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Friday 19 September 2014

Early goal blitz lifts Louth

Published 17/03/2014 | 02:30

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Gary Rellis, Louth
Gary Rellis, Louth

THREE goals inside the first 15 minutes eased Louth to a first win of the campaign in Darver and leapfrogged them over Longford at the foot of the table.

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Gary Rellis tapped home the first goal from close range after just 51 seconds.

A similar strike from Gerard Smyth made it 2-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes and when David Mahoney fired in number three, Longford were facing a 10-point deficit.

They rallied briefly, but Louth upped the pace again in the run-in to half-time to take a 3-6 to 0-6 lead into the interval.

Substitute Tommy Stakem fired in an early second-half goal to give Longford hope, but the comeback never materialised, and Declan Tanner was shown a red card.

SCORERS – Louth: D Murphy 0-6, G Smyth, G Rellis, D Mahoney 1-0 each, J Condon 0-2, D O'Hanrahan, S Callan, S Maguire 0-1 each. Longford: E Donnellan 0-7, T Stakem 1-1, K Conneely, C Flanagan 0-1 each.

LOUTH – J Connolly 7; C Kerrigan 7, B Carter 8, A McCrave 7; C Ryan 7, C Hayes 7, R Byrne 7; S Callan 7, J Condon 7; G Smith 7, G Rellis 7, A Mackin 7; D O Hanrahan 7, D Murphy 8, D Mahony 7. Subs: S Maguire for Mackin, O Drumm for Rellis.

LONGFORD – P Cullen 5; G Moore 6, B Stakem 6, K Murray 6; C Egan 6, D Tanner 5, R Donnellan 6; C Flanagan 7, P Barden 6; E Donnellan 7, K Conneely 7, K Cox 6; J Casey 5, J Newman 7, P Corcoran 6. Subs: C Kavanagh for J Casey, T Stakem for P Corcoran, R Breslin for Moore, C Keegan for Barden.

REF – F Smith (Meath)

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