Friday 19 January 2018

Derry shrug off Mullan's historic black card to edge past Louth

Derry 3-11 Louth 2-10

The GAA's first black card was issued after 50 minutes at the Athletic Grounds by referee Brendan Rice as Derry moved towards victory.

The GAA's first black card was issued after 50 minutes at the Athletic Grounds by referee Brendan Rice as Derry moved towards victory.

Derry's Declan Mullan was the offender, but the visitors didn't mind as Anthony O'Neill, who came on in his stead, scored a goal with his first touch.

Louth debutant Cian Doyle opened the scoring and he looked lively throughout. Mullan replied for Derry and after Kevin Rogers scored, the oak Leafers went in front with a penalty converted by Emmett McGuckin, followed swiftly by a Mullan point.

A goal from Louth debutant Stephen Campbell meant there was little to separate the sides as they went into half-time 1-6 to 1-5.

O'Neill scored a goal for Derry with his first touch and Brian White scored Louth's second goal from a free before Aaron Kerrigan made it 3-8 to 2-10.

Derry pulled away, however, in the final minutes.

SCORERS – Derry: C McFaul 0-2, D Mullan 0-3 (0-1f) E McGuckin 1-0, B Heron 0-2 (0-1f), C McGoldrick , M Lynch, A O'Neill 1-1, N Holly, G Connelly, 0-1 each. Louth: D Byrne 0-2, K Rogers 0-3, s Campbell 1-1, B White 1-0, D Maguire, E O'Connor, C Doyle, M Lynch (f) 0-1 each.

DERRY – T Mallon , O Duffy, C McCabe, M McShane, C McAtamney, M Lynch, K McKaigue, N Holly, F Doherty, C McWilliams, C McFaul, J Kearney, D Mullan, E McGuckin, C McGoldrick.Subs: B Heron, A Kerrigan, P Cassidy, K Johnson, A O'Neill 1-0, J McGoldrick.

LOUTH – S McLoughlin, C Murray, P Rath, K McLoughlin, D Byrne, D O'Hanlon, T Costello, B Donnelly, D O'Connell, S Hand, D Maguire, E O'Connor 0-1, S Campbell, K Rogers, C Doyle. Subs: G Connelly, J Kermode, W Woods, B White, D Finnegan, D O'Connell.

REF– B Rice (Down)

Irish Independent

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