Tuesday 22 August 2017

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).

Irish Independent

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