Aoife Russell of Louth in action against Carlow's Muireann O'Sullivan at Darver today. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Lidl National Football League Division Four
Louth 2-9 Carlow 1-6
Louth ladies made it two wins from two in Division Four of the Lidl National Football League with an impressive victory over Carlow at Darver on Sunday.
The Wee County girls led from start-to-finish and, while a late rally from Carlow reduced their winning tally to six, they controlled proceedings throughout.
Particularly impressive was the home side's half-forward line of captain Paula Murray, Aoife Russell and Susan Byrne. Murray netted her side's second goal and played a
Defensively, Shannen McLoughlin and
In saying this, however, Micheál McKeown will recognise his team have things to work on. While several players performed impressively on an individual basis, there were instances where the team-play was lacking, particularly in the closing-quarter where they allowed Carlow to score four of the final
Much of the reasoning behind Louth's comfortable victory was due to their commanding start where Russell, Deirbhile Osborne, Byrne and Murray found
The hosts were completely dominant at this stage, though, against the run-of-play, Carlow found the net when
However, the Wee County hit straight back with a goal of their own at the other end as Flood dispatched a penalty to the net. And the home side almost had a second major when a beautiful pass from Murray found Byrne en route to goal. The winger's vicious shot was three-pointer bound only for the ball to crash off the face of Carlow 'keeper Nicole Hanley - who was temporarily replaced - and out for a '45.
Leading 1-4 to 1-1 at the interval, Louth quickly put the match to bed as Murray's dropping effort
Boyle (2), Byrne, Flood and Russell raised white flags as the Louth attack threatened to run riot. But, credit Carlow, they battled back to put some guise of respectability on the scoreline. Though, Louth remained comfortable victors.
Louth: Una Pearson; Éilís Hand, Michelle McArdle, Shannen McLoughlin; Ceire Nolan, Deirbhile Osborne, Bronagh McGrane; Sineád Woods, Emma Singleton; Paula Murray (1-1), Aoife Russell (0-2), Susan Byrne (0-2); Lauren Boyle (0-3), Kate Flood (1-1, goal pen), Leanne Sharkey
Subs: Alanna Conlon for Boyle (blood sub), Niamh Quigley for Osborne, Eimear Murray for Ceire Nolan, Boyle for Conlon, Rebecca Howell for Sharkey
Carlow: Nicole Hanley; Ciara Nolan, Amy Dooley, Oonagh Fitzpatrick; Nuala Mohan, Ann Roche, Orlagh Hickey; Ellen Atkinson, Muireann O'Sullivan; Niamh Byrne (0-1), Sineád Ruth (0-1), Aoibhinn Gilmartin (0-2, one free); Marion Hayden, Kate Nolan, Róisín Byrne (1-1)
Subs: Bríd Whelan (0-2) for Hanley (temporary sub), Hanley for Whelan, Elaine Ware for Róisín Byrne, Whelan for Hayden, Leona Kelly for Nolan, Amy Monaghan
Referee: Kevin Phelan (Laois)