Saturday 20 April 2019

Quinn on target as Leitrim rise to occasion to seal place in third tier

Leitrim 1-9 London 0-7

Leitrim players Dean McGovern (left), Shane Quinn and Emlyn Mulligan celebrate their promotion in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Leitrim players Dean McGovern (left), Shane Quinn and Emlyn Mulligan celebrate their promotion in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Leitrim wiped away 11 years of thwarted ambition to clinch promotion to Division 3 against London in a poor game at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

The visitors took an early lead, but a Shane Quinn goal in the 23rd minute settled Leitrim and they were ahead by 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time.

Leitrim extended their lead after that as the visitors failed to register a score until Liam Gavaghan's pointed free 13 minutes from time.

Another pointed free in the 61st minute, bookended by points from Leitrim's Gary Plunkett and Ray Mulvey, kept London in touch.

However, as the game entered its final minutes, another Mulvey point from play put the result - and promotion - beyond doubt and sparked joy in the Leitrim ranks.

Scorers - Leitrim: S Quinn 1-0, R Mulvey, R O'Rourke (f), G Plunkett, all 0-2, D Flynn (f), E Sweeney, A Flynn, all 0-1. London: L Gavaghan 0-4 (3f), C Doran (f), P McGirr, F McMahon, all 0-1.

Shane Quinn breaks through to score the Leitrim goal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Shane Quinn breaks through to score the Leitrim goal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Leitrim - D McKiernan 7; M McWeeney 7, P Maguire 8, A Flynn 7; S Quinn 7, M Plunkett 7, R Mulvey 8; S Moran 6, P Dolan 6; S McWeeney 6, D Flynn 6, D McGovern 6; G Plunkett 6, E Sweeney 6, R O'Rourke 6. Subs: D Rooney 7 for Sweeney (h-t), D Moran 7 for Dolan (52), E Ward for D Flynn (66), E Mulligan for O'Rourke (68), C McGloin for Moran (73).

London - D McEvoy 6; M Moynihan 6, P Butler 6, C O'Neill 6; D Dunne 7, D Carrabine 6, R Jones 6; M Clarke 6, M Gottsche 7; A McGarvey 6, L Gavaghan 7, P McGirr 6; C Doran 6, J Hynes 5, B Tully 5. Subs: F McMahon 5 for McGarvey (48), L Gallagher 5 for Doran (48), S Hickey 5 for Hynes (54), N Coffey for McGirr (59), J Winters for Jones (68).

Ref - L Devenney (Mayo)

Shane Quinn celebrates scoring the decisive goal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Shane Quinn celebrates scoring the decisive goal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Leitrim's Shane Moran and Mark Gottsche of London battle for possession. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Leitrim's Shane Moran and Mark Gottsche of London battle for possession. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Leitrim players celebrate after clinching promotion to Division 3 with a win over London. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Leitrim players celebrate after clinching promotion to Division 3 with a win over London. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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