Cunniffe is Leitrim hero with late strike
Leitrim 1-12 Lancashire 0-14
Top-scorer Clement Cunniffe was the toast of Leitrim after his pointed free three minutes into additional time denied Lancashire victory in a thrilling encounter at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
A Zac Moradi goal in the 69th minute had overturned a two-point lead for the visitors, who looked odds on for victory following a strong second-half performance.
Both sides traded scores to leave the sides level at 0-7 each at the break.
Lancashire were ahead by two points going into the final minutes and just as they looked to have done enough, Moradi's goal proved the game-changer.
Although Stephen Duncan levelled, the momentum was with Leitrim and Cunniffe's late, late free secured the victory.
SCORERS - Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-9 (6fs), Z Moradi 1-2, L Moreton 0-1. Lancashire: S Power 0-5 (5f), R Crowley 0-4 (2f), N Unwin 0-2, S Sexton, S Duncan, A Slattery 0-1 each.
LEITRIM: D Molloy 9; P Early 8,V McDermott 7, E Moreton 7; D McGovern 7, C Beirne 7, K McGrath 7; L Moreton 7, J Glancy 7; C O'Donovan 7, C Moreton 7 , K McDermott 7; M Quinn 7, C Cunniffe 9, Z Moradi 9 . Subs: G O'Hagan 7 for C Moreton (47), D Ryan for L Moreton (66).
LANCASHIRE: V Morrissey 9; L Knocker 7, C Larkin 8, S Richardson 8; J Hughes 7, G Jacob 9, N Unwin 8; T Duane 8, D Cahalane 8; J McAllister 7, S Duncan 9, A Slattery 7; S Power 9 , S Ward 7, S Shannon. Subs: S Wallace 7 for Shannon (8), R Crowley 9 for Hughes (HT), S Sexton 7 for McAllister (50), M Pogeiter for Ward (61).
Ref - S Hynes (Galway).