Longford, already consigned to a quick return to Division 3, didn’t make it easy for the home side, and at one stage in the opening half led by five points. But Glenn Ryan’s men had no answer to Louth’s third-quarter blitz.
After turning over two-point in arrears, Louth, taking advantage of the strong breeze, claimed eight unanswered points in 15 minutes, leading scorers, Brian White and Shane Lennon, claiming two each.
Lennon had made an even bigger contribution in the opening half. Within a couple of minutes of Sean McCormack claiming the Longford goal, making it 1-5 to 0-3, he blasted past Damien Sheridan from the penalty-spot after Derek Maguire had been hauled down.
By needlessly kicking out after getting rid of the ball, Longford full-back, Barry Gilleran, was shown a red card, and as a consequence will be an absentee for his side’s championship outing against Wicklow.
Scorers for Louth: S Lennon 1-4, B White 0-6, C Byrne, D Crilly, A Reid, P Keenan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Longford: S McCormack 1-5, M Quinn, B McElvaney, JJ Mathews 0-1 each.
LOUTH: N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, J O’Brien; C McGuinness, D Crilly, A Reid; R Carroll, B Donnelly; A McDonnell, C Rafferty, B White; D Maguire, C Byrne, S Lennon.
Subs: G Hoey for McGuinness; P Keenan for Carroll; P Califf for Rafferty; D Clarke for Maguire.
LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; A Rowan, M Quinn, S Mulligan; J Keegan, M Brady; B McElvaney, D McElligott, CP Smyth; F McGee, D Barden, S McCormack.
Subs: P Kelly for McGee; P McCormack for Rowan; K Diffley for Keegan; S Doyle for McElligott; JJ Mathews for Barden.
Referee: D Brazil (Offaly).