2021 Club Membership now available

posted 25 Jan 2021, 02:36 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 9 Apr 2021, 06:32 ]

Club Membership for 2021 is now open – Adult Playing Membership (which includes Gym access) is €100 (€40 for Students), Non playing members - €20, and non-playing membership (with gym access fee) - €100; special disability rate is €10. Youth playing membership is €30 per player to a limit of €60 per family. Membership can be paid to Registrar Jason Conroy (087 639 7314) or Treasurer Brian Mallon (087 252 0997). 

Juniors exit championship at Semi Final Stage

posted 21 Sept 2020, 03:42 by bornacoola leitrim

Junior C Championship Semi-Finall

Bornacoola 1-10 Leitrim Gaels 2-10

Junior C Championship The Junior team were defeated by Leitrim Gaels in the County Semi Final held in Annaduff in glorious sunshine on Sunday afternoon last. Unfortunately we passed up on a number of good goal chances and a great save from the Gaels keeper in the closing stages, from a Kevin Shanley effort, denied us a shot at Extra Time as the Gaels held on to win by 2-10 to 1-10. 

That ends our adult activity for 2020 – well done to Aidan Reilly and Mark Mc CLoskey for their work with this team. 

Team and scorers on Sunday were: Conor Hackett, Liam Mulligan, Shane Conroy, Robert O Beirne, Kevin Shanley, Gary Mc Closkey, Sean Mc Keon, Liam Jones, Philip Howard (0-6), Alan Bohan (1-1), Bobby Shanley (0-1), Gearoid Mulligan, Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Michael Duignan and Brian Conroy (0-1). Subs introduced were Feargal Howard, Trevor Howard, Noel Mc Enroe and Mark Muldowney. 

Juniors clear first Championship hurdle

posted 24 Aug 2020, 03:42 by bornacoola leitrim

Junior C Championship 

Dromahair 1-9 Bornacoola 2-11

The Junior team got their championship campaign off to a great start when they travelled to Kilassnet to take on Dromahair on Sunday last and earned an impressive 2-11 to 1-9 victory. 

In a close first half, Philip Howard was the Bors most impressive performer and his accuracy from both play and frees ensured a 0-6 to 0-4 lead for the Bors at the interval. An early 2nd half Dromahair goal put the home side in the lead but two Brian Conroy goals, in the 40th and 54th minutes, sealed a well deserved victory. 

Next up are Ballinaglera who come to Dromod on Sunday week for a 1.30pm throw in. 

Team on Sunday was: Conor Hackett, Liam Mulligan, Shane Conroy, Robert O Beirne, Sean Mc Keon, Gary Mc Closkey, Kevin Shanley, Roy Keenan, Liam Jones, Philip Howard, Bobby Shanley, Gearoid Mulligan, Alan Bohan, Michael Duignan and Brian Conroy. Subs used Sean Ryan, Feargal Howard, Ollie Vaughan, Tony Shanley and Trevor Howard

Bors seal quarter final meeting with Annaduff

posted 17 Aug 2020, 04:00 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 17 Aug 2020, 04:01 ]

Intermediate Championship Rd 3

Bornacoola 1-13 Aughnasheelin 1-10

They may have been clearly the better team for long periods of this Smith Monumentals IFC clash last Wednesday but a wasteful Bornacoola were immensely thankful luck went their way in this crucial refixed contest against a battling Aughnasheelin.

At one stage during the second half, Bornacoola were dominating play but kicked seven really bad wides while Aughnasheelin had none. But it was a missed goal chance from a couple of yards and a somewhat fortunate goal for the Bors that proved the difference in the end.
Wasteful Bornacoola ride their luck against battling Aughnasheelin
Aughnasheelin were left cursing the woodwork when a Fintan Fitzpatrick shot rebounded off the post and fell right into the hands of an unmarked Cormac Sammon some three or four yards out. Sammon did what we all would, he hammered the ball as hard as he could but the ball incredibly hit the post again and rebounded clear.

Then, with Aughnasheelin having somehow recovered from a two point deficit to lead as the match went into added time, Brian Conroy's long range shot seemed to be heading over the bar but dropped short, keeper Martin McHugh contesting the ball with Shane Mallon. 

Incredibly, Mallon got just the slightest of touches to the ball, sending it past a helpless McHugh for a killer goal.

