Evergreen Rooney's hunger helps Louth turn over Fermanagh
Veteran JP Rooney starred as Louth were worthy victors at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, yesterday with the Wee County the hungrier side from first whistle.
Rooney ran Fermanagh ragged to notch a goal and three points with a host of markers failing to keep tabs on the flame-haired poacher.
In the first half Rooney swooped on a defensive error to score the first goal and give his side a two-point cushion at the break.
Shane Lennon plundered Louth's a second goal in injury-time, while Fermanagh had Ciaran McElroy sent off after he got a second yellow card in the 55th minute.
Scorers -- Louth: JP Rooney 1-3, S Lennon 1-1, B White 0-3 (0-2f), A McDonnell 0-2, A Hoey, M Brennan 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Keenan 0-5 (0-5f), E Maguire, K Cosgrove, J Sherry (0-1f), C Flaherty, T McElroy 0-1 each.
Louth -- N Gallagher; D Byrne, D Finnegan, J O'Brien; S Fitzpatrick, M Fanning, D Crilly; S O'Neill, B White; P Keenan, M Brennan, A McDonnell; R Finnegan, A Hoey, JP Rooney. Subs: D Maguire for O'Neill (12), R Greene for Finnegan (15), S Lennon for Keenan (23) Shevlin for Fitzpatrick (45), A Reid for Brennan (71)
Fermanagh -- C Breen; N Bogue, M O'Brien, P Sherry; B Mulrone, R McCluskey, T McElroy; J Sherry, M McGrath; C McElroy, M Keenan, K Cosgrove; C Flaherty, E Maguire, A McCarron. Subs: P Ward for McCarron (47), R Keenan for Cosgrove (59), D Ward for Bogue (61).
Ref -- M Sludden (Tyrone).