Louth U16’s suffer Defeat in Oldcastle
Louth u16s suffered their second successive loss in disappointing circumstances on Friday evening last (7th July), losing out to a far superior Meath outfit.
Despite registering the opening point through Cathal Fleming on 5 mins, the Royals were in the ascendancy from the start, their half-back line and midfield lording proceedings and soon their attack had clocked up 1-6 inside 13 minutes.
Louth briefly stemmed the tide with a brace of points from Dáire Nally and one from substitute Craig Lennon. But their defence was exposed again and they coughed up a second Meath goal. Louth’s next response involved a magnificent solo effort from Nally, who after an exchange of passes from his line ball 40 yards out on the right wing then set on a slalom run past several Meath defenders before a powerful finish to the corner of the net. A second Louth goal from Joseph Connor countered Meath’s final 3 points to leave a half-time score of Louth 2-4 Meath 2-9.
The opening period of the half largely followed the same pattern, Fleming opened the scoring with a Louth point but Meath reimposed their ascendancy with a late flurry of Louth goals putting some semblance of respectability to the scoreline. In truth Meath dominated every where and Louth had very few bright lights – Lynch, Harper, Winters, Nally, Fleming, Commins and Begley the few who stood out at times.
The team will conclude its Group A fixtures next weekend – time and venue to be confirmed – when they take on Longford in what will effectively be a “semi-final”, the winner will pick up a trip to the Shield Final at the end of the month, but for the loser it will be the wooden spoon.
Louth: James McGillick, Craig Callan, Nathan Buckley, Finbarr Lynch, Andrw Lennon, Paul McEvoy, James Harper, Gabriel Bell, Rúairí Hanlon, Sean Healy, Dáire Nally 1-2, Cathal Fleming 2-2, Mícheál Begley 1-0, Joseph Connor 1-0, Jonathan Commins 1-1.
Subs; Jamie Winters for Lennon, Jay Crawley for Callan, Craig Lennon 0-1 for Healy, Martin McEneaney for Bell, Padraig Duffy for McEvoy, Gerard White for Hanlon, Adam Harper for Connor.
Unused Subs; Bobby Butterly, Ewan McEnteggart, TJ Doheny, Adam Fee, Joe Gordon, Cian Rogan, Eoghan Ryan, Conor Quigley.