MEATH'S early season momentum suffered a body blow when they were outclassed, 0-20 to 0-8, by Monaghan in Clones.
The Farney County had as good as wrapped up the league points by half-time as they had built up a 12-point lead, 0-13 to 0-1, with Conor McManus kicking five points and McCarron three.
In fact, it might have been even more comprehensive but for the heroics of Meath 'keeper, Paddy O'Rourke, who denied McCarron from the penalty spot.
Monaghan extended their lead to 0-16 to 0-2 before four unanswered points, including one from midfielder Shane O'Rourke, gave Meath something to cheer about.
LAOIS BATTLE ON TO VICTORY
FOURTEEN man Laois held off a Louth fightback before prevailing 2-8 to 0-11 in Drogheda.
Conor Meredith, the scorer of Laois' second goal, was red-carded in the second half as the Wee County battled back from 2-4 to 0-5 in arrears at the break to push Tomas O'Flaharta's men all the way.
Ross Munnelly grabbed Laois' first goal inside the opening quarter as they held the upperhand in the first half.
DONEGAL DO THE BUSINESS
DONEGAL continue to set the early pace in the division as they backed up their victory over Laois last weekend with another comprehensive victory in defeating Galway 1-16 to 0-12 in Pearse Stadium, Salthill. Colm McFadden's 16th minute goal put Donegal on the road to victory as Donegal's inside forward line of McFadden, Michael Murphy and Dermot 'Brick' Molloy caused headaches for the Galway defence.