It was cruel luck on the home side who had hung in for most of the second half only to strike decisively near the end and it left them heading into a must win game at the weekend against Eslin.

Fintan Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a free after a foul on Conor Cullen immediately from the start but the tone of the game was set with both teams hitting two bad wides in the first five minutes before Shane Mallon made a great catch, got up and fired over the bar.

Damien Moran chipped a lovely shot over the bar but nine minutes in, the deadly Gavin Sammon got in behind the defence and fired to the Bornacoola net. 

Bornacoola hit back with points from Ronan Mulligan and Damian Moran but two Fitzpatrick points, the second a lovely one from play, kept the gap at two while Niall Mulvanerty put a goal chance inches wide.

Two Shane Mallon frees ties the scores as an injury to Gavin Sammon robbed the home team of their best attacker. Bornacoola took advantage with points from Cian & Shane Mallon in added time, Fitzpatrick firing over to leave the halftime score at 0-8 to 1-4 in favour of Bornacoola.

 Fintan Fitzpatrick fired over a free inside 30 seconds to tie the scores but it was the Bors who were dominating only to hit some terrible wides with Damien Moran, Shane Mallon & Ronan Mulligan all missing the target but the most costly miss was Cormac Sammon's effort that rebounded off the post.

Bornacoola did look as if they were pulling away with an excellent Ronan Mulligan point and a Shane Mallon free but Aughnasheelin gave themselves a huge boost with a successful Mulvanerty free right before the water break after 48 minutes.

Both teams had wides but Aughnasheelin incredibly levelled when Niall Gallagher's shot went in off the post but Brian Conroy did well to gather a rebound off the woodwork to point on 58 minutes.

With the tension building, Aughnasheelin seemed to be coping better as Fitzpatrick saw a shot tipped over and Mulvanerty's 35 yard shot went over the bar, via the woodwork once more as the game was in added time.

But then came the turning point with Aughnasheelin complaining about a free that went against them in the middle of the park. The free was put across the field where Shane Mallon got a touch to Brian Conroy's long range shot to send the ball to the net.

Aughnasheelin hit right back from that body blow with Fitzpatrick pointing after a great catch from Conor Cullen but Bornacoola, with their tails up, finished with points from Brian Duffy and a monster 55 yard free from keeper Daniel Farrell to seal their place in the quarter-finals.


Scorers: Shane Mallon 1-5, 4f; Damian Moran & Ronan Mulligan 0-2 each; Cian Mallon Brian Duffy, Brian Conroy & Danny Farrell (f) 0-1 each

Team: Danny Farrell, Jason Conroy, Daniel Mulligan, Kevin Mulligan, Sean O’Riordan, Allan Croghan, Brian Duffy, Cian Mallon, Liam Jones, Liam Mulligan, Conor McCauley, Anthony Mulligan, Ronan Mulligan, Damien Moran, Shane Mallon. Subs: Brian Conroy for O’Riordan (HT)


Scorers: Fintan Fitzpatrick 0-6, 4f; Niall Mulvanerty 0-3, 2f: Gavin Sammon 1-0; Niall Gallagher 0-1

Team: Martin McHugh, Brian Boyle, Wayne Gilgunn, Richard McManus, Paul Earley, Damien Gilheaney, Christy McNulty, Cormac Sammon, Brendan Mulvey, Conor Cullen, Fintan Fitzpatrick, Niall Mulvanerty, Niall Gallagher, Gavin Sammon, Patrick Sammon. Subs: Dean Flanagan for G Sammon (18), Kevin McWeeney for Gilheaney (43), Gilheaney for P Sammon (48)

Referee: Cyril McKeon

*Report taken from leitrimobserver.ie

Bors come up just short as Drumkeerin seal top spot

posted 10 Aug 2020, 06:18 by bornacoola leitrim

Intermediate Championship Round 4

Bornacoola 0-15 Drumkeerin 1-17

Drumkeerin sealed their place as group winners and maintained their 100% record when they overcame a stubborn Bornacoola in a high quality Intermediate Championship Round 4 game played at a sunny Dromod on Saturday last. 

Comfortable victories over Eslin and Aughnasheelin made the North Leitrim men strong favourites for their visit to Bornacoola and while they ultimately triumphed with five points to spare, they were made to work all the way by a home team that continues to improve as the Championship progresses. 

