Limerick footballers meet Louth for the first time since 2015


LIMERICK host face Louth this Sunday in the TUS Gaelic Grounds at 2pm.

For the first time in seven years, Limerick will take on Louth, this time in the third round of the National Football League.

Limerick have gone two for two in the League thus far and currently top the table. Louth have only a single point on the board having snatched a draw with Longford last time out.

Limerick’s last time hosting Louth came all the way back in 2008 as they earned victory in the Gaelic Grounds.

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Limerick vs Louth
Limericks John Galvin keeping ahead of the Lowth players
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However, the Leinster side have always proved a formidable opponent for the Shannonsiders and Sunday should be no different.

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Ahead of that game, check out the most recent clashes between the sides.

Louth 2-13 : 2-15 Limerick (National Football League)

5 April 2015 in Drogheda

Limerick staved off relegation with a two point win over Louth in Drogheda as they condemned the hosts to Division 4.

With Limerick also facing the prospect of relegation, John Brudair’s side were one point to the good at the half, despite dominating possesion.

And things looked ominous for the Shannonsiders with Louth kicking the first pair of scores in the second half.

But Peter Nash’s goal swung the momentum with Pa Ranahan also finding the net for Limerick who streaked clear.

The hosts had a pair of goals late on but it was too little to late as Limerick held on for safety while Llouth suffered another relegation.

5 April 2015; Pa Ranahan, right, Limerick, shoots to beat Louth goalkeeper Neil Gallagher and score his side’s second goal. Allianz Football League, Division 3, Round 7, Louth v Limerick. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Louth 1-11 : 1-14 Limerick (National Football League)

20 March 2011 in Drogheda

Limerick overcame Louth by three points to keep their chances of safety alive in a very competitive Division 3.

At the half, the visiotrs were two points clear despite Sean Lennon’s goal at the hosts as Limerick took a 0-9 to 1-4 advantage into the break.

Louth hit back upon the restart with the sides level three times until the 55th minute. Limerick substitute Eoghan O’Connor struck the post with a goal bound effort but the rebound fell to Pa Ranahan who made no mistake to raise the green flag.

O’Connor put Limerick three up and despite the best efforts of the hosts, Limerick held on for a crucial win on Drogheda.

However, when all was said and done, Limerick were relegated to Division 4 while Louth were promoted, with just two points between the sides.

Louth 1-14 : 0-6 Limerick (National Football League)

1 February 2009 in Drogheda

Louth kicked off their 2009 League campaign with an impressive win over Limerick in Drogheda.

JP Rooney had the only goal of the game for Louth with the Naomh Mairtin man finishing with 1-3. Ronan Carroll also added three points from play as the hosts dominated the contest.

Ian Ryan was Limerick’s brightest spark as he kicked over 0-4 on a forgettable day.

The loss proved to be crucial in the grand scheme of things with the sides finishing level on points but Limerick suffering relegation with an inferior goal difference, as their -8 paled in comparison to Louth’s +11 with the eleven point win in round one coming back to haunt Limerick.

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