As Rossies in­flict early dam­age

The Argus - - SPORT -

lines for the first op­por­tu­nity and Lynch made a classy save to deny full for­ward Ciaran Len­non mo­ments later.

That whirlwind start and the ease in which they built up a com­mand­ing lead pos­si­bly led to a de­gree of com­pla­cency in the Roscom­mon ranks as the first-half pro­gressed, but equally Louth de­serve credit for gain­ing a foothold in the game.

Ryan Burns opened their ac­count with a brace of frees to cut the gap to 0-5 to 0-2, and there­after it was point-for-point un­til the in­ter­val.

Tommy Durnin, Ro­nan Hol­croft, An­thony Wil­liams and Derek Maguire all found their range for the home side, Pic­tures: Paul Con­nor but Roscom­mon al­ways had a re­sponse as Diar­muid Murtagh, Niall Daly, Conor Daly and Murtagh with brace made it 0-10 to 0-6 at the break.

Pete McGrath was forced into two half-time sub­sti­tu­tions as William Woods picked up a harsh enough black card in in­jury-time and Tommy Durnin was stood down by med­i­cal staff due to a sus­pected con­cus­sion. And with Ger McSor­ley also re­plac­ing Ro­nan Hol­croft, Louth had plenty of fresh legs for the start of the se­cond pe­riod.

McSor­ley re­duced the ar­rears to three points af­ter seven min­utes, but that was as good as it got for Louth.

Kevin McS­tay sum­moned Donie Smith five min­utes into the se­cond-half and the Boyle star made a huge im­pact.

He opened his ac­count with points be­fore and af­ter a Ciaran Murtagh free to dampen the flames of Louth’s re­vival.

McSor­ley replied with his se­cond point soon af­ter but the game was over as a con­test by the 48th minute when Diar­muid Murtagh ap­plied a con­fi­dent low fin­ish to a flow­ing Roscom­mon move to make it 1-13 to 0-8.

Points from Be­van Duffy and Andy McDon­nell stayed Louth’s ex­e­cu­tion briefly, but Roscom­mon were in no mood for a come­back and spent the fi­nal 10 min­utes plus stop­page time work­ing on their score dif­fer­ence.

Smith also seemed to have a per­sonal agenda ahead of Sun­day’s trip to En­nis as he kicked five of the Rossies’ last seven scores to fin­ish as their top scorer.

Ryan Burns and Ger McSor­ley ended up as Louth’s joint top marks­men with three apiece and they kicked the Reds’ last two scores.

Math­e­mat­i­cally the Reds can still pull off a great es­cape, but in re­al­ity it’s now only mat­ter of time be­fore the trap­door opens and that could be as soon as next Sun­day in Sem­ple Sta­dium.

the ground by Roscom­mon’s Niall Daly.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.