Drumkeerin had an outstanding performance from corner forward Jamie Langan – who scored 1-6 – as the bedrock of this victory. Ross Harrison – wearing number 4 but operating with a roving commission – was another who impressed throughout, while the ever reliable Colm Clarke in defence, Declan Daly and James Gallagher in midfield and forwards Francie Davitt, Jerome Maguire and James Gallagher were others who caught the eye. 

For the Bors, there were decent performances from Kevin Mulligan and Allan Croghan in defence and Liam Jones in midfield but the forward line relied too heavily on the free-taking of Shane Mallon with only Ronan Mulligan really causing difficulties on a consistent basis for the Drumkeerin rearguard. 

Bornacoola will feel this was a game they could have, rather than should have, won and with a little more experience under their belt they might well have done so. They can point to a huge improvement on last year’s showings; but ultimately rewards in football come the way of the winners and unless the Bors can pull off a victory in their final group game in Aughnasheelin (tonight, Wednesday at 7.30pm) it is likely that for all their promise, they will be looking at a relegation battle to maintain their Intermediate status. 

They got off to the worst possible start on Saturday evening – almost directly from the throw in, Drumkeerin cut through the Bornacoola rearguard and when Darragh Flynn was pulled down, referee Seamus Mulhern had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Jamie Langan’s first touch of the game saw him clinically dispatch the penalty to the Bornacoola net and the visitors were off to the perfect start. 

The Bors responded immediately. First Sean O Riordan and then a Shane Mallon free reduced the gap to a point before Drumkeerin enjoyed their best period of the game. Between the 4th and 16th minute they added six points with the sole Bornacoola reply coming from the boot of Ronan Mulligan, as Ryan Gallagher, Ross Harrison, James Gallagher (twice), Jamie Langan and midfielder James Gallagher all pointed for the visitors

It put them in a comfortable six point lead; but a trait of this year’s Bornacoola crop has been their ability to respond in adversity and true to form, they managed a golden spell of their own. It began with a pointed 45 from goalkeeper Danny Farrell, before three Shane Mallon frees and a point from play by the Bornacoola sharpshooter, reduced the gap to just a point with five minutes left in the half. 

The impressive Ross Harrison kicked a great score to re-awaken Drumkeerin and while a Shane Mallon free again reduced the deficit, it was the visitors who closed out the half as they had begun it, with a Jamie Langan score to leave Drumkeerin 1-8 to 0-9 ahead at the interval. 

After a hectic and pace filled opening period, one would have been forgiven for thinking the game might have slowed a little in the second period given the heat of a glorious evening, but if anything the start of the second half was even more hectic than the first period. 

It was Bornacoola’s turn to shine. The unerring Shane Mallon reduced the deficit to a single point and then the returning Damian Moran found himself behind the Drumkeerin rearguard but his goalbound effort was magnificently saved by Kevin Forde and ended up over the bar to level the scores. A Liam Jones point then put the Bors in front for the first and only time but Drumkeerin managed to settle the ship and three minutes later an inspirational Jerome Maguire point levelled the sides once more. 

Francie Davitt and Jamie Langan pointed to restore a two point advantage for Drumkeerin and this gap remained as the teams went to the final water break after Shane Mallon and James Gallagher had swapped scores in the 15th and 16th minutes respectively.

On the resumption, Ronan Mulligan reduced the gap to a single point again before a great score from Jamie Langan gave Drumkeerin some breathing space. That lead was extended in controversial circumstances as a Langan free appeared to go wide and was signalled as such by the umpires. However the view of the linesman was that the ball had gone over the bar and after a short delay, referee Seamus Mulhern ordered that the white flag be raised. 

There was no such controversy when Langan’s next free was coolly slotted over and suddenly Drumkeerin held a four point advantage with just 10 minutes remaining. The question now was whether the Bors could find one last drive to reel in Drumkeerin again. 

A huge score from midfielder Liam Jones reduced the gap to three and suggested there might be one last twist in the tail. With just five minutes remaining, sub Philly Howard had the chance to level the game when Bornacoola turned over the ball coming out of the Drumkeerin defence. Howard advanced towards the opposition goal, but sclaffed his shot. Yet it went beyond keeper Forde and appeared to be rolling into the empty net before a Drumkeerin defender managed to clear the ball off the line. 

