An injury-time penalty goal from Joe Murray gave Leitrim’s hurlers an ideal start to their 2022 Lory Meagher Cup campaign with a one-point victory over Longford at Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Sunday afternoon.
Olcan Conway’s were twice defeated by Longford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 3B; By one point in the group stages and ten points in the recent semi-final.
The home side were one-point down at half-time, with James McNabola registering a goal and a point.
Similarly to the first half, there was little between the sides in the second half. Longford raced into a three-point lead seven minutes into the second half before Karl McDermott wiped that lead away with a well-taken goal.
Carrick Hurling clubman Brendan Delaney raised a green flag on 59 minutes to level proceedings before their opponent’s hit three points in succession to lead by the same margin.
A Joe Murray free left the margin at two as the game entered injury time.
The elusive winning goal for Leitrim arrived three minutes into injury time.
Leitrim were awarded a penalty by referee Brian Keon and Joe Murray stepped up.
Murray, grandson of former Leitrim gaelic footballer Josie Murray, who plays his club hurling with Round Towers in Dublin fired to the back of Conor Gallagher’s net to give Leitrim the victory.
Leitrim manager Olcan Conway spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s Olcan Conway following the game:
Lory Meagher Cup Results:
Leitrim 4-9 Longford 0-20
Lancashire 1-20 Louth 2-27
Monaghan 3-9 Cavan 2-9