GAA: Laois, Longford And Louth Advance


Leinster Senior Football Championship

Westmeath 1-9 Louth 1-14

Louth were the visitors to the Westmeath this weekend with both sides having a rather poor league performance earlier in the year. Westmeath and Louth both started very slowly but it was Westmeath who got the opening scores of the game, establishing an early three point lead, it failed to last long however as Louth began to express their dominance. Louth soon went ahead and showed more interest despite both sides playing more defensively than being more attack minded about the game. Louth led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.

Westmeath got the best of start’s to the second half when Kieran Martin got them back in front. However Louth soon returned to dominance and a late goal by substitute Ryan Burns with his first touch really extinguished Westmeath’s chances of a comeback as some supporters decided to leave the grounds early. Louth were convincing winners by five points on a score of Louth 1-14 Westmeath 1-9.

Wicklow 1-11 Laois 0-21

Laois started the game well and raced into an early lead, it didn’t last long however as Wicklow got going. Both sides traded early points to level matters, but Laois soon began to step up a gear and with several points in a row it looked as though they were going to pull away and win comfortably. Wicklow however refused to lie down and were rewarded when Paul Cunningham found the back of the net which left it all square at the break.

The second half was really about Laois, despite Wicklow regaining the lead for a short period. Laois became utterly dominant for the remainder of the second half as they just proved to have too much firepower and ability to get possession than their opponents. Laois will be thankful to have a victory under the belts but now face the daunting task of playing All-Ireland Champions Dublin in the next game although they may give the Dubs some problems. Ross Munnelly was impressive in his sides victory over the garden county this weekend.

Longford 0-19 Offaly 0-15

Offaly got off to the best possible start as they began to pull away from Longford, courtesy of some great play from Niall McNamee. It didn’t take long for Longford to bounce back and they soon became to eat into the lead established by the faithful county. This game was free flowing and scores became more frequent for the home side as they began to wear down the Offaly men. Longford’s forward play was excellent, with Paul Barden posing the biggest threat to the Offaly backline. Longford were comfortable winners in the end and advance to the quarter final stage of the Leinster Championship to play Wexford.

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