DUNDALK Colleges recovered from falling four points behind inside the first five minutes to seal a deserved win over Colaiste Mhuire in Darver.
The midlanders settled quickest and the trusty boot of Dean McNicholas put them in good stead. But Dundalk slowly found their rhythm and a brilliantly taken goal by Conall McKeever in the 17th minute helped the hosts to a 1-3 to 0-5 half-time lead.
Colaiste Mhuire drew level after an Sean Daly effort, but failed to score in the last 20 minutes as Dundalk, inspired by their superb corner- forward pairing of McKeever and Ciaran Byrne, sealed the victory.
SCORERS -- Dundalk Colleges: C McKeever 1-2, C Byrne 0-4, A Sharkey (1f), C Ryan 0-1 each. Colaiste Mhuire: D McNicholas 0-3 (3f), S Daly 0-2 (1f), D Whelan, D Higgins 0-1 each.
DUNDALK COLLEGES -- D Breen; R Williams, D Smyth, K Lenihan; S Thornton, D McMahon, S McAuley; Patrick Reilly, J Stewart; G Traynor, A Sharkey, K Hearty; C McKeever, C Ryan, C Byrne. Subs: S Thornton for K Hearty (44).
COLAiste MHUIRE -- K Maguire; C McKinley, D McDermott, C Carty; W McGrath, A Clarke, E Siode; D McNicholas, T Doyle; D Whelan, D Lynch, N O'Brien; S Daly, D Higgins, S Daly. Subs: M Browne for C Carty (21), K Daly for K Smullen (h-t), A Duignan for D McDermott (55), S Dempsey for D Higgins (58).
REF -- D Smyth (Meath).