Louth go through as Deise see red - round-up

Louth 1-12 Waterford 1-8

Louth 1-12 Waterford 1-8

Waterford's shot at a first championship win in 17 years ended in bitter disappointment as they had three men sent-off in today's All-Ireland SFC qualifier loss to Louth.

Deise full-forward Gary Hurney and midfielder Karl O'Keeffe both walked late on for their second bookable offences, while O'Keeffe's centre-field partner Andy Hubbard was subsequently saw red for a striking offence.

Louth, driven on by pin-perfect centre-half forward Darren Clarke (0-5 (2f, 1 '45), were forced to come from behind however as the visitors twice led by three points in the opening half.

The Wee County led 1-6 to 1-5 at the break and got into their groove on 18 minutes when JP Rooney ended a neat run in along the end line from a Shane Lennon pass to bulge the Waterford net.

The Deise had led 0-5 to 0-2 before that, with Niall Curran banging over twice, and almost immediately, following Rooney's goal, former Under-21 Liam O Lionain netted for the visitors.

Clarke replied with two frees for the home side and Louth led for the first time in first half injury-time when Lennon pointed for 1-6 to 1-5.

Hurney had seen his first half penalty shot saved by Louth keeper Shane McCoy, and Louth never relinquished their lead as the visitors managed just one point from play in a disjointed second half.

Late points from Clarke, substitute Nicky McDonnell and David Devanney confirmed Louth's victory.


Carlow 0-14 Offaly 1-10

Mark Carpenter gleefully pointed the Carlow winner in injury-time as fledgling manager Liam Hayes masterminded a famous one-point qualifier victory for the Barrowsiders over Offaly at Dr Cullen Park.

Four minutes into time added-on in this tension-filled first round qualifier, Carpenter stepped up to send the underdogs through and deservedly so, despite the Faithfuls' top scorer Niall McNamee having netted a levelling penalty on 69 minutes.

Hayes' men had to overcome the disappointment of losing half back Willie Power to a early leg injury, but the home supporters need not have worried as corner forward Simon Rea single-handedly pointed them into a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time lead.

Rea hit five of his seven-point haul from frees as Offaly struggled to build an attacking platform in Carlow's half, landing their final point of the first half on 19 minutes.

Kerry referee Alan Mangan dished out seven yellow cards in the opening period - five to Carlow, but they pluckily emerged as victors to end Offaly's All-Ireland involvement.

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