Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kennedy leads Leitrim to final

Leitrim 2-9 Galway 0-13

Adrian Croal, Leitrim
Adrian Croal, Leitrim

Goals from Ronan Kennedy and Colin Ryan saw Leitrim reach their first junior final in six years at Tuam Stadium.

Kennedy goaled in the fifth minute and Martin McGowan's side raised their second green flag in the 12th minute when Ryan punched to the unguarded net.

Robert Hughes' second free put four points between the sides, before an excellent brace from wing-back Cathal Sweeney meant Galway trailed by 2-3 to 0-7 at the break.

Galway managed to pull back to within a point late on, but Adrian Croal's late score sealed the win for Leitrim.

Scorers – Leitrim: R Kennedy 1-3 (3fs), C Ryan 1-0, S McGurrin 0-2, E Madden, G Sammon, A Croal, N Clancy 0-1 each. Galway: R Hughes 0-6fs, C Sweeney 0-2, J Keane, S White, P Cunningham, F Cooney, K Reilly 0-1 each.

Leitrim – E Lyons: J Cassidy, P Gilmartin, N Duffy; J Glancy. D Duignan, E Madden; S McGurrin, P Moolick; N Clancy, C Ryan, G Sammon; R Kennedy, D Maxwell, A Croal. Subs: J Rooney for Clancy (35), N Brady for Croal (60), C Kelly for Sammon (60).

Galway – N Walsh; C Maher, D Kyne, D Rattigan; D Moran, C Sweeney, D Reilly; S White, R Hughes; R Cleary, J Keane, A Molloy; N Cunningham, K Reilly, C Raftery. Subs: F Cooney for Raftery (28), P Cunningham for N Cunningham (34), D Walsh for D Reilly (43).

Ref – J Gilmartin (Sligo).

Irish Independent

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