Sunday's inter-county GAA round-up
By Conor McKenna
O Byrne Cup Round 1
Louth 1-9 Meath 0-10
Walsh Cup Round 1
Westmeath 2-12 Carlow 0-14
Louth opened their 2020 O'Byrne Cup campaign with a two-point victory over fierce rivals Meath, in Pairc Tailteann today.
The Wee County held a slight 0-6 to 0-4 advantage at the interval, with Sam Mulroy scoring three points in the opening half.
Meath registered the first three points of the second half to give themselves the lead, before Liam Jackson’s 44th minute effort levelled proceedings.
Louth were awarded a penalty, which Mulroy converted, to give his side a 1-7 to 0-7 lead with 47 minutes played.
Wayne Kieran’s side held out for a narrow two-point victory, as both sides finished the match with 14 men, with Jordan Morris and Paul Matthews shown second yellow cards in injury time.
Westmeath claimed victory over Carlow in Sunday’s sole Walsh Cup encounter, with Shane O’Brien’s side full value for their four-point win.
The game's first goal arrived in the 17th minute, with Joey Boyle finding the net for Westmeath, to give them a three-point cushion.
The Lake County held a 1-5 to 0-7 lead at the break, though they started the second half excellently, scoring 1-2 without reply, with their goal coming from Robbie Greville.
O’Brien’s charges held out for a four-point win, with Chris Nolan standing out for Carlow, registering 0-11 after a fantastic individual performance.