Leitrim picked up their first points of the league and hopes of avoiding relegation when they comprehensively defeated Connacht champions Sligo in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
In a lively first half Leitrim, minus four first-choice players through injury, were three points up without reply after 15 minutes but a brace of points from Philip Gallagher and Eamon Cawley kept the visitors in touch. However, further points from Leitrims top scorer on the day Emlyn Mulligan gave them a deserved half-time lead of 0-5 to 0-3.
Leitrim continued to dominate on the resumption and in the 49th minute, Fintan McBriens effort over the head of Phillip Greene in the Sligo goal dashed any hopes of a Sligo comeback. Their woes were compounded 10 minutes from time when Eamonn OHara was red carded.
ScórERS: Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-8 (6f), F McBrien 1-1, D Brennan,D Duignan,D Reynolds 0-1 each. Sligo: E Cawley 0-3, K Byrne,B Kivlehan,P Gallagher (1f) 0-1 each.
LEITRIM — E Lyons; D Reynolds,J McKeon,M McGuinness; G Reynolds,B Prior,S Foley; G McCloskey(Capt),R Gallagher; P McGuinness, D Maxwell,D Duignan; E Mulligan,D Brennan,C Duignan. Subs: D OConnor for C Duignan, F McBrien for Gallagher, P Howard for McGuinness.
SLIGO — P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donavan; J Davey, P Naughton, B Kivlehan; K Quinn, K Byrne; P Gallagher, E OHara, B Curran; E Cawley, M Brehony, D Kelly. Subs: K Sweeney for Gallagher, K Langan for Brehony, P Wilson for Quinn, P McGovern for Cawley.
REF — B Crowe (Cavan).
17-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie