Hurlers succumb to Louth
21 March 2013
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3A.
Louth continued their winning ways in Division 3A of the Allianz National Hurling league with a comfortable eight points win over neighbours Monaghan in Dowdalshill, Dundalk, on Saturday afternoon last.
The opening half was far from comfortable for the home side even though they were playing with the aid of a strong wind as Monaghan were aggressive and determined throughout and their defence had the measure of the Louth forwards for long periods of the half.
While Louth struggled in the final third, Monaghan had no such trouble and managed to fire over 9 points compared to a disappointing Louth return of 1-3.
The loss for Monaghan sees them rooted to the bottom of the table still searching for their first points, while the Louth victory sees them heading into the penultimate match of the campaign away to Donegal in a top of the table clash.
Scorers: Louth: Shane Fennell 0-6 (all frees), Andrew Mackin 1-0, Ronan McAteer 1-0 (o.g.) Nigel Stanley 0-2, Davy Mahony 0-2, Gerard Smyth 0-1, David Dunne 0-1, Brian Corcoran 0-1
Monaghan: Hugh Byrne 0-5 (all frees), Eanna MacSuibhne 0-4 (1 free), Brian McGuigan 0-1, Conor McKenna 0-1
Louth: Johnny Carter, Donal Rafferty, Wesley Morrisey, Domhnall McArdle, Daire McKiernan, Shane Callan, Diarmuid Murphy, Nigel Stanley, Gary Rellis, Shane Fennell, Gerard Smyth, David Dunne, David Mahony, Andrew Mackin, Padraig Egan. Subs: Brian Corcoran for Egan, Darren O'Hanrahan for Smyth, Gary O'Brien for Fennell, James Costelloe for Mackin.
Monaghan: Ronan McAteer, Shane McNally, Kevin Crawley, Seamus McLoughlin, Patrick Hannon, Peter Treanor, Jimmy Lacey, Mark Treanor, Trevor Hilliard, Eanna McSuibhne, Hugh Byrne, Conor McKenna, Brian McKenna, Patrick Boyle, Michael McHugh. Subs: Maurice McKenna for M McHugh, Aenghus MacSuibhne for C McKenna, Shane McKenna for P Boyle. Referee: Pat Murphy (Carlow).