Carlow get past Louth by the narrowest of margins at Netwatch Cullen Park

Carlow 1-10 Louth 0-12

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A goal from Sean Gannon helped Carlow to victory over Louth

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Carlow 1-10 Louth 0-12

At Netwatch Cullen Park, a first-half goal from Sean Gannon proved critical as Carlow claimed a one-point victory over high-flying Louth on Saturday. 

Points from Sam Mulroy and Declan Byrne had gotten Louth up and running, but a goal from Gannon after 11 minutes for Carlow put them 1-2 to 0-2 ahead.

Coming into the weekend Carlow had a win and a draw to their name but it was only enough to see them second bottom of the division, but after Andy McDowell and Mulroy pointed for Louth, Carlow led 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time.

But after the break, a couple of Mulroy scores and another from Byrne soon had the minimum between the teams. Gannon then pointed for Carlow though, and after Byrne was sent off following his second booking, Carlow held on for a narrow win.

Carlow: Robert Sansom; Barry John Molloy, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor; Benny Kavanagh, Eoghan Ruth, Ciarán Moran; Brendan Murphy (0-1), Seán Murphy; Jordan Morrissey (0-1), Seán Gannon (1-1), Lee Walker (0-1); Conor Crowley, Darragh Foley (0-4, frees), Daniel St. Ledger (0-1, free).

Subs: Chris Crowley for Molloy (50), Darragh O’Brien (0-1) for Crowley (55), Diarmuid Walshe for Walker (60), John Murphy for Moran (67)

Louth: Fergal Sheekey; Fergal Donohoe, Emmet Carolan, James Craven (0-1); Anthony Williams, Bevan Duffy, John Clutterbuck; Tommy Durnin, Andy McDonnell (0-1); Conor Branigan, Ciarán Downey, Eoghan Duffy; Jim McEneaney (0-1), Sam Mulroy (0-6, six frees), Declan Byrne (0-2)

Subs: Eoghan Callaghan for Clutterbuck (43), Ronan Holcroft (0-1, free) for McEneaney (55), Daniel Corcoran for Donohoe (66), Cian Callan for Eoghan Duffy (66), Ross Nally for Branigan (70)

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)