Beirne on fire as Mohill blast back
Mohill 0-14 Glencar/Manor 0-11
Aided by top marksman Keith Beirne, Mohill upped their game in the second half to claim a fully merited win at Carrick-on-Shannon over Glencar/Manor, who tasted a Leitrim decider defeat for the third year in succession.
The opening half exchanges were very much nip and tuck, although the Manorhamilton men held a two-point interval lead. But hitting five points without reply in the opening 18 minutes of the second half, a more intense Mohill turned the tables.
It was level pegging after nine minutes with Glencar/Manor's Niall Brady and Beirne trading two points from play each.
Glencar/Manor earned an 0-8 to 0-6 interval lead after Aaron Hickey led the way and Brian McDonald, Niall Brady, Aaron Hickey and Adrian Croal also hit the target.
Mohill got back on level terms by the 42nd minute, though, thanks to a converted Keith Beirne '45' and a point from play by team captain Daniel Beck.
Shortly after Ronan Kennedy put Mohill back in front for the first time in 40 minutes when he fired over from play. Keith Beirne increased Mohill's advantage to three by the 48th minute.
Glencar/Manor managed to reduce Mohill's advantage to the minimum over the next two minutes thanks to James Glancy and Aaron Hickey.
But Mohill pulled comfortably ahead again by the 54th minute after Domhnaill Flynn and Ronan Kennedy hit over a point each in succession.
In reply, Darren Sweeney flicked over a 58th minute Glencar/Manor point, which proved to be his side's last score in the game.
Before the finish Keith Keegan got the final score in the contest for Mohill, a point from play, and ensured his side repeated another Leitrim SFC final victory over the Manorhamilton outfit, which they last did in the 2015 county senior decider.
Scorers - Mohill: K Beirne (3fs, '45') 0-7; R Kennedy (2fs) 0-3; A McLoughlin, K Keegan, D Flynn, D Beck 0 - 1 each. Glencar/Manor: A Hickey 0-4 (2fs); N Brady 0-3; A Croal, J Glancy, D Sweeney, B McDonald 0 - 1 each.
Mohill: P Tighe; J Mitchell, R Gallagher, O Madden; D Gordon, C Canning, C Kennedy; D McLoughlin, S Quinn; D Beck, D Flynn, K Keegan; R Kennedy, K Beirne, A McLoughlin. Subs: D Mitchell for Gordon (50).
Glencar/Manor: A McDonald; T McDonald, P Gilmartin, F Rooney; J Rooney, P Maguire, J O'Brien; K McGriskin, D Sweeney; B McDonald, A Hickey, A Croal; E Sweeney, J Glancy, N Brady. Subs: C Dolan for Croal (52); R Flynn for Sweeney (55); T Coyle for McGriskin (56).
Ref: B Sammon (Aughnasheelin).