Leitrim rookies too strong for GMIT
Leitrim 3-17 GMIT 1-7
Leitrim started the defence of their title with an impressive victory at Cloone despite starting just three players from last year's Championship.
GMIT started well with two Andy Glennon points in response to Leitrim's opening score after 30 seconds by Ciaran Gilheaney. But the home side quickly got into their stride leading 0-6 to 0-3 after 15 minutes. Gilheaney's opening goal two minutes later made sure new boss Shane Ward had a comfortable day on the sidelines.
An Anthony Coyne point a minute later proved to be GMIT's last score of the half as Leitrim converted five without reply as the hosts led 1-12 to 0-4 at the break.
Leitrim went on a scoring spree between the 40th and 47th minutes with a Kevin Conlon pointed free followed by two goals in the space of a minute from Christy McGowan and Kevin Conlon followed by two more points from Conlon and James McGrail. Both sides made sweeping changes in the final quarter during which substitute Alan Meenaghan scored a consolation goal for GMIT.
SCORERS - LEITRIM: K Conlon (1-6 5f), C Gilheaney (1-2), C McGowan 1-0), F Clancy (0-3 1f), P McGowan (0-2), N Woods (0-2), D Beck, J McGrail 1pt each. GMIT: A Meenaghan (1-0), A Glennon (0-2 1f), D Joyce (0-2 1f), A Coyne, C Donoghue, McDonnell, (1pt each).
LEITRIM - P Farrelly, N Woods, R Gallagher, B Prior, C Farrell, G Reynolds, S Mcweeney, P McGowan, J McGrail, S Quinn, F Clancy, D Beck, C Gilheaney, C McGowan, K Conlon. Subs: C McCrann for C Gilheaney. J Connolly for S Quinn. C Doonan for C McGowan. R Reynolds for C Farrell. R Flynn for P McGowan. G Kelly for K Conlon.
GMIT - C Nolan, J Madden, R Sweeney, D Moran, S McDonnell, G McLoughlin, C Donoghue, M O'Brien, D Styles, A Coyne, M Shaughnessy, E Egan, K Nally, A Glennon, D Joyce. Subs: M Farragher for D Styles. A Molloy for M Shaughnessy. R Geraghty for A Coyne. K Reddington for M O'Brien. A Meenaghan for D Joyce. J Doyle for D Moran.
REF - P Daly (Roscommon)