Callan's kicks enough for Louth
Louth 4-10 Wicklow 1-16
Despite a late Wicklow rally, goals in either half from Cian Callan allowed Louth book their place in the Leinster JFC semi-final against Meath in a fortnight's time.
Louth were always in command in Aughrim once full-forward Pádraig Moley palmed to the net in the eighth minute. Wicklow scored a goal against the run of play when Pádraig Byrne punched to net after a blocked shot from his corner-back Andy Maher that went short.
The composure of Callan, who was on the senior panel up until recently, illustrated his ability to operate at a higher level, and he soon ghosted in his first goal. Wicklow's Pádraig Kelly and impressive Brian Walsh made it 2-7 to 1-5 at the break.
Barry O'Hare found the net early in the half from the penalty spot for Louth and Callan rounded off his display with a tie-clinching goal.
SCORERS - Wicklow: E Doyle 0-7 (4f); P Byrne 1-1; M O'Connor 0-4 (2f); B Walsh 0-3; T Kelly 0-1. Louth: C Callan 2-1; B O'Hare 1-3 (1-0pen, 1f); P Moley 1-1; G Garland 0-2; E O'Neill; P Englishby and N Sharkey 0-1 each.
WICKLOW - T McGurk; A Byrne, T Burke, A Maher; P Burke, D Woods, P Murtagh; D Hanlon, B Walsh; C Byrne, P Byrne, E Doyle; S Duffy, T Kelly, M O'Connor. Subs: C Byrne for Duffy (23), A McHugh for Kelly (h-t) K Kirwan for Hanlon (h-t), C O'Shea for Woods (41), S Farrell for Murtagh (45), C McCoy for P Byrne (58).
LOUTH - L Haggins; N Sharkey, A Shields, P Hanlon; C Bellew, Peter Nixon, Barry Reynolds; E O'Neill, D McMahon; G Garland, C Callan, D Carolan; P Englishby, P Moley, B O'Hare. Subs: S Crosbie for McMahon (41), S Marry for Carolan (45), F Malone for Moley (48), C Giggins for O'Neill (58).
REF - C Dwyer (Offaly)