Late blitz sees off battling Louth
Dublin 3-15 Louth 1-7
Dublin were made to fight but eventually eased past Louth in their Leinster MFC opener in Parnell Park.
After Dublin's Mark Lavin and Louth's Daire Nally traded early frees, Mark O'Leary and the towering Connall McCaul did likewise from play before Nally's second free inched Louth ahead.
The visitors enjoyed the bulk of possession and two superb points from play by Nally in the second quarter was just reward to edge them in front.
However, Dublin gradually found their feet with Enda Cashman, Matthew Dunne and Sean Foran on target as they enjoyed an 0-8 to 0-7 interval lead.
A fine goal from corner-back Tom Jackson in the 38th minute looked to have turned the tide back in Louth's favour but it proved their only score of the half as Dublin assumed control for the final quarter.
The catalyst was a 48th-minute goal from O'Leary and with Louth wilting with every minute that passed, Dublin put a more flattering reflection on the scoreline thanks to late goals from Conor Murray and substitute Liam Dunne.
Scorers - Dublin: M O'Leary 1-3, C Murray 1-2, S Foran 0-4, M Lavin 0-3 (0-2f), L Dunne 1-0, M Dunne 0-2, E Cashman 0-1. Louth: D Nally 0-4 (2f), T Jackson 1-0, C McCaul, R Walsh (f), M Begley 0-1 each.
Dublin -S Murphy; N Hatton, A Fearon, A Rafter; R Dwyer, C O'Brien, M Lavin; E Adamson, C McManus; M O'Leary, C Murray, E Cashman; M Dunne, C Hennessy, S Foran. Subs: L Swan for McManus (h-t), J Bannon for Hatton (43), S Guiden for Dunne (43), L Dunne for O'Brien (47), J Rooney for Rafter (56), A Watson for O'Leary (60).
Louth - M McEneaney; T Jackson, P McEvoy, N Buckley; C Flemming, C Shevlin, G Bell; C McCaul, J Mee; C Gillespie, R Hanlon, D Nally; S Healy, R Walsh, J Commins. Subs: C Lennon for Gillespie (17), M Begley for Walsh (23), P Johnson for Hanlon (40), P Murtagh for McEvoy (51), C Quigley for Commins (56).
REF - John Hickey (Carlow).