A blistering start from the home side at Markievicz Park spurred Sligo to their second league victory.
Gary Waldron netted inside three minutes as Sligo scored 1-2 before Clement Cunniffe got Leitrim off the mark. Cunniffe scored all six points for Leitrim, but his second score did not come to until just before the break. By that time Sligo had 1-9 to their name.
In the second half, a Zak Moradi goal got Leitrim back in contention. But Sligo won out to strengthen their position at the top of the table.
Man of the match: G Waldron (Sligo)
SCORERS – Sligo: G Waldron 1-5 (3fs), N Cadden 0-3 (1f), A Morrison, B McMahon, B Kenny 0-2 each, C Brenan 0-1; Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-6 (5fs, 1 '65'), Z Moradi 1-0.
SLIGO – D Reidy 7; F Coyne 7, R Cox 7, J Kelly 6; J Kenny 6, L Reidy 7, E McGowan 6; B Kenny 7, D Collery 7; K Gilmartin 6, B McMahon 7, N Cadden 7; G Waldron 7, C Brenan 6, T Conneely 6. Subs: M Gilmartin 6 for K Gilmartin (25), A Morrison 7 for Conneely (h-t), C Parke 6 for Waldron (50), M Mulligan for Cadden (65), G O'Kelly-Lynch for McMahon (65).
LEITRIM – J Glancy 6; T Glancy 6, V McDermott 6, S McTiernan 6; P Clancy 6, M Quinn 6, M Poniard 7; G McGovern 6, K McGrath 7; Z Moradi 7, C Cunniffe 7, S Fox 6; K O'Connor 6, D McGovern 6, M Dolan 6. Subs: B Mulvey 6 for Dolan (h-t), M O'Donoghue 6 for Fox (50), P McKiernan for Clancy (61), C Beattie for G McGovern (67).
REF – C Browne (Galway).