Smyth goal sets up Louth rout
Louth 4-18 Sligo 1-7
Louth came good in the second half at Markievicz Park to run out easy winners. The Wee County trailed by a point towards the end of the first half, but outscored their hosts by 3-10 to 0-1 after the interval.
Sligo started the better, and Declan Loughnane netted after five minutes.
The free-taking of Gerard Smyth and Diarmuid Murphy kept Louth in contention, as Sligo corner-forward Ciaran Brenan fired over two fine points from play.
But Smyth's 28th-minute goal changed the game and, despite Reidy edging the Yeats men back in front, scores from Brian Corcoran gave Louth a 1-8 to 1-6 half-time lead. Goals from Murphy, Kevin McNally and Corcoran eased Louth home after the break.
Man of the Match: G Smyth (Louth)
Scorers -- Louth: G Smyth 1-4 (3f), B Corcoran 1-3, D Murphy 1-2 (1-2f), K McNally 1-1, S Fennell 0-3 (2f), W Morrissey 0-2, S Callan, D Horan, Diarmuid O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Sligo: D Loughnane 1-1, C Brenan, K Raymond (2f) 0-2 each, L Reidy, D Burke 0-1 each.
Sligo -- G Cadden 5; D O'Brien 5, M Gilmartin 5, T Cawley 6; L Reidy 7, R Cox 7, J Kenny 5; R Molloy 6, K Raymond 7; P Quinn 5, D Burke 6, T Conneely 5; K Gilmartin 5, D Loughnane 7, C Brenan 7. Subs: J Kelly 6 for Kenny (h-t), L Cadden 5 for Conneely (46), N Cadden 5 for K Gilmartin (53), N McDermott 5 for O'Brien (54), A Walsh 5 for Brenan (58).
Louth -- J Connolly 7; D Rafferty 5, C Kerrigan 6, A Wallace 7; D McArdle 7, R Byrne 6, D Murphy 7; Diarmuid O'Sullivan 7, S Callan 7; S Fennell 7, W Morrissey 7, D Horan 6; B Corcoran 8, G Smyth 7, Donagh O'Sullivan 5. Subs: D O'Hanrahan 6 for Byrne (37), K McNally 6 for Donagh O'Sullivan (45), G Rellis 6 for Smyth (55), B Hassett 6 for McArdle (58), M Wallace 6 for Donagh O'Sullivan (63).
Ref -- E Shaughnessy (Galway).