Thursday 27 July 2017

Louth - the lost years

Nine Leinster semi-final defeats in the 50 years since their last provincial final appearance.

1964 -- Meath 1-12 Louth 2-7

The glow from their All-Ireland success seven years earlier was beginning to dim as Meath edged them by two points.

1975 -- Dublin 3-14 Louth 4-7

Dublin were All-Ireland champions and led by 14 points at one stage. A Louth team driven on by Damien Reid, Benny Gaughran, Danny Nugent and Terry Lennon did stage a comeback, though, and came to within a point at one stage. In the previous round they had beaten league champions Meath.

1983 -- Dublin 1-12 Louth 0-3

A forgettable day that saw Louth out of their depth against the future All-Ireland champions.

1991 -- Laois 2-14 Louth 0-12 (replay)

Memorable only for one of the worst rows in recent memory, footage of which has since become a hit on YouTube.

1992 -- Dublin 0-15 Louth 1-9

Louth led by a point at Croke Park with 10 minutes remaining but Dublin surged late to set up the first of their four-in-a-row Leinster titles.

1994 -- Dublin 1-15 Louth 1-8

Expectation was high for this encounter but Dublin got quickly into gear and dismissed the challenge easily.

1996 -- Dublin 1-9 Louth 0-8

Probably their best chance of a Leinster final appearance. Dublin were in turmoil as new manager Mickey Whelan shook things up after the All-Ireland success in '95. The Wee County had them by the throat until Joe McNally broke Louth hearts with a late goal.

1997 -- Offaly 1-10 Louth 0-11

The most sickening and unfortunate defeat of all. Seamus O'Hanlon, arguably one of the top three midfielders of the time, ruptured an Achilles on the way out of the dressing-room in Navan and missed the game, Colin Kelly was off cue with frees and Tommy Lyons' Offaly exploited the day.

1998 -- Meath 0-15 Louth 1-11

A controversial semi-final. The 'point' that wasn't from Graham Geraghty dominated the aftermath but a contentious free given to Meath also rankled with the then manager Paddy Clarke.

Irish Independent

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