McGrath goal boost as Clare coast past one-dimensional Leitrim

Clare grabbed their fourth win in Division 4 when they had six points to spare over Leitrim in Cusack Park yesterday.

Playing with the breeze, the Banner goaled in the sixth minute through Shane McGrath and enjoyed a 1-8 to 0-5 lead at the interval. The visitors were too reliant on the boot of James Glancy, who kicked all but one of their scores before the break, including a penalty sent over the bar.

Scores by McGrath, Rory Donnelly and Alan Clohessy kept Clare in command after the change of ends.

Scorers for Clare: S McGrath 1-3; D Tubridy (3f), R Donnelly 0-3 each; A Clohessy 0-2, J Dowling 0-1.

Scorers for Leitrim: J Glancy 0-5 (3f, 1pen), W McKeon, R Lowe, D Gilhooley, C Egan (1 45) 0-1 each.

CLARE: Joe Hayes; B Hartnett, S McNeilis, L Healy; M McMahon, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; Graham Kelly, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, J Dowling.

Subs: S Brennan for Graham Kelly (ht), T Ryan for Dowling (46), D Russell for Quinlan (56), S Haugh for Donnelly (65), S Tierney for Clohessy (67).

LEITRIM: C McCrann; A Wynne, C Egan, P Maguire; D Beck, C Sheridan, W McKeon; D Sweeney, D Lowe; P Brennan, R Lowe, G Hickey; R Cox, J Glancy, A Croal.

Subs: D Gilhooley for Croal (51), P McGowan for D Lowe (51), T Bernie for Hickey (63).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary).


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