Leitrim exit Meagher Cup despite improved performance

Leitrim’s interest in the Lory Meagher Cup came to an end on Saturday afternoon last against Warwickshire in a game that saw the visitors capitalise on sloppy defending to score four goals that helped create a lead a Michael Lane inspired Leitrim were unable to claw back.

Leitrim’s interest in the Lory Meagher Cup came to an end on Saturday afternoon last against Warwickshire in a game that saw the visitors capitalise on sloppy defending to score four goals that helped create a lead a Michael Lane inspired Leitrim were unable to claw back.

Leitrim’s interest in the Lory Meagher Cup came to an end on Saturday afternoon last against Warwickshire in a game that saw the visitors capitalise on sloppy defending to score four goals that helped create a lead a Michael Lane inspired Leitrim were unable to claw back.

LORY MEAGHER CUP

LEITRIM 2-11

WARWIKSHIRE 4-11

By Philip Rooney

It was tough on Lane who finished the game with a personal tally of 2-9, but time after time the Exiles punished hesitancy in the home defence to capitalise on gaps created by too many defenders chasing the same ball and that resulted in easy scores.

Injuries did hamper Leitrim’s preparations but that can not be used as an excuse against a side who barely threatened in the opening 10 minutes such was Leitrim’s dominance but when Warwickshire did settle into the game, they proved themselves to be worthy opponents.

Leitrim enjoyed plenty of possession during the opening exchanges but against a half-back line, well marshalled by Eamon Cahill, they found scoring opportunities hard to come by.

After waiting eight minutes for the games opening score, two came along within 30 seconds and both were scored by Michael Lane. The Bruree club man twice found himself running unopposed at the Warwickshire defence and twice he calmly slotted the ball between the uprights.

It could be argued Lane should have advanced further and gone for goal but had he then missed he would then have been blamed for spurning point scoring opportunities.

Seemingly in complete control of the game, the Leitrim defence offered Warwickshire their first gift of the game in 11th minute when they allowed Reamonn McEntee to gather the ball while three Leitrim defenders attempted to pick it up.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.