History makers! A first Connacht club title arrives for Leitrim with success at junior hurling level

A PIECE OF GAA history was created yesterday afternoon when a provincial title was claimed by a Leitrim club for the first time.

Carrick hurling club were crowned Connacht junior champions after a 2-11 to 2-9 success over Galway’s Ballygar.

Captain of @carrickhurling James Glancy receives the Connacht Junior Cup from Connacht GAA PRO John Hopkins and Clement Cunniffe (and his daughter) receives the Man of the Match award. Congratulations to Carrick!#CONNACHTCLUB pic.twitter.com/tEX5rjC51i

— Connacht GAA (@ConnachtGAA) November 3, 2018

Source: Connacht GAA/Twitter

It marked a first victory for a Leitrim club at Connacht championship level after 10 previous final losses. In football Leitrim outfits have lost six senior finals, two intermediate deciders and one junior final, while there was also previously a reversal in a final at junior hurling level.

@carrickhurling captain James Glancy has just carried the @ConnachtGAA Junior Hurling Cup across the Bridge in Carrick in Shannon. An historic occasion the first Leitrim man to carry a provincial club cup into the county!#LeitrimGAA pic.twitter.com/X11SOZNeeO

— Leitrim GAA (@LeitrimGAA) November 3, 2018

Source: Leitrim GAA/Twitter

Carrick trailed 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time and were five points in arrears, 1-8 to 0-6, by the 43rd minute. But a couple of goals in quick succession helped them go in front by a point with seven minutes remaining and despite conceding a late goal in injury-time, they clung on for a five-point success.

The victory propels Carrick into the All-Ireland series where they will face a semi-final clash in January.

Carrig Hurling are @ConnachtGAA #JuniorHurlingChampions .. Congrats to all and best wishes in the all Ireland series in the new year @LeitrimG @LeitrimGAA @bmangan87 @GmLeitrim pic.twitter.com/HMvgMw2lcn

— Damien Coleman (@DamienColeman4) November 3, 2018

Source: Damien Coleman/Twitter

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