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Conor Grimes powers Louth to victory over Leitrim

Louth 1-16 Leitrim 0-11

Declan Rooney

Published 27/06/2015 | 21:07

27 June 2015; Bevan Duffy, Louth, in action against Matthew Murphy, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Bevan Duffy, Louth, in action against Matthew Murphy, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Dessie Finnegan, Louth, in action against Donal Wrynn, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Pádraig Rath, Louth, leaves the field after being shown the black card by referee Ciarán Branagan. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Spectators queue for tickets outside the ground after a delay to the game's start time by five minutes due to the crowd congestion. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Ronan Holdcroft, Louth, involved in a tussle off the ball with Mathew Murphy, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Ronan Holdcroft, Louth, involved in a tussle off the ball with Mathew Murphy, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Donal Wrynn, Leitrim, in action against Dessie Finnegan, Louth. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

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.

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Grimes was called into action in the 47th minute and he beat Cathal McCrann immediately to put the result beyond doubt.

27 June 2015; 21 month old Thias Sharkey, from Ardee, and cousin of Louth footballer Ryan Burns, plays on the pitch at half-time. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; 21 month old Thias Sharkey, from Ardee, and cousin of Louth footballer Ryan Burns, plays on the pitch at half-time. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; 21 month old Thias Sharkey, from Ardee, and cousin of Louth footballer Ryan Burns, plays on the pitch at half-time. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Fergal Clancy, Leitrim, in action against Adrian Reid, Louth. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

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.

27 June 2015; Spectators queue for tickets outside the ground after a delay to the game's start time by five minutes due to the crowd congestion. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Spectators queue for tickets outside the ground after a delay to the game's start time by five minutes due to the crowd congestion. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Spectators queue for tickets outside the ground after a delay to the game's start time by five minutes due to the crowd congestion. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
27 June 2015; Adrian Reid, Louth, in action against Paddy McGowan, Leitrim. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1B, Louth v Leitrim. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

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)

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