Late points from Murphy and Wallace crucial as Louth hurlers see off Leitrim
Late scores from Diarmuid Murphy and Mark Wallace saw Louth hurlers come from behind against Leitrim in Ballinamore this afternoon to make it four wins from four in the Lory Meagher Cup courtesy of a 0-16 to 1-12 victory.
Diarmuid McCarthy’s side now advance to the final of the competition after a perfect record to date against Sligo, Warwickshire, Lancashire and Leitrim.
The Wee County got off to a dream start to race into an early 0-4 to no score advantage courtesy of a brace of points from Liam Dwan and one apiece from Paddy Lynch and Darren O’Hanrahan.
The home side finally opened their account at that stage but despite Dwan quickly cancelling it out, two further points from the hosts had the gap back to two before Roger Maher replied to leave it double scores at 0-6 to 0-3.
Dwan and Andrew McCrave then scored either side of another Leitrim point to leave four points separating the sides and although the Connacht outfit briefly responded with two points, a fine scorefrom Diarmuid Murphy just before the break left the visitors 0-9 to 0-6 in the ascendancy.
Murphy then added two further points on the restart either side of another Leitrin score that left it at 0-11 to 0-7.
At that point, however, Leitrim responded with a goal and a point to leave the sides all square.
Dwan then briefly re-established Louth’s lead with two points in-a-row but Leitrim responded with three of their own to take the lead before being pegged back to level terms by Seaghan Connelly’s score.
Leitrim then retook the lead but a Murphy free levelled matters before Wallace struck at the death to earn the Wee County the narrowest of victories.
The win was enough to see Louth into the final. If Sligo avoid defeat to Leitrim in next weekend’s final round of matches, they will join Louth in the decider.
Scorers; Louth – L Dwan 0-6, D Murphy 0-5, M Wallace 0-1, S Connelly 0-1, P Lynch 0-1, D O’Hanrahan 0-1, R Maher 0-1, A McCrave 0-1