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Third time's a treat for Exiles

London made no mistake at the third attempt, storming to victory in the Nicky Rackard Cup final.

Having lost the previous two deciders, the Exiles never looked like losing to Louth at Croke Park, where Cork native Martin Finn laid on a superb display of finishing, hitting 2-8.

London led by 2-7 to 0-7 at half-time and, with substitute Kevin Canty hitting five points in the second half, strode to a comfortable 15-point success.

Scorers -- London: M Finn 2-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65), K Canty 0-5, S Ryan, M Walsh 0-2 each, N Forde, R O'Connell, J Mulcahy 0-1 each. Louth: D Murphy 0-8 (8f), D Horan, D O'Sullivan, S Fennell 0-1 each.

London: A Ryan; T Hogan, B Costello, C Burke; M Walsh, C Forde, G Hill; E Cooney, K Bolger; R O'Connell, S Ryan, N Forde; P Sloane, M Finn, H Vaughan. Subs: K Canty for Cooney, J Maher for Vaughan, D Maher for Hill, J Mulcahy for Bolger, K Walsh for Sloane.

Louth: E McArdle; M Wallace, C Kerrigan, A Wallace; D Horan, R Byrne, Donagh O'Sullivan; G Smyth, D Dunne; D Kettle, S Callan, D Murphy; B Corcoran, P Brennan, Diarmuid O'Sullivan. Subs: W Morrissey for Brennan, D O'Hanrahan for Smyth, S Fennell for Kettle, K McNally for O'Sullivan, B Hassett for Corcoran.

Referee: M Haverty (Galway).

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