Leighlin claimed their first league win of the season tonight against
neighbours St.Andrews with a much improved perfomance.
The return of Mick Nevin at full forward proved crucial, as he
tormented the Town side throughout the 60 minutes.
St.Andrews opened up a three point lead early on but scores from
Dan Kearney and two from Nevin had the visitors back level.
The crucial score of the game arrived on 13 minutes when James
Kane gathered a high ball and drove a left foot shot to the corner
of the net giving Leighlin a 1-3 to 0-3 lead.
Nevin added another free shortly after but St Andrews hit back
with points from Mark Tuite and Alan Beaton.
However Leighlin finished the half stronger and an Adrian Dermody
point, three frees from Nevin and a palmed effort from Kane gave
The All Blacks a comfortable 1-9 to 0-6 interval lead.
The third quarter proved shakey however as St Andrews came
roaring back with six points on the trot with Alan Beaton, Tuite
and Declan Salter leading the charge back to level terms.
Credit to Leighlin, they turned things around in the final 15 minutes
with Dan Kearney and Sean Brennan pointing in response.
With three minutes remaining Beaton cut the gap to a point,
but two Val Fleming frees stretched the gap to three late on.
Their was still time for St Andrews to rescue the game but Salter’s
effort went over and Leighlin held out for a 1-13 to 0-14 win.
Their were many great performers on the night but special mention
must go to Keith Lillis at centre back, Sean Brennan and Adrian
Dermody at midfield with James Kane, Dan Kearney and
Mick Nevin leading the way up front.
Caoimhim Ryan, Val Fleming(0-2f), Conor Daly;
Dean Collins, Keith Lillis, Niall O’Reilly;
Sean Brennan(0-1), Adrian Dermody(0-1);
Eddie Kid Dermody, James Kane(1-1), ALan Quinn:
Dan Kearney(0-2), Mick Nevin(0-6,4f), Pa Fitzgerald
Subs: Chris Canavan for Alan Quinn(inj)