half but also scored a point), the experience of Damian Mc Guinness and Shane Conroy was vital in steadying the ship particularly in the first half. Brian Duffy (who scored a great first half point) and David Mulligan were their usual reliable selves and their pace was crucial at various times in the game as both grew in confidence as the game developed. 

One of the key contributors to the victory was Bornacoola dominance at kick-out time and it was here that Michael Duignan and Gary Mc Closkey shone. Up front, Damian Moran was a constant thorn in the Annaduff side right from the throw in and during the period in the second half when Annaduff were beginning to get on top, his presence as an out ball for the Bors was vital.

Another to shine was Philip Howard – he won a huge amount of possession at kick out time and was central to absolutely everything Bornacoola did and his enviable endeavour typified the Bornacoola approach. 

Ollie Vaughan got through a world of hard work and used his strength well in winning frees, while the foot passing of Sean Mc Keon was at its usual high standard stretching the Annaduff defence at crucial times and of course it was his touch to the net for the second goal that would prove decisive in the overall context. 

Brian Conroy worked tirelessly throughout, most especially when moving to wing back to replace the tiring Weasel while Ronan Mulligan will reflect on this game as his most impressive of the season. 

From the bench Liam Mulligan continued his excellent year, Trevor Howard’s point to steady the ship following Annaduff’s second goal was a really important score while the fresh legs of Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan added impetus to the Bornacoola attack in the closing stages. 

Finally a word for the two Declan’s who have pulled off yet another great escape – both men know survival is an achievement for Bornacoola annually at this stage in our history and both men manage to have the Bors psychologically right for the big fight every year. Well done to them and to the entire panel on retaining Senior status for another year. 

Team and Scorers on Sunday were: Mark Mc Closkey, Brian Duffy (0-1), Conor Mc Cauley (0-1), David Mulligan, Damian Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Shane Conroy, Gary Mc Closkey, Michael Duignan, Philip Howard (0-1), Sean Mc Keon (1-0), Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Brian Conroy, Damian Moran (1-7) and Ronan Mulligan. Subs used: Liam Mulligan, Trevor Howard (0-1), Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan. 

Club Draw and Golden Goal

posted 25 Sep 2017, 02:31 by bornacoola leitrim

The Club Draw takes place this Saturday night in the Brandywell. Usual prizes will be on offer but we will also be holding the draw for the top prize of €500 in the Golden Goal competition from the All Ireland final. Should be an interesting night!   

Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party on Octover 29th

posted 25 Sep 2017, 02:30 by bornacoola leitrim

On Sunday night, October 29th, the Club will be holding a Hallowe’en Fancy Dress party in the Copper still – music will be by D.J Damian (Mc Guinness) and a great night is ensured judging by last year. Put it in the diary!

Clinical Gortletteragh send Bors to Relegation Final

posted 11 Sep 2017, 02:06 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Relegation Semi Final

Bornacoola 1-9 Gortletteragh 1-12

Gortletteragh ran out deserving winners in a close and at times exciting Relegation semi-final in Carrigallen on Saturday evening last. 

Our neighbours made the better start and enjoyed a 0-3 to 0-1 lead before a period of good Bornacoola pressure culminated in a goal from the penalty spot – Sean Mc Keon dispatching confidently to the Gortletteragh net. However Gortletteragh responded almost immediately when Jack Heslin cut through the defence to restore their lead with a goal of his own. At half time, we trailed by three points (1-7 to 1-4). 

The Bors dominated long periods of the second half, but failed to turn their dominance into scores. Nonethless with just ten minutes remaining, the Bors had deservedly pulled level (1-8 apiece) and the game was anyone’s for the taking. Gortletteragh though would finish the stronger, scoring four points to a solitary Bor response and clinching a 1-12 to 1-9 victory. 

Our senior championship schedule will complete in a fortnights time, as it begun, with a winner takes all clash against neighbours Annaduff for the right to play Senior Championship football in 2017.  

Team on duty was Mark Mc Closkey, David Mulligan, Jason Conroy, Brian Duffy, , Damian Mc Guinness, Conor Mc Cauley, Allan Croghan, Michael Duignan, Gary Mc Cloksey, Brian Conroy, Sean Mc Keon, Ollie Vaughan, Ronan Mulligan, Damian Moran and Philip Howard. Subs used were Liam Mulligan, Shane Conroy and Trevor Howard

Ladies Secure Junior Title

posted 4 Sep 2017, 03:49 by bornacoola leitrim

Well done to the Bornacoola/St Mary’s Ladies who captured the Leitrim Junior Championship title with victory over Annaduff in Mohill on Sunday morning last.

Early goals key for Drumreilly

posted 28 Aug 2017, 03:39 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 4 Sep 2017, 01:53 ]

Senior Championship - Rd 5

Drumreilly 2-10 Bornacoola 1-7

Senior Championship We exited the Championship on Saturday evening last in disappointing circumstances when Drumreilly deservedly took both points in an engaging game in Páirc Seán.

