Wednesday 23 October 2019

Leitrim and Derry enjoy easy wins ahead of Croke Park date

Leitrim 1-20 Waterford 2-9

'The introduction of JJ Hutchinson to the Waterford attack had an immediate impact as he grabbed two points.'
'The introduction of JJ Hutchinson to the Waterford attack had an immediate impact as he grabbed two points.'

Leitrim, with an eye on Croke Park, wrapped up their league campaign with an emphatic win over Waterford in a low-key game in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

Four points without reply from the home side in the opening ten minutes served notice of the their intentions against a Waterford side who were unable to turn possession into scores. Leitrim were rarely troubled throughout the first half. A Ryan O'Rourke goal in the 26th minute helped the home side to a 1-13 to 0-5 lead at the interval.

The introduction of JJ Hutchinson to the Waterford attack had an immediate impact as he grabbed two points. But leading 1-16 to 1-7 at the midway stage, Leitrim emptied their bench. A 58th-minute goal by Dylan Guiry was just reward for the Déise, who never stopped trying, with Michael Curry getting a late second.

 

Derry 3-21
Wexford 4-16

Derry, who had already qualified for next weekend's Allianz Football League Division 4 final against Leitrim, held on to win a seven-goal-thriller at Bellaghy yesterday.

They led by nine points at the break, after Benny Heron, Enda Lynn and Ryan Dougan had hit the net, with Ben Brosnan firing home a Wexford goal.

At 3-11 to 1-8, they looked comfortable, but they had full-back Conor Mulholland sent off, and the Leinster men hit back with goals from Kevin O'Grady (pen), Barry O'Connor and a second from Brosnan to close the gap to a single point.

Dáithí Waters went close to getting a fifth Wexford goal, and the Oak Leafers survived for a narrow success ahead of next Saturday's league final against Leitrim at Croke Park.

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