Monaghan weather storm to take points
Monaghan 1-10 Louth 1-8
Monaghan withstood a late Louth fightback to edge a close game in Darver in conditions that proved difficult for both sides.
Monaghan thought they had a goal on 10 minutes when keeper Hugh Byrne sent home a penalty, but ref Alfie Devine disallowed it as he adjudged Byrne to have struck the sliotar past the 20-metre line.
There was nothing wrong with Tadhg Campbell's strike, though, as he gave Monaghan a 1-6 to 0-1 half-time lead.
Louth sub Davy Mahony fired to the net after the break and with five minutes left Diarmuid Murphy reduced Monaghan's lead to just two points (1-8 to 1-6), before Campbell and Fergal Rafter steadied the ship for the visitors.
SCORERS - Monaghan: T Campbell 1-2; F Rafter 0-5 (3fs); C Boyle, R Curran, H Byrne 0-1 each. Louth: D Murphy 0-4 (3fs); P Lynch 0-2; D Mahony 1-0; R Maher, A McCrave 0-1 each.
MONAGHAN: H Byrne 7; P Gartland 6, P Finnegan 6, B Flanagan 6; R Curran 7, P Treanor 6, M Murphy 7; B Connor 6, J Guinan 6; F Rafter 7, B McGuigan 7, C Boyle 7; T Campbell 8, S Leonard 6, P Bermingham 6. Subs: S Forde 6 for P Bermingham, S McNally 6 for R Curran, PJ Boyle 6 for B McGuigan.
LOUTH: S Hackett 6; S Kettle 6, S Callan 6, C Kerrigan 6; A McCrave 6, R Maher 7, R McKeown 6; D Ryan 6, P McCormack 6; G Smyth 6, S Connelly 6, G Kerrigan 6; P Lynch 7, D Murphy 7, M Ryan 6. Subs: D Mahony 7 for G Kerrigan, D Stephenson 6 for M Ryan.
REF - A Devine