Mullane's double proves too much for Leitrim
Longford 3-12 Leitrim 0-13
Two goals from Cathal Mullane helped Longford to a comfortable victory over their Shannonside rivals at Newtownforbes yesterday.
The Midlanders set down the marker straight from the opening whistle, with Johnny Casey firing over an excellent long-range effort with just ten seconds gone.
Longford continued to dictate the exchanges and a brace of points from Joe O'Brien and a fine long-range effort from Mullane gave them the early advantage.
Leitrim stayed in touch through Brendan Byrne's frees, but Longford regained their composure in the latter stages of the first half and a brilliant goal from Mullane gave them a one-point lead at the interval.
After the break, Longford gradually extended their lead. Their second goal arrived in the 42nd minute when O'Brien lobbed a free in on Leitrim's full-back line and Mullane took full advantage of the breaking ball and fired it passed the Leitrim keeper.
The visitors instigated a late revival, but their hopes were dashed moments later, when Longford bagged their third goal through O'Brien.
Scorers - Longford: C Mullane 2-3, J O'Brien 1-5 (2f), J Casey, P Farrington, K Connelly, J Mulhern 0-1 each. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-7 (4fs, 2 '65s'), B Byrne 0-4 (3fs), P McWeeney, C Moreton 0-1 each,
Longford - R Murray; J Gaffney, K Murray, A Sheridan; P Corcoran, M Coyle, G Moore; P Barden, J Casey; B Hanley, P Farrington, J Mullhern; J O'Brien, K Connelly, C Mullane. Subs: K Cox for Corcoran (23), Luke Kelly for Barden (58), E Kiernan for Mulhern (69).
Leitrim - D Molloy; P Earley, V McDermott, F Earley; K McGrath, C Cunniffe, D Tiernan; D McGovern, S Kiernan; C Moreton, P McWeeney, L Moreton; N McLoughlin; Z Moradi, B Byrne. Subs: M Domican for Tiernan (28), M Quinn for Moore (59), P O'Donnell for Moradi (66).
Ref - K McGeeney (Roscommon).