LEITRIM had to work hard for victory over a determined Waterford at Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
Two Emlyn Mulligan points in the opening minutes set the tone of the early exchanges which were dominated by Leitrim, who led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 14 minutes.
However, the visitors stunned their hosts when a Gavin Nugent point from play was quickly followed by a Liam O Lionain goal to level it.
Two further Waterford points from Eamonn Walsh and Conor McGrath put the visitors ahead but Leitrim rallied to finish the half strongly, leading 0-8 to 1-3 at the break.
Two more Mulligan frees early in the second period extended the Leitrim lead.
Waterford hit back, however, with three unanswered points, leaving the minimum between the sides with 13 minutes remaining.
However, further points from Mulligan and substitute Ray Cox restored Leitrim's advantage as they deservedly took the honours.
Man of the Match: P McGowan
SCORERS -- Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-8 (7f), R Lowe 0-3, R Cox 0-2, S Moran 0-1. Waterford: L O Lionain 1-0, S Briggs, M Ferncombe (2f) 0-2, G Nugent, C McGrath, S O'Hare, E Walsh 0-1 each.
LEITRIM -- C McCrann 8; J Glancy 6, C Egan 7, P Maguire 7; D Beck 6, F McMorrow 8, W McKeon 8; D Lowe 8, S Moran 8; P Brennan 7, R Lowe 9, C Ryan 7; K Conlon 7, P McGowan 8, E Mulligan 9. Subs: G Loughlin 8 for McCrann, R Cox 8 for R Lowe, C Clarke for Brennan.
Waterford -- S Enright 8; N Hennessy 6, A Doyle 6, K Connery 6; T Grey 7, S Briggs 7, W Hennessy 7; E Walsh 7, S O'Hare 7; C McGrath 7, L O Lionain 6, C O'Keeffe 6; G Nugent 6, S Fleming 6, JJ Hutchinson 6. Subs: T O hUallachain 6 for N Hennessy, M Ferncombe 7 for W Hennessy, J Veale 6 for Nugent, J Wall 6 for O Lionain.
REF -- S Carroll (Westmeath).