It was a great chance for the Bors and might well have set them up for a shock result but it was not to be. Instead Drumkeerin again rallied and late points from Jerome Maguire and Francie Davitt were enough to see them over the line and guarantee top spot in the group. 

Bornacoola: Danny Farrell (0-1), Damien Mc Guinness, David Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Sean O Riordan (0-1), Allan Croghan, Kevin Mulligan, Anthony Mulligan, Liam Jones (0-2), Damian Moran (0-1), Conor Mc Cauley, Cian Mallon, Jason Conroy, Ronan Mulligan (0-2) and Shane Mallon (0-8). Subs used: Philip Howard and Sean Mc Keon

Drumkeerin: Kevin Forde, Ryan Gallagher, Adian Dolan, Ross Harrison (0-2), Jason Byrne, Colm Clarke, Darragh Flynn, Declan Daly, James Gallagher (0-1), Francie Davitt (0-2), Felim Mc Hugh, Jerome Maguire (0-2), James Gallagher (0-3), Daniel Maguire, Jamie Langan (1-6.  

Referee: Seamus Mulhern (St Marys)

Crucial points gained as Eslin put to the sword

posted 27 Jul 2020, 04:07 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 27 Jul 2020, 04:08 ]

Intermediate Championship Round 2


Bornacoola 1-11 Eslin 2-4


Bornacoola made hard work of earning their first two points of the Championship campaign when despite dominating a poor-quality game throughout, they struggled to put away a very disappointing Eslin side at a showery Dromod on Saturday evening.  

It was a game in which Eslin simply never got going; Conor Beirne unusually failed to score from play and his threat was significantly nullified by a Bornacoola defence that had captain Jason Conroy in fine form in the sweeper role. The injured Shane Beirne was clearly a loss to the visitors who now face an uphill battle to secure a quarter final berth

Indeed Eslin had a top class performance from goalkeeper Enda Turbett to thank for keeping the score down. In the opening 12 minutes, the Bors created no fewer than four excellent goal chances, but Turbett pulled off 3 great saves to deny the Bornacoola attack with Anthony Mulligan hitting the side netting with the fourth. A second half penalty, dispatched clinically by Ronan Mulligan, finally saw Turbett’s goal line breached and was the crucial score in sealing the Bornacoola victory.

The Bors may not have played to the level seen in their defeat to Ballinaglera last week, but considering they lined out without four first choice starters in Damian Moran, Conor Mc Cauley, Sean Mc Keon and Mervyn Howard, they will be happy with the two points earned, if not with an uneven performance.

Shane Mallon again looked the main threat up front, with Ronan Mulligan also causing problems while Liam Jones was the dominant force at midfield and collectively the Bornacoola rearguard dealt well with the visitors attacking threat.

It took nearly 15 minutes for the first score of the game to arrive – but that’s not to say that the first quarter was devoid of excitement. It began with Shane Mallon and Ronan Reynolds exchanging wides, before Ronan Mulligan burst through the Eslin rearguard only to see his goalbound effort touched on to the post by a great Enda Turbett save.

From the resultant 45, Anthony Mulligan blazed a second good goal chance into the Eslin side-netting and a minute later Turbett again denied Ronan Mulligan with an excellent one on one save. James Mc Nabola hit Eslin’s second wide in the 12th minute, before Turbett again denied Ronan Mulligan with another one on one save. When Mulligan found himself in a similar position in the 15th minute he elected to fist over the bar for the first score of the game.

Eslin responded two minutes later when Barry Mc Loughlin tapped over for their opening score before two Shane Mallon points for the Bors left them 0-3 to 0-1 in front with 23 minutes played.

Eslin’s best period of the game came in the final five minutes of the half as two well taken Conor Beirne frees ensured the teams went in at the interval all square. It was a situation Eslin would have been content with, given the Bors failure to capitalise on their overall dominance in the opening period.

Bornacoola again struggled to convert possession into scores as the second half got underway and despite an early Ronan Mulligan point restoring the home team’s advantage, it was Eslin who grabbed the initiative with a 10th minute goal. It arrived through the hard work of Conor Beirne who took on the Bornacoola defence with a lengthy solo run before playing the ball across goal to the waiting Brian Higgins who gratefully palmed the ball to the Bor net.

