Gilhooly brace destroys poor Cats as Leitrim get off mark
Leitrim will have learned little from their first League victory of the current campaign, easily defeating Kilkenny in a dull, one-sided encounter at Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Two Emlyn Mulligan points and a goal by Declan Gilhooly in the opening seven minutes set the scene for total dominance by the home side who led Kilkenny 2-10 to 0-3 at the interval, the second Leitrim goal also by Gilhooly in the 29th minute.
Colin Regan and James Glancy added two more Leitrim goals in the second half while a well-taken Paul Donnelly goal nine minutes from time provided some consolation for an outplayed Kilkenny.
SCORERS -- Leitrim: D Gilhooly 2-1, J Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton) 1-2, C Regan 1-1, E Mulligan 0-6 (0-3f), M Foley 0-3, C Farrell 0-2, P McGuinness, C Richardson, D Sweeney 0-1 each. Kilkenny: P Donnelly 1-0, G Lalor 0-2 (0-1f), P Raftice ,M Saunders 0-1 each.
LEITRIM -- G Phelan; D Reynolds, J McKeon, P Maguire; J Glancy (St Mary's), G Reynolds, S Foley; T Beirne, C Farrell; P McGuinness, M Foley, C Regan; E Mulligan, J Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton), D Gilhooly. Subs: D Sweeney (blood sub) for C Farrell, C Farrell for D Sweeney, W McKeon for J Glancy (St Mary's), B Gallagher for G Reynolds, C Maguire for P McGuinness, R Mulvey for C Regan, C Richardson for T Beirne.
KILKENNY -- JJ O'Sullivan; M Cody, R O'Hara, A Mackey; JJ Grace, J Malone, P Raftice; M Farrell, J Culliton; E Verker, S Mahony, JJ Dunphy; M Saunders, P Donnelly, G Lalor. Subs: M Gannon for E Verker, J Sheahan for R O'Hara, R O'Hara for J Culliton, P Barron for M Gannon, P Grace for M Saunders.
REF -- G McCarron (Monaghan).