Campbell on top form
Published 01/03/2010 | 05:00
Donegal made it two wins from two as they defeated Louth in Letterkenny.
Louth were a point ahead at the break -- 2-6 to 1-8 -- but Donegal hit a purple patch in the second half to register seven unanswered points to establish a comfortable cushion.
Wesley Morrissey scored the opening goal for Louth on 15 minutes, while Gerard Smyth smashed home a penalty just before the interval.
But Niall Campbell proved the difference as he hit a spectacular goal on 20 minutes to get them back on track after Louth and he was also accurate from frees.
And even though they lost centre-back Joe Boyle to a second yellow card with 12 minutes left and Louth grabbed a goal from Shane Callan on 63 minutes, the hosts held on.
Scorers -- Donegal: N Campbell 1-9 (0-7f), C Mathewson, E McDermott 0-3 each, D Cullen, J Donnelly (0-2f) 0-2 each, P Hannigan, M McCann 0-1 each. Louth: G Smyth 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), W Morrissey, S Callan 1-0 each, D Horan 0-2, D O'Sullivan, D Murphy 0-1 each.
Donegal -- P O'Brien; J McGhee, A Begley, B Friel; J Donnelly, J Boyle, C Breathnach; P Hannigan, A McDermott; M McCann, E McDermott, N Campbell; C Mathewson, E Organ, L Henderson. Subs: D Cullen for Breathnach (28), K Campbell for Organ (36), M McGee for Henderson (53).
Louth -- E McArdle; A Wallace, J Carter, M Wallce; B Murphy, D Horan, E McCarthy; R Byrne, D O'Sullivan; G Smyth, G Rellis, S Fennell; D Murphy, S Callan, W Morrissey. Subs: G Kerrigan and K McNally for E McCarthy and G Rellis (55), A Mackin for Fennell (67)
Ref -- E Hassen (Derry).