Louth scored a hard-fought 0-13 to 1-8 victory over Tipperary in the first ever Senior Football All-Ireland qualifier at Clonmel this afternoon. Tipperary got off to a good start with points from Damien O'Brien and Peter Lambert inside four minutes. Mark Stanford replied for Louth in the fifth minute with a point, before Chris Grimes added the equalising point to level 0-2 to 0-2.
Tipperary got their big break in the seventh minute when corner forward Lambert slipped inside the defence after a long ball from Niall Fitzgerald and blasted to the left of the goalkeeper Colin Nally. Louth responded with points from Colin Kelly, Darren Kirwin and David Reilly in the 13th, 17th and 22nd minute to level the sides. Just before the break, John Shanahan lofted a long effort from 55 metres out to give Tipperary a 1-3 to 0-5 lead at half-time.
In the second half, Louth went one point up 20 minutes into the second and took control of the game with forward Mark Stansfield kicking six points throughout the match.
Meanwhile it was also a two-point victory in the second All-Ireland qualifier when Antrim beat Leitrim 0-13 to 1-8 at Casement Park this afternoon.