Nicky Rackard Cup Final:
Armagh 3-20 Louth 1-15
Armagh eased to their second Nicky Rackard Cup crown on Saturday at Croke Park with a thoroughly deserved 11-point victory over Louth.
Three first half goals proved crucial for the Orchard County, as they went in at half-time 3-13 to 0-8 up and in total control.
They eased up significantly after the restart, and in fairness to Louth they never gave up, outscoring Armagh by 1-7 to 0-7 in the second period. Armagh had already done their work though, and their big lead was not under threat at any stage.
Armagh took an early lead through Declan Coulter’s goal, and they were 1-5 to 0-3 up after 15 minutes. Then, a second goal on 20 minutes from Conor Corvan put Louth in real trouble, as they trailed by 10 points.
Victory was effectively sealed when Coulter struck his second goal, and Armagh’s third, shortly before half-time.
Corvan and David Carvill added further points just before the interval to well and truly leave the Wee County behind.
The second half was a much more sedate affair than the first, with the sides trading just three points apiece in the first 15 minutes.
Brian Corcoran’s goal for Louth with just over 10 minutes to go restored some pride for them, but it was mere cosmetics as Armagh cruised to the final whistle.