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