Louth 0-13 2-13 Tyrone

Ryan McMenamin challenges Louth's Andy McDowell at Drogheda
Ryan McMenamin challenges Louth's Andy McDowell at Drogheda

Tyrone stay on top of Division 2 of the Football League as they subdued a battling Louth side at Drogheda.

Two Derek Crilly points helped Louth lead 0-4 to 0-2 but Peter Harte's goal put the Reds Hands three points up.

The goal helped Tyrone lead 1-7 to 0-6 at the interval and Harte missed a chance for a second goal as his penalty was saved by Neil Gallagher.

However, Damien McCaul's 42nd-minute goal killed off Louth's challenge as Paddy Keenan was sent off late on.

Keenan was dismissed after getting his second yellow card of the match.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte was forced to make a late change to his starting line-up with Niall McKenna replacing the injured Michael Murphy at midfield.

Mark Brennan put the home side ahead in the first minute before Owen Mulligan and Kyle Coney responded for the Red Hands.

Two Crilly points helped Louth lead 0-4 to 0-2 but Coney and Martin Penrose levelled the contest and Harte's goal then put Tyrone three ahead.

After leading by four at the interval, Harte had the chance to put the game out of Louth's reach but saw his penalty saved by Gallagher.

However, Tyrone remain composed and McCaul's goal finished off the match as a contest.

Louth were six behind at 0-10 to 2-10 when Keenan was sent off but to their credit, they fought back to within four of the Red Hands after a couple of Darren Clarke points.

But Cathal McCarron, Mulligan and Mark Donnelly hit late points to emphasise Tyrone's superiority as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Division 2.