Louth reach first Leinster minor football decider in 46 years after thrilling one-point win over Wexford

It was a special night for the Wee County.

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LOUTH HAVE QUALIFIED for their first Leinster Minor Championship final since 1971 after a superb 4-10 to 2-15 win over Wexford.

Conor Gillespie tallied 2-03 while Gerry Garland grabbed two goals of his own as the Wee County to ensure a meeting with either Dublin or Kildare on 16 July.

It was an inauspicious start from Wayne Kierans’ outfit, though and they trailed by 1-05 to 0-01 early on.

However, Gillespie’s opening goal led to a litany of scores from the guests and they trailed by just two points at the interval.

An absorbing period of football followed as both sides traded scores, with Garland netting for the first time.

When he grabbed his second and Louth’s third, it seemed like the game was out of sight as the visitors moved four clear but Wexford rallied with some points of their own.

But Gillespie’s second goal of the evening stretched the lead to three and despite Jamie Myler’s best efforts, Louth held on to take it by a single point.

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