Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Rourke puts Leitrim on track

Leitrim 1-17 Wicklow 0-10

Leitrim cruised to victory over Wicklow Stock photo: Sportsfile
Leitrim cruised to victory over Wicklow Stock photo: Sportsfile

Leitrim have started the year with new management, new players and a good win over a dismal Wicklow side in Aughrim.

Leitrim's Ryan O'Rourke scored their goal after 43 seconds, his team cutting Wicklow apart in the build-up.

Wicklow fought back briefly but Leitrim took control of proceedings and led 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time.

Any Wicklow hope of a comeback was quenched when captain Stephen Kelly was sent off for a second yellow on 60 minutes.

Leitrim also sprang Damien Moran from the bench to kick three points in a 25-minute cameo.

Scorers - Leitrim: R O'Rourke 1-4, M Plunkett (2f), E Mulligan (2f), D Moran 0-3 each, K Beirne 0-2, B Gallagher, D McGovern 0-1 each. Wicklow: T Kelly (2f), S Furlong (2f) 0-3 each, D Healy, R Finn, J McGrath, A McLoughlin 0-1 each.

Leitrim: P Farrelly 7; M Murphy 7, A Armstrong 7, F Carney 7; J Rooney 7, D Wrynn 7, O Madden 7; S Moran 8, M Plunkett 8; G Plunkett 6, D McGovern 7, R O'Rourke 8; E Mulligan 7, K Beirne 6, B Gallagher 5. Subs: D Moran 8 for K Beirne (50), C Canning 7 for S Moran (58).

Wicklow: R Lambert 5; C Hyland 7, P Cunningham 6, J Snell 6; D Hayden 6, D Healy 6, M Cullen 5; R Finn 5, R O'Brien 5; D Boothman 5, S Kelly 6, M Kenny 6; T Kelly 7, S Furlong 7, J McGrath 5. Subs: E Murtagh 6 for D Boothman (h-t), A McLoughlin 6 for M Kenny (h-t), M Lennon 6 for J McGrath (50), J Crowe 6 for M Cullen (54), P Cunningham 6 for R Finn (67).

Ref: F Smyth (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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