Allianz Football League Division 4 – Fermanagh 0-13 Limerick 1-10

Fermanagh drew with Limerick on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-10 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Brewster Park Enniskillen.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-17

Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-22 to 0-17 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday at Casement Park.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-17 Dublin 0-13

Waterford 0-17 Dublin 0-13

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Waterford will enjoy Division 1A hurling next season following a 0-17 to 0-13 win over league champions Dublin, who face a relegation play-off in two weeks’ time against Galway. The home side, playing in front of a good home crowd at Fraher Field, built up a fine 0-12 to 0-04 half-time lead, with last season’s minor player Gavin O’Brien landing four points from play. Dublin, with David Treacy hitting four points, and sub Rory O’Carroll and Eamon Dillon getting on the scoresheet, fought back. But the experienced John Mullane scored twice, and sub Eoin Kelly pointed from play as Maurice Shanahan ended with four points to help their county to survive in top-flight hurling next season.

The win now means that Michael Ryan’s team can now prepare for their championship meeting with Clare and look forward to top flight hurling next season. Before throw in, Dublin knew that they were facing a relegation play-off, whatever the result. The only matter to resolve was would it be Waterford again in two weeks time or Galway? As for Michael Ryan’s Waterford side, a win against Dublin and a defeat for Galway in Kilkenny, would see the Munster side avoid the drop.

Both sides came into the match on the back of good results with Waterford having won in Galway for their first league win of the campaign. Dublin had scored a late goal in Croke Park to earn a draw with Tipperary. In the opening half the home side started very well, showing greater urgency and with young Gavin O’Brien putting over the points from play and with Pauric Mahony adding three points from frees before the break, it helped Waterford into an eight-point half-time advantage.

Dublin were more determined in the second half and they reduced the deficit to four points, mainly thanks to scores from David Treacy, who finished with four points, Eammon Dillon, three from play, and a couple from sub Ross O’Carroll. The visitors were reduced to 14 men when Dean Curran was given a second yellow card by Cork referee Diarmuid Kirwin in the 55th minute. But in the end the experience and guile of John Mullane, who is the highest scorer in senior hurling from play over the last eight years, with a total after today of 147 in that period, helped by 37-year-old Tony Browne, still outstanding at half-back and the introduction of late substitute Eoin Kelly, saw Waterford keep their place in top flight hurling next season.

Waterford: A Power; A Kearney, L Lawlor,P Mahony; T Browne(0-1), M Walsh, S O’Sullivan; K Moran(0-1), D Twomey; E McGrath, M Shanahan(0-4,0-2f), P Mahony(0-3f); J Mullane(0-2), S Walsh(0-1), G O’Brien(0-4).

Subs: S Daniels for Lawlor (inj 38),S Mulumphy for Pauric Mahony(43), E Kelly(0-1) for Walsh(63), D O’Sullivan for Twomey(69).

Dublin: Gary Maguire; R Trainor, N Corcoran, O Gough; D Curran, M Quity, J McCaffery(0-1f); D Curtin, S Lambert; D Tracey(0-4,0-3f), M O’Brien, R O’Dwyer(0-1); D O’Callaghan, E Dillon(0-3), N McMorrow(0-1).

Subs: P Carton and C Clinton for Lambert and O’Brien (both h/t), R O’Carroll(0-2) for O’Callaghan(44), D Sutcliff(0-1) for Curtin(59).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23

Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23

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Pat Horgan’s last-gasp point secured a draw for Cork at the end of a thrilling Allianz Hurling Division 1A contest against Tipperary in Thurles. Second-placed Cork and Tipp, in third, will meet again in the Division 1 semi-finals, a rematch which will be keenly anticipated. Horgan and Darren Sweetnam helped the Rebels move 0-13 to 0-11 ahead after an evenly-balanced first half. Pa Bourke and Conor Lehane swapped second half goals and although Tipp had looked likely winners, the visitors levelled at the death.

These great Munster rivals were level on seven occasions during the opening 35 minutes, which were played at a near-Championship pace and with bubbling competitiveness all over the pitch. The Semple Stadium spectators, numbering 10,150, were treated to a terrific battle that was launched by a busy opening spell – early points from Horgan, Lehane and Jamie Coughlan showed Cork’s eagerness to build on their victory over All-Ireland champions Kilkenny.

