Louth U21’s Preview

by louthandproud on February 24, 2016

in County, Minor/U21

Louth U21’s Played Laois tonight


Losing 3-15 to 1-14 in Haggardstown

Our Boys

First off, What an exciting set of forwards we have named to start!

6 super talented scoring forwards if we get them the correct supply we should be able to convert enough scores to advance.

On the forty and full forward for us, see’s two exciting prospects for the future. Both Ben McLoughlin and Daragh Lafferty have missed a lot of gaelic in their young careers for totally different reasons, Ben focused on soccer for a number of years with Everton while Daragh had a cruciate knee injury. Very excited to see how they get on.

Conor Early from the Plunketts has seemingly been flying in midfield and his partner there Matt Corcoran won an all-Ireland freshers in Croke Park last week with DCU so they’ll be high on confidence and they’ll need to be.

At the back, we look to be quite strong too…both wingbacks started last year and Paul Matthews and Niall Sharkey featured for Colin Kelly’s first senior squad.

We’re quite youthful too, over half the team can play again next season.

Their boys


Evan O’Carroll is the biggest name on their team. He’s been a senior player this past number seasons. Very powerful and direct player who can take a score at ease.

Nigel Murphy in midfield played for WIT last weekend in their defeat to Dundalk IT. He has played for Laois seniors in the O’Byrne cup this season.

Eoin Lowry is their captain and won a Sigerson cup last weekend with UCD. He is a physical type of full forward with a low centre of gravity who is known for a strong solo run.

Adam Campion at full back is quite a dynamic player. wiry, aggressive and pacey defender.


Three seasons ago, this age group were beaten by Wexford. Wexford were then beaten by Laois. We’ve gained players and hopefully learned from that defeat.

Laois are always strong at this age…but no Portlaoise players on the starting fifteen is bizarre.

I just hope our team is tactically set up right on the night and not naive in a too top heavy selection.

We certainly have the players, no doubt! home advantage is key at this age that will swing it.

Then, Who knows where this team will go?


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

louthandproud February 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm

I hate to blame management too but I said beforehand we looked to be very top heavy up front going into the game and it looks like that’s was our downfall.

Great summary of the game and thanks for commenting. I think the blame lies with those above last nights mgmt team. They have a lot to answer to…we’re just box ticking and fulfilling fixtures at this stage.

John M. February 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm

We had a good team on paper and we had our strengths and weaknesses, we knew this before hand, I don’t think the management did, nor did they do anything during the course of the game?

We were very strong up front and we had their defenders in trouble throughout.

Yet, in the second half, they were able to drop a man in front of our full forward line and effectively limit Cian Doyle, who was destroying them. Yet at the other end, we left our full back line one-on-one with oceans of space in front of them. It allowed their forwards do as they wish. I thought it was incredibly naive to leave us open at the back like we did?

If we had to drop a man to provide some cover from the middle it would have provided some cover and we were creating enough chances up front to allow us to do this. I hate blaming management, but I think they have to take some responsibility here.

D. Hickey February 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Have generally done our best work at this level over the years. Good lookin team on paper but thought that last year as well. Home advantage is a massive plus and a good management team in place. Best of luck Louth!

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