Smyth proves the thorn in Roscommon's side as Louth prevail
LOUTH did enough in the first half to earn their second win of the campaign in Dundalk.
Aided by the wind and some excellent long-range free-taking by Gerard Smyth, the hosts led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break.
Smyth scored a goal in the 12th minute from a penalty but the visitors closed the gap in the second half with midfielder Shane Curley in fine form from frees, and when Brendan Hanley netted in the 53rd minute it was 1-10 to 1-7.
However, Roscommon could get no closer and were reduced to 14 men three minutes from the end when substitute Gary Fallon received a second yellow.
SCORERS -- Louth: G Smyth 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-6f, 0-1 '65), G Rellis 0-2, S Fennell, K McNally, A Callan 0-1 each. Roscommon: S Curley 0-5 (4f, 1'65'), B Hanley 1-0, D Dolan 0-3 (2f).
LOUTH -- E McArdle; M Wallace, A Carter, A Wallace; B Murphy, R Byrne, J Carter; G Smyth, D O'Sullivan; S Fennell, W Morrissey, D Murphy; K McNally, G Rellis, G Kerrigan. Subs: A Callan for Kerrigan (54), C Ryan for McNally (64), E McCarthy for Smyth (70).
ROSCOMMON -- P Dolan; I Delaney, C Moran, D Loughnane; K Doolan, M Kelly, P Kelly; S Curley, T Lennon; B Hanley, K Conneely, Gerry Fallon; D Dolan, M Connaughton, J Coyne. Subs: M Keaveney for Loughnane (24), B Kelly for K Conneely (24), Gary Fallon for Gerry Fallon (50), S Melia for Hanley (62), D Delaney for B Kelly (62).
Ref -- D Magee (Down).
Evergreen centre-forward Jonathan O'Neill continues to rack up huge scores for Wicklow hurlers as they made it two wins from two since the start of the new season.
At Arklow yesterday O'Neill accounted for all but seven points of Wicklow's 1-18 total as the home side romped to victory. The Glenealy man drilled his goal to the Longford net in the 18th minute.
Longford did show a lot of resistance in the first half with the wind, and led briefly before dropping behind 0-7 to 1-5 at the break. However Wicklow pulled away for their clear-cut win in the second half and it was O'Neill who showed the way, scoring 1-11.
Scorers -- Wicklow: J O'Neill 1-11 (9f, 1'65), D Hyland 0-4, N Driver, MA O'Neill, R Nolan 0-1 each.
Sligo: C Herrity 0-7 (7f), C Brennan, M Gordan, D Burke 0-1 each.
Wicklow -- T Kennedy; E O'Neill, J Connors, W Collins; G Bermingham, B Cuddihy, M Collins; L Kennedy, G White; J Murphy, J O'Neill, N Driver; E Glynn, D Hyland, L Browne. Subs: R Nolan for J Murphy, N Skelton for M Collins, MA O'Neill for G White, TJ Hennessy for L Browne, G Keogh for B Cuddihy.
Sligo -- M Kearney; D O'Brien, T Cawley, J Kenny; M Gilmartin, C Herrity, L Reidy; R Cox, C Brennan; P Quinn, D Burke, M Gordan; L Cadden, N Cadden, A Cawley. Subs: J Kelly for T Cawley, C O'Mahony for N Cadden, N McDermott for M Gilmartin, J Bannerton for L Cadden, C Hackett for J. Kenny.
Ref -- Pat Casey (Waterford).
Fingal got their assault on top spot going again with a win over a previously unbeaten Donegal side.
A half-time injury to Martin Ormonde was a major blow for Fingal as the St Sylvesters man had racked up seven points.
However, the Dublin side led by seven at the break and were out of sight early in the second half. Peter Daly netted twice, with Paul McAllister and Emmet McCabe also scoring goals.
Scorers -- Fingal: P Daly 2-3, M Ormonde 0-7 (3f), P McAllister 1-1, E McCabe 1-0, R MCGarry, C O'Mahony 0-2 each, C Foley, M Cussen 0-1 each. Donegal: N Campbell 0-9 (9f), C Matthewson 1-1, L McHendry 0-3, K Campbell 0-1.
Fingal -- W Burke; P Coyne, D Markey, N Ring; M Cussen, D Vaughan, A Morris; B Powell, P McAllister; C Foley, M Ormonde, R McGarry; B McCarthy, P Daly, C O'Mahony. Subs: D deBurca for P Coyne (52), E Slattery for B McCarthy (59), M Lambe for M Ormonde (67)
Donegal -- P O'Brien; C McLaughlin, A Begley, B Friel; J Boyle, D Cullen, A McDermott; P Hannigan, J McGee; M McGee, E Horgan, N Campbell; L Mc-Hendry, K Campbell, C Matthewson. Subs: S Boyle for A Begley, C Kilgannon for C McLaughlin (55), B Tourish for P Hannigan (55), A Patton for B Friel(63)
Ref -- C Groome (Offaly)