Down struggle past a brave Leitrim

Down 1-16 v 1-08 Leitrim FT

Full time
74 mins leitrim grab a consolation point ans straight away Down have another one
2 mins of added time being played
73min Down still completely on top here as they run down the clock
71min Clarke restores the 8 point lead
70min Leitrim pull one point back
59min Benny nabs his seventh point of the game
58min Its another point for the home side
57min Down stream forward again and get another point

53min Clarke and Coulter combine well buthis shot is blocked by the keeper and flies over for a point
50min Benny shows his class, siezes on a poor kick out and dances forward to whack over a point
50min McKiernan put clear by coulter, opts for a point
49min Poland hits one wide for Down
47min Clarke nabs another point
46min its another point for last years All Ireland Finalists
40min Yellow card for leitrim. Down pull a point back
38min Leitrim pin Down back and its a goal
37min Glancy weaves through and whacks a great point for Leitrim
36min Enda Mulligan hits a lovely free over the post for Leitrim
35min 2 minutes of added time to be played
33min Down now 6 wides as clarke hits a kickable point wide
31min Marty Clarke hits a shot wide
30min Benny skips thru and knocks over a lovely point
29min Mulligan hits a free wide of the post for Leitrim when it was easier to knock into the square
28min The heavens open here in Newry
27min Poland set up by marty clarke and its a score
26min niggly fouls start to plague the game
24min Paul McCumiskey laid out off the ball by a leitrim player
23min Mulligan sends one wide as the visitors crank up the pressure
19min leitrim right back in the game with another point
18min Lowe nabs a point for Leitrim
16min Copley snaffles a brillant point from the kick out for Leitrim
15min Marty Clarke buries the peno for Down
15min Laverty clear in on the leitrim goal, caught and its a peanalty,McGuire yellow card.
13min Jim Clancy concedes possession to Down,garvey into Benny and its another one
11min Clark fouled and McCumiskey hits a free wide and out
9min Bennie Coulter nabs a point for Down
1 min
0min we are just getting ready for throw in here with both counties up for the task.
2min Leitrim start brightly and lob one over. 0-0 v 0-1
4min Down gain possession 25 yards out, its a point for the home team 0-1 v 0-1
5min Down hit a wide as mcviegh goes close

Last year’s All Ireland finalists Down welcome Leitrim to Newry for the second round of the football qualifiers this Saturday afternoon. James McCartan’s men were surprisingly knocked out of the Ulster championship by Armagh in their first game of the campaign. It will be a long road back to Croke Park for the Mourne men,and the journey begins this weekend.

With the greatest respect to Leitrim, the draw has been kind to Down, and they could hardly have asked for an easier task than a home tie against the Connacht minnows. A victory this weekend should get the confidence back in the camp and help them on their way towards round three. There are certainly enough quality footballers in the side to suggest that they are capable of making the latter stages of this season’s championship yet again.

Leitrim beat Sligo in Markievickz Parkin their first game of the Connacht championship but proved no match for Roscommon on their next start. Having failed to put up much of a fight against the Rossies, it is difficult to see Micky Moran’s side go one better against Down. This looks a game where handicap punters will be out in force and anything around the 8-10 point mark should easily be covered by the home team.

The Connacht side were critical of pundits for writing them off against Sligo in their clash last month,but in truth, they are taking on a different class of opposition this weekend. Anything other than a convincing Down victory would be the biggest shock of the weekend.


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