The Bornacoola response was instant however. First wing back Sean O Riordan slotted a great point and in the fifteenth minute Shane Mallon levelled the scores from a free. The same player restored the Bor lead a minute later, pointing after an impressive mark.

Then came the penalty for the Bors – having been denied no fewer than three times in the opening period by Turbett, Ronan Mulligan might have been forgiven for passing the responsibility for the spot kick to a team mate. However, he stepped up and coolly slotted the ball to the net to put the Bors four in front and seemingly en route to a comfortable victory.

But again Eslin responded. A long and harmless looking ball in from David Stenson bounced in front of the Bornacoola goals and in gathering the ball, goalkeeper Danny Farrell was adjudged to have carried it over his own goal line. It was a fortuitous break for the Eslin men and reduced the deficit to a single point, but again the Bors replied instantly, this time Anthony Mulligan splitting the posts less than sixty seconds after the Eslin goal.

And in the 25th minute, Farrell atoned for his earlier error when he pointed a 45 for the Bors to leave three points between the sides coming down the final stretch. A Conor Beirne free briefly reduced the gap again but the Bors finished strongest with points from Shane Mallon and Anthony Mulligan to secure their first points of the campaign and send them into this weekend’s visit to Aughnasheelin knowing that another victory should guarantee a place in the quarter finals.

Eslin on the other hand must prepare for the visit of a strong looking Ballinaglera and will know that they will have to see significant improvement from their first two games if they are to finally get off the mark in the 2020 Championship.

Eslin: Enda Turbett, Jason Barry, Ronan Reynolds, David Stenson (1-0), James Mc Nabola, Paul Kilcrann, Eamonn Stenson, John O Flynn, Brian Higgins (1-0), Barry Bohan, Jamie Stenson, Donnacha Reynolds, Conor Beirne (0-3), Thomas Beirne, Barry Mc Loughlin (0-1). Subs used: Niall Mc Nabola and Alan Duffy 

Bornacoola: Danny Farrell (0-1), Damien Mc Guinness, David Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Sean O Riordan (0-1), Allan Croghan, Kevin Mulligan, Cian Mallon, Liam Jones, Brian Conroy, Anthony Mulligan (0-2), Liam Mulligan, Jason Conroy, Ronan Mulligan (1-2) and Shane Mallon (0-5). Subs used: Philip Howard and Kevin Shanley

Referee: Fintan Mc Brien (Aughavas)

Late Glera Goal sinks brave Bors

posted 20 Jul 2020, 04:25 by bornacoola leitrim

Intermediate Championship Round 1

Ballinaglera 2-15 Bornacoola 2-14

An opportunist goal from midfielder Enda Maguire three minutes from the final whistle, proved to be the match winning score for Ballinaglera in a rip-roaring Round 1 Intermediate championship clash played in sunny conditions at St Hugh’s Park, Ballinaglera on Saturday evening last. 

The goal was a culmination of a stirring comeback from the home side who trailed by five points with only seventeen minutes remaining. The revival owed much to the performances of Seamie Mc Morrow and in particular Wayne Reynolds, the diminutive corner forward who really came onto his game in the closing quarter and caused all kinds of problems for the Bornacoola defence. 

It also owed much to the Glera men’s traditional fighting qualities as they had looked dead and buried entering that final quarter before performances were upped all over the field for the sprint to the finish line. In the end they did just about enough and manager Kevin Nolan will be delighted to have cleared his first championship hurdle, even if at times the performance left a little to desire. 

For the Bors, this defeat will hurt. They went into the game without the experience of injured pair Damian Moran and Sean Mc Keon and took some time to find their feet. But once the Mallon brothers, Cian and Shane, began to get on the ball, they looked a force to be reckoned with and having dominated large periods of the game they will feel this was two points they left behind them. 

It was the home side though who started the brightest. Seamus Mc Govern at full forward was the first to find his range, and while Shane Mallon pointed an early free for the Bors, Glera through two Seamie Mc Morrow frees established an early two-point advantage. The impressive Cian Mallon reduced the gap to a single point after 7 minutes but then came a period of Ballinaglera dominance that saw them race into a six point lead. 

