Monday 19 March 2018

Robbins seals deal for Warwickshire

Warwickshire 1-15 Leitrim 2-9

Warwickshire's Sean Hennessy was red-carded late on
Warwickshire's Sean Hennessy was red-carded late on

In a contest to avoid the wooden spoon, a gutsier Warwickshire, who finished with 13 players, overcame Leitrim's 14 men in Carrick-on-Shannon.

In the last 10 minutes, Leitrim's Kevin McGrath saw red following an off-the-ball incident, Warwickshire's Shane Cullen received two yellows, and Sean Hennessy was red-carded late on.

The visitors led by 1-5 to 0-1 by the 14th minute, with Kieran O'Leary getting the goal. A 23rd-minute Fergal Earley goal brought Leitrim back into it, but Warwickshire led by 1-8 to 1-4 at half-time.

Seven minutes after the restart Semaco Moradi reduced Warwickshire's advantage to the minimum when he finished from close range to the net.

Hennessy added two points to put Warwickshire three ahead, but Clement Cunniffe shot over in reply to keep Leitrim in it. However, Dwyne Sheedy and Conor Robbins got a point apiece for Warwickshire to seal it.

Scorers – Warwickshire: S Hennessy 0-5 (3fs), K O'Leary 1-1, C Robbins, S Walsh 0-3 each, D Kennedy 0-2, D Sheedy 0-1. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-6 (6fs), S Moradi 1-0, M Poniard, D McGovern, C Moreton 0-1 each.

Warwickshire – M Cremin; G Kennedy, D Kennedy, Liam McGreevey; D Sheedy, K Hally, S Brough; S Conlon, C Behan; S Hennessy, C Robbins, S Walsh; K O'Leary, B Gaffney, B O'Leary. Subs: C McMullen for O'Leary (h-t), T Kelly for McGreevey (h-t), N McNamee for Brough (h-t).

Leitrim – M Quinn; M Domican, P McManus, P Earley; M Poniard, V McDermott, K O'Connor; S Kiernan, D McGovern; S Moradi, C Cunniffe, N McLoughlin; F Earley, C Moreton, K McGrath. Subs: J Earley for P Earley (12), L Moreton for Moradi (52), B Mulvey for McLoughlin (57).

REF – J Clarke (Cavan).

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