Louth book fi­nal exam against DCU

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

Louth Long­ford 0-18 0-14

LOUTH booked a shot at some early-sea­son sil­ver­ware with an im­pres­sive win over Long­ford in the cur­tain-raiser at Pearse Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Paul McCor­mack’s side led from vir­tu­ally start to fin­ish to clock up their sec­ond win in the com­pe­ti­tion and will face St Patrick’s DCU, the team they beat in the open­ing round, in the fi­nal on Sun­day.

Dar­ren Geoghe­gan again led the charge for the win­ners bag­ging two frees, a ‘65’ and two points from play in an­other en­cour­ag­ing dis­play from the young­ster and he was ably as­sisted by Ger­ard McKe­own who chipped in with four fine points from open play.

Louth kept their noses in front through­out a tight firsthalf, with McKe­own and David ket­tle fir­ing over two par­tic­u­larly good points mid­way through the half.

Long­ford kept in touch and proved dif­fi­cult to shake off, but Geoghe­gan, James Costello and An­drew Smith also found their range dur­ing the open­ing half as Louth re­tired with a hard-earned 0-7 to 0-5 in­ter­val lead.

Long­ford closed the gap to the min­i­mum early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but a Donal Ryan point trig­gered an­other good spell from the vis­i­tors as they kicked on to open a 0-11 to 0-7 lead.

Three points was as close as Long­ford got there­after as Louth con­tin­ued to con­trol the game and slowly but surely quell any hope of a home come­back.

The win sets up an­other clash with DCU St Patrick’s Cam­pus on Sun­day with sil­ver­ware up for grabs.

Louth goal­keeper Donal Con­nolly pucks out.

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