Sunday 16 June 2019

Kettle helps McCormack get off to winning Louth start

Keogh Shield

'Living off scraps, Louth got a goal against the run of play through Stephen Rafferty and David Kettle soon had them level.' Stock image: Sportsfile
'Living off scraps, Louth got a goal against the run of play through Stephen Rafferty and David Kettle soon had them level.' Stock image: Sportsfile

Paul McCormack's first outing as Louth senior hurling manager had a happy outcome as they overcame DCU Dóchas Éireann at the DKIT grounds.

The former All-Ireland football winner from Armagh can be pleased with his side's nine-point win despite a nervous opening half.

Under the vast wind turbine, the visitors shot out of the blocks and were five points ahead after 19 minutes, with impressive centre- forward Liam Pender's five frees the difference between the sides.

Living off scraps, Louth got a goal against the run of play through Stephen Rafferty and David Kettle soon had them level.

Helped by that surge of momentum, Louth went in at the break ahead by 1-10 to 0-11.

Upon the resumption, the hosts continued to dominate, with centre-forward Kettle particularly impressive and, while the visitors rallied briefly, there was never any doubt about the outcome.

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