A new-look Leitrim cut loose to blow GMIT away at Mohill yesterday.
GMIT case was not helped by the dismissal of corner back James Kelly in the 27th minute following two yellow cards but by then Leitrim were in command having scored four goals in the opening 25 minutes.
The first came after three minutes through Emlyn Mulligan but GMIT responded with two frees by Damian Brennan, and then went in front when Cian Donohue netted.
However Leitrim upped the tempo with a Donal Moran goal in the 20th minute and a further three unanswered points, then a goal from Nevin O'Donnell.
Leitrim's fourth goal of the half came five minutes from the break when GMIT keeper Conor Nolan inadvertently turned a rebound into his own net. That gave the county side a 4-8 to 1-4 at the break.
With debutants Brendan Gallagher and Damien Moran proving a handful, leitrim extended their lead with a Caillin Canning goal, and although GMIT hit back with a maximum from Joe Reilly, the hosts finished with a flourish of six unanswered points.
Scorers - Leitrim: E Mulligan 1-4 (0-1f), N O'Donnell 1-3 (0-1f), D Moran 1-1, C Canning 1-0, C Nolan 1-0 og, K Beirne, B Gallagher 0-3 each, J Rooney 0-2, R Gallagher, C Gallagher, W McKeon, G Plunkett 0-1 each. GMIT: C Donohue 1-1f, J Donnellan 0-4 (2fs), J Reilly 1-0, D Brennan 0-2fs, J Coen, C Connellan, L Creaton 0-1 each.
Leitrim - P Farrelly, F Carney, A Armstrong, Plunkett, J Rooney, W McKeon, R Gallagher, D Wrynn, S Moran, C Gallagher, E Mulligan, C Canning, N O'Donnell, D Moran, B Gallagher. Subs: K Beirne for F Carney (17), G Plunkett for S Moran (47), M Murphy for D Wrynn (53), C Reynolds for J Rooney (55), J Heslin for N O'Donnell (66).
GMIT - C Nolan, J Oates, J Kinahan, A Commins, C Reilly, J Downes, J Kelly, A Moran, D Brennan, J Reilly, E Brannigan, C Donohue, M Shaughnessy, J Donnellan, J Coen. Subs: K Mannion for J Oates (32), C Donnellan for D Brennan (26), B Raftery for C Reilly (ht), L Creaton for J Coen (ht), A Langan for C Nolan (50), M Prior for E Brannigan (51).
Ref - B Healy (Roscommon)