Dublin to face Kildare in O'Byrne Cup final




Dublin's early dominance helped them brush Louth aside in Drogheda and qualify for the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup final.

Jim Gavin's side will face Kildare in next Saturday's O'Byrne Cup decider at Parnell Park, following today's 4-15 to 0-10 semi-final dismissal of Louth.

Former Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan started the goal rush with a brace in and around the 10th minute. Emmet O Conghaile added the third major in the 23rd minute as his point attempt crept in under the crossbar.

The inexperienced Louth line-up were reliant on free-taker Jim McEneaney for much of their scores. He finished with a 0-5 (0-4f) tally with the hosts unable to overturn a 4-8 to 0-7 half-time deficit.

Young forward Paul Hudson fisted home Dublin's fourth goal in injury-time, finishing off a quick-witted attack that involved Diarmuid Connolly, Paddy Quinn and Paddy Andrews.

Cormac Costello was one of the Under-21 players sprung from the Metropolitans' bench and he added his name to the scoresheet with a 60th minute point.

Brogan was in very good form from placed balls, pointing six frees to move his personal haul on 2-7. Wing back Jack McCaffrey, who was impressive in defence and attack, scored two points from play.

Louth's other scorers on the day were David Reid (0-2) and midfielder Conor Rafferty, Sean McCann and Daniel O'Connor all scored a point apiece.

Kildare progressed to their third successive O’Byrne Cup final with a 1-12 to 1-9 defeat of Offaly at Tullamore.

Former Cavan ace Seanie Johnston tallied up 0-7 as the Lilywhites held on for the result. Offaly had a late chance to draw level but Niall McNamee missed a 68th minute penalty.

Kildare had to see out the final stages down to 14 men after Mikey Conway, their O’Byrne Cup captain, was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The sides were locked level at 1-4 apiece at half-time, Eoin Carroll netting for the Faithfuls in the third minute and Conway converting a penalty.

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