Saturday 16 December 2017

Louth clear Antrim hurdle with six to spare

Louth's Ciaran Byrne celebrates his goal
Louth's Ciaran Byrne celebrates his goal

Louth scored their first qualifier victory since 2007 with a comfortable 1-17 to 1-11 win over Antrim in Drogheda.

Colm Judge and Ciaran Byrne were the first on the scoreboard for the Wee County before Conor Murray pulled a point back for the visitors.

Conor Rafferty and Brian White added further points from play as Louth got on top.

Ciaran Byrne got on the end of a long, high ball to find the net for Louth as they stretched their advantage but Antrim rallied and two Paddy Cunningham frees kept them in touch.

Both sides traded scores before Michael Herron and Shane Lennon swapped points to leave Louth 1-7 to 0-6 up at the break.

Ciaran Byrne was denied a goal at the restart but it was Louth through Ronan Clarke and Brian White who stretched their advantage.

Louth looked in control but Michael Pollock pulled a goal back after he was setup by Paddy Cunningham but they still trailed by three.

Both sides continued to swap scores but Antrim were struggling to close.

A brace from Shane Lennon and a point from Conor Rafferty saw Louth's lead increase to six.

Louth had their goalkeeper Neil Gallagher sent off for an off-the-ball incident late on but it didn't affect the result ran out six point winners.

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