James Stewart gets the better of Longford's David McGivney
Pretty in Portlaoise the previous week, nothing more than workmanlike at Drogheda on Sunday. No-one with an interest in the Louth team is likely to be over-concerned, however
The National League's Division Three campaign is just two rounds in the making and already Colin Kelly's charges sit on top of the table. The chances of them maintaining their status have improved – those who are inclined to get ahead of themselves are probably thinking in terms of a serious challenge for promotion. But better to park that one for a while.
There was plenty to conspire against an O'Moore Park encore on Sunday for the visit of Longford, not least the conditions in which the game was played. A heavy pitch didn't allow for a 'lively' ball, - which this physically-challenged Louth team is best suited to - and a bitingly cold wind made it very difficult for the team playing into the hospital end goals.
Louth had the advantage in the opening half and
Longford didn't get the chance to really exploit the assistance they had
Important as well was the forwards' contribution. Three points may not have been that big of a haul, but it was more than Longford could muster, and it seemed all that was required was for discipline to be maintained in the final passage.
That didn't happen. Frustrated perhaps by some of the referee's decisions, Louth needlessly gave frees away, and four points had Longford within touching distance. Those who keep a strict eye on the clock say that the ref played only three of the four minutes allotted for stoppages. While Longford raged after the game, Louth celebrated in a restrained manner.
If he hasn't already done so, Kelly is likely to be reminding his team about what happened in his first league campaign in charge, two years ago. Unbeaten after two rounds, Louth went into a tailspin, the competition ending with relegation to Division Four for the first time in the county's history.