After defeats in their opening two games, the pressure on Leitrim to deliver a win was well answered with a powerful second half performance, a trademark of many of last seasons games. Leitrim did not have it all their own way in the first half as they played into driving wind and rain and were two points in arrears after ten minutes following points from Dymphna O Brien. Sarah McLoughlin reduced the arrears as Leitrim were reduced to fourteen players for ten minutes following a Charlene Tyrrells sin bin offence. Leitrim battled bravely against the elements and an Ann Marie Cox free levelled matters during this period. However Limerick rallied and scored three unanswered points in the remainder of the half as Leitrim missed a number of chances to cut the deficit including a disallowed goal.
Within eight minutes of the restart Leitrim were level with three well worked points. Mid way through the half a Cox goal put Leitrim in front for the first time and they closed out the game with incredible committment and resolute defending all over the field to record a 1-8 to 0-6 win. This vistory relegated Limerick to Division 3 for next season and ensures Leitrim remain in Division 2 in addition to qualifying for the knock out stages of the League. Next Sunday Leitrim face a resurgent Dublin team who defeated Clare by eight points on Sunday.
11-Mar-07 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO