South Down 3-11 Leitrim 2-12
Favourites South Down were pushed all the way by a resurgent Leitrim in an open and exciting encounter at windswept Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
The home side got off to a terrific start leading 1-6 to 0-2 after 25 minutes, but when the Leitrim keeper Fintan McKiernan dropped the ball into his own net following a 65 by John Brown, it left the half-time score just 1-7 to 1-6 in Leitrims favour.
A second Leitrim goal in the 42nd minute by Colm Hayes extended their lead, but two South DownÓgoals by Jonathon McCusker and John OKane between the 44th and 48th minute put the visitors ahead for the first time and despite a late rally resulting in three Leitrim points without reply in the closing minutes, the visitors held out.
South Down: J McCusker1-2, J Brown (1-165), J OKane1-1 each, K Maxwell( 0-1f), K Sloan(0-3f) 0-3 each, A Brown 0-1.
Leitrim: C Hayes 1-5 (0-4f), K OConnor 1-0, C Cunniffe 0-4 (0-2f), D Poinaird 0-2, B Carroll 0-1.
SOUTH DOWN — G McMullen; N Conway, B McAleenan,M Murphy; J McGrath, M Duggan,A Higgins; T Jennings, K Maxwell; J McCusker, J Brown,E McGuinness; J OKane,K Sloan,A Brown.
LEITRIM — F McKiernan; nÓglancy,J Keane,K McGrath; V McDermott,M Poinaird,D Tiernan; J Glancy,C Cunniffe; B Carroll,C Hayes,S Feeney;D Poinaird,K OConnor,T Cronin.
Subs: M McKeon for K McGrath.
REF — A Kelly (Galway).
24-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie