Magee shines for South Down
South Down 4-25 Leitrim 0-8
South Down opened their campaign with an impressive victory, despite having Kieran Courtney red-carded in the eighth minute.
The dismissal didn't deter the Mourne men and, at the interval, the home side led 2-12 to 0-4, their goals coming from Malachy Magee and Eoin McGuinness. Leitrim were reduced to 14 players when Brian Enright received a straight red card on 20 minutes.
On the resumption, South Down half-back Kevin Fegan split the posts within 15 seconds to set the tone for the remainder of the game. They added goals from Magee and Micheal Cunningham.
Michael Lane, Leitrim's ace free-taker, had a consolation point from a free, but South Down continued to score at will.
Man of the Match: Malachy Magee (South Down)
SCORERS -- South Down: M Magee 2-1, E McGuinness 1-4, P McAleenan 0-5, M Cunningham 1-3, L Morgan 0-4, E Trainor 0-3, J Brown, P O'Neill 0-2 each, K Fegan 0-1. Leitrim: M Lane 0-6, G Hickey, S Guckian 0-1 each.
SOUTH DOWN -- D Kearns 7; C Teague 8, J McGrath 8, P McPolin 7; K Fegan 8, K Courtney 6, J Brown 8; E Donnelly 8, L Morgan 8; M Cunningham 8, E Trainor 8, P O'Neill 8; M Magee 9, E McGuinness 8, P McAleenan 8. Subs: G Courtney 7 for P McPolin (43), P Byrne 7 for C Teague (43), A Brown 7 for M Magee (48), N Burns 7 for L Morgan (52).
LEITRIM -- P McKiernan 7; K McGrath 7, N Guckian 6, M Quinn 6; S McTiernan 6, S Feeney 7, V McDermott 8; B Enright 6, M Poinard 6; B Feene 6, M Lane 8, D Tiernan 6; G Hickey 6, S Morgan 6, D Ryan 6. Subs: J McGrail 6 for D Ryan (35), M O'Donoghue for B Feeney 7 (46), S Guckian 6 for D Tiernan (43), E Walsh 7 for M Poinard (43), P McManus for S McTiernan (63).
Ref-- O Elliott (Antrim).