Saturday 18 August 2018

Moradi on mark for Leitrim

Leitrim 2-12 Fermanagh 1-11

Leitrim finished strongly with three unanswered points against Fermanagh (stock picture)
Leitrim finished strongly with three unanswered points against Fermanagh (stock picture)

A Zak Moradi goal 11 minutes from time paved the way for a deserved Leitrim victory in an entertaining game at the 3G Bawnacre Complex, Irvinestown.

Fermanagh scored in the first minute through Thomas Cleary but Colm Moreton's goal four minutes from half-time gave the visitors a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the break.

After an exchange of points on the resumption, Fermanagh had the better of the exchanges in the third quarter and their efforts were rewarded with a John Duffy goal in the 50th minute.

The same player followed up with a free to draw his side level with 15 minutes remaining.

However Leitrim were back in the lead with Moradi's 59th-minute goal followed one minute later by the dismissal of Fermanagh's towering centre-forward John Paul McGarry to a second yellow card.

Leitrim finished strongly with three unanswered points through leading scorers Clement Cunniffe and Cathal Donovan and a third by Ben Murray to put the game beyond the Ernesiders.

SCORERS ­- LEITRIM: C Moreton, Z Moradi 1-0 each, C Cunniffe 0-7 (6fs, 1 '65'), C O'Donovan 0-4, B Murray 0-1. FERMANAGH: J Duffy 1-5 (0-4fs), R Ó Buaigh 0-4 (1f), T Cleary, JP McGarry 0-1 each.

LEITRIM - D Molloy 8; K McGrath 7, C McCrann 8, P Earley 7; E Moreton 7, C Cunniffe 9, N McLoughlin 7; J Glancy 8, L Moreton 8; B Murray 8, K McDermott 8, D McGovern 8; C O'Donovan 9, C Moreton 9, Z Moradi 9. Subs: G O'Hagan 7 for C Moreton (55), D Ryan 7 for P Earley (55).

FERMANAGH - C McTeague 8; O Russell 6, S Curran 6, A Breslin 7; C Rafferty 6, M Teague 7, D Bannon 7; J Duffy 8, R Ó Buaigh 8; A Magee 6, JP McGarry 7, F O'Brien 7; B McPhillips 6, C McShea 6,T Cleary 7. Subs: B Duffy 6 for B McPhillips (50), A McShea for S Curran (64).

REF - A Devine (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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