An injury-time free from Donal Shine handed GMIT a slender one-point victory over 13-man Leitrim in Tuam Stadium in Round One of the FBD League. The match — which was by no means cynical — saw a total of 10 yellow cards as the ill-discipline of the Leitrim side saw them fall short after leading throughout.
GMIT, facing a three-point deficit with 10 minutes left were awarded a penalty after Barry Prior hauled down Stephen KavanÓgh inside the area. Shine dispatched the penalty and followed up with two monster kicks late on to seal victory.
Despite dominating possession for the opening half GMIT found themselves two points in arrears at half-time, mainly thanks to the accuracy of Emlym Mulligan and an efficient Leitrim forward line.
After a great score from Brendan Faherty early in the second period brought GMIT within two points, a brace from Damien ODonnell pushed Leitrim further into the lead after an hour.
However, after using two substitutes in the second-half, they were forced to finish the match with 13 men as James Glancy followed Prior to the line late on, as the frequent stoppages spoiled the match as a spectacle.
GMIT: D Shine 1-7 (1-0 pen, 7f), B Flaherty 0-2.
Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-5 (5f),D ODonnell 0-3, D Maxwell, D Sweeney, D Gilhooley 0-1 each.
GMIT — R Hannan; E OSullivan, D Vaughan, P McGrath; A Deacy, D Lee, P McGinley; P Conroy, C Glynn; S Hughes, A Campbell, S KavanÓgh; M Martin, D Shine, B Flaherty.
Subs: M Kelly for D Vaughan (yellow card 35), C Boyle for P McGinley (yellow card 48), D Keane for P McGrath (yellow card 50) and C Mulrennan for M Martin (yellow card 57).
Leitrim — nÓgill; L Ferguson, B Prior (yellow card 60), D Flynn; B McWeeney, M Duignan, D Beck; S Canning, D Sweeney; D ODonnell, E Mulligan, D Duignan; R Cox, T Beirne, D Gilhooley.
Subs: A OFlynn for B McWeeney (yellow card 21), J Glancy (yellow card 71 for D Flynn (yellow card 31), D Maxwell for S Canning (yellow card 37), J Holohan for D Duignan (45), R Gallagher for D Sweeney (55), P Gilmartin for M Duignan (yellow card 57).
Ref — G Kinneavey (Galway).
05-Jan-09 by Irish Independant.ie