Tuesday 23 January 2018

Murphy's brace the difference

Louth 3-9
Roscommon 1-14

Goals either side of half-time from Man of the Match Diarmuid Murphy inspired Louth to a shock win over Roscommon in Dundalk.

A first-half injury-time strike from Murphy put Louth five up at the break, 1-8 to 0-6.

Roscommon pulled a point back through Declan Nolan after the restart, but a 20-minute break -- due to an injury to Gary Fallon -- seemed to halt the visitors' momentum and it was Louth who resumed with a crucial second goal, as Murphy fired home his second.

Roscommon looked like they might force their way back into it when John Coyne netted 10 minutes into injury-time.

There was a still a further 10 minutes to play, but the westerners only managed two more points as Louth held on for a surprise win.

Man of the Match: Diarmuid Murphy (Louth).

SCORERS -- Louth: D Murphy 2-0, G Smyth 0-3 (2f), D Kettle 1-0, D Dunne, B Corcoran 0-2 each, Donagh O'Sullivan, Diarmuid O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Roscommon: J Coyne 1-4 (0-4f), M Kelly 0-4 (2f, 2 '65'), G Fallon 0-3f, K Conneely 0-2, D Nolan 0-1.

LOUTH -- J Connolly 7; M Wallace 7, C Kerrigan 8, A Wallace 7; R Byrne 7, D Horan 7, Donagh O'Sullivan 7; G Smyth 7, D Dunne 8; D Kettle 7, S Callan, D Murphy 9; Diarmuid O'Sullivan 7, W Morrissey 7, B Corcoran 8. Subs: D McArdle 6 for Donagh O'Sullivan (73), K McNally 6 for W Morrissey (85).

ROSCOMMON -- P Dolan 6; S Curley 7, I Delaney 6, B Donnelly 6; S Melia 6, M Kelly 7, P Kelly 6; A Moore 6, D Nolan 7; P Kellehan 6, K Conneely 7, Gary Fallon 6; J Lawlor 7, J Coyne 7, E Kenny 6. Subs: J Moran 6 for G Fallon (42), M Keavney 6 for P Kellehan (72), Gerry Fallon 5 for J Lawlor (75), M McLoughlin 5 for E Kenny (75).

REF -- F Smith (Meath).

Irish Independent

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