O'Kelly-Lynch the spark in Sligo attack
Sligo 4-16 Leitrim 2-12
Sligo's superior skills combined with some excellent scores by Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch gave them a deserved victory in a hugely enjoyable Lory Meagher Cup opener at Ballinamore on Saturday.
Sligo had the better of the early exchanges, leading four points to one after 11 minutes but three unanswered points followed by a Zack Moradi goal in the 18th minute gave the home side the upper hand.
Two Sligo goals in the closing stages of the half put the visitors ahead but a Leitrim goal in added-time left the score 2-7 a piece at the break.
The early stages of the second half produced a flurry of scores on both sides before Peader Leonard popped up with goal for Sligo in the 50th minute.
Leitrim responded with two points to leave just a point between the sides going into the final 15 minutes.
However, the home challenge faded and with O'Kelly-Lynch leading the attack, Sligo scored 1-6 without reply, the goal by Ciaran Brennan coming in the 70th minute.
Scorers - Leitrim: Z Moradi (1-2), K McDermott (1-0), P O'Donnell (0-4f), C Cunniffe (0-2f), L Moreton (0-2), J Clancy, C Moreton (0-1 each). Sligo: C Brennan, (2-0), G O'Kelly-Lynch (1-8 4f, 1 '65), P Leonard (1-2), R Brennan (0-2), G Cadden (0-2), D Fahy, G Waldron, (0-1 each).
Leitrim - P McKiernan, P Earley, M Domican, J Earley, K O'Connor, J Glancy, V McDermott, L Moreton, C Cunniffe, Z Moradi, J Ryan, D McGovern, F Earley, P O'Donnell, C Moreton.
Subs: K Ward for D McGovern (28), K McDermott for F Earley (32). K McGrath for K O'Connor (43).
Sligo - S Hayes, T Brennan, M Davey, R Redmond, E McGowan, A Morrsion, J Kenny, N Hyland, G O'Kelly-Lynch, G Cadden, C Brennan, G Waldron, R Brennan, D Fahy, P Leonard.
Subs: F Keown for R Brennan (36). T Kelly for D Fahy (60).
Ref - K McGeeney (Mayo).