Leitrim’s unbeaten record came to a surpirsing end last Saturday in Dungarvan when Waterford produced the shock of the campaign to severely dent the Green & Gold’s Allianz League Division 4 promotion hopes.
Waterford 1-13 Leitrim 0-11
Undefeated in 2014, Sean Hagan’s men travelled to Fraher Field in Dungarvan confident of maintaining their unbeaten run but they came up badly short in a result that is a major blow to their promotion hopes.
Leitrim had suffered a surprise loss in Dungarvan in the past and Waterford repeated the act as they over-turned a two point deficit coming up to halftime to go into the break with a three point gap.
Waterford had gone into the game propping up the table with only one point but they delivered a superb performance to shock Leitrim, consigning them to their first defeat
The loss, Leitrim’s first of the year, means Clare have leap-frogged the Green & Gold in the table on scoring difference but Sean Hagan’s team can still claim promotion with victories in their remaining games against Tipperary (March 30) and London (April 6).
The loss also came with a cost as Ray Cox, Darren Sweeney and Damien Moran all left the game with injuries, already adding to a heavy injury list for the Green & Gold.
The first half of this encounter was played in glorious sunshine and the hosts led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break, with Shane Ahearne pouncing for the only goal of the match three minutes before the break.
Waterford made a great start but hit five wides in the opening ten minutes and playing against the wind, Leitrim led by 0-5 to 0-3 after 27 minutes thanks to two successive frees from Emlyn Mulligan, adding to scores from James Glancy, Damian Moran and Mulligan. Glancy, though, should have goaled as he blasted the ball over the bar from close range.
Ahearne’s goal turned the match on its head before he added a point and JJ Hutchinson tagged on another to leave the goal separating the teams at the break.
Leitrim had the wind in the second half and looked to be making a great start when Mulligan tapped over two points to close the gap to jutst one point but Waterford hit back straight away and they never looked back as they stretched their lead to six points.