FINGAL 1-12 LOUTH 1-8
SHARP-SHOOTING John Matthew Sheridan scored half his side's points tally as Fingal battled their way to victory in Darver.
They outscored the hosts 1-5 to 0-1 in the final 20 minutes as the deteriorating conditions proved difficult.
Louth led 0-5 to 0-4 at the end of a poor opening period and extended their lead, 1-7 to 0-7, by the 49th minute.
However, they only managed a solitary point after that, from a Shane Fennell free, as Fingal gained the upper hand.
A smartly taken goal from Andrew Richardson put the Dublin outfit into a 1-8 to 1-7 lead, and they pressed home their advantage with points from David Keogh and Sheridan before impact sub Eoin Power notched a brace to settle the issue.
SCORERS -- Fingal: J M Sheridan 0-6 (3f, 1 '65'), A Richardson 1-0, E Power 0-2, D Keogh, M Ormonde, J O'Callaghan, R McGarry 0-1 each. Louth: S Fennell 0-5 (4f), B Corcoran 1-0, D Horan (f), S Callan, A Macken 0-1 each.
FINGAL -- C Harford; P Coyne, D Markey, A Morris; N Feeney, M Cussen, D Keogh; D Hattie, A Crean; A Richardson, R McGarry, J O'Callaghan; A Cullen, M Ormonde, J M Sheridan. Subs: H Murray- Hession for Harford (h-t), P Daly for Cullen (43), E Power for Ormonde (58), P Balfe for Coyne (65), P Quinn for Feeney (65).
LOUTH -- J Carter; M Wallace, R Byrne, D McArdle; C Kerrigan, D Horan, D McKiernan; S Callan, D O'Sullivan; A Wallace, S Fennell, S Maguire; B Corcoran, A Mackin, D Mahony. Subs: D Rafferty for M Wallace (35), A McCrave for Kerrigan (45), G O'Brien for Maguire (57), G Rellis for Mackin (58), M McGuinness for Horan (67).
REF -- T Anderson (Offaly).