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Louth 1-18 DCU Dóchas Éireann 0-14

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Louth manager Paul McCormack will be pleased with his side’s use of the wind advantage in the first-half. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Louth manager Paul McCormack will be pleased with his side’s use of the wind advantage in the first-half. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Louth manager Paul McCormack will be pleased with his side’s use of the wind advantage in the first-half. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Louth claimed the title with a deserved seven point-victory over DCU Dóchas Éireann in the final at a blustery Darver yesterday.

In his first season in charge Louth manager Paul McCormack will be pleased with his side's use of the wind advantage in the first-half.

The impressive Darren Geoghegan sent the hosts on their way with unerring dead-ball accuracy, striking six of his total of nine in that dominant opening period, while Seaghan Connelly found the net on 10 minutes.

Despite the students' struggles, Jamie Byrne kept things interesting with four on the trot, but Louth were 1-11 to 0-5 up at the break.

DCU Dóchas Éireann, through Byrne, did make Louth sweat in the second-half, notching eight in a row to make it 1-12 to 0-13.

However, Louth, down to 14 men after Darren O'Hanrahan's dismissal, composed themselves and saw the game out with points from James Costello, David Kettle and Conor Deane.

SCORERS - Louth: D Geoghegan 0-9 (6f, 1 '65), S Connelly 1-0, D Kettle 0-3, C Deane, J Costello 0-2 each, C Minogue and J McDonnell 0-1 each. DCU Dóchas Éireann: J Byrne 0-9 (5f), M Doyle, T Lane, C O'Flaherty, B Murphy and J Doyle 0-1 each

Louth - D Connolly; P Challoner, A McCrave, G Smyth; F Joyce, G Smyth, A McCrave; J Costelloe, D O'Hanrahan; J McDonnell, D Kettle, C Minogue; P Cunningham, S Connelly, D Geoghegan. Subs: C Deane for J McDonnell (26), D Stephenson for P Cunningham (30), F Joyce for G Smyth (60), R McKeon for P Challoner (70)

DCU Dóchas Éireann - D Byrne; E Mulligan, C Caverley, J Redmond, J Doyle, D Whelan, N Doyle; T Lane, L Pender; D McCormack, J Byrne, B Murphy; C O'Flaherty, M Doyle, D Fenlon. Subs: D Foley for N Doyle (15)

Ref - B Nea (Westmeath)

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