FBD League review - Leitrim win again with one-point success over Mayo - Roscommon, Galway and Sligo also victorious

Updated: Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 22:25 | Comments

Leitrim are gearing up nicely for the more serious Allianz League fare next month
Leitrim are gearing up nicely for the more serious Allianz League fare next month


Leitrim gained a first competitive win over Mayo since 1994 with a 0-09 to 0-08 victory in Ballinamore that sets them up for a place in the final of the FBD Connacht League.

The winners started well and raced into 0-05 to 0-00 lead before Mayo raised a gallop that yielded successive points to have the sides level at the break.

The second half was a nip and tuck affair, but Leitrim held their nerve and with Emlyn Mulligan leading the way with 0-05 in total, they held out for a famous win.

Roscommon scored a comprehensive 1-20 to 1-04 win over GMIT in Strokestown.

Galway were too good for Sligo IT in Tuam, winning on a 0-16 to 1-05 scoreline. Danny Cummins top scored for Alan Mulholland’s side with 0-06, while Michael Martin chipped in with 0-04 as the maroon and white kept on track for a final berth.

Sligo made it two wins from two after overcoming NUIG 0-14 to 1-09 in Tourlestrane. Kevin Walsh’s side, however, had to withstand a second-half fight back from the students, who trailed by six at the break.

Cathal Freeman goaled early in the second half to leave only a point between the sides, but Sligo found the extra resolve to fashion a victory, with Niall Murphy (0-05) and Kenneth Sweeney (0-04) leading their charge.

Next Sunday’s meeting between Galway and Sligo will decide who reaches the final. 

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