This performance won’t have inspired the sizeable Leitrim support on the grass bank, with quite a few to retreating the clubhouse long before the finish, but the fact their side twice came from behind to eke out a narrow victory should go some way to healing the scars of the Waterford and Tipperary losses.
Now the hard work starts for Leitrim ahead of the championship, as this performance wouldn’t come close to troubling a Roscommon side who are preparing for a league final date with Cavan. Their shooting was woeful at Ruislip, registering 16 wides with a number of other attempts dropping short of the target.
The strong wind made it difficult for both sides, but Leitrim quickly need to rediscover the ruthless streak they showed in the victories over Carlow and Wicklow.
Injury jinx strikes again
Manager Sean Hagan was forced into a lot of changes for last Sunday’s game in the English capital with U21 star Donal Wrynn ruled out after suffering a heavy knock in the Connacht U21 Championship Final on Saturday.
Wrynn’s replacement Ciaran Egan lasted just eight minutes after he was forced out of the game with a knee injury while Wayne McKeon was moved to midfield in the absence of Damien Moran who has been battling a persistent hamstring problem for some time. Philip Farrelly and Sean McWeeney were also drafted in to start in Ruislip.