Pa Bourke had squeezed in a point for Tipp before the hosts put together some cohesive phases of play which resulted in points for Thomas Stapleton, Gearoid Ryan, John O’Brien and James Woodlock. The free-flowing nature of the match held the crowd spellbound and certainly whetted their appetites for the summer’s Championship action. Indeed, there were 22 points scored from open play in the first half, with Pa Bourke and William Egan converting a free apiece for their respective sides.

Horgan and teenage starlet Sweetnam had Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men back level at 0-06 each by the 15th minute and they managed to nose ahead just before the half-time whistle with Horgan contributing four points from play.
Tipperary boss Declan Ryan rued a late missed opportunity though as Brian O’Meara, having been put through on goal in the 33rd minute, shot straight at Cork captain Donal Óg Cusack.

The home side did manage to ripple the Cork net three minutes into the second half. O’Brien pointed to reduce the margin to the minimum before Pa Bourke was fouled by Seán Óg Ó’hAilpín for a 20-metre and he then drove a powerful shot past the Cork rearguard on the line.

The wing forward’s goal stood out as the difference between the sides as Horgan and the strong-running Cathal Naughton added points for Cork, and Pa and Shane Bourke and Noel McGrath raised further white flags for Tipp.

McGrath moved Ryan’s charges into a 1-17 to 0-16 lead but back came Cork with Horgan adding to his tally and then a tremendous goal from youngster Lehane, who found a way past Brendan Cummins as the hour mark approached. Tipp reacted well to the concession of the goal though, putting together a run of points from top scorer Pa Bourke and substitute Eoin Kelly to move 1-21 to 1-17 ahead.

Somehow Cork had the reserves of energy to get back on terms in an exciting finale. Naughton took his personal haul to four and further scores from Horgan, Pa Cronin and substitute John Gardiner, who made an immediate impact with a rousing effort from long range, tied the game at 1-22 apiece.

Shane Bourke’s third point of the afternoon saw Tipp nip back in front in the 70th minute, but Horgan’s ninth successful shot at the posts brought the sides level for the tenth and final time.

Scorers – Tipperary: P Bourke 1-06 (1-02f), N McGrath 0-05, S Bourke, J O’Brien 0-03 each, G Ryan 0-02, T Stapleton, P Maher, J Woodlock, E Kelly 0-01 each

Cork: P Horgan 0-09 (0-03f), C Lehane 1-02, C Naughton 0-04, D Sweetnam 0-03, J Coughlan 0-02, W Egan (0-01f), P Cronin, J Gardiner 0-01 each

Tipperary: B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; S Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.
Subs used: S McGrath for Ryan (half-time), E Kelly for O’Meara (49 mins), T Hammersley for N McGrath (55), J Ryan for Woodlock (60), A Ryan for B Maher (70).

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; S Óg Ó’hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Sweetnam; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.
Subs used: L O’Farrell for Coughlan (58 mins), T Kenny for Sweetnam (64), J Gardiner for McLoughlin (69).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Derry 0-15 Kerry 1-7

Derry defeated Kerry by 0-15 to 1-7 in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday at Celtic Park Derry.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry on Sunday is as follows:

1. PJ Gorman (Ballyduff) 2. James O’Connor (Abbeydorney) 3. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley) 4. Rory Horgan (St. Brendan’s) 5. Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills) 6. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue) 7. Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff) 8. Diarmuid Walsh (Ballyheigue) 9. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 10. Colm Harty (Causeway) 11. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff) 12. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney) 13. James Flaherty (Lixnaw) 14. Aidan Boyle (CAPTAIN) (Ballyduff) 15. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)

Substitutes: 16. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 17. John Fitzgerald (Causeway) 18. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 19. Darren Wallace (St Brendan’s) 20. Jason Leahy (Causeway) 21. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)

Team Management

Bainisteóir: John Meyler

Trainer: Joe O’Connor,

Trainer: Wayne Murphy

Coach: Eddie Murphy

Selectors: John Hennessey & Christy Walsh


The Kerry team has twelve changes from the game V Down last week.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 2-14 Offaly 0-19

