Damian Barton buoyed by Derry's return to winning ways
Louth 2-10 - Derry1-18
Derry manager Damian Barton believes his side took the first step back on the road to redemption after their five-point win over Louth.
The Oak Leaf County were forced to take the 'back door' route following the nadir of that Ulster championship capitulation at the hands of Tyrone.
Now Barton feels that their performance at Owenbeg has gone a long way in righting a few wrongs.
"I think more than anything that our temperament and character have been questioned," said the Derry manager. "And I think today we answered some of that.
"I'm just delighted for the boys. It's going to be a tougher game the next day but it's great to get over this hurdle. After the Tyrone game we had 34 or 35 players here at training which was a great response. But we dug deep and did very well."
Derry trailed 1-5 to 0-7 at the break, but after the interval they gradually took a grip of events. James Kielt was at the heart of seven consecutive scores as Derry produced some of their best football of the season.
A goal and a point from Declan Byrne gave Louth some hope, but after that Derry accelerated for home. Kilrea man Kielt despatched a 65th minute penalty which wrapped up the Derry win, with the same man afforded the luxury of missing a second penalty soon after.
DERRY: M Conlan, G McKinless, Mullan, K McKaigue, N Forester, B Rogers, L McGoldrick, C McAtamney, N Holly, D Heavron, C Bradley 0-3 (0-1f), E Brown, J Kielt 1-9 (0-6f), E McGuckin 0-2, M Lynch 0-2f. Subs: K Johnston for L McGoldrick (41), N Loughlin for E Brown (41), N Toner 0-1 for M Lynch (49), E Bradley 0-1 for N Holly (51), O Duffy for C Mullan (63), S Heavron for E McGuckin (69)
LOUTH: C Lynch, P Rath, P Reilly, J Bingham, D Maguire, D McMahon, A Williams, J Stewart, J Califf 0-4f, D Byrne 1-3, J McEneaney 1-1, R Moore, E Lafferty, C Grimes 0-1, R Burns 0-1f. Subs: G McSorley, A Reid (46), B Duffy for J Stewart (51), J McEneaney
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)