Leitrim finish Division Four campaign with narrow win over Waterford
Leitrim finished their League campaign on a winning note when they narrowly defeated Waterford in an entertaining encounter played in ideal conditions at Carrick-on-Shannon today.
Waterford were the more competitive in the first half against a lack lustre home side who registered a succession of wides despite wind advantage.Alhough Leitrim edged ahead going into the closing stages of the half a Waterford goal in the 27th minute by Conor Murray put the Decies 1-4 to 0-6 deservedly ahead at the break.
A Keith Beirne goal for Leitrim from the throw in restored their advantage and they dominated play for the next 20 minute adding six points without reply as Waterford faded badly.
However in a dramatic finale a Waterford goal by Paul Whyte against the run of play seven minutes from time sparked a late revival by the visitors who outscored Leitrim by five points to one narrowing the gap but a relieving late point by Mark Plunkett saved the day and the points for the home side.
TEAMS & SCORERS
LEITRIM: K Beirne(1-0) R Kennedy (0-3),E Mulligan(0-6 3f),O Madden Moran,M Plunkett,McGovern1pt each).
B Flynn,P Maguire,N Woods,M Murphy,W McKeon,G Reynolds,O Madden,D Wrynn(C),P Dolan,D McGovern,M Plunkett,R Kennedy,E Mulligan,K Beirne,B Gallagher.
D Moran for B Gallagher (27m).J Rooney for W McKeon(44m).M McWeeney for n Woods(54m).N O'Donnell for K Beirne(60m).J Mitchell for G Raynolds(60m).
WATERFORD: P Whyte (1-2 2f)C Murray(1_0),G Crotty (0-4)J McGrath(0-1),P Whyte (0-1f)
D Whitty,J McGrath,T O'Gorman,S Dalton,K Murphy,R O'Ceallaigh,A Trihy,G Crotty,M Curry,M O'Halloran,C Maguire,D Guiry,C Murray,P Whyte,F O Cuirrin
SUBS:T O Hullachain for F O Currain (45m).Pa Whyte for K Murphy(50m).J Curry for D Guiry(52m).P Walsh for C Murray(60m).
REFEREE:F Barry (Kildare).