1 mins: Gary Walsh breaks through the Leitrim cover to score with ease.
2 mins: A long ball finds Ray Cox win the ball and he suffers a heavy collision, Emlyn Mulligan putting over the free.
6 mins: Cox and Mulligan repeat their act with Cox being fouled and Mulligan pointing.
9 mins: Leitrim’s first from play is a beauty, Paddy Maguire and Paul Brennan combining to set up Ray Cox for a fine point.
10 mins: Ross Munnelly narrows the gap with a fine point under pressure. Mulligan follows up with a terrible wide.
13 mins: The first sub is a new one with referee Rory Hickey leaving the game with injury and Martin Higgins taking over.
15 mins: Walsh hits a second, set up by good work from Damien O’Connor and from the kick-out, Brendan Quigley’s catch sets up Padraig Clancy for a monster score.
20 mins: Ray Cox is pulled back as he goes through to score but Mulligan puts over the free.
23 mins: GOAL – A long ball is kept in play in the left corner by Ray Cox and he finds Shane Moran. Moran passes inside to Kevin Conlan who appears to be fouled but he breaks through and fires a great shot to the Laois net, despite keeper Culleton getting a hand to the ball.
25 mins: Laois are penalised for over-carrying the ball and Mulligan puts a 50 yard free over.
27 mins: A late Laois hit results in another free, Mulligan duly obliging.
32 mins: Colm Kelly points a 14 yard free after Fabian McMorrow is carded for a late hit on Kevin Meaney whose shot went wide.
34 mins: Emlyn Mulligan’s shot free finds its way to Colm Clarke who blasts over a wonderful point.
35 mins: GOAL – disaster for Leitrim when Cathal McCrann drops M.J. Tierney’s high ball under pressure from Gary Walsh and an unmarked Conor Boyle blasts to the net from close range.
38 mins: Leitrim hit back with a Ray Cox point after an off-target Mulligan free.
HALFTIME: LEITRIM 1-8 LAOIS 1-5
9 mins: Colm Begley gets the first score of the half after a short free into Tierney is worked back to the midfielder. They quickly add another from Billy Sheehan that looked as if it drifted wide.
13 mins: Kevin Conlan makes the most of indecision in the Laois defence as he solos through to curl a wonderful 40 yard effort over the bar.
15 mins: Laois hit back with a Ross Munnelly point, a minute later, Laois level when Colm Kelly swings a wonderful long range point over the bar.
18 mins: Laois go in front when Munnelly swings another long range monster over the bar.
21 mins: Laois score a rare free when Tierney swings over a free from the corner.
25 mins: Mulligan closes the gap once more, scoring a wonderful free from the right corner.
29 mins: Laois go two clear when Padraig Clancy sets up Colm Begley for a vital point.
31 mins: After a bizarre substitution that saw Kevin Conlan being taken off and then brought back on, the Dromahair man fires a brilliant long range shot over the bar to narrow the gap once more.
32 mins: Laois are charging forwards but hit two poor wides in the space of a minute.
33 mins: A moment of controversy that enrages Cathal McCrann who intercepts a gilt edge goal chance for Laois, the keeper advancing smartly off his line. Referee Higgins adjudges that McCrann lifts the ball off the ground, much to McCrann’s displeasure as he earns a yellow card and Tierney taps over the free.
37 mins: With added time up and after two Laois wides, Leitrim go looking for a late chance but Emlyn Mulligan’s free falls short and Laois’ big men emerge with the ball as the final whistle sounds.
FULLTIME: LEITRIM 1-13 LAOIS 1-11
Cathal McCrann; Paddy Maguire, Fabian McMorrow, Alan Wynne; Colm Clarke (0-1), Enda Williams, Daniel Beck; Darren Sweeney, Shane Moran; Paul Brennan, Emlyn Mulligan (0-6), Gary Hickey; Ray Cox (0-2), James Glancy, Kevin Conlon (1-2). Subs: Robbie Lowe & Colin Ryan for Moran & Brennan (57 mins), Brian McDonald for Conlan (63 mins), Kevin Conlan for Glancy (60 mins).
Eoin Culleton; Cahir Healy, Kevin Meaney, Jamie Kavanagh; Padraig McMahon, John O’Loughlin, Conor Boyle (1-0); Brendan Quigley, Colm Begley (0-2); Ross Munnelly (0-3), Padraig Clancy (0-1), Billy Sheehan (0-1), Damien O’Connor, Gary Walsh (0-2), Colm Kelly (0-2). Subs: Peter O’Leary for Kavanagh (23 mins), M.J. Tierney (0-2) for O’Connor (30 mins), Darren Strong for McMahon (58 mins), David Conway for Kelly (60 mins),
Referee: Rory Hickey.
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