Thursday 27 July 2017

Louth survive major scare to get the better of Wicklow

Tommy Durnin of Louth celebrates a score for his side late in the game during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Louth and Wicklow at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tommy Durnin of Louth celebrates a score for his side late in the game during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Louth and Wicklow at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Louth reeled off four unanswered points to eventually get the better of a stubborn Wicklow side by 1-19 to 1-14 at Parnell Park.

The men for the Wee County were hot favourites to get the better of their fourth tier opponent's but struggled to shrug off a very game Wicklow side.

Johnny Magee's men were in a position to win the game in the closing minutes until Louth's class finally told.

Louth's Eoin O'Connor hit 1-2 in the opening half and helped his side to a four-point advantage at the interval with the score at 1-11 to 1-7. Mark Kenny with the goal for the underdogs.

Louth were expected to pull away in the second half but Wicklow didn't read the script and outscored their opponents by 0-5 to 0-1 after the interval to draw level.

There was just a solitary point in it with four minutes of normal time remaining but points from subs Jim McEneaney, Gerard McSorley and Declan Byrne and the final score of the game from Bevan Duffy saw Louth through to a Leinster quarter-final meeting with Meath, the team that controversially beat them in the 2010 Leinster final.

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