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Louth send Meath down

BILLED as a big relegation clash in Navan, it turned out to be more like a mastiff giving the Easter bunny a mauling as Meath slunk away bloodied and mortified after being thrashed 2-14 to 1-8 by Louth.

Trailing by 12 (1-12 to 0-3) at half-time and then reduced to 13 men in the second half, Meath's composure and discipline deserted them as they took the ignominious drop to Division 3.

MONAGHAN manager Eamonn McEneaney promised that his players would bounce back and make an impact in the championship after their heavy 1-16 to 1-6 defeat by Tyrone cost them their second-tier status.

A remarkable second-half turnaround, in which they outscored Derry by 1-12 to 0-2, saw Westmeath maintain their second-tier status in style with a home 1-15 to 0-10 win yesterday.