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Smyth frees propel Louth to victory over score-shy Trinity

Louth were never headed when recording a seven-point win over TCD in yesterday's first-round clash at Darver.

A first-minute goal from full-forward Wesley Morrissey gave the hosts a perfect start and they went on to dominate the opening half against opponents who registered 17 wides.

with the help of three scores from free-taker Gerard Smyth, Louth led by 1-5 to 0-2 by the 20th minute and they went on to lead 1-7 to 0-3 at the break.

Trinity eventually found their range and had closed the gap to 1-9 to 0-8 when a disputed decision went Louth's way.

It resulted in a 13m free for the 'Wee County' which Smyth smashed high to the net in the 62nd minute to end the scoring.

Scorers -- Louth: G Smyth 1-4 (0-4f, 0-1 '65'), W Morrissey 1-1, S Fennell, G Rellis, A Callan, S Callan (sc) 0-1 each. TCD: M Hyland 0-3 (1f), Colm Murphy 0-2 (1f), K Fitzgerald, Ciaran Murphy, D Goff 0-1 each.

Louth: R O'Reilly; M Wallace, A Carter, J Carter; B Murphy, D Horan, E McCarthy; R Byrne, D O'Sullivan; S Fennell, G Rellis, G Smyth; G Kerrigan, W Morrissey, A Callan. Subs: S Callan for G Kerrigan (51), C Ryan for E McCarthy (60), C Connolly for A Callan (68), J Doyle for R Byrne (70).

TCD -- I Kavanagh; F Monnelly, J O'Malley, O Daly; N O'Gorman, M Phelan, K Fitzgerald; J O'Connell, Ciaran Murphy; E O'Gorman, Colm Murphy, B Fitzgerald; M Hyland, D Goff, C Woodgate. Sub: P Rath for C Woodgate (51).

Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).

Irish Independent