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For the fifth year in a row, the Leitrim hurling final will be won by either Carrick Hurling or Cluainin Iomaint. Only Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s interrupted the trend by winning in 2015.
Recently, it’s always been Carrick Hurling who have come out on top. In fact, a win this weekend will make it four championships in a row. Firstly, they defeated Cluainin Iomaint last year by 1-20 to 0-20. Secondly, it was 2-07 to 0-7 in 2018. Thirdly, it was 3-11 vs 0-08 in 2017. 2016 was the last time Cluainin Iomaint were crowned the champions. On that occasion, it was 0-14 to 0-06.
As a result of the trend that has developed in recent years, this final always promises to bring a battle. Despite winning three-in-a-row, Carrick Hurling always have to dig deep to defeat Cluainin Iomaint. But the latter will consider it more than about time they retained the title.
Since this is such a small competition, in terms of the teams competing for it, the runners-up are always so tantalisingly close. Therefore, Cluainin Iomaint will be more driven than ever. But, don’t expect Carrick Hurling to just hand over their title.