London beat Louth to win Nicky Rackard

London lifted the Nicky Rackard Cup in Croke Park after a convincing win over Louth, the final score standing at 2-20 to 0-11.

Martin Finn has been in tremendous form in this cup run and he kept up his goal and point scoring in Dublin, getting both the Exiles goals and scoring eight points.

London’s form in the cup and their previous convincing win over Louth, winning 6-20 to 1-10 in the same competition earlier in the year, meant they were always favourites on the day and they got off to a great start as Finn started putting points on the board with four successive scores in the first 15 minutes.

Louth’s Diarmuid Murphy helped keep the Wee County in the game in the first half with a few well taken frees and even managed to get his team’s noses in front until London converted their dominance on the field with a goal in the 25th minute.

Martin Finn took advantage of a deflected interception from Donagh O’Sullivan who cleared it from the path of Henry Vaughan but unfortunately for the Louth half-back, the ball went straight to the grateful Finn who finished from close range.

From this moment on, London seemed to slip away from the Wee County and netted again before half time to make their lead a comfortable one going into the break.

The illustrious Finn was on hand to net his second goal in the 35th minute when he received a pass from teammate Patrick Sloane who had gotten on the end of a speculative long range ball from Shane Ryan, leaving the scores 2-07 to 0-07 at half time.

Louth could only muster another four points for the remainder of the game as London pulled away in the second half.

Substitute Kevin Canty came on to join in the scoring in the 30th minute and with his second half performance the Cork native made an impact, scoring three points from play and ending his points tally on five.

Finn proved to be relentless in his quest for more points beside his name and after his first half tally of 2-5 he went on to score another three points to bring his overall production to 2-08.

Diarmuid Murphy did his best to try and keep up the pace with the Exiles, his second half saw him score three points from frees, with Shane Fennell adding the extra point for the Wee County.

This victory will be a particularly sweet one for London manager Eamonn Phelan, who won the Nicky Rackard Cup as a player back in ’05 but has since seen his team reach the final stage for the last two years, only to be beaten in the final and pipped at the final post in both ’09 and his last game playing for his side last year. will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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