Melvin Gaels completed the group stages of the Connacht Gold Senior Football Championship with a decisive 4-11 to 1-14 win over north Leitrim rivals – and reigning champions – Glencar/Manorhamilton at Melvin Park on Saturday evening.

A superb start for the hosts, which saw them establish a 2-2 to 0-0 lead after just five minutes, was the platform for the success.

For Melvin Gaels boss James Phelan, the result was pleasing ahead of the knockout stages:

Melvin Gaels centre forward Emlyn Mulligan said it was important to get a result on their home ground:

For Glencar/Manorhamilton manager Sean Boylan, there are areas for improvement ahead of their final group game against Leitrim Gaels next week:

Elsewhere on Saturday evening, Aughawillan were consigned to the relegation play-off after they were beaten by Fenagh/St Cailins in Group One.

Connacht Gold Leitrim SFC Group One

Fenagh/St Cailins 2-15 Aughawillan 2-10

St Mary’s Kiltoghert 0-19 Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins 1-15

Connacht Gold Leitrim SFC Group One

Melvin Gaels 4-11 Glencar/Manorhamilton 1-14

Leitrim Gaels 0-13 Drumreilly 1-8

Smith Monumentals IFC Group One

Bornacoola 0-15 Drumkeeran 1-17

Ballinaglera 0-11 Aughnasheelin 1-11

Smith Monumentals IFC Group Two

Naomh Padraig Dromahair 2-14 Annaduff 0-10 

Gortletteragh 2-15 Carrigallen 0-13