Louth came back from a four-point deficit in normal time at Clones to win through to their first Nicky Rackard Cup final since 2005.

In normal time, Stephen Lambe performed strongly for Monaghan, with three second half points, but top-scorer Diarmuid Murphy (0-08) tormented the hosts - his 71st-minute score ensured extra-time.

A trio of Lambe points gave Monaghan a 1-13 to 0-15 extra-time first half lead, but Louth held Monaghan scoreless for the remainder as points from Shane Fennell and Murphy secured the win.

SLIGO 1-16 FINGAL 0-11

Fingal's debut campaign in the Nicky Rackard Cup came to an end at Markievicz Park as Sligo became the first Connacht team to qualify for the third-tier final.

The sending-off of full-back Sean Sullivan just before half-time did little for Fingal's cause, although they were only 0-09 to 0-06 behind at the break.

Despite good scoring contributions from John Sheridan (0-03) and Emmet McCabe and David Moran (0-02 each), Fingal fell away in the closing stages with Sligo danger man Paul Seevers (0-10) in prolific form. Joe Bannerton was the Sligo goalscorer.