Thursday 23 November 2017

Leitrim make history to book place in Croker

Lory Meagher Cup: Leitrim 3-15 Sligo 3-8

Colm Moreton opened the scoring for Leitrim with a point from play within a minute at Carrick-on-Shannon. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Colm Moreton opened the scoring for Leitrim with a point from play within a minute at Carrick-on-Shannon. Stock photo: Sportsfile
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A Leitrim senior hurling team will grace Croke Park for the first time following a comfortable victory over Sligo on Saturday in the final round of games in the Lory Meagher Cup.

Colm Moreton opened the scoring for Leitrim with a point from play within a minute at Carrick-on-Shannon. That was followed by 2-2 from Padraig O'Donnell. Keith Raymond opened the scoring for Sligo with a pointed free after 11 minutes.

A second Moreton point extended Leitrim's lead, but Sligo regrouped and were rewarded with a Martin Davey goal in the 19th minute.

Leitrim then tacked on a further three points without reply, but Sligo finished the half strongly with two more goals - from Michael Gilmartin and Martin Davey - to leave Leitrim ahead by 2-7 to 3-3 at half-time.

A Padraig O'Donnell '65' for Leitrim in the 38th minute was cancelled out by a matching score from Sligo's Cormac Behan.

However, during a 15-minute spell the home side extended their lead with four unanswered scores that saw them lead by five points. A Zak Moradi goal three minutes from time clinched a famous victory for Leitrim.

SCORERS - Leitrim: P O'Donnell 2-6 (3 '65 2f ), Z Moradi 1-2, K McDermott 0-3, C Moreton, C O'Donovan 0-2 each

Sligo: M Davey 2-0, M Gilmartin 1-0, K Raymond 0-2 (1f), C Behan 0-3, K Banks, M O'Callaghan, C Griffin 0-1 each

LEITRIM: D Molloy 8, K McGrath 7, D Carton 7, V McDermott 7, E Moreton 7, C Byrne 8, D McGovern 7, L Moreton 8, J Glancy 8, C O'Donovan 9, C Moreton 9, K McDermott 9, P O'Donnell 9, C Cunniffe 9, Z Moradi 9. Subs: M Quinn 7 for C Moreton (HT). G O'Hagan for V McDermott (67m).

SLIGO: D Loughnane 8, E Comerford 6, T Brennan 6, N McDermott, K Banks 7, K Raymond 7, L Reidy 6, C Behan 7, E Kilgallon 7, T O'Kelly-Lynch 6, K Gilmartin 6, P Kilcoyne 6, J McHugh 6, M Davey 7, M Gilmartin 7. Subs: T Kelly 6 for T Brennan (9m). G Feely 7 for N McDermott (23m). C Griffin 7 for T O'Kelly-Lynch (26m). M O'Callaghan 7 for M Gilmartin (50m).

REF - A Ferguson (Fermanagh).

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