Carlow overpower Leitrim in Carrick-On-Shannon
Leitrim 1-4 Carlow 0-12
A physically stronger Carlow had little difficulty overcoming Leitrim in a poor game at windswept Pairc Sean MhicDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon today.
An early exchange of points was followed by four Paul Broderick pointed frees without reply to leave Carlow comfortably ahead after 20 minutes and although Leitrim came more into the game Carlow led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.
Playing with the aid of a strong wind, Carlow extended their lead early in the second half with four more unanswered points as Leitrim struggled to make headway against a massed Carlow defence but in the 55th minute a good Leitrim move resulted in a Ronan Kennedy goal to give Leitrim some hope.
However, with Brendan Murphy and Sean Gannon pulling the strings at midfield, Carlow were never in trouble and they added a further two points without reply as the Leitrim challenge faded.
Scorers — Carlow: P Broderick (0-4f),D Foley (0-3f)C Blake (0-2),D Hayden,G Kelly,D St.Ledger 1pt each; Leitrim: R Kennedy (1-0),E Mulligan (0-3 1f),P Maguire (0-1).
Carlow: R Molloy,B J Molloy,D St.Ledger,G Power,G Kelly,B Kavanagh,D Hayden,b Murphy,S Gannon,A Kelly,J Murphy,E Finnegan,P Broderick,D Foley,C Blake. Subs: D O’Brien for J Murphy 64mins.D Smith for C Blake 70min.
Leitrim: B Flynn ,M Murphy,N Woods ,M McWeeney ,P Maguire ,G Reynolds,S McWeeney ,D Wrynn ,S Moran ,J Rooney,E Mulligan,K Conlon,N McDonnell ,R Kennedy,C Gaffney. Subs: C Canning for M Murphy 35min. J McGreal for N O’Donnell 35m.
Referee: P Maguire (Longford).