The Louth team that played against Carlow. Picture: Arthur Kinahan
You could tell it was a long week for both Louth and Carlow on an aptly muggy afternoon in Dowdallshill last Sunday.
With the known prospect of facing Meath going into their third and final O’Byrne Cup group game, Louth just simply wanted to get this game out of the way. Fortunately, they did so with a win that sets up a semi-final showdown with the old enemy on Sunday.
A free from Paul Broderick opened the scoring before Louth’s Derek Crilly continued his rich vein by hitting the home side’s first of the day.
That proved to be it for the opening quarter,
Louth then opened up a two point lead thanks to efforts from Tommy Durnin and Anthony Williams but Shane Clarke countered swiftly for Carlow after a Louth move broke down.
Paraic Smith made amends by scoring from the
In the next passage of play Carlow took over. Darragh Foley replied with a free of his own to reduce the score to 0-5 to 0-3 before John Murphy blasted a penalty to the net after Padraig Rath fouled the aforementioned Foley, as he was about to receive the ball in the small parallelogram.
Carlow received another boost when Kurt Murphy was shown a red card for an altercation with his marker right in front of not only the
The diminutive Nally coolly responded to settle Louth with a free and then a subtle
Despite being under the cosh for the majority of the first half Carlow exploited Louth’s disorganisation due to a lack of numbers at the back and scores from Alan Kelly,
The second-half saw a refocused Louth set about their business right from the get-go and John Bingham came up from the back to
A sweeping move from the back involving O’Mahony’s duo Liam Dullaghan and Conor Martin then ended with
It was the first glimpse of the afternoon what Louth can do when they are not feeling as leggy.
Eoghan Ruth scored the first of his three
The sparkling Nally scored from play and a free either side of a Broderick dead ball to made it 1-11 to 1-8.
Suddenly the game swung on its head when Broderick turned provider, his shot dropped short only for Darragh Foley to punch the ball into the net.
Quick-fire points via Ruth and Foley again meant Carlow were now leading by two but a brace of classy Nally frees levelled the contest only for Carlow to score two in a row through Broderick and Ruth.
Knowing a draw would suffice, Declan Byrne had a shot parried over the bar before Derek Maguire went for the levelling score. However, it didn’t quite have the distance and Carlow goalkeeper Molloy, who came on at
Substitute Gerard McSorley buried an emphatic goal home at the death to kill off Carlow’s hopes, setting up a semi-final battle royale with Meath in Navan on Sunday.
LOUTH: Neil Gallagher; Padraig Rath, Liam Dullaghan, Kevin Carr; John Bingham (0-1), James Stewart, Anthony Williams (1-1); Conor Martin, Tommy Durnin (0-1); Kurt Murphy,
CARLOW: Craig Kearney; Mark Rennick, Gary Kelly,Stephen Reilly; Chris Crowley, Shane Redmond, Hughie Gahan;
REFEREE: Chris Dwyer.