Allianz Leagues NHL Div 4 Round 2
Leitrim 3 – 19
Cavan 1 – 8
Leitrim showed no mercy to neighbours Cavan in Ballinamore on Sunday afternoon when romping home with a comprehensive seventeen points Allianz Leagues NHL Division 4 victory over the Breffni men in what turned out to be a very one sided local hurling derby.
The Leitrim men also registered their first competitive win in this game under new Manager Martin Cunniffe, which was especially pleasing for Cunniffe and his side after they suffered a crushing sixteen points defeat at the hands of Tyrone a week earlier in their opening league game in Omagh.
At the interval on Sunday Leitrim led by twelve points with Malachy Dolly and Michael Lane netting for the home side in the opening half while Ciarán ONeill replied with three Cavan free conversions for the struggling visitors. There were some hopes of a change in the Cavan fortunes after the restart when ONeill hit the seconds halfs opening scores as he tapped over another free and added a point from play. But these hopes were soon dashed for the Breffni men when Leitrim went into complete overdrive again. Final score Leitrim 3-19, Cavan 1-8.
The Leitrim fullback line of Kevin McGrath, Vinny McDermott and newcomer Patrick McManus was rock solid in the clash with Cavan and starved the Breffni front line of Scóring chances for long periods. Meanwhile Leitrim midfielder and Bruree, Co Limerick club Michael Lane turned in a man-of-the-match performance.
Leitrim: Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Vincent McDermott, Patrick McManus, Seamus McTiernan, Stephen Feeney, David McTiernan, Michael Lane 1 – 7(2f.) Clement Cunniffe 0 – 5(2f.), Malachy Dolly 1 – 0, Dave McGovern 0 – 4, Mícheál Dolan, Declan Ryan, Dermot Kennedy 1 – 0, Brian Feeney 0 – 2. Subs Eamon. Walsh 0 – 1 for Dolly (45mins.), Mark ODonaghue for Kennedy (55mins.), Sean Beirne for Ryan (59mins.), Sean McTiernan for Lane (66mins.), Sean Bohan for D. McTiernan (67mins.).
23-Feb-11 by Colette Fox – PRO