Nicky Rackard – Leitrim v Fermanagh
Leitrim 2-13 Fermanagh 1-11
Monday July 07 2008
Leitrim secured their first victory in this competition by beating a strong Fermanagh side in a high-intensity game at Carrick-on-Shannon.
Fermanagh led briefly by the 10th minute but two first-half goals by Leitrims Colm Hayes in the 12th minute and Liam Burns in the 23rd minute rocked Fermanagh.
However, the visitors finished the half strongly when Jason McManus netted in the 32nd minute quickly followed by a Declan McGarry 65 and a Ryan Bogue point to leave Leitrim ahead 2-6 to 1-11.
Fermanagh lost their first-half momentum as Leitrim took control, hitting five points without reply to be well ahead with 10 minutes left.
Bogue and McManus reduced the arrears but Clement Cunniffe steadied the Leitrim ship with a pointed free seven minutes from time.
ScórERS — Leitrim: C Cunniffe 0-8 (6f), L Burns 1-2, C Hayes 1-0, B Carroll 0-2, M Burns 0-1. Fermanagh: J McManus 1-1, R Bogue 0-5 (3f),K Kehoe 0-2, D McGarry (1 65), O McShea, J Duffy 0-1 each.
LEITRIM — F McKiernan; K McGrath,J Keane,nÓglancy; V McDermott, S Feeney, D Tiernan; J Glancy, C Cunniffe; D Poinaird, L Burns, C Hayes; M Poinaird, B Carroll, M Burns. Subs: M McKeon for D Tiernan.P McWeeney for D Poinaird, K OConnor for M McKeon.
Fermanagh — P McEvoy; M Beagan, F Bannon, M Teague; D Slevin, J McManus, F McBrien; B Smyth, D McGarry; O McShea, K Kehoe, J Duffy; D Curran, M Slevin, R Bogue. Subs: C Rice for D Slevin, S Corrigan for O McShea.
REF — C Groome (Offaly)
09-Jul-08 by Irish Independant.ie