LEITRIM turned in a sparkling second-half performance to crush the Managerless and pointless Carlow in an entertaining game in Cloone.
Matters were evenly matched in the opening 18 minutes when the sides traded two points. Brian Kelly put over a pair of Carlow frees, while Fintan McBrien and Declan Maxwell hit the target for Leitrim.
Leitrim edged into a decisive lead by the 27th minute, with James Glancy Scóring a goal while Ciaran Duignan, Shane Foley, Donal Brennan, Fintan McBrien and Gary McCloskey added a point each, all without reply from the visitors.
However, Brian Kelly hit back with four converted frees to leave Carlow trailing by four points, with the half-time score standing at 1-7 to 0-6.
Ciaran Duignan added two Leitrim points from frees in the opening quarter of the second half, before Kelly replied with his seventh converted free for Carlow.
Carlow were right back in contention when Mark Carpenter drove home a well-takenÓgoal in the 50th minute.
However, they failed to score for the rest of the game as Leitrim went on to shoot an unanswered two goals and six points.
Carlow were reduced to 14 players before the finish when Brian Leonard was dismissed for two yellow cards.
ScórERS – Leitrim: D Brennan, J Glancy 1-1 each, P McGuinness 1-0, C Duignan 0-7, D Maxwell, F McBrien 0-2 each, C Regan, G McCloskey 0-1 each. Carlow: M Carpenter 1-0, B Kelly 0-7
LEITRIM – nÓgill, M McGuinness, J McKeon, D Reynolds, C Regan, B McWeeney, S Foley, C Farrell, G McCloskey, B Brennan, D Maxwell, C Duignan, F McBrien, D Brennan, J Glancy. Subs: M Duignan for Farrell (19), B Prior for B Brennan (19), C Kennedy for McBrien (45), A O Flynn for McKeon (65), P McGuinness for J Glancy (67)
CARLOW – J Clarke, J Ryan, B Leonard, B English, P Cashin, M Nolan, C Bolger, G Morrisey, R McGrath, JJ Smith, P Reid, M Carpenter, D Hayden, B Farrell, B Kelly. Subs: N Conway for Morrissey (32), A Murphy for Farrell (32), J Roche for Bolger (57), K Nolan for Cashin (62), G Farrell for Smith (66)
REF – A McLynn (Derry)
26-Mar-07 by Unison.ie