Allianz NHL Division Four – Final Round
Leitrim 0 – 15
Fermanagh 1 – 11
Leitrims top scorer Clement Cunniffe secured a narrow victory for his side over Fermanagh when he found the range from two frees late in Saturdays NHL Division Four nip and tuck Carrick-on-Shannon clash.
With the concluding round of games taking place on Saturday last Leitrims victory over Fermanagh allowed them edge the Ernesiders out of third place in the final Division Four League table rankings by a just one point score difference margin also.
After playing with the wind Fermanagh led by 1 – 5 to 0 – 7 at halftime with Karl Kehoe Scóring the Erne sides goal in the 9th minute.
Cunniffe levelled matters within 45 seconds of the restart when he converted one of his seven successful frees of the afternoon.
Fermanagh then edged into a minimum margin lead by the 46th minute after Ryan Bogue, John Duffy and Declan McGarry shot over in turn.
The sides drew level on three further occasions following that before Cunniffes strikes near the end edged Leitrim into a two points lead.
But Ryan Bogue reduced Leitrims advantage to the minimum when he shot over for Fermanagh just prior to the final whistle.
Leitrim: Fintan McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Vinny McDermott, David Tiernan, Niall Glancy, James McGrail, Stephen Feeney, Keith Connolly, Clement Cunniffe 0 – 8(7f), Gary Hickey 0 – 1, Colm Hayes 0 – 2, Shane Kiernan 0 – 4(3f.), Paul Lyons, Conor Burns, Kevin OConnor, Subs Padraig McWeeney for Hickey (55 mins.), Paul McKiernan for Lyons (70 mins.).
Fermanagh: Peter McEvoy, Mathew Teague, Fergus Bannon, Colm Rice, Mark Slevin, Declan McGarry 0 – 1, Barry Smith, Ryan Bogue 0 – 5(4f.), EamonÓgoan, John Duffy, Brendan McGarry, Dermot Curran 0 – 1, Sean Corrigan 0 – 1, Karl Kehoe 1 – 0, Andrew Breslin 0 – 1. Subs Francis McBrien for Smyth (YC 42 mins.), Mark Curran for Slevin (56 mins.), Shea Curran for Teague (YC 67 mins.)
Referee: Brendan Sweeney (Cavan).
01-Apr-09 by PJ Leddy