Louth's Paul Matthews and Paul Hoban of Warwickshire. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Allianz National Hurling League
Warwickshire 0-20 1-14 Louth
Louth hurlers suffered defeat to Warwickshire in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A final at Trim this afternoon as their hopes of promotion were ended.
Despite leading 1-6 to 0-7 at half-time with Gerard Smyth firing in the goal early on, the Wee County were pulled back during a highly competitive second half.
Niall Arthur struck five points in the first half after Andrew McCrave fired the match's opening point. But having struck the opening three minors of the second period, the expats went in front for the first time.
In all, the teams were level on eight occasions after the break. Tied with five minutes remaining, Niall McKenna guided Warwickshire to victory with three late pointed frees.
Louth: Stephen Hackett; Mark Wallace, Mike Lyons, Conor Mathews; Stephen Kettle, Ronan Byrne (0-1), Andrew McCrave (0-1); Donal Ryan (0-1), Mark Molloy (0-1); Gerard Smyth (1-0), Gerry Arthur (0-1), Shane Callan; Seaghan Conneely, Niall Arthur (0-9), Paddy Lynch
Subs: Diarmuid Murphy, Paul Matthews, John Martin