WITH nothing bar pride and a third-place finish at stake, Louth battled to a commanding win in Dundalk.
The sides were level on points in third place going into the game, but too far adrift of Monaghan and Fingal, prompting Red Hand boss Tom Magill to have a look at some of his fringe players.
The hosts, sporting a more experienced line-up and with Adrian Wallace in good form, dominated the opening half and built a 0-15 to 0-6 lead by the break.
They stretched their advantage further to 0-21 to 0-7 by the end of the third quarter.
Pat Clancy's men inevitably eased off the gas and, to their credit, Tyrone took full advantage, halving the home side's lead.
However, Shane Callan stopped the rot for Louth with a superb point. Subs Gary O'Brien and Shane Maguire also chipped in with late points as Louth ran out the easiest of winners.
Man of the Match: A Wallace (Louth)
SCORERS -- Louth: S Fennell 0-6 (3f), D Murphy 0-4, S Callan, D O'Hanrahan 0-3 each, D O'Sullivan, A Wallace, S Maguire 0-2 each, D Horan, G O'Brien 0-1 each; Tyrone: A Kelly 0-6 (4f), D Casey (1f), S McKiver, C Grogan 0-2 each, B McGilloway, S Hagan, G Fox, R O'Neill 0-1 each.
LOUTH -- J Carter 7; D Rafferty 7, W Morrissey 7, M Wallace 7; D McArdle 7, R Byrne 7, D Horan 7; S Callan 8, D O'Sullivan 7; D O'Hanrahan 7, S Fennell 8, D Murphy 8; D Mahony 6, B Corcoran 6, A Wallace 8. Subs: G McKeown 7 for Corcoran (h-t), S Maguire 7 for O'Hanrahan (40), G O'Brien 7 for Mahony (48), O Drumm 6 for O'Sullivan (49), J Connolly for Carter (60).
TYRONE -- J Kelly 7; S McCrory 6, B Begley 7, R Winters 6; M Winters 6, M Grogan 5, C Cross 6; S McKiver 7, B McGilloway 6; D Casey 6, A Kelly 7, N O'Neill6; S Hagan 5, D McMullen 6, G Gilmore 5. Subs: C Grogan 7 for Hagan (h-t), S Og Grogan 6 for Gilmore (h-t), R O'Neill 7 for McMullen (h-t), SP Begley 6 for M Grogan (h-t), G Fox 7 for McGilloway (52).
REF -- J Keenan (Wicklow).