Fennell leads Louth fightback
Louth 3-15 Sligo 1-9
WITH centre-forward Shane Fennell to the fore, scoring seven points, Louth emerged victorious at Markievicz Park on Saturday.
Louth scored 1-2 in the first five minutes of the second half, turning an interval deficit of a point into a four-point lead, 2-8 to 1-7.
David Dunne's 54th-minute goal then put considerable daylight between the two sides, 3-10 to 1-9.
Sligo hit nine first-half wides and the dismissal of Damien Burke on a second yellow card with 13 minutes remaining scuppered any hopes of a recovery for the Connacht men.
Man of the Match: Shane Fennell (Louth)
Scorers -- Louth: S Fennell 0-7 (4f), D Dunne 1-2, S Callan 0-3, D O'Hanrahan, G Smith 1-0 each, K McNally, A Wallace, D O'Sullivan 0-1 each; Sligo: M Gilmartin 1-0, K Gilmartin, K Raymond (1 '65'), G Waldron (1f) 0-2 each, M Burke, D Burke, A Cawley 0-1 each.
LOUTH -- J Connolly; D McArdle, W Morrissey, M Wallace; D O'Sullivan, R Byrne, D Horan; S Callan, D O'Hanrahan; D Dunne, S Fennell, D Murphy; K McNally, G Smyth, A Wallace. Subs: G Rellis for O'Hanrahan (h-t), B Corcoran for McNally (h-t), S Maguire for Smyth (67).
SLIGO -- D Loughnane; D Tobin, R Cox, T Cawley; J Kenny, B Kenny, E McGowan; A Cawley, K Raymond; K Gilmartin, M Burke, D Burke; G Waldron, M Gilmartin, C O'Mahony. Subs: L Cadden for O'Mahony (58), T Conneely for Gilmartin (63).
REF -- E Hasson (Derry).