Louth fall to second home defeat of the season against Sligo
NFL Division 3
Louth 1-11 0-17 Sligo
Sligo edged out Louth in what can be best described as a challenge match in Drogheda this afternoon.
Despite being in front by four points at half-time, Louth put in a lacklustre performance in the second-half to lose for the second home game running.
Jim McEneaney enjoyed a very fruitful opening half and gave an exhibition in free-taking, knocking over three of the sweetest free-kicks that you are likely to see from range. While Ronan Holdcroft’s early goal was the only three-pointer.
Sligo were poor in that period and conceded possession far too cheaply with their wide and free counts mounting as they went into the break 1-6 to 0-5 down.
They emerged the stronger of the two after half-time as Niall Murphy and Adrian Marren impressed with Murphy finishing the game with 0-6.
Louth now move forward to face Tipperary in the league decider next Saturday in Croke Park.
Louth: Joe Flanagan; Kurt Murphy, Patrick Reilly, Kevin Carr; Derek Crilly, Darren McMahon (0-1), Darren Marks; Conor Martin, James Califf (0-3f); Anthony Williams, Jim McEneaney (0-4, 0-3f), Conal McKeever; Ruairi Moore, Sam Mulroy (0-2), Ronan Holdcroft (1-1)
Subs: John Bingham, Dean Maguire, Neil Gallagher, Ryan Burns, Derek Maguire, James Stewart
Sligo: Fintan Ruddy; Ross Donovan, Cian Breheny, Noel Gaughan; Charlie Harrison (0-1), Neil Ewing, Keelan Cawley; Henry, Adrian McIntyre (0-1); Eoin McHugh (0-1), Niall Murphy (0-6, 3f), John Kelly (0-3, 2f); David Kelly, Pat Hughes (0-1), Brendan Egan
Subs: Kevin McDonnell, Adrian Marren (0-2), Mark Breheny (0-2, 1f), Stephen Gilmartin, James Clarke
Referee: Niall McKenna (Monaghan)