Corbett fires Limerick to victory
Limerick 2-11 Leitrim 0-15
Limerick manager Billy Lee was a happy man in his native Newcastle West as he side made it two wins on the bounce when holding out against Leitrim.
Goals win matches and Limerick had one in each half. The first came from a penalty by Iain Corbett - and after his first shot was blocked by Brendan Flynn he made no mistake with the rebound. That came after 25 minutes and by half-time Limerick led by 1-8 to 0-5.
Free-takers Emlyn Mulligan and Neville O'Donnell ensured Leitrim were always in contention and they quickly cut the arrears to a point at one stage in the second half.
Great work by James Naughton created Limerick's second goal for Darragh Treacy which put daylight between the two sides.
Limerick had to play the last nine minutes without Cian Sheehan who was yellow-carded in the first half and then was shown a black card which meant he could not be replaced.
Scorers - Limerick: I Corbett 1-2; G Collins (3f) 0-4; D Treacy 1-0; S McSweeney (2f) D Neville 0-2 each; S O'Carroll 0-1. Leitrim: E Mulligan (5f) 0-5; N O'Donnell (3f) 0-4; R Kennedy, B Gallagher 0-2 each; W McKeon, K Beirne 0-1 each.
Limerick - B Scanlon 5; G Noonan 6, J McCarthy 7, S O'Dea 6; B Fanning 6, C Fahy 6, P Quinn 5; D Tracey 7, D Ward 6; P Nash 5, C Sheehan 5, J Naughton 6; I Corbett 7, D Neville 7,G Collins 7. Subs: T McCarthy 6 and S O'Carroll 5 for Quinn and Nash (54), S McSweeney 6 for Naughton (62), P Scanlon 5 for Collins (63), J McGarry for Ward (73).
Leitrim - B Flynn 5; P McGuire 5, A Armstrong 6, M Murphy 6; W McKeon 6, D Wrynn 6, O Madden 6; S Moran,6, M Plunkett 7; J Rooney 7, E Mulligan 7, G Plunkett 7; R Kennedy 7, D Moran 6, N O'Donnell 7. Subs: P Dolan 5 for S Moran (25), B Gallagher 7 for D Moran (48), K Beirne 6 for O'Donnell (50), C Gaffney 6 for G Plunkett (55), N Plunkett 5 for Madden (62).
Ref - S Hehir (Galway).