Louth set up O’Byrne Cup semi-final clash with Meath
Louth set up an O’Byrne Cup semi-final clash with neighbours Meath next Sunday after beating DIT by 3-19 to 1-9 in Darver on Sunday.
The 16 point winning margin, coupled with Kildare’s victory over Offaly was enough to see Colin Kelly’s side through to the last four as the Wee County built on their impressive midweek victory over the Lilywhites in Hawkfield.
The Reds made a bright start and a well-crafted goal, slapped to the net by Jim McEneaney, gave them a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
DIT eventually found their feet, kicking six points without reply to edge a point ahead.
However, Louth finished the half as they started it, as a goal from Barry Flanagan made it 2-5 to 0-7 at the interval.
After the break, Louth plundered 1-10 before DIT managed to hit the target, with a third goal expertly dispatched by Tommy Durnin.
Emmet O Conghaile fielded brilliantly on the edge of the square and fired home to open DIT’s second-half account, but it was mere consolation.
The semi-final with Meath has been provisionally set for Drogheda on Sunday at 2pm.
SCORERS – Louth: J McEneaney 1-6 (0-2fs), B Flanagan, T Durnin 1-1 each, C McKeever, D Byrne, R Holcroft (3fs) 0-3 each, A Reid, M Rafferty 0-1 each. DIT: K O Gara 0-6 (3fs), C Madden 0-3 (2fs), E O Conghaile 1-0.
LOUTH – C Lynch; P Rath, D Finn, K Toner; D Byrne, D McMahon, K Murphy; T Durnin, J Stewart; A Reid, C McKeever, Cathal Bellew; D Maguire, J McEneaney, R Holcroft. Subs: B Flanagan for Holcroft, D Quigley for Finn, C Lenehan for Rath, M Rafferty for Reid, R Moore for Bellew, Ciaran Bellew for Maguire.