Grimes double puts Louth on easy street
Louth 2-17 Carlow 1-7
Louth took complete command of this tie at Netwatch Cullen Park to run out 13-point winners over a disappointing Carlow side, whose challenge collapsed after the sides were tied at 0-4 apiece after 22 minutes.
Conor Grimes, playing at full-forward did most of the damage on the home defence, shooting 2-1 from play.
Carlow led by a single point three times over the opening 20 minutes, but Louth finished the half much stronger, establishing a 0-8 to 0-4 advantage before a defensive slip in injury-time allowed Grimes in clear on goal and his finish was clinical.
Louth domination continued in the second half – Carlow went 33 minutes without a score. In that time, Louth ran riot, scoring 2-10. Grimes’ second goal on 50 minutes was a simple finish from close range.
Louth controlled midfield and they overwhelmed Carlow. Benny Kavanagh, Seán Gannon and John Murphy tried hard in a losing cause for Turlough O’Brien’s side.
In the second half, Carlow’s Alan Kelly was black-carded and Darragh Foley red-carded on a second yellow, which was immediately preceded by a black card, while Louth centre-forward Jim McEneaney was black-carded after 25 minutes.
Scorers – Louth: C Grimes 2-1, J Califf 0-5 (3fs), R Burns 0-4 (2fs), D Byrne, T Durnin 0-2 each, P Reilly, D Maguire, C Judge 0-1 each. Carlow: Power 1-0, D Foley 0-3fs, P Broderick 0-2fs, S Gannon, J Murphy 0-1 each.
Louth – C Lynch 6; P Rath 6, P Reilly 7, K Toner 6; D Maguire 7, D McMahon 7, E Lafferty 6; J Stewart 7, J Califf 8; D Byrne 7, J McEneaney 6, C Grimes 9; A Reid 5, R Burns 8, C McKeever 5. Subs: T Durnin 7 for McEneaney (BC, 25), K McLoughlin 6 for Lafferty (55), D McSorely for Grimes (58), D Quigley for Toner (62), J Bingham for Byrne (61) C Judge for Reid (65).
Carlow – R Molloy 6; B J Molloy 6, D St Ledger 5, K Nolan 5; G Kelly 5, D Hayden 5, B Kavanagh 6; Brendan Murphy 5, S Gannon 7; A Kelly 5, J Murphy 6, E Finnegan 5; Brian Murphy 5, D Foley 5, C Blake 5. Subs: H Gahan 6 for Brendan Murphy (h/t), P Broderick 6 for Blake (41), D O’Brien for A Kelly (BC,41), G Power 5 for Nolan (46), JJ Smith for Finnegan (53).
REF – S Lonergan (Tipperary)