After a hard fought Hastings Cup game in Ferbane on Saturday afternoon a battling Leitrim side came from behind to claim victory and a place in this Saturday’s Hasting Cup Shield final against Roscommon, which will probably be played at a Longford venue, writes PJ Leddy.
Offaly dominated the first half and deservedly led by three points at halftime. But the Faithful County suffered a sever blow coming just before the break when their fullback, James Rigney who also operates in the same position for Offaly’s senior team, was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
From the start of the second half Leitrim lifted their game and played with Great Spirit, when hitting six points while restricting Offaly to a single point in this final 30 minute period of the action.
Leitrim: Brendan Flynn; Dylan Keane, Mathew Murphy, Martin Clancy; James Flynn, Michael McWeeney 0 – 1, Thomas Mulvey; Shane Moran 0 – 2(2fs.), Conor Guckian 0 – 1; Donal Flynn 0 – 1, John Mulligan 0 – 1; Shane Quinn 0 – 1; Aidan Flynn 0 – 1; Martin Beirne 0 – 1, Peter McGowan. Subs: James Rooney for Clancy; Felim McHugh 0 – 1 for Moran; Ciaran Gilheaney for J. Flynn; Ciaran Matthynssens for Gilheaney; Ciaran Clinton 0 – 1 for McGowan.
Offaly: Mark Langtry; Conor Lowry, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden 0 – 1, Declan Morgan, Luke Kelly, Daire Corbett; Conor McNamee, James McKeowh, Stewy Cullen, Peter Cunningham 0 – 1, Stephen Hannon 0 – 1, Paul McPadden 0 – 2 (1f.), Joe Maher 0 – 1, Cian Hurley 0 – 2(2fs.). Subs: Barry Cushion 0 – 1 for McKeowh; Cian Donohue for Cunningham, John Flaherty for Hurley.
Referee: Michael Mannion (Westmeath).