Sean Hagan’s side were laid low by a flu which struck down four starters. They depended greatly on Emlyn Mulligan’s free taking throughout. He shot seven in all but the close of attentions of Dean Crowley restricted him in general trade.
Their shooting deserted them completely in the second half. Eight wayward attempts brought their overall total to 11. Sean Hagan flung on six substitutes in an attempt to alter the course of events.
Towering Waterford full forward Ahearne produced 1-2 as seven different players made a scoring impression for the hosts. A determined defence only permitted three Leitrim points in open play. Conor Phelan notched two first half scorchers and also defended robustly. Thomas O’Gorman, Kieran Connery and Shane Briggs also figured in the second half shut out.
The decision to stage this game in direct opposition to the Six Nations in Paris resulted in a small attendance of 245. With a distinct lack of local interest, green and gold dominated the crowd.