Davy Fitz has the last laugh for Banner

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 2-14 Offaly 0-19

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CLARE staged a late snatch-and-grab raid to deny Offaly in a thrilling encounter in Tullamore yesterday. Leading by two points, 0-18 to 1-13, inside the last five minutes, Offaly looked set to claim the win that might have secured them a berth in the decider. Clare, however, already assured of their place in the final, were reading from a different script and a Cathal Chaplin goal, after very poor Offaly defending, put them in the lead with two minutes left. A point from Cathal Parlon levelled it up again, but Clare had the last say when Aaron Cunningham’s superb point sealed a win.

It was a fine win by Clare who played most of the game with 14 men after Fergal Lynch received a straight red card for a pull on David Kenny after just eight minutes. The game pitted two of the heroes of Clare hurling — Davy Fitzgerald and Ollie Baker — on opposite sides of the fence, with Fitzgerald in charge of the visitors and Baker manning the sideline for the home side. Even though Clare could afford to lose, they tackled their task with great enthusiasm and were clearly the better side in the first half as they made little of their numerical disadvantage.

Clare were leading by 0-3 to 0-1 when Lynch saw red and they continued to dictate the pace of the game after this. Offaly struggled to find any decent momentum in the first half, but they did hang on grimly in Clare’s slipstream and they were only 0-6 to 0-5 behind after 23 minutes. Then Clare upped the ante and went five clear with points from Liam Markham, Cunningham, Caimin Morey and Patrick Kelly. They would have been further ahead but for some bad wides and Offaly rallied before the break with two Shane Dooley frees sending them in trailing by 0-10 to 0-7.

Offaly gave a vastly improved performance in the second half as they finally turned the screw on Clare. Three Dooley points and one from Derek Morkan had them on level terms, 0-11 each, after 16 minutes of the half and with the wind on their backs and an extra man, the odds very definitely favoured them. A point from substitute Colin Egan edged Offaly in front, but Clare responded with a badly needed point from Colin Ryan.

It was tremendously exciting from here in, with Dooley’s ’65’ putting Offaly back in front before a brilliantly taken goal from substitute Bryan Donnellan, after he raced through the middle and drove a powerful shot to the bottom of the net with 18 minutes left, put Clare in the driving seat. Offaly responded very impressively and points from Dooley (two) and Joe Bergin had them back in front in the 58th minute.

A big turning point arrived 10 minutes from time when Offaly were awarded a penalty after Bergin was unceremoniously dragged down by Donal Tuohy as he powered through on goal. Dooley opted to tap the penalty over the bar, but with Limerick hammering Antrim and Offaly needing to win by a few points, he really should have been going for the net. This left the door open for a grateful Clare and they took full advantage with their late scores.

Man of the Match: J McInerney (Clare)

SCORERS — Clare: C Ryan 0-7 (6f), B Donnellan, C Chaplin 1-0 each, C McInerney, A Cunningham 0-2 each, P Kelly, L Markham, C Morey 0-1 each; Offaly: S Dooley 0-12 (8f, 1p and 1 ’65’), J Bergin 0-3, D Morkan, S Ryan, C Egan, C Parlon 0-1 each.

CLARE — D Tuohy 7; E Glynn 8, P Kelly 7, D O’Donovan 6; E Barrett 6, J McInerney 9, P O’Connor 6; C Galvin 6, L Makham 8; C Morey 6, C Ryan 8, F Lynch 5; C McInerney 7, C Chaplin 6, A Cunningham 8. Subs: S O’Halloran 6 for Morey (h-t), B Donnellan 6 for Galvin (h-t), E Hayes 6 for C McInerney (50).

OFFALY — J Dempsey 7; C McDonald 6, D Kenny 8, D Franks 6; B Harding 6, D Morkan 6, J Rigney 6; D Horan 8, B Murphy (6); J Bergin 8, C Mahon 6, D Mooney 6; S Dooley 9, G Healion 6, S Ryan 7. Subs: E Murphy 6 for Mooney (28), C Egan 7 for Healion (h-t), T Carroll 6 for Ryan (44), C Parlon 6 for Carroll (54).

