28 Jan 2022

The good, the bad and the ugly

IT was a mixed week of results for Louth football as it really showed the good, the bad and the ugly side of things.

IT was a mixed week of results for Louth football as it really showed the good, the bad and the ugly side of things.

Of course, the ugly side was Louth’s disappointing result in Kingspan Breffni Park where a below average Cavan team collected the two points in their Allianz Football League Division Three fixture with Peter Fitzpatrick’s side.

In what can be described as one of the poorest performances from the senior side in quite some time, the Wee County further squandered their chances at promotion when they lost 0-11 to 1-5 in a match that regularly failed to deliver quality football.

The result leaves Louth’s promotion push hanging by a thread as they now need a series of other results around the country to go their way this Sunday in the final round of league fixtures.

First though, to have any chance at climbing the rungs to Division Two, they must beat Waterford in Dungarvan and then, if they succeed in that, hope that Offaly and Limerick do them favours, beating Westmeath and Wexford respectively.

The Wee County are also not out of jail yet in the league as there is a slight possibility that they may be relegated to Division Four so nothing short of a win will squash those fears. Throw-in on Sunday is 2.30pm.

The news was also bad for the Louth Senior Ladies team as they lost one half of their joint management team just three months into the job.

After a series of mixed results, the recent being a heavy 2-16 to 0-12 loss to Westmeath, Brendan Wynne resigned from his post, citing personal reasons.

Wynne took the managerial reins only three months ago, alongside John Hanratty. St Mary’s man Pat Reid has joined the coaching staff for the season.

However, there was some good news for at least one of the Wee County’s senior sides and it came in Hurling as Paddy Kelly’s men recorded a huge win on Sunday.

Not only was it a huge step towards promotion, but the game was won by a tremendous margin as Kelly’s heroes thumped Donegal 6-12 to 1-8.

Louth play their final game in the division this Sunday as they travel to Roscommon in what is essentially the semi-final of the competition as both sides are well placed for promotion on eight points, where the winner will meet Mayo to determine who finishes as champions of the group.

Buoyed by their win in Donegal, Kelly’s men could further lift the spirits of supporters this Sunday if they manage to beat Roscommon.

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