Leitrim make light work Louth to all but send them in to Division Four

Ryan O’Rourke and Keith Beirne were at the forefront for the victors

Leitrim’s Keith Beirne scored 1-4 in their win over Louth. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Leitrim’s Keith Beirne scored 1-4 in their win over Louth. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

 

Leitrim 3-14 Louth 1-12

A Ryan O’Rourke-inspired Leitrim comfortably took the spoils from a must-win relegation tussle with Louth in Dundalk.

In just his second start of the campaign the Fenagh man plundered 2-3 from play, as Leitrim all but condemned pointless Louth to relegation.

The home side struggled to contain O’Rourke all afternoon and the centre forward left Bevan Duffy for dead in the 13th minute to fire to the roof of the net.

Leitrim twice led by four points in the opening half, but the half-time score did not reflect their dominance as they adjourned two in front, 1-5 to 0-6.

Louth momentarily cut the deficit to the minimum with another Burns free after the break, but Leitrim responded superbly, plundering 2-3 without reply.

Keith Beirne expertly dispatched a penalty for their second goal and when O’Rourke tapped home his second of the day from close range there was 10 between the sides, 3-8 to 0-7.

A Ryan Burns penalty and black card for Fergal McTague briefly raised Louth hopes, but Leitrim comfortably out to keep their survival hopes alive.

Leitrim: D McKiernan; C Reynolds, P Maguire, F McTague; C McGloin (0-1), M Plunkett, J Gilheany; D Wrynn (0-2), R O’Rourke (2-3), A Flynn (0-1); D Rooney (0-3), K Beirne (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4F), S Moran.

Subs: O McCaffrey for K Keegan (65), P Dolan for Wrynn (70+1), R O’Rourke for Flynn (70+1), E Sweeney for Rooney (70+4).

Louth: F Skeeky; D Corcoran, D Campbell, J Craven; E Callaghan, E Carolan, J Clutterbuck; T Durnin (0-1), C Early; C Downey (0-1), B Duffy (0-1), C McKeever; S Mulroy (0-2), D Byrne (0-1), R Burns (1-4, -0 pen, 0-2f).

Subs: L Jackson (0-1) for Early (43), G McSorley (0-1) for Clutterbuck (56), C Grimes for Byrne (56), C Byrne for Burns (63).

Referee: L Devenney (Mayo).

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