Corrigan leads 13-man Fermanagh to victory
Fermanagh 2-16 Leitrim 1-11
A goal in each half set up Fermanagh for a comfortable victory at sun kissed Pairc Sean MhicDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
The first Fermanagh goal came after seven minutes through Conor McShea and with Ryan Bogue and Sean Corrigan in excellent form, Fermanagh dominated the exchanges.
The home side were forced to rely on the free taking exploits of Padraig O'Donnell to keep in touch.
A penalty netted by O'Donnell in the 28th minute reduced the arrears but the dismissal of midfielder Liam Moreton for a second yellow card left Leitrim with an uphill battle as Fermanagh led 1-10 to 1-3 at the interval.
Fermanagh captain Declan McGarry received a straight red card two minutes into the resumption as Leitrim tried to get back into the game.
The sides exchanged a brace of points before an excellent goal by man of the match Sean Corrigan - who contributed 1-8 - in the 50th minute gave Fermanagh a cushion.
The visitors were reduced to 13 men in the 56th minute with the dismissal of Matthew Teague for a second yellow card, but although Leitrim dominated the last 10 minutes, scoring five points without reply, it proved to be too little too late.
SCORERS - Fermanagh: S Corrigan 1-8 (0-3fs), C McShea 1-1, J Duffy 0-3, R Bogue 0-2, T Cleary, J P McGarry 0-1 each. Leitrim: P O'Donnell 1-9 (1-0 pen, 0-5fs), C Cunniffe, D McGovern 0-1 each
LEITRIM -D Molloy 6; J Early 6, V McDermott 5, F Earley 5; K McGrath 6, C Cunniffe 6, D McGovern 6; C Moreton 6, L Moreton 5; Z Moradi 6, P McWeeney 5, G O'Hagan 5; P O'Donnell 8, K McDermott 5, J Glancy 6
FERMANAGH - C McGarry 8; A Breslin 7, M Teague 5, E Mahon 7; B Duffy 7, M Slevin 7, T Cleary 7; J Duffy 8, R Bogue 8; J P McGarry 7, F McBrien 7, R Porteous 7; S Corrigan 9, D McGarry 5, C McShea 7
REF - K McGeeney (Roscommon)