 After a good start where the Bors led by 0-3 to 0-1, Drumreilly struck clinically for two well taken goals leaving the Bors on the back foot going into the second half, six points in arrears – 2-3 to 0-3. Drumreilly got the fast start in the second half and extended the lead to 8 points before the Bors hit back with a goal from Allan Croghan followed by a Damian Mc Guinness point. 

However, four wides in a row and the passing up of an excellent one on one goal chance proved crucial as Bornacoola failed to capatilise on the scoreboard from a period of solid pressure. Drumreilly eventually reasserted their dominance towards the end of the game and finished strongly to run out 6 point winners as Bornacoola finished the game with 13 men following two late dismissals. 

Team on duty was Mark Mc Closkey, David Mulligan, Jason Conroy, Brian Duffy, Shane Conroy, Damian Mc Guinness (0-1), Allan Croghan (1-1), Michael Duignan, Gary Mc Cloksey, Brian Conroy (0-1), Sean Mc Keon, Ollie Vaughan (0-2), Trevor Howard, Conor Mc Cauley, Philip Howard (0-1), Subs used were Liam Mulligan, Ronan Mulligan, Mervyn Howard and Kevin Shanley. 

Juniors exit Championship with defeat to Fenagh

posted 28 Aug 2017, 03:38 by bornacoola leitrim

Junior B Championship

Fenagh St Caillins 2-16 Bornacoola 1-9

The Junior team exited the championship on Sunday morning last when they were overpowered by St Caillins on a 2-16 to 1-9 scoreline. Goals in either half for the Fenagh men proved crucial and it was the victors who led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the interval. A second goal put the game beyond the Bors although a late John Shanley effort briefly offered some hope. 

Team on duty was Conor Hackett, Luke Jones, Brian Reilly, Kevin Mulligan (0-1), Tony Shanley (0-1), Liam Mulligan (0-1), Gearoid Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Daniel Farrell (0-1), Roy Keenan (0-1), Liam Jones, Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Gerry Gearty, John Shanley (1-1) and Noel Mc Enroe (0-2). Subs used were John Bohan and Declan Conboy. 

Seniors shock Manor in Championship thriller

posted 14 Aug 2017, 02:59 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship Round 3

Bornacoola 2-11 Glencar/Manorhamilton 0-13

A hugely exciting Senior championship victory over Glencar/Manorhamilton in Shane Mc Gettigan Park on Saturday evening last got our campaign back on track after the disappointment of two early defeats in our group. 

After a promising start from Manor in which they dominated possession but squandered some decent chances, the Bors took over as the first half progressed and two goals, from Damian Moran and Philip Howard, as well as a series of excellent points put the Bors in a commanding half time position, 2-9 to 0-4 in front.

It was a resurgent Manor as the second half begun and the early dismissal of Michael Duignan reducing Bornacoola to 14 players, aided their cause as they clawed back the lead with the aid of the breeze, eventually reducing it to just three points as the game entered its closing stages. 

However, a terrific point from Liam Mulligan only four minutes from time (Bornacoola’s first of the half) broke a run of 8 unanswered Manor points and steadied the Bornacoola ship. Manor again responded, but a late Philly Howard effort ensured the Bors hung on for an important 2-11 to 0-13 victory. 

We still need to win the remaining two games in the group – against Dromahair and Drumreilly – to have a chance of progressing to the quarter finals. 

Team on Saturday evening was Mark Mc Closkey, Brian Duffy, Jason Conroy, David Mulligan, Shane Conroy, Conor Mc Cauley, Liam Mulligan, Gary Mc Closkey, Michael Duignan, Damian Moran, Sean Mc Keon, Allan Croghan, Philip Howard, Ollie Vaughan, Trevor Howard. Subs used were Damien Mc Guinness, Brian Conroy and Ronan Mulligan

Great day out at Official opening

posted 14 Aug 2017, 02:58 by bornacoola leitrim

 Our thanks to all who attended and helped out at the Official opening of our new clubhouse in Dromod on Sunday last. 

With the sun shining for most of the day, it was a wonderful day out for everyone involved and most especially the huge numbers of children in attendance. Our thanks to our special guests on the day including Connacht GAA President Mick Rock whose words in opening the centre hit a lovely chord, Leitrim GAA Chairman Terence Boyle and Gerry Mc Govern (Connacht Vice-President), Mayo All Star Cora Staunton, the ever excellent Tom Moran and DJ Damian Mc Guinness, as well as our direct line to the heavens, Fr Gerry. Sam Maguire also enjoyed his time in Leitrim and hopefully will be back to see us all soon.

To the army of caterers too numerous to mention, a huge mile buíochas and also to Kevin and Peter for manning the Barbeque. Our resident photographer Alan Carney was joined by the Observers’ Wille Donlon on the day and both got some great shots of the occasion. 

Finally to our underage coaches who kept the on-field entertainment flowing throughout the day. Well done to you all. Full list of sports results to follow and you can see all the pictures from the big day on our Facebook page. 

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