Louth showed that they are genuine promotion contenders with a hugely impressive performance against a ragged Sligo side.
The game was won during a devastating eighth-minute period in the first half, as Louth scored three goals in quick succession to turn a three-point deficit into a six-point lead.
Sligo were three points clear with 20 minutes gone, but goals from Eoghan Duffy, Sam Mulroy and Jim McEneaney left Sligo reeling.
Louth went in at half-time 3-8 to 0-8 ahead. They continued to dominate and within five minutes of the restart scored two more goals in quick succession.
Declan Byrne got the first before substitute Duffy finished.
The rest of the game was played at a pedestrian pace.
SCORERS - Louth: S Mulroy 1-5 (3f, Pen), E Duffy 2-1, D Byrne, J McEneaney 1-2 each, C Downey, R Nally 0-2 each, A McDonnell, T Durnin 0-1 each. Sligo: L Gaughan 0-6 (3f), N Murphy (1f), A Marren 0-3 each, B Gorman 0-2, S Carrabine, N Mullen 0-1 each.
Louth - F Sheekey 8; F Donohoe 8, E Carolan 8, J Craven 9; A Williams 8, B Duffy 8, J Clutterbuck 8; T Durnin 8, J Califf 8; C Branigan 6, C Downey 7, C McKeever 6; A McDonnell 8, S Mulroy 8, D Byrne 8. Subs: E Duffy 8 for McKeever (22), J McEneaney 8 for Brannigan (29), R Nally 7 for Byrne (43), H Osbourne 6 for McDonnell (59).
Sligo - A Devaney 5; J Carr 5, E McHugh 5, M Gordon 5; N Mullen 5, A McIntyre 5, D Cummins 5; P Kilcoyne 5, G O'Kelly Lynch 5; N Ewing 5, S Carrabine 5, C McKenna 5; N Murphy 6, P Hughes 6, L Gaughan 7. Subs: P Laffey for McHugh (31), L Towey for K McKenna (HT), P McNamara for Cummins (39), B Gorman for Ewing (40), A Marren for Hughes (46).
Ref - P Maguire (Longford).
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