Louth notch first win of League campaign

Louth 0-17 Galway 0-11

Louth notch first win of League campaign

Louth 0-17 Galway 0-11

Louth recorded their opening win in this season's Allianz Football League as they saw off Division 2 rivals Galway in this rescheduled game in Drogheda.

Aidan O'Rourke's side kicked some fine points in snowy conditions, particularly when they pulled away in the second half.

Galway, who had 0-3 apiece from Michael Meehan and Sean Armstrong, did well to recover from an early slump to go in at the break level at 0-8 each.

But the scores dried up for the Tribesmen as Louth went on to dictate the remainder of the match with scores from Paddy Keenan, Brian White and substitute Derek Maguire wrapping up a runaway victory.

This was a poor overall display from Galway who were hoping to make it two wins out of two after defeating Derry in their recent league opener.

They showed some bright signs with initial points from Armstrong and Niall Coleman, who was arguably their best forward in open play.

In an open and pacy first half, Mark Brennan had pointed from play in the first minute to get the hosts off the mark before Armstrong and Coleman replied.

But fast-breaking Louth rattled off the next five points to take control of proceedings with Padraig Smith, Keenan, Andy McDonnell, Adrian Reid and Shane Lennon all on target.

Gradually Galway got back in touch, cutting the gap back to 0-6 to 0-5 by the 20-minute mark. Michael Martin, Meehan and Eoin Concannon added their names to the scoresheet and wing forward Sean Denvir was denied a goal by a smart save from Neil Gallagher.

It was nip and tuck up to half-time, Louth briefly going two points in front through free-taker White before the reliable Meehan and Armstrong responded to square things up by the break.

Whatever Louth boss O'Rourke said in the dressing room worked a treat as Louth were in dominant form in the closing half.

Once the excellent White and substitute Ciaran Byrne lofted over early scores, the home side had solid foundations to build for this maiden league success.

Coleman and Danny Cummins hit back for the westerners, however they then endured a 17-minute scoreless spell which was only ended by an injury-time free from Meehan.

White, an influential figure throughout at centre-field, completed a deserved four-point tally and Lennon and Keenan claimed three points apiece as Louth prevailed with a degree of comfort.

Scorers - Louth: B White 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 ’45'), S Lennon (0-2f), P Keenan 0-3 each, D Maguire 0-2, M Brennan, A McDonnell, A Reid, P Smith, C Byrne 0-1 each

Galway: M Meehan (0-2f), S Armstrong (0-2f) 0-3 each, N Coleman 0-2, E Concannon, M Martin, D Cummins 0-1 each

LOUTH: N Gallagher; S O’Brien, D Finnegan, G Hoey; C McGuinness, D Crilly, A Reid; P Keenan, M Fanning; A McDonnell, M Brennan, B White; P Smith, S Lennon, K Rogers.

Subs used: B Donnelly for Fanning (27 mins), C Byrne for Rogers (35), D Maguire for Smith (63), R Carroll for Lennon (68), L Shevlin for Finnegan (69).

GALWAY: M Breathnach; J Moore, F Hanley, J Duane; C Sweeney, G Sice, G Sweeney; N Coleman, P Conroy; E Concannon, M Martin, S Denvir; S Armstrong, M Meehan, D Cummins.

Subs used: F O Curraoin for Sweeney, C Costello for Martin (both 45 mins), M Hehir for Cummins (56), M Boyle for Denvir (66).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

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