It began with an excellent Patrick Mc Grail point from the right wing in the 12th minute, before Seamus Mc Govern fisted over in the 14th. Then a long ball from midfield floated over the Bornacoola rearguard and found Wayne Reynolds lurking unmarked with just Danny Farrell in the Bor goals to beat, and his well taken goal made the score 1-5 to 0-2 with 15 minutes on the clock. The Bors did respond through a Shane Mallon point but as the teams retired for the mid-half water break, it was Ballinaglera who were clearly in control. 

On the resumption, they restored their six-point advantage through Wayne Reynolds but it was now the Bors turn to enjoy a period of dominance. It began in the 23rd minute when Shane Mallon pointed after a great catch to claim his mark and then a minute later, brother Cian scored a stunning goal from a tight angle and suddenly the gap was down to two points. 

It was reduced even further when Ronan Mulligan fisted over with two minutes left in the half and although Ballinaglera responded with points from Ciaran Cornyn and Wayne Reynolds again, a late Shane Mallon score underlined Bornacoola’s 2nd quarter dominance and ensured the game was nicely poised as the half time whistle sounded, with Glera leading by 1-8 to 1-6. 

Bornacoola looked a side transformed as the second half got underway. With Liam Jones and Anthony Mulligan beginning to find a foothold in the middle of the field and Jason Conroy pushing forward to good effect, it took only two minutes to level matters on the scoreboard as first Cian and then Shane Mallon found their range in the opening stages. 

Seamus Mc Morrow responded to edge Ballinaglera in front once again, but the same Mallon double act, added a score apiece within 30 seconds of each other to give the Bors the lead for the first time in the game. The first was a well taken score from the wing by Cian and then Shane made a great catch ahead of two defenders, turned his men and rattled a thunderbolt off the top of the crossbar and over as Bornacoola settled for a point when a goal so nearly came. 

By the 8th minute, another goal chance would present itself. This time it was Ronan Mulligan who ran straight at the Ballinaglera defence and was taken down in the large parallelogram as the Bors earned a penalty. Conor Mc Cauley stepped up to blast past Conor O’Brien in the Ballinaglera goal and suddenly the Bors had a four point lead. It stretched to five in the 10th minute when Cian Mallon again pointed from play and despite a 14th minute response from Seamie Mc Morrow, it was Bornacoola who appeared in total control as the teams left the field for the 2nd water break. 

The water break was probably the last thing a rampant Bornacoola wanted to see, such was their dominance at this point in the game, and it allowed Ballinaglera to re-group and steady what seemed a sinking ship. 

As the final quarter got underway, Ballinaglera’s experience became more of a factor and they slowly chipped away at the Bor lead. The ever reliable Mc Morrow traded scores with Ronan Mulligan and then added his sixth of the game, when coming short for a 45 that he turned and slotted over with ease. Wayne Reynolds reduced the gap to just two points and then a Mc Morrow free with five minutes to go left just a single point in it. 

A Glera free, 35 yards from goal appeared to offer the ideal opportunity for the equaliser, but Enda Maguire had other ideas and came short from Mc Morrow, picking the ball up 25 yards out. The Bor defence was static as he delivered a low shot to the right corner of the net for a high quality goal that put the home side back in front for the first time in over 20 minutes. When Wayne Reynolds added a point with the game ticking into injury time, it looked certain to seal the Glera victory as they led 2-15 to 2-12. 

But to their immense credit the Bors still had a kick left in them and tried desperately to fashion a crucial goal. They were awarded a 14-yard free straight in front of the goal from which Conor Mc Cauley pointed. The resultant kickout was won by the Bors who worked Mc Cauley into a great shooting position on the edge of the large parallelogram and he connected well with a pile driver of a shot that screamed mere inches over the bar. 

A fraction lower and the Bors might well have been the ones celebrating but it was the home side who greeted Gareth Foley’s long whistle from the resultant kickout with relief as they survived the late Bornacoola scare. 

Great credit must go to the two sides for producing a high octane, high quality game of football which provided stirring entertainment for those in attendance. For Glera, they will be delighted to have a week’s break to recover from such an intense encounter and will hope to build on the positives from Saturday’s meeting in their next clash, away to Eslin on August 1st. 

