Lory Meagher Cup round-up
LORY MEAGHER CUP
Warwickshire are through to the Lory Meagher Cup Final with a game to spare after they claimed a fourth consecutive win at the expense of Leitrim *at *Páirc na hÉireann.
Warwickshire had to withstand their toughest test of the campaign to date to see off a Leitrim side who had Clement Cunniffe and Zak Moradi on form as they claimed a 1-7 to 0-8 half-time lead.
The first score of the second half was an Ian Dwyer goal that edged Warwickshire ahead and they held a narrow lead from then on, with Liam Watson taking his tally to 0-7. Leitrim still remained within striking distance inside the final five minutes, but Paul Uniacke hit his third goal in Warwickshire’s last two games to give the Exiles an eight-point winning margin (2-16 to 1-11).
Warwickshire are now through to the final for the first time since their victory at Croke Park in 2013.
Sligo *are in second place and in pole position to qualify for a third final in a row after they saw off Fermanagh* at Markievicz Park.
Cormac Behan, Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch and goal-poacher Joe McHugh were among the scorers as Sligo dominated the first half, at the end of which they were 2-10 to 0-5 to the good.
Three of the first four scores after the restart were goals for Sligo as the hosts pulled further clear, with McHugh finding the net again and Behan grabbing a brace (one from a penalty). Seán Corrigan led a spirited finish by Fermanagh, but the game was well beyond their reach by then, with Sligo claiming the spoils on a 5-14 to 2-13 scoreline.
Lancashire *remain in the hunt after earning their second-ever win in the competition in a well-contested encounter at home to Cavan.*
The prolific Ronan Crowley was in inspirational form for Lancashire, hitting a remarkable 0-21 (including 15 frees) to take his total to 2-52 in four games.
Cavan recovered from a slow start to draw level when Colum Sheanon found the net just after the 20-minute mark and the sides were deadlocked at 0-11 to 1-8 at half-time. Crowley and Diarmuid Cahill exchanged points from a series of frees after the restart, before Cavan hit a purple patch at the start of the final quarter.
Sheanon brought his haul to 1-6 from play as the visitors moved four points up to raise hopes of a first win since their return to senior inter-county hurling. Despite finishing with 14 men, Lancashire finished very strongly, with Crowley hitting the last seven points to give them a 0-24 to 1-18 victory.
Lory Meagher Cup Round 4
Warwickshire 2-16 Leitrim 1-11
Lancashire 0-24 Cavan 1-18
Sligo 5-14 Fermanagh 2-13