Louth and Meath qualify for Leinster U20FC final

April 24, 2024

Louth's Cameron Maher celebrates after victory over Dublin in the Leinster U20 FC final at Parnell Park

Louth and Meath will face off in the Leinster U20FC final at Parnell Park next Monday evening.

In last night's semi-finals at Parnell Park and Hawkfield, Louth shocked Dublin, while Meath dethroned Kildare to set up an intriguing local derby.

Without a provincial U21 / U20 title since 1981, Louth qualified for their first final since 2012 with a brilliant 1-13 to 1-9 victory over Dublin in their own backyard. Sean Reynolds' 13th minute goal helped the Wee County to a 1-6 to 0-7 interval lead before a Luke O'Boyle major tied up the scoring at 1-7 apiece in the 40th minute.

But the vistitors responded by reeling off five unanswered points per the in-form Kieran McArdle, Tadhg McDonnell and Dara McDonnell to pull away.

Meath brought Kildare's reign as Leinster and All-Ireland champions to an end with a 2-9 to 0-10 victory in the other semi-final. Goals either side of half-time from Eamonn Armstrong and Sean O'Hare were crucial for Cathal Ó Bric's side, who remain on course to repeat their All-Ireland minor triumph of three years ago.

Meanwhile, Longford defeated Wexford 0-13 to 1-7 and Westmeath overcame Carlow 3-9 to 1-10 to qualify for the Andrew Corden Cup final.



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