War­wick­shire take ti­tle as Louth beaten

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

LATE points from Niall McKenna (two frees), and im­pres­sive cen­tre back Paul Hoban from a ’65 se­cured the Divi­sion 3A ti­tle for War­wick­shire over Louth, 0-20 to 1-14 at Trim yes­ter­day.

This proved a closely fought en­counter through­out with the sides’ level on nine dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. A well ex­e­cuted goal from Ger­ard Smyth put Louth in the as­cen­dancy in the early stages and they even­tu­ally led 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.

War­wick­shire hit back with the first three points of the sec­ond half to go in front and the sides swapped the leads after that. It looked for a while that ex­tra-time might be needed to sep­a­rate the sides be­fore the Ex­iles pro­duced the stronger fin­ish.

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