Hutchinson gets Déise off bottom spot
Waterford 0-10 Leitrim 1-6
Waterford avoided finishing bottom of Division Four in the National League on Saturday evening by beating Leitrim at Fraher Field.
Full-forward JJ Hutchinson finished top scorer for the Munster minnows, kicking seven of his side's tally of scores, six of them coming from placed balls.
The home side led 0-4 to 0-3 at the break, after Hutchinson opened the scoring with a brace of frees.
Paul Whyte gave the home side a three-point lead before Emlyn Mulligan pulled one back for Leitrim before the same player struck once more on 24 minutes.
Joey Veale edged Waterford two in front once more on 26 minutes but a Barry Prior effort two minutes from the break left the minimum between the sides.
The game's only goal came 90 seconds after the restart as Ronan Kennedy lobbed David Whitty who had come off his line.
Hutchinson and Kennedy swapped scores before Hutchinson and Whyte landed vital scores for the Déise to level matters on 45 minutes.
The visitors edged into a one-point lead after a 52nd minute effort from Killian McGrisken but they failed to score in the last quarter, while the home side tagged on a brace of scores by the hour mark through Hutchinson to win.
Scorers - Waterford: JJ Hutchinson 0-7 (6f), P Whyte 0-2, P Hurney 0-1. Leitrim: Ronan Kennedy 1-2 (0-1f), E Mulligan 0-2 (1f), B Prior, K McGrisken 0-1 each.
Waterford - D Whitty 6; T O hUallachain 6, M O'Gorman 6, T O'Gorman 6; M Curry 6, S Prendergast 6, R Ó Ceallaigh 6; J O'Mahony 6, C Guiry 6; K Murphy 6, P Whyte 6, P Hurney 6; L Lawlor 8, JJ Hutchinson 7, J Veale 6. Subs: M O'Halloran 5 for O'Mahony (BC 16, L O Cuirrain 6 for M O'Halloran (23), S Corcoran 6 for K Murphy (71).
Leitrim - B Flynn 6; M McWeeney 6, N Woods 6, B Prior 6; P McGuire 6, G Reynolds 6, S McWeeney 6; S Moran 6, B Mulvey 6; K McHugh 6, E Mulligan 7, K Conlan 6; C Gaffney 6, R Kennedy 7, A Croal 6. Subs: K McGrisken 6 for Woods (BC 42), B Mulvey 6 for A Croal (51), T Mulvey 6 for C Gaffney (56).
Ref - James Bermingham (Cork)