Louth opened their account at the third time of asking with a comfortable nine-point win over Leitrim in Dundalk yesterday.
A couple of first-half goals set the home side on their way and, despite a few promising spells from Dessie Dolans men, the outcome was never really in doubt. The Wee menÓgot a perfect start when Ciaran Kennedy bundled the ball to his own net.
A touch of class from Ray FinnÓgan yielded a second goal after 24 minutes.
Leitrim rallied and kicked five points without reply, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.
ScórERS — Louth: S Lennon 0-6, R FinnÓgan 1-1, C Kennedy 1-0 (og) C Judge, A Hoey 0-3 (2f) each, B White 0-2 (1 45), J Murray, E Carroll 0-1 each. Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-3 (2f), D Brennan, R Gallagher 1-0 each, C Duignan, Michael Foley 0-2 each, D Maxwell 0-1.
LOUTH –S Reynolds; A Page, D FinnÓgan, J Carr; J OBrien, C McGuinness, R FinnÓgan; M Fanning, R Carroll; J Murray, A Hoey, D Clarke; C Judge, S Lennon, B White. Subs: A Reid for White (ht), D Crilly for Clarke (62), E Carroll for Murray (64), D Mackin for OBrien (65), B Donnelly for Lennon (70).
LEITRIM — nÓgill; D Reynolds, A Flynn, C Kennedy; S Feeney, B McWeeney, S Foley; G McCloskey, M Duignan; D Duignan, E Mulligan, M Foley; C Duignan, D Brennan, D Maxwell. Subs: Garry Reynolds for Feeney (15), F Holohan for Kennedy (31), R Gallagher for D Duignan (ht), P McGuinness for Mulligan (66).
REF — J McKee (Armagh).
03-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie