Tuesday 24 January 2017

Reale goals seal victory in the west for impressive exiles

Warwickshire 3-19 Leitrim 1-15

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

'The visitors had the best of the early exchanges scoring three points without reply' Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)
'The visitors had the best of the early exchanges scoring three points without reply' Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)

Warwickshire had to fight all the way against a determined Leitrim despite the margin of victory in Ballinamore on Saturday.

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The visitors had the best of the early exchanges scoring three points without reply but points by Clement Cunniffe(2) and John Ryan levelled matters midway through the first half.

However a 19th minute goal from Conor Robins led to a period of dominance by the visitors.

With former Clare minor star John Reddan, Liam Reale and Shane Morrissey in flying form they went on to score a further five points without reply and deservedly led 1-13 to 0-8 at the interval.

Leitrim fought back, but Reale's brace of goals - the first in the 56th minute and the second deep in extra time - sealed the result for the visitors.

Scorers - Warwickshire: L Reale 2-3,C Robins 1-1,P Crehan0-5 (3f 1'65),S Morrissey 0-5 ,J Reddan 0-4, J Quinn 0-1. Leitrim: G O'Hagan 1-0,C Cunniffe 0-13 (12f) J Ryan,Z Moradi 0-1 each. LEITRIM: D Molloy,T Glancy,V McDermott,P Clerkin,K O'Connor,C Cunniffe,N McLoughlin,S Kiernan,C Moreton,Z Moradi,J Ryan,D McGovern,J Glancy,P McWeeney,K McDermott. Subs: G O'Hagan for S Kiernan (55m),F Earley for Z Moradi(65m).
WARWICKSHIRE: M Cremin, J Meagher, W Allen, M O'Reagan, C Brough, P Treacy, J Quinn, D Kennedy, L Reale, C Robins, J Reddan, S Conlon, O Long, P Crehan, S Morrissey. Subs: S Brough for J Quinn (50m), E Toomey for O Long (62m).F O'Callaghan for C Robin (68m). Ref - K McGeeney (Roscommon).

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