Five years since a win in qualifiers

Five years since a win in qualifiers
Louth has not got a good record in the All-Ireland qualifiers, which were introduced in 2001 writes Joe Carroll.

Louth has not got a good record in the All-Ireland qualifiers, which were introduced in 2001 writes Joe Carroll.

The meeting that year with Tipperary was, in fact, the first-ever backdoor game, as it took place on a Saturday afternoon, in Clonmel, while all other matches were played later in the evening, or on the Sunday.

Louth won that day, but in the other twenty games the Wee County has been represented in since then, there have been just seven wins and a draw. None of those victories has come in the last five years, and on no occasion did the county do well enough to earn a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Home advantage was surrendered for four of the games, and there have been two defeats since the most recent win at Drogheda.

The complete record reads:

2001: Louth 0-13 Tipperary 1-8, at Clonmel; Louth 0-12 Offaly 1-8, at Drogheda; Westmeath 1-13 Louth 0-13, at Navan.

2002: Louth 2-11 Monaghan 1-8, at Clones; Meath 3-8 Louth 2-9, at Navan.

2003: Cavan 1-12 Louth 2-7, at Navan.

2004: Louth 2-13 Antrim 0-14 (aet), at Drogheda; Galway 2-8 Louth 0-9, at Parnell Park.

2005: Louth 1-12 Waterford 1-8, at Drogheda; Louth 0-11 Roscommon 0-10, at Drogheda; Monaghan 1-12 Louth 0-14, at Breffni Park.

2006: Louth 2-16 Tyrone 2-16, at Navan; Tyrone 1-12 Louth 1-7 (replay), at Omagh.

2007: Louth 0-14 Limerick 0-13, at Limerick; Louth 1-16 Kildare 1-10, at Newbridge; Cork 0-16 Louth 0-14, at Portlaoise.

2008: Tyrone 1-18 Louth 1-10, at Drogheda.

2009: Tipperary 2-10 Louth 1-12, at Drogheda.

2010: Dublin 2-14 Louth 0-13, at Croke Park.

2011: Meath 5-8 Louth 2-8, at Breffni Park.

2012: Westmeath 1-15 Louth 1-12, at Mullingar.