REF — J Sexton (Cork)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 1-12 Dublin 0-12

Gritty Rebels on spring roll

Cork 1-12 Dublin 0-12

By Fintan O’Toole, Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The 2010 All-Ireland champions maintained their status as league specialists while the 2011 kingpins’ interest in springtime endeavours are terminated. Those were the outcomes to be digested after yesterday’s Division 1 league encounter in Páirc Uí Chaoimh where 3,707 patrons witnessed an Easter Sunday game that lacked the thunder of championship fare but still revealed enough to confirm both Cork and Dublin can travel far this summer.

Cork’s stab at a four-in-a-row of sorts – after a Division 2 title in 2009 and the last two Division 1 crowns – is still intact as they booked a semi-final berth against Down next Sunday. They have firmly bossed their ties against the Mourne men in recent times yet their opponents will have renewed vigour when they meet next. Conor Counihan watched his Aghada clubmate Pearse O’Neill swing over the late point that copper-fastened Cork’s triumph and shifted focus to the next challenge. “It will be a good game for us – probably in Croke Park, I’d imagine – so we’ll be looking forward to that. We’ve seen a lot of each other over the past three years and it won’t be easy but we’ll give it our best shot,” he said.

There were enough good things about Cork’s performance in the first-half here that ultimately ensured they secured victory. The decisive score in the 19th minute had a hint of good fortune about it when Aidan Walsh’s fingertips interrupted the flight of Graham Canty’s long ball and with Michael Savage hesitant in the Dublin goal, the ball bounced into the corner. But elsewhere Cork were impressive from the assurance of Michael Shields at full-back, the holes Eoin Cadogan punched in his forays forward and the threat Walsh posed in his deployment at full-forward. When Walsh found the net they were ahead 1-5 to 0-1 and the interval advantage was still substantial as they lead 1-8 to 0-5.

The final score of the half from Colm O’Neill that originated from a great turnover by Fintan Goold was typical of Cork’s early drive. Yet those standards slumped after the break in the face of a strong wind and Dublin renaissance. “Four points in the second half – you wouldn’t win many games with that,” reflected Counihan. “The key for us is that if you’re not going to dominate for 70 minutes we need to dominate for longer periods. We need to be more consistent and it’s something we’re struggling with.”

His opposite management number could relate to that statement. Pat Gilroy did not mince his words in the wake of the previous weekend’s humbling in Castlebar and the opening quarter of this game held the worrying forecast that a repeat was on the cards. But Dublin ploughed away with Rory O’Carroll, Michael Darragh MacAuley and Kevin McManamon proficient in that regard. They strung together four points on the trot after the break, all stylish scores from play courtesy of Bryan Cullen, Fennell, McManamon and MacAuley, to trim the gap to two.

The momentum was behind them but Dublin could not bridge the gap. They were not helped by errant shooting with Diarmuid Connolly the biggest culprit. Cork managed to gain a foothold in the game once more. The O’Neills, Pearse and Colm, prised apart Dublin’s mass defence to take the sting out of the capital side’s comeback. Despite McManamon looking like he could do damage, Dublin were never able to carve open the Cork defence. Still their manager was adopting a half-full glass attitude after.

“We’d be a hell of a lot happier than we were this time last week,” he said. “I thought our discipline was good today. I thought we were actually doing alright in the first-half except we conceded a stupid goal. In the second half in particular we really showed plenty of appetite for the fight. “But we missed far too much, we had 14 or 15 wides, far too many in a game against somebody like Cork.”

Gilroy boarded the bus back to Dublin with the league scrubbed from memory and their focus trained on championship matters. “We have eight weeks now to get ourselves right for the championship. It was a very important day for us today to get a good performance out of ourselves. “We know the bottom line for us in the championship is if we have that intensity, we’ll be a good team. That is the clear message from the league – the couple of games where we were really off that, we were brutal.”

Scorers for Cork: A Walsh 1-1, C O’Neill 0-4 (2fs), D O’Connor (f), P Kerrigan, P O’Neill 0-2 each, F Goold 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: D Connolly 0-5 (2fs), B Cullen, MD MacAuley, K McManamon 0-2 each, E Fennell 0-1.

