Friday 30 September 2016

Dubs undone by dominant Meath

Meath 1-18 Dublin 2-5

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Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

Meath's Daragh Champion, left, James Conlon, 13, Ethan Devin and Eoin Smyth rejoice in their victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Meath's Daragh Champion, left, James Conlon, 13, Ethan Devin and Eoin Smyth rejoice in their victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Seán Bulger looks morose after the final whistle. Photo: Sportsfile
Daragh Champion resists a challenge from Nathan Nolan. Photo: Sportsfile
Nathan Doran of Dublin is held back by Niall Murphy of Meath. Photo: Sportsfile

Meath had to go back to 2010, when they put five goals past Stephen Cluxton, for their last championship success over Dublin at any level.

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They bridged that gap in emphatic fashion with this 10-point trouncing of their arch-rivals in this Leinster MFC quarter-final at Pairc Tailteann.

The outsiders dominated proceeding against what proved a very disappointing Dublin challenge. It was level on 17 minutes, but Meath took control after that and Eoin Smyth, Ethan Devine and Jason Scully all bagged a brace apiece.

SCORERS - Meath: J Scully 1-3 (2f), J Conlon 0-5, D Campion 0-3, E Smyth, E Devine 0-2 each, E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly, J Cassidy 0-1 each. Dublin: K Callaghan 2-0, C Hynes 0-2f, T Keane, C Howley, S Bugler 0-1 each.
MEATH - A McDermott; R Clarke, C Harnan, B O'Reilly; J Cassidy, N Murphy, C O'Reilly; E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly; D Campion, J Scully, E Smyth; J Conlon, E Devine, F O'Reilly, Subs: E Mooney for F O'Reilly (46), C O'Byrne for Devine (52), M Callaghan for Reilly, N Durkan for Smyth, A Murphy for C O'Reilly (all 56), C Cullen for Clarke (59)
DUBLIN - E Comerford; R Shaw, N Doran, CJ Smith; C Lennon, J Holland, M Tighe; A Kelly, M Donnelly; T Keane, S Bugler, D O'Brien; K Callaghan, C Howley, C Hynes. Subs: E Fitzpatrick for Kelly, A Bradshaw for Lennon, N Nolan for Tighe (all h/t), R McGarry for Hynes (41), G McNamara for Shaw (45), P Flaherty for Donnelly (58).
REF - S Mulhare (Laois)

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