Leitrim edge Exiles in thriller
Leitrim 1-16 Lancashire 1-14
Leitrim survived a strong second-half performance by Lancashire - including a last-minute goal - to edge out the exiles in a thrilling match at Ballinamore on Saturday.
Zac Moradi's opening point from play was cancelled by Lancashire's Colm O'Callaghan, a former Cork All Star.
Leitrim took full advantage of the strong breeze with six unanswered points, four of them by the man of the match Padraig O'Donnell.
Lancashire came more into the game in the closing stages of the half to leave the interval score 0-11 to 0-4 in Leitrim's favour.
O'Callaghan reduced the arrears with a free on the resumption but the home side responded through an O'Donnell goal in the 39th minute.
However, the Exiles regained the initiative as the half progressed, putting Leitrim on the back foot with six points by O'Callaghan to Leitrim's two going into the final ten minutes.
In an exciting finale, both sides exchanged points and despite that last-minute Lancashire goal, Leitrim held on.
SCORERS - Leitrim: P O'Donnell 1-9 (6fs), Z Moradi,C Moreton 0-2 each, C Cunniffe, L Koreton, K Ward 0-1 each. Lancashire: C O'Callaghan 0-9 (3fs, 1 '65'), L Knocker 1-0, N Unwin 0-2, K Magee, C Maskey, B McCauley 0-1 each.
LEITRIM - P McKiernan; P Earley, V McDermott, M Domican; K McGrath, C Cunniffe, J Earley; L Moreton, K McDermott; F Earley, C Moreton, J Ryan; Z Moradi, P O'Donnell, J Glancy. Subs: P McWeeney for C Moreton (39), K Ward for K McDermott (50).
LANCASHIRE - P Duggan; S Wallace, L Knocker, S Richardson; C Maskey, J O'Shaughnessy, N Unwin; R McEntee, A Morrissey; C O'Callaghan, D Coughlan, D Maskey; K Magee,T Corcoran, B McAuley. Subs: D O'Grady for B McAuley (48), J Sheehan for D Coughlan (68). Ref - J Clarke (Cavan).