Depleted Longford hold off Louth in Drogheda
Padraic Davis’s side victorious despite being without their Mullinalaghta contingent
Robbie Smyth helped Longford to victory over Louth. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Louth 0-9 Longford 1-8
Depleted Longford held off a spirited second-half fight back from 13-man Louth to bag a crucial away win in Drogheda.
A bright start by the home side yielded points from Conall McKeever and Ciaran Downey, but Longford eventually opened their account in the best way possible when Robbie Smyth slapped to the net from close range in the 14th minute.
That goal proved the difference between the sides at the break as Longford adjourned with a 1-3 to 0-3 advantage, and with Conor Early sent-off on the run-in to half-time, Louth had it all to do in the second period.
Wayne Kierans’ men again started well and a fine Sam Mulroy point drew the home side level in the 46th minute.
They lost another midfielder to a red card when Tommy Durnin picked up a harsh-looking second yellow, but with Peter Lynn and then Shane Donohoe spending almost consecutive spells in the sin-bin Longford’s numerical advantage was diluted somewhat.
Down to the bare bins as he awaits the return of his Mullinalaghta contingent, Padraic Davis only made three substitutions, but all three hit crucial late scores as Joe Hagan, Darragh Doherty and Nigel Rabbitte made sure of what could be a vital victory.
LONGFORD: P Collum; D Quinn, A Farrell, B O’Farrell; C Smyth, B McKeon, D Mimnagh; D Gallagher (0-2, one ‘45’), M Quinn; P Lynn, S Donohoe, P Gill; R Smyth (1-3, two frees, one mark), L Connerton, C Lee. Subs: D Doherty (0-1) for C Lee (48), J Hagan (0-1) for P Lynn (57), N Rabitte (0-1) for S Donohoe (66).
LOUTH: F Sheekey; H Osborne, D Marks, D Corcoran; A Williams, B Duffy, J Clutterbuck; T Durnin (0-1), C Early; R Moore, C Downey (0-1), C McKeever (0-1); A McDonnell, T McEnaney (0-1), R Burns (0-4, one free, one mark). Subs: F Donohoe for D Marks (14), S Mulroy (0-1) for T McEnaney (ht), C Branigan for R Moore (41), E Duffy for C Downey (57), E Callaghan for C McKeever (68)
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan).