Carlow secure only a second ever Championship win over Louth and they did it in style
Carlow 2-17 Louth 0-12
Carlow secured only their second win over Louth in championship football thanks to a strong second half showing in O’Moore Park.
The Barrowsider’s record against the Wee County going into this clash showed they had won just once in 12 attempts but they were clear and deserving winners in Portlaoise, comprehensively outplaying Pete McGrath’s men in the second half.
For Louth the inquest will start with how they fell so far off the pace in the second half. After landing nine points in the first half, they kicked just 0-3 in the entire second period despite playing with the breeze.
Carlow controlled the second period from the off and two late goals from Diarmuid Walshe and the excellent Paul Broderick saw Turlough O’Brien’s men run out handsome winners while Louth’s afternoon went from bad to worse when Ryan Burns was sent off on a straight red late in the day.
Despite what was to come in the second half, the teams were well matched in the opening 35 minutes half and were level on four occasions in the opening 35 minutes. Carlow, who were playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half had Paul Broderick in fine point scoring form but with the half hour mark approaching Louth led by two thanks to the excellent Gerard McSorley’s third point of the half.
That score came just after the half’s best goal chance when the hard running Carlow midfielder Sean Murphy burst through the Louth cover only to see his shot cannon back off the crossbar.
Louth lost Derek Maguire to a black card and Pete McGrath’s side lost their way as Carlow kicked the final three points of the half through Diarmuid Walshe, Eoghan Ruth and a right footed Broderick effort to take a one point lead (0-10 to 0-9) in at the break.
The second half almost started in disaster for Carlow when Robbie Molloy’s kick out went straight to William Woods but his attempted lob fell well short.
From there Carlow took control to move on to a quarter-final clash with Kildare on May 26/27.
SCORERS - Carlow: P Broderick 1-8 (5f), D Walshe 1-2, D Foley 0-2 (1f), S Gannon, E Ruth, D St Ledger (1f), S Murphy, L Walker (1f) 0-1 each.
Louth: G McSorley 0-3, W Woods, R Burns (2f), T Durnin 0-2 each, D Byrne, H Osborne J Craven 0-1 each
Carlow: R Molloy; D Walshe, S Redmond, C Lawlor; J Morrissey, D St Ledger, D Moran; S Murphy, C Moran; S Gannon, D Foley, E Ruth; P Broderick, D O’Brien, J Murphy SUBS: C Crowley for Moran (31), L Walker for Morrissey, M Rennick for Walshe (both 64), K Nolan for Lawlor, B Kavanagh for Moran (both 68).
Louth: C Lynch; D Marks, E Carolan, J Craven; C Grimes, B Duffy, A Williams; A McDonnell, T Durnin; C Downey, D Byrne, G McSorley; W Woods, D Maguire, R Burns SUBS: H Osborne for Maguire (BC 22), R Holcroft for Byrne (56), R Nally for Woods (62)
Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh)