Maguire turns tide as Louth rely on sub plot
Louth are in pole position for an O'Byrne Cup semi-final spot in Group 4 with a laboured win over Maynooth University in Darver.
Louth 1-13 Maynooth University 1-8
A win over Carlow on Sunday would send Colin Kelly's side through with a 100pc record, but that did look in jeopardy at times last night.
Backed by a strong wind, Maynooth led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break, with the excellent Ryan O'Rourke finding the net on 19 minutes.
Louth's revival took a while to materialise as Kelly emptied his bench, but they eventually overhauled the gritty students with a goal from substitute Dean Maguire.
Caoimhin O'Reilly hit back immediately, making it a one-point game, 1-8 to 1-7, but Louth's subs took over with Jim McEneaney, Anthony Williams, Tommy Durnin and Ronan Holcroft all on target.
A draw would be enough to send the Wee County through when they welcome Carlow to Dundalk.
SCORERS - Louth: Dean Maguire 1-0, R Holcroft, T Durnin, D Crilly (1f) 0-2 each, D McMahon, D Marks, D Byrne, C Branigan, J McEneaney, A Williams, J Califf (f) 0-1 each. Maynooth University: P Fogarty 0-4 (2f), R O'Rourke 1-0, C O'Reilly 0-2f, C Gillespie, E Moloney 0-1 each.
LOUTH - J Flanagan; P Rath, P Reilly, J Bingham; R Moore, D McMahon, D Marks; C Martin, J Califf; D Byrne, P Smith, C Branigan; J Stewart, D Crilly, R Carroll. Subs: A Reid for McMahon, T Durnin for Califf, J McEneaney for Smith, K Murphy for Rath, R Holcroft for D Crilly, A Williams for Marks for C McKeever, B Duffy for Branigan, T McKenna for R Moore, Dean Maguire for R Carroll.
MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY - E McDonagh; A Brennan, M Hyland, B Gonoud; T Hanifan, C Sheridan, E Moloney; B Dardis, C Gillespie; Caoimhin O'Reilly, P Fogarty, C Gallagher; R O'Rourke, C Murphy, S McGlynn. Subs: D Mimnagh for Murphy, C Cannon for Dardis, W Bright for Fogarty, D McLoughlin for S McGlynn, P Cribben for Gillespie, R Scott for Gonoud.
REF - D O'Connor (Dublin)