For the Bors, injuries to Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan will be a huge concern as they prepare to take on Eslin this Saturday, already shorn of the services of Damian Moran and Sean Mc Keon. However, they showed more than enough on Saturday to be considered a threat to anyone and if they can develop the ability to put teams away when they have them on the rack, they could yet have a significant say in the destination of the 2020 Intermediate Championship. 

Ballinaglera: Conor O Brien,  Ryan Crawford, Brendan Mcgourty, Barry Gilmartin, Thomas Cornyn, Pauric Clarke, James McDowell, Enda Maguire (1-0), Ciaran Cornyn (0-1), Padraig Cornyn, Seamie Mc Morrow (0-7), Fergal Gilmartin, Wayne Reynolds (1-4), Seamus McGovern (0-2), Patrick McGrail (0-1) Subs: Barry Maguire for F Gilmartin, Enda Keegan for T Cornyn and Aaron McCawley for B Gilmartin 

Bornacoola: Danny Farrell, Damien Mc Guinness, David Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Jason Conroy, Allan Croghan, Kevin Mulligan, Anthony Mulligan, Liam Jones, Mervyn Howard, Conor Mc Cauley (1-2), Cian Mallon (1-4), Sean O Riordan, Ronan Mulligan (0-2) and Shane Mallon (0-6). Subs: Liam Mulligan for M Howard, Gearoid Mulligan for K Mulligan, Brian Conroy for S O Riordan

Referee: Gareth Foley (Melvin Gaels)

A Tribute to the late Mick Quinn, RIP

posted 16 Mar 2020, 05:19 by bornacoola leitrim

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of a great club man in Mick Quinn (Ballygeehar) who died last week after a lengthy and brave battle with illness. 

Originally from near Ballinamuck, Mick was a prominent player with the club over the years and also starred on stage for the Bors along with wife Veronica as part of the renowned set dancing team that travelled the country in the 1980’s. Those great social times for the club were recalled in many stories over the course of the weekend and the memories of a special time in our history were brought to life. But Mick was also a prominent coach with underage teams in this period and his love for the GAA and for the club was inculcated in all of his children and the Quinn family contributed greatly to Bornacoola successes both on and off the field. 

Mick was fiercely proud of all of his children and indeed of their commitment to the club and daughters Siobhan, Aisling and Fiona were particularly well known for their participation on multiple Scór teams over the years. Sons Michael, Brendan and Kevin went on to star on the field in the Black and Amber at both underage (where they won countless medals) and adult levels before emigrating to Australia where they now reside. Kevin was also part of the Leitrim minor panel that won the Connacht Minor Football Championship in 1998. 

However, Mick’s love for his children was only surpassed by his love for his wife and great friend wife Veronica (Mahon), who sadly passed away in 2012. It was a blow from which I think Mick never truly recovered as you very seldom ever saw Mick without Veronica and vice versa. 

Sadly due to the current pandemic, the club and parish didn’t get to say the type of goodbye that Mick deserved over the course of the weekend. However, there were queues of people at the church on Saturday to sign the book of condolence and this gave an indication of the esteem in which he was held. Members of the club – many former teammates and many whom he had coached as youngsters – formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought from St Michael’s to the graveyard in Clonmorris on Sunday morning. 

To his children and grandchildren, to his brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and the extended Quinn family we offer our deepest sympathies. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Aughavas hold on for narrow win

posted 9 Mar 2020, 06:16 by bornacoola leitrim

Secondary League Division 3

Aughavas 1-9 Bornacoola 2-5

 We travelled to Aughavas on Saturday last for our opening game in Division 3 of the Special League. 

Despite the poor conditions both sides contributed to a hugely competitive game with Aughavas holding on against the wind in the second half for a deserved one point victory – 2-5 to 1-9. 

This weekend we host Eslin in Dromod on Saturday in a game that will throw in at 4.30pm. 

Team versus Aughavas was: Danny Farrell, Kevin Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Damian Mc Guinness, Mervyn Howard, Allan Croghan (0-1), Liam Mulligan, Cian Mallon, Liam Jones, Jason Conroy, Conor Mc Cauley, Roy Keenan, Sean Mc Keon (0-1), Anthony Mulligan and Ronan Mulligan (2-3). Subs used were Conor Hackett, Gearoid Mulligan, Ollie Vaughan, Alan Bogan, Damian Mc Gowan and Tony Shanley. 

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