Saffrons defeated by classy Louth

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Four

Antrim 0-06 Louth 3-11

From Kevin Herron at the Dub

Antrim fell to their second league defeat as last years All-Ireland junior champions Louth showed their promotion credentials with a 3-11-0-06 victory at the Dub this afternoon.

The hosts were second best in the opening half and were dealt a blow with the temporary loss of Aine Tubridy and Louth took full advantage with Lauren Boyle hitting the net in a dominant thirty minute display.

Dee McConville’s side showed some improvement after the break but further goals from Boyle and substitute Aimee McNally ensured that Louth would run out with a bit to spare at the end.

The visitors made a bright start to proceedings and hit the opening score through Lauren Boyle and fellow corner-forward Rebecca Carr doubled their advantage.

Aoife Taggart’s free dropped short in the aftermath and Nikki Jones was on-hand to ensure a point was forthcoming for the Saffrons.

Antrim were then dealt a set-back when captain Aine Tubridy was booked and subsequently sin-binned for an innocuous coming together – referee Gavin Finnegan felt Tubridy was guilty of charging and the hosts were reduced to 14-players for ten minutes.

In that time Louth tagged on further points from Boyle, Niamh Rice (free) and Rebecca Carr, they may also have had a goal – but Anna McCann produced a magnificent stop to deny Niamh Rice.

Five minutes before the break the opening goal did fall for Louth as Lauren Boyle got onto the end of a popped pass from Louise Byrne and guided the ball past McCann to make it 1-05-0-01.

Boyle quickly added another point in the immediate aftermath and a perfectly angled point from captain Aoife Byrne; in-between scores from namesake Eimear- ensured that their side led 1-09-0-01 at the interval.

Niamh Rice doubled her account with a score inside the first sixty seconds of the restart and Aoife Taggart responded from a free in front of the posts.

Further scores were traded between Lauren Boyle and Aine Tubridy before substitute Abi Carleton made her mark with an intelligent point.

Aine Breen squeezed the ball over at the near post in reply to Carleton’s point with a double from corner-forward Ellen Morgan levelling the second-half scoreline.

Anna McCann produced another magnificent stop to deny Alannah McLoughlin late-on but the Saffrons keeper was left helpless soon after as Aimee McNally collected a long-balls and rounded McCann before steering the ball home to give Louth a 3-11-0-06 victory at the conclusion.

Antrim: A McCann, L Wallace, E Kelly, N Killen, N Webb, O Corr, G Shannon, L Dahunsi, A Tubridy (0-01), G D O’Reilly, A Taggart (0-01f), M McGarry, E Morgan (0-02), N Jones (0-01), E Rocks. Subs: A Carleton (0-01) for E Rocks (HT); N McKeown for E Kelly (39); L O’Neill for D O’Reilly (51); R Hemsworth for N Killen (56).

Louth: U Pearson, E Hand, C Donnelly, H Lambe-Sally, A Halligan, S McLoughlin, C Nolan, A Breen (0-01), A Byrne (0-01), L Byrne, E Byrne (0-02), N Rice (0-02, 0-01f), R Carr (0-02), A Russell, L Boyle (2-03). Subs: S Matthews for E Hand; S Quinn for C Donnelly; G Murray for H Lambe-Sally; R Kavanagh for A Halligan; E Murray for C Nolan; G Trainor for A Breen; C Quinn for E Byrne; E Norton for N Rice; A McNally (1-00) for R Carr; A McLoughlin for L Boyle.

Referee: Gavin Finnegan (Down)

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