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Smith and Reid add Wee gloss

Louth 2-15
Athlone IT 0-4

Published 10/01/2011 | 05:00

PETER Fitzpatrick's Louth team made light work of Athlone IT with a crushing 17-point win in Drogheda yesterday.

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The hosts didn't have to move out of first gear as goals early in each half from Paraic Smith and Adrian Reid added the gloss to what was a workmanlike performance against a below-par Athlone side.

Disappointingly, fewer than 300 people turned up. However, from a football perspective, it was a satisfying afternoon's work for Fitzpatrick. The writing was on the wall for the students as early as the eighth minute when Smith drilled a low finish in off the butt of Gary Connaughton's right-hand upright to open the scoring.

Louth had 1-4 on the board by the time Athlone opened their account in the 33rd minute through Frankie Burke, and the half-time scoreline of 1-5 to 0-2 was a fair reflection of first-half proceedings.

The tie was over as a contest within eight minutes of the re-start thanks to a flowing home move that ended with Reid drilling into an empty net.

It was plain sailing for Louth thereafter, with Ronan Carroll catching the eye at midfield, and staking a claim to fill Australia-bound Brian White's shoes in 2011. Athlone IT do get a second outing next week against Laois in the Shield.

SCORERS -- Louth: P Smith 1-2, R Carroll, S Lennon (0-2f) 0-4 each, A Reid 1-0, D Crilly 0-2, R Finnegan, P Keenan, J Murray 0-1 each. AIT: M Lundy, F Burke, I Coffey, C Garvey 0-1 each.

LOUTH -- N Gallagher; P Rath, A Hoey, G Hoey; R Finnegan, D Finnegan, P Fitzpatrick; P Keenan, R Carroll; D Crilly, A McDonnell, B Donnelly; P Smith, S Lennon, D Maguire. Subs: R Greene for P Rath (33), J Murray for B Donnelly (h-t), A Reid for D Maguire (h-t), S Connor for Gallagher (46), D Byrne for D Finnegan (57).

ATHLONE IT -- G Connaughton; C Duggan, F O'Reilly, C Garvey; M McCallion, M Mitchell, A Rowan; G Dennigan, P Bannon; M Lundy, D Egan, E Clarke; C Shine, F Burke, I Coffey. Subs: C Curley for Clarke (26), C Clarke for Rowan (51), F O'Reilly for Lundy (51).

REF-- G McCormack (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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