Louth book fi­nal exam against DCU

The Argus - - SPORT -

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: Donal Con­nolly; Ricky McK­e­own, Mike Lyons, An­drew McCrave; Stephen Ket­tle, Ger­ard Smyth, An­drew Smyth 0-2; Jamie Mc­Don­nell 0-2, James Costel­loe 0-1; Darren Geoghe­gan 0-5 (2f, 1‘65’), David Ket­tle 0-1, Peter Bren­nan; Gerry McK­e­own 0-4, David Stephen­son, Robert Wal­lace. Subs: Matthew Fee, Conor Deane 0-2, Darren O’Han­ra­han, Liam Mol­loy 0-1, Stephen Hoey.

LONG­FORD: Conor Gal­lagher; Johnny Casey, Ger­ard Moore, Paddy Cor­co­ran; Paul Leonard, Karl Mur­ray, Bart Han­ley 0-1; Cathal Mul­lane 0-6f, David Buck­ley; Cian Ka­vanagh, Michael Devlin, Paul Bar­den 0-1; Reuben Mur­ray 0-2, Daniel Con­nell 0-1, John Mul­h­ern 0-2. Subs: Shane O’Brien 0-1, Michael Far­rell, Maitiu O’Dono­hue.

REF­EREE: Shane Guinan (Of­faly)

New Louth boss Paul McCormack watches the ac­tion at Pearse Park, while inset, ref­eree Shane Guinan lines up with team cap­tains John Mul­h­ern and David Ket­tle.

Louth goal­keeper Donal Con­nolly pucks out.

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