HURLING | Louth U17s storm into the semi-finals of Celtic Challenge

U17 Celtic Challenge Quarter-Final | Louth 3–10 Mayo 2–2

The Louth U17 team that beat Mayo on Saturday in the Celtic Challenge

Louth’s U17 hurlers marched into the semi-finals of Division Five of the Celtic Challenge following this impressive victory over Mayo at Abbotstown GAA Centre in Dublin last Saturday afternoon.

Having started four of the previous group games as goalkeeper, Naomh Moninne’s Darren Geoghegan filled an important outfield position for this quarter final and once again he was influential in guiding his side to victory, scoring 1–7 of his side’s tally.

The Wee County played with the assistance of the strong breeze in the first half and grabbed two goals in this period through Ultan McEneaney and Sean Kerrisk.

Louth captain Darren Geoghegan (right) pictured with his Mayo counterpart and the referee
Louth’s Cathal Doherty receiving his Best and Fairest award from the referee

Points from Geoghegan (0–6), Paul McEvoy, Philip Tynan and Padraic Fallon had Mark Stephenson’s side leading at the break, 2–9 to 1–2.

The second half proved to be a low scoring affair as both sides struggled with the elements but good Louth defending managed to keep the westerners scoreless until five minutes from the end when they grabbed a consolation goal.

A goal and a point from top scorer Geoghegan was the total return for Louth in the second half as they ran out worthy winners to set up a semi-final meeting with Roscommon on Saturday afternoon in Abbottstown.

LOUTH PANEL: Conor Quigley, Eoghan O’Hora, Cathal Doherty, Jack Murray, Danny Morgan, Ciaran Brennan, Padraic Fallon (0–1), Philip Tynan (0–1), Ryan Walsh, Darren Geoghegan (1–7), Finn Madden, Dan McCabe, Ciaran McGlynn, Sean Kerrisk (1–0), Stephen Beirth, Kieran Brennan, Ben Goss Kieran, Paul McEvoy (0–1), Jack Tobin, Ultan McEneaney (1–0), Cian Fitzpatrick.

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