Just when it seemed Louth wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for some terrible wastage, Ed O’Byrne got on the end of a Ryan Basquel centre to punch the ball to the net.
Hitting 17 wides — to UCD’s five — Louth were unable to assert their authority.
Scorers for UCD:E O’Byrne, T Moolick 1-0 each, R Basquel, R Carr 0-2 each, C Sheridan, A Jordan, C Ellis, S Kilcoyne 0-1 each.
Louth: R Holdcroft 0-4, R Burns, D Maguire 0-2 each, A Williams, D Byrne, H McGinn, R Moore 0-1 each.
LOUTH: C Lynch; K Toner, D Crilly, P Berrill; A Williams, P Rath, D McComish; D Byrne, R Brodigan; B Duffy, D O’Connor, T Durnin; R Quigley, D Maguire, R Holdcroft.
Subs: S McCann for Connor; D Finnegan for McComish; D O’Hanlon for Berrrill; R Burns for Quigley; ; R Moore for Holdcrodt; H McGinn for Duffy.
UCD: A Cullinane; O Fitzpatrick, P Reilly, S Mulvanny; G Staples, S McEntee, A Murphy; T Moolick, C Sheridan; C Lenehan, C Elluis, E Nolan; R Carr, S Kilcoyne, E Lowry.
Subs: A Jordan for Lowry; E O’Byrne for Carr; L McHugh for E Ryan; R Basquel for Kilcoyne; N McInerney for Mulvanny.
Referee: D Moore (Laois).