O'Donnell hits top form to burn off Exiles
Leitrim 2-18 Lancashire 2-10
Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30
The returning Padraig O'Donnell fired 1-8 as Leitrim got their campaign back on track with a convincing victory in Birmingham.
O'Donnell hit two early points either side of a Gavin O'Hagan score to get his side up and running. Patrick Duggan opened the exiles' account with a free, and they kept in touch with further points by Brendan Cody and Duggan.
Leitrim hit a succession of wides but still gradually pulled away until a Kelvin McGee goal on the stroke of half-time cut the gap to 0-9 to 1-4.
Lancashire drew level with a brace of points from Joe Sheehan but an O'Donnell free followed by a Liam Moreton point from play restored the visitors' lead.
The sides exchanged points for 20 minutes before O'Donnell goaled. This was immediately cancelled out by Dara Maskey but it was to be the exiles' last score as Leitrim added points from Clement Cunniffe and Moreton followed by a goal from O'Hagan.
SCORERS - Leitrim: P O'Donnell 1-8 (5fs, 1 '65'), G O'Hagan 1-3, C Cunniffe, C Moreton 0-2 each, L Moreton, J Ryan, Z Moradi 0-1 each. Lancashire: D Maskey 1-1, K McGee 1-0, P Duggan 0-4 (2fs, 1 '65'), B Cody, J Sheehan 0-2 each, N Unwin 0-1.
LEITRIM - D Molloy; F Earley, T Glancy, V McDermott; N McLoughlin, C Cunniffe, J Glancy; C Moreton, K McDermott; D McGovern, L Moreton, J Ryan; G O'Hagan, P O'Donnell, P McWeeney. Sub: Z Moradi for P McWeeney (40).
LANCASHIRE - T Goulding; F O'Callaghan, S Richardson, D Walsh; S Wallace, D Coughlan, A Hare; N Unwin, C McEoin; B Cody, P Duggan, D Maskey; A Slattery, J Sheehan, K McGee.
REF - J Murphy (Limerick)