Leitrim defeated at hands of Clare
Clare defeated Leitrim impressively in Carrick-on-Shannon when coming from behind.
Leitrim's promotion hopes from Division 4 are all but gone, especially after an away defeat by Limerick the previous Sunday.
Leitrim dominated in the opening 24 minutes after which they led by 1 – 5 to 0 -1 with Emlyn Mulligan orchestrating matters for them hitting 0 – 3 and creating a goal that was finished to the net by Conor Beirne while Wayne McKeon also pointed.
David Tubridy answered with a point from a 5th minute Clare free and Leitrim had a let off when Mark McCarthy blazed a goal chance wide eight minutes later. At this stage of the game it looked like Leitrim were on the road to a clear-cut victory and Clare would be going home empty handed
But then the game was delayed for 8 minutes due to a concussion injury to Leitrim's Adrian Croal for which he had be substituted in the final ten minutes of the first half.
When the action resumed after this break in play Leitrim seemed to lose their composure for the rest of the game.
Clare rallied in this spell and closed the gap with Leitrim to a point by half-time (1 – 5 to 1 – 4) after David Tubridy put over a free with Mark McCarthy getting a goal and a point while Shane McGrath also shot a point.
Sub Rory Donnelly levelled with a Clare point in the opening minute of the second half. But shortly afterwards Leitrim's Paddy McGowan put his side ahead again with a similar score after receiving a pass from Emlyn Mulligan.
David Tubridy made it level pegging once more with a 40th minute point from a Clare placed ball. Clare then took a lead they never surrendered when Podge McMahan shot over four minutes later.
Prior to McMahon's point Leitrim also enjoyed a let off when Declan Callinan deflected a goal chance inches wide. Clare 'keeper Joe Hayes made a terrific point blank save to deny a Kevin Conlan Leitrim goal chance, which had Conlan scored would have put his side into a two point's lead.
Following this the Leitrim challenge went into meltdown while Mick O'Dwyer's men went on to build up a 0 – 7 lead by the end the game. Gary Brennan and David Tubridy contributed 0 – 2 each for Clare in this period while Shane McGrath, Gordon Kelly and Cathal O'Connor added a point each.
In this spell an on the back foot Leitrim replied with a Daniel Beck point and Emlyn Mulligan chipped in with 1 –1 from late close in frees. Clare's Martin McMahon was red carded before the end for a foul on Mulligan from which Mulligan goaled when he shot through a forest of players on the Clare goal line.
Clare: Joe Hayes; Laurence Healy, Shane McNeilis , Enda Coughlan; Declan Callinan, Gordon Kelly 0 – 1, Martin McMahon; Gary Brennan 0 – 2, Cathal O'Connor 0 – 1; Shane McGrath 0 – 2, Alan Clohessy, Chris Dunning; Mark McCarthy 1 –1, Podge McMahon 0 – 1, David Tubridy 0 – 5(0 – 5(4fs.), Subs: Rory Donnelly 0 – 1 for Dunning (22 mins.), Niall Kelly for McMahon (66 mins.), Cathal Duggan for McCarthy (71mins.).
Leitrim: Cathal McCrann; Danny Beck 0 – 1, Ciaran Egan, Paddy Maguire; Colm Clarke, Paul Brennan, Alan Wynne; Wayne McKeon 0 – 2, Paddy McGowan 0 – 1 ; Adrian Croal, Emlyn Mulligan 1 – 4(3fs.), G. Hickey; Conor Beirne 1 – 0, James Glancy, Kevin Conlan. Subs: Brendan Flynn for McCrann (22 mins.), Brian McDonald for Croal (26 mins.), Cian Reynolds for Hickey (HT), Sean McWeeney for Egan (42 mins.), Ray Cox for Conlan (58 mins.).
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon).