Leinster U21 Championship: Leinster loss for Louth in Portlaoise
Leinster u21 Football Championship Quarter-final
Laois 2-13 1-8 Louth
Louth u21s bowed out of the Leinster Championship at the second hurdle on Wednesday night, losing by eight-points to Laois in O’Moore Park
This despite getting off to the best possible start with Ryan Burns notching a goal and a point inside six minutes to give the Reds an early lead, 1-1 to a single-point.
Eugene Judge’s men began their opening round affair slowly and allowed Wicklow to build up an early advantage, but the tables dramatically turned this week as it was the hosts who came from behind.
The sides would have been seen as evenly matched prior to throw-in, with both featuring four players who played in the senior meeting of the counties in Portlaoise four-weeks’ ago.
Ryan Burns, Kevin Carr, Ross Nally and Sam Mulroy having played for Louth with Eoin Buggie, Daniel O’Reilly, Danny Luttrell and James Kelly lining-up for the hosts.
The game turned in an instance almost as Laois fired in two goals in consecutive minutes. Séan Moore’s ninth minute goal was proceeded by a three-pointer from Colm Murphy as Gary Kavanagh’s team took complete control, overtaking the Reds on the score board and never looking back.
Moore was unerring from placed balls and play alike, while Louth’s only response in the lead-up to the break were points from Burns and Ciarán Downey.
Laois took a 2-7 to 1-4 lead to half-time, despite the O’Mooremen having had midfielder David Connolly sent-off midway through the first-half.
Moore continued to influence proceedings after the break, eventually finishing with 1-8, and although Burns tried his best to keep the Reds in touch, with an individual tally of 1-4, a comeback never looked likely.
Louth never got any closer than six-points while their second-half tally of four-points, three of which came from play from Ross Nally, Tadhg McEneaney and Burns, was way off what was required.
The dismissals of Nally and substitute Paul Matthews on black cards added yet more misery on the visitors as Louth exited the final u21 Championship in disappointing circumstances. Laois progress for a semi-final ‘derby’ clash with Offaly.
Louth: Séan Hayes; Cathal Clarke, Kevin Carr, Niall Sharkey; Dean Maguire, Matthew Corcoran, John Clutterbuck; Conor Earley, Cathal Grogan; Dara Hamill, Ryan Burns (1-4, three frees), Ciarán Downey (0-1); Tadhg McEneaney (0-2), Sam Mulroy, Ross Nally (0-1)
Subs: Hugh Osbourne for Maguire (28), Paul Matthews for Grogan (HT), Aaron O’Brien for Hamill (39), Ryan Ward for Nally (41, black card), Glen Matthews for McEneaney (46), Sean Marry for Downey (49)
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