Conor Grimes powers Louth to victory over Leitrim
Louth 1-16 Leitrim 0-11
Published 27/06/2015 | 21:07
Louth picked up their second qualifier win in eight years thanks to a goal from Conor Grimes less than a minute after his second-half introduction.
Grimes was called into action in the 47th minute and he beat Cathal McCrann immediately to put the result beyond doubt.
Louth centre-forward Paraic Smith was proving a hard man to pin down and he put his side ahead in the 15th minute.
Ryan Burns made it three points in two minutes for Louth, but a couple of scores from Clancy at the other end kept Leitrim in touch, 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time.
The sides swapped points early on in the second-half, before Smith landed a great score for the home side to make it 0-13 to 0-9.
But the result was put beyond doubt in the 48th minute when Grimes powered past the cover and finished smartly with the outside of the boot.
Louth: C Lynch; P Rath, D Finnegan, A Williams; D Byrne (0-1), D O'Hanlon, A Reid; T Durnin (0-1), J Califf (0-3, 0-3f); B Duffy (0-1), P Smith (0-2), C McKeever; R Burns (0-3, 0-1f), C Judge (0-2), R Holdcroft (0-2)
Subs: E Lafferty for Rath (10, Black Card), D Maguire (0-1) for McKeever (40), C Grimes (1-1) for Burns (47), G McSorley for Smith (58), R Moore for Duffy (63), P Kirwan for Holdcroft (69)
Leitrim: C McCrann; M Murphy, R Gallagher, N Woods; S McWeeney (capt), G Reynolds, S Quinn; D Sweeney, S Moran; D Beck (0-1), P McGowan, K Conlan (0-5, 0-3f); F Clancy (0-4), D Wrynn, A McLoughlin (0-1)
Subs: J McGrail for Moran (21), R Kennedy for McGowan (44), C Farrell for Beck (51), M Plunkett for Wrynn (58)
Referee: Ciaran Brannigan (Down)