Leitrim delight fans with victory
Leitrim delighted their loyal fans with a famous victory over last year’s All-Ireland runners-up Mayo in the second round of the Connacht FBD League.
At Ballinamore this afternoon, Emlyn Mulligan played the captain’s role to a tee as his five-point salvo helped the underdogs record a 0-9 to 0-8 win.
It was Leitrim’s first competitive triumph over Mayo since 1994 and was based largely on a strong start during which the hosts raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead.
Adrian Croal landed a brace of points for the hosts, with Paddy McGowan and Ray Cox also getting on the scoresheet.
Despite the best efforts of Darren Coen and Alan Freeman (0-2 each), James Horan’s under-strength team - the panel are just back from a holiday in Miami - were unable to break Leitrim’s resistance in a tight second half.
Roscommon, who lost to Leitrim in the opening round, bounced back with a 1-20 to 1-4 hammering of GMIT at Strokestown today.
Meanwhile, in section A, Galway proved too strong for IT Sligo in Tuam as they accumulated 0-16 for the second match running.
The Tribesmen had a fine spread of scorers with corner forward Danny Cummins leading the way with 0-6. His colleagues in the full-forward line, Micheal Martin (0-4f) and Sean Armstrong (0-2) also scored well.
IT Sligo, who lost to Kevin Walsh’s county side in the first round, scored a goal through Galway’s Peadar Seoighe and David Maye finished with 0-4.
Sligo recorded their second win of the provincial competition by outlasting NUI Galway in a closely-fought fixture at Tourlestrane.
Walsh’s charges held on for a 0-14 to 1-9 victory, aided by a five-point contribution from free-taker Niall Murphy (0-4f). Corner forward Kenneth Sweeney starred in open play with 0-4.
Cathal Freeman registered 1-2 for the college side. His second half goal cut the gap to a single point but the Yeats men, who face Galway in a decisive round 3 tie next Sunday, managed to stay in front.
CONNACHT FBD LEAGUE GROUP STAGES –
Galway 0-16 IT Sligo 1-5, Tuam Stadium
Sligo 0-14 NUI Galway 1-9, Tourlestrane
Roscommon 1-20 GMIT 1-4, Strokestown
Leitrim 0-9 Mayo 0-8, Ballinamore