Debutant O'Donnell on the double for Leitrim
Leitrim 3-16 GMIT 1-6
Two first-half goals by debutant Nevin O'Donnell set up Leitrim for a convincing victory over GMIT at Ballyhaunis yesterday.
The former Cavan player who declared for Leitrim under the parentage rule, along with the returning Emlyn Mulligan and Adrian Croal, added strength to an impressive, fast-moving attack.
Mulligan signalled his return to the Leitrim colours after a 12-month sabbatical with the opening point from play but points from Padraic Prendergast and Ronan Steede gave GMIT a brief lead as Leitrim gained the upper hand resulting in O'Donnell goals in the 12th and 15th minutes.
Leitrim went on to score a further seven points without reply to lead by 2-9 to 0-4 at half-time.
The students' misery continued into the second half as Donal Wrynn's point on the resumption was followed by a succession of points from Emlyn Mulligan(2), Kevin Conlon, Adrian Croal, Ronan Flynn and Brian Mulvey.
Martin Farragher's 51st minute pointed free was the only respite for the students. Thomas Mulvey added Leitrim's third goal seven minutes from time and in the dying minutes GMIT got some reward for their efforts with a second Farragher pointed free and a superb goal by Andy Glennon.
SCORERS - Leitrim: N O'Donnell 2-2, E Mulligan 0-7 (2f), T Mulvey 1-0, A Croal 0-2, K Conlon, R Flynn, B Mulvey, S Quinn, D Wrynn 0-1 each. GMIT: A Glennon 1-1 (1f), M Farragher 0-3 (2f), P Prendergast, R Steede 0-1 each
LEITRIM - G Hickey; M Murphy, N Woods, K McGriskin; P Maguire, B Prior, S Quinn; S Moran, D Wrynn; N O'Donnell, E Mulligan, K Conlon; B Mulvey, A Croal, C Gilheany. Subs: R Flynn for C Gilheany (20), T Mulvey for N O'Donnell (41), M McWeeney for K McGriskin (45), D Sweeney for S Moran (48), J Rooney for S Quinn (49), R Mulvey for C Reynolds
GMIT - C Nolan; C Reilly, A Farrell, E McGrath; K Nally, J Kinahan, P Holloway; D Brennon, P Prendergast; C Donnellan, R Steede, Mike Farragher; Martin Farragher, A Glennon, J Donnellan. Subs: A Kelly for Mike Farragher (30), J Downes for J Kinahan (37)
REF - C McGovern (Sligo)