South Down swamp Leitrim in Meagher Cup

A far superior South Down side completely outclassed what was a very weak Leitrim outfit on Saturday in the first round of the Lory Meagher Cup at Fontenoy Park in the local County Down village of Leitrim about 20 miles east of Newry.

A far superior South Down side completely outclassed what was a very weak Leitrim outfit on Saturday in the first round of the Lory Meagher Cup at Fontenoy Park in the local County Down village of Leitrim about 20 miles east of Newry.

A far superior South Down side completely outclassed what was a very weak Leitrim outfit on Saturday in the first round of the Lory Meagher Cup at Fontenoy Park in the local County Down village of Leitrim about 20 miles east of Newry.

LORY MEAGHER CUP FIRST ROUND

LEITRIM 0-8

SOUTH DOWN 4-25

By PJ Leddy

The South Down men overpowered Leitrim from the start and went on to hand out an unmerciful drubbing to their opponents. After this defeat Leitrim faces a huge challenge to lift them off the floor for next Saturday’s Lory Meagher Cup first round loser’s game.

For Saturday’s encounter it has to be said that Leitrim had a relatively young and in-experienced side on duty due to injuries and the unavailability of some regulars. Despite the wide margin of South Down’s win Leitrim could not be faulted for their commitment in what was very much a lost cause on the day.

However, in this competition last year, Leitrim defeated the South Down men with a last gasp goal that started them on the road to the semi-final and the hurlers have not enjoyed the best of seasons this year, only winning one game against a poor Cavan team.

Leitrim had lost in the League to the Mourne men by five goals after a high scoring encounter but last Saturday’s game saw the home team ruthlessly put Leitrim to the sword.

Warwickshire suffered a 3-16 to 1-13 beating against Donegal in Birmingham last Saturday but despite having to travel to Leitrim next weekend, they will feel confident of putting up a good showing against a Leitrim side finding it hard to match the progress of recent years.

Without Clement Cunniffe and Liam Burns from last year’s team, Leitrim are finding it extremely difficult to get scores as they have, apart from the victory over Cavan where they scored 3-19, only scored more than 12 points on one occasion during their outings this year.

Warwickshire may be on a downer themselves after their nine point loss to Donegal last Saturday but after travelling over last year for a Leinster Junior game in Ballinamore where they handed Leitrim a big beating, they will travel in confident mood.

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