Gillespie seals deal for Louth
Louth 4-10 Wexford 2-15
Louth emerged victorious in a thrilling clash at Innovate Wexford Park last night with Conor Gillespie's goal helping them to fend off a gallant Wexford rally.
Wexford got an early boost with Sam Wall's well-taken goal as they led 1-1 to 0-1 on 18 minutes. Louth responded with Gillespie getting the first of his two goals as Wexford led by 1-7 to 1-5 at the interval.
The second half opened in explosive fashion with a goal from Louth's Gerry Garland leaving the sides level at 1-8 to 2-5. Both sides showed attacking flair with Garland finding the net soon after.
Wexford struck back for a Sean Nolan goal to reduce the deficit to 3-10 to 2-12. Then came Gillespie's second goal seven minutes from the end as Louth held on.
SCORERS - Louth: C Gillespie 2-2, G Garland 2-0, J Gallagher (1f, 1, 45) 0-3, l Jackson 0-2, A Connor, E Callaghan, C Keenan 0-1 each. Wexford: J Myler 0-7f, S Nolan 1-2, S Wall 1-0, M Molloy, J Sutton 0-2 each, E Porter, D Lyne 0-1.
WEXFORD - D Brooks; E O'Leary, B Maddock, M Codd; D Kehoe, E Porter, G Sheehan; D Gouldson, B Deeney; S Nolan, S Wall, J Sutton; J Myler, M Molloy, D Lyne. Subs: P Cowen for Gouldson (38), J Thomas for Wall (54), A Cantwell for Sutton (56), D Doyle for Molloy (59), M Banville for Lyne (BC, 60).
LOUTH - A McGauley; A Conor, P Trainor, D Corcoran; L Grey, E Callaghan, J O'Reilly; L Jackson, C Morgan; G Garland, C Gillespie, F Malone; K O'Neill, C Keenan, J Gallagher. Subs: B Mooney for O'Neill (38), C Nicholson for Malone (50), S Hickey for Garland (51), B Browne for O'Reilly (56).
REF - S Mulhare (Laois)
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