Wednesday 13 December 2017

Louth hold off Lilies' rally to book Cavan semi date

Louth 1-12 Kildare 2-8 - Leinster JFC

Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Louth survived a disastrous start and a late scare to dethrone Kildare in Dundalk.

Seamus McNally got a fine early goal for Kildare, but Louth rallied and drew level at 1-6 apiece on the stroke of half-time when John Kermode fired in a penalty.

Four points without reply from James Califf, Ger McSorley, Shane O'Hanlon and Niall Conlon gave Louth a cushion.

Seamus Hanafin converted a penalty in the final minute of normal time to make it a one-point game, but Louth held on to book a home semi-final against Cavan or Wexford on June 11.

Scorers – Louth: J Califf 0-5fs, J Kermode 1-1, G McSorley 0-2, S McCann, C O'Hanlon, S O'Hanlon (f), N Conlon 0-1 each. Kildare: S Hanafin 1-1 (1f, 1 pen), S McNally 1-0, C Bolton (2fs), D Campbell 0-2 each, B Mulally, D Barker (f), D Egan 0-1 each.

Louth – R Sansom; A Williams, B Mulligan, P Nixon; C O'Hanlon, G Connolly, R Brennan; S McCann, J Califf; T Durnin, J Kermode, P Kirwan; N Conlon, S O'Hanlon, G McSorley. Subs: R McCabe for Kermode (49), M Donnelly for D Campbell (57).

Kildare – M Herbert; J O'Connor, L Flynn, E Powderly; C O'Shea, N Conlon, D Barker; B Lawlor, S McNally; C Healy, C Bolton, G Farrell; B Mulally, D Campbell, S Hanafin. Subs: E O'Keefe for Healy (h-t), W Burke for Conlon, (35), D Egan for Farrell (44), D Duke for Mulally (44).

Referee – D Maher (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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