Game At A Glance
MAN OF THE MATCH
Paddy Keenan (Louth)
Louth's only ever All-Star rose above the mediocrity around him by producing a stylish display. The midfielder was in control throughout and he made some fine fetches as well as using possession astutely.
A point from Ronan Carroll at the three-quarter way stage put an end to Antrim's mini revival during which the Saffrons had reduced a seven-point deficit to just two in a four-minute spell. Shane Lennon extended the lead to four with a point after that to stymie Antrim's challenge.
The dismissal of Louth 'keeper Neil Gallagher, who was shown a straight red card late on, raised the temperature briefly after he appeared to be involved in an argument with an umpire.
Neither team conjured up much magic throughout the 70 minutes but Michael Pollock's goal was one of the brighter moments for Antrim. Sean McVeigh and Brendan Herron were involved before Pollock finished with aplomb.
Seven bookings and a sending-off suggests either a physical encounter or an overzealous referee but both are well wide of the mark. Referee Ciaran Branagan of Down let the game flow, wasn't the centre of attention and overall did a good job.
WHAT THEY SAID
Aidan O'Rourke (Louth manager):
"Probably the biggest difficulty in the build-up was the perception that Antrim were an awful team but I work in Antrim and I know that is not the case."
Frank Dawson (Antrim manager):
"We prepared to win the game and for a long time we kept ourselves in it. The amount of work the boys put in and the football they played was first-class."
Louth 13 (7 first half)
Antrim 12 (7)
Louth 20 (4)
Antrim 23 (15)
Louth 4 (D Crilly 17, P Rath 23, B Donnelly 27, P Keenan 67); Antrim 3 (P Doherty 35, M Herron 55, D McAleese 69)
Louth 1 (Neil Gallagher 68)
Louth are in the draw for Round 2 of the qualifiers. Antrim's year is at an end.