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Derry prove too strong for Louth in All-Ireland football qualifiers

While Carlow got the better of Wicklow in Dr. Cullen Park.

James Kielt had himself a day.
James Kielt had himself a day.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Derry 1-18
Louth 2-10

JAMES KIELT SCORED 1-9, including a second-half penalty, as Derry overcame Louth in round 1A of the All-Ireland football qualifiers at Owenbeg.

The hosts trailed at the break, Jim McEneaney’s picking himself up after being fouled to slot home a penalty and give the Wee County a 1-5 to 0-7 lead.

However, Kielt and Derry took control in the second-half, outscoring their guests by 0-8 to 0-2 in the opening 15 minutes but a Declan Byrne goal on the hour mark reduced the gap to just two points.

The Ulstermen were not to be denied though as a penalty from Kielt five minutes from time put the game beyond reach and it is Derry who advance to the next round of the qualifiers with a four-point win.

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Carlow 1-17
Wicklow 1-12

Elsewhere in 1A of the qualifiers, Carlow secured a five-point win over Wicklow at Dr. Cullen Park this evening thanks, in large part, to a blistering start.

The home side raced into a 1-3 to no score lead, Brendan Murphy’s maximum sandwiched between points from Darragh Foley (2) and Daniel St. Ledger.

Carlow led by as many as eight points in the opening half but Paul Cunningham’s goal ensure Wicklow went into the break trailing by just four, 1-5 to 1-9.

As the sides traded points in the second half, the visitors could never get closer than two and Carlow ran out comfortable five-point winners on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-12.

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