Louth’s Darren O’Hanrahan and Ross Donohue of Maynooth University. Picture: Ciaran Culligan
New Louth hurling managers Philip O’Brien and Ken McKenna could not have asked for a more difficult introduction to senior
The college outfit’s starting 15 included five Kilkenny and four
Maynooth grabbed a third goal from their impressive
The home started the second half in the fashion the management would have asked for when top scorer Paddy Lynch netted his side’s second goal from close range. However, despite hitting the crossbar they failed to add to their tally over the next 20 minutes.
During this time Maynooth picked off a further 1-6 with Molloy accounting for all but one point, with 1-4 coming from placed balls to leave his side now in front by 4-16 to 2-6.
To their credit, Louth maintained their effort and were rewarded with a good Paddy McCormack goal set up by Paul Matthews and successive points for Shane Callan and Liam Dwan.
Maynooth complete the scoring with a pointed free from midfielder Ciaran Breen and they will now be favourites to make the final when they play Longford next Sunday.
Louth, for their part, will travel to Longford in the group’s concluding match away on Sunday January 29.
LOUTH: Shane Nolan; Colin Griffin, Shane Callan (0-1), Johnny Carter; Stephen Kettle, Mick Lyons, Conor Kerrigan; Andrew McCrave, Paddy McCormack (1-0); Darren O’Hanrahan, Liam Dwan (0-2), Paul Matthews (1-0); Seaghan Conneely, Gerard Smyth, Paddy Lynch (1-5). Subs: David Stephenson for C Kerrigan, Gavin Kerrigan for G Smyth, Conor Matthews for J Carter, Ricky McKeown for C Griffin, Dean Walsh for S Conneely, P