Murphy leads Louth rampage
Louth 5-12 Fingal 2-8
Louth finished their League campaign on a high with four first-half goals helping them overcome Fingal at the Dowdallshill GAA grounds.
Fingal were facing an uphill battle from a very early stage with Louth registering two goals inside the first five minutes.
Seaghan Connolly was first to find the back of the net for the Wee County, with David Kettle following suit moments later.
Nonetheless the visitors were handed a boost when full-forward Paul Graves got a deft touch on a ball played in from JM Sheridan on 13 minutes.
But after Nigel Stanley had landed a point to put three between the sides, Louth were awarded a penalty which Diarmuid Murphy converted on 20 minutes
Murphy then grabbed his second off the subsequent puck-out, and while Fingal were to create two goal chances after that, both went unrewarded as they went in at half-time trailing 1-9 to 1-5.
Fingal shaded the second half with TJ Howard scoring with five minutes to go before Connolly added his second in a half which saw Louth duo Ronan Byrne and David Kettle and Fingal defender Killian O'Flynn pick up double yellows in the last quarter.
Scorers - Louth: D Murphy 2-2 (0-1f, 1-0 pen), S Connolly 2-1, D Kettle 1-1, P Lynch 0-3 (1 sl, 1f) N Stanley, S Callan 0-2 each, R Byrne 0-1. Fingal: P Graves 1-1,TJ Howard 1-0, JM Sheridan 0-4 (3fs), L Kelly, R McGarry, K O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Louth - J Connolly 6, C Matthews 7, B Minogue 7, R McKeown 7, M Lyons 8, R Byrne 6, A McGrave 8, D O Hanrahan 7, S Callan 8, P Lynch 8, N Stanley 9, A Mackin 9, D Kettle 7, S Connolly 8 , D Murphy 8. Sub: G McKeown for Minogue (ht)
Fingal - D Renehan 6, E O Connor 8, D Fitzsimons 7, N McCaffrey 7, S Goff 7, Killian O Flynn 6, P Sheridan, Kevin O' Flynn 7, L Kelly 7, E Thynne, R McGarry 7 , JM Sheridan 7, TJ Howard 7, P Graves 8, I Furlong 6. Subs: N Ring 8 for P Sheridan (7) R Swift 7 for Thynne (16), K O'Sullivan 8 for Furlong (ht), D Cullen 6 for Kelly (52), P Quinn for O'Connor 6 (62)
Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)