Smith enjoys the freedom of Drogheda in Rossies victory
Roscommon 1-21 Louth 0-12
Roscommon proved much too good for Louth as they eased to a comfortable 12-point victory in Drogheda yesterday.
Kevin McStay's side got off to a lightning fast start and had scored five points without reply after just eight minutes.
A Ryan Burns free finally got Louth up and running and they reduced the deficit to three points with 20 minutes played.
However, the Rossies finished the half strongly and went in at the break with a four-point lead, with captain Conor Devaney hitting a couple of fine scores.
The introduction of Donie Smith proved fatal for Louth's hopes of a comeback, with the Boyle man running rings around the Louth defence as he helped himself to seven scores.
All hope for Louth was extinguished when corner-forward Diarmuid Murtagh rifled a low shot past Louth goalkeeper Craig Lynch.
It was more or less game over from that point on as Donie Smith enjoyed the freedom of Drogheda to send over two further scores in quick succession.
The win boosts Roscommon's play-off hopes, while Pete McGrath's Louth side look destined for relegation.
SCORERS - Roscommon: D Smith 0-7 (2fs), D Murtagh 1-3, C Devaney 0-3, C Murtagh, C Daly, E Smith (1f) 0-2 each, C Lennon, N Daly 0-1 each
Louth: R Burns (3f), G McSorley 0-3 each, T Durnin, R Holcroft, A Williams, B Duffy, D Maguire, A McDonnell 0-1 each
Roscommon - J Fetherston 6, S McDermott 6, P Domican 6, D Murray 6, R Daly 6, N Daly 7, R Timothy N/A, E Smith 6, C Daly 7, C Murtagh 7, N Kilroy 7, C Devaney 7, D Murtagh 8, C Lennon 7, C Gregg 6. Subs: J McManus 6 for R Timothy 11, D Smith 8 for C Cregg HT, C Compton 6 for D Murray 52, F Cregg 6 for C Murtagh 62, I Kilbride N/A for E Smith 66, S Killoran N/A for D Murtagh 67.
Louth - C Lynch 5, D Marks 5, E Carolan 5, J Craven 6, D Maguire 6, B Duffy 6, A Williams 6, T Durnin 5, A McDonnell 5, E Lafferty 5, C Grimes 5, R Holcroft 5, W Woods 5, D Byrne 5, R Burns 5. Subs: Ross Nally 5 for William Woods (Black Card) HT, G McSorley 6 for R Holcroft HT, J Stewart 5 for T Durnin HT, F Donohue 5 for A Williams (Black Card) 55, E Keenan 5 for D Maguire 62.
Ref - L Devenney (Mayo)