Early goals settled the early Division 4 throw-in in Darver even though Louth struggled to replicate their promising pre-season form.
With Drogheda deemed unplayable on Saturday, Colin Kelly’s side hosted the Exiles at their training base for a 12.30 start, which perhaps partly explained a lack of intensity in the opening exchanges.
That all changed when the in-form Declan Byrne and Jim McEneaney fired past Gavin McEvoy just four minutes apart, wiping out a bright London start that had yielded points from Scott Conroy and Sean Hickey.
Louth laboured to break down Ciaran Deely’s well-drilled side even if an upset never looked on the cards.
Louth were probably flattered to retire with a 2-3 to 0-5 half-time cushion, and they had their lead cut to three points twice in the second period.
Sean Hickey kicked the first point of the half but scores from James Stewart, McEneaney and Darren McMahon gave the hosts a bit of breathing space.
London continued to frustrate their hosts and reduced the deficit to three again with a brace from Lorcan Mulvey and a fine score by Adrian Moyles. However, Louth’s superior fitness levels told as they snuffed out any threat of a comeback.
Scorers – Louth: D Byrne 1-3, J McEneaney (2f) 1-3 each, J Stewart, D McMahon, R Moore 0-1 each.
London: L Mulvey 0-3 (1f), S Hickey, A Moyles 0-2 each, D Ryan, S Conroy 0-1 each.
Louth – C Lynch; P Rath, P Reilly, K Toner; D Maguire, D McMahon, E Lafferty; T Durnin, J Califf; D Byrne, J Stewart, A Reid; C McKeever, J McEneaney, C Grimes. Subs: G McSorley for Durnin (12), R Moore for Califf (59), J Bingham for Rath (62), R Holcroft for Byrne (68).
London – G McEvoy; P Butler, D McGreevey, D Quinn ; C Carty, D Ryan, C Dunne; J Moran, L Mulvey; A Moyles, S O’Grady, A Hanlon; S Hickey, S Conroy, P O’Hara. Subs: A Dunne for Quinn (50), J Lynch for S Conroy (50), S Buckley for C Dunne (60), C Healy for Hickey (66).
REF – P Faloon (Down).