Leitrim were on the wrong end of a thrashing on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon when midlanders Offaly were the visitors. Backed by a strong breeze, Offaly opened the Scóring and had five points on the board after ten minutes without a response from the home side. Leitrim battled back before half-time and trailed 0-3 to 0-7 at the break.
However, playing into the breeze in the second half, the visitors adapted their style of play to a short passing game and continued on their rampage. A goal from Roy Malone midway through the second half finally killed off the Leitrim challenge. An injury-time goal from Alan Mulhall completed the rout for Offaly, who now lie second behind Donegal in the Division 2A table, while Leitrim drop to sixth. The final score was 2-10 to 0-04.
Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, J. McKeon, M. McGuinness, M. Greene, N. Kilbane, B. Prior, C. Carroll, P. Farrell (0-1), B. Brennan, D. Lynch, N. Doonan, J. McGuinness, S. Quinn, M. Foley (0-3, 2f). Subs: C. Regan for B. Brennan, J. Guckian for P. Farrell, P. McGarry for N. Doonan.
Offaly: C. McNamara, S. Sullivan, C. Evans, S. Brady, B. Mooney (0-2), C. Daly, K. Slattery (0-1), C. McManus (0-2), A. McNamee, R. Malone (1-0), P. Kellaghan (0-1), C. Farrell (0-1), J. O’Neill (0-1), N. McNamee (0-1), J. Reynolds (0-1). Subs: J. Hurst for S. Sullivan, C. Quinn for A. McNamee, A. Mulhall (1-0) for C. Farrell, R. Guinan for J. O’Neill, B. Malone for K. Slattery.
15-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly