Ian Ryan the Limerick hero in victory over Louth

Louth 2-11 Limerick 2-13: Ian Ryan marked his first start in over a year with eight priceless points, as Limerick completed their great escape in Drogheda.

Ian Ryan the Limerick hero in victory over Louth

The Treaty men had to win their final two games to avoid the drop, and they were value for this one as 14-man Louth suffered their second relegation on the bounce.

Ryan made sure the visitors retired at half-time with the slenderest of leads, but the 0-7 to 0-8 scoreline flattered the hosts somewhat.

Colin Kelly must have lit a fire under his Louth players at half-time as they returned with much more urgency, and Derek Crilly and Ryan Burns overturned their half-time deficit. But a goal from Limerick’s Peter Nash goal settled the Munster men.

Ryan followed up with a free to put three between the sides, and there was still a goal in it, 1-11 to 0-11, by the time Kevin Toner was sent off after clashing with Ryan.

The St Senan’s man then teed up Pa Ranahan for Limerick’s second goal, making it 2-12 to 0-11. Ryan Burns - Louth’s best player - fired a goal , but the second from Conor Grimes came too late.

Scorers for Louth: R Burns 1-4 (3f), C Judge 0-3 (1f), C Grimes 1-0, D Crilly 0-2, D Maguire, E O’Connor.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-8 (6f), P Nash 1-1, P Ranahan 1-0, I Corbett, R Browne, D Neville, G Hegarty 0-1 each.

Subs for Louth: C Grimes for Stewart (30), R Moore for Byrne (53), S O’Hanlon for Crilly (55), D O’Connor for E O’Connor (59).

Subs for Limerick: C Sheehan for Riordan (46), S O’Dea for Cahill (66), M Brosnan for Nash (69), J Lee for Ryan (70).

Louth: N Gallagher; K Toner, P Reilly, P Rath; A Williams, D Finnegan, J Stewart; B Duffy, E O’Connor; C Judge, D Byrne; R Burns, D Crilly, D Maguire.

Limerick: B Scanlon; S Cahill, J McCarthy, R Browne; I Corbett, P Browne, P Renehan; T Lee, G Hegarty; J Riordan, D Tracey, C Fahy; P Nash, S Buckley, I Ryan.

Ref: M McNally (Monaghan).

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