Subs for Cork: P Kissane for Kiely (ht), N Murphy for O’Connor (55), N O’Leary for Cadogan (65), J O’Sullivan for Cotter (67).

Subs for Dublin: D Bastic for Murray (32), B Cahill for Byrne (ht), P Brogan for Nolan (61), D Kelly for Dias (61), R McConnell for Fennell (66).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 0-11 Offaly 0-8

Tipp win sends Offaly down

Tipperary 0-11 Offaly 0-08

By Jackie Cahill, Clonmel for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary, already relegated from Division 3, took Offaly with them yesterday as Peter Creedon’s first game in charge of the Premier County produced a deserved three-point win. Offaly’s players knew relegation rivals Cavan were losing to Antrim and victory for the Faithful County would have saved their skins. But this was a desperately disappointing performance from a poor Offaly team as their six starting forwards managed just a single point from play between them, scored by Michael Brazil in the second half. Offaly trailed 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time but spurned three early goal chances. Barry Grogan finished as Tipperary’s leading scorer once again with six points, including three from play. And Creedon’s substitutions worked a treat as Tipp collected their first League win of the season. Bernard O’Brien scored three points after coming on while fellow subs Donagh Leahy and Alan Moloney bagged a point each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-6 (3fs), B O’Brien 0-3 (1f), A Moloney, D Leahy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: B O’Connor 0-4, B Allen 0-2fs, A Mulhall (45), M Brazil 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; R Kiely, P Codd, A Morrissey; A Campbell, R Costigan, C McDonald; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; D Heffernan, P Acheson, A Matassa; M Quinlivan, C Sweeney, B Grogan.

Subs: D Leahy for Matassa (ht), B O’Brien for Sweeney (ht), A Moloney for Heffernan (54).

OFFALY: A Mulhall; J Moloney, E Rigney, J Gallagher; P McConway, B Darby, D Kelly; B O’Connor, A McNamee; M Brazil, A Kennaghan, G Guilfoyle; B Allen, N Dunne, A Sullivan.

Subs: N Darby for Guilfoyle (50), J Coughlan for Sullivan (62).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-12 Mayo 1-12

Sheehan rescues Kingdom in Act I

Kerry 1-12 Mayo 1-12

By Kieran McCarthy, Austin Stack Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

If the sequel matches the original then next weekend’s Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-final between Kerry and Mayo is certainly not one to miss. Despite trailing by eight points (1-8 to 0-3) at one stage in the first-half, table-toppers Kerry salvaged a last-gasp draw against 14-man Mayo, thanks to a Bryan Sheehan trademark free in injury-time. After a game that had everything — a Mayo red-card, a Kerry penalty, a host of yellow cards, a disallowed Kingdom goal and an injury-time leveller — the two counties will now clash again next weekend in a league semi-final.

But Kerry boss Jack O’Connor was satisfied that his charges stretched the county’s unbeaten run to five games, insisting momentum is important. “We started poorly and gave them an eight-point lead but we were determined to keep the run going for as long as we can so it was good to come back and get the draw. Our fellas fought tooth and nail. We had a lot of new players in there. It was a great experience and they will improve from it.” And even though this draw was enough to take Mayo into the league semi-finals and banish any prospect of relegation, manager James Horan admitted his side struggled once wing-back Lee Keegan was red-carded (two yellows) 11 minutes into the-second-half. “That affected us as we ran out of juice in the second half and Kerry came on strong at us. We held out though and got in some good turnovers. We had chances near the end but the lads did not take the right shot options. We had a couple frees in the scoring-zone that we missed but we will look at those and review them.”

Mayo bossed the majority of the first-half, thanks to the midfield dominance of Aidan O’Shea and the forward prompting of Andy Moran, Kevin McLoughlin, Alan Dillon and Cillian O’Connor. They moved 0-3 to 0-1 ahead inside ten minutes, with O’Connor (2 frees) and Jason Doherty on target. While Kerry drew level (0-3 apiece) and had a Colm Cooper goal disallowed, Mayo rattled off 1-5 without reply to surge 1-8 to 0-3 ahead, as Jason Doherty fisted a Cillian O’Connor centre to the net.

