Molloy bags hat-trick as Maynooth prosper
Maynooth UNI 4-16 Louth 3-8
Brian Molloy was Maynooth University's hero as he scored 3-12 in this 11-point victory.
Maynooth started dreadfully, conceding a Paul Mathews goal on 60 seconds, but Molloy's frees dragged them into the game before a David Burke goal put them ahead. In-form Molloy scored two more goals and by half-time they led by 3-10 to 1-6.
Louth began the second half well as Seaghan Connelly found the net from a goalmouth scramble, but thoughts of a comeback were extinguished when Molloy scored his third goal direct from a free to put 13 points between the sides.
Louth scored a late consolation goal through Paddy McCormack but this was Maynooth's day.
SCORERS- Maynooth University: B Molloy 3-12 (9fs); D Burke 1-1; P Deegan, P Kinsella, N Kenny, C Breen 0-1 each.
Louth: P Lynch 0-5 (3fs, 2 45s); L Dwan 0-2 (1f); P Mathews, Seaghan Connelly, P McCormack 1-0 each, S Callan 0-1.
MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY: B Hogan; E Moloney, M Campion, P Smith; P Walsh, P Deegan R Donohue; C Breen, K Sheridan; R Smith, N Kenny, E Kenny; D Burke, B Molloy, P Kinsella. Subs: D Egerton for E Kenny, G Egan for P Walsh, E Lawless for B Molloy, P Leahy for N Kenny, S O'Brien for P Kinsella, F Murray for R Donohue.
LOUTH: S Nolan; C Griffin, S Callan, J Carter; S Kettle, M Lyons, C Kerrigan; A McCrave, P McCormack; D O'Hanrahan, L Dwan, P Mathews; S Connelly, G Smyth, P Lynch. Subs: D Stephenson for C Kerrigan, G Kerrigan for G Smyth, C Griffin for C Griffin, D Walsh for S Connelly, P McCarthy for S Kettle, D Ryan for D O'Hanrahan.
Ref: B Nea (Westmeath).