Early goals prove costly
Published 19/02/2014 | 05:20
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.
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.