The hosts, wearing black armbands in memory of former Kerry players John Egan and Dermot Hanafin who passed away in recent days, finished the half on a high, when a pair of Sheehan frees sandwiched efforts from Cooper and Patrick Curtin and Kerry trailed 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time. Needing inspiration, Kerry rolled their big guns off the bench, with Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Marc Ó Sé and Declan O’Sullivan all called into action for “a bit of composure and a bit and energy” according to O’Connor. Early scores from Kevin McLoughlin, Cillian O’Connor (free) and Alan Dillon pushed Mayo 1-11 to 0-8 after 45 mins, but then after Lee Keegan was dismissed, the tide turned in Kerry’s favour.

After a Sheehan free was cancelled out by an Andy Moran point — Mayo’s last of the day after 48 minutes — the Kingdom made their move, with a Galvin point, soon followed by a Sheehan penalty after Cooper was fouled in the square (1-12 to 1-10). Just after another Kerry penalty shout was waved away, when Patrick Curtin went down, another Sheehan free set-up a grand-stand finish. And the Kerry midfielder delivered in injury-time, squaring the match so both counties must do it all again next weekend in a league semi-final.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 1-6 (1-0 pen, 6f), P Curtin 0-3, C Cooper 0-2, P Galvin 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor (0-6, frees), J Doherty (1-1), K McLoughlin (0-2), A Dillon, A Moran, D Clarke (‘45’) (0-1 each).

Subs for Kerry: P Galvin for D O’Callaghan (ht); Darran O’Sullivan for BJ Keane (ht); M Ó Sé for E Brosnan (45); Declan O’Sullivan for K O’Leary (47); J O’Donoghue for J Buckley (58).

Subs for Mayo: K Keane for E Reilly (47); C Mortimer for M Conroy (48); E Regan for C O’Connor (55); S McHale for J Doherty (68).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Leitrim 0-15 Waterford 1-8

Lively Leitrim pull clear in second half

Leitrim 0-14 Waterford 1-08

By PJ Leddy, Carrick-on-Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Leitrim sent Waterford home pointless from their long journey to Carrick-on-Shannon. A slightly more committed Leitrim grabbed a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 14th minute, with Emlyn Mulligan tapping over three frees and Robbie Lowe adding two points from play. But Eamonn Walsh replied with a Waterford point and a Liam Ó Lionáin goal was followed by an Eamon Walsh point a minute later to put Waterford level. Leitrim claimed a 0-8 to 1-3 half-time lead thanks to a Mulligan free and a Lowe point. After the restart Leitrim surged ahead when Mulligan put over two more frees but Waterford answered almost immediately with a Shane Briggs point from play and free by substitute Mark Ferncombe. Leitrim outgunned Waterford 0-5 to 0-3 in the remainder of the action when Mulligan found the range from three further frees and sub Ray Cox shot over twice from play.

Scorers for Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-8 (7fs), R Lowe 0-3, R Cox 0-2, S Moran, W McKeon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: L Ó’Lonáin 1-0, C McGrath, S Briggs, M Ferncombe (2fs) 0-2, E Walsh, S O’Hare (45) 0-1.

LEITRIM: C McCrann; J Glancy, C Egan, P Maguire, D Beck, F McMorrow, W McKeon; D Lowe, S Moran; P Brennan, R Lowe, C Ryan; K Conlan, P McGowan, E Mulligan.

Subs: G Loughlin for McCrann (33), R Cox for Lowe (55), C Clarke for Brennan (71).

WATERFORD: S Enright; Niall Hennessy, A Doyle, K Connery; T Grey, S Briggs, W Hennessy; E Walsh, S O’Hare; C McGrath, L Ó’Lonáin, C O’Keeffe; G Nugent, S Fleming, J J Hutchinson.

Subs: Tagh Ó’hUallacháin for N Hennessy (ht), M Ferncombe for W Hennessy (ht), J Veale for Nugent (55), J Wall for Ó’Lonáin (61).

Referee: S Carroll (Westmeath)