Louth's Tommy Durnin holds on to this ball against Carlow on Sunday.
The first-ever, and possibly only, Leinster senior football championship to be played at St Brigid's Park, involved Louth and Carlow. It took place in 1973, and by winning, the then-Jimmy Mulroy-coached home team qualified to play Dublin in the quarter-finals.
This match was referred to here a few weeks ago; by winning it – on a replay – Louth opened a gap that has yet to be closed. On no occasion since then has there been a Louth win over the Dubs in the senior knock-out.
Too much to expect a change of fortunes this year, but there are other less ambitious targets to be aimed at. One is the O'Byrne Cup.
This year's renewal of the pre-season tournament, which is of more importance to the teams hoping to find a way out of the wilderness than the outfit that has assigned them to there, is at the semi-final stage. Having strung three winning performance together in the preliminaries, Louth
A productive eight days began with an away win over Westmeath. After that, Maynooth’s college team was taken care of, and in what proved itself the most difficult of the three obstacles, a gritty Carlow team was shaded close to the finish-line.
Sunday's game was at St Brigid's Park, this meeting of the
Meath, under a new management team,
We should have an idea of how Louth are going to line out in the league opener with Laois at O'Moore Park on the first Saturday in February by the shape of Sunday's selection. A lot of experimenting went on in the three games to date, but it's now time to find a settled 15.
A feature of Sunday's performance was the team's willingness to battle to the finish, and their ability to overcome the handicap of playing with 14 for nearly
Carlow, who played the better football over the 77 minutes and were more adept at taking a score from distance, looked winners when they went a couple of points clear near the end of regulation time. But Louth, taking advantage of the five extra minutes added by the referee for a reason only he knew about, and, also, a mistake by the Carlow 'keeper, persisted.
Anthony Williams got the vital score to restore the lead his side had held for so long throughout and Gerard McSorley added another three-pointer, making it 3-14 to 2-12 at the finish.
It should be better on Sunday – it will have to be if the result of the