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Thursday 18 September 2014

Early goals prove costly

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:20

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AFTER a convincing win down in Wicklow, Louth minors were brought back to earth by Longford in Darver on Sunday as the midlanders led virtually from start to finish to secure a four-point victory, 3-11 to 2-10.

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Despite a long journey east, Longford made a blistering start and were 3-4 to 0-4 up before Louth staged a spirited second-half comeback.

Two of the goals came late in the opening half and ensured the visitors adjourned with a 3-5 to 0-6 cushion.

Louth slowly made inroads after the restart before Ryan Burns fired home the first of his two second-half goals, cutting the deficit to four points, 3-6 to 1-8.

The Hunterstowns man's second strike put just the minimum between the sides, but Longford steadied the ship to re-establish a three-point lead.

That pattern continued in the closing stages as Louth twice closed the deficit to the minimum margin again, but Longford held firm and added a couple of late scores for insurance.

LOUTH: Niall Carrie; Kevin Carr, Conor Lenahan, Cathal Clarke, Niall Craven, Peter Thornton, Jack Traynor, Paul Matthews, Matthew Corcoran, Conor Moore, Dara Hamill 0-1, Tadhg McEnaneny 0-1, Dean Maguire 0-2, Ryan Burns 2-6, John Connolly.

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